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Morning Mound Visit: Dodgers clinch postseason berth

Dodgers clinch; Ryan Braun retires; Fun differential

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Eric Stephen | True Blue LA: The Dodgers clinched their ninth-straight playoff berth with an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night. The Dodgers, who have gone 30-10 since August 1, have only picked up 0.5 games on the Giants and still trail San Francisco by 2.5 games in the NL West.

JP | Brew Crew Ball: Ryan Braun officially announced his retirement on Tuesday. Braun played all 14 years of his big league career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He’ll end his career with 47.1 rWAR and an .891 OPS.

Rob Arthur | Baseball Prospectus $: The Seattle Mariners are still in the playoff picture, and they’ll likely end the season with a winning record despite a -56 run differential. What Seattle has done is exceptionally rare, but they probably haven’t cracked the code for overperformance.


The Cardinals moved into a playoff spot with a 7-6 win over the Mets in extra innings.

The Yankees hung onto a Wild Card spot with a 7-2 thumping of the Orioles.

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