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Ottavino botches throw, Yankees miss to chance to clinch

Sep. 19, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An hour after the Yankees missed a chance to clinch the AL East, reliever Adam Ottavino was back on the field with a ball and glove, standing solemnly halfway between the mound and the plate. It may still be unofficial, but the Yankees are preparing for October baseball, and New York's mad...

LEADING OFF: Cards-Cubs rivalry, Tigers-Indians not so close

Sep. 19, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: HEAD TO HEAD Old rivals meet at Wrigley Field when the first-place Cardinals face the Cubs in the opener of a four-game series that could go a long way toward deciding the NL Central. Jack Flaherty (10-8, 3.05 ERA) pitches against Chicago right-hander Kyle...

Diamondbacks bounce back with 5-4 win over Marlins

Sep. 19, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A bullpen blowup put the Arizona Diamondbacks in a tough spot Tuesday night. A next-day bounce back keeps their slim NL wild-card hopes alive. Mike Leake worked effectively through traffic into the seventh inning, Domingo Leyba had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks rebounded from an ugly loss to...

Giants rout Red Sox 11-3, giving Bochy 2,000th win

Sep. 19, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The San Francisco Giants helped manager Bruce Bochy reach yet another milestone before his retirement at the end of the season. San Francisco's 11-3 rout of the Red Sox on Wednesday night was Bochy's 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors. "I've been lucky. I've been blessed to...

Iglesias' double in 10th leads Reds past Cubs 3-2

Sep. 19, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — José Iglesias had an RBI double in the 10th inning and five Cincinnati pitchers combined for a four-hitter as the Reds recorded their second straight win over the playoff-contending Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers trail the NL Central-leading St....

Alonso hits 49th HR, helps Mets rally in 9th to beat Rockies

Sep. 19, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Pete Alonso didn't need a big swing in the ninth inning — just a good eye. Alonso hit his major league-leading 49th homer, then drew a bases-loaded walk during a four-run rally in the ninth that sent the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday. New York closed to three...

Padres beat Brewers 2-1 behind Lamet's 14 strikeouts

Sep. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Since losing Christian Yelich for the season, the Milwaukee Brewers stepped up their push for the playoffs, winning six of their first seven games without the reigning NL MVP. But in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night, the Brewers were stymied by right-hander Dinelson...

Harper, Eflin power Phillies to 4-1 win over Braves

Sep. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Zach Eflin insists the Philadelphia Phillies won't go down without a fight. "We have the guys in the clubhouse to do it and get there and make a postseason run," he said. "We're looking forward to riding the momentum in these coming days and the next series we have and really do just...

Yankees lose to Angels 3-2, miss chance to clinch AL East

Sep. 18, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino sailed a 30-foot throw home on Albert Pujols' tiebreaking chopper, and the sloppy New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday night with a chance to clinch the AL East. New York could still lock up the division title if Tampa Bay loses to the...

Lewis hits fifth homer in nine days, Mariners top Bucs 4-1

Sep. 18, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After hitting four home runs in his first six games, Kyle Lewis finally hit a rough patch when he struck out four times in his last one. One day later, the Seattle Mariners' 24-year-old rookie right fielder went deep again. Lewis homered for the fifth time in eight major league games, and...