Can the Rays go to Houston and take down the Astros? Buster and Keith Law discuss that after reacting to the triumphant return of Yandy Diaz, Charlie Morton's strong start and Oakland's stumble in another winner-take-all game (14:57). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (41:13).
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William Weinbaum ESPN
The Phillies announced plans Tuesday to extend safety netting for 2020, becoming the 13th MLB team to commit to or put in extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. The Astros, Braves, Chisox, Dodgers, Nats & O's have installed extensions & the Brewers, D-backs, Jays, Pirates, Rangers & Royals said they plan to. Some teams say they're considering extensions and the Marlins had extended theirs to 150 feet past each dugout before the 2019 season.
The Toronto Blue Jays feel good about four rising sons who made big strides in 2019 and figure to become lineup fixtures moving forward.
The Astros, Yankees and Dodgers clearly were up to the task all season, but which teams were pleasant surprises and which ones disappointed?
Blake Snell lost in a tuneup for a potential postseason outing, and the Tampa Bay Rays were beaten by the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 Sunday in their last game before the wild card playoff against the Oakland Athletics.
Tampa Bay managed just three hits and lost 4-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, damaging the Rays' chances of hosting the AL Wild Card Game.
The Tampa Bay Rays returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, clinching an AL wild card berth with a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night behind Tommy Pham's two-run homer and 4 1/3 hitless innings from Tyler Glasnow.
Rowdy Tellez hit two solo home runs, Jacob Waguespack pitched six shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Wednesday night.
Trey Mancini had a career-high five hits, DJ Stewart hit a two-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 Tuesday night.
Anthony Alford hit a game-ending drive in the 15th inning for his first career homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 on Monday night.
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.
Luis Severino struck out nine over five scoreless innings for his first win of the season, and the New York Yankees hit three home runs as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Sunday in their regular-season home finale.
Giancarlo Stanton launched his first homer since missing nearly three months to injury, James Paxton won his 10th straight start and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Saturday.
Star second baseman Gleyber Torres prompted an audible gasp from the Yankee Stadium crowd when his right leg buckled while fielding a grounder and made an early exit Friday night as New York lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.
Cavan Biggio homered and had three RBI to offset a spectacular, homer-robbing catch by Austin Hays, and the Toronto Blue Jays used a six-run seventh inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Fun note: With Cavan Biggio hitting his 15th home run, the Blue Jays are just the fifth team to have three rookies hit 15 home runs. Only one of those teams had four, however: the 2006 Marlins (Dan Uggla 27, Josh Willingham 26, Mike Jacobs 20, Hanley Ramirez 17).
Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rebounded from an ineffective start by Clay Buchholz to rally past the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 on Wednesday night.
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio secured his cycle on Tuesday night by hitting a two-out triple in the top of the ninth.
Rookie Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Tuesday night.
The Cubs, Brewers and Mets are all making a push to snag postseason spots in the Senior Circuit.
Pitchers Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery made their season debuts for the Yankees after lengthy layoffs, and New York finished its longest road trip of the season with a 6-4 loss to Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Dellin Betances with his first major league action since the 2018 ALDS. Threw 8 pitches (7 for strikes) and struck out two batters (fast ball at 93-95 mph). Before the game, he addressed whether he could be an effective pitcher with his fast ball sitting between 92-95 mph: "I think a lot of guys have, I don't see why I can't. Breaking ball is good, so I just got to be able to change speeds. Make sure you keep the hitters off balance. That's the name of the game whether you throw 100 or mid 90s or low 90s. Obviously I know arm strength, I am still not where I want to be. Still better than what it was earlier in the season. I am happy with where I am at right now."
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
First action for Jordan Montgomery in 16 months after Tommy John surgery; said he expects to throw close to 60 pitches today. His last major league appearance was May 1, 2018.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
CC Sabathia, who will retire at the end of the season, is honored on the field by Blue Jays' President Mark Shapiro, who was his GM in Cleveland from his debut in 2001 until his trade to Milwaukee in 2008.
James Paxton pitched five innings to win his ninth straight start, Brett Gardner homered twice and drove in five runs and the New York Yankees hit five homers in a 13-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.