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  1. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  2. Rays fall into tie with Indians for wild card spots, Rangers one back

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The AL wild card battle tightened up Friday, with the Rays losing in Toronto and both the Indians and Rangers gaining a game. The current standings: Rays: 90-70 (two in Toronto) Indians: 90-70 (two in Minnesota) Rangers: 89-71 (two vs. Angels) The Rays, who had won seven straight, were undone by some sloppy defense in…

  3. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  4. The slowest player in baseball

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    You know that dream where you are running and running but are not actually getting anywhere. I know people have all sorts of theories about this dream and what it means. Some say it indicates that you have too many things going in your life and can’t quite keep up. Some say it’s the body…

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

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  6. Nelson Cruz on the Rangers for the playoffs would be an “embarrassment?” Really?

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers baserunner Cruz is congratulated in his dugout after he scored a run off a two-run single by teammate Murphy against Seattle Mariners in their American League game at Safeco Field in Seattle

    Headline from Tim Colishaw’s latest at The Dallas Morning News: Call me crazy, but I feel like missing the playoffs in a late-season collapse would be way worse than playing in them with Cruz. Or even losing in the first round because they don’t have Cruz. But I suppose there are many different levels of…

  7. Colby Rasmus shut down for the rest of the season after last night’s unlucky injury

    Sep 21, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Last night, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was hit in the left eye with a warm-up toss from teammate Anthony Gose before the start of the bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park. Rasmus was taken out of the game and eventually taken to the hospital. The Jays have decided to place him on…

  8. Colby Rasmus leaves game after being hit in the face with a warm-up toss

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus suffered a freak injury after taking the field prior to the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Red Sox. While trotting to his position in center, Anthony Gose had thrown a ball in his direction, but Rasmus wasn’t aware. The ball struck him in the face. After a…

  9. Edwin Encarnacion undergoes wrist surgery

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    After being shut down earlier this week, Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion underwent successful surgery on his left wrist yesterday. Encarnacion missed some time after tweaking his wrist earlier this month, but he was able to return to the lineup over the weekend. While he initially planned to play through the discomfort, he changed his…

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

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Rangers 7, Rays 1: The Rangers finally snap the skid. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each to pull Texas back into a tie with Tampa Bay at the top of the wild card standings. Indians 5, Royals 3: Kansas City took a 3-0 lead into the sixth with the Indians…

  11. Blue Jays shut down Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Cecil

    Sep 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion AP

    Edwin Encarnacion made a brief comeback from his wrist injury, playing in three games over the weekend, but the Blue Jays have decided to shut him down for the season with two weeks to go and the slugger will undergo surgery later this week. Encarnacion finishes the season hitting .272 with 36 homers and a…

  12. Appreciating the free-swinging excellence of Vlad Guerrero

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    vlad getty

    Not too long ago, I was working on a project that (sadly) never quite got off the ground — it was a project to explore why we still love sports. Here we are surrounded by the horror of concussions and NCAA hypocrisy and PED use and countless other unsavory things … but we still love…

  13. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  14. See all 50 of Chris Davis’ home runs in one handy GIF

    Sep 14, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

    Chris Davis Getty

    This is pretty cool. Last night, Orioles slugger Chris Davis became the 24th player in MLB history to reach the 50-homer mark and the first since Toronto’s Jose Bautista in 2010. To mark the occasion, Dan Wohl of MLB.com has combined all of his home runs into one wonderful GIF. Enjoy. Follow @djshort

  15. Vladimir Guerrero announces his retirement

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    vlad getty

    This hardly comes as a big surprise at this point, but Vladimir Guerrero told Hector Gomez of Dominican Republic newspaper Listin Diario (link in Spanish) that he has retired from baseball at the age of 38. “I decided to announce my retirement because I want to spend more time with my family,” said Guerrero (translated from…

  16. Chris Davis joins the 50-homer club

    Sep 13, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first Major Leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a single season since Jose Bautista hit 54 in 2010. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Davis drove a Steve Delabar 2-2 change-up to left-center for his milestone home run, putting the Orioles ahead…

  17. Edwin Encarnacion hopes to return from wrist injury this weekend

    Sep 12, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion AP

    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons suggested yesterday that Edwin Encarnacion could be shut down due to a sprained left wrist, but they are trying to avoid that scenario at the moment. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Encarnacion hit off a tee today and said that his wrist feels a lot better now that it…

  18. Nelson Cruz is working out with the Rangers

    Sep 12, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Melky Cabrera was no precedent it seems. Jhonny Peralta is working out with the Tigers and will rejoin the team for the playoffs. So too Nelson Cruz and the Rangers, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Though he’s at the team’s complex in Arizona, not with the team yet. Cruz is eligible to…

  19. Melky Cabrera has a tumor removed from his spine

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cabrera heads to the batters box during the first inning of their MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California

    The Associated Press is reporting that Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed from his spine on August 30. He had already been shut down since the beginning of the month due to an issue with the meniscus in his left knee. Cabrera was having a comparatively poor 2013 campaign after a…

  20. Might Jamie Moyer come back as a knuckleballer?

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    I’d put the chances at the 50 year-old Jamie Moyer actually coming  back as a knuckleballer at the closest thing to zero there is without actually being Jamie Moyer and knowing otherwise, but this story from Stan Hochman of the Philadelphia Daily News is fun and makes for good day dreams. Here’s what the co-author…

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

    Sep 4, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

    Jon Lester

    It’s cool and crisp here in America’s Heartland and there were some games last night that felt like the playoffs. Can we please just skip September and move straight on into October? Would anyone object to this? Red Sox 2, Tigers 1: An ALCS preview? Jon Lester outduels Max Scherzer in a tight game with…

  22. Brandon Morrow could require surgery on forearm

    Aug 31, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Morrow pauses on the mound after giving a home run to Braves' Schafer in the second inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Brandon Morrow has already been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm, but there’s still a chance that he’ll require surgery. Morrow hasn’t pitched for the Blue Jays since May 28 due to the injury and was advised last month to shut things down…

  23. The Tigers haven’t made a decision on Jhonny Peralta’s playoff status

    Aug 31, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    Peralta sign Reuters

    While the Rangers are prepared to welcome Nelson Cruz back for the playoffs after his completes his 50-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis, the Tigers aren’t ready to say the same for Jhonny Peralta. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski responded to inquiries on Peralta’s status yesterday by saying…

  24. Video: Brett Lawrie makes a barehanded gem

    Aug 31, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie Reuters

    I could attempt to explain Brett Lawrie‘s barehanded gem last night against the Royals, but you are better off watching and enjoying it for yourself. Trust me on this one. Now that’s some improvisation. Sure, we probably wouldn’t have been talking about this play if someone speedier than Billy Butler was running, but that doesn’t…

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

    Aug 29, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Athletics 14, Tigers 4: We had this game on for a bit, got bored and decided to watch some random stuff we had recorded. When the show ended we went back to the game to see the A’s up 14-1. Allison let’s out a big “oh for f***’s sake!” and quickly turns on the “Awesom-O”…

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