Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed until Thursday, MLB has announced.

At the time of the decision shortly before midday (local time) on Wednesday, the weather forecast called for 100 per cent chance of rain in New York.

New York Harbor is under a gale warning and nearby areas are under a flash flood watch and a coastal flood advisory.

The change means Game 5 is pushed back to Friday, previously a scheduled off-day.

If required, the series will return to Houston for Games 6 and 7 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The Astros took a 2-1 lead in the series with Tuesday's 4-1 victory in New York, with the winner to face the Washington Nationals, who have closed out a sweep of the St Louis Cardinals.

The World Series is set to begin next Tuesday in either Houston or New York.

Gerrit Cole threw seven shut-out innings as the Houston Astros took a 2-1 American League Championship Series lead over the New York Yankees with a 4-1 win.

The Yankees missed multiple opportunities as the Astros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 3 on Tuesday, but Cole capitalised when required as he struck out seven on 112 pitches, allowing four hits and five walks.

Houston added two runs at the top of the seventh to seal it, with the Yankees' only response coming in the bottom of the eighth inning when Gleyber Torres scored on a solo shot at Yankee Stadium.

Neither side won on the road when these teams met in the 2017 ALCS, but there have already been two away wins in this series.

 

Three takeaways from the Astros' Game 3 ALCS win over the Yankees

Gary Sanchez's biggest problem resurfaces

Gary Sanchez had a tough time on Tuesday as passed ball issues of 2017 and 2018 resurfaced. With the bases loaded and the Yankees down 2-0 in the top of the seventh, Sanchez did not get in front of a Zack Britton sinker and it looked destined for the backstop and a run for the Astros. The ball hit umpire Kerwin Danley, stopped and looked like it was going to be OK. But Britton threw the exact same pitch on his next delivery and Sanchez was not as lucky. Jose Altuve scored and made the game 3-0.

Juiced ball no more

There are rumours that MLB changed the ball this offseason and we think Didi Gregorius would agree. And so would Martin Maldonado as he hit a ball that likely would have been a home run just one half-inning later. 

Watch either of these fly balls and it is hard to think they do not go out during the regular season. The post-season has changed because of it.

Weather on the 1's

The weather could prove to be a factor for the remainder of this series.

There is currently a 100 percent chance of rain for Wednesday's Game 4 at Yankee Stadium. The Astros have a bullpen day scheduled for this game, but if rain does delay it then they may go with Zack Greinke midweek.

That would move up Justin Verlander to pitch in Game 5 and Gerrit Cole again in Game 6. The Yankees are probably praying for this game not to be rained out because facing a rookie in Jose Urquidy in this one has to feel good for New York.

As of Tuesday night, MLB has yet to announce any changes to this game's schedule.

Carlos Correa's walk-off homer in the 11th inning led the Houston Astros past the New York Yankees 3-2 in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.

Correa broke a tie with the Yankees in extra innings as the Astros levelled the ALCS on Sunday.

 

Here are three takeaways from the Astros' win over the Yankees

Astros found their bats

New York outhit Houston 13-3 in Game 1, but the Astros did a much better job making contact on Sunday. Houston notched seven hits against the Yankees this time. After being held scoreless on Friday, Houston scored two runs, via a George Springer home run and a Carlos Correa RBI through the first nine innings.

But the Astros' biggest hit of the contest came in the 11th inning as Correa drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off solo shot.

Houston only tallied one more hit than the Yankees, but that is a big turnaround from the 10-hit deficit they faced in Game 1.

Verlander bounced back in a big way

Justin Verlander got drilled by the Tampa Bay Rays on three days' rest in the American League Division Series last week. After urging the team to let him start against Tampa Bay, he forked up four runs in 3.6 innings in his team's loss, allowing the Rays to tie the series at 2-2. But he brought much better stuff in Game 2 against the Yankees.

Verlander gave up five hits and two runs in 6.6 innings but had better movement on his pitches, notching seven strikeouts. Only New York's Aaron Judge was able to take him deep with a two-run shot in the fourth inning. The ace's momentum should help his confidence as the postseason progresses. 

