NBA PLAYOFF

Miami 112 Boston 109

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 5 Dallas 2

 

MLB BASEBALL

LA Angels 5 San Diego 2

Arizona 7 Texas 3

Tampa Bay 8 NY Mets 5

Kansas City 12 St. Louis 3

Oakland 6 LA Dodgers 4

Cleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 2

Toronto 14 NY Yankees 1

Seattle 3 Houston 2

Boston 9 Baltimore 1

Minnesota 7 Detroit 6

Philadelphia 12 Washington 3

Cincinnati 6 Milwaukee 1

Pittsburgh 2 Chicago Cubs 1

Atlanta 9 Miami 4

San Francisco 7 Colorado 2

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Connersville 0 Oldenburg Academy 0

Indianapolis Lutheran 2 Knightstown 0

Greenfield Central 0 Yorktown 0

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Connersville 6 Knightstown 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL- NCC/AREA

Wapahani 3 Monroe Central 0

Cowan 3 Union 0

Yorktown 3 Greenfield Central 2

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 4

Thursday, Sept. 24

UAB at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

 

Friday, Sept. 25

Middle Tennessee at UTSA | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

 

Saturday, Sept. 26

Kansas State at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | Fox

No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ABC

No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 13  UCF at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 24 Louisville at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Campbell at Appalachian State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia Tech at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Georgia State at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

FIU at Liberty | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Iowa State at TCU | 1:30 p.m. | FS1

Tulane at Southern Miss | 2:30 p.m. | Stadium

Mississippi State at No. 6 LSU | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

No. 8 Texas at Texas Tech | 3:30 p.m. | Fox

West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 3:30 p.m. | TBD

No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | TBD

UTEP at UL Monroe | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Tulsa at Arkansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Duke at Virginia | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Texas State at Boston College | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

South Florida at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 2 Alabama at Missouri | 7 p.m. | ESPN

North Texas at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Stephen F. Austin at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC ALT

No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Florida State at No. 12 Miami (FL) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Kansas at Baylor | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Troy at No. 18 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

 

NCC FOOTBALL STANDINGS

NCC/OVERALL

Lafayette Jeff 3 – 0/5 – 0

Marion 3 – 0/3 – 2

Muncie Central 2 – 0/2 – 1

Indianapolis Tech 2 – 0/2 – 2

Harrison 2 – 1/3 – 2

Kokomo 1 – 2/1 – 4

Logansport 0 – 3/1 – 4

Richmond 0 – 3/0 – 4

Anderson 0 – 3/0 – 5

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Indianapolis Roncalli at Harrison

Kokomo at Anderson

Lafayette Jeff at Marion

Logansport at Richmond

McCutcheon at Indianapolis Tech

 

TRI-EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

TEC/OVERALL

Centerville 4 – 0/4 – 1

Knightstown 3 – 0/3 – 1

Union County 3 – 1/3 – 1

Tri 2 – 1/3 – 2

Lincoln 1 – 1/1 – 1

Winchester 1 – 2/1 – 4

Union City 1 – 3/1 – 4

Hagerstown 0 – 5/0 – 5

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Lincoln at Knightstown

Centerville at Northeastern

Shenandoah at Hagerstown

Tri at Winchester

Union City at Union County

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

 

 HEAT BEAT CELTICS, LEAD SERIES 3-1

Tyler Herro should still be in college. He’s not, but is still a student.

He carries a red spiral-bound notebook with him at all times, jotting down notes when things pop into his head. What worked, what didn’t, where he thinks he can get better and how he’s feeling after a game.

“It helps me get locked in, helps me focus,” Herro said.

Whatever he read Wednesday night helped him put together the game of his life – and carry the Miami Heat a win away from the NBA Finals. The 20-year-old Herro scored a Heat rookie-record 37 points and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics 112-109 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

“He has a great competitive humility about him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He has a confidence. He has a fearlessness that is uncommon. But he’s humble enough to work, to be coachable, to take the mentorship from the veteran players that we have on our team, and he just continues to gain more confidence as we go.”

Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Goran Dragic added 22 and Bam Adebayo – dealing with a bit of shoulder soreness – had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Heat take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They can close it out Friday night in Game 5.

Jayson Tatum scored all 28 of his points in the second half for the Celtics. They erased a double-digit deficit to take a one-point lead in the fourth – then saw the Heat run away again. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, Kemba Walker added 20, Gordon Hayward had 14 and Marcus Smart finished with 10 points and 11 assists.

“I didn’t score in the first half. That’s unacceptable,” Tatum said. “I know I have to play better. That’s what I tried to do.”

Brown’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds left cut Miami’s lead to 107-104. Herro went to the line 2.1 seconds later and coolly swished a pair, stretching the lead back to five. The Celtics got within two points twice, Butler made a free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining, and Boston – out of timeouts – never got a desperation shot off.

“At the end of the day, we got to find a way,” Walker said. “That’s really all we can do. We can do it. It’s about pride. It’s about wanting to do it. Next game we got to come out and show that.”

Herro made 14 of 21 shots from the floor, 5 for 10 from 3-point range and became just the second 20-year-old in NBA playoff history to score at least 37 points in a game. The other: Magic Johnson, who had 42 in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals for the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I feel good about it,” Herro said. “There’s a lot of work to be done still. We’re up 3-1.”

And the Heat rookie playoff record was 27 by Dwyane Wade in 2004; it now belongs to Herro, who scored 17 points in the fourth alone.

Daniel Theis scored with 8:44 left to put Boston up 85-84, the Celtics’ first lead since 25-24 with 11:19 left in the second quarter. It was Boston’s only lead in the second half and it lasted just 16 seconds. Adebayo scored to give Miami the lead, and Herro basically carried the load from there.

 

LIGHTNING WIN GAME 3

As soon as Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, his Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated on the ice and the bench with 211 days of pent up excitement.

