Aaron Judge's September surge continued on Friday evening with the longest home run hit at Rogers Centre this season, a 469-foot blast to the second deck in left field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada.
Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran became the latest Major Leaguer to commit to relief efforts in the Caribbean, launching a fundraising campaign for his native Puerto Rico. Beltran and his wife, Jessica, spearheaded the effort with their own $1 million donation to help those affected by the storm.
The Dodgers return to Los Angeles for their final homestand of 2017 with a chance to clinch the National League West on Friday. They can celebrate their fifth consecutive division title on Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday with a win over the Giants, or a D-backs loss to the Marlins.
The Detroit Tigers announced on Friday that the contract of manager Brad Ausmus will not be extended beyond the 2017 season. The announcement was made by Al Avila, Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager.
MLB's 10-team postseason field includes 2 Wild Card clubs meeting in a 1-game playoff in each league (Oct. 3 & 4) for the right to compete in the best-of-5 Division Series (2-2-1 format). The LCS and World Series are best of 7 games (2-3-2 format).
While the Braves have not yet committed to retaining Brian Snitker, the club's top executive expressed high praise for his current manager when asked about the possibility of the club entering the 2018 season with its third different manager in less than two full calendar years.
Cubs infielder Javier Baez was relieved on Friday when he finally had a chance to talk to his brother, Gadiel, in Puerto Rico. Communication with family and friends has been nearly impossible since Hurricane Maria pummeled the island.
Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.
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