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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)

Injuries keep Clevinger, Lamet off Padres' wild-card roster

Sep. 30, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Starting pitchers Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet were left off the San Diego Padres’ 28-man roster for their wild card series against the St. Louis Cardinals due to injuries that forced them out of their final regular-season starts. The Padres hoped the two would be healthy...

Republicans don't want Bucks, Brewers at early voting sites

Sep. 30, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party warned Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots, including the Brewers' famous racing sausages, to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, right, steals second base as Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa takes the throw in the first inning of an American League wild-card series baseball game Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Buxton 'not 100%,' out of Twins lineup for Game 2 vs. Astros

Sep. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins held center fielder Byron Buxton out of their lineup Wednesday for the elimination game against Houston for unspecified health reasons, five days after he was hit in the head by a pitch. Buxton experienced mild concussion symptoms after the beaning forced him out of...

Cubs put C Phegley, INF Vargas on playoff roster

Sep. 30, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs put catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Ildemaro Vargas on their roster for their NL wild-card series against the Miami Marlins. First-year manager David Ross had Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini in his starting lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday, so the addition of Phegley...

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval warms up before the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former World Series MVP Sandoval on Braves' roster vs. Reds

Sep. 30, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pablo Sandoval is on the Atlanta Braves' roster for the NL wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2012 World Series MVP joined the Braves after being released by the San Francisco Giants a couple of weeks ago. He started at third base in the final game of the regular season, going...

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, left, beats the tag by Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado to score on a Nelson Cruz's RBI double off Astros pitcher Zack Greinke in the third inning in Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Curses! Postseason losses continue for long-suffering teams

Sep. 30, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

It was not a good start to the Major League Baseball postseason for those who don’t believe in curses. The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics extended their string of postseason futility on Tuesday with losses in the openers of their respective best-of-three, wild-card series. If they don't win Game 2...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by Aaron Hicks after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) in the first inning of Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

No debate: Judge, Yankees pound Bieber, Indians in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — On a night for debates, Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees made quite an opening statement. Shane Bieber had no rebuttal. Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Bieber's fourth pitch, Cole struck out 13 in his New York playoff debut and the Yankees opened their AL...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts follows through on a throw to the infield during a workout, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, ahead of Wednesday's Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Milwaukee Brewers. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Dodgers confident going into NL wild-card series vs Brewers

Sep. 29, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Best record in the majors. More home runs than anyone. Best bullpen ERA and home record in the National League. The Los Angeles Dodgers have checked nearly every box on the way to their eighth straight postseason appearance. Now if they could just do something about that 32-year...

Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena hits a triple off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray during the fourth inning of Game 1 of a wild card series playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Snell sharp, Margot HR, Rays beat Blue Jays 3-1 in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Beyond ace lefty Blake Snell, the small-market Tampa Bay Rays are light on household names. On the postseason stage, the American League’s No. 1 seed showed just where all that dominance is coming from. “Tonight was a pretty good representation of the Tampa Bay...

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)

A capsule look at the Cardinals-Padres playoff series

Sep. 29, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres beginning Wednesday. All games in San Diego: ___ ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Record: 30-28. Playoff Entry: second place, NL Central. Playoff Seed: No. 5. Manager: Mike Shildt (third season). Projected Rotation: LHP...