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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) reacts at first after his single during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. Also seen is Nationals first base coach Bob Henley at right. The Nationals won 15-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Despite virus-related obstacles, baseball reaches postseason

Sep. 28, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

The 2020 baseball season began with Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19. Now, he's a 21-year-old batting champion — after beating out another player who went through his own ordeal with the coronavirus. Perhaps it was fitting. Soto finished atop the National League with a .351 average Sunday, becoming...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton lies on the ground after being hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds' Lucas Sims during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LEADING OFF: Ailing players heal up, Yanks back in Cleveland

Sep. 27, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: HOW DOES IT FEEL? American League playoff teams get only one day off to assess injuries and make roster decisions before the first round begins Tuesday. Minnesota has a couple of ailing hitters in third baseman Josh Donaldson (right calf) and center fielder...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Los Angeles Angels fired general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 after the long-struggling franchise finished its fifth consecutive losing season under his watch. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Angels fire GM Billy Eppler after 5 straight losing seasons

Sep. 27, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels fired general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday after the long-struggling franchise finished its fifth consecutive losing season under his watch. Eppler was under contract for one more year with the Angels in an extension he signed in July with no public...

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game to earn a playoff birth Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records

Sep. 27, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped their last game to finish with a losing record. Guess what? They’re going to the playoffs. “Weird. I guess that’s the only way to describe it. It’s fitting for...

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Enrique Hernandez, left, and right fielder Adam Kolarek celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Pollock hits 2 HRs, playoff-bound Dodgers blank Angels 5-0

Sep. 27, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AJ Pollock homered twice and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 5-0 victory on Sunday to end the pandemic-shortened regular season. Pollock’s drive gave the Dodgers a major league-leading 118 homers. It was their fifth...

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout hits a home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Too little, too late: Angels, Trout miss playoffs again

Sep. 26, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout is out again. Out of the postseason, that is. For the ninth time in 10 years, the Los Angeles Angels superstar will spend October on the couch. “I don’t like losing,” he said Saturday. “It’s frustrating and it sucks.” The Angels were...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Gavin Lux, Kenley Jansen, Edwin Rios and Enrique Hernandez, from left, celebrate a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Dodgers 5 HRs, bounce Angels 9-5; Astros get last AL spot

Sep. 26, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner homered twice and AJ Pollock, Will Smith and Edwin Ríos also went deep as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Angels 9-5 on Friday to open the first-ever season-closing Freeway Series. The loss mathematically eliminated the Angels from postseason contention in...

Mookie Betts (50) of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Dodgers' Betts unseats Yankees' Judge for MLB's top jersey

Sep. 25, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dodgers star Mookie Betts supplanted Yankees slugger Aaron Judge on Friday for baseball's top-selling jersey in his first year on the West Coast. Judge's pinstriped No. 99 had been the most popular uniform in the majors for three straight years, but he's been bumped by his former AL East...

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger works against a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Clevinger suddenly pulled after 1 inning, Pads fall to Halos

Sep. 23, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The euphoria of clinching their first playoff berth in 14 seasons three days earlier was tempered for the San Diego Padres when right-hander Mike Clevinger was suddenly pulled after only one inning of his start Wednesday. Clevinger was sent for an MRI on his right biceps while the Padres...

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger works against a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Clevinger lasts just one inning in start for Padres

Sep. 23, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Mike Clevinger of the playoff-bound San Diego Padres lasted only one inning in his start against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The team said the right-hander's departure was unplanned but didn't provide any other information. Clevinger's start had been pushed back from...