9/18/2013 | Royals keep running with a Wild Card dream
Veteran lefty Bruce Chen went five innings for the win and Alcides Escobar stole home during a rundown to help the Royals earn a 7-2 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.
9/18/2013 | Once again, at a loss against the Padres
Charlie Morton pitched brilliantly and Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh, but the Pirates lost their third straight to the Padres, who stunned Pittsburgh with two runs in the ninth, leaving the NL Central deficit at two games with 10 left in the season.
9/18/2013 | Indians still looking up at Wild Card leaders
Rookie Danny Salazar was tagged for four runs in six innings as the Indians stayed a half-game back in the Wild Card race with a 7-2 loss to the Royals in Wednesday night's rubber game.
9/18/2013 | Heyward takes live BP, could return next week
Jason Heyward took another step toward returning to Atlanta's lineup when he took live batting practice against Braves Minor League pitcher Mark Lamm on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.
9/18/2013 | Reds break through in 13th to stay 2 1/2 behind Cards
Billy Hamilton recorded three hits and four stolen bases in the first start of his big league career, also scoring the winning run in the 13th inning on Jay Bruce's two-run double. Cincinnati beat Houston, 6-5, Wednesday to stay 2 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central while gaining a game on the Pirates.
9/18/2013 | Martin sits out first of likely two straight games
Russell Martin did not start on Wednesday night, and is not slated to start Thursday's series finale against the Padres, either, as Pirates manager Clint Hurdle tries to get his catcher ready for the big weekend series against the Reds.
9/18/2013 | Cruz eligible for tiebreaker games
With six teams still in the hunt for the two American League Wild Card spots, there is a possibility the Rangers could play one or two tiebreaker games before they even get to the Wild Card Game. If so, the Rangers expect outfielder Nelson Cruz to be eligible for those games.
9/18/2013 | Ruiz getting hotter as weather cools
Carlos Ruiz has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball the past two months. He entered Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, when he caught and hit fourth, with an .896 OPS since July 29, which ranks 22nd out of 171 qualifying hitters in the Majors.
9/18/2013 | Harvey apologizes for interview on Dan Patrick Show
Described as "awkward" and "embarrassing" by national online media publications, Matt Harvey's phone interview Wednesday morning with the Dan Patrick Show, in which the Mets pitcher refused to talk about the possibility of Tommy John surgery, quickly became infamous enough for him to issue a Twitter apology.
9/18/2013 | Veteran Ibanez makes adjustments to approach
Even after 18 years and 2,063 Major League games, Raul Ibanez is still learning. And after a second-half slump the 41-year-old outfielder has gotten back to doing something relatively simple at the plate that has helped him regain some of that earlier success.
9/18/2013 | With offensive support, Iwakuma shuts down Tigers
Hisashi Iwakuma hurled eight scoreless innings and the Mariners piled it on late in an 8-0 victory in Detroit on Wednesday. Justin Smoak and Franklin Gutierrez each homered.
9/18/2013 | No help for Verlander, but Tigers close in on playoffs
Justin Verlander tossed a quality start but labored through a high pitch count, and the Tigers were shut down by Hisashi Iwakuma in an 8-0 loss on Wednesday. Despite the loss, Detroit's magic number dropped to five.
9/18/2013 | Alonso feels pain day after taking swings
Yonder Alonso is trying to return from a right hand injury suffered at the end of August, but the Padres first baseman is not progressing as fast as he would like.
9/18/2013 | Maz: 'I watch just about every game on TV'
Bill Mazeroski stopped by PNC Park on Wednesday, and he couldn't have been more excited about the 2013 Pirates, saying that everywhere he goes, people are talking about the club.
9/18/2013 | Lucas' 10th-inning homer helps end four-game slide
On Wednesday, Ed Lucas got the big hit the Marlins have been looking for all year, as he rocked his fourth home run, a solo shot in the 10th inning, leading the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
9/18/2013 | Diamond more polished as Twins hold off Sox
Scott Diamond bounced back from a shaky outing his last time out to register a quality start that helped lead the Twins to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at U.S Cellular Field.
9/18/2013 | Braun returns to Milwaukee to visit charity
Ryan Braun was back in Milwaukee on Wednesday to meet with staffers of at least one of the charities for which he'd done work, though it was unclear whether the suspended slugger would have a visible presence at Miller Park during the Brewers' final homestand.
9/18/2013 | Hamilton ties it in ninth, wins it in 11th on sac fly
Josh Hamilton tied it up with a two-run homer in the ninth inning off A's closer Grant Balfour, then hit a a sacrifice fly in the 11th, leading the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the A's in 11 innings at O.co Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.
9/18/2013 | A's lose in extras, but magic number drops to five
A's closer Grant Balfour reverted to his recent struggles in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Angels, surrendering a game-tying two-run home run to Josh Hamilton in the ninth. Oakland went on to lose the rubber game, 5-4, in 11, but the Rangers' loss to the Rays lowered the A's magic number to clinch the American League West to five.
9/18/2013 | Adrian making major impact on LA Latino community
In just over one year with Los Angeles, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has already become heavily involved in local philanthropies, particularly with Latino families in need.
9/18/2013 | Halladay appears more trimmed down
Roy Halladay looks noticeably lighter than he has been in the past. He said he lost eight to 10 pounds recently because of an illness, but also has dropped weight because of the conditioning program he began almost immediately following right shoulder surgery in May.
9/18/2013 | Pierre in awe of being mentioned with DiMaggio
Outfielder Juan Pierre's pinch-hit double in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Phillies was his 2,215th career hit. It put him in a tie for 175th place all-time with Joe DiMaggio -- who after some research was awarded an extra hit by Elias Sports Bureau earlier in the day -- and Pierre wanted the ball as a keepsake.
9/18/2013 | Matheny leads Cards with steady, quiet confidence
Mike Matheny became the manager of the storied Cardinals, even though he had never been a coach nor a manager at the professional level. Now, Matheny heads into the final days of his second regular season, once again a manager in the midst of a pennant race.
9/18/2013 | Callaway key in turning around Tribe's rotation
An excellent listener and communicator, Mickey Callaway has helped to turn a rotation that struggled in 2012 into a team strength this year.
9/18/2013 | DeRosa's decision on next season still not settled
With just two weeks left in the regular season, Mark DeRosa isn't any closer to coming to a decision on whether or not he'll return in 2014.
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