9/25/2013 | Giambi gets walk-off memento from young fan
His son, Jake, might have had school the following morning, but Dominic Raffin did not care. The two were going to stay to watch the Indians bat in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday night, even though all the enthusiasm had been sucked out of Progressive Field moments earlier by two crushing White Sox home runs.
9/25/2013 | D-backs expect improvement in rotation next year
How the D-backs' starting rotation will look in 2014 remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, things didn't go as planned for the starters in 2013.
9/25/2013 | Black confident Cedeno will return this year
Although Padres infielder Ronny Cedeno remained out of the lineup Wednesday for the second consecutive day, still trying to shake off the effects of being hit in the head with a pitch on Monday, manager Bud Black sounded confident he will play again sometime over the final four games of the season.
9/25/2013 | Tigers to activate Peralta when suspension ends
Jhonny Peralta will be back in a Tigers uniform this weekend when his 50-game suspension ends for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. There's a very real possibility he'll be on Detroit's postseason roster as well.
9/25/2013 | Coors Field celebrates its favorite son Helton
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton enjoyed a memorable final game at Coors Field on Wednesday night by belting a home run following a moving pregame ceremony.
9/25/2013 | Gomez apologizes after scuffle, ejection
One inside pitch in June led to the Brewers and Braves exchanging blows in September, and a conciliatory Carlos Gomez admitted Wednesday night that he should have handled his revenge with a bit more subtlety.
9/25/2013 | MRI shows no structural damage in Arcia's knee
Rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia had a precautionary MRI exam on his right knee Wednesday, and it came back clean, said Twins general manager Terry Ryan.
9/25/2013 | Padres crush three homers to sink D-backs
Facing Arizona for the second time since being dealt to San Diego in July, Ian Kennedy tossed seven strong innings while his offense drove in eight two-out runs and blasted three homers as the Padres slugged their way past the D-backs, 12-2, at Petco Park.
9/25/2013 | Actor Caan stops by Fan Cave
James Caan dropped by the MLB Fan Cave to pose for a photo with the World Series trophy and promote his first role in a baseball-themed production: "Back in the Game," which was set to premiere that night on ABC.
9/25/2013 | White Sox players stand up for Ventura
When the White Sox begin what they hope is a bounce-back 2014 campaign next February in Arizona, the players have absolutely no doubt that Robin Ventura is the manager to lead them to the postseason promised land.
9/25/2013 | Ubaldo was always happy playing baseball in DR
In a nation as baseball-obsessed as the Dominican Republic, it would seem impossible for there to be a boy who played the game so much that others took exception. Growing up in a small, poverty-stricken part of San Cristobal, Ubaldo Jimenez was that boy.
9/25/2013 | Arencibia's struggles force questions for front office
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos will have some tough decisions to make this offseason when it comes to his starting catcher for the 2014 season. J.P. Arencibia has been a mainstay in that role for the past three years, but that is in at least some doubt following a disappointing '13 campaign.
9/25/2013 | Aramis' season likely over due to knee
Wednesday's first-inning scrum with the Braves cost the Brewers more than center fielder Carlos Gomez, who was ejected. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez re-injured his balky left knee while the teams tussled near home plate, and he could miss the Brewers' remaining four games against the Mets.
9/25/2013 | Ellsbury returns to game action for Red Sox
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury batted first in manager John Farrell's lineup on Wednesday night and started in center field, marking his first game action since Sept. 5.
9/25/2013 | Rosario still likely to return against Dodgers
Manager Walt Weiss remains confident that catcher Wilin Rosario will play in the Rockies' final series at Dodger Stadium, despite Rosario battling cramps during Wednesday's bullpen session.
9/25/2013 | Party Central: Tigers clinch division title
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer spent half the season calling his wins and losses fluky. Then he spent the second half calling his wins a team accomplishment. The 1-0 win he delivered with seven shutout innings Wednesday night against the Twins at Target Field was a lot about him, no matter how much he tried to deflect the attention.
9/25/2013 | Giambi's late-inning heroics no fluke
Gone are the days when Jason Giambi could serve as an imposing presence in the batter's box on a daily basis. He has been relegated to a bench role that includes working as a late-inning power specialist with pinch-hit appearances. Fortunately for the Indians, Giambi has embraced that job in this latter stage of his career.
9/25/2013 | Ubaldo set for Sunday finale, Wild Card Game
There is a chance that the Indians' fate for the postseason will come down to the final game of the regular season. If that is the case, Cleveland plans on handing the ball to Ubaldo Jimenez for that Sunday road start in Minnesota. If the Tribe has clinched a spot, he'll draw the Wild Card Game start.
9/25/2013 | Sox get closer to home field with rout of Rox
Will Middlebrooks hit two homers -- including a grand slam -- with a career-high seven RBIs to help the Red Sox in a 15-5 rout of the Rockies on Wednesday night.
9/25/2013 | Lohse dominates Braves after fracas
While the baseball world watched replays of a benches-clearing melee between the Brewers and Braves, Kyle Lohse worked with the kind of stuff that produces no-hitters. He settled instead for a two-hit shutout in his final scheduled start, a 4-0 Brewers win on a tense night at Turner Field.
9/25/2013 | With lots on table, final week has October feel
Does it feel like October yet? OK, it's still September, but you see where I'm going with this, don't you? Even though eight of baseball's 10 playoff spots have been decided, there's still plenty left on the table in these final days.
9/25/2013 | Harper unhappy being postseason spectator
An hour after watching his team be eliminated from the Wild Card race, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was sitting by his locker at Busch Stadium in full uniform, stunned that he is not going to the postseason this year.
9/25/2013 | Machado grateful to Baltimore fans for support
Manny Machado will get a second opinion on his left knee Monday, although the third baseman said he was confident in the encouraging initial diagnosis -- a medial patellofemoral ligament tear -- and looking forward to getting back to full-go by next spring.
9/25/2013 | Braves fall half-game behind Cards for NL best record
A benches-clearing confrontation that developed after Carlos Gomez crushed a first-inning home run off Paul Maholm will stand as most memorable moment created during Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Brewers that dropped the Braves a half-game behind St. Louis for best record in the NL.
9/25/2013 | Hechavarria leads Marlins to rare home series win
The Marlins haven't had much to celebrate in the past few months, but on Wednesday night, they were able to enjoy their first home series victory since late July. It wasn't picture perfect, but they'll take it. Adeiny Hechavarria drove in three runs, including the decisive one in the eighth inning, and the Marlins held off the Phillies, 3-2, at Marlins Park.
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