Houston could've done a lot more damage

The Astros scored the third-most runs (920) in MLB this season and it is only a matter of time before they capitalise more on their scoring opportunities.

Houston was among the MLB leaders in runners left on base per game in 2019, averaging 7.15 per contest. But they more than tripled that on Sunday, as the Astros left 22 runners on base against New York.

The Astros have consistently struggled to live up to their potential offensively in the postseason, and they cannot afford to continue doing that at this point.

Giancarlo Stanton is considered day-to-day with a strained right quad, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced.

Cameron Maybin will replace Stanton in the starting line-up for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Stanton suffered the injury as the Yankees won the ALCS opener 7-0 on Saturday.

"He kind of injured his quad last night … he didn't feel like he was good to start," Boone said. "We hope it's something that with today and the off day, he would be back to play for Game 3."

Stanton, who played only 18 games this MLB season because of injuries, suffered the strain running to first base on his first hit against the Astros.

He later homered off Astros starter Zack Greinke in the Yankees' dominant win over the Astros.

Boone said Stanton would be available as a pinch hitter or in an emergency situation for Game 2.

If the Yankees opt to replace Stanton on their ALCS roster, he would be ineligible for the World Series should the team advance.

The New York Yankees drew first blood after shutting out the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

Masahiro Tanaka dealt, Gleyber Torres dominated and Houston made mistakes in the ALCS opener on Saturday.

Now the Astros turn to Justin Verlander for Game 2 with hopes of stopping the bleeding in the MLB playoffs.

The Yankees counter with James Paxton.

 

Three takeaways from the Yankees' ALCS Game 1 win over the Astros

Inexcusable

Every single out in this series could matter. It may very well be a sweep by the Yankees, but if it goes how everyone thinks it will, this could be a very long and drawn out series. Taking that into account, Alex Bregman cannot make the mistake he made in the fifth inning of Game 1.

And let's make this clear, yes, Aaron Judge produced a great play reeling in a line-drive shot off the bat of Yordan Alvarez, but Bregman was absolutely in the wrong here. On the play in question with Houston down 1-0, Alvarez hit a line drive to right with Bregman on first base. It might have looked like a hit, but it was not a sure thing. Bregman took his lead off first and did not go halfway. He looked like he was trying to get a head start on getting to third, but Judge caught the ball.

Yes, Bregman slipped on his way getting back but he was way too far off the base in the first place. Judge then caught Bregman with relative ease to double him up at first and the Astros' chance was over.

Bregman is an MVP candidate, but that was not an MVP play. And the Yankees did win this game by seven runs, but in a one-run game, that mistake is inexcusable.

Did you hear? Gleyber Torres is 22

We poke a little bit of fun here because it would seem that every single Twitter account has 22 written in massive numbers next to Gleyber Torres' name and it is required to mention it every time he breathes. But what he has done this postseason is incredibly impressive regardless of his age.

Torres drove in five runs in Game 1 and now has nine runs batted in in during the 2019 playoffs. It cannot be ignored how good he has been this postseason and he only has a little way to go before he catches up with Juan Soto who is 20. Get that? He is 20.

Again, we joke. Torres has been awesome and he deserves a ton of credit for the Yankees' success.

We told you this could happen

When Masahiro Tanaka was announced as the Game 1 starter for the Yankees some people were surprised. We were not. Tanaka has been lights out in his postseason career and he has been doubly as good against the Astros.

Coming into Game 1, Tanaka had a 2.00 ERA (four runs in 18 innings) in three career playoff starts against the Astros. He had given up just two runs over his previous 13 innings against them. The Astros struggle against him and it is not surprising at all that he gave up just one hit and no runs in six innings of work in Game 1.

The Astros tend to struggle against men who really know how to pitch. That is why they struggled with Charlie Morton this year and David Price last year, but they got to guys like Tyler Glasnow and Chris Sale. If a pitcher knows how to work the corners and keep guys off balance the Astros can struggle. That is exactly why they had issues with Tanaka and likely will again in a potential Game 5.

