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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, top right, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Cubs, Marlins set to meet after bumpy paths to postseason

Sep. 29, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs manager David Ross had to remind himself Monday night that Chicago was still two days away from opening the playoffs against the Miami Marlins. Game 1 of their best-of-three wild-card series is Wednesday at Wrigley Field. And Ross can't wait. “I was laying in bed last night,...

Miami Marlins catcher Chad Wallach (17) congratulates relief pitcher James Hoyt who replaced Daniel Castano in the ninth inning of their shutout of the New York Yankees in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A capsule look at the Marlins-Cubs playoff series

Sep. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs beginning Wednesday. All games in Chicago: ___ MIAMI MARLINS Record: 31-29. Playoff Entry: second place, NL East. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Don Mattingly (fifth season). Projected Rotation: RHP Pablo Lopez (6-4, 3.61...

ADDS NAMES - From left to right, Miami Marlins left fielder Magnerius Sierra, right fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Lewis Brinson celebrate after they shut out the New York Yankees in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

For Marlins, playoff berth could be start of a new era

Sep. 29, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' first playoff appearance since 2003 is not supposed to last long. They're regarded as young, inexperienced overachievers who benefited from the short season and expanded playoff format. They were outscored by 41 runs this year, and no team has longer odds of winning the...

Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm (70) hits a run-scoring double during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Marlins beat Yanks 5-0 for winning season, face Cubs

Sep. 28, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami heads to its first postseason appearance since the Marlins' 2003 World Series title with its first winning record in more than a decade. Rookie Jazz Chisholm had a home run and three RBIs on Sunday in a 5-0 win over the New York Yankees. Miami (31-29) finished third in the NL East and...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jorge Alcala, right, tags out Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos as he tries to steal home on a wild pitch during the tenth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Reds won 5-3. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Reds beat Twins 5-3 in 10; Minnesota wins AL Central

Sep. 27, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles during a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday in a regular-season finale that determined postseason matchups. Cincinnati (31-29) became the National League’s seventh seed and will...

Chicago Cubs' Billy Hamilton, right, celebrates with Cameron Maybin after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Slow start sends White Sox to costly 10-8 loss vs Cubs

Sep. 27, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria had a succinct message for his team after a disappointing finish to a successful regular season. Forget about it, he said. It's time to move on. “We have to respond,” Renteria said. “We don't respond, we're out.” Reynaldo...

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez watches his double off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Nik Turley during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Indians rally past Pirates, will host Yankees in playoffs

Sep. 27, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — and the New York Yankees are coming to town. Carlos Santana had four RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Indians rallied for an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates...

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...

Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada, right, is congratulated by Nick Madrigal after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Moncada homers as White Sox win 9-5; Cubs clinch NL Central

Sep. 27, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox picked up a victory they sorely needed and the Cubs clinched a division championship. Consider it a win-win for Chicago. Yoan Moncada homered, José Abreu hit a three-run double and the playoff-bound White Sox beat the NL Central champion Cubs 9-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field...

Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez, left, scores on a wild pitch by Cincinnati Reds' Luis Castillo, right, who covers the plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Twins won 7-3, with Castillo taking the loss. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins beat Reds 7-3, clinch home field in 1st round

Sep. 26, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There was no excited reaction Saturday night after the Minnesota Twins guaranteed they’ll be at home when the postseason begins Tuesday. Instead, they took a casual postgame stroll out of the dugout toward the middle of the infield and congratulated each other as though it was a...