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How to spend the perfect Saturday watching wild-card baseball

With the regular season nearly over, there still are four wild-card spots up for grabs and seven teams in the running. Don't miss any of the action.

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Mets rookies dress as players from 'A League of Their Own' (0:29)
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51mBuster 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.

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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?

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Cabrera smacks two homers in Tigers' win (0:42)
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Cano smacks two homers in win (0:45)
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Ortiz sends homer down right field line (0:36)
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Andrus flies for great grab (0:30)
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Ramirez's nice catch gets rewarded with a hug from a fan (0:31)
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Fly ball bounces off first base, Mets score (0:29)
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Ramirez surprises Beltre at second base (0:20)
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18hLee 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.

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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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1dMark 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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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz's surgery to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow will he performed Tuesday in New York. Matz confirmed that he needs no surgery for his shoulder impingement, although he will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in the area during his elbow procedure.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins insists the Mets are focused in the moment and have not even discussed a postseason roster. Still, Collins did allow that Eric Campbell and Ty Kelly would be strong considerations to start at first base against a left-hander such as Madison Bumgarner over lefty-hitting Lucas Duda or James Loney.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda asked not to play on Saturday. Duda is having difficulty playing back-to-back days as he returns from a four-month absence without rehab games. It is nothing specific to Duda's lower back, Terry Collins said. Instead, Duda simply is experiencing general soreness from ramping up in activity.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he expects Bartolo Colon will bounce back on Saturday against the Phillies after he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in Miami in an emotional game in his last start. "Monday night was a difficult scene for anyone at that game," Collins said, alluding to the Marlins' first game after Jose Fernandez's death. "We're going to write that one off."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is my opinion on who should win the main awards: AL MVP Mike Trout NL MVP Kris Bryant AL CY Zach Britton NL CY Max Scherzer AL ROY Michael Fulmer NL ROY Corey Seager AL MGR Terry Francona NL MGR Dave Roberts AL EOY Jon Daniels NL EOY Theo Epstein AL Rebuilding EOY Brian Cashman NL Rebuilding EOY John Coppolella

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Saturday's 1;05 p.m. ET game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park: Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Curtis Granderson - CF Jay Bruce - RF T.J. Rivera - 2B James Loney - 1B Travis d'Arnaud - C Bartolo Colon - RHP

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets rookies dressed as players from "A League of Their Own" to board the bus en route to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Saturday.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Nimmo and other Mets rookies boarded the bus in Philadelphia on Saturday in "A League of Their Own" garb. Video coming soon.

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ICYMI: Matt Holliday made the most of what was likely his last at-bat as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. es.pn/2d2P4x5

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.

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Rodon fans first seven batters, ties AL record

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon strikes out the first seven Twins he faces, tying an American League record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game.

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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.

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