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David Price unable to pitch Red Sox to division title

After an emotional weekend, David Price struggles against the Yankees with a chance to clinch the East for the Red Sox.

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Why are Cubs only 100-win team in year of tanking?

With bad teams at the bottom of the National League, this was supposed to be the year of gaudy, inflated records. Here's why that hasn't been the case.

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Your guide to baseball's final-week madness

No need to wait for October -- this last stretch of September is going to be a classic. Can't keep all the wild-card excitement straight? Here's what to watch and when.

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Yankee Stadium proposal nearly goes wrong

Fans at the Red Sox-Yankees game frantically looked for, and eventually found, the engagement ring that was dropped and momentarily lost by a man proposing to his girlfriend.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss John Lackey's final reg season start and his team's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Noah Syndergaard beat the Marlins in a different way than he usually does. Syndergaard won with called strikes. He got called strikes on 47 percent of taken pitches, the 2nd-highest called strike rate in his career. Syndergaard repeatedly painted the outside corner (52 percent called strike rate, best in any start in his career). Marlins hitters went 2-for-14 against his fastball (opponents were 13-for-37 in his previous 3 starts)

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Justin Verlander looked sharp on Tuesday. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts, dominating the Indians with a fastball that averaged 94.8 MPH (his 4th-highest average this season). Verlander got 7 swinging strikeouts on fastballs in the upper third of the zone, his most in a game since the 2009 season. His 33% miss rate on pitches in the upper-third of the zone this season ranks 3rd in the majors. His .120 opponents' batting average on those pitches ranks 2nd.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his season with the Cubs.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda may end up being a postseason contributor after all. His playing time is increasing, and he produced a three-run double Tuesday. Duda had missed four months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce had a two-run homer and two-hit game as he makes progress after an ice-cold start with the Mets.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins will be eliminated from postseason play if San Francisco wins tonight. Given the tragic events of this week, manager Don Mattingly is having a hard time finding perspective.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard reacts to allowing one run in six innings Tuesday in his return from strep throat. His next start will be either the wild-card game or, if the Mets need it, the final day of the regular season.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "I went 0-for-5 today, so I don't got s--- to talk about." How about going 0-for-5 in opener of his final series at Yankee Stadium? "That ain't fun."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

When David Ortiz strolled to the plate, representing the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought, "I was like, 'What are the chances he is coming up in this situation. It is kind of the way fate had it tonight." Ortiz struck out against Tyler Clippard to end the game, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the AL East.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins drop a 12-1 decision to the Mets. They'll be eliminated from postseason play if the Giants win tonight. But they still have a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2009 if they can win three or their last four games.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Surprise, surprise. Juan Lagares can swing a bat. Lagares delivered a ninth-inning sacrifice fly in a rout of the Marlins. Lagares had entered as a defensive replacement. It was his first time swinging in a major league game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Aug. 1. Lagares had been activated from the DL as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. His only other batting opportunity since returning resulted in a sacrifice bunt.