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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013


Boston CF Ellsbury put in boot, no date for return (Yahoo! Sports)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is now wearing a protective boot on his injured right foot, and there is no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Yankees SS Jeter exits, CT scan on ankle negative (Yahoo! Sports)

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, top, jumps to avoid Boston Red Sox runner Mike Napoli who was out on a fielder's choice during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has had more tests on his surgically repaired left ankle and it's not certain when he will return to the lineup.




Wainwright moves Cards into first in NL Central (Yahoo! Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright decided to use a simple approach to break out of his two-game slump.




Napoli hits 2 HRs, Red Sox bash Yanks 13-9 (Yahoo! Sports)

Boston Red Sox batter Mike Napoli, right, celebrates with David Ortiz after Napoli hit a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- With each swing, Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox are suddenly turning every game into slow-pitch softball.




Hamilton helps Reds top Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings (Yahoo! Sports)

Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce (32) is tagged out between second and third by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) after an RBI single by Joey Votto in the first inning during a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Billy Hamilton is still looking for his first major league plate appearance. Cincinnati's prized prospect has yet to play in the field, and he's already paying huge dividends for the streaking Reds.




Wieters lifts Orioles over White Sox 4-3 (Yahoo! Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis follows through on a RBI double against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Matt Wieters struck out when he had a chance to put Baltimore in front in the eighth inning. He made the most of his second opportunity.




Straily helps Oakland edge Houston 2-1 (Yahoo! Sports)

Oakland Athletics pitcher Dan Straily throws against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Dan Straily was so good Saturday he rode a stationary bike after his sparkling outing. He needed more work.




Royals slip past Tigers 4-3 (Yahoo! Sports)

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) celebrates his two-run home run with Eric Hosmer (35) in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Salvador Perez is on a power surge and the Kansas City Royals keeping hanging on in the wild-card race.




Cabrera, Swisher homer; Indians beat Mets 9-4 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, right, greets Nick Swisher after Swisher's solo home run against the New York Mets in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have found their stride again. Perfect timing, too.




Paxton, Mariners keep Rays sliding with 6-2 win (Yahoo! Sports)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton makes his major-league debut as he pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) -- James Paxton woke up Saturday morning to a text message from his father and the news that his grandfather, Lawrie, had unexpectedly passed away.



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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday, September 07, 2013


Petit nearly perfect as Giants beat D-Backs 3-0 (Yahoo! Sports)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit reacts on the mound at the end of their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in San Francisco. San Francisco won the game 3-0 and Petit pitched a one-hitter. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.




Brewers: Braun personally calling individual fans (Yahoo! Sports)

FILE - In this June 10, 2013 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is shown in the dugout during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Miami. The Brewers confirm Ryan Braun is personally calling season ticket holders and apologizing for using performance-enhancing drugs. Brewers executive Rick Schlesinger tells WTMJ radio it was Braun's idea. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is personally calling fans and offering an apology for using performance-enhancing drugs.




Napoli, Victorino rally Red Sox past Yankees 12-8 (Yahoo! Sports)

Boston Red Sox batter Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two nights in a row, the Red Sox have pulled off the final rally at Yankee Stadium.




Kelly beats Pirates again, Cardinals win 12-8 (Yahoo! Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina follows through on a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joe Kelly acted like an ace who's been here before, oblivious to the pennant race and working out of jams. The St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered their offense, too.




Davis hits No. 48 as Orioles beat White Sox 4-0 (Yahoo! Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis, left, high-fives teammate Matt Wieters after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Baltimore. Wieters hit a solo home run in the following at-bat and White Sox starting pitcher John Danks was pulled from the game. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- With Chris Davis leading the way, the Baltimore Orioles put on another long-ball display in an important win over the Chicago White Sox.




Donaldson powers A's into first place (Yahoo! Sports)

Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson celebrates after hitting a two-run home run off Houston Astros' Philip Humber in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics are in sole possession of first place in the AL West for the first time in more than a month.




Slumping Votto homers, Reds beat Dodgers 3-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) is congratulated by Shin-Soo Choo (17) after Votto hit a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto emerged from his deep slump when the Reds really needed him.




Rodriguez's baserunning gaffe helps sink Rays (Yahoo! Sports)

Seattle Mariners' Justin Smoak hits a two-run go-ahead double in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon can understand a wide array of mistakes that can happen on a baseball field. However, getting picked off second base in a one-run game isn't one of them.




