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11hDoug Padilla

Look at him now: Transformed Yasiel Puig has Dodgers in better rhythm

Having returned from the minors with a better attitude, Yasiel Puig is on an even keel as L.A. sees Madison Bumgarner once again before October begins.

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13hKeith 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?

Ortiz sends homer down right field line (0:36)
Ramirez's nice catch gets rewarded with a hug from a fan (0:31)
Molina's brother on the call for his home run (0:15)
David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off - Yankee Stadium memories (5:22)
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5hLee Singer, ESPN Stats & Information

Setting up the final weekend of the season

Ten games on Friday have playoff implications -- for making the field or for seeding. Check out how things stand.

15hJeff 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?

Fan gets razzed after missing foul ball, dropping beer (0:24)
David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)
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15hScott 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.

Major League Baseball retires two legends in Scully, Enberg (2:23)
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21hMark 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.

Kepler lays out for big catch to end inning (0:20)
Gibson slips and falls on the mound (0:34)
Ball boy makes tough grab (0:25)
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13hKeith 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?


Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Los Texas Rangers derrotaron hoy a los Tampa Rays y aseguraron la mejor marca de la Liga Americana para tener la ventaja de localía en cualquier serie de postemporada que disputen este año

Ramirez surprises Beltre at second base

Alexei Ramirez startles Adrian Beltre by clapping his glove when Beltre's back is turned.


Trumbo belts 47th homer of season

Mark Trumbo puts the Orioles up 5-1 on the Yankees with this home run, his 47th of the season.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' Mark Teixeira plans on learning to play guitar in retirement. Prior to tonight's game, Twisted Sister gave him a guitar. For years, Teixeira has walked up the plate to, "I wanna rock!"

Ortiz gives Red Sox lead with homer

In the bottom of the seventh, David Ortiz hits a home run to right field to put the Red Sox ahead of the Blue Jays 5-3.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Remember the movie "Freaky Friday?" That's totally the Orioles right now, who seem to have magically swapped identities with the Blue Jays during their three-game series in Toronto. The O's continued the transformation tonight (Friday, naturally), as they awoke from their lumber slumber, pounding out 10 hits (including three bombs) en route to an 8-1 win over the Yankees. The victory moves Baltimore a half-game up on Toronto for the top wild card spot in the AL.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In the first meeting of Yasiel Puig vs. Madison Bumgarner since their "Don't look at me" incident from last week, Puig delivers the RBI double. Dodgers lead 1-0, B1.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals tied a National League record with Matt Holliday's seventh-inning home run, his 20th of the season. The Cardinals have six players with at least 20 home runs this season, tying them with the 1965 and 2003 Atlanta Braves for the NL record. Jedd Gyorko leads the team with 29 home runs, one more than Brandon Moss.

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As Theo Epstein says, Ortiz "the most Clutch player he has ever seen" a 2 run homerun gives Red Sox 5-3 leader over Jays

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Holliday, activated before the game to get just such a greeting, was met with a long standing ovation when he pinch hit for Carlos Martinez in the seventh inning Friday with the Cardinals leading 5-0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holliday hit a home run to right field off Zach Phillips, his 20th of the season. That, of course, led to an even louder ovation. Holliday took a curtain call. Before the game, the Cardinals announced they will not be picking up Holliday's 2017 option, likely making him a free agent.

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BIG PAPI GOES YARD! David Ortiz hits the go-ahead 2-run homer to give the Red Sox the 5-3 lead over the Blue Jays in the 7th.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores' wrist again did not cooperate when he tried to swing Friday. "I don't think you think you'll see him," Terry Collins said. Flores has now been incapable of swinging for three weeks.

Ramirez's catch gets rewarded with a hug

Hanley Ramirez makes a running catch in foul territory, and keeps running into the outstretched arms of a Red Sox fan.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are not sticking around to watch the conclusion of the Cardinals-Pirates game. As for a celebration, "there will be another day this weekend I hope," Terry Collins said.

ESPN Stats and Information  

After their win tonight, the Cubs have out scored the Reds by 74 runs this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Cubs scored that many more runs than an opponent in a season was 1945, when they out scored the Reds by 78 runs. 1945 was the last season in which the Cubs made the World Series.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

And now the wait to see if the Mets have clinched a postseason berth. Surging Jay Bruce drove in three runs and the Mets took care of their business on Friday, shaving their magic number to one by beating the Phillies, 5-1. The Mets officially will secure a second straight postseason berth if the Pirates beat the Cardinals later Friday. The Mets (86-74) moved a season-high 12 games over .500. They only had five batters reach against Phillies right-hander Alec Asher, but four of those came on consecutive two-out singles in the fourth and decided the game.