Even after Stamkos left with injury, they didn’t let up and dominated without him, blowing the Dallas Stars out of an empty arena with a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to take the lead in the series. Even though he only skated five shifts for 2:47, the longtime Lightning captain making his 2020 playoff debut 211 days after he last played in an NHL game gave the Lightning a jolt.

“Just to be able to get out into a game and have an impact on a game, which a month ago may have never been possible” a smiling Stamkos said. “It’s been such a long time. At this time of the year, you want to do anything you can to help your team win. I’ve watched these guys be so committed to what our end goal is, and to be part of it tonight, it was a dream come true.”

Stamkos made the most of limited ice time, scoring a vintage goal going around Esa Lindell and sniping a shot past Anton Khudobin. Defenseman Victor Hedman, who fed the puck to Stamkos, lost track of it until he saw it in the back of the net.

The Lightning the bench broke into a spontaneous celebration perhaps unlike any goal during the playoffs.

“I think that the cheer was just a little bit louder,” coach Jon Cooper said.

Stamkos skated off gingerly at the end of his final shift in the first period and was not on the bench for the start of the second. He returned to the bench and took a few twirls to test out the injury but did not return.

The Lightning were just fine with Stamkos offering moral support sitting in the middle of the bench. Just his present meant so much.

“Unexpected, but just the lift he gave us A) being able to dress and play and B) scoring, I don’t think the guys were going to be denied,” Cooper said.

 

SAYERS PASSES AT 77

Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. He was 77.

Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Relatives of Sayers had said he was diagnosed with dementia. In March 2017, his wife, Ardythe, said she partly blamed his football career.

“Football fans know well Gale’s many accomplishments on the field: a rare combination of speed and power as the game’s most electrifying runner, a dangerous kick returner, his comeback from a serious knee injury to lead the league in rushing, and becoming the youngest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Bears chairman George McCaskey said in a statement. “People who weren’t even football fans came to know Gale through the TV movie `Brian’s Song,’ about his friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo. Fifty years later, the movie’s message that brotherhood and love needn’t be defined by skin color still resonates.”

Sayers was a blur to NFL defenses, ghosting would-be tacklers or zooming by them like few running backs or kick returners before or since. Yet it was his rock-steady friendship with Piccolo, depicted in the film “Brian’s Song,” that marked him as more than a sports star.

“He was the very essence of a team player – quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block,” Hall of Fame President David Baker said. “Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.”

Sayers became a stockbroker, sports administrator, businessman and philanthropist for several inner-city Chicago youth initiatives after his pro football career was cut short by serious injuries to both knees.

“Gale was one of the finest men in NFL history and one of the game’s most exciting players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Gale was an electrifying and elusive runner who thrilled fans every time he touched the ball. He earned his place as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”

Sayers was a two-time All-American at Kansas and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as well. He was selected by Chicago with the fourth pick overall in 1965, and his versatility produced dividends and highlight-reel slaloms through opposing defenses right from the start.

He tied one NFL record with six touchdowns in a game and set another with 22 touchdowns in his first season: 14 rushing, six receiving, one punt and one kickoff return. Sayers was a unanimous choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Sayers followed that by being voted an All-Pro during the first five of his seven NFL seasons (1965-71). But he was stuck on a handful of middling-to-bad Bears teams and, like Dick Butkus, another Hall of Fame teammate selected in the same 1965 draft, he never played in the postseason. Sayers appeared in only 68 games total and just two in each of his final two seasons while attempting to return from those knee injuries.

“Will miss a great friend who helped me become the player I became because after practicing and scrimmaging against Gale I knew I could play against anybody,” Butkus said. “We lost one of the best Bears ever and more importantly we lost a great person.”

In 1977, at age 34, Sayers became the youngest player inducted into the Hall of Fame. In presenting him at the ceremony, Bears founder George Halas said: “If you wish to see perfection as a running back, you had best get a hold of a film of Gale Sayers. He was poetry in motion. His like will never be seen again.”

Butkus said he hadn’t even seen Sayers play until a highlight film was shown at an event in New York that both attended honoring the 1964 All-America team. He said the real-life version of Sayers was even better.

“He was amazing. I still attribute a lot of my success from trying to tackle him (in practice),” Butkus said at the Bears’ 100th anniversary celebration in June 2019.

“I never came up against a running back like him in my whole career, as far as a halfback. And that was counting O.J. (Simpson) and a couple of other guys,” he added. “No one could touch this guy.”

The Bears drafted them with back-to-back picks in ’65, taking Butkus at No. 3 and Sayers at No. 4. It didn’t take long for Sayers to win over veterans who had helped the Bears take the NFL championship in 1963.

“We were both No. 1s, so they’re going to make it hard on us and show us the ropes and everything else,” Butkus said. “But Gale just ran circles around everybody. Quickly, they adopted him.”

The friendship between Sayers and backfield mate Piccolo began in 1967, when the two became unlikely roommates. Sayers was Black and already a star; Piccolo was white and had worked his way up from the practice squad. Early on, they were competing for playing time and carries.

But when the club dropped its policy of segregating players by race in hotel room assignments, they forged a bond. In 1968, Piccolo helped Sayers through a tough rehab process while he recovered from a torn ligament in his right knee. After Sayers returned the next season to become an All-Pro, he made sure his friend shared in the credit.

They became even closer after Piccolo pulled himself out of a game early in the 1969 season because of breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with cancer. That phase of their friendship was recounted first by Sayers in his autobiography, “I Am Third,” and then in the 1971 movie “Brian’s Song.”

With actor Billy Dee Williams playing Sayers and James Caan in Piccolo’s role, the made-for-TV movie was later released in theaters.

Sayers stayed by Piccolo’s side as the illness took its toll, donating blood and providing support. Just days before Piccolo’s death age 26, Sayers received the George S. Halas Award for courage and said: “You flatter me by giving me this award, but I can tell you here and now that I accept it for Brian Piccolo. … I love Brian Piccolo and I’d like all of you to love him, too. Tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.”

