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  • Francisco Arcia 1st Player in MLB History to Catch, Pitch, Hit HR in Same Game

    Thursday's 21-3 blowout loss to the Oakland Athletics may not have been one to remember for the Los Angeles Angels as a team, but it certainly was for Angels catcher Francisco Arcia from an individual standpoint...

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  • Athletics Destroy Angels in 21-3 Blowout Win Amid Playoff Push

    The Oakland Athletics continued to close in on a playoff berth with a 21-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Oakland's magic number is now down to five . This article will be updated to provide more information soon...

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  • Chris Taylor’s homer in 10th lifts Dodgers past Rockies

    Chris Taylor homered to left field in the 10th inning Tuesday night, lifting the host Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Rockies that extended Los Angeles' National League West lead over Colorado to 1½ games. Taylor was mobbed by his teammates at home plate as they bopped up and down in celebration. A day after moving past the Rockies into first place, the defending NL champions matched their largest lead of the season on Taylor's one-out drive. The Dodgers won the series opener 8-2 behind homers...

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  • Snell wins 20th, ties Rays record in 4-0 victory over Texas

    Blake Snell became the major leagues' first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0 Tuesday night. Snell (20-5) threw one-hit ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy...

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  • Astros top Diamondbacks, extend AL West lead over A’s to 4½ games

    Houston's Justin Verlander struck out 11 in seven innings and the host Astros extended their American League West edge over the second-place A's to 4½ games by topping Arizona 5-4 on Sunday. Arizona, which is 4-12 since Aug. 31, fell 4½ games behind the first-place Rockies in the National League West. The Diamondbacks are four games behind the Dodgers and Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card berth. Verlander allowed one run on three hits. He matched his career high for strikeouts in a...

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  • A’s return for final homestand with a chance to clinch at the Coliseum

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The last homestand of the regular season begins Tuesday - and with six games at the Coliseum, the A's have a shot to clinch a playoff spot in front of their own fans. After a 5-4 loss to the Rays, Oakland's magic number to make the playoffs remained seven; any combination of A's wins and Tampa Bay losses will continue to shrink that. The earliest day Oakland could clinch would be Thursday if the Rays are the nearest pursuer at that point. "We're going to try to win as...

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  • A’s fall 7-5 at Tampa Bay after eighth-inning frustrations

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The whole opener thing Saturday - for the first time ever, both teams used relievers for the first inning - was over quickly and was uneventful. It was in the later innings that things went sour for Oakland, especially in the A's usual favorite, the eighth. A disputed strike three strangled Oakland's rally in the top of the inning, and in the bottom, Jeurys Familia endured his worst outing with Oakland, walking two before giving up a homer to Jake Bauers on, gulp, an 0-2...

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  • Indians rout Tigers to clinch third straight division title

    With ski goggles perched on his head, Michael Brantley stood in the middle of Cleveland's rocking clubhouse just a few feet from a bin overflowing with dozens of empty bottles. The party was in full swing. And as he watched his teammates celebrate, Brantley wanted to cherish an AL Central championship that seemed preordained. "I'm savoring every moment of this," Brantley said after Cleveland won its third straight division title with a 15-0 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers. "This never...

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  • Astros fall 4-2 to Diamondbacks, lose ground to A’s

    Pinch-hitter Jon Jay's tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning helped the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 4-2 Friday night, tightening a pair of playoff races. The AL West-leading Astros had their edge cut by the A's to 2½ games. Arizona moved within three games of St. Louis and Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card spot. It was 2-all when Nick Ahmed doubled off Hector Rondon with one out in the Arizona eighth. Jay hit a two-out, tiebreaking drive into the right field...

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  • Khris Davis’ homer in 10th gives A’s win over Rays, magic number is 7

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With the A's stuck in some serious offensive doldrums and the game tied in the 10th inning, Khris Davis provided a simple answer, negating all of Tampa Bay's strategic moves with one swing. Davis' major-league leading 42nd homer gave Oakland a 2-1 victory at Tropicana Field and pushed the A's nine games ahead of the Rays for the second wild card spot. Oakland remained a game and a half behind the Yankees for the top wild card, and with Houston still playing, the A's were...

