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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Sep 27, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    eric wedge getty

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    sid_bream

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    chris perez getty

    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,…

  11. 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…

  12. Rays and Indians both win to maintain their respective leads in the AL Wild Card race

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Rays defeated the Orioles 3-1 this afternoon behind a strong start from Enny Romero in his Major League debut. The left-hander, who spent most of the season with Double-A Montgomery, shut out the O’s in four and two-thirds innings, allowing just one hit while walking four and failing to record a strikeout. The Rays…

  13. Reds trounce Pirates to bring NL Wild Card back into a deadlock

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Reds brought the lumber today against Pirates starter Jeff Locke. Locke, an All-Star, entered today’s start with a 5.43 ERA since the break. It didn’t improve. The Reds tagged Locke for five runs in the top of the first. After the Reds loaded the bases with one out, Jay Bruce laced a bases-clearing double…

  14. Stephen Strasburg is the third-fastest to reach 500 career strikeouts

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    With a fifth-inning strikeout of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg became the third-fastest — in terms of innings pitched — to reach 500 career strikeouts, tweets James Wagner of the Washington Post. The two to do it faster: former Cubs teammates Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Strasburg entered tonight’s start with a…

  15. Nationals honor manager Davey Johnson as his final season winds down

    Sep 22, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson, responsible for the organization’s first and only post-season appearance since moving to Washington in 2005, was honored before the first of two scheduled games against the Marlins today. Johnson is retiring after the season and will act as a consultant to the team going forward. CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman described the…

  16. Andy Pettitte solid in final start at Yankee Stadium

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    In his final start at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, starter Andy Pettitte went seven innings, holding the Giants to just two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out six. The lefty is scheduled to make one final start against his former team in Houston on Saturday. As good as Pettitte was, though,…

  17. Pirates GM Neal Huntington will do “everything in our power” to have A.J. Burnett in 2014

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    Yesterday, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett told the media that he is still mulling retirement, then went out and struck out 12 Reds in a seven-inning performance that put the Pirates back in a tie for the NL Wild Card. Today, via Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, Pirates GM Neal Huntington said that if Burnett isn’t retiring,…

  18. Despite swarm of bees, Felix Hernandez sets record with 10 strikeouts in four innings

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    This afternoon’s series finale between the Mariners and Angels was delayed for 23 minutes in the third inning due to a swarm of bees in the outfield. That didn’t stop Mariners starter Felix Hernandez from putting on a show in his first start since suffering a strained oblique. Hernandez punched out 10 Angel batters in…

  19. Justin Maxwell hits walk-off grand slam as Royals defeat Rangers, clinch AL West for Athletics

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Cleveland Indians

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” was the theme today as Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Rangers, clinching the AL West for the Athletics in the process. The Athletics entered the afternoon with a magic number of one, meaning that either a Rangers…

  20. Raul Ibanez hits 300th career home run, ties a Ted Williams record

    Sep 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    In the top of the ninth inning against the Angels, Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run to right field off of closer Ernesto Frieri. The blast was the 300th of Ibanez’s 18-year career, becoming the 137th player in Major League Baseball history to join the 300-homer club. The home run was also…

  21. With seven shutout frames against the Padres, Clayton Kershaw lowers ERA to 1.88

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was nearly unhittable as usual tonight against the Padres, blanking them over seven innings of work. The lefty allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out ten, improving to 15-9 and lowering his ERA to 1.88. Not that Kershaw needed to do anything else to ensure that the NL…

  22. Trailing by six runs in ninth, Tigers score six, win in 12

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Andy Dirks

    Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers rallied for six runs against the White Sox bullpen to send the game into extra innings. They pushed across a bases-loaded run for the walk-off win in the 12th inning, reducing their magic number over the Indians in the AL Central to two. Tigers starter…

  23. A.J. Burnett pitches Pirates past Reds to take lead in NL Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, who earlier today told the media he is still considering retiring after the 2013 season, turned in a gem against the division and Wild Card rival Reds. The Reds went ahead early on a Ryan Ludwick RBI single in the first inning and a Zack Cozart solo home run in the…

  24. Matt Garza dominates Royals, keeps the Rangers in the hunt

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The once-strong Rangers have had a miserable September, entering tonight’s affair against the Royals with 14 losses in 18 games during the month. With recently-acquired starter Matt Garza on the hill, the Rangers made a strong effort in reversing their fortunes tonight. The Rangers went up 3-0 early on Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, scoring once…

  25. Sewage problems at O.co Coliseum no problem for the Athletics as they cut their magic number to one

    Sep 21, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Twins Athletics Baseball

    D.J. Short posted earlier about the O.co Coliseum’s latest sewage issue as a result of rain in the Oakland area. The showers caused a two-hour delay while players, coaches, and clubhouse personnel dealt with the primitive conditions indoors. Once play resumed, the A’s wasted no time getting on the board. Alberto Callaspo contributed an RBI…

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