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9/22/2013 | Unable to shed Reds, Bucs fall into Wild Card tie
Sorry, Yogi. This game was over long before it was over. Soon after it began, in fact, which gave 38,699 fans attending the Pirates' final home game of the season a lot of time to ponder the unknown. When would the Pirates, after Sunday's 11-3 loss to the Reds, be making their next PNC Park appearance?

9/22/2013 | Braves earn division crown, then boost NL-best mark
Julio Teheran stood tall over six strong innings and Andrelton Simmons hit a pair of home runs that helped the Braves celebrate both a 5-2 win over the Cubs and the clinching of the National League East title on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Atlanta won the division by virtue of Washington's loss earlier in the day.

9/22/2013 | Marlins deal blow to Nats' playoff chances
All season at Nationals Park, Washington has demoralized the Marlins. In Game 1 of Sunday's split doubleheader, Miami got a degree of payback. Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich each homered, and Tom Koehler was solid over six innings, lifting the Marlins to a 4-2 win that dealt a severe blow to Washington's playoff chances.

9/22/2013 | HRs pave way for Doubront as Sox pace AL
Felix Doubront kept the Blue Jays off-balance as he worked seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits as the Red Sox cruised to a 5-2 win on Sunday in the regular-season Fenway finale.

9/22/2013 | No player was ever better at his craft than Mo
There are few who would argue against the fact that Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in Major League history. But let's take it a step further and assert that no one has ever played any position better than Rivera.

9/22/2013 | Braves overcome injuries to capture NL East title
As the Braves were leading the Cubs, 3-1, in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, they learned that they had clinched the division courtesy of the Nationals' 4-2 loss to the Marlins in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Nationals Park.

9/22/2013 | Tulo showing plenty of pop at the plate
Troy Tulowitzki, who sat Saturday night just as a day off, has a healthy 24 homers this year, second on the club to Carlos Gonzalez's 26. He has had at least 24 homers in every full year but 2008 and last season, when he missed bigger chunks of time to injury.

9/22/2013 | De La Rosa weighing options with injured thumb
While his injured left thumb needs around three weeks to fully heal, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa hasn't completely ruled out pitching this season.

9/22/2013 | Remainder of injured Fowler's season unclear
Dexter Fowler simply hasn't been the same player since he took a fastball off his right hand in a June 13 loss to the Nationals. In 63 games before that first injury, which eventually sent him to the disabled list, Fowler was hitting .302 with a .399 on-base percentage -- probably the most important number for a leadoff hitter.

9/22/2013 | Wilson returns to San Francisco as a Dodgers success
Don Mattingly expects former Giants closer Brian Wilson to receive a mixed reaction when he returns to AT&T Park on Tuesday night, but there is nothing mixed about Mattingly's reaction to Wilson's contributions out of the Dodgers' bullpen.

9/22/2013 | D-backs earn series victory over Rox in slugfest
The D-backs overcame a short start from Patrick Corbin to beat the Rockies, 13-9, on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. The game had the feel of a pre-humidor game at Coors Field as the two teams combined for 38 hits.

9/22/2013 | Posada gained unique perspective on Mo's greatness
Jorge Posada could always tell. Peering out the sides of his catcher's mask in the late innings, he'd spot a hitter abandoning his game bat in favor of a lighter model, or shuffling his feet in the box to escape the bite of Mariano Rivera's cutter.

9/22/2013 | Royals grateful for fans' support in comeback season
After a walk-off win on Sunday, the Royals had their best record at Kauffman Stadium since 1992, matching that season's mark of 44-37. "Especially the last month, the fans have really been behind us with a lot of excitement at the stadium," manager Ned Yost said.

9/22/2013 | Dominant Holland has chance to set saves record
To cap off an already impressive first season as the Royals' closer, Greg Holland has a shot to tie or break the franchise single-season saves record.

9/22/2013 | Perez impresses with all-around skills
Salvador Perez has been so impressive behind the plate this season that other teams are taking notice. He holds the franchise record for pickoffs by a catcher with nine in his career, and he's batting .365 with 26 RBIs since Aug. 23.

9/22/2013 | Maxwell capitalizes on starting opportunity
The Royals started Justin Maxwell in right field to give them another right-hander in the outfield against Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando, and the decision paid off. Maxwell went 2-for-4 with a single off Ogando and a walk-off grand slam against former Royals closer Joakim Soria.

9/22/2013 | Quentin looks to hit the ground running in 2014
Nearly three weeks removed from season-ending surgery on his right knee, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin said Sunday that's he's already getting the itch for 2014.

9/22/2013 | C. Johnson puts batting title race on backburner
Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has spent the past couple of weeks attempting not to think about the possibility of winning his first career batting title. But with one week remaining in the season, it is impossible for him to ignore the opportunity he has created.

9/22/2013 | Reliable bullpen springing some leaks of late
The Braves are positioned to produce the best bullpen ERA in franchise history, but the struggles experienced by their relievers over the past week have at least created some concern with the postseason approaching.

9/22/2013 | Iglesias not yet ready to run, field ground balls
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias reported more movement in his bruised left hand Sunday. At this point, though, it's slow progress.

9/22/2013 | Alburquerque showing improved command
After two scoreless innings Saturday night, Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque felt comfortable saying he feels better on the mound.

9/22/2013 | Red Sox great Yastrzemski's statue unveiled
Carl Yastrzemski has remained a fixture in the minds of Red Sox fans new and old. And Sunday, a statue -- which, as Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said, "immortalizes him at Fenway Park" -- was unveiled in Yaz's honor.

9/22/2013 | Kazmir joins Tribe's growing 150 K club
The Indians' starting pitching staff has the most strikeouts in club history, including Scott Kazmir's 10 punchouts Saturday against the Astros, which also gave the Tribe three pitchers with at least 150 strikeouts, tying a club record.

9/22/2013 | Rangers uncharacteristically better away from home
The Rangers enter the final week of the season with a chance to make the playoffs, and their final seven games are at home. That would seem to work in their favor, but Ron Washington's team has not played its best baseball at the Ballpark in Arlington this year.

9/22/2013 | Beltre looks to end slump in last week of season
Adrian Beltre was the Rangers' Player of the Month for July and August. He is not the early favorite for September.


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