Wacha to start Thursday for Cardinals (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 1 hour 19 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha will replace Justin Masterson in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation on Thursday and make his first start since mid-June.

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Justin Verlander addresses online photo hacking (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 2 hours 22 min ago

Justin Verlander wants to keep his private life just that - private. The Tigers' star pitcher commented for the first time Tuesday after nude photos of him and model girlfriend Kate Upton were allegedly hacked from an online account and posted on the Internet. Verlander, who initially declined comment on the situation, spoke to reporters before Detroit played the Indians. The focus for me is on the Detroit Tigers.

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Royals recall 4 to help depth in stretch run (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 10 sec ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals have recalled infielder Christian Colon, outfielder Terrance Gore and pitchers Aaron Crow and Liam Hendriks from Double-A Northwest Arkansas for their playoff push.
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Indians activate OF Ryan Raburn (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 36 min ago
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have activated outfielder Ryan Raburn from the disabled list.
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Blue Jays activated Morrow from DL (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 30 min ago
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays activated right-hander Brandon Morrow and first baseman Dan Johnson from the disabled list.
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Central casting: Division produces great races

Major League Baseball - 9 hours 33 min ago
It's September. It's officially pennant-race season. And have we got some drama in the Central divisions this year. In 20 years of Central races, where might the upcoming September thrillers stack up? Only time will tell. In the meantie, here's a look 10 of the best Central races in baseball history.
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It's September, the best time to be a fan

Major League Baseball - 9 hours 41 min ago
Labor Day is behind us, and we've got September ahead for the next 29 days of relevant, dramatic, thrilling regular-season baseball with the crisp air of the postseason looming. It's the best time of year to be a fan of the game.
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Many converted catchers find success at new positions

Major League Baseball - 9 hours 42 min ago
Joe Torre started out as a catcher for the Milwaukee Braves in 1961. By the time he retired, Torre had started more games at both first and third than behind the plate. In 1971, playing third, Torre led the league in hitting and won the NL MVP Award. As it turns out, Torre is just one example of the many players started out as catchers before having success at other positions. And it's a trend that has only picked up momentum.
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Pipeline preview: Postseason action set to heat up

Major League Baseball - 9 hours 42 min ago
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow will take the mound as Class A Advanced Bradenton hosts Fort Myers in the Florida State League playoffs in one of Tuesday's Minor League playoff matchups.
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Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 16 hours 2 min ago

The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that. Entering the final month of a dismal season, the Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for ''new direction'' and a ''united message throughout the entire organization.'' This season can't be saved, but there was no point in wasting any time in the big, upcoming rebuilding process. Porter, in his second season with the Astros, was replaced by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.

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Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 16 hours 3 min ago

The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season's fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to rejoice. Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to close out the 11th combined no-hitter in big league history. ''It's a little more dramatic to be able to see that you're trying to play the cards as best you can against the lineup.'' Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg knew Hamels was tired and ready to come out of the game.

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Back tightness has Nats' LaRoche day to day

Major League Baseball - 17 hours 58 min ago
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche left Monday night's 6-4 victory over the Dodgers in the top of the seventh inning because of lower back tightness and was replaced by Kevin Frandsen.
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Dodgers can't keep pace with homer-happy Nats

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 17 min ago
Roberto Hernandez allowed four home runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched as the Dodgers dropped the series opener to the Nationals, 6-4, on Monday night. L.A. is two games up on San Francisco in the NL West after the loss.
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Span's two homers lead way as Nats top Dodgers

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 29 min ago
Denard Span hit two of Washington's four home runs off Dodgers righty Roberto Hernandez as the Nationals won the series opener, 6-4, on Monday night in Los Angeles. Gio Gonzalez earned the win with six-plus innings pitched.
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Royals hang on vs. Texas, hold onto slim division lead

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 42 min ago
After a three-game dry spell and one very wet suspended game, the Royals got back in the win column. Salvador Perez knocked in three runs with a home run and a double as Kansas City worked on a 4-3 Labor Day victory over the Texas Rangers on a 75-degree Monday evening.
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Royals stop slide with 4-3 victory over Rangers (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 18 hours 55 min ago

Tough to catch the Kansas City Royals when they are leading after six innings. Greg Holland leads one of the majors' best bullpens. Ventura pitched into the seventh inning and three relievers shut the door in a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. ''With Ventura throwing the ball so well, it allowed to get us into the seventh inning with our big three spot with a lead,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

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Homer-happy Nationals beat Dodgers 6-4 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 19 hours 8 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gio Gonzalez picked a good time to earn his first victory for Washington in the second half, coming against a talented Dodgers lineup the Nationals could see in the postseason.

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Price, Cabrera lead Tigers to 12-1 rout of Indians (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 19 hours 20 min ago

David Price would like to forget everything about Aug. 27, maybe the ugliest game of his career. Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit's three homers off Cleveland's Corey Kluber, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 win on Monday to slow the Indians' climb in the standings. ''That left a bad taste in my mouth.'' Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kluber (13-9) and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected for consecutive shots in the third off Cleveland's ace. ''His bat's not broken.'' Rookie Tyler Collins hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the ninth, as the Tigers pounded out a season-high 20 hits.

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Giants rally in ninth, but can't hold off Rockies

Major League Baseball - 19 hours 34 min ago
Charlie Blackmon's two-out, run-scoring single snapped a ninth-inning tie Monday and lifted the Colorado Rockies over the Giants, 10-9, nullifying San Francisco's rally in its half of the ninth.
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Combo deal: Phils' no-no means free Domino's pizza

Major League Baseball - 19 hours 42 min ago
The Phillies' combined no-hitter by four pitchers on Labor Day means the first 20,000 MLB.com account holders to register at MLB.com/dominos during the designated time will get a free carry-out medium two-topping Domino's Handmade Pan Pizza. Registration begins at 3 p.m. ET today.
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