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  1. Rays jump to 3-0 lead in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay has increased its early lead in this American League Wild Card Game in Cleveland. James Loney and Evan Longoria hit consecutive one-out singles in the top of the fourth inning and then Desmond Jennings — who was hobbled near the end of the regular season by a badly-strained left hamstring — punched a…

  2. Delmon Young slugs solo shot as Rays take early lead in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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    Indians right-hander Danny Salazar was dominant in his first two innings of this American League Wild Card Game, racking up three strikeouts against the six Tampa Bay batters that he faced. But the script was flipped in the top of the third inning when Rays designated hitter Delmon Young crushed a first-pitch solo homer to…

  3. Astros claim Raul Valdes, Indians claim Tyler Cloyd

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    The Phillies performed a 40-man roster cleanup on Wednesday afternoon and two of the players that were removed have landed with new organizations. Raul Valdes, a left-handed reliever who posted a 7.46 ERA in 35 innings this season for Philadelphia, has been claimed by the Astros and Tyler Cloyd, a 26-year-old starting pitcher who had…

  4. Red Sox set ALDS rotation; Jon Lester in Game 1

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox won’t know their ALDS opponent until the conclusion of Wednesday night’s AL Wild Card Game, but their first-round rotation is already set. Red Sox manager John Farrell told Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com on Wednesday afternoon that Jon Lester will start in Game 1, John Lackey will start in Game 2, Clay Buchholz…

  5. Dallas Latos says she was hit in the head “at least three times” by a female Pirates fan at PNC Park

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

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    Dallas Latos — the wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos — claims to have had an ugly incident during Tuesday’s National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park, a 6-2 victory for host Pittsburgh. We’ll let her do the explaining: Got punched in the head at least 3 times by a pirates fan so this…

  6. Pirates roll to 6-2 defeat of Reds in NL Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

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    The Pirates are heading to their first-ever NLDS. Francisco Liriano allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings and Russell Martin homered twice as the Bucs cruised to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Reds in the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night at a sold-out and rowdy PNC Park. Liriano…

  7. Pirates get another home run in the seventh inning

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

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    Everything continues to go right for the host Bucs. Pirates catcher Russell Martin slugged a deep solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning off of the Reds’ latest relief pitcher, Logan Ondrusek, moving Pittsburgh to a 6-1 lead in this National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park. It…

  8. Reds get on the board but Pirates open even bigger lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Reds slugger Jay Bruce was 0-for-11 against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano entering this National League Wild Card Game and struck out on three straight sliders in his first meeting Tuesday night against the left-hander, but Bruce got Cincinnati its first run of the night with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning…

  9. Pirates homer twice in second inning to take early lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

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    Pirates starter Francisco Liriano struck out Reds leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo on four pitches to open the game and then induced groundouts from Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto for a quick, nine-pitch first inning. That set the early tone in this NL Wild Card Game at a fired-up and blacked-out PNC Park. Liriano was even…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes tests shoulder in batting practice, hopes to play in Game 1 of ALDS on Friday

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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    The news is promising on Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who battled right shoulder soreness for the final two weeks of the 2013 regular season. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cespedes felt “a little bit better” after taking batting practice in a team workout Tuesday at O.co Coliseum and expects to start…

  11. Michael Bourn expects to play in AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday despite wrist, calf injuries

    Oct 1, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was pulled from the club’s regular-season finale with tightness in his left calf and missed chunks of September with a right wrist sprain. But neither of those injuries should keep him from participating in October baseball. According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Bourn did agility work and ran the bases Tuesday…

  12. Dan Uggla to be left off Braves’ roster for NLDS

    Oct 1, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Mark Bowman of MLB.com: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez met with some players regarding roster decisions after the team held a workout that was closed to media members on Tuesday at Turner Field.  An industry source said Uggla was informed that he will not be part of the 25-man roster the Braves will…

  13. Cardinals grab top seed in National League playoffs

    Sep 29, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

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    One of the few things still undetermined at the start of play Sunday has now been … determined. Despite a lineup that was without Matt Holliday and an oddly-timed substitution of Tony Cruz for Yadier Molina just before first pitch, the Cardinals rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Cubs in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Busch…

