Kris Bryant made his first start at first base since his days in the Cape Cod League on Monday night, part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's plan to see just how versatile the rookie can be.
Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't surprised that his team is headed back to the postseason. ''By the time March rolled around, I think everybody felt pretty good,'' Ricketts said Monday prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Wrigley Field. By spring training, I think everybody felt pretty good.
Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar celebrated his American League Player of the Week Award in typical fashion, with another highlight-reel catch.
Has right-hander Chris Young put himself into the Royals' postseason rotation debate with his five-inning, no-hit outing on Sunday?
The turning point this season for the Cubs may actually have occurred in July 2014, when the team traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. Chicago acquired shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney, who were both in the Minor Leagues at the time. But that was the last deal in which the Cubs flipped a veteran player for young talent.
It's the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade that Alex Rodriguez has given so much credit to for his success in the Major Leagues, so on Monday, the slugger decided to return to his roots and give back.
Oscar-winning actor -- and native Texan -- Matthew McConaughey stopped by Globe Life Park on Monday for an event supporting his after-school program for high school students.
Troy Tulowitzki is feeling a lot better, and Monday evening, the Blue Jays shortstop declared that he would "definitely" be ready for the postseason.
Major League Baseball is hosting the fourth annual Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at Citi Field on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's the first time MLB is hosting the invitation only event, which also includes high-level representatives from all the major American sports leagues, collegiate bodies, the Olympics, and individual competitive sports organizations.
Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki tested his injured shoulder by taking batting practice Monday and expects to return in time for the postseason. Tulowitzki hasn't played since Sept. 12, when he cracked his scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar in a game against the Yankees. After taking between 30 and 40 swings, Tulowitzki said, ''Hitting is the last thing.
There was some buzz around the Red Sox at the team hotel on Monday in Manhattan, as the club is sharing quarters with President Barack Obama for the next few days.
The Dodgers reinstated utilityman Enrique Hernandez to the active roster from the 15-day disabled list on Monday for the opener of their series with the Giants.
Jerry Dipoto was not out of work for long, jumping at the chance to take over as general manager of another AL West franchise. Dipoto was hired by the Seattle Mariners on Monday, less than three months after stepping down from the same position with the Los Angeles Angels. With the Toronto Blue Jays making the postseason this year, the Mariners now have the longest playoff absence in baseball at 14 years and counting.
Yadier Molina, the most irreplaceable Cardinals player, has to be replaced for this showdown series with the Pirates. Tony Cruz is behind the plate for St. Louis, with Molina recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
Yadier Molina, who suffered a slight ligament tear in his left thumb on Sept. 20, will not return to the field before the end of the regular season, the Cardinals announced after Molina's visit with a hand specialist on Monday.
Masahiro Tanaka will return to the mound on Wednesday for one final regular-season start, taking on the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in a start that should line him up to pitch the potential American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on additional rest.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes was scratched from his start at Cleveland on Monday night because of an illness and will be replaced by left-hander Tommy Milone.
Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals allowed his first hit of the game against the Cincinnati Reds with one out in the eighth inning, a single by Tucker Barnhart. Barnhart hit Scherzer's 105th pitch Monday to left field on a 1-2 count. This is Washington's home finale, a game originally scheduled for July 8 but postponed because of rain.
Wilmer Flores stood off to one corner of a crowded clubhouse on Saturday at Great American Ball Park, clutching a beer, his eyes visibly glowing. That he was a Met, Flores remained grateful. That he had punched his ticket to the playoffs, he could hardly comprehend. There were plenty of other memorable moments and events that shaped the Mets en route to their first playoff berth since 2006. Here are the five that most changed this season.