Cards’ Pujols hits 700th home run, 4th player to reach mark

LOS ANGELES (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run on Friday night, connecting for his second drive of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and becoming the fourth player to reach the milestone in major league history. With the drive in the final days of his last big … Read more

Clayton Kershaw K’s 10 as Los Angeles Dodgers clinch first-round bye, home-field advantage in NLDS

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw struck out 10, Chris Taylor blasted a three-run homer in which the Dodgers successfully challenged a fan interference call, and Los Angeles defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Monday night to clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the National League Division Series. The Dodgers are now 102-44 (.699) … Read more

New York Mets have top payroll; record-tying six teams set to pay luxury tax

NEW YORK — The Mets are on track to have baseball’s highest payroll for the first time since 1989, among a record-tying six teams set to pay a penalty for spending. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who started the season as the top spender, fell into second due to Trevor Bauer’s suspension. New York entered the … Read more

Sarris: Across MLB, spin rates are back up near their peak. Is the sticky stuff here to stay?

Is the battle against spin hopeless? Spin rates around baseball are climbing back up — almost back to where they were before baseball started to more actively enforce the foreign substance rules mid-season last year — and it’s probably due to some sort of evolution in the sticky solutions used by pitchers to augment their … Read more

Should the Rays, Jays, and Mariners race to the bottom?

BallsPhoto: Getty Images We knew the new baseball playoff system, with the addition of a third wildcard team, would create quirks. In a vacuum, it works because all division winners are considered equal. But in reality, where people play the games, they very much are not. Teams are hard to judge on just their record, … Read more

Law: Rangers’ Josh Jung, Red Sox’s Triston Casas and more September call-ups to watch

We’re back, with a second edition of this column, looking at significant September call-ups from around the majors. This isn’t a comprehensive look at every prospect who got the call, and neither was the first edition, but a quick take on some prospects whose September showings might matter for their clubs this October or next … Read more

Los Angeles Dodgers first team to clinch a playoff spot

SAN DIEGO — Reaching the playoffs is becoming routine yet still special for Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After emphatically becoming the first team to clinch a postseason spot this year with an 11-2 victory Sunday over the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers did not celebrate on the field beyond their usual post-victory … Read more

Clinching scenarios, bracket and schedule

There are still weeks left to go in the 2022 MLB regular season, but a few teams — mainly the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers — are already looking toward October. The Dodgers, along with the Houston Astros, New York Mets, and Atlanta Braves, to name a few teams, are on track to secure a postseason … Read more