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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)

Hayes' sparkling arrival gives Pirates something to build on

Sep. 28, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates began 2020 with plenty of questions. The truncated 60-game schedule provided few answers save for one: Ke'Bryan Hayes can play. Really, really play. The rookie third baseman's splashy debut — one that finished with a flourish thanks to an eight-game hitting...

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Enrique Hernandez, left, and right fielder Adam Kolarek celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Column: A season like no other gets playoffs like no other

Sep. 28, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

The playoffs are here, and there’s no better way to start than by throwing out the first ball Tuesday in Minnesota with the cheating Astros and their 29-31 record. It’s entirely possible, if not terribly likely, that the Astros could suddenly discover a way to start hitting the ball and make the...

Texas Rangers shortstop Anderson Tejeda (71) celebrates with center fielder Leody Taveras, right, while second baseman Rougned Odor, left, looks on after a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Texas beat Houston 8-4. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Rangers rebuilding while their new stadium hosting playoffs

Sep. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Playoff games and the World Series will be played this October in the new Texas Rangers ballpark. The home team is far from being part of the postseason festivities. In this most unusual of seasons, delayed and abbreviated by the pandemic and now with most of the MLB playoffs at...

Seattle Mariners' Marco Gonzales pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Mariners see development, progress in truncated season

Sep. 28, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Sometime around the midpoint of the truncated 60-game season, Scott Servais noticed an obvious shift in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse. While the focus on development of young players was still there, Servais said it became clear his young team was growing in confidence, and the expectation...

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer delivers to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals conclude 2020 season with eye on progress of youth

Sep. 28, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals spent the 60-game season in 2020 saying farewell to longtime outfielder Alex Gordon, one of the linchpins of their back-to-back World Series runs, and welcome to the young core they hope will take them back there. Brady Singer nearly threw a no-hitter in his...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver, left, scratches his head as he leaves the mound after being relieved after the Houston Astros scored two runs, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Not much went right in disappointing season for Diamondbacks

Sep. 28, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was one of many reasons the Arizona Diamondbacks fell well short of expectations this season. His assessment of his own personal struggles on the mound a few weeks ago summed up the team's summer quite well. “2020 sucks,” Bumgarner said. "I'm pretty much on...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after grounding out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Another September collapse could spur changes for Phillies

Sep. 28, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A third straight September collapse left the Philadelphia Phillies out of the postseason for the ninth straight season. Major changes could be coming. President Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak are clearly on the hot seat after failing to produce a winning record in any of...

ADDS NAMES - From left to right, Miami Marlins left fielder Magnerius Sierra, right fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Lewis Brinson celebrate after they shut out the New York Yankees in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

For Marlins, playoff berth could be start of a new era

Sep. 28, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' first playoff appearance since 2003 is not supposed to last long. They're regarded as young, inexperienced overachievers who benefited from the short season and expanded playoff format. They were outscored by 41 runs this year, and no team has longer odds of winning the...

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) walks to the dugout after being removed by manager Gabe Kapler during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Giants just miss playoffs, losing on season's final day

Sep. 28, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From a false-positive coronavirus test for outfielder Alex Dickerson that postponed a pair of road games against the Padres to getting smoked out of Seattle by the West Coast wildfires — all in a six-day span — the San Francisco Giants stressed their resiliency in...

Baltimore Orioles' Cedric Mullins, left, celebrates with Ryan Mountcastle (6) and Austin Hays after the team's 13-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Orioles show progress in second year of rebuild under Elias

Sep. 28, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

If Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias was to assess his rebuilding project on results alone, he'd take no satisfaction in finishing 10 games under .500 and in fourth place in the AL East. Elias, however, remains focused on the long term. So he sees reason to be enthusiastic about the improvement the...