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  1. The Rangers will activate Nelson Cruz on Monday

    Sep 29, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    nelson cruz ap

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan is reporting that the Rangers will activate outfielder Nelson Cruz in time for Monday’s Game 163 against the Rays. Cruz finished serving his 50-game suspension handed down by commissioner Bud Selig for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Cruz left with an .841 OPS in 452 trips to the plate, ranking among…

  2. Jim Johnson joins the 50-save club for the second consecutive season

    Sep 29, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles' Johnson pitches against the Boston Red Sox during a MLB spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Florida

    Wrapping up a 7-6 win over the Red Sox, Orioles closer Jim Johnson recorded his 50th save of the season, joining Craig Kimbrel as the only relievers to reach the 50-save echelon this season. For Johnson, it is the second consecutive year in which he has recorded at least 50 saves — he recorded 51…

  3. How umpire Angel Hernandez affected the AL side of the post-season

    Sep 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Cleveland Indians

    At ESPN Sweet Spot, David Schoenfield reminds us of a controversial, and wrong, call made by umpire Angel Hernandez that we now know has had a tangible impact on the AL side of the post-season. On May 8, the Indians played host to the Athletics at Progressive Field. They led 4-3 with two outs in…

  4. It’s on: Game 163 between the Rangers and Rays set for tomorrow

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Pillar

    The Rangers and Rays entered today’s action — the final day of regular season action — tied for the second AL Wild Card spot and remained so at the end of the day. While the Indians secured themselves top billing in the AL Wild Card play-in game, the Rangers and Rays will have to play…

  5. Indians win tenth in a row, secure top AL Wild Card spot

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched his team into the post-season — at least for one game — with a sterling performance against the Twins. The right-hander allowed just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 13. It marks a season-high in strikeouts and his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season.…

  6. Dan Haren: “If we got in, we’d be the team to beat”

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Nationals starter Dan Haren with your quote of the day, via Adam Kilgore: “If we got in, we’d be the team to beat.” — Dan Haren. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 29, 2013 Haren shut out the Diamondbacks tonight over seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out five. He lowered…

  7. Terry Pendleton got angry and grabbed Chris Johnson for some reason

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    The scene: The Braves were down 5-1 in the ninth inning, but were staging a rally against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Justin Upton hit a three-run home run to bring the score to 5-4, and the Braves kept fighting. Freddie Freeman singled and Evan Gattis walked to put the winning run in scoring position for…

  8. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro says he will tender Kyle Kendrick a contract

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick the second of his two-year, $7.5 million extension signed in February 2012. He’ll be eligible for his fourth and final year of arbitration. Coming off of a disappointing season —  he has a 4.70 ERA in 182 innings — there was some speculation that he would be non-tendered, but GM Ruben…

  9. Andy Pettitte pitches the Yankees past the Astros in his final start

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    Yankees starter Andy Pettitte shut down the Astros tonight in his final start of his career. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five in a complete game effort. The lone Astros run came on a Chris Carter ground out in the fourth inning. Second baseman Robinson Cano…

  10. Brewers are bringing back manager Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff for 2014

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ron Roenicke

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports with the news: Brewers announce that Roenicke and his coaching staff will return next year — Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) September 28, 2013 The Brewers enter play today 73-87, a distant fourth place in the NL Central. Since the Brewers won 96 games and advanced to the NLCS in manager Ron…

  11. Fresh off the Hunter Pence deal, the Giants now look to retain Tim Lincecum

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants made headlines earlier today when they signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a five-year, $90 million contract extension. With that hurdle cleared, the Giants are now focusing on keeping starter Tim Lincecum around, reports Hank Schulman. Though Lincecum has had a tough couple of years, he has been the biggest reason for their recent…

  12. Running through tomorrow’s AL Wild Card possibilities

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian did yeoman’s work running through all of the possibilities that could occur tomorrow as it pertains to the AL Wild Card race. The Indians and Rangers won today while the Rays lost, which means the Indians will enter tomorrow afternoon’s action with a one-game lead, securing themselves at least a 163rd game.…

  13. Athletics lose, clinching home field advantage for the Red Sox

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Despite a valiant effort at a comeback this afternoon, the Athletics lost to the Mariners 7-5. The loss drops them to 95-66 and, with one game remaining, locks up home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the 97-63 Red Sox. The Sox will play the winner of the one-game AL Wild Card playoff, be it…

  14. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  15. Cliff Lee plans to retire once his contract with the Phillies is up

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Phillies' Lee reacts during Game 2 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Phillies starter Cliff Lee was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves. The lefty allowed just one run — an eighth-inning Chris Johnson solo home run — in eight innings while striking out 13 and walking none. It was part of an historically-great month of September and an overall productive season in Phillies red…

  16. Cardinals shut out the Cubs 7-0 to clinch the NL Central

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    David Freese

    Though a formality at this point, the Cardinals officially clinched the NL Central tonight with a 7-0 blanking of the Cubs. The offense got to Cubs starter Travis Wood early, scoring three times on a two-run double by Yadier Molina and an RBI single by Jon Jay. Wood exited after the first, as the one…

  17. A.J. Burnett pitches Pirates within one game of home field advantage in the NL Wild Card playoff

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    Pirates starter and potential upcoming retiree A.J. Burnett shut the Reds down over eight solid innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. The lone run came on a Todd Frazier solo home run in the fourth. Homer Bailey wasn’t sharp, allowing four runs on four…

  18. Scott Kazmir got stuck in an elevator last night

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Indians starter Scott Kazmir was in a bit of a pickle last night: Indians lefty Scott Kazmir stuck in hotel elevator for hour and a half last night. Elevator shaking and wouldn’t open. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) September 27, 2013 Despite the traumatic experience, Kazmir is still on schedule to start tomorrow against the Twins.…

  19. Cliff Lee has had a September to remember

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Phillies starter Cliff Lee shut out the Braves through seven innings tonight, but an equally-dominating performance by Braves starter Kris Medlen and an eighth-inning solo home run by Chris Johnson left him the tough-luck loser. Lee struck out 13, walked none, and allowed just three hits over eight innings, but the Phillies’ offense just couldn’t…

  20. Reds still undecided about including Billy Hamilton on the post-season roster

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    In 20 trips to the dish, Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is hitting .389 with two walks and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. A small sample for sure, but he’s about as automatic to steal second base as it gets these days. In a short series where offense is at a premium, that kind of…

  21. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    brandon phillips

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  22. Eric Wedge will not return to manage the Mariners in 2014

    Sep 27, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Eric Wedge has informed the Mariners that he will not return to manage the team in 2014, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. On Wednesday, Wedge had expressed frustration that the Mariners had been taking so long to inform him of his job status, saying, “I feel like I’m hanging out there.” In his three…

  23. Sid Bream declines Braves’ request to throw out the first pitch

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    For Pirates fans old enough to remember the 1992 NLCS, former Braves first baseman Sid Bream still haunts their memories. The image of Francisco Cabrera lining Stan Belinda’s pitch to left field, of Barry Bonds’ throw being to the right of home plate, of catcher Mike LaValliere reaching for it and diving back to tag…

  24. Terry Francona has removed Chris Perez from the closer’s role

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino. On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings,…

  25. Scott Boras wants the first two games of the World Series played at a neutral site

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    In a column posted earlier today, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo wrote about the benefits of Major League Baseball shifting the first two games of the World Series to a neutral site, an idea spawned by super-agent Scott Boras. The aim is to revive interest in the World Series. Cafardo writes that the World Series…

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