Jon Jay already had a bat in hand before St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny even called his name. Jay didn't stay there long, racing home with the go-ahead run on Matt Holliday's sharp single in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. He's smart, he knows the game.'' And the Cardinals know a thing or two about coming through late. St. Louis scored all three runs off reliever Jared Hughes (6-4) with two outs in the seventh inning to back John Lackey and send the scuffling Pirates to their seventh loss in 10 games.
Michael Pineda kept throwing strikes. The Royals kept taking them, trying in vain to drive his pitch count up. When Yankees catcher Brian McCann looked up in the third inning, his right-hander had still thrown just 35 pitches. He knew then that Pineda was in a groove.
John Lackey fired seven solid innings after yielding an early homer, while Matt Holliday's single capped a three-run seventh that lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Pirates on Monday night.
The A's returned to the win column with an 8-2 victory over the Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park behind a stellar Jeff Samardzija, who struck out 10 in eight innings.
There's no question that the Giants need The Tim Lincecum to make their stretch run. But right now, Lincecum just isn't Lincecum.
Mike Moustakas' home run was all Michael Pineda would allow over 6 1/3 innings in the Yankees' fifth straight win, an 8-1 triumph over the Royals on Monday night. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three runs, while Derek Jeter added two RBIs in his final scheduled appearance in Kansas City.
Jeff Samardzija was determined to get back on track Monday night after a couple of bad starts, so he was thrilled to see Josh Donaldson back in the Oakland lineup. Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Donaldson drove in three runs after sitting out Sunday with a knee injury to lead the Athletics over the Houston Astros 8-2. So I'll give him a massage on his knee if I have to, to get him in there,'' Samardzija said, joking. It didn't come to that, but Donaldson acknowledged after the game he's still feeling pretty banged up despite returning to the lineup.
Cubs fans have had a chance to see a glimpse of the future with recent callups of Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara. Now, Jorge Soler will join the group. Soler, 22, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati, and he's expected to be at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.
The Royals paid tribute to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on Monday, in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium.
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In the final inning of Monday night's 3-2 victory over the Pirates, outfielder Shane Robinson sustained a left shoulder injury that will require him to return to St. Louis for further examination on Tuesday and almost certainly will lead to the Cardinals making a roster move.
After its first losing road trip of the season, Baltimore returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and responded with a 9-1 win to open a four-game series with Tampa Bay and end a three-game losing streak.
As baseball sprints toward the September stretch run, there are surprising -- some inspiring -- stories here, there and everywhere. Here's my surprise players of 2014.
Brock Holt singled, swiped second, third and then scored the winning run in extra innings as the Red Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday night.
Another late clutch hit from Yoenis Cespedes brought an end to Boston's lengthy losing streak. Cespedes singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Red Sox survived a ninth-inning collapse to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Monday night, snapping their slide at eight games. ''Cespy has been so good since coming over to us,'' manager John Farrell said. ''Whether it's been with a base hit or a long ball, he's been big for us late in games.'' Cespedes has 19 RBIs in 22 games since being traded to Boston on July 31.
The Baltimore Orioles have a knack for moving forward instead of looking back, a trait that just might be more important than their home-run power and solid pitching. ''The strength of his team is the ability to forget,'' center fielder Adam Jones said after Baltimore snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning as the AL East-leading Orioles bounced back from a lamentable weekend in which they totaled only four runs and 13 hits in three losses to the last-place Chicago Cubs. It's not the end of the world.'' Baltimore hit five homers in all against the Rays, four off rookie Jake Odorizzi (9-11).
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the No. 3 spot in the lineup Monday night. Cano left the third inning of Sunday's 8-6 win over the Red Sox because of flu-like symptoms, including dizziness.
A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night. ''I just noticed something with my delivery, or the leg kick,'' Burnett said. Who is that?' It's the first time I felt like me in a long time.'' Domonic Brown had two hits and an RBI for Philadelphia, which won for the fourth time in five games.
A.J. Burnett pitched on Monday like a man not quite ready for retirement. Maybe he will pitch in 2015, after all. Burnett allowed one run, three hits and one walk and struck out 12 in seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled for surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow and will miss the rest of the season. Choo was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, and the Rangers recalled outfielder Michael Choice from Triple-A Round Rock. Choice was expected to arrive in Seattle before Monday night's game against the Mariners. He did not travel with the team to Seattle because of a virus that kept him out of Sunday's game against Kansas City, prompting the Mariners to put him on the DL.