#The American League

Polanco on a good run since joining Blue Jays organization

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) While he may not have played in the MLB since leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates, but Gregory Polanco has been on a roll in Triple-A. After the Pirates cut the long time outfielder, he was scooped up by the Toronto Blue Jays organization and sent to Triple-A Buffalo.
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YOUNG: It's time for the Red Sox to put up or shut up

If I’m a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I’d be a little ticked off right now. Oh, the defending world champions are having another tremendous season, and are heading for another 100-win season after bulking up their already-impressive roster at the trade deadline, and have already clinched a playoff berth.
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O's finding cornerstones for next good club

BOSTON -- Amid a season of struggles for the Orioles, Cedric Mullins has quietly, and swiftly, been having a standout year. Sitting near the top of the American League in various categories such as hits, doubles, average, on-base percentage and slugging, Mullins inched closer to a major feat in a 9-3 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. With 29 homers and 30 stolen bases, Mullins is one blast shy of becoming a member of an elite club -- one that requires the rare combination of speed and power: 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season.

Astros: 4 Quick Stats Boding Well for Team’s Playoff Run

The Houston Astros feature a top-five record in the majors. Read on for powerful metrics that bode well for their playoff potency. With roughly 15 games left on the regular season schedule, the Houston Astros appear comfortably in control of their playoff berth destiny. Among all AL West teams, the Astros feature the best record in the division—including a seven-game lead on second-place Oakland.
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The Yankees’ maddening failure to put away the Orioles might haunt them

The Yankees wrapped up their season series against Baltimore on Thursday night with a dispiriting, if all-too-predictable loss wherein the Bombers’ bats were missing in action against one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball. A thorough post-mortem on how New York played against Baltimore in 2021 might come at some point. Today though, I want to look at how the Yankees failed to win close games against Baltimore, and how those defeats loom over a playoff chase that legitimately could end with three teams tied for two spots, or with the Yankees on the outside looking in.

Red-hot Brett Gardner trying to lead Yankees to playoff spot

Brett Gardner, in the final month of his age 38 season, is putting together quite the September as the Yankees try to lock up a playoff spot. After belting a three-run home run against Cleveland on Friday night to break the game open and lead the Yanks to a much-needed laugher, the veteran is now up to a 154 wRC+ in September, by far his best monthly mark of the season. Gardner is batting .298 since August came to a close, and after struggling badly at the plate for much of the season, the longest-tenured Yankee is trying to lead the offense to its elusive potential when it matters most.

MLB playoff bracket if the season ended today, September 18

If the baseball season ended on Sept. 18, 2021, the playoff field would be decided by an absolute frenzy on Saturday night. The Wild Card standings are likely not to be decided until the season's final days. Meanwhile, the divisions, in some cases, are relatively set. With that being said,...
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A’s trying luck with Daulton Jefferies vs. Angels

The Oakland Athletics have decided to go with a “fresh arm” in Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., bumping James Kaprielian in favor of fellow right-hander Daulton Jefferies. Jefferies (1-0, 3.60 ERA), who has made just one start this season, is coming off an impressive...

Donaldson 'wishes' Blue Jays could play in front of 50,000 fans

Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson believes the Toronto Blue Jays are missing out by not having full capacity at the Rogers Centre during a September playoff push. "This place, when 50,000 people are packed into it, would be rumbling. I wish this team would be able to feel that right now because they deserve it the way they are playing," Donaldson said postgame, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.

Toronto Blue Jays: Haven’t we learned by now?

If there’s one thing we should have learned from the 2021 Toronto Blue Jays, it’s that we should never count them out of anything. Whether that’s a scorching hot streak that got them back in the postseason race, or turning a no-hitter into an 10-run lead during the last inning, it’s pretty tough to predict anything about the Blue Jays this season. With that in mind, I don’t understand why so many folks think that the AL MVP race has already been decided.
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Mariners GameDay — September 18 at Kansas City

AS YOU KNOW…the Mariners have won 7 consecutive games at Kauffman Stadium since April 10, 2018…they won the latter 2 games of a 3-game series in 2018, swept a 4-game series in April 2019 and won last night’s contest, but…DID YOU KNOW?…that it is Seattle’s longest road winning streak against a single opponent in 5 years?…it is the longest since the Mariners won 7 consecutive games at Oakland from July 5, 2015-May 4, 2016…with a win tonight, the Mariners would have their first 8+ game road winning streak vs. an opponent since winning 8 consecutive games at Oakland from July 6, 2007-April 17, 2008…AND LASTLY…the Mariners current 7-game road winning streak at Kansas City is their first out-of-division road winning streak to exceed 6 games since winning 10 consecutive games at San Diego from June 24, 2006-June 17, 2009.

Teoscar Hernandez home run spurs Blue Jays to 6-2 win over Twins

TORONTO — A three-run homer in the fourth inning by Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was enough to terminate the Minnesota Twins’ eight-game win streak at Rogers Centre. Saturday’s 6-2 victory restored the Blue Jays (83-65) to the second wild-card spot in the American League by a half-game over the...

Rangers Pitching Hit Hard Once Again In Shutout Loss vs White Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas — It's been a homestand to forget — or at least to learn from — for the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were walloped yet again, this time by the Chicago White Sox, as they were defeated without a whimper, 8-0. After going 6-3 on their last road trip, the Rangers have gone 1-4 so far during this seven-game homestand. What's more, they've been outscored 42-4 in those four losses.

Tim Anderson is out of the starting lineup Saturday for the White Sox

Tim Anderson is not in the starting lineup for the White Sox on Saturday, reports. Tim Anderson returned off the injured list from a hamstring injury earlier this week and has been eased back into the lineup. The White Sox have no reason to rush Anderson as they hold a 12 game lead over Cleveland in the American League Central and are 7.5 games behind the Rays for home-field advantage in the American League. The Sox look to be on a collision course to face the Astros in the Divisional round of the playoffs. As for Anderson, the plan was for him to play every other day once activated, and while he did play back to back on Thursday and Friday, the Sox didn’t feel he was ready to play three games in a row. Anderson is expected to be back in the starting lineup Sunday.