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10/4/2015 | AL Wild Card position-by-position: Astros-Yanks

It took every out of all 162 games, but we finally have a matchup and a venue for the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.

10/4/2015 | Statcast is there for Ichiro's pitching debut

When Ichiro Suzuki finally took a big league mound for the first time on Sunday, a few weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Statcast™ was there. Ichiro completed the bottom of the eighth inning of the Marlins' 7-2 loss to the Phillies, allowing one run on two hits and throwing 11 of his 18 pitches for strikes.

10/4/2015 | Altuve reaches 200-hits mark

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve singled to right field in the ninth inning on Sunday against the D-backs to become the first Astros player in history to have multiple 200-hit seasons. He finished with a .313 average, third in the AL batting race while leading the league in hits.

10/4/2015 | 5 things that changed the season for Astros

The Astros crashed baseball's postseason party, winning 86 games and clinching the second American League Wild Card berth on the final day of the regular season Sunday. No one expected them to contend for a playoff spot, much less reach the postseason for the first time in 10 years.

10/4/2015 | Astros, Yanks turn to aces in Wild Card Game

Postseason baseball returns to the Bronx after a two-year absence Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET when the Yankees host the Astros in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on ESPN.

10/4/2015 | There's hope for big-winning Wild Cards

The Pirates won 98 games; the Cubs, 97. And they still didn't win the NL Central. But they should take heart in knowing that there is precedence of teams winning in the upper-90s and not winning the division, yet capturing the World Series.

10/4/2015 | Baseball celebrates individual achievements

Teams weren't the only ones that discovered their fate on Sunday during an exciting final day of Major League Baseball's regular season, as a host of close individual battles also came down to the wire.

10/4/2015 | The impact of run differential in October

There is a debate over the value of run differential as a predictor. Some believe that a team with a big edge in scoring but a poor record will soon turn the corner. Or that the breaks will eventually even out for a team that is winning a lot of close games. So, with the playoffs about to begin, let's take a look at the correlation between run differential and postseason success.

10/4/2015 | 5 things that changed the season for Yanks

When the Yankees were spraying champagne in their clubhouse on Thursday night, celebrating a return to the postseason after two dark Octobers, several players spoke of how gratifying the clinch had been because of their perceived status as underdogs to make it that far.

10/4/2015 | Cole driving Pirates' playoff train

He already has a nickname -- Cole Train, for the way he has steamed down a fast track since being the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft -- but Gerrit Cole could also go by "The Edge," if that hadn't already been taken by the famed guitarist.

10/4/2015 | All signs point to Ventura as KC's ALDS Game 1 starter

In the aftermath of Sunday's 6-1 win over the Twins at Target Field that secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason in the American League, Royals manager Ned Yost wasn't revealing his starter for Game 1 of the AL Division Series. That decision likely won't come until Tuesday or Wednesday. But the choice likely won't be a shocker.

10/4/2015 | Keuchel, Altuve key to Astros' postseason return

Though the results of the Astros' storybook 2015 season were unforeseen, the production the postseason-bound bunch got from its two leaders, Dallas Keuchel and Jose Altuve, was not.

10/4/2015 | Press, family celebrate Yogi at museum memorial

Marty Noble, along with Phil Pepe, Bob Klapisch and others, shared Yogi Berra anecdotes on Sunday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.

10/4/2015 | Mets salute fans after 90th win, ready for NLDS

Before the shadows quite faded, plunging Citi Field into darkness, the Mets took a moment to salute their fans. Manager Terry Collins enjoyed a lap around the warning track. David Wright grabbed a microphone and gave a 13-word speech, its brevity belying its impact.

10/4/2015 | Blue Jays head home for ALDS with Rangers

The Blue Jays finished the regular season with the second-best record in the American League, and they will host the Rangers when the AL Division Series opens Thursday at Rogers Centre.

10/4/2015 | Cubs' 97-win season could be just the start

On Sunday, the 2015 Chicago Cubs won their 97th game. At this point, there is much more reason to focus on what they have accomplished, as opposed to what they have not. The Cubs held up their end of the bargain on Sunday, finishing the regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Pittsburgh Pirates refused to cooperate, defeating Cincinnati, 4-0, to take the No. 1 National League Wild Card spot.

10/4/2015 | Murphy won't return as Padres' manager

The Padres didn't wait long after Sunday's regular-season finale to make a call on interim manager Pat Murphy's future with the team. A little more than an hour after the 6-3 loss to the Dodgers, the team announced that Murphy will not return in the same capacity in 2016.

10/4/2015 | Offseason of change begins for Brewers

"Embrace the change." That was Craig Counsell's message from the moment he took over as Brewers manager on May 4, and it still echoed Sunday as a 3-1 loss to the Cubs capped a 68-94 season.

10/4/2015 | Harper credits amazing season to staying healthy

Outfielder Bryce Harper had a season for the ages in 2015. He said being healthy had a lot to do with him being Mr. Everything for the Nationals.

10/4/2015 | Cards await winner of Cubs-Bucs Wild Card

After a weekend of resting their regulars and scripting controlled appearances for others, the Cardinals closed the 162-game portion of the season Sunday and turned their attention to accomplishing a new set of goals. On Friday in Game 1 of the NL Division Series, they host the winner of the Cubs-Pirates NL Wild Card Game.

10/4/2015 | AL road to the World Series runs through KC

The Royals captured home-field advantage throughout the postseason in the American League with their 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday at Target Field. That edge could prove crucial over the coming weeks.

10/4/2015 | Full year together could benefit roster in 2016

Following a 6-3 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday in the final game of the regular season, Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko was asked to try to describe the 2015 season. He said, "Disappointing," but there were some signs of growth as new additions got used to playing together.

10/4/2015 | With regular season over, '16 Draft order set

Draft order is based on the reverse order of 2015 regular-season standings, with 2014 records used to break ties. The Phillies will pick first in 2016.

10/4/2015 | Astros celebrate return to postseason

The Astros are back in the postseason for the first time in a decade. Despite losing their season finale against the D-backs, 5-3, on Sunday at Chase Field, the Astros secured a Wild Card berth after the Rangers beat the Angels to win the AL West crown. That eliminated the Angels, who finished one game behind Houston.

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