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Cardinals' Adams, Carpenter return from virus (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 2 hours 28 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) -- First baseman Matt Adams and third baseman Matt Carpenter returned to the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup against the Chicago Cubs Monday night after each missing two games because of a stomach virus.
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Markakis returns to O's lineup; Pearce still out (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 2 hours 57 min ago
Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis rejoined the Orioles' starting lineup Monday, six days after his right shoulder was bruised when hit by a pitch from Aaron Loup during the AL East-clinching win over Toronto. Markakis had missed four consecutive games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had prepared an alternate lineup with Markakis at designated hitter, just in case he wasn't able to play the field. First baseman Steve Pearce was sidelined for the third straight game because of a sore right wrist, and he had a cortisone injection.
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Yankees' Teixeira gets 3rd injection in wrist (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 14 min ago
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had a third cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right wrist, and left-hander CC Sabathia played catch at the ballpark for the first time since season-ending knee surgery July 23. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he felt normal soreness Monday, a day after his first start since July 8. Projecting the final week of the season, the Yankees' original rotation will combine to start only 80 of 162 games: Sabathia (eight), Hiroki Kuroda (32), Nova (four), Tanaka (21) and Michael Pineda (15).
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Indians beat Royals 4-3 in suspended game (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 27 min ago

More than three weeks later, the Indians got three outs and finally finished off the Royals. Cleveland moved within 2 1/2 games of Kansas City in the AL wild-card chase on Monday after Scott Atchison struggled but got finished the long-delayed 10th to complete the Indians' 4-3 win in a game suspended on Aug. 31 in Kansas City. Atchison gave up a two-out RBI single to Nori Aoki in the bottom of the 10th - Kansas City was the home team on the road - before getting Omar Infante to pop out for his second save, stranding the tying run at second. After waiting 23 days, the Indians needed nine minutes to close the gap on the Royals.

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Girardi already thinking about Jeter home finale (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 45 min ago

Joe Girardi already is thinking about how to handle Derek Jeter's home finale Thursday. Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York's last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera. New York had been eliminated from postseason contention the previous night. Now, the Yankees began a series with Baltimore on Monday trailing by 4 1/2 games for the AL's second wild card with seven games left.

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Braves fire GM Frank Wren after missing playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 52 min ago

For nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves have been all about stability. In their first major off-the-field firing since 1990, the Braves dismissed general manager Frank Wren less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the NL playoff race. Former Cleveland and Texas general manager John Hart will serve as Wren's interim replacement. ''It was time,'' team President John Schuerholz said.

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Yankees claim OF Perez off waivers from Nationals (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 5 hours 39 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Washington Nationals.
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Manfred, Clark on MLB length of games committee (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 6 hours 49 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) -- Incoming baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players' association head Tony Clark have been selected to participate in a new Major League Baseball committee tasked with decreasing the times of games.

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Cards clinch playoff spot, then lose 7-2 to Reds (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 21 hours 28 min ago

The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to secure the NL Central title while battling a flu bug that has spread throughout the roster. The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, and then lost 7-2 to Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds. Regulars Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter did not play for the second straight game, and Matheny said there are ''north of 10 players'' bothered by flu-like symptoms. ''Almost as many unavailable as available.'' Infielder Daniel Descalso is one of the players who has not been affected by the bug.

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Donaldson powers A's past Phillies (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-09-22 02:15

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland needed a big hit in the 10th inning against Philadelphia. Fortunately for the Athletics, they had Josh Donaldson at the plate.

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Giants swept by Padres; fall 4 ½ behind Dodgers (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:52

The San Francisco Giants are reeling, having lost six of eight games, a streak in which they've scored only 14 runs. The Giants managed just six hits off Ian Kennedy and three relievers, losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres on Sunday to fall 4 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race. You prepare the best you can and go out and see what happens.'' The Giants' chances of winning the division were dealt a serious blow by the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres. The Giants open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

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Rox finish final homestand with sweep of D-backs

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:43
The Rockies topped the D-backs, 8-3, on Sunday to complete the four-game sweep of Arizona and extend their winning streak to six games.
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Padres back Kennedy in sweeping Giants

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:37
Ian Kennedy allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday and the Padres scored four runs in the sixth inning on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Giants at Petco Park. The Padres (74-81) swept the three-game series from the Giants (84-71).
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Rua lifts Rangers with first career home run

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:36
Ryan Rua's first Major League home run was a big one. Rua hit a one-out home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.
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Tenacious Dodgers getting it done

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:35
Let's hear it for the Dodgers. They're doing one of the toughest things in sports -- winning when you're supposed to win. They've wrapped up a playoff spot for the second year in a row under Don Mattingly and head home positioned to nail down an NL West title.
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Early offensive burst captures Royals' series finale

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:35
The Royals claimed their home regular-season finale and salvaged a game in their last series with the Tigers on Sunday in a 5-2 win at Kauffman Stadium, cutting their AL Central deficit to 1 1/2 games.
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Cardinals clinch playoff spot for 4th year in row (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:30
The St. Louis Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season. The Cardinals were assured of at least an NL wild-card spot when Milwaukee lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday. St. Louis led the NL Central by three games over the Pirates going into its game Sunday night at home against Cincinnati. ''There wasn't a lot of high-fiving,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
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Tanaka, Jeter lead Yankees over Blue Jays 5-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:16

Masahiro Tanaka started Jose Reyes with a 92 mph fastball, his first major league pitch since July 8. ''Obviously, I'm very relieved,'' Tanaka said through a translator after leading the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday before a boisterous sellout crowd of 48,144 on a gray, overcast afternoon. Tanaka was only part of the attraction: It was Derek Jeter's last weekend game at Yankee Stadium. The retiring Yankees captain received standing ovations during every at-bat, went 2 for 4 and finished his next-to-last home series 8 for 15 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.

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Loss drops Mariners further back in Wild Card race

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00
Stellar pitching has kept the Mariners in the playoff chase all season, but fatigue seems to be a growing concern as Hisashi Iwakuma saw his late-season struggles continue in an 8-3 loss to the Astros on Sunday, dropping Seattle 1 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card race.
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Astros close home slate with impressive series win

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2014-09-21 23:55
The Astros rallied past the Mariners, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in their final home game of the season. Much to the delight of the 31,466 in attendance, who gave Jose Altuve a brief standing ovation when he left the field with two outs in the top of the ninth inning with Houston comfortably ahead.
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