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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Matt Kemp shut down indefinitely with tightness in right hamstring

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    kemp getty

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp‘s 2013 season may be over as he has been shut down indefinitely with tightness in his right hamstring, according to Dodger Talk co-host David Vassegh. Kemp had been rehabbing with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga after having been sidelined with a sprained ankle in late July. He was hitless in 19 trips to…

  11. There is a White House petition to ban the pitcher win statistic

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Obama

    MLB Network’s Brian Kenny is an interesting person to follow on Twitter. He has a pet cause symbolized by the hashtag #KillTheWin. The intent is to show the various ways in which the pitcher win statistic is flawed. It has the double-sided benefit of educating less-stat-savvy fans and providing humor to those in the know. An…

  12. Neftali Feliz made his 2013 debut against the Twins

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Rangers reliever-turned-starter-turned-reliever Neftali Feliz made his 2013 debut against the Twins this afternoon, recording five outs, surrendering just one hit and recording two strikeouts. He came on in relief of starter Travis Blackley with two outs in the fifth. Against Darin Mastroianni, Feliz showcased all four of his pitches, including a fastball that touched 94 MPH,…

  13. Diamondbacks receive Matt Langwell to complete the Jason Kubel trade

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Indians acquired outfielder Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks on Friday for a player to be named later and $200,000. That player to be named later is pitcher Matt Langwell, tweets Nick Piecoro. Langwell, 27, made his Major League debut on June 2 with the Indians. He allowed one run in one and one-third innings.…

  14. Matt den Dekker hits an upper decker for first career home run

    Sep 1, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, making this third career start tonight against the Nationals, blasted a Ross Ohlendorf fastball into the upper deck in right field at Nationals Park for his first career home run. Den Dekker literally went to the upper deck. His twitter handle is @upperdekker. Bench gave him silent treatment. — Adam…

  15. Video: Toledo Mud Hens turned a triple play Saturday night to end their final home game of the season

    Sep 1, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    The Toledo Mud Hens gave their fans something to go home happy about last night as they wrapped up their final home game of the season against the Columbus Clippers. Trailing 4-0 in the ninth, the Clippers were starting to put together a rally. Matt LaPorta hit a solo home run to lead off the…

  16. Zack Greinke becomes first pitcher with two stolen bases in a season since 2007

    Sep 1, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Zack Greinke is having a great year on the mound, but what has been more impressive is what he has accomplished offensively. He entered this afternoon’s start against the Padres with an .809 OPS, easily the best mark among pitchers at the dish this season. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has a .717 OPS, the second-best…

  17. Todd Helton doubles in the seventh for 2,500th career hit

    Sep 1, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Todd Helton

    Long time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton sliced a double down the left field line against Reds reliever Curtis Partch in the bottom of the seventh for his 2,500th career hit. Helton narrowly beat left fielder Chris Heisey‘s throw to second base for the double. There was a brief pause in the game as Helton…

  18. Brett Oberholtzer becomes first Astro to throw a complete game in 2013

    Sep 1, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros

    24-year-old rookie Brett Oberholtzer blanked the Mariners over nine innings this afternoon, becoming the first Astro to throw a complete game since Jordan Lyles on September 30 last year. Lyles was also the last to throw a shutout. Oberholtzer allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out five. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was…

  19. Mike Aviles breaks scoreless tie in the ninth with a grand slam as Indians beat Tigers

    Sep 1, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mike Aviles, Asdrubal Cabrera

    It was a pitcher’s duel in Detroit this afternoon as the Tigers and Indians wrapped up a three-game weekend series. Tigers starter Justin Verlander held the Tribe scoreless through seven innings, allowing just four hits and walking two while striking out six. Indians starter Danny Salazar matched him, holding the Tigers at bay through six…

  20. B.J. Upton goes 4-for-6, helps Braves walk off against the Marlins

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    After a hot streak to begin the month of August, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton had fallen into another slump again, hitting just .100 in his last 44 plate appearances entering tonight’s game against the Marlins. Upton was on fire all night against Marlins starter Jacob Turner and the bullpen, though, knocking four hits including a…

  21. Roy Oswalt will make a rehab start on Tuesday

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Rockies starter Roy Oswalt will begin his rehab on Tuesday with the Rockies’ Grand Junction rookie-league team, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. The 35-year-old has been on the shelf since July 8 with a strained left hamstring. Prior to his injury, he compiled a 7.64 ERA over four starts spanning 17.2 innings. The…

  22. Dodgers acquire Michael Young from the Phillies

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    With an hour left in August, the Dodgers have acquired infielder Michael Young from the Phillies, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Young will be eligible for the post-season roster. Young waived no-trade clause so #Phillies could make trade. Grew up a #Dodgers fan. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 1, 2013 Rosenthal reports that the…

  23. Pirates defeat Cardinals, will enter September in first place for first time since 1992

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Russell Martin, Garrett Jones, Marlon Byrd

    Tied with the Cardinals at 78 wins and 56 losses, the Pirates defeated their NL Central rival tonight by a score of 7-1 to move into sole possession of first place. They will enter September in first place for the first time since 1992, the last year the Pirates made the post-season. (It was also…

  24. Matt Kemp still isn’t comfortable, may not return on Monday

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp made his second rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga yesterday, but still doesn’t feel comfortable yet, reports Bill Shaikin. Kemp has been sidelined since July 22 with a sprained ankle. The hope was that Kemp would make a few rehab starts and be ready to return to the Dodgers after this weekend,…

  25. Davey Johnson thinks Bryce Harper’s ailing knee might have contributed to last night’s lack of hustle

    Aug 31, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    After Nationals manager Davey Johnson bowed out of last night’s game due to dehydration, bench coach Randy Knorr took over and quickly made his voice heard. As D.J. Short described earlier, Harper weakly grounded out to Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Assuming it was a routine out, Harper hung his head and ran at a…

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