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Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and Justin Upton tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth, helping the Los Angeles Angels snap a six-game skid with a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday night.
Trout in rough stretch
Mike Trout is posting MVP-like numbers once again this season, but has struggled in September.
Mike Trout or Jose Altuve for AL MVP?
Trout has the edge in on-base percentage and slugging, but Altuve played in far more games while posting a higher WAR and much higher batting average.
Crowded leaderboard for Saturday's homers
Khris Davis barely clipped Daniel Murphy for the longest bomb in MLB Saturday. Evan Gattis and Justin Upton weren't far behind, while Giancarlo Stanton's 57th of the year landed at No. 5.
Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer to back a solid start by Charlie Morton, and the Houston Astros further dampened the AL wild-card hopes of the Los Angeles Angels with a 6-2 win Saturday.
Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball over seven innings to remain perfect with Houston and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer to propel the Astros to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Twins stabilize wild-card chances
The Twins righted the ship on Thursday with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, as their chance at earning the second wild-card berth jumped with nine games remaining. The Rangers stayed alive with a victory, while the Angels' chances took a big hit with a loss to the Indians.
Before a conversation with Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins, Buster Olney and Karl Ravech discuss the need for netting, the Cubs' big win in Milwaukee, the AL wild-card race and the Angels' constant struggles. Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the Brewers playing the role of the "Bad News Bears" in the NL Central.
Garrett Richards is back in action, so he gives the Angels someone to dream on at least. But perhaps the best solution to L.A.'s starting pitching woes lies in its bullpen.
The Angels lost 4-1 to the Indians in an afternoon game, and then the Twins pounded the hapless Tigers 12-1. To make matters worse for the Halos, the Rangers also won to tie them in the standings.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor homered to lead the Indians to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, Cleveland's 27th win in its past 28 games.
Rangers back in the hunt?
The Twins' chances for the second wild-card spot went down slightly after being swept by the Yankees. Combined with a loss by the Angels, the door is now open for the Rangers, who saw their chances nearly double. The Royals aren't out of it just yet either.
Aguilar takes home honor of longest HR
The Brewers' Jesus Aguilar bested the Braves' Freddie Freeman by one foot for the longest home run on Wednesday at 437 feet. Gary Sanchez wasn't far behind with a 432-foot blast.
Francisco Lindor snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer and the remarkable Cleveland Indians held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Wednesday night for their 26th victory in 27 games.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew catches up with Tito Francona. Carew, who survived a massive heart attack in 2015 and received a heart transplant, wanted to check up on Francona, who underwent a cardiac procedure for an irregular heartbeat in early July.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Martín Maldonado sporting a "Pray 4" on his Team Puerto Rico hat during stretch today. Maldonado hasn't been able to speak to any of his family members back home in Puerto Rico since it got devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Red-hot Indians stand in Angels' way
L.A. has a chance to catch Minnesota for the AL's final wild-card spot, but beating Cleveland is far easier said than done. The Indians have won three straight since their 22-game win streak was broken, posting the best 26-game stretch in AL history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
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.
Tuesday's longest home runs
It was a tight race at the top, with Kyle Schwarber's laser to right-center narrowly edging out Hunter Pence and Justin Upton. Oakland's Matt Chapman and Tampa Bay's Brad Miller round out the group.
Justin Upton's 444-foot homer Tuesday night landed inside the oversized paint can behind left-center field, but the Angels said it would not count for the $1 million promotion because it did not land on the fly.
Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson singled four times and the incredible Cleveland Indians rolled on by beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 Tuesday night for their 25th victory in 26 games.
On Base Percentage.31622nd
Earned Run Average4.2112th