All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon has agreed a seven-year, $245million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, the MLB franchise confirmed on Friday.

Rendon, 29, became a free agent after leading the Washington Nationals to their first World Series title in October.

He hit a crucial home run off Zack Greinke in the decisive Game 7 victory against the Houston Astros and finished third in the voting for National League MVP honours.

Rendon joins forces with star center fielder Mike Trout after agreeing the largest free-agent contract in the team's history, having exceeded the 10-year, $240m deal Albert Pujols signed in December 2011.

The Angels, who missed out on New York Yankees-bound pitcher Gerrit Cole, failed to reach the postseason for a fifth successive year in 2019, finishing with a 72-90 record.

Rendon will be introduced at a news conference at Angel Stadium on Saturday.

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout won his third American League (AL) MVP award, while the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger was crowned the National League (NL) winner.

Trout, 28, added to his wins in 2014 and 2016 after enjoying another fine MLB season with the Angels.

The outfielder – an eight-time All-Star – finished 2019 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average.

Only MLB great Barry Bonds (seven) has won more than three MVP awards.

Los Angeles owned the 2019 MVPs, with Dodgers star Bellinger winning the NL prize.

Bellinger – who already won the 2019 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards to complete the trifecta – hit 47 home runs and 115 RBIs during the season, batting at an impressive .305.

"It's absolutely incredible," said the 24-year-old via MLB Network. "It's really cool that my family and friends are here. I'm a little emotional. It's really cool. It's what you dream of, man, for sure."

Despite Trout's heroics, the Angels missed the playoffs, while the Dodgers were eliminated in the NL Division Series.

Five months on from the Raptors' stunning NBA Finals triumph in Oakland, the city of Toronto will hope to be celebrating further success after the MLS Cup final.

The Raptors defeated two-time defending champions the Golden State Warriors for their first title, and Toronto FC can add another championship by beating Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

Toronto and Seattle are facing one another in the season decider in MLS for the third time in four years, winning a title apiece at BMO Field before this showdown at CenturyLink Field.

Victory would cap a sensational 2019 for sports in Toronto, but other cities have similarly been able to hail two or more major championships in the same year previously. We take a look at the seven most recent examples.
 

1998: CHICAGO - Bulls (NBA), Fire (MLS)

Michael Jordan's NBA dominance with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s gave the city's other sports teams plenty of opportunities to complete a double. In 1998, two years after the introduction of MLS, early force Chicago Fire were able to deliver.

Jordan ended his final season in Chicago a champion once again, the MVP and Finals MVP as the Utah Jazz were beaten 4-2 in June. Fire then defeated DC United 2-0 at the Rose Bowl in October, capping a fine year for the Windy City.
 

2000: NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK - Devils (NHL), Yankees (MLB)

The sports teams in the greater New York area brought in the millennium in real style as both the New Jersey Devils and the New York Yankees were able to clinch championships.

The second of the Devils' three Stanley Cup successes to date came against the Dallas Stars in June's Game 6, before a New York victory at the World Series was guaranteed as the Yankees faced the Mets four months later. The Yankees won inside five games for a third straight title.
 

2002: LOS ANGELES - Lakers (NBA), Galaxy (MLS), Angels (MLB)

Few cities have enjoyed a year as dominant as Los Angeles did in 2002, with the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Anaheim Angels all triumphing.

The Lakers won the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year in June, crushing the New Jersey Nets 4-0, before October brought double delight for the city's sports fans, with Galaxy beating New England Revolution 1-0 as the Angels began their World Series campaign, ultimately edging out the San Francisco Giants in seven games.
 

2004: NEW ENGLAND/BOSTON - Patriots (NFL), Red Sox (MLB)

It should have surprised no one to see the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, their second of three in four years, but it was a far bigger deal to see the Boston Red Sox come out on top in the World Series.

Tom Brady earned his second ring as the Carolina Panthers were edged out in a dramatic fourth quarter in February, before neighbours the Red Sox ended the 'Curse of the Bambino' and an 86-year wait for a championship by thrashing the St Louis Cardinals in October, having earlier come from 3-0 down against the Yankees.

2009: PITTSBURGH - Steelers (NFL), Penguins (NHL)

Pittsburgh sports fans have had plenty to celebrate since the turn of the century. The Pirates have largely toiled in MLB, but the NFL Steelers and NHL Penguins have each seen success - and did so in the same year in 2009.

