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MLB playoff push: Padres clinch playoff spot, plus current postseason bracket

The Padres earned their first October appearance since 2006 in extra innings. We look at who hopes to join them and more.

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Playoffs schedule, bubble locations and how to watch every postseason game

Here's the schedule for every matchup of this unique October.

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MLB SCOREBOARD

SUNDAY'S GAMES

SUNDAY'S TOP MOMENTS

Voit hits MLB-leading 21st homer of the season in Yankees' 10-2 loss to Red Sox

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Springer hits two dingers, including inside-the-parker in Astros' 3-2 win over D-backs

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CHANGES IN HOUSTON?

Why losing Justin Verlander to surgery marks beginning of the end of Astros' sad legacy

The Cooperstown-worthy ace might have thrown his last pitch for Houston, but that might not be the only big change for the tarnished franchise.

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Verlander reveals he will need Tommy John surgery

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'HAVE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR ME'

Ron Gardenhire announces retirement

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WORLD SERIES TIERS

Exciting young stars? A classic rematch? The World Series matchups we most (and least) want to see

With new faces such as the White Sox and Padres in the expanded playoff mix, the Fall Classic possibilities are nearly endless. Here are the showdowns we'd love (or hate).

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FANTASY BASEBALL

Fantasy baseball forecaster for Week 9: Sept. 21-27

Set your lineups for the week ahead in fantasy baseball with our forecaster preview, which features pitcher rankings, two-start pitchers, hitter ratings, schedule observations and more.

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Doing it his way

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  • MLB umpire Joe West has never missed a call. Just ask him

    Joe West can be seen as a good umpire or a jerk. He is self-deprecating one minute and vindictive the next. He will put his arm around you as quickly as he will throw you out of a game. For 44 years, he's done it the only way that matters to him: his way.