The New York Yankees are going with Masahiro Tanaka in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday.

Tanaka gets the nod for Saturday's MLB ALCS opener over Cy Young contender Luis Severino and James Paxton, who the Yankees picked up for the postseason.

But Tanaka's call looks appropriate as he has a career 1.54 ERA in six career postseason starts.

Two of those starts came against the Astros in the 2017 ALCS. In that series, Tanaka allowed two runs in 13 innings pitched.

However, the decision not to start Paxton or Severino could be a costly one. Both have great success against the Astros as well along with better fastballs which have given Houston trouble this year.

Severino, however, is just 1-1 against the Astros in the playoffs, allowing four runs in 8.6 innings of work in the ALCS in 2017 and Paxton is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA against Houston in 2019.

Paxton has a lot of past success against the Astros, including a 2018 with the Seattle Mariners in which he went 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA, but that apparently is not enough to earn the series-opening start against the American League West champions.

The Astros will counter with Zack Greinke in Game 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The final two matchups of the first three games will be Justin Verlander against James Paxton and Gerrit Cole versus Luis Severino.

 

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said he is retiring following the team's loss to the St Louis Cardinals in the Nationals League Division Series.

McCann made the announcement after Wednesday's 13-1 Game 5 rout in the NLDS and 15 MLB seasons.

The 35-year-old – a World Series champion with the Houston Astros in 2017 – return to the Braves this season.

"It's time to go," McCann told reporters post-game. "I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time catching every day. And I got to do it my hometown."

The Georgia native made his major-league debut with the Braves back in 2005. He would spend nine years in Atlanta before signing a five-year, $85million contract with the New York Yankees prior to the 2014 season.

A seven-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger, McCann was then traded to the Astros after the 2016 season.

McCann returned to Atlanta on a one-year, $2m deal ahead of the 2019 campaign.

"That was a big reason I wanted to come back," McCann said. "I wanted to be a part of this again, put this uniform back on and play in front of my family every night."

McCann sported a .262/.337/.452 career line while hitting 282 homers and driving in 1,018 runs. He also posted a career 31.8 bWAR.

The New York Yankees reached the American League Championship Series thanks to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Monday's win saw the Yankees sweep the Twins 3-0 in the MLB's AL Division Series.

Luis Severino and New York's bullpen silenced the Twins thanks to some great defensive plays as the Yankees moved within one step of their first World Series since 2009.

Now, the Yankees advance to face the winner of the ALDS clash between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays.

On the other hand, the Twins extended their MLB-record postseason losing streak to 16 games, with 13 of those losses coming to the Yankees. 

 

Three takeaways from the Yankees' series-clinching win over the Twins in ALDS Game 3

Yankees are more than a one-dimensional team

New York won plenty of games this year simply by bludgeoning the other team at the plate. The Yankees led the majors in runs and finished just one homer behind the Twins' MLB-record 307 homers. But their pitching and metrics were average to below average.

Yet the Yankees are far from a one-dimensional team. Starter Severino pitched four shut-out innings, striking out four, and the bullpen shut down the Twins the rest of the way in Game 3 on Monday.

And New York pitchers benefited from some spectacular plays behind them. The gem of the night: Second baseman Gleyber Torres made a diving stop in right field to throw out Eddie Rosario in the sixth, with a great scoop by first baseman DJ LeMahieu.

An inning later, Aaron Judge caught what looked like a sure RBI double off the bat of Miguel Sano.

And in the ninth, shortstop Didi Gregorius made a diving catch to save a run and snuff out a last-gasp rally by the Twins.

The Yankees held a loaded Twins line-up to only seven runs in three games. In short, these Yankees do far more than just crush home runs and trot around the bases.

Things will get tougher for Yankees in ALCS

No disrespect to the Twins, who earned 101 regular-season victories and have a foundation to return to the postseason next year. But they are not the Astros, the Yankees' presumed opponent in the ALCS — the Astros lead the Rays 2-1 in their ALDS, with Tampa Bay hosting Game 4 on Tuesday. The Astros can match the Yankees' offensive firepower, and in Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke, have arguably the most dominating trio of postseason starters in MLB history.