The Steelers became the first franchise to win six Super Bowls when they held off a fourth-quarter fightback from the Arizona Cardinals in February, while the Penguins avenged their 2008 Stanley Cup defeat to the Detroit Red Wings against the same team in Game 7 in June.
 

2012: LOS ANGELES - Kings (NHL), Galaxy (MLS)

If Toronto can win a second MLS Cup in three years, they will then hope to kick on and pursue Galaxy's record of five titles - the fourth of which came in December 2012, six months after the Los Angeles Kings broke their Stanley Cup duck.

Playing just the second Finals in their history, the Kings dealt established winners the Devils a six-game defeat. Galaxy, far more accustomed with success, then defeated Houston Dynamo for the second year running in the MLS Cup final.


2014: LOS ANGELES - Kings (NHL), Galaxy (MLS)

Having waited so long for a first triumph, the Kings wasted little time at all to double their tally - much like Toronto FC, the Reds will hope.

Another New York outfit, the New York Rangers, were dispatched 4-1 in June, setting up another magnificent double with Galaxy when Bruce Arena's men beat New England thanks to an extra-time Robbie Keane strike in December.

Joe Maddon and the Los Angeles Angels have seemed destined for a reunion for weeks and it all became official Wednesday. 

The Angels announced they have hired Maddon to replace Brad Ausmus as manager. ESPN reported Maddon, who turns 66 in February, will receive a three-year deal worth between $4-5 million a year. 

The reunion is no surprise, as Maddon spent his entire professional life in the Angels organisation before moving on to manage Tampa Bay in 2006. 

He signed with the franchise as a minor league catcher in 1975 and held a variety of roles throughout the system before ascending to the major league coaching staff in 1994. Maddon served as interim manager of the Angels in 1996 and 1999 and was Mike Scioscia's right-hand man as the bench coach from 2000-05 before leaving to take over the downtrodden Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Maddon quickly became a star in Tampa Bay, leading the franchise that had never before had a winning record to the World Series in 2008 before eventually moving on to guide the Cubs to their first title in 108 years in 2016. 

He has a 1,252-1,068 career record (.540), and only Terry Francona (1,667) has more wins among active managers. 

"We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans," general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. 

"Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career he has built a culture that is focused on winning, while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series championship."

The Angels fired Ausmus on September, 30 after just one season in which he went 72-90. USA Today reported Buck Showalter was the other finalist for the position. 

Former World Series champion and MVP David Freese announced his retirement from MLB after 11 seasons.

Freese, 36, called it quits on Saturday following the Los Angeles Dodgers' National League Division Series loss to the Washington Nationals.

"Family friends, team-mates, coaches, and fans that handed out support especially when your lives were already full, you helped me more than you know," Freese wrote in a statement via Twitter,

"You took a 23-year-old kid out of college and pushed him to 36 ... As I more forward with the next phase of my life, I am forever grateful to all of you and the game of baseball."

Freese made his debut with the St Louis Cardinals in 2009 and is best known for his dominant performance in the 2011 postseason, where he hit .397 with five homers and a playoff record 21 RBIs.

He won NL Championship Series and World Series MVP for the Cardinals, hitting the game-tying triple and walk-off home run in Game 6 of the World Series to help St Louis capture their 11th championship.

Over the course of his career, Freese played for the Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and most recently the Dodgers, where he hit .315 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs in 79 games this season.

Freese – an All-Star in 2012 – finishes his career with 113 home runs, 535 RBIs and a slash line of .277/.351/.423.

The St Louis Cardinals claimed the MLB's National League Central title with a 9-0 rout of the Chicago Cubs.

Sunday's victory improved the Cardinals' record to 91-71, and they completed the regular season in dominant fashion to finish two games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, who lost to the Colorado Rockies in 13 innings.

Paul Goldschmidt went three for four, hit a home run and tallied two RBIs for St Louis, while Matt Carpenter notched three RBIs of his own.

The Cubs, who before the game fired manager Joe Maddon, managed only three hits, with Jack Flaherty striking out six in seven scoreless innings.

The Cardinals now turn their attention to the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, which gets underway on Wednesday.

 

Lynn leads Rangers past Yankees

Lance Lynn tallied 10 strikeouts as the Texas Rangers topped the New York Yankees 6-1.

Brad Miller went four for five and hit two home runs but the Miami Marlins topped the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

Matt Thaiss hit a pair of home runs and drove in four in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

 

Reds win but Peraza struggles

Jose Peraza went 0 for five as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.

