Juan Soto for NL MVP? September stretch has Nationals outfielder presenting strong case
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In the wake of a second half collapse that saw them go from NL West contenders to out of the playoffs altogether, the San Diego Padres have parted ways with manager Jayce Tingler.
Tingler led San Diego to the playoffs last season and finished second in the NL Manager of the Year voting. This season started out strong with an exciting young team featuring Fernando Tatis Jr. holding down first place in the NL West as late as May 30.
However, the Padres faded badly in August and especially September, losing 34 of their last 46 games to finish with a 79-83 record, 11 games out of the NL's second wild-card playoff spot.
Yankees top Red Sox 8-3, snap Boston's 7-game win streak
BOSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole took a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning and Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer to lead the Yankees to an 8-3 victory Friday night, snapping Boston’s seven-game winning streak and pulling New York within one game of the Red Sox atop the wild-card standings. Cole (16-8) no-hit the Red Sox for 3 2/3 innings and New York coasted to its fourth straight win. In a potential preview of the AL wild-card matchup, Nathan Eovaldi (10-9) barely made it out of the first inning and couldn’t get through the third. Boston holds the first AL wild card, with the Yankees a game back and in position for the second spot.
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"I have tremendous respect for him as a coach, colleague and friend," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. "After much thought and consideration over the last several weeks, we felt a change was necessary at this time to ultimately reach our championship potential in San Diego."
In his first managerial job in the major leagues, Tingler, 40, had an overall record of 116-106 during his two years with San Diego.
"While I'm profoundly disappointed that our season ended far too soon," said Tingler in a statement. "I know this team has a very bright future ahead."
Rays clinch 2nd consecutive AL East crown
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their second straight AL East title, with Mike Zunino hitting a go-ahead homer and Brandon Lowe later adding a pair of RBI doubles to beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Saturday night. Pete Fairbanks retired Lewis Brinson on a foul popup with the bases loaded for the final out, giving the Rays the chance to celebrate on the field. Earlier in the day, Tampa Bay’s magic number was cut to one when the New York Yankees beat Boston 5-3. There was a standing ovation from the season-high crowd of 23,783 at Tropicana Field when the Yankees’ victory was announced after the top of the sixth inning.
The Padres say he has been offered the opportunity to remain with the organization.