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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers during first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/David Dermer) Pennsylvania

LEADING OFF: NL playoff race wide open, AL nearly locked in

Sep. 25, 2020 2:24 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ CRUNCH TIME Eight teams in the National League are vying for four available postseason spots heading into the regular season’s final weekend, and Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty can get St. Louis a crucial win in the opener of a doubleheader against...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers during first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/David Dermer) Pennsylvania

LEADING OFF: NL playoff race wide open, AL nearly locked in

Sep. 24, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: ___ CRUNCH TIME Eight teams in the National League are vying for four available postseason spots heading into the regular season’s final weekend, and Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty can get St. Louis a crucial win in the opener of a doubleheader against...

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielders, from left, Jared Oliva, Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco (25) celebrate the final out of a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Kuhl goes 7 sharp innings, Pirates beat slumping Cubs 7-0

Sep. 24, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each homered in three-hit games in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo doubled to...

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Perez, Cordero power Royals to 12-3 rout of contending Cards

Sep. 23, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cardinals are headed back to Busch Stadium with their playoff fate still in their hands. No thanks to Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero. The pair of Royals each hit two homers and drove in five runs Wednesday night, and out-of-contention Kansas City got a solid start from Danny...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates cool off Hendricks, slip past playoff-bound Cubs 2-1

Sep. 23, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are heading to the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. If their offense doesn't pick up soon, it might be a short stay. Pittsburgh's Adam Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back homers off Kyle Hendricks as the...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

LEADING OFF: Glasnow, Rays try to win AL East, Bieber ready

Sep. 23, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: RAYS THE BANNER Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 4.21 ERA) gets his final tuneup for the postseason when he faces Robinson Canó and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Glasnow and the playoff-bound Rays hope to make it a special night -- they can clinch...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gomber pitches playoff-hunting Cards to 5-0 win over Royals

Sep. 22, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Austin Gomber heard longtime Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright say that his goal before pitching a complete game against Milwaukee last week was to throw no more than 12 pitches in any inning. Sounded like a good idea to him. With the same target in mind, the reliever-turned-starter...

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrates with Kyle Schwarber (12) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Sam Howard during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cubs clinch playoff spot, Pirates win on Stallings HR in 9th

Sep. 22, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs clinched a playoff spot under rookie manager David Ross, returning to the postseason after a one-year absence despite losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Tuesday night on a walk-off home run by Jacob Stallings. The NL Central-leading Cubs were assured a spot in the...

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...

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Cole Hamels heads to the dugout after being pulled from the mound during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

LHP Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves

Sep. 21, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season. Hamels reported shortly before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that he didn't feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start...