Washington's Matt Adams went 0 for four in the Nationals' 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

 

Wilkerson with a highlight-reel catch!

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Stevie Wilkerson hauls in arguably the most spectacular catch of 2019.

 

Sunday's results

Washington Nationals 8-2 Cleveland Indians
Texas Rangers 6-1 New York Yankees
Miami Marlins 4-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox 5-4 Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Houston Astros 8-5 Los Angeles Angels
Chicago White Sox 5-3 Detroit Tigers
Colorado Rockies 4-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners 3-1 Oakland Athletics
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 San Diego Padres
Kansas City Royals 5-4 Minnesota Twins
New York Mets 7-6 Atlanta Braves
St Louis Cardinals 9-0 Chicago Cubs

 

Brewers at Nationals

Playoff baseball has finally arrived. Nationals ace Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.93 ERA) faces Brandon Woodruff (11-3, 3.62) in the wild-card clash.

The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game following their 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Saturday's victory against the already-eliminated Indians, the Nationals will host the MLB playoff contest at the beginning of October.

Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the triumph, which is Washington's seventh consecutive win.

"I don't have to go home and pack," manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. "Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats."

Nationals star Parra finished two of four for the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman, while Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.

 

Mets rookie Alonso sets record

Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run on Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history – surpassing Aaron Judge's record set in 2017. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter to become just the 18th pitcher to reach the milestone.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Rays struggle against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays recorded only three hits in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs, including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for four.

Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Detroit Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Detroit split the doubleheader after a 4-3 victory.

 

Soler homers… again

What else do you expect from Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar has power and speed.

 

Saturday's results

Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 10-7 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-0 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-6 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 9-4 New York Yankees
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 6-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Brewers at Rockies

Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there is a lot at stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing on Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163. That is not all. The Rays are hoping for a win of their own, and an A's loss, to force a tie-breaker to decide who gets home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander became the 18th MLB pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts.

Verlander reached the feat when he struck out Kole Calhoun in the fourth inning of the Astros' clash with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

A World Series champion, American League MVP and AL Cy Young award winner among others, Verlander became just the 33rd pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters.

The eight-time All-Star is still drift of Nolan Ryan, who is first with 5,714 strikeouts. It will take a few extra years for the 36-year-old to get there.

Now, Verlander will also try to join the 300-strikeout club. His 3,000th K was also his 294th of the season.

If Verlander is to get to 300 for the year, he and Gerrit Cole would be the first pair of team-mates to strike out 300 batters in a season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2002) to accomplish that feat.

They would be just the second pair to do that ever.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics clinched the final two American League (AL) playoff spots on Friday, while the Cleveland Indians will miss the postseason for the first time since 2015.

The Indians lost to the Washington Nationals 8-2, which earned a wild-card spot for the Athletics. The Rays later punched their own wild-card ticket with a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. It will be their first postseason appearance since 2013.

The Rays exceeded expectations this year, thanks in part to Tyler Glasnow. Although he missed almost four months with a strained forearm, when healthy the 6-8 right hander has been a beast. He pitched 4.1 innings of no-hit ball against the Blue Jays on Friday, striking out four. He now has a 1.78 ERA in 12 outings this year.

Outfielder Austin Meadows, who came over to the Rays with Glasnow in the deal that sent Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline last year, homered in the ninth to provide an insurance run.

"Wow. This is a wow factor what has taken place," Rays manager Kevin Cash told Fox Sports afterward. "We were really good last year, we got better this year."

 

Awesome Alonso

Mets slugger Pete Alonso hit his 52nd home run of the season, tying him with Aaron Judge for most home runs by an MLB rookie in New York's 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Outfielder Raimel Tapia crushed a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning to break open the Colorado Rockies' game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski stymied the Boston Red Sox, striking out six in six scoreless innings in a 4-1 Baltimore victory.

 

Goody struggles

Indians reliever Nick Goody gave up four runs in 0.2 of an inning as Cleveland fell to the Nationals and were eliminated from playoff contention.

 

Newman's well-timed blast

Kevin Newman walks it off for the Pirates against the Cincinnati Reds with his second home run of the game in a 6-5 Pittsburgh victory.

"He just bunted a double!" Cavan Biggio hustled for the most improbable two-base hit of the year. 

Albert Almora Jr. went up, up and up to rob a home run.