Infante helps Tigers pound Royals 16-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, front left, is congratulated by teammate Ramon Santiago, right, after scoring in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andy Dirks and Omar Infante were the five-hit stars for the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.




Cardinals: No timetable for Craig return (Yahoo! Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig (21) drives in a run with a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kris Johnson during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. The Cardinals won 7-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he'd be happy if Allen Craig could return for the postseason.



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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, September 06, 2013


Red Sox rally vs Rivera, then beat Yankees in 10th (Yahoo! Sports)

Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury scores the go-ahead run on a single by Shane Victorino as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine, right, cannot handle the throw during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Home Plate umpire Rob Drake is at left. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 9-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Down to their very last strike, the Boston Red Sox struck back. And denting Mariano Rivera, well, that compounded the New York Yankees' misery.




Reds hit 3 HRs off Lynn, beat Cardinals 6-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cincinnati Reds' Shin-Soo Choo (17) is congratulated in the dugout by manager Dusty Baker, left, and Jay Bruce after Choo hit a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A sleepless night gave way to a satisfying finish for the Cincinnati Reds.




Braun calls to apologize to season ticket holders (Yahoo! Sports)

FILE - In this June 10, 2013 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is shown in the dugout during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Miami. The Brewers confirm Ryan Braun is personally calling season ticket holders and apologizing for using performance-enhancing drugs. Brewers executive Rick Schlesinger tells WTMJ radio it was Braun's idea. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers confirm Ryan Braun is personally calling season ticket holders and apologizing for using performance-enhancing drugs.




Orioles hit 3 HRs in 3-1 win over White Sox (Yahoo! Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy, center, celebrates his solo home run against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Miguel Gonzalez was desperate for a win. So were the Baltimore Orioles.




Price struggles early as Rays lose to Angels 6-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

Los Angeles Angels' Collin Cowgill watches his three-run double against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- By the time David Price figured out how to correct what went wrong, it was too late for Tampa Bay. The damage had already been done by the Los Angeles Angels, and it was enough to help Jerome Williams get his first victory in more than 2 1/2 months.




Goldschmidt has 2 hits, 2 RBIs in D-backs' 4-2 win (Yahoo! Sports)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Trevor Cahill figures he owes his latest victory to the defensive exploits of his right fielder. Having a guy like Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup helps too.




Moustakas' HR in 13th lifts Royals past Mariners (Yahoo! Sports)

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run to win a baseball game during the 13th inning against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won the game 7-6. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mike Moustakas hit two balls that had chances to go deep.




Restaurant group ends ties with Ryan Braun (Yahoo! Sports)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A restaurant group is ending its ties with suspended Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.

Kershaw wins 2013 Branch Rickey Award (Yahoo! Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is being recognized for his work off the field. He's the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his community work.




Vin Scully to be grand marshal of 2014 Rose Parade (Yahoo! Sports)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, an honor the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster initially wasn't sure he would accept.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013


Ortiz leads Red Sox to 20-4 romp over Tigers (Yahoo! Sports)

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz comes out of the dugout and tips his helmet to the fans after hitting his second home run of the night, his 2,001st career hit, in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) -- One after another, the baseballs cleared the fences at Fenway Park - a franchise record-tying eight home runs in all for the Boston Red Sox.




Adams' HRs send Cardinals over Reds 5-4 in 16 (Yahoo! Sports)

CORRECTS DATE TO WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, NOT EARLY THURSDAY SEPT. 5- St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek in the 16th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Cincinnati. Adams hit two home runs in the game won by St. Louis, 5-4 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Matt Adams emerged from his deep slump and saved the St. Louis Cardinals from another costly loss.




Parker, A's rout Rangers 11-4 to even up AL West (Yahoo! Sports)

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker throws to a Texas Rangers batter during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- There's something about Jarrod Parker's presence on the mound that is bringing out the best in the Oakland Athletics.




Sabathia, Rivera help Yankees hold off White Sox (Yahoo! Sports)

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers the ball to the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Desperately trying to gain ground in the playoff hunt, the New York Yankees have no time to mess around. That means an early call to Mariano Rivera now and again.




Wil Myers' 2 homers lead Tampa Bay past Angels 3-1 (Yahoo! Sports)

Tampa Bay Rays' Wil Myers celebrates a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Wil Myers never stopped working diligently during his recent slump. Neither did the Tampa Bay Rays during their recent skid.




Indians don't chicken out, beat Orioles 6-4 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, left, congratulates relief pitcher Chris Perez after the Indians defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- With some help from their lucky chicken, the Cleveland Indians passed some other birds in the wild-card race.




