The Miami Marlins’ improbable September push will carry into October.

Jazz Chisholm hit his 19th home run, Josh Bell delivered a late two-run double and the Marlins clinched the fourth playoff berth in franchise history with a 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

Miami locked down one of the two remaining National League wild-card spots behind Chisholm’s drive, a dash of small ball and another lockdown performance by a bullpen that has carried a sizable share of the load over the last month.

• The Blue Jays lost 7-5 to to Taylor Walls and the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings in Toronto, but clinched a wild-card spot later in the day when Seattle lost to Texas..

Walls lifted the Rays to a 6-4 lead with a two-run single off Jordan Hicks (3-9) with two out in the 10th. Junior Caminero then drove in Raimel Tapia with an infield single.


• The Texas Rangers are back in the postseason for the first time since 2016, beating the Mariners 6-1 in Seattle to clinch a playoff spot in the American League.

• Yan Gomes hit a grand slam, but the Chicago Cubs were eliminated from postseason contention during a 10-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee.

• Marcell Ozuna hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning, Spencer Strider shook off a shaky first inning to get his 20th win and the major league-leading the host Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-3.

• Baltimore Orioles reliever Félix Bautista will have Tommy John surgery next month and miss the playoffs and likely the entire 2024 season.

The 28-year-old right-hander was placed on the 15-day injured list on Aug. 26, one day after he was hurt during a game against the Colorado Rockies.

Bautista also agreed to a $2 million, two-year contract that calls for $1 million salaries in each of the next two season.



NFL: Star running back Saquon Barkley has been listed as doubtful for the New York Giants’ game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night because of a sprained right ankle.

Barkley practiced on a limited basis Saturday for the third straight day and Coach Brian Daboll listed him as doubtful on the final injury report.

• Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku suffered burns to his face and arm in an accident at home while lighting a fire pit.

Njoku was added to the injury report on Saturday and listed as questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Baltimore Ravens.

It’s not immediately known when the accident took place or the severity of Njoku’s injuries. However, his agent Malki Kawa, posted on social media that the 27-year-old tight end “is OK.” Kawa thanked “everyone for reaching out.”


• The Baltimore Ravens put linebacker David Ojabo on injured reserve with ankle and knee problems.

• Jimmy Garoppolo was ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers because of a concussion, making the Las Vegas Raiders’ starting quarterback a mystery.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Blake Metcalf and Lelia Beakes each scored as Berwick Academy beat Beaver Country Day Schools in Berwick.

Griffin Demers and Leah Zaheer each had an assist.



NHL: New Anaheim Ducks forward Alex Killorn will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a broken finger.

Killorn was injured Wednesday night in an exhibition game against San Jose. He signed a four-year, $25 million deal with Anaheim in July after playing the previous 11 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.


NBA: The Charlotte Hornets announced that 2021 first-round draft pick Kai Jones will not participate in training camp due to personal reasons.

“There is not currently a timetable for his return to the team,” the Hornets said in a statement. “Out of respect for the personal nature of the situation, the Hornets will not have any additional public comments regarding the matter at this time.”

The forward/center had a bizarre post on Instagram Live where he danced and rambled incoherently. He has also repeatedly stated that he’s the GOAT (greatest of all time) and plans to be MVP and defensive player of the year, along with writing that he would beat Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James in a 1-on-1 game.



NASCAR CUP SERIES:  Aric Almirola gave Stewart-Haas Racing a much-needed boost as Ford drivers swept the top three spots and seven of the top 10 in qualifying for Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Almirola earned the sixth pole of his career with a lap of 181.656 mph in Saturday’s qualifying session. SHR only qualified Kevin Harvick for this year’s playoffs and Harvick, who is retiring at the end of the season, was eliminated at the end of the first round.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Newly promoted Sheffield United’s search for a win in the Premier League continues after it lost 2-0 at West Ham with Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek scoring for the Hammers.

• Luton earned its first Premier League win after scoring two first-half goals and hanging on for a 2-1 victory at Everton.


• Manchester City’s winning start to the Premier League season ended in a 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton.

• Ollie Watkins scored a hat trick as Aston Villa routed Brighton 6-1 in the Premier League.

• Joel Matip’s own-goal deep into stoppage time handed Tottenham a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League after a defiant showing from the visitors following two red cards.

FRENCH LEAGUE: Star striker Kylian Mbappé was kept quiet and Paris Saint-Germain could not find a way to score in a 0-0 draw at struggling Clermont in the French league.


CHINA OPEN: Third-ranked Daniil Medvedev showed composure to overcome a characteristically tenacious Alex de Minaur, and secure a spot in the quarterfinals in Beijing.

The second-seeded Medvedev emerged with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win in Beijing, but not before his 12th-ranked Australian opponent had staged a comeback from trailing 5-2 in the first set to force a tiebreaker.

NINGBO OPEN: Top-seeded Ons Jabeur won her fifth career title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over teenager Diana Shnaider in Ningbo, China.

The seventh-ranked Jabeur, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, saved her best performance of the tournament for the final and raced to victory in 78 minute

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