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  1. Red Sox hit eight homers, destroy Tigers 20-4

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    The Red Sox overshadowed David Ortiz‘s 2,000th career hit Wednesday, tying their franchise record with eight homers in a 20-4 drubbing of the Tigers. Ortiz was a big part of the barrage, hitting two of the homers. His 2,000th hit, sandwiched in between the homers, was a double. Ortiz became the 275th player, at least…

  2. Pablo Sandoval hits three homers against Padres

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval won’t be having any three-homer games in the World Series this October, but he did accomplish the feat for the first time in the regular season Wednesday as the Giants crushed the Padres 13-5. Sandoval had a modest 10 homers this season before taking three relievers deep tonight. He had a two-run shot…

  3. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  4. Craig Kimbrel just lowered his ERA to 0.94

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    It’s old hat now, but Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is once again threatening to post a sub-1.00 ERA. He’s at 0.94 after pitching a scoreless inning for his 44th save Tuesday against the Mets. Kimbrel finished last year at 1.01. There was actually some concern about Kimbrel after he got off to a rough start…

  5. Jerry Remy to remain out of BoSox booth for rest of year

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Jerry Remy

    Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy, who has been out of the booth since his son, Jared, was accused of the murder of his girlfriend, won’t return this season, it was announced after Thursday’s game. Jared Remy pleaded not guilty Aug. 16 to the murder of girlfriend Jennifer Martel. “I am full of grief for…

  6. Jason Kubel designated for assignment by Diamondbacks

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel

    Undone by leg and back problems this year, Jason Kubel was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, just five days prior to the roster expansion. Kubel was finishing up a two-year, $16 million contract with Arizona. He fulfilled his part of the bargain in year one, hitting .253/.328/.506 with 30 homers and 90…

  7. No structural damage found in Brandon Beachy’s elbow

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    Some good news for the Braves: no structural damage was found in Brandon Beachy‘s elbow when he went to visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday. “He confirmed what I’ve been hoping,” Beachy told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He just thought it was inflamed, a lot of fluid in there. The ligament is intact…

  8. Mariners designate Aaron Harang for assignment

    Aug 26, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    The Mariners now have an opening for Taijuan Walker in their rotation if they want to take it. Aaron Harang, who have up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels, was designated for assignment Monday. It was the fourth time in his last eight starts that he had given…

  9. ICYMI, Edwin Encarnacion is superb

    Aug 24, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    The Blue Jays are just going through the paces right now. Absent Jose Bautista, they’ve lost seven in a row and fallen to 57-73 on the season. The year’s most disappointing team, they have nothing left to play for. Just don’t tell Edwin Encarnacion that. He’s homered three times during the current seven-game losing streak.…

  10. Jose Fernandez does it again: seven scoreless versus Rockies

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    Jose Fernandez furthered his Rookie of the Year case Saturday, hurling seven scoreless innings versus the Rockies to improve to 10-5 on the season. A.J. Ramos and Steve Cishek finished the 3-0 shutout. Fernandez has overtaken Shelby Miller, Julio Teheran and Hyun-Jin Ryu over the last couple of months to head the rookie class of…

  11. Report: Braves claimed Kyle Lohse earlier this month

    Aug 24, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    It’s old news that right-hander Kyle Lohse was claimed on waivers and then pulled back without a trade, but it wasn’t known who tried to pluck him away from the Brewers. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal revealed today that it was the Braves who made the claim. Lohse would have been pretty much the perfect replacement for…

  12. Max Scherzer outduels Matt Harvey in 3-0 game

    Aug 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    It was the best pitching matchup of the season that a big chunk of the U.S. was unable to watch. Max Scherzer struck out 11 over six innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout as the Tigers beat the Mets 3-0 on Saturday. Matt Harvey took the loss after giving up two runs…

  13. Pirates lose outfielder Starling Marte to disabled list

    Aug 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Marte reacts after being caught trying to steal third base against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The Pirates will be without a key piece for at least another 10 days after placing Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a hand contusion. Andrew Lambo was recalled to replace him on the roster. Marte was injured last Sunday when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch.  He’d…

  14. Padres cut Edinson Volquez after horrible outing

    Aug 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    The worst start of Edinson Volquez‘s Padres career was also apparently his last. He was designated for assignment prior to Saturday’s game, with reliever Brad Brach replacing him on the roster. Volquez’s final line last night was six runs — five earned — in two-thirds of an inning. The Padres came back and beat the…