Brewers beat Pirates to delay winning season (Yahoo! Sports)

Milwaukee Brewers' Aramis Ramirez is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Milwaukee. Ramirez scored on a hit by Martin Maldonado. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Pirates will have to wait at least one more game before officially shedding more than two decades of losing.




Sandoval hits 3 HRs, Giants trounce Padres 13-5 (Yahoo! Sports)

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, jokes with batting coach Hensley Meulens after hitting a second home run hit of abaseball game against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The team from San Francisco had a flashback. It came courtsey of Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs in the Giants' 13-5 win over the San Diego Padres.




Zimmermann leads Nats past Phillies for 16th win (Yahoo! Sports)

Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche, left, follows through after hitting an RBI-sacrifice fly off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, center, and home plate umpire Chris Conroy, right, look on. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann and a pair of defensive gems were enough to keep Washington's postseason hopes flickering.




Helton, De La Rosa stall Dodgers run (Yahoo! Sports)

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

DENVER (AP) -- Jorge De La Rosa has fashioned a pretty good comeback story that could soon get even better.



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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013


Lester outduels Scherzer, Red Sox top Tigers 2-1 (Yahoo! Sports)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after an out made by the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have the best pitcher in the American League and the best hitter in baseball.




Snider's homer lifts Pirates past Brewers 4-3 (Yahoo! Sports)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Felix Pie (26), Marlon Byrd (2) and Andrew McCutchen celebrate their 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- This one was for Roberto Clemente. The Hall of Famer's retired jersey is still the only 21 that matters for the Pittsburgh Pirates.




Rangers beat A's 5-1 for sole possession of 1st (Yahoo! Sports)

Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland, right, celebrates with David Murphy (7) after hitting a solo home run off of Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- - After getting a taste of a pennant race as a late-season call-up last year, Martin Perez looks nothing like a rookie this time around.




Nunez's hit caps 5-run 8th, Yanks rally to win 6-4 (Yahoo! Sports)

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner (11) douses shortstop Eduardo Nunez after their 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in New York. The Yankees won 6-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Down by three against an All-Star pitcher who's had their number in the past, the New York Yankees put together a vintage comeback that kept them on track in the playoff chase.




Hamilton steals base, Reds beat Cardinals 1-0 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cincinnati Reds' Shin-Soo Choo (17) slides hard into second base after being force, causing St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter to hold on to the ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Cincinnati. Joey Votto was safe at first. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The dirt-smudged base leaned on the floor in front of Billy Hamilton's locker. An inscription in black ink noted the importance: ''MLB Debut 9/3/13.''




Rays back on track with 7-1 win over Angels (Yahoo! Sports)

Tampa Bay Rays' Wil Myers celebrates scoring against the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Once he struck out his first batter, Matt Moore knew he was back in charge.




Nolasco leads Dodgers past Rockies 7-4 (Yahoo! Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco throws to a Colorado Rockies batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are reaping the benefits from the most productive run of Ricky Nolasco's career.




Simmons, Gattis, Medlen lead Braves past Mets (Yahoo! Sports)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen works in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Evan Gattis is starting to get his groove back for the Atlanta Braves.




Jimenez pitches Indians past Orioles 4-3 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Nothing comes easy for the Cleveland Indians these days.




Perez sends Royals to 4-3 win over Mariners (Yahoo! Sports)

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) is congratulated by teammate David Lough (7) after hitting a solo home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar turned around in plenty of time to see the fly ball in the eighth inning fall into the glove of center fielder Jarrod Dyson, and then did a little leg-kicking shimmy off the mound.



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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday, September 03, 2013


Athletics pull into tie with Texas atop AL West (Yahoo! Sports)

Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp, center, is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego (2) after Crisp hit a two run home run off Texas Rangers' Derek Holland in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. At right, Rangers manager Ron Washington runs onto the field to talk with umpires. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Unlike early September last year, the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers are neck and neck chasing the AL West title.




Walker homers, Pirates retake NL Central lead (Yahoo! Sports)

Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker (18) is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Charlie Morton is doing his part to ensure that the Pittsburgh Pirates end their 20-year playoff drought.




Reds hit Wainwright hard again, beat Cardinals 7-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright throws the ball to first baseman Matt Adams to force out the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips as he bunted to move base runner Shin Soo Choo to second base in the first inning in their baseball game in Cincinnati, Monday Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- One very bad and very short day in St. Louis, followed by another bad game in Cincinnati. Adam Wainwright doesn't understand why he's having a really tough time getting the Reds out.