The Yankees outscored their opponents by 204 runs, an impressive feat and the third-highest mark in baseball. The Astros outscored their opponents by 280 runs.

A potential Yankees-Astros ALCS is the series that baseball fans have been drooling over for months. The Rays can spoil that dream showdown, but even against the Rays, the Yankees would face a formidable trio of starters in Tyler Glasnow, Charlie Morton and Blake Snell. Things get much tougher for the Yankees moving forward.

Twins picked a bad time for strikeouts to spike

For a team that set the MLB season home run record this term, the Twins were remarkably tough to strike out in 2019, ranking 25th in baseball in strikeouts.

Unfortunately, it seems the Twins were saving all their strikeouts for the postseason. Minnesota struck out 27 times in the first two games of the ALDS, far above their season average of about eight Ks per game. After the Twins loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning, Sano popped out, but Severino then struck out Marwin Gonzalez swinging and Jake Cave was called out on strikes.

With runners on first and second the next inning, Mitch Garver struck out to end the threat.

Then, with two runners on and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman struck out two batters to lock down the victory.

With the Twins' season hanging in the balance, the ALCS was a bad time for a spike in strikeouts.

The New York Yankees are on the brink of moving on to their second American League Championship Series (ALCS) in three years after taking down the Minnesota Twins 8-2 in Game 2 in the ALDS on Saturday.

New York lead the series 2-0 ahead of going to Minnesota for Game 3. Jake Odorizzi was passed over for the start in Game 2 by the Twins but he will likely toe the rubber in Game 3 on Monday.

The Yankees will likely counter with Luis Severino.

 

What we learned from Yankees' ALDS Game 2 win over Twins

Masahiro Tanaka's regular seasons don't matter

It seems like every year there is panic about Masahiro Tanaka and his lulls during the regular season.

But sometimes some pitchers just show up when the lights are brightest. For example, Brandon Backe had a career 5.23 ERA with the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros over eight seasons. But in the postseason he had a 2.95 ERA. He showed up when he needed to.

Tanaka has struggled over the past few years as he is constantly managing his iffy elbow. He gave up six runs in 0.2 of an inning against the Boston Red Sox in London. Panic ensued and it continued when he finished the year with a 4.45 ERA. But Tanaka always shows up in the postseason.

He threw five innings and allowed one run in Game 2 against one of this year's best and most clutch lineups – Minnesota were second in MLB with a .292 batting average with runners in scoring position. Tanaka now has a 1.54 ERA in 35 career postseason innings.

Matchups don't always pan out

The Twins played purely a matchup in Game 2 by starting rookie Randy Dobnak over Odorizzi. The rookie came into the game with a 53 per cent groundball rate, which would have been fifth in MLB had he pitched enough innings to qualify. Odorizzi had a 35 per cent groundball rate, which was the third-worst in all of baseball.

Minnesota wanted to avoid the fly ball at Yankee Stadium, so they started Dobnak. He did avoid the fly ball, but he also gave up six hits and four runs in two innings of work. He kept the ball in the yard, but he also aided New York in jumping out to an 8-1 lead in three innings.

Dobnak was the better matchup in Yankee Stadium than Odorizzi was on paper. But pitching Odorizzi was the right decision due to his age and experience. Throwing in a rookie to pitch in the Bronx is not a good idea. As much as modern-day analytics say clutch does not matter, psychology entirely disagrees.

The rookie struggled a big part due to nerves. Odorizzi should have been the play here, but the Twins stuck too close to the paper.

 

Did Didi Gregorius bust through his slump or was this an anomaly?

Didi Gregorius showed up in Game 2. He went two for three, but most importantly, he smacked a grand slam in the third inning to bust the game wide open.

Gregorius came into this game mired in a two-for-25 slump. He had not hit a home run since September 10 and finished the year with a .238/.276/.441 slash line.

So is Gregorius out of his slump or was he simply put in favourable spots to succeed?

He hits better against righties, better in wins, likes pitchers like Tyler Duffey and Dobnak, hits well with runners in scoring positions, hits pitchers the first time well and also well with bases loaded.

