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Leading man Heyward sparks Braves' victory

Leading man Heyward sparks Braves' victory

MLB.com Updated Aug 14, 2013
Jason Heyward's first career leadoff home run sparked the early offensive eruption that provided Brandon Beachy some comfort and propelled the Braves to Wednesday night's 6-3 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.
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  • Alfonso Soriano Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

    Alfonso Soriano Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

    In two nights, Alfonso Soriano has four home runs and 13 RBI. In those same nights, the Yankees have demolished the Angels 14-7 and 11-3. He's played 17 games for the Yankees this season and has seven home runs. It is 2013 and Yankee Stadium is chanting…
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  • Liriano rebounds as Pirates get past Cards

    Liriano rebounds as Pirates get past Cards

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Francisco Liriano was dominant coming off the worst outing of his career and the Pittsburgh Pirates got home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
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  • Rays snap skid with walk-off win against M's

    Rays snap skid with walk-off win against M's

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Matt Joyce delivered the tying hit and scored on Jason Bourgeois' single to as the Rays rallied for a 5-4 walk-off win over the Mariners on Wednesday night to even the series and end their six-game skid.
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  • Blue Jays beat Red Sox after blowing save

    Blue Jays beat Red Sox after blowing save

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Brett Lawrie singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Boston 4-3 on Wednesday, handing the AL East-leading Red Sox their fourth loss in six games.
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  • Astros plan to focus on upgrading bullpen

    Astros plan to focus on upgrading bullpen

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Astros manager Bo Porter said on Wednesday that upgrading the bullpen will be one of the team's top tasks this offseason. The Astros began play Wednesday with a league-worst 5.37 ERA from their relievers and 21 blown saves, the most in the American Leag…
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  • Soriano drives in 7 in Yanks' win vs. Angels

    Soriano drives in 7 in Yanks' win vs. Angels

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday.
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  • Hefner placed on DL to rest injured elbow

    Hefner placed on DL to rest injured elbow

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    A follow-up examination on Jeremy Hefner's right elbow Wednesday revealed that he has a partially torn MCL in the joint, which should require nothing more than rest and rehab, and the Mets expect him to pitch again this season.
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  • Nats win fifth straight thanks to five-run frame

    Nats win fifth straight thanks to five-run frame

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Nationals didn't have any problems scoring runs Wednesday night as they defeated the Giants, 6-5, at Nationals Park. Washington has won five straight games for the first time this season, but didn't gain any ground in the Wild Card race.
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  • Cards' top prospect Taveras (ankle) out for year

    Cards' top prospect Taveras (ankle) out for year

    CNNSI.com Aug 14, 2013
    ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras will undergo surgery after a high right ankle sprain did not respond to treatment.
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  • Ramirez returns for Dodgers after 9 games out

    Ramirez returns for Dodgers after 9 games out

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been playing at a record-breaking pace for the past seven weeks, are in the midst of getting reinforcements.
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  • Rangers' Ogando has CT scan on shoulder

    Rangers' Ogando has CT scan on shoulder

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando had a CT scan on his right shoulder after complaining about soreness after Tuesday's start.
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  • D-backs get 3rd straight walk-off win vs. O's

    D-backs get 3rd straight walk-off win vs. O's

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Aaron Hill had a game-ending single with one out in the 14th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday and a three-game sweep of the Orioles.
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  • Hill's 14th-inning single caps trio of walk-offs

    Hill's 14th-inning single caps trio of walk-offs

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    For the third straight game, the D-backs walked off with a win over the Orioles. Aaron Hill was the hero as he singled in the 14th inning Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep with a 5-4 win.
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  • Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba tags out two runners on one pl…

    Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba tags out two runners on one play — at third base

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    We’ve seen our share of unusual double plays this season. Those would include two unassisted efforts by outfielders — yes, outfielders — which were the first of their kind in Major League Baseball in over ten years. We've also seen the Tampa Bay Rays pu…
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  • Rays unsure when Moore will rejoin rotation

    Rays unsure when Moore will rejoin rotation

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Tampa Bay Rays aren't sure when injured left-hander Matt Moore will rejoin the rotation.
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  • How a minor league team achieved a rare walk-off win via intent…