Friday's results

Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals 8-2 Cleveland Indians
Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Boston Red Sox
New York Mets 4-2 Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees 14-7 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 11-7 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 6-2 Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs 8-2 St Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 San Diego Padres
Houston Astros 4-0 Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners 4-3 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 San Francisco Giants

 

Cubs at Cardinals

The National League (NL) Central title was supposed to be on the line in this season-ending series, but the Cubs were eliminated from contention after inexplicably losing nine in a row. Yet the Cards and Brewers are still battling for the division crown. The Cardinals will go with Adam Wainwright, who gave up five earned runs in five innings in his last start against the Diamondbacks on Monday. Cole Hamels gets the start for the reeling Cubs.

The Seattle Mariners lost 3-1 to the Oakland Athletics as Felix Hernandez made his final start for the MLB team on Thursday.

Mariners fans at T-Mobile Park literally cheered every strike from the 33-year-old – one of the most beloved players in Seattle history – honouring the veteran nicknamed 'King Felix'.

Hernandez exited the game to a standing ovation with one out in the sixth inning, after 106 pitches. He gave up three earned runs on five hits, striking out three and walking four.

The performance was a microcosm of Hernandez's final couple of seasons with Seattle. The six-time All-Star and 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner has battled injuries and ineffectiveness, winning only one of his past 25 starts dating to July 1, 2018.

His 6.40 ERA this season is so un-King like for a pitcher who twice led the league in ERA and holds the Mariners' all-time record for victories with 169.

But Thursday was a final chance to remember the King Felix who left Mariners fans with so many great memories through the years. Fans showed their love for the popular pitcher throughout the night. They cheered wildly as he walked from the bullpen and took the mound before the game.

And when Hernandez struck out Sean Murphy for his first strikeout in the second inning, the crowd erupted, and he immediately pointed at fans along the left-field line in the "King's Court," who held up "K" signs.

As he exited the game, fans chanted "Felix! Felix!" as he walked to the dugout, acknowledging the crowd.

Hernandez's future is unclear as he enters free agency this offseason. But for one night, Seattle fans treated him like a King one final time.

 

Astudillo leads Twins

Minnesota Twins third baseman Willians Astudillo homered and had four hits, scored four runs and drove in two in a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Danny Santana homered and had four RBIs as the Texas Rangers topped the Boston Red Sox 7-5.

 

Indians silenced by White Sox

The Cleveland Indians' playoff hopes are on life support, but the team's bats fell silent against the Chicago White Sox. Five Chicago hurlers in a bullpen-by-committee performance shut out the Indians on four hits, striking out 10 in an 8-0 victory.

 

Haseley says no to Gomes!

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley stole a home run from Yan Gomes and made it look easy in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Cincinnati Reds players saluted long-time announcer Marty Brennaman, who called the final game of his 46-year broadcast career against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

 

Thursday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Cincinnati Reds
Minnesota Twins 10-4 Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers 7-5 Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco Giants 8-3 Colorado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Chicago Cubs
Miami Marlins 4-2 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 8-0 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics 3-1 Seattle Mariners

 

Indians at Nationals

The Indians, who are fighting for a wild-card spot, send right-hander Zach Plesac (8-6, 3.82) to the mound against the Nats, who have already punched their postseason ticket.

The Milwaukee Brewers clinched the final National League (NL) playoff spot with a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in MLB on Wednesday.

Milwaukee dominated as they punched their ticket to the postseason just one day after the Washington Nationals secured a wild-card spot.

Ryan Braun made the most of his time at the plate.

While the Brewers outfielder only had one hit, it was a grand slam in the first inning.

Milwaukee ended up scoring six first-inning runs and cruised from there. 

Reds starter Tyler Mahle gave up eight runs (seven earned) in 2.1 innings before being pulled.

The Brewers can still catch the Cardinals and win the division. They trail St Louis by 1.5 games with four left to play. 

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have already secured division titles while Washington will play in the wild-card game. 

Fabulous Flores

Wilmer Flores went three for four with four RBIs as the Arizona Diamondbacks topped St Louis 9-7.

Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs in the Toronto Blue Jays' 3-2 win against the Baltimore Orioles.

Philadelphia's Drew Smyly tallied 10 strikeouts as the Phillies fell to the Nationals 5-2.

 

Garver battles for Twins

Mitch Garver struck out four times in the Minnesota Twins' 5-1 win against the Detroit Tigers.

The Cubs' Nicholas Castellanos was hitless in four at-bats in Chicago's 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Suarez homers again

The Reds' Eugenio Suarez homered again.