A lot of things went in his favour in Game 2. Could his slump be broken? Absolutely. But he was put in some good spots on Saturday.

The New York Yankees have had the Minnesota Twins' number come October and that continued on Friday.

The two teams know each other well, especially in the postseason where they have faced each other six times since 2003. In those matchups, New York have always come away with a series – and even wild-card game – win.

The Yankees won all four American League Division Series (ALDS) against the Twins and a 2017 wild-card contest. This time around, they are up one game after their 10-4 win at Yankee Stadium.

Both teams were battling less-than-ideal situations after dipping into their bullpens with the game tied through five innings, but it was DJ LeMahieu who had yet another big night to help push New York ahead.

There will be a quick turnaround for Game 2 which is scheduled for Saturday.

 

Three takeaways from the Yankees' ALDS Game 1 win

James Paxton wasn't the James Paxton the Yankees know and love

The left-handed pitcher may be in his seventh MLB season, but he was in unfamiliar territory. No, it was not the location. James Paxton has gotten more than comfortable during his first season in New York, especially in the second half of the season. But it did have to do with the setting.

Paxton, who had spent all six of his previous seasons with the struggling Seattle Mariners, made his postseason debut on Friday. He was well aware of his inexperience and sought out veteran team-mates with playoff chops for advice leading up to the start.

"Luckily, a lot of [Yankees] players have had experience in the postseason," Paxton said on Thursday. "I've been talking to team-mates and asking them what it's like, what it's like to pitch in the postseason."

Paxton was entering the game after winning a career-best 10 consecutive starts before leaving his final regular-season start with tight glute muscle. The injury might have been a "non-issue" but the Twins' at-bats certainly were a problem. In 4.2 innings of work, Paxton allowed three runs off five hits while striking out eight and walking one. It was not an ideal start and far from what he has been doing late in the regular season. If it is simply playoff nerves, Paxton will need to shake them off if he wants to help propel the Yankees in the AL.

 

Choose your fighter: The Bronx Bombers or the Bomba Squad

It should have been a slugfest as these two bomb squads started their series. It looked as if it would start that way after Jorge Polanco hit a home run in the first inning to give the Twins an early lead, but the heavy-hitting stayed one-sided – until a LeMahieu homer got the Yankees rolling.

Both the Yankees and the Twins hit a massive amount of home runs during the regular season. Their respective bats were so hot they became the first two teams to ever hit more than 300 home runs in a single season. But, it did not translate into the postseason – at least not yet.

There were a humble five homers hit on Friday including two more from the Twins and two total from the Yankees.

 

LeMahieu was the difference maker

It was almost fitting that the Yankee to hit the first home run – and his first postseason home run ever – also broke the game open.

LeMahieu pushed New York's lead to 10-4 after seven innings en route to the Game 1 win to start his first postseason with the team.

He led the way for the Yankees this season recording the most hits (197), having the highest batting average (.327) as well as tallying a team-high 102 RBIs and 109 runs.

But it was not until a three-run double in the seventh that he really showed his stuff. LeMahieu is 11-16 with 27 RBIs with the bases loaded this season, including Friday.

He finished three of five at the plate with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.

The American League Division Series are set.

After the Tampa Bay Rays' convincing 5-1 win in the wild-card game over the Oakland Athletics, they will begin their clash with the Houston Astros on Friday.

The other teams battling it out for a place in the Championship Series will be the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins, and we have previewed both match-ups.

 

Key storylines

How will the Rays' starting pitching perform?

On paper, the Rays match up with the Astros one through three. It sounds crazy but just look at the first series of the season. Houston beat Blake Snell but then lost to Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow in back-to-back games. Houston did not have Carlos Correa or Zack Greinke that time, so this series will be a touch different, but in terms of pitching talent, the Rays do match up with the Astros' staff. The big question is health, as Glasnow and Snell are recently back from injuries and not fully extended like Tampa Bay would like them to be. But if they can pitch enough to get to their stellar bullpen, then this series could be very, very tough for the Astros.

