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MLB Power Rankings: Where all 30 teams stand as the top squads start to clinch

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We’re halfway through September and there is still a lot to be settled in MLB’s playoff races. Only two teams have clinched a postseason berth so far. Have the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays vaulted up the rankings? Will the San Francisco Giants finally find breathing room in their race against......

Report: Unvaccinated Astros, Nationals Employees Lose Health Benefits

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September predictions: Playoff races, MVP and Cy Young awards, and a few surprises

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Exactly one month from today, Major League Baseball’s 2021 regular season will come to a close. When it does, which of the current contenders will be headed to the playoffs? Which teams will be on the outside looking in? Will the San Francisco Giants edge the Los Angeles Dodgers in......

MLB Power Rankings: Where all 30 teams stand as final stretch begins

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We’ve finally entered September, and MLB teams will have only a final month and change to solidify their playoff positions — if they haven’t already. Where have the New York Yankees ended up after their 13-game winning streak was snapped? Have the Phillies Phillies bought themselves some breathing room with......

Sources: Astros, Nats first with vaccine mandate

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5:34 PM ET Kiley McDaniel Close ESPN MLB Insider ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel covers MLB prospects, the MLB Draft and more, including trades and free agency. Has worked for four MLB teams. Jeff Passan Close ESPN ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most......

Report: Astros, Nationals to Mandate Vaccine for Non-Players

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MLB Power Rankings Week 20: Where all 30 teams stand as September looms

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August is nearly history, and the 2021 MLB playoff picture is starting to come into focus ahead of September’s stretch run. Are the rampaging New York Yankees — a newly minted member of our top five — making a case for being the best team in baseball? How far have......

Bregman, out since June, returning to Astros

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Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who hasn’t played since June 16 because of a left quadriceps strain, is returning to the team Wednesday. “Hey y’all… it’s been a while…. see y’all this afternoon,” Bregman posted on Twitter. The Astros, who have a 4½-game lead over Oakland in the American......

MLB Power Rankings: Astros Fall but Remain a Top Team

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MLB Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 1 (again!)

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We’re more than halfway through August, and teams are making a statement in the MLB playoff races ahead of the final stretch. Have the Yankees surpassed the Red Sox in our rankings? Are the surging Braves finally in the top 10? Who’s on top in the seemingly eternal battle between......

Astros Reach Settlement With Family of Girl Hit By Foul Ball

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MLB Power Rankings: Where all 30 teams stand as playoff races heat up

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Players are settling in with their new teams in the weeks after the trade deadline, and in several circumstances, they could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs. Can the Red Sox hold off long enough for the return of Chris Sale and Kyle Schwarber? Are the Dodgers’......

Former Astros All-Star J.R. Richard Dies at 71

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson Former Astros All-Star pitcher J.R. Richard has died, the team announced on Thursday. He was 71. “Today is a sad day for the Houston Astros as we mourn the loss of one of our franchise icons,” the Astros said......

Max Scherzer Delivers Dodgers Debut Fit for October

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MLB to start ’22 on March 31 if no work stoppage

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will open the 2022 season March 31 — as long as there isn’t a work stoppage — and will try for the fourth time to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968. The league......

Dodgers Relished the Chance to Finally Heckle the Astros

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MLB trade deadline tracker: Which big bats the Mets are eyeing now, plus our latest buzz

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The 2021 MLB trade deadline is approaching fast, with front offices weighing their biggest needs before 4 p.m. ET Friday arrives. Will the Chicago Cubs deal away some of their best-known players, including Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, before they hit the free-agent market this winter?......

MLB Power Rankings: Where all 30 teams stand as clock ticks on trade deadline

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The MLB trade deadline is a day away. And while several big moves have been made already, other deals are likely being hammered out over phone conversations and videoconferences as you read this. Will the additions be enough to turn bubble teams into contenders and contenders into favorites? Is your......

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