After his playing days, Sayers served as athletic director at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and founded several technology and consulting businesses.

Sayers made the 130-mile trip from his home in Indiana to attend the opening ceremony of the Bears’ 100th-season celebration in June 2019, receiving a rousing ovation.

“It’s amazing someone that was so beautiful and gifted and talented as a player and later in life to have that happen to you is really, I know, tough on everybody,” Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary said that weekend.

“It’s tough on his teammates, former teammates. It’s tough on the league. And as a player,” Singletary concluded, “it just makes you take a step back and thank God every day for your own health and blessings.”

 

FREEMAN SIGNS WITH GIANTS

Two-time Pro Bowl halfback Devonta Freeman has signed with the New York Giants and might play this weekend.

The Giants announced the move Wednesday, a day after 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Freeman, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year, was at practice Wednesday. Coach Joe Judge hopes to have him ready for Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers (1-1).

The Giants also will be getting running backs Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman ready to play. Lewis carried the load Sunday after Barkley was hurt in the second quarter. Gallman was inactive, but he looked good in training camp.

“He had a good workout for us yesterday,” Judge said of Freeman, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract. “We watched his tape from the past few years. We have some familiarity. (Defensive backs coach) Jerome Henderson was in Atlanta with him and spoke highly of his character and the kind of teammate he is in the locker room. I think he has some juice left in the tank.”

Freeman played his first six NFL seasons for the Falcons.

The Giants also placed wide receiver Sterling Shepard on injured reserve with turf toe. He also was hurt in the second quarter of the Giants’ 17-13 loss to Chicago. He is eligible to be reinstated to the roster after missing three games.

Freeman has played in 77 regular-season games with 59 starts, and five postseason games. He has rushed for 3,972 yards and 32 touchdowns, adding 257 receptions and 11 TDs.

 

TAYLOR HAS PUNCTURED LUNG

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung, according to a person familiar with the case.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of medical restriction issues.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Taylor is still not 100% and that rookie Justin Herbert will get his second NFL start on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Lynn said he wasn’t angry about what occurred because the mistake wasn’t intentional.

“There were complications with the shot but I know the man (who gave it). People make mistakes. It is something we will talk about internally,” Lynn said.

Herbert was the Chargers’ surprise starter in last Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Lynn said he didn’t find out until less than five minutes before kickoff that Taylor would be unable to play.

Herbert said he found out he was playing right as the Chargers were lining up to receive the opening kickoff.

Taylor was taken to the hospital due to difficulties breathing after Lynn said he had a reaction to an injection. Taylor was released Sunday night and was at the Chargers’ complex on Monday.

The NFL Players Association said on Wednesday that they have been in contact with Taylor and his agent and have started an investigation into the matter. ESPN first reported the punctured lung.

Taylor was briefly on the Chargers’ injury report Friday due to a rib injury he suffered in the Sept. 13 opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was taken off it, though, after fully participating in practice and taking all of the snaps with the first team.

Lynn did not have an update on Taylor’s status on Monday. He said that if Taylor was 100%, he would be the starter on Sunday against Carolina. However, with a punctured lung, the 10-year veteran is expected to be out indefinitely.

Herbert, the sixth overall pick in April’s draft, became the ninth quarterback since the merger to throw for over 300 yards in his debut, but he threw an interception late in the third quarter that the Chiefs converted into a tying touchdown.

 

McCAFFERY ON IR

The Panthers have placed Christian McCaffrey on short-term injured reserve, meaning the All-Pro running back will miss at least three games.

McCaffrey suffered a high right ankle sprain in Carolina’s 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, an injury that normally requires a 4 to 6 week recovery period. McCaffrey said Monday that is how long he was told he should expect to miss, but added that he hopes to be back sooner. The earliest he could return is Oct. 18 when the Panthers host the Bears.

Mike Davis will start in McCaffrey’s place.

The Panthers also moved offensive lineman Chris Reed off the COVID-19 list to the active roster.

The Panthers (0-2), losers of 10 straight games going back to last season, visit the Chargers (1-1) on Sunday.

 

JAGS PUT SEVERAL ON IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without place-kicker Josh Lambo for at least the next three games.

The team placed Lambo on injured reserve Wednesday with a hip injury and called up rookie Brandon Wright from the practice squad. Wright will make his NFL debut Thursday night against Miami.

Jacksonville also will be without center Brandon Linder (knee) and could be without receiver DJ Chark (chest/back). Chark is listed as questionable.

Lambo has been as reliable as anyone in the league over the past four years. He has made 74 of 78 field-goal attempts since signing with the Jaguars in 2017, including 11 of 12 from beyond 50 yards. He also has made 66 of 71 extra points.

Watson joined the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie from Georgia State. Jacksonville placed him on the practice squad after final cuts because of COVID-19 uncertainty, knowing he can punt and kick.

Veteran backup Tyler Shatley will replace Linder in the starting lineup. Shatley started 15 games over the previous four seasons.

 

ACC Announces Football Schedule Changes
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – 
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Notre Dame at Wake Forest football game will be rescheduled for Saturday, December 12. The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday, September 26.
The rescheduling follows the positive tests and subsequent quarantining of student-athletes within the Notre Dame football team. The conference and team are adhering to the outlined protocols within ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com (full report).
The Campbell at Wake Forest game that was originally scheduled for Friday, October 9 will now be played Friday, October 2. The game will be aired on ACC Network at 7 p.m.
As was previously announced, the 2020 ACC Football scheduling model includes 11 games (10 conference plus one non-conference). The 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates. The two open dates for each team allows flexibility, when possible, to make necessary adjustments. Game times and television selections will be released in the future.

 

RAYS CLINCH DIVISION

Confetti instead of champagne. Silly string instead of beer.

