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Blue Jays down 9-0 after one

Toronto was hoping to beat the Rays today, then get a Royals loss to slide into the No. 1 overall spot in the AL. That looks very unlikely after a nine-run first for Tampa Bay. Follow live

Game 162 = celebration time for Mets fans

There's nothing on the line for the NL East champs on the final day, but fans were likely relieved at Curtis Granderson's first-inning single to end any chance of being no-hit in back-to-back games. Follow live


Cubs grab 3-0 first-inning lead

Anthony Rizzo capped Chicago's three-run opening inning with a two-run single. If the Cubs beat the Brewers and the Pirates lose to the Reds (PIT leads 1-0 in 1st), Chicago would host the NL wild card game. Follow live

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.

Pujols starts must-win in style

Albert Pujols hit his 40th HR of the season in the first inning to put Los Angeles ahead 2-0 over the Rangers. The Angels need to win today and get some help to make the playoffs. Follow live

Angels @Angels

Albert now at 560 career HRs, three shy of matching Reggie Jackson for 13th all-time. #Angels

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

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.

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.


NL scenario: wild card No. 1

  • Pirates host WC game with win or Cubs loss.
  • Cubs host WC game with win and Pirates loss.


Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Dan Jennings on the possibility of Dee Gordon winning a batting title: "We love the kid. He's been such a humongous part of us with his energy and upbeat spirit and attitude.''

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Marlins manager Dan Jennings said he'll be keeping a close watch on NL batting race today. Dee Gordon begins the day at .3306 -- a sliver behind Nationals Bryce Harper, who's at .3307.

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.