Will the Twins' home-run prowess continue?

This is a bit of a one-sided question just because the same thing could be asked of the Yankees, but New York have proved they can hit in the postseason. The Twins hit 307 homers this year, but we have no idea if that will continue in the postseason when everything gets harder. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Mitch Garver all had career years at the plate. If they can do what they did during the regular season they can keep up with a more proven line-up in New York. They were not able to do it in the 2017 wild-card game. Will they do it in a five-game series?

Players to watch

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros

Correa missed 87 games this season with back and rib injuries and was out for the final seven matches of the year after his back stiffened up on a flight to Seattle. Correa was one of the Astros' most clutch players at the plate in the 2015 and 2017 postseasons, hitting seven home runs and driving in 18 runs in 24 games. While Houston can win without him, they are undoubtedly worse when he is not in the line-up and 100 per cent fit. He is supposed to play in Game 1 on Friday but there are doubts he will get on the field.

Luis Severino, SP, Yankees

Severino made just three starts this year and it is unclear what shape he will be in for the postseason. But if he can give the Yankees five good innings against the Twins, Minnesota's chance in this series will be dealt a blow. If Severino is healthy, he and James Paxton present an imposing top two in a rotation for a potential ALCS and World Series.

Predictions

Astros over the Rays in five

While the Rays can match up with the Astros pitching-wise, the odds are Tampa Bay will not be able to beat Houston in three out of four games with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Greinke starting. Tampa Bay's line-up is unlikely to be able win three games against that rotation and will probably have to if the Rays are to progress to the ALCS.

Yankees over Twins in four

Severino, Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka. That should be enough to win the first three games for the Yankees, but Minnesota could get one at home. New York should have too much firepower and are as healthy as they have been all year.

Joe Girardi said any job in the MLB is going to interest him amid links to the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.

Former New York Yankees manager Girardi is a rumoured candidate for at least two vacancies in the league following his sacking the by storied franchise in 2017.

Girardi, who won 910 games and a World Series in 10 years with the Yankees, has been linked to the Cubs and Padres following the exits of Joe Maddon and Andy Green.

The New York Mets could also be an option for Girardi if Mickey Callaway is moved on.

"When you look at managing in Major League Baseball, there are only so many jobs," Girardi told 670 The Score. "So obviously anything that comes across your desk, you're going to be very interested in. You can't just go to another city and say, 'I'm going to be an orthopaedic surgeon here'. You can't do anything like that.

"So, there's 30 jobs. Obviously, there's 10 teams in the playoffs, so those jobs probably aren't open. You start to look at the other jobs available and obviously I have a lot of ties to Chicago. Any job out there is going to interest me, because I would like to manage again."

But the Cubs opening would seem to hold particular interest for Girardi. The Peoria, Illinois, native was drafted by the Cubs and played seven seasons for them as a catcher. He was also interviewed for the team's managerial openings in 2006 and 2013.

Girardi refused to say whether he has an interview scheduled with the Cubs, who fired Maddon on Sunday after five seasons.

"I've made it known that I would like to manage again, so you kind of wait and see what happens in this process," Girardi said. "There's a lot of jobs open [six], more than I remember in the past and there could be some more. So we'll see what happens."

Girardi also praised the Cubs' approach, saying, "There are a lot of pieces in place there."

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.

New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso set the record for most home runs in a single MLB season by a first-year player.

Alonso hit his 53rd homer of the season on Saturday, eclipsing the record of New York Yankees star Aaron Judge – who set the mark with 52 in 2017.

Mets first baseman Alonso homered off Atlanta Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, having matched Judge's record on Friday.

"There's no better person to represent not only the Mets, but also the City of New York," Judge said on Friday. "He's going to do special things over his long career. It's the first of many records he's going to break."

Alonso's home run numbers continue to improve as he broke the Mets' single-season home run record in August which was previously held by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.

He also has a chance to become the first rookie to lead MLB in homers since Mark McGwire hit 49 in 1987.

Alonso currently sits first in MLB, while Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez has 49 and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler each have 47.

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