Nelson Cruz hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night.
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The Rays' Lucas Duda could be among the free-agent options the Seattle Mariners will consider this winter.
Buster Olney recaps Thursday's MLB action, including the Cubs rallying for a big win in Milwaukee, the Indians winning their 27th out of 28 and Robinson Cano getting No. 300.
Thursday's longest home runs
Robinson Cano's ninth-inning blast -- the 300th HR of his career -- for the Mariners in their 4-2 loss to the Rangers was the longest shot of Thursday night, edging out Reds OF Scott Schebler, who homered twice in Cincy's loss to the Cardinals.
Cole Hamels dominated for eight innings, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo went deep and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night to hang around the AL wild-card hunt.
The Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners all plan to install additional protective netting at their stadiums before the 2018 season.
Manfred: Seattle 'in mix' for future ASG
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Seattle would "certainly would be one of the [teams] in the mix" for hosting an upcoming All-Star Game during a visit to Safeco Field on Wednesday, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com. Manfred said he hopes to announce two or three future All-Star sites during the offseason. Next year's event will take place in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland will host the Midsummer Classic in 2019.
Rougned Odor's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning and the Texas Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 8-6 on Wednesday night to make up ground in the playoff chase.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
I have talked to or texted with a lot of the Puerto Rican players in MLB, and a lot of them have not heard from their families regarding the impact of Hurricane Maria. This morning, Hurricane Maria became the first category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since the 1920's. After the direct hit, most of the island is without power and communication is very limited.
Can the Twins hold off the Angels?
The Yankees are all but locked into a wild-card spot, while the Twins have a significant advantage over the Angels despite losing four of five. The Rangers' two-game win streak is probably too little, too late, while losing streaks by the Mariners (four games) and Royals (three) have just about sunk them.
Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly broke a tie in the eighth inning, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Tuesday night to help their slim playoff chances.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Looking to pick up a game on the Twins, the Mariners blew a chance to take the lead in the seventh. With runners at the corners and one out, Yonder Alonso wandered too far off third as Guillermo Heredia pulled his bat back on a possible safety squeeze and was picked off. Predictably, Heredia then singled, but the Mariners failed to score. Game still tied.
The postseason, should the Mariners make it, is Alonso's last opportunity to show his first-half power show was real and his second-half struggles were a fluke.
The Houston Astros won their first division title since 2001 on Sunday as Houston used four homers and seven strong innings from Justin Verlander to clinch the AL West with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Donaldson headlines Saturday's longest home runs
Josh Donaldson's 447-foot blast, one of two homers he hit in the Blue Jays' win over the Twins, paced Saturday's list of long balls.
The Astros top the Mariners 8-6 to move within one win or an Angels loss of clinching the AL West title.
Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run as the Houston Astros jumped on James Paxton and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night to move closer to clinching the American League West.
M’s activate Paxton from DL
Seattle activated LHP James Paxton from the disabled list, and he's scheduled to start against the Astros on Friday. Paxton has been out since suffering a pectoral strain on Aug. 10. The lefty is 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA vs. Houston this season.
With time running out, Seattle will likely need James Paxton's imminent return and quality starts from him the rest of the way.
Lucky us: We get to watch a bunch of historically elite teams -- the best group in decades! -- collide in the postseason. Unlucky wild-card teams: We're sorry to inform you that you don't have a prayer.
Nelson Cruz went 4-for-4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Thursday night.
Felix Hernandez is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in two games against the Texas Rangers heading into Thursday's start.
Zunino homers his way into M's record books
Mike Zunino hit two solo home runs in the Mariners' 8-1 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. It marked the third time Zunino recorded multiple homers in a game this season, the most such games in a single season in Mariners history. (Elias Sports Bureau)