Fister, Tigers beat Boston in matchup of AL's best (Yahoo! Sports)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister hugs catcher Alex Avila after getting out of the seventh inning with two Boston Red Sox runners on base during a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON (AP) -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland had a theory about why Doug Fister looked completely different after a shaky start.




Richards helps Angels pound Rays 11-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

Tampa Bay Rays' Will Myers walks off the field after striking out with the bases loaded, in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays couldn't capitalize on a lack of control by Garrett Richards, and find themselves in an even deeper hole in the AL East race.




Kershaw hit hard, Dodgers top Rockies; Puig hurt (Yahoo! Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Carl Crawford, right, follows the flight of his RBI-double with Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 10-8 victory in a baseball game in Denver on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw turned in a clunker, a rare bad outing for one of baseball's best pitchers.




Jeter leads Yankees to 9-1 rout of White Sox (Yahoo! Sports)

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter hits an RBI single during the first inning of the baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) -- In the thick of a playoff race, the New York Yankees were determined to avoid the letdown they had in Chicago last month - when they were swept by the White Sox in a three-game series.




Indians closer Perez guilty in marijuana case (Yahoo! Sports)
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home in the family dog's name.

Puig leaves game in 6th inning with strained knee (Yahoo! Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig spins in the batter's box after getting hit by a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Denver on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is day-to-day after leaving the game Monday with a strained right knee.




Masterson injured as Indians fall to Orioles 7-2 (Yahoo! Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' Nate McLouth, left, celebrates his two-run home run with J.J. Hardy in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians during a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Justin Masterson's health is in serious doubt. The Indians' playoff chances are just as iffy.



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Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday, September 02, 2013


Cardinals top Pirates 7-2, tie for NL Central lead (Yahoo! Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (58) delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Joe Kelly began the season in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen with an electric fastball and an identity crisis.




Aviles' grand slam lifts Indians over Tigers 4-0 (Yahoo! Sports)

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles, center, celebrates with Matt Carson (7) and Michael Brantley (23) after hitting a grand slam to take a 4-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Aviles initially was looking for a sacrifice fly that would snap a scoreless tie. He ended up with a game-breaking grand slam.




Hardy, Jones homer in big 7th, Orioles bop Yankees (Yahoo! Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones, right, celebrates his three-run home run with teammates Nick Markakis, left, and Brian Roberts during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A day after being shut out on three singles, J.J. Hardy and the Baltimore Orioles got blanked for six innings Sunday on what was shaping up as a lost weekend.




Berkman, 3 pitchers activated from DL by Rangers (Yahoo! Sports)

Texas Rangers' Lance Berkman (27) during batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The AL West-leading Texas Rangers have gotten back a veteran designated hitter and three pitchers from the disabled list in time for the pennant chase.




Braves recall right-hander Kameron Loe (Yahoo! Sports)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have recalled right-hander Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Crisp, Vogt hit homers as Griffin, A's beat Rays (Yahoo! Sports)

Oakland Athletics' A.J. Griffin works against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics hope they are poised for another spectacular September like the one that propelled them to an improbable AL West title over the Texas Rangers on the final day last season.




Ortiz drives in 3; Red Sox beat White Sox 7-6 (Yahoo! Sports)

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, hits an RBI double off a pitch by Chicago White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo as White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, left, looks on in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz has racked up enough hits in his career to know how to remain positive during a rough stretch. Now, it looks like everything's fine again with Big Papi.




Dodgers beat Padres 2-1 to complete 3-game sweep (Yahoo! Sports)

Los Angeles Dodger's Yasiel Puig (66) is congratulated by hitting coach Mark McGwire, lower left, manager Don Mattingly, top right, and other teammates on his solo home run against the San Diego Padres in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept.1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Coming off one of the best months of his career, Zack Greinke hopes he's not peaking too early.




Shields strong, Royals beat Blue Jays (Yahoo! Sports)

Kansas City Royals' James Shields pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jon Blacker)

TORONTO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals won't have much hope in the wild-card race without a strong September from veteran pitcher James Shields.




Helton reaches 2,500 hits as Rockies beat Reds 7-4 (Yahoo! Sports)

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood works against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) -- Todd Helton has spent much of his career sending balls down the left-field line at spacious Coors Field. It was only fitting, then, that he reached a major milestone the same way.



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