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  1. Rays advance to postseason with 12th-inning win, Red Sox loss

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:14 AM EST

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Reid Brignac, Sean Rodriguez

    The Rays beat the Yankees 8-7 in the 12th inning on an Evan Longoria walkoff homer Wednesday, while the Red Sox fell to the Orioles 4-3 after Jonathan Papelbon gave up two ninth-inning runs. Tampa Bay’s win came after a furious six-run eighth and a Dan Johnson homer with two outs in the ninth ruined a…

  2. Chris Carpenter hurls shutout and Braves continue collapse as St. Louis captures Wild Card

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter defined the term “ace” Wednesday night in Houston, limiting the Astros to just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He issued only one walk and struck out 11 batters, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Every member of the St. Louis starting lineup netted a hit as the Redbirds…

  3. Rays tie it in ninth on Dan Johnson homer

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:57 PM EST

    Dan Johnson

    And then Dan Johnson tied it. With the Yankees’ tying a major league record by using their 10th pitcher in a nine-inning game, Johnson delivered a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth to put the Rays game into extra innings on Wednesday. Cory Wade, who was released by the Rays earlier this year,…

  4. Rays roar back with six in eighth, trail Yankees 7-6

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon

    The Rays finally got to the Yankees’ eighth and ninth pitchers of the night. After being held to two hits over seven scoreless innings, the Rays came back with six runs off Boone Logan and Luis Ayala in the bottom of the eighth tonight.  Evan Longoria‘s three-run homer was the big blast. The Rays also…

  5. Craig Kimbrel blows save for Braves in top of ninth

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    Craig Kimbrel gave up a single, two walks and then a sacrifice fly to Chase Utley, allowing the Phillies to tie the Braves 3-3 in the top of the ninth. Kimbrel remained in afterwards, but he was pulled after another walk, this one to Hunter Pence, loaded the bases.  Kris Medlen, making just his second…

  6. Chris Carpenter working on a gem, Cards stomping ‘Stros

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    carp getty

    Thanks to a massive opening frame and a sprinkling of hits and runs in between, the Cardinals are leading the Astros 7-0 after six full innings. And it’s not just about the awoken offense. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has surrendered just two hits over six scoreless innings. He has eight strikeouts and has issued just…

  7. Hanley Ramirez: I’ll “definitely” be ready for Opening Day

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

    hanley face getty

    New Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen said during his introductory press conference Wednesday in south Florida that one of his primary goals is revilatizing the career of talented 27-year-old shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez, a .306/.380/.506 career hitter, batted just .243/.333/.379 in 385 plate appearances this season. He’s averaged 25 homers since arriving in the major…

  8. Look at what Marco Scutaro did now

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro

    It’s Scutaro overload night on HBT. Check out the outstanding flip to start a double play in the bottom of the sixth and help Boston hold on to a 3-2 lead Wednesday against the Orioles. Dustin Pedroia‘s effort is also worthy of note.  The Red Sox got out with their lead intact even though Jon…

  9. Braves escape seventh-inning jam, hold 3-2 lead on Phils

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:16 PM EST

    Tim Hudson

    Fortunately for the Braves, Jason Heyward‘s struggle with the lights on a Raul Ibanez fly to right and Jack Wilson‘s potentially huge error only cost Tim Hudson one run and the Braves are taking a 3-2 lead on the Phillies into the bottom of the seventh. Wilson’s error on Carlos Ruiz‘s grounder to short allowed one…

  10. More Marco: Red Sox shortstop cuts down tying run at the plate

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:03 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro

    The Orioles wasted a leadoff double from Mark Reynolds in the bottom of the fifth, as Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro was able to throw out the tying run at the plate on a Nolan Reimold grounder and help keep Boston on top of the Orioles 3-2 on Wednesday night. Reynolds advanced to third on…

  11. Bombs away for Dustin Pedroia, Mark Teixeira

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    Dustin Pedroia

    Things are looking up for the Red Sox.  Dustin Pedroia hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to put Boston back on top in Baltimore, while Mark Teixeira added a solo shot to go along with his grand slam as the Yankees upped their lead to 6-0 over the Rays. Pedroia’s homer…

  12. Cardinals mashing early, jump out to big lead on Astros

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:32 PM EST

    ap cardinals

    The Cardinals went right to work in the top of the first inning against Astros starter Brett Myers, providing an early 5-0 cushion for Chris Carpenter. Jon Jay singled through the left side of the infield, Allen Craig did the same, then Albert Pujols rocketed a ball off Minute Maid Park’s Crawford Boxes to tally…

  13. Marco Scutaro does a little dance, scores the tying run

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro

    On third base with two outs in the fourth, Marco Scutaro managed to induce a game-tying balk by dancing off the bag and getting Alfredo Simon to flinch in Boston’s game against Baltimore. Scutaro took a big lead and threatened to steal home, catching Simon’s eye in the process.  It didn’t lead to much of a…

  14. Chris Davis will undergo offseason hernia surgery

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:19 PM EST

    chris davis getty

    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that Orioles infielder Chris Davis will have sports hernia surgery soon after the end of the regular season. Davis is playing third base in Wednesday night’s season finale against the Red Sox, just as he’s done for the majority of this month, but he’ll go under the knife within…

  15. Dan Uggla homers off reliever Cole Hamels as Braves take lead

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    The Braves took a 3-1 lead on the Phillies in the third inning thanks to a homer from Dan Uggla off reliever Cole Hamels. Joe Blanton got the start for Philadelphia tonight, but he was removed after allowing one run in two innings.  Hamels, tuning up for his Game 3 start next week, struggled initially…

  16. J.J. Hardy puts Orioles on the board with 30th homer

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:13 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy, Willie Randolph

    The Orioles have taken a 2-1 lead on the Red Sox on a two-run homer from J.J. Hardy in the third inning.  It was Hardy’s 30th homer of the season. Hardy is just the 16th different full-time shortstop in major league history to have a 30-homer season.  It had been done 30 times, including seven by Alex…

  17. David Price gets lit up as Yankees take 5-0 lead

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    The Yankees scored a run on a rare Ben Zobrist error in the first and then got a grand slam from Mark Teixeira in the second to take an early 5-0 lead on the Rays on Wednesday night. Teixeira’s slam off David Price came on a 97-mph fastball.  But while Price has his velocity, he…

  18. Dave Duncan rejoins Cardinals for regular season finale

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

    duncan and carpenter

    If you’re into plots and storylines, you’ll love this. According to the Cardinals’ official Twitter feed, pitching coach Dave Duncan will return to the dugout for Wednesday night’s regular season finale against the Astros after missing nearly all of September to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. There’s no way…

  19. Kevin Youkilis placed on 60-day DL, done for season

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis

    Update: Boston made it official, placing Youkilis on the 60-day disabled list to open up a roster for Clay Buchholz prior to Wednesday’s game. /// Kevin Youkilis hasn’t officially been ruled out for the playoffs if the Red Sox end up winning the Wild Card, but manager Terry Francona indicated today that he’s not expecting…

  20. Stephen Strasburg fans 10 in dominant season finale

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:56 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    The Nationals weren’t sure whether it was a good idea to give Stephen Strasburg a fifth and final start on the last day of the season, but they’re probably glad they did after witnessing a stellar performance today. Strasburg allowed just one hit over six innings and struck out 10 in a 79-pitch masterpiece against…

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