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Yankees' Aaron Judge chasing home run No. 61: Follow every at-bat!

Aaron Judge is just one home run away from tying Roger Maris' long-standing American League record of 61, as the New York Yankees go for their eighth straight victory Monday. The N.Y. slugger is still on the hunt to make history after his historic home-run chase got cut short Sunday, when Judge doubled, drew a walk and flied out in three plate appearances before heavy rain forced officials to end the last game of a four-game series between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox after six innings of play.
BRONX, NY

Mariners believe rotation set for future after Castillo deal

SEATTLE (AP) — In the middle of putting the finishing touches on the largest and most complex contract in franchise history, the Seattle Mariners began discussions about another impact deal. Would newly acquired right-hander Luis Castillo be interested in talking about calling Seattle home for the long haul? When the answer came back “yes” at the same time the Mariners were finishing their massive deal with AL Rookie of the Year favorite Julio Rodríguez, it sent Seattle’s front office into overdrive. “When you have players like this that you think are the best players in the league and guys that have a chance to grow into the anchors, the guys that you’re hanging billboards on the side of the stadium for and you’re doing those two things at once, I mean, it’s a huge adrenaline rush,” Seattle assistant general manager Justin Hollander recalled Monday. “And to be doing two of them at once is exhilarating and exciting. And you’re also very nervous.”
SEATTLE, WA

Baseball Fans Creeped Out By ‘Smile’ Marketing Stunt

Halloween is more than a month away, but baseball fans still got chills down their spine on Friday, Sept. 26, as actors promoting the new horror movie Smile crashed baseball games across the country, sitting behind home plate and staring fixedly into the camera with a creepy smile on their face.
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Adam Ottavino: Ex-Yankees teammate Aaron Judge is MVP, not Shohei Ohtani

Adam Ottavino is rooting for his former Yankees teammate to break the American League’s single-season home run record. It gets more complicated when trying to pick the league’s MVP, but the Mets reliever says Aaron Judge should be the choice.  “I agree with the overall idea that [Shohei] Ohtani is the best player in the world, but I think Judge is the MVP this year in the AL,” Ottavino told The Post. “More of a winning team and I think that is sort of the tiebreaker there. Judge’s contribution pushed the team to the playoffs. Not to say Ohtani didn’t do...
QUEENS, NY
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Brewers Rotation Finally Healthy For Final Push Of Regular Season

Ever since May, when Freddy Peralta left a start with a shoulder injury, the Milwaukee Brewers rotation has been at less than full strength. There’s been a myriad of injuries happening to this starting rotation group seemingly one right after the other. As soon as one would get healthy or be close to returning, another would go down. It’s been a vicious cycle over the last few months.
MILWAUKEE, WI
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Astros aim to lock up best AL record, face D-backs

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Phillies Likely to Pursue Top Tier Free Agents This Offseason

The Philadelphia Phillies have every intention of competing for a World Series next season, regardless of this year's outcome. With players like Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber, and a host of others signed to long-term, lucrative deals, the desire and need to be in the thick of it is there.
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