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Rangers win AL West, eliminate Angels

The Rangers are headed to the postseason after clinching the American League West with a 9-2 blowout of the Angels. The loss ended the Angels' season.

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Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks ship Astros to the Bronx

Houston had a chance to secure home field in Tuesday's AL wild-card game. But a two-run Paul Goldschmidt homer was the difference for the D-backs. Now, the Astros are headed to Yankee Stadium.

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2015 MLB postseason schedule

The playoffs begin Oct. 6 with the AL wild-card game (on ESPN) and end with the World Series, which is likely to go into November.

Ichiro takes the mound for Marlins (0:16)
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7hJim Bowden

The 'What's next for ... ' team-by-team series

Jim Bowden previews the offseason by laying out the objectives and challenges for all 30 teams, everything from executive hires to trades and signings.

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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month has featured more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Pudge Rodriguez's clutch catch.

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Rogers: Jake Arrieta enjoying a season to remember

National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta had a regular season for the ages, particularly the second half, but the Cubs ace is focused on his biggest start yet: the NL wild-card game.

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Uni Watch: MLB turns ahead clock in 1999

In the debut of Uni Watch's Friday Flashback, a weekly feature devoted to uniforms from the past, Paul Lukas travels back to the future to remember baseball's "turn ahead the clock" gimmick.


deGrom, Mets get on track vs. Nats

The day after Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter against the Mets, New York had the pitching edge. Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett all looked solid as they had a combined no-hitter going until it was broken up in the 7th vs. Jon Niese. This two-hit shutout ended the Mets' five-game skid.


Pat Murphy won't return for Padres

The team's interim manager won't return in the same capacity next season and San Diego will look for a new manager, the team announced today.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Only 3 MLB Managerial jobs in limbo ....Nationals, Mariners & Rockies. Williams and McClendon most likely will not be retained ...Weiss & Rockies could go either way

Haren to retire after postseason

Cubs starter Dan Haren said after his regular season win over the Brewers, "That was it for me. If I have to pitch in the postseason I'll be ready for sure." He has 153 career wins and a 3.60 ERA in 13 years in the big leagues.


Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Clayton Kershaw thinks Zack Greinke should win the Cy Young: "Best numbers. Lowest ERA, lowest WHIP. I mean, what else do you want?"

David Schoenfield @dschoenfield

Sunday in a tweet: Hamels great, Royals top seed, Pirates host Cubs, Yankees get Keuchel at home, Ichiro pitches, thank you, Buehrle.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admits it's been difficult year. Players have been grinding it out since September. Everyone now looking forward to rest and recharge. Team upbeat about future. "We're not rebuilding. We're not building from scratch."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

It was not a somber scene in Tigers room. Seemed to be some palpable relief about putting disappointing season in rear-view mirror. Said Ian Kinsler: "It'll be pretty easy to flush, honestly."

Rangers clinch AL West behind Hamels

Cole Hamels tossed a three-hitter and Adrian Beltre knocked in three runs to guide the Rangers to the division crown with a 9-2 win that eliminated the Angels from playoff contention.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Wright discusses the challenge of opposing Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the division series beginning Friday at Dodger Stadium.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Cole Hamels may have won a World Series MVP award. But one thing he'd never done before today was win a regular season clincher. Did pitch the 2007 game that put the Phillies in first place for the first time, in Game 160. But they didn't clinch that day.

Kershaw second-fastest to 300 K's

Clayton Kershaw needed 232.2 innings to reach 300 strikeouts this season. The only pitcher in MLB history who needed fewer innings was Pedro Martinez in 1999 (213.1 innings).


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom discusses his advances during his first two seasons in the majors, culminating with a Game 1 start in the division series against the Dodgers.


Astros fall, Yankees to host wild card

The Astros clinched a wild-card spot with the Angels loss, but they fell to the Diamondbacks in their season finale, which means they will travel to the Bronx to visit the Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Box score

Royals clinch AL's best record

Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer, Johnny Cueto allowed one run over five innings and the Royals captured their 95th victory of the season with a 6-1 win over the Twins. Box score


Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon after Mariners finish season 76-86: "This club is in a much better position than when I first took over."

Ichiro makes pitching debut

In the final game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki got to take the mound for the first time in his 15-year MLB career. He allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies.


Pirates to host NL wild-card game

Pedro Alvarez homered in Pittsburgh's shutout victory over Cincinnati, giving the Pirates home-field advantage in Wednesday's NL wild-card game against the Cubs. Box score


Jonah Keri @jonahkeri

The Mets, Cubs, Jays, Rangers, and Astros are all in the playoffs, just as everyone predicted.