The Tampa Bay Rays, long accustomed to doing more with less, figured out a way to maximize the division-clinching celebration they were allowed to enjoy during a 2020 season shortened by the coronavirus.

Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets.

“I’m completely dry right now, which I’m not a huge fan of,” center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, the longest-tenured Rays player, said with a grin. “But you have to adapt to what we’re asked of.”

With teams instructed to celebrate in a muted and socially distant style, the Rays went old school – or maybe elementary school – with their clinching party.

The team filed slowly onto the field after Nick Anderson fanned Andres Gimenez for the final out. A couple of players shot off canisters filled with confetti that eventually dotted the grass and dirt at Citi Field. Hugs and handshakes were exchanged before the Rays doused one another with silly string and lit some cigars in the visiting clubhouse.

Later, hooting and hollering could be heard from the visitors’ dugout.

“We’re little kids trapped in grown men’s bodies,” Kiermaier said.

Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe also went deep for the Rays to back Tyler Glasnow’s six solid innings. Tampa Bay will be home at quirky Tropicana Field for a best-of-three first-round playoff series beginning next Tuesday.

It is the third division crown for the thrifty Rays, whose payroll this season is just over $28 million – more than only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay, which began play in 1998, also won the AL East, home of two big-spending powers in the Yankees and Red Sox, in 2008 and 2010.

 

REDS DOWN BREWERS 6-1

The grounds crew that had been banging drums and raising a din in the stands all game long lined up and exchanged high-fives with exuberant Reds players.

Felt like old times at Great American Ball Park – 2013, to be exact, the last time Cincinnati made the playoffs.

Now, the Reds are on the verge of going back.

Joey Votto homered for his first hit all season against Milwaukee, Trevor Bauer dominated on short rest and the Reds won a pivotal series for playoff contention, beating the Brewers 6-1 on Wednesday night.

“A team we’re neck-and-neck with in the division, in the wild-card hunt – today was an important game, and we came through for sure,” Votto said.

The Reds are in position for a wild-card playoff berth after taking two of three from their NL Central rival. Cincinnati has won nine of 11, its best streak of the season, to get a shot at its first playoff appearance since a wild-card berth in 2013 under manager Dusty Baker.

After a day off Thursday, Cincinnati finishes with three games in Minnesota and a chance to clinch a spot.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself because I’ve seen it too many times where teams get their hearts broken,” said Votto, who was on the last playoff team. “I’m of course enjoying playing winning baseball, but we’ve got three more to go.”

Reflecting the urgency of winning the final game of the series, Cincinnati had Bauer (5-4) pitch on three days’ rest. He allowed four hits and struck out 12 in eight innings, throwing 104 pitches.

“Just a big game,” manager David Bell said. “I think it was even more meaningful that it was on short rest. He knew how big of a game this was and he wanted to be out there.”

Bauer exited with an NL-best 1.73 ERA. Cleveland’s Shane Bieber tops the majors at 1.63 after a strong performance Wednesday night.

 

INDIANS WIN

Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night.

The loss dropped the White Sox in second place in the AL Central at 34-22, a half-game behind Minnesota (35-22). Chicago has lost a season-high four in a row and us 1-5 on a seven-game trip.

Bieber, who leads the big leagues with eight wins, allowed an unearned run and two hits in five innings with 10 strikeouts. The right-hander also is first in baseball with 122 strikeouts and eight double-digit strikeout games.

“I’m not going to get caught up in that stuff, but what I’m proudest of is the consistency,” he said. “You wait your whole life to pitch in games like this. It’s a lot of fun right now.”

Bieber lowered his major league-leading ERA from 1.74 and will open the postseason for Cleveland. Chicago’s Dallas Keuchel is second in the AL at 2.04 heading into his start in the series finale Thursday.

“I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to do what I’m going to be able to do over the next week,” Bieber said.

Cleveland closed within two games of the first place with their second straight last at-bat victory. Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th for a 5-3 win Tuesday to clinch a playoff spot.

With the score 2-2, Luplow homered onto the porch in left field off Gio Gonzalez (1-2). Luplow, a .194 hitter, struck out in his first three at-bats and followed with his second home run of the season.

“I was trying to be aggressive and get a good pitch to hit,” Luplow said. “I just treated it the same as in any other situation.”

Brad Hand (2-1) earned the win with a perfect ninth.

 

JAYS RIP YANKEES

Gary Sanchez made two of his team’s season-high four errors and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the sloppy Yankees 14-1 Wednesday night, dealing New York perhaps a fatal blow in its race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

“That was not Yankee baseball at all,” Yankees first baseman Luke Voit said. “Everything was bad tonight. It’s almost like we’re the Bad News Bears.”

Manager Aaron Boone was disappointed in his team’s play.

“Errors are going to happen, mistakes are going to happen, you’re going to have a bad game, but we’re better than we played tonight,” Boone said.

Danny Jansen homered twice, once off No. 3 catcher Erik Kratz in the eighth, as the Blue Jays reduced their magic number to one for clinching a wild card berth and their first postseason appearance since 2016.

“It’s a great feeling,” Jansen said. “We’re not done yet, work is not done.”

Tampa Bay clinched its first AL East title since 2010 when it beat the New York Mets 8-5 and opened a 4 1/2-game lead.

“That’s something we had our eyes set on, but we didn’t accomplish that,” Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier said. “At least we’re going to go to the playoffs.”

Voit have the Rays credit but anticipates a postseason meeting, perhaps in the Division Series.

“We’ll see them again,” he said.

The Yankees, who have four games left, are two games back of the Chicago White Sox for for the No. 4 seed and a home-field berth next week and are tied with Cleveland at 32-24. The White Sox dropped behind Minnesota into second place in the AL Central.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and Voit also made errors for the Yankees, who went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, a night after going 8 for 18 in a 12-1 win. Toronto out-hit New York 16-4.

