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9:40 AM ET, October 1, 2016


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
Ortiz Delivers Another HR, Red Sox Beat Blue Jays 5-3  —  BOSTON — Opening his final weekend with yet another game-winning homer, David Ortiz lined a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.
Barbara Barker / Newsday:NEW!
Mark Teixeira proud of his baseball career … Now that it's almost over — now that the remainder of his baseball career has come down to a handful of at-bats — Mark Teixeira is allowing himself to step back and let the magnitude of it all wash over him.  —  He is allowing himself to remember …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and Newsday
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
For Kansas City's toddlers, Royals missing playoffs is unheard of
Discussion: Royals Review
Associated Press:
Bruce, Gsellman Move Mets Closer to Playoff Spot, Beat Phils  —  PHILADELPHIA — Jay Bruce and Robert Gsellman made scoreboard-watching irrelevant for the New York Mets.  —  Bruce homered for the third straight game and drove in three runs, Gsellman threw six sharp innings and the Mets moved closer …
Yahoo Sports:
Bruce, Gsellman move Mets closer to playoff spot, beat Phils (Yahoo Sports)
Associated Press:
Martinez, Holliday, Cards Stay Close in Race, Blank Pirates  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSOCT. 1, 2016, 12:06 A.M. E.D.T.  —  ST. LOUIS — Carlos Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Matt Holliday hit an emotional home run and the St. Louis Cardinals stayed in the middle of the NL wild-card race …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Bucs Dugout
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals won't pick up Holliday's option for 2017
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Yahoo Sports
Zach Buchanan /
Bryan Price to return as Reds' manager  —  The Cincinnati Reds will be changing decision-makers in the front office after this season, with president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty going into quasi-retirement and general manager Dick Williams taking over final say on baseball decisions.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Umpires: MLB requires ‘immediate’ challenge of walk-off double
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Cardinals Get a Key Hit, and a Key (Blown) Call
Associated Press:
Marte Homers to Lead Angels Over Astros  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSOCT. 1, 2016, 1:09 A.M. E.D.T.  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jefry Marte homered and scored twice and Daniel Wright earned his first major league victory to help the Los Angeles Angels defeat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Yahoo Sports:
Was the Ricky Nolasco trade a mistake?
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Associated Press:
Trumbo Hits 47th, Schoop 5 RBIs as Orioles Top Yankees 8-1  —  NEW YORK — Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also went deep in a six-run fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-1 in steady rain Friday night to maintain their AL wild-card lead.
Associated Press:
Darvish Stars as Rangers Beat Rays 3-1 and Clinch Home Field  —  ARLINGLTON, Texas — Yu Darvish looked playoff-ready with a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Friday night and clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and DRaysBay
Associated Press:
Cabrera 2 HRs, Tigers Move Up in Playoff Race, Beat Braves  —  ATLANTA — Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton also connected and the Detroit Tigers moved up in the playoff race, beating the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Friday night.  —  The Tigers won their third straight …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Bless You Boys
Associated Press:
Marlins Tame Harper, Nationals for 7-4 Win  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSOCT. 1, 2016, 12:12 A.M. E.D.T.  —  WASHINGTON — Christian Yelich homered and Dee Gordon's infield single in the sixth inning scored the go-ahead run as the Miami Marlins beat the NL East champion Washington Nationals 6-4 on Friday night.
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Associated Press:
Goldschmidt, Owings Homer as D-Backs Beat Padres 5-3  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSOCT. 1, 2016, 2:00 A.M. E.D.T.  —  PHOENIX — Chris Owings has had an odd season.  Thrust into duty at center field when A.J. Pollock was hurt, then sidelined with foot injury, now back at shortstop as the season winds down.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
New York Daily News:
Masahiro Tanaka is healthy scratch for final start of season as Yankees shut ace down  —  Masahiro Tanaka's season is over.  —  The flexor mass strain that forced him to skip his last start appears to be healed, but with the Yankees already eliminated from postseason contention …
Associated Press:
Cano Hits 2 Homers, Mariners Tighten Wild-Card Race, Top A's  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSOCT. 1, 2016, 1:06 A.M. E.D.T.  —  SEATTLE — Robinson Cano hit two home runs, Taijuan Walker pitched six effective innings and the Seattle Mariners moved within one game of the second AL wild-card spot …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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