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28mJayson Stark

Beyond the Ivy: The story of every club NOT called the Cubs

ESPN investigators have uncovered the shocking news that 29 other teams did in fact play a regular season this year. We expose one key plotline for each of them.

David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off - Yankee Stadium memories (5:22)
Molina's brother on the call for his home run (0:15)
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7hMark 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.

54mJeff 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)
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59mScott 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.

David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)
Major League Baseball retires two legends in Scully, Enberg (2:23)
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)
Jose Fernandez a loss for baseball as a whole (1:29)
Scott Boras reflects on Fernandez's life (2:38)
The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)
David Ortiz's first Yankee Stadium HR (0:35)
Vin Scully calls Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter (0:31)


Cards walk off in controversial fashion

Reds manager Bryan Price's attempt to challenge whether Yadier Molina's game-winning double should have been a ground-rule double -- which would have kept the winning run at third -- is too late, as the Cardinals win a crucial game.


Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

The odds may not be great but it's not over yet. The Mariners beat Oakland 3-2 to stay two games behind Baltimore and Toronto in the wild card race with three games to play. Jays and O's also playing tough opponents (Red Sox and Yankees) while Seattle playing Oakland.

David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium

Ortiz received numerous standing ovations from the Yankee Stadium crowd, including when he was removed from the game after drawing a walk in his final at-bat in the Bronx.


Rain forces Cubs-Pirates into tie

After a lengthy rain delay, the Cubs-Pirates game is called in the middle of the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1, resulting in the first tie in MLB since 2005.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 9, Padres 4, Final. Dodgers remain two back of the Nationals for home field in the NLDS. Off to San Francisco for the final series of the regular season.

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The Cardinals beat the Reds in a controversial ending that could affect the NL wild-card race: es.pn/2dia2cU

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets and Cardinals fans need not worry. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his club plans on playing the Giants hard this weekend with playoff implications present. At question, though, would be how long starters Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill are extended in their outings.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

With 10 strikeouts so far through six innings, Johnny Cueto becomes the third straight Giants starter to record 10+ K's -- the first time they've done that since 1975. More importantly, the game is 2-2. Win, and the Giants remain a game up on the Cardinals; lose and they're tied as the Dodgers come to San Fran for the final series.

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Nothing but respect. The Yankees put the rivalry aside to toast Big Papi in his Bronx farewell: es.pn/2cFlBgx

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Mariners tied 1-1 with Oakland in sixth inning of pretty much a must-win game. After Baltimore beat Toronto, Seattle is currently down 2 1/2 games in wild card race and a loss tonight would mean they would have to go 3-0 and hope Blue Jays or O's go 0-3 rest of way to tie. Oh, and Tigers would have to lose some as well.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Potential Dodgers playoff starter Julio Urias tuned up for the postseason Thursday with three scoreless innings at San Diego on 58 pitches. The 20-year-old lefty could be called upon to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals.

Jimenez leads Orioles to tie atop wild-card standings

Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out five in 6.2 scoreless innings in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Baltimore and Toronto are now tied atop the AL wild-card standings.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz said book of letters from past/present Yankees "blew my mind." He also was touched by the presence of Mariano Rivera, who he referred to as "one of my idols."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Yadier Molina said about the crazy final play of Thursday night's 4-3 Cardinals win.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Of all parting gifts David Ortiz got, Red Sox teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. was most impressed by book of letters from past/present Yankees. Bradley: "You could really tell that they put a lot of thought into that. I mean this in the most respectful way: It might not have been the most expensive gift he's gotten, but I felt like it meant the most. From my standpoint, there couldn't have been a more special gift than that. All those people that was in that book, and we only saw a few of the pages, I can only imagine."