|New Yorkers said goodbye to David Ortiz on Thursday night, and they did it in style. Before and during Big Papi's last night playing in the Bronx, Yankees fans came through big time. From greetings on the streets of Manhattan to a nice ovation as he came off the field at Yankee Stadium for a pinch-runner after walking in the fourth inning of the 5-1 loss, Papi said he enjoyed every moment of it.
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|When the Cubs extended Theo Epstein's contract for five years on Wednesday, paying him about $10 million a year, it was a no-brainer for all parties involved.
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|The Texas Rangers are closing in on home-field advantage throughout the postseason. That advantage doesn't guarantee October success, but it beats the alternative.
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|The Boston Red Sox were widely favored to win the American League East in 2016, so this latest division championship isn't exactly a stunner. Besides, what is that they say about the joy being in the journey?
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|Joey Amalfitano was a bonus baby with the Giants in 1954, which meant he had to spend the entire regular season in the big leagues even if he appeared in only nine games. Even if he had only five at-bats, all five coming in the final week of the regular season.
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|Carlos Gomez is back, which means that the amount of excitement in Major League Baseball has increased. Released by the Astros on Aug. 18, after a truly substandard performance, Gomez has revived his career with the Rangers.
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|The long journey for Red Sox manager John Farrell from cancer recovery to another World Series championship is only partially complete, he said on Wednesday night as his club locked up the American League East title.
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|Right-hander Michael Fulmer gets it.
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|For the right visual in a World Series clincher, a team needs its shutdown reliever and stud catcher jumping on each other before being buried by a pile of teammates. That's the way it works. But for the Nationals, this won't be able to happen the way they intended. Not after Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee on Monday.
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|You knew we'd get here eventually. The public grief over Jose Fernandez's sudden, unimaginable death is still very real and still very raw. Personally, I still can't even look at that No. 16 jersey -- which has understandably been all over social media this week -- without getting choked up.
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|As a player, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts understood that baseball games typically are won by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. And maybe that's the larger story of these Los Angeles Dodgers, who on Sunday clinched their fourth straight National League West championship.
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|Now comes the biggest challenge for the Tigers in their season-closing bid to claim one of the two American League Wild Card berths.
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|Monday night at Globe Life Park was a mixture of joy and relief for relielver Jeremy Jeffress and the Rangers. He was back on the mound and paused for a moment, he later said, to take it all in: the field, the crowd, the baseball, the Major League Baseball.
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|Terry Francona knows all about the struggles of the Cleveland Indians' franchise. He was born into it, making his debut in the real world on April 22, 1959 -- just five days after his father, Tito, made his Indians debut.
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|David Ortiz said that although he'd love to play again for his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March, such a scenario is unlikely.
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|Dee Gordon was holding the bat. We know that. But the forces that swung it through the strike zone?
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|The plan Monday called for a shutdown start from Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to put an emphatic exclamation point on the Indians' first division title since 2007.
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|Everything about Jose Fernandez radiated hope. Those brown eyes that had seen so much yet shined so bright. The electric arm that racked up strikeouts at a record rate. The contagious smile. The enthusiastic way he rooted for his teammates. The passion he had for his family, for his sport, for his adopted country.
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|At the end of the day, Vin Scully asked the crowd to indulge him a personal moment. This is how he would leave Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the final time as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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|The best non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition by a contending team this year was made by the Rangers when they acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers.
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|The public mourning of the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez will last a few days. The memory, however, will linger forever, particularly with his teammates.
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|Jose Fernandez had talent that dazzled almost everyone. To some of the people who knew him best, though, it was the laughter and energy and happiness they'll remember forever.
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|The Red Sox, fired up by the momentum of a late-season 11-game winning streak, will invade the Evil Empire's Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, poised to clinch their first American League East title since 2013.
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|This isn't the team the Texas Rangers believed they would have. In these closing weeks, their lineup frequently has included five or six players who weren't on the Opening Day roster and three who weren't even in the organization. That's why this American League West championship might be the sweetest of them all.
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|Cody Decker is a career Minor Leaguer who finds joy in everything he does in life. A Jewish kid, who grew up Santa Monica, Calif., and still lives there, Decker found plenty of joy this week playing third base for the victorious Israelis in the Brooklyn World Baseball Classic qualifier.
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|Regrets? He has none. In the end, it couldn't be simpler than that. Vin Scully said he's prepared to go happily into the next chapter of his life.
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|Art Howe spent 33 years as a player, scout, coach and manager in the Major Leagues, and was able to take part in the postseason seven times. He reflects on those experiences in this week's Q&A.
|Nothing personal. But the Cardinals should know that it doesn't matter that the Cubs clinched the National League Central title a week ago. There will be two teams trying their hardest to win games at Wrigley Field this weekend.
|Ten days left to grab one of 10 postseason spots. It's going to take TENaciousness and atTENtion to detail for a team to get through this TENder situation and meet its true poTENtial.
|Vin Scully's legacy may be his calls of huge, dramatic moments -- Hank Aaron's 715th home run, Sandy Koufax's perfect game, Kirk Gibson's World Series moment.
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