NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama reclaimed No. 1 from Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll in one of the closest votes in the recent years, and six teams — including Kansas — made their season debut on Sunday.
Toronto Blue Jays (90-69, second in the AL East) vs. Baltimore Orioles (82-77, fourth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (11-7, 5.37 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 144 strikeouts); Orioles: Dean Kremer (8-6, 3.17 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 83 strikeouts)
St. Louis Cardinals (92-67, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (60-99, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Monday, 6:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (12-13, 3.30 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 153 strikeouts); Pirates: Mitch Keller (5-12, 3.92 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 133 strikeouts)
San Francisco Giants (80-79, third in the NL West) vs. San Diego Padres (87-72, second in the NL West)
San Diego; Monday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: John Brebbia (6-2, 3.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 53 strikeouts); Padres: Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.03 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 177 strikeouts)
Tampa Bay Rays (86-73, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (75-84, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, three strikeouts); Red Sox: Rich Hill (8-7, 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 103 strikeouts)
Washington Nationals (55-104, fifth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (98-61, second in the NL East)
New York; Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Cory Abbott (0-4, 5.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 39 strikeouts); Mets: Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.95 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 149 strikeouts)
Philadelphia Phillies (86-73, third in the NL East) vs. Houston Astros (104-55, first in the AL West)
Houston; Monday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Aaron Nola (10-13, 3.36 ERA, .98 WHIP, 226 strikeouts); Astros: Lance McCullers Jr.
New York Yankees (97-61, first in the AL East) vs. Texas Rangers (66-92, fourth in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Luis Severino (6-3, 3.41 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 105 strikeouts); Rangers: Martin Perez (12-7, 2.93 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 167 strikeouts)
Arizona Diamondbacks (73-86, fourth in the NL West) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (84-75, second in the NL Central)
Milwaukee; Monday, 7:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry (3-4, 5.98 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 31 strikeouts); Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (13-4, 3.05 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 183 strikeouts)
Atlanta Braves (100-59, first in the NL East) vs. Miami Marlins (67-92, fourth in the NL East)
Miami; Monday, 6:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Bryce Elder (2-3, 2.76 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 42 strikeouts); Marlins: Jesus Luzardo (3-7, 3.53 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 108 strikeouts)
Chicago Cubs (73-86, third in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (60-99, fourth in the NL Central)
Cincinnati; Monday, 6:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Hayden Wesneski (3-1, 2.33 ERA, .96 WHIP, 27 strikeouts); Reds: Hunter Greene (4-13, 4.66 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 156 strikeouts)
Minnesota Twins (77-82, third in the AL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (79-80, second in the AL Central)
Chicago; Monday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Bailey Ober (2-3, 3.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 47 strikeouts); White Sox: Johnny Cueto (7-10, 3.39 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 98 strikeouts)
Detroit Tigers (64-93, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Seattle Mariners (87-71, second in the AL West)
Seattle; Monday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Bryan Garcia (1-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 11 strikeouts); Mariners: George Kirby (1-0, 6.48 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, five strikeouts)
Kansas City Royals (64-94, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Guardians (90-69, first in the AL Central)
Cleveland; Monday, 6:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Zack Greinke (4-9, 3.98 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 72 strikeouts); Guardians: Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.99 ERA, .96 WHIP, 186 strikeouts)
Los Angeles Angels (73-86, third in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (57-102, fifth in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Monday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Angels: Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 145 strikeouts); Athletics: Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.08 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 48 strikeouts)
Colorado Rockies (66-93, fifth in the NL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (110-49, first in the NL West)
Los Angeles; Monday, 10:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Jose Urena (3-8, 5.24 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 59 strikeouts); Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (0-0)
If baseball's new tiebreaker rules had been in place years ago, Bucky Dent and Bobby Thomson probably wouldn't be household names.
With the postseason expanding to 12 teams this year, if two teams end up deadlocked for a division title or playoff spot, there will no longer be a one-game playoff to break those ties.
SAN DIEGO (AP) —
The San Diego Padres are going back to the playoffs for the first time in a full season since 2006, a spot that they clinched during the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Olson knew the Atlanta Braves were too talented to stay in a season-long slump.
That's why no one panicked when the New York Mets' division lead swelled to double digits in May.
Major League Baseball’s postseason has a little more heft this season.
The playoffs are rapidly approaching, with the final regular season games set for Oct. 5. The postseason begins two days later with a field of 12 teams — up from last year’s 10 — and includes a best-of-three format for the opening wild-card round.
A look at Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees as he approaches major home run milestones:
Season HR Total: 61
Sunday's Game: Struck out three times while going 0 for 3 with a walk in a 3-1 loss to Baltimore in the final home game of the season at Yankee Stadium.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fans filled Yankee Stadium hoping for The Moment that never came.
