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Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tyler Kinley (40) is congratulated by catcher Elias Diaz after the final out of the ninth inning in a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in San Francisco. Colorado won 7-2. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Pillar, Márquez help Rockies hand Giants costly loss, 7-2

Sep. 22, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Pillar homered against his former team and German Márquez pitched six strong innings to snap a five-game losing streak as the Colorado Rockies stalled San Francisco’s playoff pursuit, beating the Giants 7-2 on Monday night. In the opener of an eight-game road trip to...

Tampa Bay Rays' Peter Fairbanks delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LEADING OFF: Rays, Indians try to clinch; Cole, Gray on hill

Sep. 22, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ ONE AND DONE Tampa Bay can clinch its first AL East crown since 2010 with a win at the New York Mets or a Yankees loss to Toronto. Blake Snell (4-1, 3.05 ERA), the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, gets the ball as the Rays look to become the second team...

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...

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado warms up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Arenado goes on injured list with sore left shoulder

Sep. 21, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

The Colorado Rockies will chase after a flickering playoff spot without All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was placed on the injured list with a sore left shoulder. Arenado has been hampered this season by inflammation in his AC joint, along with a bone bruise, and the team elected Monday to shut him down....

Yankees celebrate playoff berth with hotel lobby toast

Sep. 21, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

The New York Yankees found an unusual place to celebrate clinching a playoff berth in an atypical season. After losing at Boston on Sunday, the Yankees headed to Buffalo, New York, for the start of a series against Toronto, and New York's berth in the expanded 16-team playoffs was clinched when Seattle lost at...

Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, congratulates Joey Votto, who hit a solo home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Reds, Brewers and Cardinals charging hard in NL Central

Sep. 21, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

All the Cincinnati Reds needed was one extended winning streak to turn a disappointing season into a possible playoff berth. Cincinnati had high hopes after spending big in the offseason, but the Reds showed little sign of improvement until they ran off six straight victories recently. Now they're at .500 and in...

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler (26) celebrates with Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez (9) after they score on Kepler's two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Kepler homers and Twins beat Cubs and Darvish 4-0

Sep. 20, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered, José Berríos threw six shutout innings to outduel Yu Darvish and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Sunday night. Kepler had three hits and Josh Donaldson added two for the Twins, who took two of three from the NL Central-leading Cubs. After...

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. (23), Jurickson Profar (10), and Jake Cronenworth (9) celebrate after the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in San Diego. The Padres clinched a spot in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Rally puts Padres back in playoffs for 1st time in 14 years

Sep. 20, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After 14 long years, the San Diego Padres are back in the playoffs, this time with a cast of stars who never flinch when they get down. The Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 Sunday with a three-run rally in the 11th inning that included a go-ahead double by newcomer Mitch Moreland. In...