 

PIRATES GET BY CUBS

The Chicago Cubs are heading to the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. If their offense doesn’t pick up soon, it might be a short stay.

Pittsburgh’s Adam Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back homers off Kyle Hendricks as the last-place Pirates slipped by the postseason-bound Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night.

“I was just trying to get something to hit,” Frazier said after his ninth career leadoff homer, third-most in franchise history. “He’s a good pitcher. Two strikes, just fighting. Got inside of a ball and got it out of there.”

Chicago clinched a spot on Tuesday night and have a healthy 3 1/2-game lead over St. Louis and Cincinnati in the NL Central with four days left in the regular season. Still, the Cubs have dropped four of five because they are struggling to generate runs, scoring two runs or less in each of the losses.

“Obviously, we want to swing the bats better than we have this year, but sometimes you have to embrace that it’s a down year offensively,” first-year Chicago manager David Ross said. “It is a down year offensively for a lot of guys. That’s just the facts. They continue to find ways to win in a lot of different ways and that’s powerful being in the situation we’re in.”

A situation the Cubs are in thanks in large part to Hendricks (6-5). He put together another solid outing, giving up just two runs over 7 2/3 innings but his unbeaten September came to a halt with two first-inning swings by the top of Pittsburgh’s lineup.

Frazier turned on the fourth pitch he saw from Hendricks and sent it to the railing atop the seats in right field and Hayes continued his impressive rookie season when he followed with his fourth of the season, a lined shot to right-center field. Frazier and Hayes became the first Pirate teammates to lead off the game with consecutive home runs since Jose Tabata and Neil Walker did it on Sept. 20, 2013.

Those shots back then came in the middle of the team’s first winning season in 21 years. That ship has long since sailed for the current group, which is in the middle of a rebuilding process. Hayes is an important part of the process, and the young third baseman finished with two hits to raise his average to .333.

 

BRAVES BEAT MARLINS AGAIN, FRIED HURT

Max Fried sat glumly in the dugout after the first inning, pondering another potential blow to the Atlanta Braves’ beleaguered rotation with the NL playoffs just a week away.

Dansby Swanson hit a three-run homer and the Braves cruised to their third straight win over the Miami Marlins, 9-4 on Wednesday night in a game overshadowed by Fried’s early exit with an ankle injury.

The Braves ace was making his final regular-season start for the NL East champions, hoping to boost his Cy Young Award credentials ahead of starting Game 1 in the first-round series. He lasted only only one inning, tweaking an ankle while fielding a bunt down the third-base line by Starling Marte.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said he didn’t think the injury was serious, but he didn’t want to take any chances given the problems putting together an effective rotation after Fried.

“He wanted to give it a try,” Snitker said. “But I was like, `If you don’t think you can go, we’re not going to screw around with anything like that.’ All we need is for him to go out there, try to get by and hurt his arm.”

While Fried didn’t appear to be hurt on the bunt, he wasn’t the same pitcher after the play.

Having gone the entire season without allowing a homer, covering 55 2/3 innings, Fried suddenly gave up two in a row. Jesus Aquilar hit one off the facade of the second deck, Brian Anderson drove one into the empty center-field seats, and Garrett Cooper nearly made it three in a row with a double off the wall.

“Obviously, it bit him a little bit,” Snitker said. “I’m sure it was on his mind, too.”

The left-hander got the third out, then sat solemnly in the dugout while talking to Snitker and getting an apparent pep talk from teammate Freddie Freeman. While the decision to remove Fried was described as precautionary, it created more uncertainty for the Braves, who have struggled all season to find three other consistent starters to go with Fried.

Atlanta bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the first to ensure Fried wouldn’t take his first loss. He finished the regular season 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

 

MLB PARTNERS WITH ATLANTIC LEAGUE

Major League Baseball is making the independent Atlantic League its first “partner league,” a distinction awarded as the expiration nears of MLB’s agreement with the affiliated National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

MLB said Wednesday it will meet regularly with the Atlantic League to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities. The sides extended their agreement through 2023 to stage experiments in the Atlantic League, which tested an automated ball-strike system to call pitches in 2019 and has used other innovations such as limits on defensive shifts and mound visits, larger bases and shorter breaks between half-innings.

MLB and the National Association have spent much of the past year in acrimonious negotiations for a new Professional Baseball Agreement to replace the deal that expires late this year. MLB proposed cutting guaranteed minor league affiliations from 160 to 120 and eliminating the National Association office in Florida in favor of operating the minors out of the commissioner’s office in New York.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       Bill Bradley hits for the cycle, accumulating 12 total bases in the Naps’ 12-2 rout of Washington at American League Park. Last month, the Cleveland third baseman collected three triples in a game to tie a still-standing AL record.

1916       At Cleveland’s League Park, Marty Kavanaugh hits the first-ever pinch-hit grand slam in baseball history. The infielder’s historic homer proves to be the difference as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 5-3.

1919       With a blast that clears the roof of the Polo Grounds, Red Sox outfielder Babe Ruth ties the game in the top of the ninth in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Yankees that takes 13 innings to complete. The Bambino’s round-tripper, his 28th of the season, breaks the 19th century home run record established in 1894 by Ned Williamson of the NL’s Chicago White Stockings.

1922       Cardinals outfielder Rogers Hornsby hits home runs off Giant hurlers Jesse and Virgil Barnes. The homers served up by the brothers enable the ‘Rajah’ to set the National League record for round-trippers in a season with 42.

1925       With the Yankees trailing by three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Babe Ruth hits a Sarge Connally pitch for a game-winning home run which beats the White Sox, 6-5. The ‘Sultan of Swat’ becomes the first modern player to blast a walk-off homer with the bases full which wins the game by one run.

1925       The Senators clinch their second consecutive American League pennant when they sweep a doubleheader from Cleveland at Griffith Stadium, 4-3 and 6-2. Washington will have a week to get ready before facing Pittsburgh in the Fall Classic.

