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ESPN, ESPN2, ABC average 1,836,000 viewers in wild card

Oct. 8, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC averaged 1,836,000 viewers for 16 broadcasts in Major League Baseball’s expanded wild-card round, drawing far more viewers for 16 games but an average down vastly from the single-knockout contests in previous years. The most-watched game was the New York...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays pinch-hitter Michael Brosseau, left, is restrained by a coach as second base umpire Chad Fairchild (4) warns New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman to stay away from Brosseau as the two players exchanged words following the Rays' 5-3 loss to the Yankees in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The altercation started after Chapman threw a high pitch at Brosseau. The Rays wear blue T-shirts with four horses lined up behind a fence, a reference to Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash declaring

A capsule look at the Yankees-Rays playoff series

Oct. 4, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-five playoff series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in San Diego beginning Monday: ___ Season Series: Rays won 8-2. ___ NEW YORK YANKEES Record: 33-27. Playoff Entry: second place, AL East. Playoff Seed: No. 5. Manager: Aaron Boone (third season). Projected Rotation:...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi spends a few moments alone on the mound after the 2020 season ended as the Twins lost the American League wild-card series to the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Astros beat them 3-1 in Game 2, Odorizzi did not pitch in the series. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Over in a hurry: A couple bad days end MLB seasons

Oct. 2, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

Joey Votto was at a bit of a loss to describe what had happened to the Reds. Two games, 22 innings and zero runs: Just like that, Cincinnati and its faltering offense had been eliminated from the MLB playoffs by the Atlanta Braves. “There's so few opportunities to show your true selves in a two-game...

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Cavan Biggio throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Mike Zunino at first during the fifth 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)

Taste of playoffs leaves young Blue Jays 'hungry for more'

Oct. 1, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A brief taste of playoff baseball gave the young Toronto Blue Jays a big appetite for another shot at October glory. “We’re hungry for more, so we’ll be back,” catcher Danny Jansen said after the Blue Jays were swept out of the wild-card round by the AL East...

Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates driving in the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

September Madness: MLB stages 8 playoff games in 1 day

Oct. 1, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

Shortly after noon in Atlanta, Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds slapped the first pitch from Max Fried to right field for a single, beginning a day of baseball unlike any that had come before. Eight postseason games, all starting in a span of around 10 hours. “This is like September Madness,”...

The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after eliminating the Toronto Blue Jays during Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Renfroe slam helps Rays sweep young Blue Jays in 1st round

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays gathered in front of their dugout and posed for a celebratory team picture they're hoping will not be the last they take this postseason. Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam and the top-seeded Rays won a postseason series for the first time in 12 years,...

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...

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez, right, celebrates a win over the New York Yankees with teammates after a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Tellez on Blue Jays' roster against Rays and Roark left off

Sep. 29, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — First baseman Rowdy Tellez is on the Toronto Blue Jays' roster for their first round playoff series against Tampa Bay after recovering from a strained right knee that had sidelined him since Sept. 8. Tellez could be a designated hitter option for the top-seeded Rays in the...

Members of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

A capsule look at the Blue Jays-Rays playoff series

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, beginning Tuesday. ___ TORONTO BLUE JAYS Record: 32-28. Playoff Entry: AL wild card. Playoff Seed: No. 8. Manager: Charlie Montoyo (second season). Projected Rotation: RHP Matt Shoemaker...

Members of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Young Blue Jays say they aren't intimidated by top seed Rays

Sep. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays opened the pandemic-delayed season a little over two months ago, there was little to indicate the AL East rivals might meet again to begin the playoffs. While the Rays launched the truncated 60-game schedule with expectations of...