Wednesday's results

Arizona Diamondbacks 9-7 St Louis Cardinals
Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Cincinnati Reds
Minnesota Twins 5-1 Detroit Tigers
Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Chicago Cubs
Washington Nationals 5-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Baltimore Orioles
New York Mets 10-3 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 10-3 Texas Rangers
Chicago White Sox 8-3 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 10-2 Kansas City Royals
San Francisco Giants 2-1 Colorado Rockies
Houston Astros 3-0 Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 San Diego Padres

 

Cubs at Pirates

The Cubs had a strong chance to secure a wild-card spot just a few weeks ago, but they have lost eight in a row and were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday. Chicago will look to get back in the win column with Jose Quintana (13-8, 4.55 ERA) on the mound. Pittsburgh will counter with Joe Musgrove (10-12, 4.49 ERA).

The Washington Nationals eliminated the Philadelphia Phillies from playoff contention and punched their own ticket to the postseason with a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.

The Nationals topped the Phillies 4-1 before beating them 6-5 later in the day.

Washington were not great offensively in the first matchup, but Anthony Rendon brought in two of the team's four runs with two sacrifice flies.

He leads MLB in RBIs with a total of 124 in 2019.

Philadelphia were more competitive in the second game and got two home runs and four RBIs from Brad Miller.

But that was not enough to overcome Trea Turner and Yan Gomes, who combined for two home runs and six RBIs in the victory.

The Nationals officially locked up a wild-card spot after the Chicago Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2.

Brilliant Braun

Ryan Braun went two for three and hit a home run in the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds.

Nico Hoerner went two for four and drove in the Cubs' only two runs in their loss to the Pirates.

 

Poor Polanco

Jorge Polanco went 0 for five as the Minnesota Twins took down the Detroit Tigers 4-2.

The Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Villar went one for six and struck out four times in his team's 11-4 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Creative White Sox

The Chicago White Sox showed some creativity.

Choi Ji-man hit a walk-off home run to give the Rays a 2-1, 12-inning win over the New York Yankees. Tampa Bay lead the Cleveland Indians by a 0.5-game for the second American League (AL) wild-card spot.

 

A long night at Chase Field

It was a long evening for fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Their contest against the St Louis Cardinals lasted 19 innings, making it the longest game in Chase Field history - the stadium having opened in 1998.

Eventually the Diamondbacks ran out 3-2 winners, Ildemaro Vargas pushing the winning run.

Tuesday's results

Washington Nationals 4-1 Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals 6-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Cincinnati Reds
Minnesota Twins 4-2 Detroit Tigers
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Chicago Cubs
Baltimore Orioles 11-4 Toronto Blue Jays
New York Mets 5-4 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 12-10 Texas Rangers
Cleveland indians 11-0 Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals 9-6 Atlanta Braves
Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros 3-0 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 8-5 San Francisco Giants
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 St Louis Cardinals

 

Brewers at Reds

The Nationals have clinched a National League wild-card spot, and Milwaukee are right behind them. The Brewers are five games ahead of Chicago and have the chance to punch their own ticket to the postseason if they continue their hot streak.

The Houston Astros secured a third successive American League West title thanks to Sunday's 13-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels in MLB.

Houston boast one of the best line-ups in baseball and their power-hitting was on full display against Los Angeles.

George Springer hit three home runs and added four RBIs, while Alex Bregman and Aledmys Diaz also contributed homers.

Astros starter Justin Verlander allowed two runs over five innings and improved his record to 20-6 this season.

The Angels tallied eight hits and had two from Andrelton Simmons. Michael Hermosillo chipped in two RBIs.

 

Eric tames Pirates

Eric Thames hit two home runs as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3.

Luis Severino notched nine strikeouts in the New York Yankees' 8-3 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Christian Vazquez went three for five with three RBIs to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Riley struggles against Giants

Austin Riley was hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times as the Atlanta Braves fell to the San Francisco Giants 4-1.

 

Cardinals flying into playoffs

The St Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

 

Sunday's results

Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Seattle Mariners
New York Yankees 8-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Miami Marlins 5-3 Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox 7-4 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Mets 6-3 Cincinnati Reds
Detroit Tigers 6-3 Chicago White Sox
San Francisco Giants 4-1 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Houston Astros 13-5 Los Angeles Angels
Minnesota Twins 12-8 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 3-2 Chicago Cubs
Texas Rangers 8-3 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 6-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Colorado Rockies
Cleveland Indians 10-1 Philadelphia Phillies

 

Red Sox at Rays

Tampa Bay are still battling with Cleveland for the second American League wild-card spot. The Indians' upcoming series against the White Sox will not make things easy for the Rays, so they will need to hold off Boston on Monday.

