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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 9, Twins 2; Tigers 4, Twins 2: The Tigers rode late offense in game 1 of the doubleheader, with homers from Justin Upton and Victor Martinez and a six-run ninth inning and rode pitching in game 2 with Justin Verlander mowing down Twins like it’s his job. Which it is, but never mind that. The highlight of the twinbill however was, without question, Twins pitcher Pat Light throwing a wild pitch during an intentional walk, allowing a run to score. We should probably end the Twins season now because there’s really nowhere else to go from there.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 3: Eight straight wins for Boston, and 13 of 16. The Sox are gettin’ that team-of-destiny feel to them. David Price won his eighth decision. With this loss, the O’s have fallen a half game out of Wild Card position, as the Tigers pass them up.

Indians 5, Royals 2: It was tied at two in the sixth inning when Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer. Smooth. The Indians have beaten the heck out of the Royals this year. Their magic number is now four.

Mets 9, Phillies 8: Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer to tie it in the ninth and then, after the Mets gave up two runs in the top of the 11th, Asdrubal Cabrera played the hero with a three-run walkoff homer in the bottom half to give the Mets the win. Before this game the Mets were 0-63 when trailing after eight innings, so comebacks have not been their thing. Two comebacks in this one put them a half game up in the Wild Card race, however.

Braves 6, Marlins 3: Two home runs for Matt Kemp who has been on fire lately. A quote from after the game:

“He’s a really good player. He’s a big, strong man and when he swings that bat it goes.”

That was Braves manager Brian Snitker, by the way, not 8-year-old me explaining why, say, Cecil Cooper is good.

Rays 2, Yankees 0Blake Snell and the Rays’ bullpen combined on an eight-hit shutout. The Yankees had a good number of base runners but couldn’t make anything happen. Brad Miller had an RBI single in the first and Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer in the sixth. After the game, Brett Gardner, acknowledging that the Yankees are all but toast now, said “we need to win 11 games.” He was then told that the Yankees only have ten games left. He said  “We need to win 11 out of 10.” Laugh all you want, but ballplayers have been giving 110% for years, so they can totally do that now.

Brewers 3, Pirates 1Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett both homered. That was Carter’s 37th home run. One more and he cracks the all-time top-1o list for Brewers homers in a season. Which, in light of the comment in the Braves blurb, I was sad to see did not contain Cecil Cooper:

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Angels 2, Astros 0: A two-run Albert Pujols homer in the first was all the scoring in this game. Ricky Nolasco tossed seven shutout innings. Given how frequently losing teams unload the bullpen in late September games, those seven innings are the equivalent of a CG shutout April through August, so we should just credit Nolasco for that.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 4: Down by two in the seventh, the Dodgers put up a fiver via a bases loaded walk and then a Yasmani Grandal grand slam. The highlight of the game, though, had to be Chase Utley’s no-look pass to Gonzalez down at first.

Giants 2, Padres 1: The Giants finally beat the Padres and in doing so kept pace with the Mets in the Wild Card. Jeff Samardzija‘s seven shutout innings and a two-run rally led by Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence put ’em over.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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