Aaron Judge must go on the road to break the American League home run record, remaining tied with Roger Maris at 61 after going homerless in a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that ended with New York's 3-1 loss Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres haven't partied this hard at Petco Park in 17 years.
The Padres clinched a playoff spot while batting in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, drawing a roar from the sellout crowd of 41,407 after the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in 12 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rookie David Villar hit a two-run, bases-loaded single with nobody out in the 10th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, a dramatic finish to the final game of the season at Oracle Park.
SEATTLE (AP) — While the Seattle Mariners' top task all along was just getting into the postseason, playing home games in the wild-card round was a very close second.
Accomplishing that will now take some significant help from others following Seattle's 10-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels wrapped up the home portion of their seventh consecutive losing season by hitting superbly, pitching more than adequately and extending their longest winning streak in nearly five years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Germán Márquez gave up one hit over six innings to help the Colorado Rockies end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers hit a home run for the Rockies, who were victorious for just the second time since Sept.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Miguel Rojas knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Miami Marlins a 4-3 win over the Brewers on Sunday, deflating Milwaukee’s playoff hopes in the race for the final National League wild-card spot.
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras got several standing ovations in what could be his final home game at Wrigley Field, Marcus Stroman threw six scoreless innings and the surging Chicago Cubs won their seventh straight, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 702nd career home run and tied Babe Ruth for second on the all-time RBI on Sunday, but the Pittsburgh Pirates took the game from the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5.
WASHINGTON (AP) — J.T. Realmuto's Phillies now need just one more victory — or one more loss by the Milwaukee Brewers — to end Philadelphia's 11-year postseason drought.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres clinched their first playoff berth in a full season since 2006 on Sunday when the Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-3 to the Miami Marlins in 12 innings.
The Marlins-Brewers game ended with the Padres batting in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jeremy Pena hit an early two-run homer and drove in an insurance run late, lifting the Houston Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
One pitch after Jose Altuve’s leadoff bunt single, Pena belted a cutter by Rays starter Corey Kluber (10-10) over the right-field fence and into the home bullpen.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber allowed two runs over five innings in his final start before the postseason, Josh Naylor and rookie Will Brennan hit three-run homers and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday.
TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two home runs, Whit Merrifield also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays edged closer to clinching home-field advantage in the wild-card round by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday.
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase and Victor Reyes homered and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of Minnesota’s sloppy play, beating touted pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson and the Twins 5-2 Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 702nd career homer in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols drove a 0-1 pitch from Roansy Contreras deep to center for a solo shot.
SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Hollander just completed eight days of his baseball career that will be tough to forget.
The executive with the Seattle Mariners finished off a massive contract extension with staff pitching ace Luis Castillo last weekend.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians' lineup had a family look on Sunday.
Manager Terry Francona's batting order against Kansas City featured the Naylor brothers hitting back-to-back. Josh hit cleanup and played first base and Bo, who was called up from the minors Saturday, hit fifth as the designated hitter.
1897 — Cap Anson closed a remarkable 27-year career, which started in the National Association in 1871. He hit two home runs against St. Louis. He was 46, the oldest player to homer in the majors.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — José Suarez fell short in his bid for a perfect game, but Livan Soto made sure that he would still get a win.
The Angels left-hander lost his chance at perfection and the lead in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers, but Soto drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame as Los Angeles rallied for a 3-2 victory Saturday night.
Boston Red Sox (75-83, fifth in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (89-69, second in the AL East)
Toronto; Sunday, 1:37 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Michael Wacha (11-1, 3.06 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 100 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Kevin Gausman (12-10, 3.30 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 201 strikeouts)
Tampa Bay Rays (86-72, third in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (103-55, first in the AL West)
Houston; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Corey Kluber (10-9, 4.36 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 135 strikeouts); Astros: Luis Garcia (14-8, 3.81 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 153 strikeouts)
Pittsburgh Pirates (59-99, fifth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (92-66, first in the NL Central)
St. Louis; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Roansy Contreras (5-5, 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 86 strikeouts); Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (11-11, 3.51 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 139 strikeouts)
Philadelphia Phillies (85-73, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (55-103, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Sunday, 1:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Zack Wheeler (11-7, 2.92 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 156 strikeouts); Nationals: Patrick Corbin (6-18, 6.08 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 125 strikeouts)
Oakland Athletics (56-102, fifth in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (87-70, second in the AL West)
Seattle; Sunday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: James Kaprielian (4-9, 4.43 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 91 strikeouts); Mariners: Robbie Ray (12-11, 3.58 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 209 strikeouts)
New York Mets (98-60, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (99-59, first in the NL East)
Atlanta; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 165 strikeouts); Braves: Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 200 strikeouts)