1926       The Cardinals clinch their first pennant in the 35-year history of the franchise when they beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Billy Southworth’s second-inning two-run home run off his former team proves to be the difference in St. Louis’ 6-4 victory at the Polo Grounds.

1928       A Monday afternoon crowd of only 404 watches the Tigers blank the last-place Red Sox, 8-0. The meager amount of fans at Navin Field is the lowest American League attendance ever recorded in Detroit.

1940       At Shibe Park, Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career home run off A’s pitcher George Caster. The historic homer is one of four round-trippers hit in the inning, setting an American League mark.

1942       In the final game of his twentieth and last full season, Ted Lyons beats the Indians, going the distance in the White Sox’ 3-1 victory at Cleveland’s League Park. The 41 year-old ‘Sunday Teddy,’ although exempt from the draft due to his age enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps after the season and fights in the Pacific during WW II, completes all of his twenty games, 13 of which he started on a Sunday, posting a 14-6 record along with an ERA of 2.10.

1948       The Red Sox loss to the Yankees, along with Detroit’s defeat of the Indians, results in a three-way tie for first place with Boston, Cleveland, and New York finishing the day with identical records of 91-56 with only seven games to play. A one-game playoff, between the Tribe and BoSox, will be needed to crown Cleveland as the American League champs.

1950       With 66,924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38 year-old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.

1957       In front of a meager crowd of 2,598 at Griffith Stadium, Senator right-hander Hal Griggs ends Ted Williams’ streak of reaching base in 16 straight times when he induces the Red Sox outfielder to ground out to second base in the top of the first inning. In his next at-bat, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ homers off the Washington starter to begin the fourth inning, which will prove to be the difference in Boston’s 2-1 victory over Washington.

1957       Grounding out, Pirates left-handed first baseman Dee Fondy becomes the last player ever to bat in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers blank the Bucs, 2-0, in the final major league game ever played in Brooklyn.

1967       Gary Nolan becomes only the second pitcher in baseball history to strike out 200 batters in a season as a teenager when he fans Adolfo Phillips in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The 19 year-old right-handed fireballer joins Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who accomplished the milestone before reaching the age of twenty in 1938, hurling for the Indians.

1968       Mets manager Gil Hodges, during a game against the Braves in Atlanta, suffers a mild heart attack. The New York skipper, who will die of a massive coronary in 1972, is hospitalized until October 20, when doctors give him a clean bill of health, but warned him about the continued risks of stress and smoking.

1969       In the inaugural season of divisional play, the Mets clinch the first-ever National League East title. Gary Gentry fires a four-hitter, blanking the Cardinals, 6-0, in front of a frenzied Shea Stadium crowd, which spills onto the field en masse after the game to celebrate their team’s amazing accomplishment.

1971       In the top of the fourth inning of a losing effort to Philadelphia, Cubs’ starter Milt Pappas strikes out the side, throwing just nine pitches. Greg Luzinski, Don Money, and Mike Anderson are the victims of the right-hander’s immaculate inning.

1971       Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner when he blanks the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 2-0. The Dodger left-hander, best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run, will compile a 123-107 record during his 17-year major league career.

1974       At Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds, Tigers outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit. The milestone hit is given up by Orioles hurler Dave McNally, a two-bagger down the right-field line.

1975       In Oakland, the A’s clinch their fifth consecutive AL West title with a 13-2 rout of Chicago. Reggie Jackson leads the 13-hit attack at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with home runs in his first two at-bats, and Vida Blue tosses six innings to earn his 21st victory.

1975       Tom Seaver learns the adage the “third time’s the charm” isn’t always true when he loses his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning for the third time in his career. After striking out Don Kessinger and Rick Monday, rookie outfielder Joe Wallis, playing in his 15th career game, singles to right field for the Cubs’ first hit off the Mets’ starter in the Wrigley Field contest.

1977       Gene Richards of the Padres and Pirates outfielder Omar Moreno both swipe their 50th base of the season to surpass Sonny Jackson’s rookie record set with the Astros in 1966. The Friars’ first baseman will establish a new freshman mark, ending the campaign with 56 thefts, three more than the Bucs’ flychaser.

1978       Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry ties the American League record for shutouts tossed in a season by a lefty when he blanks Cleveland, 4-0. ‘Gator,’ with his ninth complete scoreless game, equals Babe Ruth’s mark, who accomplished the feat in 1916 with the Red Sox.

1984       The Cubs clinch the National League East flag with a 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. Rick Suttcliffe’s two-hitter gives the Northsiders their first title since 1945.

1985       Andre Dawson hits two homers in the same inning for the second time in his career, becoming the second major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Expo outfielder also went yard twice in the same frame on July 30, 1978.

1988       Julio Franco’s two-out, two-strike ninth-inning bad-hop single spoils Dave Stieb’s bid for a no-hitter. The Blue Jays’ starter settles for a 1-0 one-hit victory over the Indians.

1991       With his 37th homer of the season, Howard Johnson establishes a new NL record for round-trippers by a switch-hitter when he goes deep off Bob Walk in the Mets’ 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. HoJo, who will extend the mark, finishing the season with 38 home runs, had set the previous mark in 1987.

1992       At the age of 40, Dave Winfield drives in four runs with a homer and a two-run double, becoming the oldest player to drive in 100 runs. The future Hall of Famer’s offensive outburst helps the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 8-2.

1992       Kenny Lofton establishes an Indian record when he steals his 62nd base of the season, a swipe of second base in the first inning. The Tribe’s rookie center fielder surpasses the previous franchise mark established by Miguel Dilone in 1980.

1993       Defeating Cincinnati, 9-2, the Rockies set a National League record for wins by an expansion team. Colorado’s 65th win of the season surpasses the mark established by the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.