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  • Mike Trout Reportedly Expected to Receive 'Lifetime' Contract Offer from Angels

    While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will be the biggest names on the free-agent market this offseason, it could be a player already under contract for the foreseeable future who could make the biggest splash...

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  • Mike Marjama Has a New Major-League Mission

    Everything always needed to be in the right place. At dinner, the plates needed to be right in the center, evenly matched on the place mats. The fork and knife needed to line up with the bottom of the plate...

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  • Joe Mauer’s grand slam helps Twins trim Yankees’ wild-card lead

    Though the Yankees remain on pace to reach the 100-win mark, the threat of being forced to take a cross-country trip, likely to Oakland, for a one-and-done postseason game sure has not disappeared. Joe Mauer hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, and the Twins beat visiting New York for the first time in 10 meetings, a 10-5 victory Tuesday night after another flop by Sonny Gray as a starter. Didi Gregorius answered with a slam of his own in the sixth, but that was the only bright spot for the...

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  • Angels' combined no-hit bid broken up in eighth inning

    Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled off Blake Parker with one out in the eighth inning, spoiling the Los Angeles Angels' bid for an unprecedented no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. Los Angeles was closing in on the record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter. The Houston Astros set the mark with...

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  • A’s stay unbeaten in Mike Fiers’ starts, top Orioles 3-2

    BALTIMORE - While chasing the Astros in the AL West and the Yankees for the top wild-card spot, the A's are also keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence and hoping none of their games against the league's worst team get rained out. On a day the team learned that top starter Sean Manaea is likely to be out for an entire year after shoulder surgery, ever-resilient Oakland beat the bedraggled Orioles 3-2 at Camden Yards. Mike Fiers, one of the four fill-in starters added to the rotation since March...

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  • Brad Peacock Diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

    Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is the latest Major League Baseball player to be diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease. Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle , Astros manager A...

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  • A's left-hander Manaea to undergo season-ending surgery

    Oakland Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder next week. The Athletics made the announcement Tuesday. The A's hold the second spot in the AL wild-card race. Manaea has been on the disabled list since Aug. 26. The surgery to repair an...

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  • Athletics Pitcher Sean Manaea Will Undergo Surgery to Repair Shoulder Injury

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Sept. 19, the team announced Tuesday. No timetable for recovery is expected to be announced until after the procedure is performed...

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  • Felix Hernandez Marches Through the Summer from Hell

    Voices come at him like memories wherever he is, no matter how bruised and battered rival hitters leave him. Running in the outfield before games at Safeco Field, fans call out. Around his beloved city of Seattle, friends call out...

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  • Ji-Man Choi hits 2-out HR in 9th to give Rays win over Cleveland

    With time running short, the Rays probably will miss the postseason - but they certainly look like a playoff team right now. Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer off Brad Hand with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Tampa Bay beat Cleveland 6-5 on Monday night to set a team record with its 12th straight home win. "That was my first career walk-off homer, and that was awesome," Choi said through a translator. The Rays have won 17 of 20 overall. Cleveland's Corey Kluber was chased in...

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  • Albert Pujols to Undergo Surgery to Repair Elbow Injury

    Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols has already been ruled out for the rest of the 2018 MLB season, and he's going to go under the knife once again...

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  • A’s roll 7-3, complete sweep of Rangers

    Their starting pitcher couldn't find the strike zone with a compass. Jed Lowrie, who usually bats third, had the day off. The rest of their hitters had little clue against Texas' first pitcher. And, still, the A's rolled to victory and completed another successful homestand. Sunday's 7-3 win over Texas offered a tidy snapshot of Oakland's crazy-good season. The A's leaned on their lights-out bullpen - seven relievers combined for 61/3 scoreless innings - got offensive contributions throughout...

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  • Report: Mike Trout to Be Offered Contract Extension by Angels in Offseason

    The Los Angeles Angels could start preparing for their future by discussing a new contract with star outfielder Mike Trout ...

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  • LEADING OFF: Ohtani slugging away with bad elbow, Gio debut

    A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE SHO GOES ON Shohei Ohtani doesn't need two good elbows to help the Angels. Doctors this week recommended the two-way rookie sensation have Tommy John surgery on his right pitching elbow, but Ohtani has been crushing it at the...

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