  14. Chris Davis exits Game 162 with sprained wrist

    Sep 29, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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    Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is officially done for the 2013 season. Then again, so is every player who is not on a team that is headed for the playoffs. The slugger was clipped on his glove hand by Jacoby Ellsbury on a bang-bang play at first base Sunday in the fourth inning and exited…

  15. Henderson Alvarez completes wild walkoff no-hitter

    Sep 29, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Here’s something we definitely didn’t see coming. Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has no-hit the American League Central-champion Tigers through seven innings Sunday in Miami. It’s not a fully-loaded Detroit lineup for Game 162, but Prince Fielder is in there along with Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante and a couple other regulars. Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Victor…

  16. Chris Johnson and Terry Pendleton have made up

    Sep 29, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    We now have more clarity on that weird incident from Saturday night that produced this GIF: According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton has been warning third baseman Chris Johnson all season about the dangers of recklessly throwing his batting helmet and was rightfully furious after getting struck by one of…

  17. Marlins promote Mike Hill to president of baseball operations, Dan Jennings to general manager

    Sep 29, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

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    From Joe Frisaro, the Marlins beat writer for MLB.com: The Marlins on Sunday announced a new structure for their front office, naming Michael Hill president of baseball operations and Dan Jennings general manager. Jennings has been with the club for 12 seasons, as the organization’s vice president of player development and assistant GM. “I have…

  18. John Lackey scratched from final regular season start

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Sean McAdam of CSN New England comes word that Red Sox righty John Lackey has been scratched from his scheduled start in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Orioles for the purpose of rest. Boston has already secured the American League East title and the top spot in the American League playoff seeding, so there’s…

  19. Edward Mujica is a mess

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Edward Mujica had a ridiculous 1.73 ERA and 43/3 K/BB ratio over his first 57 1/3 innings this season. But the righty’s September has been nightmarish. Mujica allowed three hits and two earned runs while recording only one out in an appearance Saturday night in St. Louis’ 6-2 defeat of the Cubs and now has…

  20. Pedro Alvarez going for the NL home run crown in Pirates’ meaningless regular season finale

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Pirates (93-68) cannot move up or down from their current position as the host of the National League Wild Card Game, so Sunday afternoon’s regular season finale at the Reds’ Great American Ball Park is essentially meaningless and most of Pittsburgh’s regulars are getting the day off. But not all of them will be…

  21. Aaron Hill does not need surgery on left hand

    Sep 29, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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    The assumption when Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill suffered a nonunion fracture in his left hand back in April was that he would require a surgical procedure over the offseason to fix it. But there was good news on that front Saturday. According to Nick Piecoro and Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic, an MRI…

  22. Matt Kemp’s sprained left ankle is still an issue

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .314 with an .870 OPS in 39 plate appearances since returning from his severe left ankle sprain on September 16. But that ankle injury still lingers. Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night against the Rockies with what is being termed an ankle flareup…

  23. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 29, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

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    Well, this is it. The final day of the 2013 regular season. And there are still things to be decided. The Indians stayed hot and beat the Twins on Saturday behind a dominant Scott Kazmir, clinching at least a tie in the American League Wild Card race with a current record of 91-70. The Rangers…

  24. Todd Helton got a horse from the Rockies

    Sep 25, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

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    Yes, you did read the above headline correctly. Todd Helton, a first-round pick of the Rockies in 1995 who spent all 17 of his major league seasons with the organization, is playing the final home game of his career on Wednesday night at Coors Field. Helton hit a solo home run in the second inning…

  25. Eric Wedge sounds like a manager who is on the way out

    Sep 25, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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    Mariners president Chuck Armstrong confirmed Tuesday night that GM Jack Zduriencik will be back in 2014. Eric Wedge has received no such assurance and vented about that fact Wednesday to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: “It’s tough,” Wedge said. “I feel like I’m hanging out there. … My best managing days are ahead of me.…

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