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  1. Play of the Day: Kole Calhoun comes out of nowhere to make a sliding grab

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun made a fantastic sliding catch in the top of the seventh today against the Rangers. Reliever Michael Kohn was trying to hold onto a 3-2 lead with runners on second and third and one out when Elvis Andrus popped up a first-pitch fastball into shallow right-center field just behind second base.…

  2. Jacoby Ellsbury diagnosed with a compression fracture in his foot

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot, reports MLB.com’s Ian Browne. Ellsbury hasn’t played since his 3-for-6 game against the Yankees on Thursday, during which he fouled a ball off his foot. The Red Sox expect their speedy outfielder back before the end of the season.…

  3. Evan Gattis hit the longest home run of the season against Cole Hamels

    Sep 8, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    evan gattis getty

    Evan Gattis was the Braves’ only source of offense this afternoon against Cole Hamels in the series finale in Philadelphia. The Braves scored two runs on two hits, both Gattis solo home runs — one in the second inning, and one in the seventh, giving him 18 on the season. The Phillies scored twice in…

  4. Mariano Rivera blows seventh save, but Yankees win on walk-off wild pitch

    Sep 8, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees

    The four-game series against the Red Sox has been a nightmare for the Yankees, but it has mercifully ended on a good note for the Bronx Bombers. With his team leading 3-2 in the ninth inning, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera surrendered a lead-off game-tying solo home run to Will Middlebrooks, his seventh save of the…

  5. Adam Wainwright pitches the Cardinals back into first place with gem against the Pirates

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to a Pirates batter during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in St. Louiss

    The NL Central continues to provide drama as September rages on, with the Cardinals and Pirates waging battle for first place in the division this weekend. Adam Wainwright brought his A-game with his team entering the night 0.5 games out of first place, as he shut the Pirates out over seven innings of work. He…

  6. Nick Swisher: “I’m just trying to make the state of Ohio cool again, man.”

    Sep 7, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    nick swisher getty

    Credit to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian for that amazing quote from Indians first baseman Nick Swisher. It’s just the most Nick Swisher quote. Well, maybe if he started off the sentence with “bro”. To Swisher’s credit, he has had a good couple of days against the Mets. He hit a grand slam yesterday against lefty reliever…

  7. Justin Upton and Chris Johnson teamed up to bully the Phillie Phanatic

    Sep 7, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Phanatic

    The Braves are in Philadelphia for the last time this season, which means they were running out of time to “take care of” the Phillie Phanatic. While the team was stretching at Citizens Bank Park prior to tonight’s 7:05 start, Braves outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson teamed up for some shenanigans. Johnson…

  8. Peter Bourjos likely to undergo wrist surgery

    Sep 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos will likely require surgery to insert a pin into his broken wrist, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times. Bourjos was hit by a Jordan Lyles pitch on June 29 and immediately went on the DL. He returned on August 16, but in the 15 games in which he has played…

  9. Ringolsby: Jorge De La Rosa worthy of Cy Young consideration

    Sep 7, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jorge De La Rosa

    Rockies lefty starter Jorge De La Rosa is worthy of Cy Young consideration, argues Tracy Ringolsby in his latest column on MLB.com. My initial reaction to the article was that he was intentionally exaggerating to make a point, but he has covered the Rockies for a while, so maybe he legitimately believes this. Ringolsby writes:…

  10. Matt Cain activated from DL to start tonight

    Sep 7, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Matt Cain Getty

    Following his start against the Pirates on August 22, Giants right-hander Matt Cain went on the disabled list for the first time in his nine-year career. He was hit in the right forearm by a Gaby Sanchez line drive leading off the fourth inning. Cain has been enduring the worst season of his professional career,…

  11. Pirates activate Starling Marte from the disabled list

    Sep 7, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Starling Marte

    The Pirates have activated outfielder Starling Marte from the disabled list, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune. The 24-year-old had been dealing with a contusion on his right hand, suffered on August 10 against the Rockies when he was hit by Josh Outman. Marte continued to play for the next week before needing to…

  12. Melky Cabrera has a tumor removed from his spine

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cabrera heads to the batters box during the first inning of their MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California

    The Associated Press is reporting that Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed from his spine on August 30. He had already been shut down since the beginning of the month due to an issue with the meniscus in his left knee. Cabrera was having a comparatively poor 2013 campaign after a…

