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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. Ike Davis exits with a strained right oblique

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Mets first baseman Ike Davis may have played his last game in 2013. In the third inning, with the Mets leading 1-0, Davis skied a sacrifice fly to left field. He grabbed at his side, then left the field gingerly with trainer Ray Ramirez, writes ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Rubin later verified that the injury is…

  11. Red Sox acquire John McDonald from the Phillies

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Red Sox have acquired utilityman John McDonald from the Phillies for Minor League pitcher Nefi Ogando, tweets Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. The Sox will be McDonald’s fourth team this season. He started with the Pirates, moved to the Indians, who then sent him to the Phillies. Overall, the 38-year-old has posted a…

  12. The Marlins will allow Jose Fernandez to make two more starts before shutdown

    Aug 31, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are planning to shut down rookie phenom Jose Fernandez after he makes his next two starts spanning 12 innings or fewer. The 20-year-old Fernandez was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves, earning a loss despite allowing two runs over six innings of work while striking out…

  13. Miguel Cabrera held out of Saturday’s lineup with abdominal issue

    Aug 31, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera getty

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland did not include third baseman Miguel Cabrera in tonight’s starting lineup against the Indians, a day after the slugger was taken out of the game early with continued abdominal discomfort. It has been an ongoing issue for Cabrera, who hasn’t been able to make it through an entire game since August…

  14. The Rays plan to call up Delmon Young on Sunday

    Aug 31, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young will be one of three players added to the Tampa Bay roster on Sunday, when rosters expand, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays plan to use Young as a designated hitter against left-handed pitchers and even some right-handers as well. Young was signed by the Phillies in January but…

  15. Yu Darvish brings no-hitter into the seventh, but loses anyway

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Rangers starter Yu Darvish brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the third time this season, but things quickly started to unravel after the right-hander began the inning with a 2-0 lead. Darvish walked Brian Dozier, then fell behind Chris Herrmann 2-0. He then threw a 91 MPH cutter over the plate, which Herrmann…

  16. Taijuan Walker impresses over five innings in MLB debut

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    Baseball America rated pitcher Taijuan Walker the #18 overall prospect going into the season, putting a lot of expectations on the 21-year-old entering his fourth year of professional baseball. He pitched well enough with Double-A Jackson, though, to warrant a mid-season promotion to Triple-A Tacoma. There, he averaged better than a strikeout per inning and…

  17. Francisco Liriano pitches a gem, blanks Cardinals over eight innings

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano was down on his luck when the Pirates signed him to a one-year, $1 million deal in February. He was coming off a year in which he posted a combined 5.34 ERA with the Twins and White Sox, the third time in four seasons he had posted an ERA in the fives. Liriano…

  18. With a triple into the Wrigley Field ivy, Chase Utley turned one ball into two

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Here’s something you don’t see every day. The Phillies trailed the Cubs 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning, but were threatening with runners on first and second and Chase Utley at the dish against starter Jeff Samardzija. Utley laced a line drive into right-center, scoring both runners on a triple. That wasn’t the…

  19. Giants activate Angel Pagan from 60-day disabled list

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    angel pagan getty

    The Giants have activated outfielder Angel Pagan from the 60-day disabled list. He will lead off tonight against the Diamondbacks. Pagan suffered the injury on May 25 when he hit a walk-off inside-the-park home run in the tenth inning against the Colorado Rockies. He went on the DL with a .688 OPS. In his absence,…

  20. Miguel Cabrera exits after two innings with abdominal irritation

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Thursday’s game with “abdominal discomfort” but felt good enough tonight to make the start at the hot corner against the Indians. Unfortunately, he was only able to go two innings tonight due to abdominal irritation, striking out in his only plate appearance. Andy Dirks took over at third base.…

  21. Joey Votto wants to lead the league in OPS and WAR

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    At FanGraphs, David Laurila polled a handful (12, to be specific) of Major Leaguers about with which offensive statistic they would like to lead the league. It’s quite fascinating, particularly that the most popular answer was not batting average, runs, or RBI, but OPS. Had you randomly polled 12 players five years ago, I would…

  22. The Reds will call up Billy Hamilton on Monday

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds will be promoting outfield prospect Billy Hamilton from Triple-A Louisville on Monday after rosters have expanded. Hamilton was rated the #20 overall prospect by Baseball America going into the season. In 356 trips to the plate, he has hit just .256 with a .308…

  23. Clay Buchholz shaky in first rehab outing

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    clay buchholz getty

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was expected to make two Minor League rehab appearances before rejoining the Major League squad, but he started off on the wrong foot this afternoon. Given a pitch count between 45 and 50 pitches, Buchholz threw 38 and did not make it out of the first inning, walking the final…

  24. Matt Kemp could begin rehab assignment this week

    Aug 25, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp says his ankle is pain-free, meaning he could begin a rehab assignment this week, tweets Dylan Hernandez. It is the next step towards rejoining the Dodger lineup. Kemp injured his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning against the Nationals on July 21. It was his first game after being activated…

  25. Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis deliver for Indians fan living with cerebral palsy

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    Sometimes, one can get caught up with all of the negative news that gets reported these days, so it’s good to find a piece like this every once in a while. Per this story by the Associated Press, on Saturday, eight-year-old Niko Lanzarotta and his family were watching the Indians take batting practice prior to last…

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