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Angels rout Mariners to secure playoff berth

Angels rout Mariners to secure playoff berth

MLB.com yahoo.com nytimes.com ESPN.com Updated 10 hours ago
Led by Albert Pujols' three RBIs and a gem by Matt Shoemaker, the Angels became the first Major League team to clinch a playoff berth with an 8-1 win over the Mariners on Monday night at Angel Stadium, but both Pujols and Shoemaker left with injuries.
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  • Halos excited to punch ticket, but focused on bigger goals

    Halos excited to punch ticket, but focused on bigger goals

    MLB.com 11 hours ago
    Mike Scioscia and the Angels are not satisfied with simply making the postseason -- they want to win the American League West for the first time since 2009, lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and much more beyond that.
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  • Pujols hopes hamstring cramp doesn't linger

    Pujols hopes hamstring cramp doesn't linger

    MLB.com ESPN.com 11 hours ago
    Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Monday night's game with a cramp in his left hamstring, but said after the 8-1 win over the Mariners that he hoped to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
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  • Kemp unhappy with Puig; Mattingly: '72 A's?

    Kemp unhappy with Puig; Mattingly: '72 A's?

    ESPN.com 11 hours ago
    Dodgers outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig got into a verbal altercation in the dugout during an 11-3 win over Colorado on Monday night, a disagreement caught by the Rockies' TV cameras.
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  • Altuve's Big Game Lifts Astros Over Indians 3-1

    Altuve's Big Game Lifts Astros Over Indians 3-1

    nytimes.com 14 hours ago
    Jose Altuve had three hits to give him 209 this season and drove in two runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
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  • McHugh has bruised left forearm after comebacker

    McHugh has bruised left forearm after comebacker

    MLB.com 15 hours ago
    Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh was forced to leave in the seventh inning of Monday's game against the Indians with a left forearm contusion after being struck by a sharp comebacker off the bat of third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
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  • On Baseball: Clarity Emerging as Playoff Races Wind Down

    On Baseball: Clarity Emerging as Playoff Races Wind Down

    nytimes.com 16 hours ago
    The postseason picture got less fuzzy this weekend with three teams on the verge of claiming division titles and some jockeying among the wild-card hopefuls.
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  • Hamilton eyes Wednesday return after 'breakthrough' day

    Hamilton eyes Wednesday return after 'breakthrough' day

    MLB.com 16 hours ago
    Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hasn't played since Sept. 4 with an injured right AC joint (shoulder area) and trapezius muscle, had what manager Mike Scioscia thinks could be a "breakthrough" day Monday and could return as early as Wednesday.
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  • Ailing Raburn's status remains unclear; MRI may be needed

    Ailing Raburn's status remains unclear; MRI may be needed

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    Utility man Ryan Raburn's hyperextended left knee hasn't improved at all, as he received treatment to no avail prior to Monday's game against the Astros.
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  • Mariners have tough road ahead

    Mariners have tough road ahead

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    There's no denying that, of the teams contending for the American League's Wild Card spots, the Mariners have the toughest remaining road schedule, with 11 of their final 14 games away from home.
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  • Mariners' road success offsets Safeco woes

    Mariners' road success offsets Safeco woes

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    As the Mariners open a critical 11-game road trip on Monday that will go a long way toward determining their playoff fate, one overhanging question looms. Why has Seattle been so much better on the road than at home this season?
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  • Astros won't rule out return this season for Springer

    Astros won't rule out return this season for Springer

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Astros still aren't ruling out rookie outfielder George Springer getting back on the field at some point. Springer, who hasn't played since straining his left quad on July 19, has been taking…
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  • Hunter Pence stars in a parody rap video about Hunter Pence Sig…

    Hunter Pence stars in a parody rap video about Hunter Pence Signs

    yahoo.com 18 hours ago
    Lest you thought the Hunter Pence Signs joke was something that died after mid August — you know, like the Oakland Athletics' chances of winning the AL West, zing! — the bleacher meme has inspired a new parody rap video. We like parody rap videos and th…
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  • For Bucs, Holdzkom can be second coming of K-Rod

    For Bucs, Holdzkom can be second coming of K-Rod

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    Twelve years after the Angels procured Francisco Rodriguez virtually out of thin late-season air and rode his arm to a World Series title, the Pirates have a chance to recreate that magic with John Holdzkom: A mysterious reliever, unknown to Major Leagu…
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  • Twenty-seven up and down: Evaluating Texas' position players

    Twenty-seven up and down: Evaluating Texas' position players

    MLB.com Sep 15 (yesterday)
    The Rangers have used 27 position players on a club that is going to finish with offensive numbers that haven't been seen in Arlington in more than three decades. Some of those players are going to be with the Rangers for a long time. Some of them bette…
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  • The Week Ahead: Contenders hit Crucial stretch

    The Week Ahead: Contenders hit Crucial stretch

    MLB.com Sep 15 (yesterday)
    It's that magical time of year in baseball. Just ask the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels. All three teams have such a huge division lead that their magic number is tiny. All three could clinch their division in the…
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  • Roundup: Nationals Eliminate Mets From Division Race; Dodgers’ …

    Roundup: Nationals Eliminate Mets From Division Race; Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Earns 19th Win

    nytimes.com Sep 15 (yesterday)
    Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Nationals won a ninth straight game started by Jordan Zimmermann.
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  • Video - Angels Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Mariners 01:19

    Angels Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Mariners

    Sep 15
    Matt Shoemaker picked up his 16th victory of the season in the Angels' 8-1 win over the Mariners.
  • Video - A's Blank M's 01:54

    A's Blank M's

    Sep 14
    Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Sam Fuld homered and drove in two runs in the Athletics' 4-0 win over the Mariners. Jon Lester showed why Oakland traded for him.
  • Video - Angels' Winning Streak Snapped 00:58

    Angels' Winning Streak Snapped

    Sep 14
    Dallas Keuchel tossed seven strong innings and the Astros snapped the Angels' 10-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory.
  • Video - Trout's Big Bat Powers Angels 00:52

    Trout's Big Bat Powers Angels

    Sep 13
    Mike Trout hit two home runs as the Angels defeated the Astros 5-2.

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