  13. Joey Votto has reached base in nine consecutive trips to the plate

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds first baseman Joey Votto last made an out in the eighth inning on Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals. Since then, he has gone 4-for-4 with five walks in nine trips to the plate against Dodger pitchers. Last night, in a 3-2 victory, Votto drew a walk off of Chris Capuano, singled…

  14. Update: Yusmeiro Petit loses perfect game with two outs in the ninth against the Diamondbacks

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Yusmeiro Petit

    Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit has retired 21 Diamondbacks in a row and will bring a perfect game into the eighth inning at AT&T Park. He has thrown 16 of 21 first pitches for strikes and has thrown 64 pitches in total. Petit has pitched well since being inserted into the Giants’ rotation on August 27,…

  15. The Mariners will shut down Taijuan Walker after Monday’s start

    Sep 6, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    Mariners rookie starter Taijuan Walker will make his final start of the 2013 season against the Astros on Monday, reports MLB.com’s Greg Johns. Brandon Maurer will take his spot in the rotation. Walker spent most of his season between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma, posting an aggregate 2.93 ERA in 141.1 innings. He made his…

  16. Yankees’ bullpen implodes, allows nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings in loss to Red Sox

    Sep 6, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli hits a grand-slam home run against the New York Yankees in their MLB game in New York

    Last night, Mariano Rivera surrendered a game-tying RBI single to Stephen Drew with two outs in the ninth. Joba Chamberlain then allowed what became a game-winning RBI single to Shane Victorino in the tenth. Tonight, it seemed like a real team effort as four Yankees relievers combined to allow nine runs in the eighth and…

  17. Chris Davis hits home run #48 while teammate Scott Feldman blanks the White Sox

    Sep 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hadn’t homered since August 28, which created a bit of tension as Miguel Cabrera attempts to win another Triple Crown. Cabrera, though, has played once since the 30th, so the four-homer gap between the two remained until tonight, when Davis blasted #48 off of White Sox starter John Danks in…

  18. Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in effort against the Mets

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    As if the Mets hadn’t already worn enough egg on their face for having dealt Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano at the July 2004 deadline, their former lefty took them behind the shed tonight as a member of the Indians. Kazmir struck out 12 Mets hitters over six shutout innings, allowing just…

  19. Jose Fernandez one-hits the Nationals over seven innings

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez padded his NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young cases with seven outstanding innings against the Nationals tonight, bringing a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Nationals stood no chance, recording just one hit — a squibber down the third base line by pinch-hitter Zach Walters with one out in…

  20. Dennis Eckersley: Closing “not as tough as you think”

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    For years, we have been inundated with the sentiment that there is nothing tougher, nothing that requires more focus and mental fortitude than being a Major League closer. Former Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley, who authored two of the best relief seasons of all time in 1990 (0.61 ERA. 48 saves) and ’92 (won the AL…

  21. Report: Alex Rodriguez’s hearing set for September 30

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Alex Rodriguez appealed the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. The resolution will begin in New York on September 30, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. The 30th is the day after the regular season ends. If the Yankees — nine games out of first place in the AL East and 2.5 games behind the…

  22. Red Sox want to keep Jacoby Ellsbury, but worry about his price

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is having a great season, currently hitting .299 with a league-leading 52 stolen bases while playing outstanding defense. He’s a big reason why the Red Sox are 6.5 games in front of the Rays in first place in the AL East, and he will be a big part of their…

  23. Phillies move Ethan Martin to bullpen, Tyler Cloyd to rotation

    Sep 6, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chris Branch of the News Journal reports that the Phillies have decided to move Ethan Martin to the bullpen and Tyler Cloyd to the rotation. Martin, acquired from the Dodgers last year in the Shane Victorino trade, had made seven starts since making his Major League debut against the Braves on August 2, posting a…

  24. Rockies activate Roy Oswalt and Drew Pomeranz from the disabled list

    Sep 6, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Rockies have activated pitchers Roy Oswalt and Drew Pomeranz from the disabled list, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Saunders suggests Oswalt could start as soon as Sunday against the Padres. Pomeranz says he still isn’t ready to pitch in a game. Pomeranz started the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 4.15…

  25. Nelson Cruz’s agents wanted a four-year, $56 million deal last winter

    Sep 6, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    nelson cruz ap

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, currently serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, recently switched representatives, changing from the Levinson brothers to Adam Katz. Sources close to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports have learned that the Levinson brothers went to the Rangers last off-season and suggested a four-year, $56 million deal for…

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