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Several Puerto Rican athletes are leading efforts to raise funds to help victims of Hurricane Maria, which tore through the island earlier this week and left thousands homeless and without power.
Randal Grichuk scored after an error by Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer, capping a frantic ninth-rally that lifted the surging St. Louis Cardinals over Pittsburgh 4-3 on Friday night.
Rockies have little breathing room
The Rockies' shutout loss at San Diego has put them just above even money for the second wild-card berth. Meanwhile, the Brewers failed to capitalize with an extra-inning loss to the Cubs. The Cardinals were the main beneficiary after a win, picking up a game on each.
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.
Here comes St. Louis. The Rockies lost 3-0 to the Padres, the Brewers dropped a heartbreaker and the Cardinals, 8-5 winners on Thursday, are now just 1.5 games behind the Rockies for the second wild card.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Padres play spoiler, shutting out the Rockies as Clayton Richard and two relievers combine for 12 strikeouts. The Rockies are shut out for the second straight day and lose their fourth in a row as they drop to 0-3 on what was supposed to be an easy road trip to San Francisco and San Diego. Those road hitting blues are sneaking up at the wrong time. Also sneaking up: The Cardinals, who take advantage of Rockies and Brewers losses to inch 1.5 games behind the Rockies for the second wild card.
Dexter Fowler delivered again, getting three hits and driving in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame Scott Schebler's two home runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Bernie Miklasz likes what he's seen from Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler at the top of the Cardinals' order and thinks they make up a great foundation for 2018.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale and Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN discuss whether the Cardinals would be more interested in a trade for Giancarlo Stanton or signing J.D. Martinez.
Cardinals make up ground
St. Louis saw its chances at a wild-card berth jump after Wednesday with a win and losses by both the Brewers and Rockies.
Another strong outing for Weaver
Luke Weaver allowed two runs in five innings and earned the win in the Cardinals' victory over the Reds on Wednesday. Weaver has now won each of his last seven starts while allowing two or fewer runs in each outing. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, only four other rookie pitchers over the last 70 years won seven or more consecutive starts while allowing two or fewer runs in each victory: Fernando Valenzuela (eight straight in 1981), Cal Eldred (1992), Jered Weaver (2006) and Steven Matz (2016).
Buster Olney recaps Wednesday's MLB action, including a terrible moment at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale's 300th K and the battle of attrition in the NL wild-card chase.
Perhaps it's unfair to associate the word "wrong" with Pham, but the outfielder posting a 5-WAR season certainly defies all expectations.
The Cardinals took advantage of losses by the Brewers and Rockies to inch closer in the wild-card race. Does it feel like the final mile of a marathon and the Cards might still have their legs for that final sprint?
Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also homered as the St. Louis Cardinals gained ground in their National League playoff push with a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
Baseball writer Joe Sheehan explains to Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN why he pushes back at Cardinals fans who trash an organization that's put winners on the field for 60 years.
Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN is pleased with Dexter Fowler's impressive season at the plate but explains why Fowler shouldn't be the Cardinals center fielder next season.
Rockies' wild-card grip slipping?
Arizona is all but locked into a spot, but Colorado has opened the window after being in position all season. FiveThirtyEight's metrics give the Brewers about 3-to-1 odds to claim the final wild-card berth, with an outside chance for the Cardinals to sneak in.
Dexter Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the St. Louis Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 on Tuesday night.
Adam Wainwright, who hasn't pitched in relief since 2015, was added to the bullpen after the veteran was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
Cardinals GM Michael Girsch discusses 2018, including the starting rotation and roles for Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter, and the organization's thoughts on Dexter Fowler.
Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN digs into why the Cardinals are looking up at the rebuilding Brewers in the standings and finds the answer in their record against the NL Central.
On Base Percentage.3375th
Earned Run Average3.907th