Cubs look to inch closer to division title

The Chicago Cubs will try to move closer to locking up another National League Central title when they visit the Chicago White Sox to wrap up a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Cubs (90-64) have a 2 1/2-game lead ove…

A’s hone in on securing playoff spot against Twins

The Oakland Athletics can clinch their first playoff spot since 2014 when they complete a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon. The A’s (94-61) have consecutive walk-off wins over the Twins to open the series and lowered their magic number to be assured of at least a

Rangers’ Perez pitches for a job against Mariners

Texas left-hander Martin Perez will have two more chances to help the Rangers decide his future with the team, beginning Sunday when he starts against the Seattle Mariners in the final game of the season at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Seattle…

Morton hopes to pitch Astros to sweep of Angels

For most of the season, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has worked the line between managing the workload of his starters while letting his veteran pitchers do what they’ve always done, which is take pride in their ability to make their turn in the rotation on schedule. Only four pitchers besides

Red Sox, Indians to decide season series

The American League Central champion Cleveland Indians will host the AL East champion Boston Red Sox on Sunday night in the finale of a three-game series between clubs that could meet in the AL Championship Series. Cleveland will likely play Houston i…

Rockies hope to ride strong pitching to sweep of D-backs

The Colorado Rockies used another strong pitching performance to stay on track Saturday. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela gave up three hits in seven innings in a 5-1 victory over Arizona, following German Marquez’s dominant outing Friday as the Rockies took the first two games of a three-game series

Cardinals’ Mikolas continues magical season vs. Giants

Few starters in baseball have needed as little cushion this year as St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas. Mikolas gets the call Sunday when St. Louis tries to bolster its National League wild-card playoff hopes with a series sweep of the San…

Pirates hope to keep playing spoiler vs. Brewers

Perhaps the good news for the Milwaukee Brewers is that they have only one game left this year against the spoiler Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are 12-6 against the Brewers. Milwaukee lost ground Saturday, thanks to a 3-0 loss.

Tickets available as Marlins host Reds

The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance. Miami’s 2018

Rays’ Snell continues Cy Young bid versus Blue Jays

Blake Snell tied a Tampa Bay Rays record when he reached 20 wins Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. The left-hander will try for No. 21 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Rays …