Padres cut Wild Card magic number to 1

Padres cut Wild Card magic number to 1 n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:””,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug(“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”padres-cut-wild-card-magic-number-to-1″,”type”:”story”).parts.12″:”data”:”type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug(“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”padres-cut-wild-card-magic-number-to-1″,”type”:”story”)”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”,”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”,”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug(“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”padres-cut-wild-card-magic-number-to-1″,”type”:”story”).parts.13″:”content”:”Now, the Padres are close. They reached the postseason in 2020, but celebrated in an empty Petco Park. They haven’t clinched a playoff spot in a full 162-game season since ’06 and haven’t done so in San Diego since ’05.nn“It was definitely different in ’20,” Cronenworth said. … Read more

St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols smashes 701st career home run vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium, his 22nd homer of the season. The solo drive in the … Read more

Seattle Mariners end playoff drought on Cal Raleigh’s walk-off home run

SEATTLE — Cal Raleigh hit a winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners ended the longest playoff drought in baseball with a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Raleigh, pinch-hitting for Luis Torrens, hit a 3-2 pitch from Domingo Acevedo (3-4) just … Read more

Jacob deGrom falters as Mets drop series-opener to Braves

ATLANTA — Superman suddenly has developed a kryptonite problem, at the worst possible time for the Mets.  Jacob deGrom is still faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive, but he can’t avoid the long ball. To start their most anticipated series in several years, the Mets needed their ace Friday night, … Read more

Rangers fall short in back-and-forth homer battle

SEATTLE — The Rangers are counting on Jon Gray to be a top-of-the-rotation horse for years to come. And when he’s been healthy, the hard-throwing right-hander has largely been that this season. On Thursday night, Gray had a rare off night against the Mariners in T-Mobile Park that was filled with home runs from both … Read more

Ace Shohei Ohtani takes no-hit bid into 8th inning, Los Angeles Angels defeat Oakland Athletics

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani has provided Angels fans with plenty of highlights this season. He almost topped them all Thursday night. Ohtani, the Angels’ two-way phenom and the reigning AL MVP, pitched no-hit ball into the eighth inning and extended his hitting streak to 14 games as Los Angeles pushed its winning streak to … Read more

New York Mets calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez

The New York Mets are calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez for this weekend’s pivotal three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple reports Thursday. Alvarez, a 20-year-old catcher, was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in ESPN’s midseason list published in August. Signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in … Read more

Who are Aaron Judge’s parents? Meet Patty and Wayne Judge

Aaron Judge had a storybook celebration with his mother, Patty Judge, after the Yankees slugger tied Roger Maris’ AL home run record at 61 on Wednesday. Judge gave the home run ball to his mom in the locker room after New York’s 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The mother-son duo shared a sweet … Read more

Frankie Lasagna mocked on Twitter after missing Aaron Judge home run

It all seemed to line up perfectly for the Blue Jays fan who identified himself as Frankie Lasagna to the Associated Press. He had his glove, and he had a front-row seat in left field when Aaron Judge sent a a historic baseball flying in his direction. But Judge’s 61st home run ball hit the … Read more