LEADING OFF: Ortiz, Red Sox try again to clinch in New York

View photosMore Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz laughs during a press conference before the first baseball game of a three-game series against the New York Yankees in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: — TRY AGAIN David Ortiz and the playoff-bound Red Sox get their second chance to clinch the AL East title at Yankee Stadium. A victory over New York or a Toronto loss to Baltimore would do the trick. Boston’s party was put on hold Tuesday night, when Big Papi came up […]

Daily Dose: Justin Time

More Ryan Boyer looks at Justin Verlander’s superb season, Johnny Cueto’s impending return and more in Wednesday’s Daily Dose With the way Justin Verlander has been pitching, it’s not really fair for him to be going up against a day-after-clinching lineup. That’s what happened Tuesday, though, as the American League Central champion Indians rested most of their regulars in what wound up being a predictable 12-0 blowout victory for the Tigers. The Tribe’s hitters simply had no chance against Verlander, who gave up just four singles and one walk while notching a season-high 12 strikeouts. It’s a continuation of […]

Watch live: Tigers fight for their postseason lives against Indians

With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Detroit Tigers remain on the periphery of the American League playoff race. Detroit sits just two games out, and while the club faces an uphill battle, their pursuit of October glory is still in play. In order to get there, Detroit will need a little help. The team’s late playoff charge will be the focus of Tuesday’s MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports. Justin Verlander and the Tigers will take on Jason Kipnis (maybe … more on that in a second) and the Cleveland Indians. The […]

The Blue Jays’ fight with the Yankees just cost them two key players

The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees got a little testy with each other Monday. The benches cleared and a shoving match ensued following a series of back-and-forth beanballs. Now, the Blue Jays are paying for it. And the price could severely impact their postseason prospects. The club announced Tuesday afternoon that relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit, one of the key arms out of their bullpen, is out indefinitely after tearing his calf muscle in the dust-up. He was seen limping off the field after things calmed down. There’s no timetable for Benoit’s return, but it’s hard to imagine […]

Blue Jays missing Benoit, Travis ahead of critical series against Orioles

View photosMore TORONTO, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 23: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a single in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the New York Yankees on September 23, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) TORONTO — Even though the New York Yankees are long gone, the effects of a contentious series finale with them on Monday night are still being felt at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays begin a critical three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays will be without reliever […]

Indians clinch AL Central crown with 7-4 win over Tigers

View photosMore Cleveland Indians’ Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis, from left, smile in the infield during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians clinched the AL Central title Monday night, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers . Kluber left after four innings with right groin tightness, joining Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in a group of talented Cleveland pitchers dealing with injuries. But even […]

Indians overcome odds to clinch first AL Central title since 2007

The Cleveland Indians came into the season with a tough task: Unseat the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. On Monday, they did just that. With their 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians clinched the AL Central for the first time since 2007. A slow April may have been cause for concern early, but Cleveland eventually soared. The team went just 10-11 during the season’s first month, but then never posted a sub-.500 month the rest of the way. After a 16-13 May, the team ripped off an incredible 22-6 […]

Tigers facing Wild ride with untested starters

Justin Verlander strikes out 12 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk to earn his 16th win of the season DETROIT — Now comes the biggest challenge for the Tigers in their season-closing bid to claim one of the two American League Wild Card berths. It was one thing to have Justin Verlander take the mound on Tuesday night in a game critical to the Tigers’ bid to claim one of the final playoff spots in the next five days. "Justin has been there," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He has been the guy […]

Indians’ Kluber leaves vs Detroit with right groin tightness

View photosMore Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT (AP) — Cleveland ace Corey Kluber has left a game Monday night at Detroit after only four innings because of right groin tightness. Kluber threw only 60 pitches. Cleveland led 4-2 and can clinch the AL Central title with a victory. The Indians are already dealing with injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar , and a serious injury to Kluber would further hamper the team’s chances at […]

Verlander gives Tigers vintage performance

Justin Verlander strikes out 12 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk to earn his 16th win of the season DETROIT — As he has done so many times in his career, Justin Verlander stepped up and delivered in a big way to help the Tigers, who pulled back to within one game of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card race with Tuesday’s 12-0 win against the Indians. Verlander’s season-high 12 strikeouts across 7 2/3 innings came as no surprise to manager Brad Ausmus. "I’m tired of talking about how good he’s […]