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Oakland Athletics catcher Jonah Heim, left, celebrates with Lou Trivino after the Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics clinch first AL West title since 2013

Sep. 22, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, ending its three-year reign as division champion and making the A's the first team in the majors to lock up a...

Seattle Mariners' Evan White (12) is congratulated by Kyle Seager after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gonzales shuts down Astros as Mariners roll to 6-1 victory

Sep. 22, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales pumped his fist and let out a scream after striking out Michael Brantley on a full-count pitch to finish off eight shutout innings. The emotion poured out. Seattle’s ace was determined to finally get the best of the Astros, and in the process he helped provide the...

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) moves in to tag out Miami Marlins' Monte Harrison, back right, at third base for a double play on a throw from first baseman Freddie Freeman as Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon ducks in the foreground during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Bullpen, defense preserves Braves 5-4 win over Marlins

Sep. 22, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At the start, it looked like a slugfest. By the end, it came down to defense. The Braves ad-libbed a brilliant double play to snuff out a potential Miami comeback in the ninth, moving Atlanta a step closer to a third straight NL East title with a 5-4 victory over the second-place Marlins on...

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe celebrates as he reaches home plate after hitting a home run as New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, left, watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lowe homers, Rays inch past deGrom, Mets 2-1 despite 16 Ks

Sep. 22, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are ready for a party — and mum on the details. “I’m not saying nothing," closer Nick Anderson said with a laugh. Shouldn't have to wait much longer to see what they have in store. Nate Lowe homered and scored both runs against NL Cy Young Award...

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher Jace Fry during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Santana's homer lifts Indians to win, brink of playoff berth

Sep. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians left Progressive Field on the brink of a playoff berth and went home. The party's on hold. In 2020, little goes as planned. “Everything is awkward this year," acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. “So you can add that to it.” Carlos Santana's two-run homer...

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez (71) fist-bumps third baseman Maikel Franco (7) before leaving in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals rally behind stout bullpen to beat Cardinals, 4-1

Sep. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were into the Kansas City bullpen by the fourth inning, and Adam Wainwright was looking like a spry youngster rather than a 39-year-old workhorse as the right-hander sliced through the Royals batting order. Just about everything was looking up for a team...

Toronto Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk (85) is mobbed by teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, Teoscar Hernández (37) and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., right, after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Rookie Alejandro Kirk has HR, 4 hits, Jays beat Yankees 11-5

Sep. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Alejandro Kirk became the first catcher 21 or younger since Johnny Bench with at least four hits that included two for extra bases, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 11-5 Monday night to drop New York 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota for home-field advantage in the first...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Quintana is back in time to help the Cubs’ playoff push. The NL Central-leading Cubs will activate the veteran left-handed pitcher and start him against the Pirates. Injuries have dogged Quintana for much of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Lester cruises, Schwarber responds as Cubs top Pirates 5-0

Sep. 21, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Schwarber found the quickest way to get back in his manager's good graces: hit the ball hard and deliver in the clutch. Done and done. The Chicago Cubs left fielder responded to a very public benching by first-year manager David Ross by doubling twice and driving in two insurance...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Harper hitless, Girardi ejected, Phils lose to Nats 5-1

Sep. 21, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was hitless in his return from back stiffness and Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the third inning of a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night that dropped the Phillies back to .500 and hurt their playoff hopes. “We played poorly, really...

Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run with teammate Mike Moustakas, right, in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Eugenio Suárez homers, surging Reds beat Brewers 6-3

Sep. 21, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds aren't wilting in their first exposure to September playoff pressure in many years. Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer, Luis Castillo won his fourth straight start, and streaking Cincinnati moved above .500 for the first time since opening day, beating the Milwaukee Brewers...