Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
The Cincinnati Reds likely envisioned themselves in the thick of a pennant race as the calendar turned to September. Yet, they're five games under .500 after injuries wreaked havoc on one of baseball's more talented rosters.
Chase Anderson has never pitched deep into September, this being his first year in the major leagues. The Arizona right-hander will get his chance now after ending August on a winning note and looking strong.
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and RBI single in going three for four at the plate as the Royals beat the Rangers 4-3 to open their series at Kauffman Stadium and maintain a half-game lead in the American League Central.