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3mDavid Schoenfield

How to spend the perfect Saturday watching wild-card baseball

The Mets clinched, and the Cardinals and Giants won, leaving San Francisco one game up for the final NL wild card with one game left to play.

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1dKeith 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?

Mets celebrate with fans in Philly (0:14)
Gyorko hits go-ahead eighth inning homer (0:21)
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49mDoug Padilla

New-look Dodgers lineup could be here to stay

The Dodgers, who have struggled vs. lefties, appear set to stick with right-handed hitting Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner at the top of the order.

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3hBuster Olney

Big blast shows off both sides of Big Papi

David Ortiz isn't just all smiles as his Red Sox career winds down. Friday's big homer showed he'll never stop outthinking and overpowering opponents.

Cabrera smacks two homers in Tigers' win (0:42)
Cano smacks two homers in win (0:45)
Ortiz sends homer down right field line (0:36)
Andrus flies for great grab (0:30)
Ramirez's nice catch gets rewarded with a hug from a fan (0:31)
1dJeff 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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1dScott 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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2dMark 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.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants beat the Dodgers and will take a one-game lead over the Cardinals into the final day of the regular season. If St. Louis wins and San Francisco loses on Sunday, those teams will have a play-in game on Monday at Busch Stadium for the right to face the Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants 3, Dodgers 0, Final. The Dodgers continue to struggle with that opposing left-handed pitcher thing. Dodgers have lost four of five since clinching the division.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Giants magic number at 1; at worst, they would play a Game 163 tiebreaker with the Cardinals Monday. Ty Blach etches a place in SF history.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees rookie Tyler Austin just used that opposite-field power again, belting his fifth homer of the season to right and tying things up with the Orioles at 3-3 in the seventh.

Enrique Rojas ESPNdeportes 

Retiraron lona del infield en Fenway Park #BlueJays Vs #RedSox en segundo día de honores a David Ortiz.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The normally reserved James Loney laughed off his prodigious bat flip after homering Saturday, saying: "I don't even know what I did with it. I don't know if I just dropped it or I flipped it or what. That's nothing ever toward the other team. That's just for your team. That's the excitement that you have. As a hitter, you get out a lot. So there's times in those big moments it's fun to enjoy it." Loney had staked the Mets to a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants starter Ty Blach can tell his grandchildren some day that all his hits in 2016 (both of them) were off Clayton Kershaw. Pretty cool

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Headley just ripped an RBI double into left to bring the Yankees within 3-2 of the Orioles in the sixth.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Enrique "Leo" Ortiz, David's dad, at Fenway Park for weekend-long tribute to Big Papi: "I'm going to be here through the World Series because we're going to win that, too."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Austin's RBI single gets New York on the board. The Yankees trail the Orioles 3-1 in the fifth.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira just singled leading off the fifth and was replaced by a pinch runner. His last MLB game is Sunday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester reached 200 innings on Saturday for the eighth time in his career though it's been a struggle for him against the Reds. He's given up 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and a hit batter. His command has been excellent all year long but not so far today.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard is pleased not to have to pitch Sunday, which gives him ample time to prepare for Wednesday's wild-card game.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees P Luis Severino's disappointing season came to an end Saturday. In his final start, he gave up three runs on five hits in 3-2/3 innings. The 22-year-old righty finished with a 5.83 ERA in 2016. Manager Joe Girardi said it remains to be seen whether Severino enters 2017 in the rotation or the bullpen.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Gabriel Ynoa will start Sunday's regular-season finale over Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session in preparation for Wednesday's wild-card game at Citi Field.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Batting practice has been cancelled after a very soggy day at Fenway Park.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets haven't identified their wild-card roster. But teams traditionally carry only nine or 10 pitchers for a wild-card game, with 15 or 16 position players (including three catchers), assistant GM John Ricco said.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jedd Gyorko talks about the biggest hit, at least so far, of his career.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado just went deep for his 37th bomb of the season. That's two more than the career-high he set last year. The homer snaps an 0-for-17 skid for Machado, and gives Baltimore a 3-0 lead over New York in the third.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Machado sends homer No. 37 into right. Baltimore 3, New York 0 top-3.