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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 brink of playoff berth

Sep. 21, 2020 10:37 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...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Harper hitless, Girardi ejected, Phils lose to Nats 5-1

Sep. 21, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was hitless in his return from back stiffness and Philadelpia manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the third inning of a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night that dropped the Phillies back to .500 and hurt their playoff hopes. A day after striking out with the...

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe celebrates as he reaches home plate after hitting a home run as New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, left, watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lowe homers, Rays inch past deGrom, Mets 2-1 despite 16 Ks

Sep. 21, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nate Lowe homered and scored both runs against NL Cy Young Award contender Jacob deGrom, and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame 16 strikeouts to move closer to an AL East title by beating the New York Mets 2-1 Monday night. The Rays trimmed their magic number to two for their first division title...

Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run with teammate Mike Moustakas, right, in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Eugenio Suárez homers, surging Reds beat Brewers 6-3

Sep. 21, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds aren't wilting in their first exposure to September playoff pressure in many years. Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer, Luis Castillo won his fourth straight start, and streaking Cincinnati moved above .500 for the first time since opening day, beating the Milwaukee Brewers...

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....

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 10:21 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jon Lester scattered four hits over six innings and the Chicago Cubs inched closer to their first NL Central title since 2017 with a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Lester (3-2) struck out one and walked one in his first victory since Aug. 11. He retired the first...

Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber smiles walking to the dugout in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LEADING OFF: Yankees' Cole, Reds' Gray take the mound

Sep. 21, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: HE'S BACK Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray is expected to come off the injured list and start the second game of the Reds' series against Milwaukee. Gray (5-3, 3.94 ERA) hasn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 10 because of a strained back. He...

Los Angeles Angels' Jared Walsh (25) celebrates with David Fletcher, left, Andrelton Simmons and Max Stassi, right, who all scored on Walsh's grand slam during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Jared Walsh's 1st grand slam powers Angels past Rangers, 8-5

Sep. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jared Walsh was a 39th-round pick who got a humble $3,000 signing bonus from the Los Angeles Angels. He used his cash to pay for an offseason of workouts, and then he never stopped grinding. Five years later, the 27-year-old rookie is the AL's leader in slugging percentage for...

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...

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, left, argues with home plate umpire Junior Valentine, right, after he was ejected during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Girardi, Quinn ejected from Phils' game vs Nationals

Sep. 21, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi and center fielder Roman Quinn were ejected from Monday night’s game against the Washington Nationals in the third inning for arguing a call by plate umpire Junior Valentine. Girardi came out of the dugout to argue after Quinn took a called third strike on an 84...