The MLB American League wild-card race is heating up after the Tampa Bay Rays moved ahead of the Cleveland Indians.

Tampa Bay sit in second spot with a one-game lead over the Indians after their 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in 11 innings. 

Cleveland, meanwhile, fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-4 on Saturday.

The Rays' victory came courtesy of a Nate Lowe walk-off home run in the final frame against the Red Sox.

The two-run homer was Lowe's seventh of the season.

Tampa Bay earned an early 2-1 lead, but the Red Sox used a two-run homer in the eighth inning to send the game into extras.

Boston also scored again in the top of the 11th off a Mitch Moreland homer, but then Lowe followed it up with his game-winning heroics.

The Rays and Red Sox have two more matchups remaining in their four-game series. 

 

Paxton powers Yankees

James Paxton threw six scoreless innings and improved his record to 15-6 this season in the New York Yankees' 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Jose Abreu went three for five with two RBIs and a run scored as the Chicago White Sox topped the Detroit Tigers 5-3.

 

Kimbrel handed loss as Cubs fail to roar

Craig Kimbrel took the loss after allowing two runs, on two homers, in one inning of work as the Chicago Cubs fell to the St Louis Cardinals 9-8. 

Robinson Cano was 0 for four with three strikeouts in the New York Mets' 3-2 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds. 

 

Hiura hits homer

Keston Hiura sent this one over the left-centerfield fence in the Milwaukee Brewers' 10-1 demolition of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stephen Strasburg can do it all was at his brilliant best as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-4.

 

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 7-2 Toronto Blue Jays
St Louis Cardinals 9-8 Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds 3-2 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 5-3 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 10-4 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners 7-6 Baltimore Orioles
Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 Cleveland Indians
Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves 8-1 San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals 12-5 Minnesota Twins
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 12-3 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 4-2 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Cardinals at Cubs

The Cardinals have won the first three games of this series, extending Chicago's losing streak to five. The Cubs have fallen behind the Brewers in the race for the second National League wild-card spot and will need to get on track, quickly. They will send Yu Darvish (6-7, 4.02 ERA) to the mound while St Louis will counter with Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.29 ERA).

The Atlanta Braves used a 6-0 shutout against the San Francisco Giants to take the top spot in the National League (NL) East for the second consecutive MLB season.

Ronald Acuna Jr. led Atlanta with a perfect night at the plate. He was two for two with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Mike Foltynewicz did the bulk of the work on the mound. He pitched a solid eight innings where he allowed just three hits while striking out seven.

Tyler Beede got tagged with the loss after six innings of work. He gave up six runs on seven hits.

Awesome Alonso

The New York Mets' Pete Alonso continued his impressive rookie season by becoming the first player in MLB this year to hit 50 home runs. Alonso is only the second rookie (Aaron Judge, 52, 2017) to complete the feat.

The Cardinals did not need much to hold off the Cubs 2-1 and Yadier Molina led the efforts with three of St Louis' four hits and both RBIs.

The Cleveland Indians remain in position to make it to the postseason with some help from Carlos Carrasco, who got his first save in five years in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Hernandez struggles

Felix Hernandez struggled in the Seattle Mariners' 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and only striking out three.

The Tigers barely took their bats off their shoulders against the White Sox. Detroit mustered just one run in a 10-1 loss to the White Sox.

 

Perfection from Crawford

The chase, the slide, the catch, Brandon Crawford made a perfect defensive play for the Giants.

Eloy Jimenez hit a grand slam for the White Sox.

Friday's results

St Louis Cardinals 2-1 Chicago Cubs
Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Seattle Mariners
Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 New York Yankees
New York Mets 8-1 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 5-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox 10-1 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 6-4 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Boston Red Sox
Atlanta Braves 6-0 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics 8-0 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 12-5 Colorado Rockies

 

Red Sox at Rays

The Rays are trying to hold onto the second American League (AL) wildcard spot. The Indians' win on Friday now puts some pressure on the Rays, who are coming off a win themselves – a big win in fact, that knocked the Red Sox out of playoff contention. Boston seemingly have nothing left to play for while Tampa Bay want to keep their season going and look to Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.02 ERA) for a good start on the mound on Saturday.

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