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Shin-Soo Choo drove in the winning run with a single off the wall in the 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds secured a playoff spot Monday night moments after beating the New York Mets 3-2.Upvote Share Tweet
ESPN.com Updated Sep 23, 2013Carlos Beltran homered, Adam Wainwright earned his 18th win and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Washington 4-3 on Monday night, eliminating the Nationals from playoff contention.Upvote Share Tweet
Fredi tossed after disputing hit-by-pitch callBraves manager Fredi Gonzalez unloaded on home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez after the veteran ump ruled Paul Janish did not attempt to get out of the way of a pitch that hit him in the seventh inning of Monday night's game against the Brewers.Upvote Share Tweet
Having strong year, Schierholtz elicits high praiseNate Schierholtz has exceeded expectations in his first season with the Cubs. The right fielder, who has finally gotten regular playing time, has set career highs in hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs.Upvote Share Tweet
Rough outing may have been Locke's last in '13Beyond Wrigley Field, the Pirates have a short-sighted rotation. But Jeff Locke has a sense his sights already have to be on 2014. One possible scenario omits Locke, whose August-September ERA shot to 7.05 with his one-inning, five-run turn on Sunday ag…Upvote Share TweetTony Cingrani took a major step forward in his recovery from lower back soreness on Monday, when he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session without pain or incident. Although that's good news for Cingrani and the club, the Reds are still left with more questio…Upvote Share Tweet
Ten reasons Cardinals are returning to postseasonUnexpected emergences, record-setting seasons and an expectation for excellence in many ways defined the Cardinals' 2013 season. Here is a look at 10 things, in no particular order, that went right as the Cardinals clinched their third straight postseas…Upvote Share Tweet
The Achilles' heels for each postseason contenderCNNSI.com Updated Sep 23, 2013Eleven teams still have a realistic shot at a championship but each has a significant cause for concern.Upvote Share Tweet
Davey welcomes chance to best CardinalsAfter losing to the Cardinals in the 2012 National League Division Series and getting swept by them in a three-game series in April, manager Davey Johnson was looking forward to playing the Cardinals at Busch Stadium this week in a three-game series.Upvote Share Tweet
The Week Ahead: Dramatic finish straight aheadFive teams -- the Dodgers, Red Sox, A's, Braves and Cardinals -- have locked up postseason berth, but there are still five slots, including two division titles, to be won over the final seven days of the regular season. That means for five teams, it's a…Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Notebook: Bruce-Phillips quite a comboJay Bruce and Brandon Phillips played a significant role in the Reds' win on Sunday while adding some numbers to their notable RBI totals.Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals officially clinched their spot in the postseason about four hours before taking the field in Milwaukee for their final regular-season road game. Washington's afternoon loss to the Marlins ensured the Cardinals of no worse than the second W…Upvote Share Tweet
Cardinals Hold Off NationalsSep 23Carlos Beltran's home run lifted the Cardinals past the Nationals 4-3.
Pirates Clinch PlayoffsSep 23The Pirates clinched the playoffs for the first time since 1992 following a 2-1 win over the Cubs and a Nationals' loss.
Reds Walk Off To Clinch PlayoffsSep 23The Reds are headed to the playoffs for the second straight year following a 3-2 10th inning win over the Mets and a Nationals' loss.
Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins close to extension, sources saySep 23Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is on course to see his contract extended before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for 2010 first-round picks, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Strange Days Are Ruling the Season’s StartSep 23The Giants are 0-3, the Jets are 2-1 and the Saints’ defense is shining. Who knew? (Evan Pike/CSM/Landov :: Rich Kane/Icon SMI :: Stacy Revere/Getty Images) “You never pick up where you left off from one year to the next,’’ Bill Parcells used to say. (M…