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2hJayson Stark

How Indians-Tigers rainout could turn playoff schedule upside down

Five Tigers games in five days in five cities? A Wednesday wild-card doubleheader? It could happen, thanks to a few rain drops in Detroit.

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5hKeith Law

Law: Hendricks among guys I was wrong about

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

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Molina's brother on the call for his home run (0:15)
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David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off - Yankee Stadium memories (5:22)
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8hJeff Sullivan

World Series contenders and pretenders

The regular season shows how well each team plays against the league's good and bad teams; in the playoffs, they're all good teams. Which clubs match up well against the big boys and which don't?

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14hMark Saxon

Cardinals in receiving mood after gift win

The Cardinals' win against the Reds on a controversial call has brought St. Louis back from the brink of postseason elimination.

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8hScott Spratt

The year of the shift in Major League Baseball

The league is on pace to have more than 28,000 shifts in 2016, leading us to wonder: Have they become counter-productive at this point? See the full breakdown, plus players most affected by it.

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David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)
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Major League Baseball retires two legends in Scully, Enberg (2:23)
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Kepler lays out for big catch to end inning (0:20)
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Gibson slips and falls on the mound (0:34)
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Ball boy makes tough grab (0:25)
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5hKeith Law

Law: Hendricks among guys I was wrong about

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

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Jose Fernandez a loss for baseball as a whole (1:29)
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Scott Boras reflects on Fernandez's life (2:38)
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The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)

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Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Can Mariners make wild card? They are 2 back with 3 games left. Only the 1962 Giants, 1999 Mets and 2007 Rockies reached the postseason when 2 back with 3 or fewer games remaining.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan is in the lineup for the Cubs on Friday after suffering a mild ankle sprain two nights ago. Joe Maddon has all his regulars starting in their series finale opener.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores again will attempt to swing a bat today. It's been 20 days since Flores injured his right wrist in a plate collision in Atlanta.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have yet to decide if Masahiro Tanaka will start on Saturday against the Orioles, manager Joe Girardi said.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he thought Reds manager Bryan Price got out there in time to challenge -- even if it was 15 seconds instead of 10 seconds or whatever is stipulated -- on the game-ending play in St. Louis on Thursday. He said he came away from that debacle believing his outfielders definitely need to know the ground rules for visiting ballparks "so we don't have to get ourselves in those situations."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he kept Bartolo Colon on Saturday on standard rest to avoid getting "too cute." Collins said he cannot answer whether Colon would be available for the wild-card game if Noah Syndergaard has to pitch a full game Sunday.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts batting sixth for Red Sox. John Farrell often talks about importance of No. 6 spot to maximize offense's production, must want to see how Bogaerts looks there. Brock Holt batting second, playing third base.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Friday's 7:05 p.m. ET series opener against the Phillies. The magic number is 2. Reyes 3B, Cabrera SS, Cespedes LF, Granderson CF, Bruce RF, TJ Rivera 2B, Duda 1B, R Rivera C, Gsellman RHP

OTD: Ruth sets single-season HR record

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season, breaking the record of 59 homers he set in 1921. Ruth's home run off Tom Zachary proved to be the difference in the Yankees' 4-2 in over the Washington Senators. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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You want Puig's bat? Here's the price

Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig offers his bat to a young fan, but only after the fan does 50 pushups.

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Big Papi's counsel and friendship impacted many MLB careers. Here are the stories from those who know him best: es.pn/2cGb9oJ