9/28/2014 | Panda coy about future with club
Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco's regular third baseman, is eligible for free agency after this season. Despite his slightly underwhelming offensive totals this year, including a .279 batting average with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs, he's expected to command a lucrative multiyear deal.
9/28/2014 | Ishikawa likely to start in left field vs. former team
Travis Ishikawa started at first base for the Pirates on Opening Day. He'll likely be patrolling left field at PNC Park for the Giants in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.
9/28/2014 | Facts, figures relating to Zimmermann's no-hitter
A few statistical nuggets related to the Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter of the Marlins on the last day of the regular season, Sunday afternoon in D.C.
9/28/2014 | Blame for Brewers' collapse might fall on Roenicke
It is not Ron Roenicke's fault that the Brewers went 9-22 in their last 31 games of this season. But when blamed is placed, the manager is often the first in line.
9/28/2014 | Captivating capper to end of regular season
Sunday was a captivating capper to a Major League season that kept us guessing all the way until the final outs were registered.
9/28/2014 | Managing or not, Lawless plans to be in uniform in '15
When he was asked about Sunday being his last game, Astros interim manager Tom Lawless bristled and said he's going to have a uniform on next year. Whether that's managing the Astros or working elsewhere in their organization remains to be seen.
9/28/2014 | Souza joins impressive company with grab
Steven Souza Jr.'s eye-boggling catch might also have jumped right to the front of the line of the greatest plays ever made for the final out of a no-hitter, joining efforts by Hall of Famers and Gold Glovers among the greatest defensive efforts to clinch a piece of pitching history.
9/28/2014 | Giants use season finale as tuneup for Wild Card Game
The Giants tuned up for Wednesday's Wild Card game at Pittsburgh and won their season finale in the process Sunday, as Buster Posey and Adam Duvall homered to help San Francisco defeat San Diego, 9-3.
9/28/2014 | Mariners victorious but fall shy of Wild Card berth
The Mariners topped the Angels, 4-1, with Felix Hernandez winning both the game and the AL ERA title by throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings. But the A's, despite losing 16 of their final 25 games, hung on to the final playoff spot by beating the Rangers, 4-0, in Arlington to finish 88-74.
9/28/2014 | Five reasons why A's made the postseason
From their torrid start to their slump down the stretch, the A's endured an up-and-down season. But they found a way to get it done at the end, in large part because of these five reasons:
9/28/2014 | Duda caps breakout year with 30th home run
In the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday, Lucas Duda walloped a changeup from Michael Foltynewicz into the right-center-field bullpen, his 30th home run of the season, to score Daniel Murphy and solidify the Mets' 8-3 victory over the Astros. That capped off a two-hit day that included a two-run double in the fifth, giving him 92 RBIs for the year.
9/28/2014 | Dodgers have fun on, off field in festive finale
Along with honorary bench coach Hanley Ramirez and pitching coach Clayton Kershaw, manager Juan Uribe guided the Dodgers to a 10-5 win over the Rockies in their final game of the regular season.
9/28/2014 | Gray's shutout puts A's in AL Wild Card Game
With the A's needing a win or a Mariners loss to punch their ticket to the American League Wild Card Game, Sonny Gray delivered a shutout of the Rangers for a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Globe Life Park.
9/28/2014 | Kershaw vs. Waino: Ace-off lined up for start of NLDS
The Pirates' loss on Sunday did more than just clinch the National League Central for the Cardinals. It also set us up for one of the best playoff pitching matchups you could possibly imagine. When the Dodgers host the Cards on Friday in Game 1 of the NL Division Series, Clayton Kershaw is set to take the hill against Adam Wainwright at Dodger Stadium.
9/28/2014 | Cubs top Crew in finale for strong finish to season
Anthony Rizzo hit his 32nd home run, a two-run blast in the first, and scored on Arismendy Alcantara's tie-breaking two-run double in the sixth to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers in the season finale on Sunday in front of 33,837 at Miller Park.
9/28/2014 | On big stage vs. Tigers, Tillman gets his chance
We probably ought to refrain from offering much in the way of predictions as the Tigers and Orioles meet in the American League Division Series, which begins on Thursday at Camden Yards.
9/28/2014 | Zimmermann's no-no adds to aura of '27' in 2014
The magic number for the 2014 Major League Baseball season is 27. It has been worn with distinction by Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Gomez, Matt Kemp and Jordan Zimmermann, a a sextet of elite stars.
9/28/2014 | No Central tiebreaker, but KC hosts Wild Card Game
Sunday's regular-season finale against the White Sox, which turned out to be a 6-4 Royals victory at U.S. Cellular Field, became rather meaningless in the large scheme of things. Now all the preparations are for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game against the A's (7:07 p.m. CT, TBS), the Royals' first postseason game since 1985.
9/28/2014 | Jeter fittingly goes out a winner in final game
In one of several thoughtful moments over the past several days, Derek Jeter reflected on his storied career and noted that though he shared the field with many athletes who possessed more talent, he believes that no one ever gave more of an effort. With that in mind, Jeter's season-long goodbye ended in fitting fashion on Sunday afternoon, running hard down the first-base line to notch the 3,465th hit of his career. He signaled for a pinch-runner and waved his batting helmet as he left the field, exiting a game that the Yankees went on to win, 9-5.
9/28/2014 | Magic: Clubhouse unity key to Dodgers' growth
Ownership partner Magic Johnson doesn't view this postseason as World Series or bust for the Dodgers.
9/28/2014 | Stewart day to day with sore left wrist
Johnny Cueto's game-winning hit Sunday hurt Tony Watson, the pitcher who gave it up, but it hurt Chris Stewart even more. The Pittsburgh catcher was knocked flat with intense pain after Cueto's thrown bat caught him flush on his left wrist.
9/28/2014 | After sim game, Kershaw on pace for NLDS opener
Clayton Kershaw threw 32 pitches in a simulated game Sunday, and the left-hander said he's on pace to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals on Friday.
9/28/2014 | Morneau claims NL batting title with .319 average
First baseman Justin Morneau clinched his first National League batting title on Sunday. It is the ninth batting title in Colorado history, by the seventh different player. Morneau gave the Rockies their third batting champ in the last five years.
9/28/2014 | Zimm's no-no the latest in run for National League
Jordan Zimmerman's no-hitter on the last day of the 2014 season for Washington marks the ninth in a row by a National League pitcher, setting an NL record and tying the longest such modern Major League Baseball streak set by the American League from 1908-1912.
9/28/2014 | Alvarez views thrilling no-hitter from different perspective
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez found himself part of history in the final game of the season again, but this time, it was in reverse. Nearly a year after throwing a no-hitter, Alvarez took the loss in Jordan Zimmermann's 1-0 no-no at Nationals Park.
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