1998       Tom Gordon sets a major league record for the most consecutive saves when he collects his 42nd in the Red Sox’s 9-6 win over the Orioles. ‘Flash’ pitches a perfect ninth inning, striking out the three batters he faces.

2001       Batting for reliever Joe Beimel in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Wilson drives the first pitch he sees into the seats in left center for his seventh pinch-hit home run, tying the major league mark established last season by Dodger infielder Dave Hansen. The Pirate rookie’s two-run round-tripper sparks a five-run frame, enabling the Bucs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in their eventual 7-6 victory over the Chicago at PNC Park.

2001       Former American major leaguer Tuffy Rhodes ties the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 when he takes fireballer Daisuke Matsuzaka deep for his 55th home run of the season. The Kintetsu Buffaloes outfielder has five games left to break the record, but opposing pitchers will continually walk him intentionally, preventing the American from breaking the immortal Oh’s record.

2002       The Astros have their first rain delay at home since July 15, 1976. To save time, officials decide to cover the Minute Maid field with a tarp during the 19-minute delay, rather than use the retractable roof.

2002       Thanks to Jason’s two home runs in the Yankees’ 6-0 whitewash of the Devil Rays, the Giambi brothers (Jason 40, Jeremy 20) pass the DiMaggio siblings for the highest single-season total for homers with 60. The DiMaggios (Joe 46, Vince, 13) went yard 59 times in 1937.

2003       Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz’s National League mark for saves with 55 when he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer equals the NL mark in consecutive opportunities, which is also a record.

2004       Atlanta’s streak of consecutive division titles extends to 13, with the Braves clinching the NL East as a result of an 8-7 victory over the Marlins. The record run, which excludes the strike-shortened season of 1994, includes the three titles won in the NL West before the re-alignment of teams in 1993.

2004       After he gives up five runs in the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez tells the media, “they beat me. They’re that good right now. They’re that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.” The words will come back to haunt the Dominican right-hander when the fans begin chanting “Who’s your daddy?” every time he takes the mound in New York during the American League Championship Series.

2005       Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the third franchise in major league history, and the first since the 1994 strike, to pass the four-million attendance mark. The 1993 Colorado Rockies and the 1991-1993 Toronto Blue Jays are the other teams which have reached the milestone.

2006       With the best record in the majors at 94-62, the Tigers clinched their first playoff spot since 1987. Detroit’s 11-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium ends the 19-season postseason drought.

2006       As the Petco Park sellout crowd roars, Trevor Hoffman retires all three Pittsburgh batters he faces in the ninth inning, ensuring a 2-1 San Diego victory. The Padres closer’s 479th career save surpasses Lee Smith’s total (1980-1997), making the 38 year-old reliever the all-time leader in saves.

2006       David Ortiz ties Babe Ruth’s American League record with his 32nd round-tripper on the road. ‘Big Papi’s 53rd homer of the season comes in the Red Sox’ 13-4 losing effort to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

2007       Baltimore completes a season sweep of the Royals with a 3-2 victory at Camden Yards. The Orioles, twenty-three games under the .500 mark, beat Kansas City seven times in seven tries, making it only the sixth time in the American League history that a sweep of season series of an AL opponent has occurred.

2008       Thanks to Mark Teixeira’s eighth inning solo home run, the Mariners are defeated by the Angels, 6-5, making it the fourth time in franchise history the club has lost 100 games. Seattle has the distinction of being the first team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games.

2009       The Nationals lose their one-hundredth game of the season when the team drops a 7-6 decision to the Dodgers at home. Washington, who posted a 59-102 record last year, becomes the first National League franchise to reach the century mark in defeats in back-to-back campaigns since the Padres accomplished the dubious feat, dropping 102 contests in both 1973 and 1974.

2009       When his team beats Kansas City, 10-3, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona moves ahead of Mike Higgins with his 561st win piloting Boston, the second-most in franchise history. Joe Cronin, the club’s all-time leader, accumulated 1,071 wins during his 13-year tenure with the team from 1935 to 1947.

2010       Rafael Soriano sets a club record when he earns his 44th save of the season in the Rays’ 5-3 win over Seattle at Tropicana Field. The right-handed reliever, who will extend the mark to 45, had been tied with Roberto Hernandez, who saved 43 games for Tampa Bay in 1999.

2011       The 200,000th game played in major league history since 1876 goes overtime. At Minute Maid Park, it takes the visiting Rockies 13 innings to beat the Astros, 4-2, in the milestone meeting of big league clubs.

2011       With his strikeout of pinch-hitter Jose Lopez in the Brewers’ 6-4 win over Florida, John Axford earns his 45th save of the year to set the single-season franchise mark for saves. The Milwaukee closer surpasses Francisco Cordero, who established the mark with 44 in 2007.

2011       Dillon Gee becomes the first Mets rookie to win 13 games in a season in 27 years when New York defeats Washington, 6-3. In 1984, Dwight Gooden compiled a 17-9 record as a freshman in 31 starts for the team.

2011       In a pregame ceremony before a nationally televised game with Boston, the Yankees celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’s record-breaking 61st home run. The festivities include New York captain Derek Jeter carrying to home plate the bat that the Rajah used to hit the Tracy Stallard pitch on October 1, 1961, and Sal Durante, the 19 year-old fan who caught the historic homer in the right field stands, bringing the ball onto the field.

2012       Curtis Granderson becomes only the fifth player in franchise history to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons when he goes deep into the upper deck at Target Field in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over Minnesota. The 31 year-old southpaw-swinging slugger joins Jason Giambi and Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle as the only other Bronx Bombers to accomplish the feat.

2013       The Marlins lose their 100th game of the year, dropping a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia en route to the second-worst record (62-100) in franchise history. The season follows a much-maligned fire sale that left the team without its prized players from the 2012 roster, including Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, as well as starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.