  15. Mariners’ first-round pick gets hit in face, has broken jaw

    Aug 23, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    D.J. Peterson

    Outfielder D.J. Peterson, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft, was scheduled for jaw surgery Friday after getting hit in the face by a pitch while playing for low Single-A Clinton on Thursday night. The Mariners said Peterson suffered an open fracture to the left mandible. Peterson, a product of the University of New…

  16. After 11 seasons in minors, Cody Clark to make major league debut

    Aug 23, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cody Clark (picture taken by Steve Sparks)

    31-year-old catcher Cody Clark was called up by the Astros on Friday and will make his major league debut 10 years after originally being drafted by the Rangers. Clark is the replacement on the roster for Max Stassi, who suffered a concussion after he was hit in the face by a pitch on Wednesday. Clark…

  17. Your 5 p.m. Friday steroid suspensions

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    syringe

    What better way to close out the work week than with MLB’s end-of-the-afternoon steroid suspensions. Today’s unlucky losers were both playing in the Dominican Summer League. Angels outfielder Angel Montilla was busted for Nandrolone, while White Sox right-hander Pedro Rodriguez got nabbed for Stanozolol. Montilla, 20, was hitting .234/.321/.248 with 16 steals in 145 at-bats…

  18. UPDATE: Athletics reacquire catcher Kurt Suzuki from Nationals

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    Undoing a trade made a year ago, the A’s have acquired Kurt Suzuki from the Nationals for pitching prospect Dakota Bacus. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times was the first with the news Thursday night. With Oakland’s No. 1 (John Jaso), No. 2 (Derek Norris) and No. 4 (Luke Montz) catchers all on the shelf,…

  19. Brandon Beachy to see Dr. James Andrews

    Aug 22, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    As if the Braves hadn’t gotten enough bad news in the last day, Brandon Beachy, who returned from Tommy John surgery last month, will see Dr. James Andrews next week after experiencing a setback. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Beachy underwent an MRI on Wednesday, the results of which the Braves…

  20. Cal Ripken Jr. is having thoughts about managing

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Legendary Orioles player Ripken, Jr. listens to tributes prior to unveiling of statue in Baltimore

    While he skirts the subject of whether he might actually go after a job, Cal Ripken Jr. has had thoughts of managing a big-league team, he indicated this week on Table Manners. “I don’t know. I’ve been asked to interview for managing jobs before, not too long ago,” he said. “And I’ve always thought, if…

  21. Report: Alex Rodriguez can still accept a 150-game suspension

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    A person close to Alex Rodriguez told Bob Nightengale of USATODAY that the disgraced slugger has a standing offer from MLB to have his suspension reduced from 211 games to 150 if he foregoes his appeal. The source told Nightengale that MLB originally offered a 100-game ban before announcing the 211-game suspension, but that the…

  22. Is the end here for Jeff Francoeur?

    Aug 21, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Maybe someone will pick Jeff Francoeur up for their bench after the Giants designated the 29-year-old outfielder for assignment on Tuesday, but it’s far from a given. His former habit was to hit like gangbusters whenever he joined a new team, but in San Francisco, he came in at .194/.206/.226 with no homers and four…

  23. Jose Bautista goes on DL with bone bruise in hip

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays’ sad year just got a little more depressing: Jose Bautista was placed on the DL after Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep by the Yankees. The cause is a bone bruise in his left hip that knocked out of this afternoon’s matinee. According to Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi, Bautista hurt the hip weeks ago as he…

  24. Ryan Dempster declines to appeal five-game suspension

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    While still maintaining his innocence Tuesday, Ryan Dempster decided not to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by MLB. He started serving the penalty with Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Dempster insisted Tuesday that he was just trying to pitch inside when, in the second inning of Sunday’s tilt between the Yankees and Red Sox,…

  25. Joe Mauer scratched due to dizziness

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Joe Mauer, who took several foul tips off his mask in Monday’s game against the Mets, was a late scratch for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers after experiencing dizziness during batting practice. Even before the dizziness struck, manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer probably wouldn’t catch in the series against Detroit, according to the Pioneer Press’s…

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