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Member of the Philadelphia Phillies react at the end of a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Phillies eliminated from race by AL East champion Rays, 5-0

Sep. 27, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies were eliminated from the playoff race Sunday with a 5-0 loss to rookie pitcher Josh Fleming the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays. Philadelphia needed a win over the Rays and losses by San Francisco and Milwaukee to earn its first...

San Francisco Giants' Mauricio Dubon, right, is greeted by third base coach Ron Wotus after hitting a home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Adrian Morejon in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Giants lose to Padres, miss playoffs on season's final day

Sep. 27, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants will look back at several missed chances over the final week that cost them a playoff berth that was right there for the taking. San Francisco had its postseason hopes dashed on the final day of the regular season, losing 5-4 to the playoff-bound San Diego Padres on Sunday....

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, right, scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

LEADING OFF: NL race down to final day — and maybe Monday

Sep. 27, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LET'S GET IT SETTLED St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia enter the last day of the regular season competing for two postseason spots, and the biggest game of the day pits Christian Yelich's Brewers against Yadier Molina's Cardinals. A...

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr., right, is congratulated by Eric Hosmer after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Giants need win, help to reach playoffs after loss to Padres

Sep. 27, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 17th home run and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 6-2 on Saturday night, leaving the Giants in need of help to make the playoffs. San Francisco fell to 29-30 and is tied with Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot. The Brewers hold the tiebreaker,...

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, right, scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

LEADING OFF: NL race down to final day — and maybe Monday

Sep. 27, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: ___ LET'S GET IT SETTLED St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia enter the last day of the regular season competing for two postseason spots, and the biggest game of the day pits Christian Yelich's Brewers against Yadier Molina's Cardinals. A...

San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Giants release veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija

Sep. 26, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants released veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, a day after he returned from a lengthy shoulder injury and rehab. Samardzija, an 11-game winner in 2019, was designated for assignment and placed on unconditional release waivers days before his...

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence runs the bases after hitting a three run home run off Oakland Athletics' Jesus Luzardo in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Outfielder Hunter Pence announces retirement after 14 years

Sep. 26, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement Saturday following 14 major league seasons. The 37-year-old Pence wrote on his Twitter page: “Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career when you have to say: I am retiring from baseball....

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet works against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Padres optimistic on Lamet's injury, split DH with Giants

Sep. 26, 2020 1:43 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are still very much counting on a healthy Dinelson Lamet making his playoff start next week. The big right-hander gave them a scare when he reported biceps tightness and made an early exit Friday night — but, for now, Lamet will throw in a couple of days...

San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores is tagged out at home by Colorado Rockies' Tony Wolters during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Giants lose 5-4 to Rockies, miss chance in NL wild-card race

Sep. 24, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are determined to do anything to stay in a crowded National League playoff race. The San Francisco Giants know they can't miss any more opportunities with the powerful Padres coming to town to close out the season. Raimel Tapia hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the...

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ryan Castellani (38) is removed by manager Bud Black, left, during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Giants beat Rockies 7-2 to take lead in NL wild-card race

Sep. 24, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mauricio Dubón hit a three-run homer off reliever Yency Almonte in the fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Wednesday night to move barely in front in a crowded NL wild-card race. Evan Longoria also went deep for San Francisco. Brandon Belt...