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  1. R.A. Dickey tosses five-hit shutout vs. Marlins for 17th win

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Getty

    UPDATE: Dickey and Cueto have some company. Gio Gonzalez just tossed a five-hit shutout of his own vs. the Cardinals for his 17th win. 9:50 PM: R.A. Dickey tossed a five-hit shutout tonight as part of a 3-0 victory over the Marlins, putting him into a tie with fellow National League Cy Young candidate Johnny…

  2. Braves pick up Jeff Baker from Tigers for PTBN

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    jeff baker getty

    The Braves have acquired Baker from the Tigers for a player to be named. Since the move is becoming official tonight, he’ll be eligible for the team’s postseason roster. Baker has hit .254/.293/.408 with four homers and 24 RBI in 169 at-bats for the Cubs and Tigers this season. He’ll provided a little right-handed pop…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 31, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson, Taylor Teagarden

    Orioles 5, White Sox 3: Zach Britton strikes out ten, gets sent down to the minors. That’s fair. That aside, heady freakin’ times for the Orioles who, apart from the Yankees fans, I think everyone on the planet is wanting to sweep New York and make the AL East a dead heat by Sunday night.…

  4. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  5. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 29, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Major League Baseball celebrated Otherwise Good Teams Get Shut Out Night last night. It was quite festive. Marlins 9, Nationals 0: Look, maybe this will start a conversation no one thinks we’d ever have about an ace pitcher on a first place team, but maybe the Nationals should consider shutting Stephen Strasburg down (5 IP,…

  6. Felix Hernandez beats Twins for fifth shutout of season

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez pitched a five-hitter Monday against the Twins to become the first American League pitcher since David Wells in 1998 to notch five shutouts in a season. It was his ninth career shutout. Hernandez has won nine straight decisions to put himself right in the thick of the AL Cy Young race. The shutout…

  7. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I looked at the schedule as I sat down to write this and noted that, even including the postponed game, there were only 14 games yesterday. Rays-A’s played Thursday-Saturday, leaving yesterday off to avoid conflicts with the Republican National Convention. Guess you couldn’t expect the RNC to compromise, so … Anyway, it was weird and…

  8. Matt Holliday is emerging as an NL MVP candidate

    Aug 26, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    It’s time Matt Holliday starts getting his due as one of the game’s very best hitters. Holliday went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and four RBI as the Cardinals topped the Reds 8-2 today to move within six games of the NL Central lead. The Cardinals are currently in position as the No. 2…

  9. Red Sox could seek out big-name targets this winter

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The Red Sox have had an average payroll in excess of $170 million the last three years. With Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett departing and David Ortiz, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Cody Ross all set to become free agents, they’re currently looking at something less than half of that for 2013. It figures to give…

  10. Now that it’s final, what should we make of the Red Sox-Dodgers mega deal?

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    I’m still shaking my head at the Dodgers-Red Sox deal, which is now finalized. Among the things that wouldn’t have made sense to me if you told me about them this time yesterday: I’m surprised that the Dodgers — whose owners just paid $2 billion for that team — took on $271 million in financial…

  11. Padres expected to call up top prospect Casey Kelly to start Monday

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Casey Kelly

    Here’s an interesting note as we wait for the mega-deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers to become official. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are expected to call up prospect right-hander Casey Kelly to make his major league debut Monday against the Braves at PETCO Park. Of course, Kelly…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 25, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke Getty

    Zack Greinke finally resembled the ace pitcher the Angels thought they were getting at the trade deadline, limiting the Tigers to one run over 7 2/3 innings last night as part of a 2-1 victory. Greinke was fantastic, allowing just five hits while striking out five and walking two. He held the Tigers off the…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 24, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Eight Men Out

    It was a light schedule and my Braves played a late game, so I watched “Eight Men Out” last night. For, like, the 5th or 6th time. And that just made me want to watch “Matewan” again for, um, the 20th time or thereabouts. Maybe tomorrow night. Anyway, damn you John Sayles, damn you. As…

  14. Tigers beat the Blue Jays on an Alex Avila single in the 11th

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    An eventful game in Detroit this afternoon: Miguel Cabrera gets hurt; Justin Verlander pitches fantastically — striking out 12 in nine innings — but gets the no-decision; Austin Jackson makes a pretty darn spectacular catch in right-center, saving a run in the top of the 10th inning; and Alex Avila wins it in the 11th…

  15. Doug Fister to miss Saturday start with groin injury

    Aug 23, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    fister reuters

    For now Doug Fister has avoided the disabled list, but the Tigers right-hander will miss his scheduled Saturday start against the Angels with a strained groin. Drew Smyly, the rookie who’s been on the disabled list himself since early July, will come off the shelf to start in Fister’s place. Fister apparently injured his groin…

  16. The Orioles don’t want their pitchers throwing cut fastballs

    Aug 23, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Orioles logo

    The cut fastball has certainly increased in popularity over the last several years, not only as the pitch that made Mariano Rivera but also as a go-to offering for starters like Roy Halladay and Jon Lester. The Orioles, though, don’t want their young pitchers throwing cutters, feeling it will take away from their other pitches.…

  17. Miguel Cabrera exits game in second inning with sore ankle

    Aug 23, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    1:40 p.m. EDT update: The Tigers announced that Cabrera is day-to-day with right ankle soreness. /// Miguel Cabrera was removed from Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays in the second inning with an injury. Cabrera wasn’t involved in the play before he departed, but something was bothering him at third base. Manager Jim Leyland and…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short…

  19. Max Scherzer is trying to crash the aces-only party for MLB strikeout leaders

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer Getty

    Usually the MLB strikeout leader is a big-name, Cy Young-caliber pitcher. In fact, every single MLB strikeout leader during the past 20 years fits that description: Randy Johnson (nine times) Johan Santana (two times) Justin Verlander (two times) Curt Schilling (two times) Jered Weaver Tim Lincecum Jake Peavy Kerry Wood John Smoltz You get the…

  20. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  21. Jacob Turner to make Marlins debut Wednesday

    Aug 21, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    jacob turner

    Anibal Sanchez hasn’t been much good for Detroit, going 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA since coming over in the July 23 trade from Miami, but the prospect centerpiece of the deal for the other side is ready to make his Marlins debut. Jacob Turner will be called up Wednesday to start one of the games…

  22. Just a reminder regarding suspensions

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April, when Delmon Young received a seven game suspension for drunkenly walking around New York and yelling things at people, I was willing — perhaps naively — to believe that some of the suspension was for his public intoxication and that it meant that MLB was finally getting serious about alcohol-related incidents. Unless…

  23. Mark Reynolds blasts umpires following ejection

    Aug 18, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds Getty

    Mark Reynolds and Orioles manager Buck Showalter were both ejected from last night’s game against the Tigers following a controversial play at first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta was initially ruled out after hitting a grounder to third base. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to argue and the…

  24. And we have our first bad call of the night

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis, Alex Avila

    It took about seven minutes from the start of Friday’s Orioles-Tigers game for the home-plate umpire to cost Baltimore a run. Nick Markakis was safe on a close play at home plate in the top of the first inning tonight, but he was called out by Tim Timmons, who actually might have blown two calls…

  25. Tigers officially rule out Victor Martinez for the season

    Aug 17, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    At some point there was a little bit of optimism about Victor Martinez potentially returning from knee surgery to play this season, but two weeks ago the Tigers said that was unlikely and today they officially ruled it out. Team trainer Kevin Rand told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Martinez has run out of time…

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