David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Not a good first inning for Cole Hamels. Albert Pujols unloads with a two-run homer and Hamels throws 19 pitches. Rangers bullpen is very thin today so Hamels has to get that pitch count down and pitch reasonably deep into this game.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

We have 15 baseball games, I'm, kicking off right now. And 7 of them will determine the shape of the postseason. Can't wait.

Baylor rises in Power Rankings

The Bears jumped seven spots in ESPN's rankings after their first Big 12 win. Where are they slotted now? Power Rankings

Frogs jump five spots in Power Rankings

After TCU manhandled Texas on Saturday, the Horned Frogs are near the top of ESPN's rankings. Power Rankings

ESPN Stats & Info

What's at stake today

The Angels can't win a wild-card spot outright, but they can still force a tie for it. The Astros clinch a playoff spot with a win, but which one will it be? That depends on the Texas Rangers, who could really simplify things by just winning the division title on Sunday.

Week 5 upsets shake up AP Poll (1:58)

AL scenario: West winner

  • Rangers clinch AL West with win or Astros loss.
  • If Rangers lose and Astros win, Rangers-Astros play one-game playoff for AL West; loser gets WC berth.

Impact Performance Nominees (1:12)

AL scenario: wild card No. 1

  • Yankees clinch home field for AL WC game with a win or Astros loss.
  • Astros clinch home field for AL WC game with a win, Yankees loss and Rangers win.
  • If Yankees lose and Angels and Astros win, Rangers-Astros play one-game playoff for AL West with loser hosting NY in WC game.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Toughest job today belongs to Rangers manager Jeff Banister if Cole Hamels doesn't pitch deep into the game. Top relievers Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have each pitched five days in a row. Plus Rangers could face a tiebreaker game on Monday and a wild-card game on Tuesday.

Who wins the Cowboys and Saints matchup? (1:44)

Eagles now division favorites?

After picking up a game on the Cowboys in Week 3, the Eagles are now clear favorites to win the NFC East, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. Dallas is still close, but New York and Washington look like long shots.

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Big 12 teams in great spots after Week 5

The same Big 12 that was left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff may now be in the best position of any conference. See where TCU and Baylor rank in Mark Schlabach's top four. GameDay Kickoff

Top three waiver wire picks for Week 4 (2:15)
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How do the Cowboys activate Christine Michael?

As the Cowboys look to formulate their 46-man roster for Sunday, the biggest questions come on the offensive and defensive lines and at running back.

Who's the top option in Dallas?

If last week is any indication, the Cowboys' passing game will lean on Lance Dunbar as long as Brandon Weeden is in the lineup. ESPN Stats & Info breaks it down.


Angels-Rangers was game of the year

The pitching performance of the year belonged to Max Scherzer on Saturday, but the Angels' miraculous comeback win over the Rangers was the game of the year. Saturday's Top 5

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Doctson's ridiculous one-handed catch

TCU WR Josh Doctson's latest incredible catch is worth your admiration. See Week 5's best images from around the country. Photo gallery