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The Diamondbacks come home for their last series of the season

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Noe Ramirez (50) reacts after the end of the seventh inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

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(KRON4) Madison Bumgarner gets standing ovation during return to Oracle Park

San Francisco Giants fans gave a warm welcome to former Giants’ left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner as the Giants hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Despite San Francisco being down 3-0 and bases being loaded at the time, Bumgarner walked up to the plate to a standing ovation.

(Arizona Sports) D-backs allow walk-off single in final road game against Giants

LaMonte Wade Jr. singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants held their two-game lead in the NL West, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday night.

The Giants posted their 105th victory — one off the franchise record set in 1904 — and kept their edge over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers going into the final weekend of the season.

(Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall: D-backs ‘couldn’t put the blame’ on Torey Lovullo

Losing more than 100 games in an MLB season usually happens when there’s more than one reason for failure.

For the Arizona Diamondbacks, that realistic view played a part in the team opting not to scapegoat or blame manager Torey Lovullo for the results this season.

*MLB News*

(MLB.com) Fit to be tied: AL Wild Card chaos abounds

I feel like every year they have these articles, breathlessly explaining what will happen when there is a tie. Those ties never come though, and I’m always disappointed. Maybe this year!

(Boston Globe) In need of wins, the Red Sox instead dropped 2 of 3 to the last-place Orioles

With a three-game series in store against the Nationals, [the Red Sox] are not guaranteed a postseason berth even if it wins all of its remaining games. With Thursday’s loss, the Sox fell into a tie with the Mariners at 89-70, one game ahead of the Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot. The Sox must not only stop their ill-timed plummet but also hope for help from other teams to avoid a 163rd game or elimination.

(Yahoo! Sports) Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox

The Astros will open the AL Division Series on Oct. 7 against the Chicago White Sox — home field for that best-of-five matchup is still to be determined. Houston went 5-2 against the White Sox this year.

(TBLA) Corey Seager, Dodgers continue power spree to sweep Padres

The Dodgers picked up right where they left off, hitting five more home runs to finish off a third consecutive sweep of the Padres with an 8-3 win on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. But the Dodgers will enter Friday still two games back in the National League West, since the Giants swept the Diamondbacks, including a 5-4, walk-off win on Thursday.