The Indians are picking up the option on ace Corey Kluber but not on second baseman Jason Kipnis.
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The Astros, Yankees and Dodgers clearly were up to the task all season, but which teams were pleasant surprises and which ones disappointed?
The Washington Nationals continued their surge into the playoffs by stretching their winning streak to a year-high eight games with an 8-2 victory Sunday over the eliminated Cleveland Indians in a regular-season finale that meant nothing to either club.
The Nationals assured themselves of hosting the NL wild-card game by holding on to beat the already-eliminated Cleveland Indians 10-7 Saturday with the help of a grand slam in a nine-run second inning from Gerardo Parra, whose dugout dancing and "Baby...
The Rays and Athletics both clinched playoff berths as the American League wild cards on Friday, leaving the Indians on the outside looking in.
The Cleveland Indians are in danger of sitting out the postseason for the first time since 2015, pushed to the brink of elimination from the AL wild-card race Friday night with an 8-2 loss to the playoff-bound Washington Nationals.
Cleveland rookie Aaron Civale gave up home runs on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning and the Indians fell into perilous position in the playoff race Thursday night, losing to the Chicago White Sox 8-0.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
James McCann hits a hanging cutter from Aaron Civale for a three-run homer in the fourth to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead and Daniel Palka hits the next pitch for his first home run of the season. Four batters, four runs and the Indians go to the bullpen. They'll need a big comeback to avoid falling two games behind the Rays with three to play.
Mandy Bell of MLB.com talks about tonight's must-win game for the Indians, Corey Kluber's future and how dangerous Cleveland can be if they clinch a postseason berth.
Buster and Keith Law discuss the Brewers' hot streak and how the organization's recent success stems from the top-down (12:49). Plus, Keith defends Gabe Kapler's managing style and also speculates on the future of the Phillies and Indians. Nationals OF Adam Eaton also explains what's so special about his team (32:45) before Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (36:36) and before MLB.com's Mandy Bell explains why tonight is a must-win for the Indians (40:58).
Shane Bieber got tagged early and the Cleveland Indians lost ground in the AL wild-card race, falling to the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night. The Indians' loss clinched the AL Central title for Minnesota.
ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers talks about the Cubs' epic collapse (33:35) but before that, Buster speaks with Jessica Mendoza about Gabe Kapler's future, the return of Jose Ramirez, Washington's incredible second half and why the league must figure out a way to shorten extra-inning games (15:34). Plus, a newly-married Hembo joins for "Hembo Knows" (27:42) and Buster and Troy give the season's final "Power 10" (42:28).
The Indians slugger couldn't pick a better time to homer from both sides of the plate than after a month out of action.
Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in his first two plate appearances after missing a month with a broken hand, and the Cleveland Indians pounded the Chicago White Sox 11-0 on Tuesday night.
Indians slugger Jose Ramirez was activated off the injured list Tuesday and registered two home runs and seven RBIs against the White Sox.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Welcome back, Jose Ramirez! In his first game back from his fractured hand, Ramirez hits a grand slam in the top of the first to give the Indians a quick 4-0 lead over the White Sox. Ramirez is certainly not 100 percent and teammates were careful not to high-five his right hand with any force in the dugout.
This is it! Here's how to enjoy -- or sweat out -- the race to the finish line for the teams still in the running and players pursuing hardware.
Teams such as the A's, Rays and Nationals are about to earn an invitation to October, but credit these players for getting them there.
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Cubs' cloudy future following a season-altering sweep suffered at the hands of the Cardinals (13:11). They also discuss the Cardinals turnaround, if the Astros are the team to beat and if the Braves could get past the Dodgers in the playoffs. Plus, an interview with Indians manager Terry Francona (33:10) and a special appearance from Troy's older brother, Brady, in "Cap Talk" (37:12).
Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a three-run homer, Yaisel Puig drove a three-run double and the Cleveland Indians moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 10-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
The Cleveland Indians expect third baseman Jose Ramirez to return to their lineup Tuesday night after missing a month with a broken right hand.
Bryce Harper connected for a three-run homer that Philadelphia desperately needed and the Phillies avoided sliding any deeper in the NL wild-card standings with a 9-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and the Cleveland Indians beat Philadelphia 5-2 Friday night to maintain position for the second AL wild card and damage the Phillies' playoff chances.
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss Anthony Rizzo's unexpected return to the Cubs lineup as Chicago faces St. Louis in a crucial NL Central matchup (11:39). Plus, Buster compares Jack Flaherty to a Hall of Famer and Karl talks about Joe Maddon's personality clash with the Chicago front office. Jessica Mendoza also previews this weekend's Phillies/Indians series (33:40) and Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" and some love advice (45:12).
No team in the division era had defeated a single opponent 18 times in one year until Cleveland finished its latest thumping of Detroit. Here's how the record-setting disparity unfolded.