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New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bumpy season ends in big disappointment for frustrated Mets

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many things in everyday life this year, little went according to plan for the New York Mets. And with a change in ownership pending, more upheaval could be coming soon. After starting 2020 with such high hopes, the Mets finished 26-34 under rookie manager Luis Rojas in a rocky...

Milwaukee Brewers' Daniel Vogelbach celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

On final day, 2 NL spots and AL Central crown in play

Sep. 27, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

Four teams, two National League playoff spots. And the AL Central champion. Besides postseason seeding, that's what remains to be decided on the last scheduled day of this bizarre baseball season. It could all come down to the wire at once in a wild rush, too, with every meaningful game Sunday starting just...

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Michael Perez, left, tags out New York Mets' Pete Alonso at home plate during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Alonso, Mets put Rays' clinch party on hold with 5-2 win

Sep. 23, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The thrifty Tampa Bay Rays have spent a decade trying to take down the big spenders in their division. They'll have to wait at least one more night to put away the New York Yankees. Pete Alonso and the New York Mets prevented Tampa Bay from clinching the AL East crown Tuesday, beating the...

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman starts to run after hitting a two-RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Braves blow out Mets 15-2, inch closer to NL East crown

Sep. 19, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eyeing a third consecutive NL East crown, the power-packed Atlanta Braves got their top starter back and made it an awfully easy night for him. Freddie Freeman added three more hits to his burgeoning MVP campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of Atlanta's six homers and the Braves battered New...

New York Yankees' Clint Frazier, left, scores the game-winning run on a wild pitch by New York Mets relief pitcher Dellin Betances, right, to close the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in New York. The Yankees won 2-1. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Yankees edge Mets 2-1 to avert longest slide in 25 years

Aug. 29, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees lost eight in a row, it was a different millennium. One game a day suited them much better Saturday. Clint Frazier scored the winning run on Dellin Betances' wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Yankees averted their longest losing streak...

Tampa Bay Rays pinch hitter Michael Brosseau hits an RBI single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in New York. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and home plate umpire Jansen Visconti are behind the plate. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rays beat Yankees again 4-2; Cole's streak intact after ND

Aug. 20, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole was pretty steamed about getting pulled — and he didn't hide it. He wasn't the only frustrated member of the New York Yankees, who are quickly growing tired of losing to Tampa Bay. Pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the...

Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer (31) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Healthy ace Scherzer pitches Nats past Mets 2-1 for 1st win

Aug. 12, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer was grinding on the mound and grunting with each pitch, forced to work particularly hard just to get through the first two innings. But he also looked healthy all the while — a wonderful sign for the Washington Nationals. Scherzer showed no effects of hamstring trouble,...

New York Mets' J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with teammate Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets hit 3 HRs, end makeshift Marlins' 6-game win streak 8-4

Aug. 9, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All those missing pitchers finally caught up to the Miami Marlins. J.D. Davis homered and drove in a career-high four runs, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto also connected, and the New York Mets slowed down the makeshift Marlins with an 8-4 victory Saturday. “We just got hurt by the...

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Detroit, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MLB looks to shorter doubleheaders to ease scheduling chaos

Aug. 3, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds were the first teams to try out baseball’s new time-saving measure — a doubleheader with seven-inning games. They ended up having a long day anyway after the opener was delayed for more than two hours because of rain. It’s been that kind of season so far...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge follows through on an eighth-inning, two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki is at right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Red-hot Judge powers streaking Yankees past Red Sox 9-7

Aug. 3, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge insists he's not quite locked in at the plate yet. Tell that to his teammates — or the Boston Red Sox. The big slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, connecting for the fifth straight game and breaking an eighth-inning tie with a tape-measure shot that powered the...