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  1. Ned Yost’s bullpen management strikes again

    Sep 14, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Royals manager Ned Yost wanted a strikeout, so he brought in Aaron Crow, who has the bullpen’s lowest strikeout rate.

  2. Jonathan Papelbon blows save, gets ejected for making rude gesture at booing crowd

    Sep 14, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning on Sunday and responded to fans’ booing with what appeared to be a rude gesture.

  3. Cuban ERA leader Yasmany Hernandez has defected

    Sep 14, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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    From Diario De Cuba comes word that left-handed starting pitcher Yasmany Hernandez has defected from his native country with the goal of signing a contract this winter with a major league team. Hernandez led Cuba’s Serie Nacional with a 1.66 ERA in 19 starts during the 2013-2014 season …

  4. Michael Wacha feels “great” after bullpen session

    Sep 14, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Marco Gonzales is starting in place of Michael Wacha on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies, with manager Mike Matheny acknowledging to the media late last week that Wacha hasn’t looked quite right since returning on September 4 from a stress reaction in his right shoulder. It’s not clear what the plan is for Wacha, but he hasn’t been shut down.

  5. Video: Pirates turn first triple play at PNC Park

    Sep 14, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Watch as Josh Harrison starts this around-the-horn triple play Sunday in Pittsburgh …

  6. Matt Adams out Sunday with lingering oblique injury

    Sep 14, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Matt Adams is out of the Cardinals’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies due to lingering tightness in his left oblique, according to Stan McNeal of FOX Sports Midwest. It’s something that Adams has been dealing with for much of this month. He’s just 7-for-41 (.189) since August 31.

  7. Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas to command $100 million?

    Sep 14, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Yasmani Tomas, 23, could be the next Cuban defector to hit it big — record-breakingly big — on Major League Baseball’s free agent market. Via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe …

  8. Mat Latos is unlikely to make another start this season

    Sep 14, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Brewers due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow. It’s not believed to be a serious injury, but the regular season is over in two weeks and Cincinnati enters play Sunday with a record of 71-78. So there’s no reason to push it.

  9. Matt Szczur slugged his first major league home run

    Sep 14, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Matt Szczur was ranked a Top 100 prospect by Baseball America in 2012, but he never quite met that hype and batted just .261/.315/.312 with one home run in 116 games this season at Triple-A Iowa. So knocking one out of PNC Park was both a relief and a surprise for the 25-year-old.

  10. Video: Torii Hunter saves two runs on sprawling catch

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Torii Hunter is 39 years old and his defense has rated very poorly this season in the outfield, but he made a game-saving catch in the Tigers’ 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday night at Comerica Park …

  11. Bruce and Brett Bochy make MLB history

    Sep 14, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

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    The Giants didn’t have a whole lot worth celebrating in Saturday night’s 17-0 blowout loss to the visiting Dodgers, but this was a pretty cool moment in the top of the seventh inning …

  12. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 14, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    The Tigers were trailing the Indians heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park and a loss would have put them back behind the Royals — who defeated the Red Sox on Saturday — in the American League Central standings. That’s when Alex Avila came through with probably his biggest hit of what has been a tough 2014 …

  13. Zack Greinke homers, Dodgers demolish the Giants 17-0 at AT&T Park

    Sep 14, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers scored two touchdowns with the ensuing extra points, and kicked a field goal against the Giants on Saturday night. It was a bloodbath.

  14. Video: Bryce Harper does a terrible, wonderful thing to a Zack Wheeler fastball

    Sep 13, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Zack Wheeler threw a fastball to Bryce Harper in the second inning that he’d like to take back, if possible.

  15. Ian Desmond notches a third consecutive 20/20 season

    Sep 13, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    On Saturday night, Ian Desmond became the fourth shortstop to have at least three 20/20 seasons in his career.

  16. Anibal Sanchez to long toss Sunday, may throw off mound on Monday

    Sep 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez will take the next step towards a potential late-season return. He’ll long toss on Sunday and pitch off of a mound on Monday if things go well.

  17. Dodgers activate Paco Rodriguez from the disabled list

    Sep 13, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Reliever Paco Rodriguez rejoins the Dodger bullpen after spending more than a month on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle.

  18. Danny Duffy hopes to return to Royals’ rotation on Tuesday

    Sep 13, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Danny Duffy will test out his left shoulder with a light bullpen session on Sunday. If all goes well, he hopes to rejoin the Royals’ rotation on Tuesday.

  19. Anthony Rizzo on track to return to the Cubs’ lineup on Monday

    Sep 13, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo has made progress from his lower back injury and is on track to rejoin the Cubs’ lineup on Monday.

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