2013       Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, making his ninth career start, loses his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Nationals at Busch Stadium. The 22 year-old Redbird right-hander, taken out of the game after the hit, becomes the third pitcher this season to have a no-hitter broken up with one out to go, joining Yu Darvish of the Ranger and the Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit, both who had perfect games after facing 26 batters.

2014       Twins’ hurler Phil Hughes loses a $500,000 bonus when he doesn’t return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay, having pitched a season total 209.2 innings, an out short needed to trigger a contract incentive worth a half-a-million bucks. The Minnesota right-hander, who held Arizona to one run over eight innings, finishes his first year with the team with an 11.63 K/BB ratio, the highest single-season mark for a starter in the history of the game, surpassing Bret Saberhagen’s record of an 11.00 K/BB ratio accomplished with the 1994 Mets.

2018       En route to winning 108 games this season, the Red Sox break a franchise record with their 106th victory, beating the Orioles, who becomes the sixth team in American League history to lose 111 games. Boston’s 6-2 triumph at home surpasses the 1912 team’s total of 105 wins recorded in their first season at Fenway Park.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Tampa Bay 37 20 .649 17 – 9 20 – 11 27 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 1
Y-NY Yankees 32 24 .571 4.5 21 – 7 11 – 17 23 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 L 1
Toronto 29 27 .518 7.5 14 – 8 15 – 19 19 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 7 W 1
Baltimore 23 33 .411 13.5 13 – 20 10 – 13 12 – 24 0 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 2
Boston 22 34 .393 14.5 11 – 19 11 – 15 14 – 25 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 3
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Minnesota 35 22 .614 23 – 5 12 – 17 0 – 0 23 – 17 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 4
Y-Chi White Sox 34 22 .607 0.5 17 – 10 17 – 12 0 – 0 25 – 14 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 4
Y-Cleveland 32 24 .571 2.5 15 – 11 17 – 13 0 – 0 22 – 17 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 4
Kansas City 23 33 .411 11.5 12 – 14 11 – 19 0 – 0 14 – 22 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Detroit 22 32 .407 11.5 12 – 15 10 – 17 0 – 0 11 – 25 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Oakland 34 21 .618 20 – 8 14 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 24 – 12 5 – 5 W 1
Houston 28 28 .500 6.5 20 – 8 8 – 20 0 – 0 0 – 0 18 – 18 5 – 5 L 1
LA Angels 26 31 .456 9 16 – 15 10 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 19 – 21 7 – 3 W 3
Seattle 25 31 .446 9.5 14 – 10 11 – 21 0 – 0 0 – 0 18 – 18 4 – 6 W 1
Texas 19 37 .339 15.5 13 – 13 6 – 24 0 – 0 0 – 0 13 – 23 3 – 7 L 3

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Atlanta 34 22 .607 18 – 8 16 – 14 24 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 4
Miami 28 28 .500 6 11 – 15 17 – 13 20 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 4
Philadelphia 28 29 .491 6.5 19 – 13 9 – 16 21 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 1
NY Mets 25 31 .446 9 12 – 17 13 – 14 16 – 20 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
Washington 23 33 .411 11 12 – 17 11 – 16 14 – 22 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Chi Cubs 32 24 .571 19 – 14 13 – 10 0 – 0 22 – 17 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 2
St. Louis 27 26 .509 3.5 11 – 11 16 – 15 0 – 0 19 – 16 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 1
Cincinnati 29 28 .509 3.5 16 – 13 13 – 15 0 – 0 21 – 19 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 1
Milwaukee 27 28 .491 4.5 15 – 14 12 – 14 0 – 0 17 – 18 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 1
Pittsburgh 17 39 .304 15 12 – 19 5 – 20 0 – 0 15 – 24 0 – 0 3 – 7 W 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 39 17 .696 17 – 9 22 – 8 0 – 0 0 – 0 27 – 13 7 – 3 L 1
Y-San Diego 34 22 .607 5 21 – 11 13 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 21 – 15 5 – 5 L 2
San Francisco 28 27 .509 10.5 18 – 10 10 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 18 5 – 5 W 2
Colorado 24 31 .436 14.5 12 – 18 12 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 20 3 – 7 L 2
Arizona 22 34 .393 17 13 – 13 9 – 21 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 25 5 – 5 W 2

 

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 58 45 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
New England Patriots 1 1 0 .500 1.0 51 46 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 L
New York Jets 0 2 0 .000 2.0 30 58 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Miami Dolphins 0 2 0 .000 2.0 39 52 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 2 L
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 57 40 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Las Vegas Raiders 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 68 54 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Los Angeles Chargers 1 1 0 .500 1.0 36 36 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Denver Broncos 0 2 0 .000 2.0 35 42 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 71 22 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 52 37 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Cleveland Browns 1 1 0 .500 1.0 41 68 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 0 .000 2.0 43 51 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 49 44 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 1 0 .500 1.0 57 53 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 L
Indianapolis Colts 1 1 0 .500 1.0 48 38 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
Houston Texans 0 2 0 .000 2.0 36 67 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Washington Football Team 1 1 0 .500 0.0 42 47 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
Dallas Cowboys 1 1 0 .500 0.0 57 59 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 1 W
New York Giants 0 2 0 .000 1.0 29 43 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 2 L
Philadelphia Eagles 0 2 0 .000 1.0 36 64 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Arizona Cardinals 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 54 35 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Los Angeles Rams 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 57 36 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Seattle Seahawks 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 73 55 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
San Francisco 49ers 1 1 0 .500 1.0 51 37 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 85 55 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
Chicago Bears 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 44 36 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Minnesota Vikings 0 2 0 .000 2.0 45 71 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Detroit Lions 0 2 0 .000 2.0 44 69 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 2 L
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New Orleans Saints 1 1 0 .500 0.0 58 57 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 .500 0.0 54 51 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 2 0 .000 1.0 64 78 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 1.0 47 65 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L