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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 mins ago
At age 27, Clayton Kershaw has already accomplished just about everything imaginable as a major league pitcher.
Now he can add one more impressive accolade to the list after notching his 300th strikeout of the season during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres.
In doing so, Kershaw became the 34th different pitcher in MLB history to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season. That's according to records dating back to 1901, when strikeouts were first recorded. Kershaw is the third pitcher to reach the mark since the year 2000. Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) got there as Arizona Diamondbacks teammates in 2002.LiveSan Diego0 - 3LA DodgersFollow Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew40 mins ago
Mark Buehrle took the mound on the final day of the regular season Sunday looking for a milestone in what's expected to be the final appearance of a remarkable career.
The aging lefty was pitching on one day of rest hoping to helping the Toronto Blue Jays capture home-field advantage in the playoffs while reaching the 200-inning plateau for a 15th consecutive season. Buehrle is reportedly set to retire after Sunday's game and won't be a part of the playoff roster.
But allowing Buehrle to chase an historic milestone instead of sending a more rested pitcher out for the start proved to be ill-conceived. Tampa Bay jumped all over Buehrle in the first inning, scoring eight unearned runs, including four that came on a grand slam to center field by designated hitter Joey Butler.
Buehrle didn't even make it out of the inning. He was replaced Ryan Tepera, who recorded the third out after allowing a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook.LiveToronto1 - 12Tampa BayFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Shelby Miller's long personal nightmare is over.
On the final day of the regular season, the Atlanta Braves right-hander finally got back in the win column, snapping a personal 24-start winless streak that dates back to May 17. Believe it or not, he's actually been a good pitcher this season, despite his bad luck in the win-loss column.
For those scoring at home, Miller's last win came three-quarters of the season ago. It's also more than one-third of the calendar year ago. To be exact, it was 140 days ago, which is a long time to go without a victory handshake from the pitching coach. It also goes down as the Braves longest single-season winless streak in franchise history.LiveSt. Louis0 - 1AtlantaFollow Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
John Farrell hasn't managed the Boston Red Sox since taking a leave of absence Aug. 14 to battle cancer, but the club announced Sunday, on the final day of this season, that Farrell will return as manager next season.
Torey Lovullo has served as interim manager in Farrell's absence and Lovullo will return to his role as bench coach in 2016. Neither decision is a surprise. Farrell, who recently completed chemotherapy treatments, always was expected back once he felt healthy enough to work again. He is 246-243 in his three years with the team and won the the 2013 World Series.LiveBoston1 - 3ClevelandFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Joey Votto may have seen his franchise-record tying 48-game on-base streak come to an end on Saturday, but his classy gesture toward A.J. Burnett was a hit in our scorebook.
Burnett, 38, has already announced that this will be his final season. That meant Saturday's start at PNC Park may very well be his last. That will all be determined by how the Pirates fare in Wednesday's wild-card game against the Cubs. Regardless, Saturday was the last time Votto will ever face Burnett, and he showed his appreciation for a fantastic career with a tip of the cap.
Well, technically, a tip of the battling helmet, but the meaning is all the same.
Good on you, Joey Votto.
Pirates fans also gave Burnett a great tribute, sending out thunderous cheers as he walked off the PNC Park hill for perhaps the last time.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Major League Baseball envisioned an exciting final day of the regular season when it scheduled all the Game 162s to start at the same time. That exciting final day is here. And we've got a live blog so you can follow all the meaningful action from baseball's final day.
If you missed our rundown of what still needs to be decided, eight teams have something to play for (more on that below). You ready for a fun few hours, baseball fans? Strap in and keep this live blog going as your MLB second-screen experience. Opinions from our experts will be featured here, plus beat reporters for all eight teams with something on the line Sunday.LiveHouston2 - 3ArizonaFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
On Thursday, Chicago Cubs rookie sensation Kris Bryant donned the attire of Princess Elsa, a character from the Disney hit "Frozen." That was part of Chicago's rookie hazing, which saw players dressing as several different movie princesses.
Now we've learned why Bryant looked so comfortable and confident portraying his character. He appears to know the movie quite well, and at one point even recorded a duet from the movie with his longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp.
We simply don't have enough roses to toss Bryant's way.
We're impressed by how much he appears to embrace his performance. The lip-synching is spot on, as are the facial expressions. He's telling us if he's going to do this, he's going to do it to the best of his ability.
Two thumbs way up for the passion and the performance. And then one big cap tip for allowing his girlfriend to post this on the internet. It's one thing to appease the significant other. It's quite another to allow that to be consumed and critiqued by the masses.LiveChi Cubs3 - 1MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The final day of the baseball regular season has arrived, but there's no time to be sad. There's still plenty left to be settled, and it's all coming your way in one action-packed afternoon.
Remember, every game — except for the Cardinals-Braves doubleheader — is scheduled to begin at 3:10 ET. That means no team involved in a playoff scenario can scoreboard watch from the clubhouse or slack off once their spot is clinched. They all have to play like this one game matters, because in all likelihood it will.
With that said, here's a quick look at whose postseason fate hangs in the balance on Sunday.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The wild, wild AL West added yet another layer of wildness on Saturday.
With the Angels miraculous come-from-behind win in Texas, and the Astros 6-2 win in Arizona, the AL West and second wild card spot remain up for grabs on Sunday and could potentially spill into Monday.
Focusing on the Astros, they moved to within one game of Texas in the AL West while also holding a one-game edge over the Angels for the wild card. That basically means they're guaranteed to play again after Sunday, whether it be in a division tiebreaker game, a wild card tiebreaker or the wild card play-in itself.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Lost in the craziness that played out during the Angels wild come-from-behind 11-10 win in Texas is the even crazier story of Jo-Jo Reyes.
The 30-year-old left-hander, who started this season in the Mexican League, thought his season was over when the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees' season ended on Sept. 7. He could not have been more wrong. On Saturday, he was on a major league hill pitching for the Angels with their season potentially on the line, and miraculously walked away the winner despite throwing only one pitch.
We told you this was wild.
Reyes was only added to the Angels roster on Wednesday after the team lost closer Huston Street and starter Matt Shoemaker to injury. He had not pitched in MLB since the 2011 season after struggling to live up to his potential. Obviously, he had not pitched in any type of game in 27 days. It wasn't anticipated he'd pitch for the Angels, either, unless an emergency situation popped up.
Then Saturday happened. After starter Hector Santiago lasted just four innings and Mike Scioscia ran through six different relievers, Reyes was about the only option he had left in the eighth inning.