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  • The New York Yankees are on the cusp of a World Series berth following three wins at home in the ALCS. They will have an opportunity to close out the series in Game 6 on Friday, but to do so they will need to find a way to defeat the Houston Astros in Houston, which has yet to happen in the postseason.
  • The defending World Series champions lived to fight another day on Wednesday. Down three games to none to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs did just enough to avoid being swept out of the postseason unceremoniously after their historic championship run last season, winning 3-2 to force one more game at Wrigley Field.
  • The New York Yankees were down when they trailed the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in their ALDS series, but they weren’t out. The American League wild-card winner rallied to win two at home and capped the series on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory in Cleveland, securing a spot against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
  • Jose Altuve is coming off an incredible season for the Houston Astros that put him in the conversation for AL MVP, but it appears he saved his best for the playoffs. Altuve hit three home runs on Thursday to help the Astros open their postseason by beating the Boston Red Sox 8-2, becoming the 10th player in MLB history to accomplish the feat.
  • The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins put the wild in wild-card early on in Tuesday’s game, with four home runs combined over the first two innings and both starting pitchers gone by the end of the third. The Yankees eventually shut down Minnesota’s bats to prevail 8-4 and book a spot in the American League postseason, and the the Arizona Diamondbacks will host the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday to determine who will capture the wild-card spot in the National League.
  • Coming off a 103-loss season, the postseason was the last place the Minnesota Twins expected to be this year, but they secured the final American League wild-card berth on Wednesday. Although the Twins lost to the Cleveland Indians, they still clinched thanks to a Los Angeles Angels loss later in the evening, and their improbable run will carry on into October.
  • Aaron Judge’s rookie season has been filled with great moments—and a few low ones—but the thing he has done most consistently is hit the long ball. Judge became the first rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs when he hit a pair for the New York Yankees in Monday’s win over the Kansas City Royals.
  • The 2017 MLB season has turned into the year of the long ball with a record number of home runs, but that hasn’t stopped Chris Sale from reaching a rare pitching milestone.
  • The Houston Astros’ hold on the AL West division was never really in doubt, but that doesn’t make Sunday’s accomplishment any less significant. A win over the Seattle Mariners coupled with a Los Angeles Angels loss clinched Houston’s first division title since 2001 (and first in the American League) with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Astros join the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers as the fourth team definitely heading to the postseason.
  • The Cleveland Indians have surpassed the Houston Astros as the top team in the American League, and all it took was a franchise-record winning streak. Cleveland defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Sunday for its 18th straight victory, putting the Indians within reach of baseball’s all-time win streak record.
  • Hitting four home runs in one game is a feat rarer than pitching a perfect game, and J.D. Martinez became the 18th player in baseball history to do so, going 4-for-5 for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Monday’s 13-0 demolition of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everything appears to be going right for Martinez and the Diamondbacks, who have won 11 straight—including four against the once-dominant Dodgers.
  • The Houston Astros already looked like the best team in the American League with one Cy Young winner in the starting rotation, but now they have two. The Astros acquired Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, just in time for him to be eligible for Houston’s postseason roster.
  • It wasn't quite 'Malice at the Palace' levels of inappropriateness that broke out at Comerica Park Thursday afternoon, but the dugout-clearing brawl that the Yankees and Tigers engaged in should certainly make the short list of messiest Detroit sporting matches.
  • It only took MLB umpires one day to get the commissioner’s attention with their protest against the abusive treatment they say they receive from players. The white wristbands worn by umpires during Saturday’s games were gone on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to sit down with the umpires at a later date.
  • Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 432-foot home run over the fountain at Marlins Park in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Miami would lose the contest 9-4, halting its four-game winning streak, but Stanton extended his homer streak to six games, continuing the torrid pace of power-hitting he’s displayed over the last six weeks.
  • The Washington Nationals watched their season flash before their eyes on Saturday when Bryce Harper slipped on a wet first base after rain delayed their game against the San Francisco Giants. Harper’s left knee bent awkwardly as he tumbled to the ground, raising concerns of a possible ligament tear, but the team announced he suffered a significant bone bruise, meaning he could play again before the end of the year.
