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Postseason Picture for Thursday, Sept. 4

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 04:13
Wednesday provided more excitement around the Majors as the Nationals edged the Dodgers in a scintillating 14-inning showdown, while the Cards, Tribe, Mariners and Royals grabbed big wins, too.
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Battery power: Kuroda, McCann snap three-game skid

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 04:09
Hiroki Kuroda tossed seven innings of one-run ball and Brian McCann homered as part of a four-hit performance, leading the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium and snapping a three-game losing streak.
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Double steal results in unique twin killing

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:58
The Yankees came away with a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday but ran themselves out of another potential rally, when a double steal attempt in the first inning resulted in a 2-6-3-4-5-3 double play.
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Blue Jays trim Wild Card deficit by stinging Rays

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:55
Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion belted two-run homers, while Marcus Stroman fired six solid innings in the Blue Jays' 7-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday night.
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O's belt three homers in Gonzalez's first shutout

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:46
Jonathan Schoop, David Lough and Chris Davis all mashed home runs off Cincinnati pitcher Dylan Axelrod during the third and fourth innings, while Miguel Gonzalez tossed a four-hitter. The O's cruised to a 6-0 win against Cincinnati in front of 20,246 and cut their magic number down to 16.
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With Salazar's first shutout, Tribe gains on Tigers

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:15
On Wednesday night, starter Danny Salazar logged his first career shutout and the Tribe nine broke through at multiple turns against Tigers righty Justin Verlander, leading to a 7-0 rout for the Indians at Progressive Field. The victory helped pull Cleveland within four games of Detroit in the race for the American League's second Wild Card spot.
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Cards sweep Bucs on Bourjos' walk-off knock

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:05
This was a week for the Cardinals to size themselves up against their National League Central competitors, with a three-game visit from the Pirates preceding a four-game showdown in Milwaukee. And it has started with a statement. The Cardinals secured a sweep and further buried the Pirates in the division race with a 1-0 walk-off win in front of 42,864 at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.
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Braves' bats come alive to take series finale

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:02
Christian Bethancourt led the charge on offense as the Braves beat the Phillies, 7-4, on Wednesday at Turner Field.
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Injured LaRoche collects five RBIs in Nats' win

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:01
With the bases loaded in the 12th, Adam LaRoche didn't know if he could swing the bat. An inning earlier, he was hit on the left elbow by Dodgers right-hander Jamey Wright.
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Nats outlast Dodgers in marathon matinee game

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 02:41
The Nationals used a record 26 players on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, and it proved to be enough as they edged the Dodgers, 8-5, in 14 innings.
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Felix wins dandy duel, backed by consecutive homers

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 01:56
Felix Hernandez has had his trouble winning games in Septembers past, but the Mariners reversed that trend Wednesday as back-to-back homers by Kyle Seager and Corey Hart in the seventh inning helped lift Seattle to a 2-1 victory over the A's at O.co Coliseum.
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Giants' sights set above uncertain Wild Card

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 01:05
After the 2011 season, Major League Baseball created a one-game, win-or-go-home matchup of the two Wild Cards in each league to make it more challenging for the non-division champions, and it did. That's why having the Giants sitting atop the NL Wild Card race -- two games in front of Milwaukee -- isn't even on manager Bruce Bochy's radar screen.
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Transparency may be element of managerial search

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 00:23
General manager Jeff Luhnow said on Wednesday that the Astros are considering conducting an open managerial search, which means that willing candidates would be made available to the media at some point during the interview process.
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Calendar is working against Darvish's return

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-09-04 00:22
Yu Darvish's injured right elbow will be examined by Rangers physician Keith Meister on Thursday, when the club returns to Arlington for its four-game series with the Mariners.
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Dodgers lose challenge, follow with homer

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2014-09-03 21:05
Losing the challenge proved fortuitous for the Dodgers, as Justin Turner homered to center field, breaking a scoreless tie and giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead against the Nationals.
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