  • Eight shutout innings by Chris Sale helped the Boston Red Sox to their seventh straight win on Tuesday, a 2-0 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are third in the AL East, but Tuesday’s loss puts them six and a half games back of Boston, which looks like the team to beat in the division right now.
  • Two of the biggest teams in baseball bolstered their postseason chances at the trade deadline on Monday when the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers landed the two most-coveted pitchers available. The Yankees added Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics, while Los Angeles acquired Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, adding an ace to each team’s starting rotation.
  • With one double on Sunday, Adrian Beltre reached the rare milestone of 3,000 career hits. Only 30 other players have ever accomplished the feat, which is a testament to Beltre’s consistency and longevity. The 38-year-old third-baseman is in his 20th season and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, winning a gold glove in each of the last two seasons and batting over .300 on the otherwise-disappointing Texas Rangers.
  • If any team can afford to lose its top pitcher for a stretch of the season, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best record in the National League and hold a massive lead in the NL West. The Dodgers weathered an injury to Clayton Kershaw last season before winning their fourth straight division title, and they will need to do so again with Kershaw likely to miss the next four to six weeks with a back injury.
  • Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox probably just want to forget they had anything to do with each other. Very little has gone right for Sandoval since he signed a massive deal with Boston in 2014, but he is still the same Sandoval who helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series championships in five years, and the Giants are apparently willing to give him another chance.
  • The Minnesota Twins are hoping Bartolo Colon can bring some stability to the back end of their starting rotation, even if the 44-year-old only lasted four innings into his Twins debut Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Minnesota could be the final stop on Colon’s 20-season MLB journey, as the Twins were able to pick him up on a minor league contract after his release from the Atlanta Braves, and his first start with his new team could best be described as a mixed bag.
  • Until last Friday, Robinson Cano wasn’t even on the 2017 All-Star roster, but the Seattle Mariners slugger made his eighth appearance in the midsummer classic count. Cano was named MVP for putting the American League ahead 2-1 with a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning, leading to the AL’s fifth straight victory over the National League.
  • The Houston Astros have been the best team in the American League for the first half of the season, and they showed why on Sunday in a 19-1 drubbing of the Toronto Blue Jays. Houston’s high-powered offense hit five home runs against a parade of pitchers for the Blue Jays, who—like many teams in 2017—had no answer for the depth of the Astros.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays spent the last two MLB trade deadlines as buyers, but they will have different goals in mind this year as July 31 approaches. Toronto is no longer the playoff contender it grew into in 2015, sitting six games under .500 midway through the season, which makes the deadline a time to maximize assets rather than stock up for October.
  • Miguel Montero made the Chicago Cubs choose between backing a Cy Young winner, or their backup catcher. It wasn’t a difficult choice. Montero was designated for assignment on Wednesday in response to comments he made about Jake Arrieta and the Cubs’ pitching staff, blaming their slow delivery for the seven stolen bases recorded by the Washington Nationals in Tuesday’s game.
  • It’s been a bad week for the New York Yankees—especially their pitching. A seven-game losing skid has taken much of the shine off of New York’s surprising start to the season, and Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels dropped the Yankees a half-game behind the rival Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead, adding insult to injury.
  • Hunter Greene is an exciting prospect for many reasons. The high-school senior is already throwing fastballs at 100 mph, and he hits with power and consistency. But the fact that he can do both so well has made him one of the more intriguing picks at the 2017 MLB draft, where two-way players are stealing the show.
  • Scooter Gennett may never be a household name, but he hit his way into baseball’s record books on Tuesday. The Cincinnati Reds second-baseman entered the day with 34 home runs in just over 500 career games, but he added four more in a 13-1 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals, producing the best batting performance in Reds history and joining an exclusive club that includes some of baseball’s all-time greats.
  • The Los Angeles Angels will be without the best hitter in baseball for at least six weeks, which doesn’t bode well for their chances of staying competitive in the American League playoff race. Mike Trout will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, leaving a gaping hole in the Angels’ lineup that will test the depth of their roster for up to two months.                                        
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