    How a minor league team achieved a rare walk-off win via intentional walk

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes.Let's get this out of the way: Winning a game via walk-off intentional walk makes absolutely no sense. In a tie ballgame in the final inning, there's no rational reason an intentional walk would lead to the game-win…
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  • Molina plans to come off DL, play Thursday

    Molina plans to come off DL, play Thursday

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina expects to be in the lineup Thursday, the first day he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list from a right knee strain. He wants to play every day again, too.
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  • Jays place Rasmus on DL, add Kawasaki, Pillar

    Jays place Rasmus on DL, add Kawasaki, Pillar

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Toronto Blue Jays have put outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle.
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  • Angels' Aybar out vs. Yanks; Romine recalled

    Angels' Aybar out vs. Yanks; Romine recalled

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Los Angeles Angels have recalled infielder Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill in for ailing shortstop Erick Aybar.
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  • These Minimalist Baseball Stadium Posters Are Fantastic

    These Minimalist Baseball Stadium Posters Are Fantastic

    deadspin.com Aug 14, 2013
    In the spirit of minimalist movie posters, graphic designer S. Preston Chuhon has created simple, evocative prints based off the distinguishing features of a handful of MLB ballparks.Read more...
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  • A-Rod plans to sue MLB if all 211 games of his suspension aren’…

    A-Rod plans to sue MLB if all 211 games of his suspension aren’t overturned, report says

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    The latest in anonymous What's-A-Rod-Going-To-Do gossip comes from TMZ of all places — pause so you can roll your eyes — and is says that Alex Rodriguez plans to sue Major League Baseball in federal court if his 211-game suspension isn't "entirely …
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  • Cabrera homers again as Tigers snap skid

    Cabrera homers again as Tigers snap skid

    Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers ended a three-game skid, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Wednesday.
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  • Giambi's homer paves way for Brantley's heroics

    Giambi's homer paves way for Brantley's heroics

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Jason Giambi's three-run homer tied the game in the eighth, Carlos Santana put the Tribe up in the 10th, and after Chris Perez blew the save, Michael Brantley knocked in the winning run in the 12th, as the Indians topped the Twins, 9-8, at Target Field …
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  • Atlanta tops Houston for RBI softball championship

    Atlanta tops Houston for RBI softball championship

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Atlanta entered the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series softball playoffs with a 1-4 record and as the No. 4 seed. After starting as one of the worst teams in the tournament, Atlanta is now the champion.
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  • Marlins capitalize on late error to top Royals

    Marlins capitalize on late error to top Royals

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Miami Marlins took advantage of an error by the Kansas City Royals to score the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning Wednesday, then turned to their bullpen to wrap up a 5-2 victory.
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  • Reds shut out Cubs, wrap up 3-game sweep

    Reds shut out Cubs, wrap up 3-game sweep

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Bronson Arroyo pitched seven crisp innings, Todd Frazier homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game series sweep.
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  • The Cardinals Welcome The Pirates Back To The Pennant Race

    The Cardinals Welcome The Pirates Back To The Pennant Race

    deadspin.com Aug 14, 2013
    So if this is what being emotionally invested in a pennant race is like, I'm not sure I'm going to make it to Labor Day.Read more...
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  • Behold, The Ultimate White Sox Fan

    Behold, The Ultimate White Sox Fan

    deadspin.com Aug 14, 2013
    Dude's pretty much got all the bases covered here.Read more...
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  • Even little kids are making fun of Juan Uribe after he fell for…

    Even little kids are making fun of Juan Uribe after he fell for the hidden-ball trick

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. We're still amused by the fact that Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe got duped by the ol' hidden-ball trick on Saturday. Plenty of people are, actually — even young Dodger fans. Watch what happened befo…
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  • Rangers get lefty Blackley in a trade with Astros

    Rangers get lefty Blackley in a trade with Astros

    CNNSI.com Aug 14, 2013
    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have traded minor league left-hander pitcher Travis Blackley to the Texas Rangers for cash and a player to be named later.
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  • The walk-off that wasn’t — Chris Young’s would-be game-winning …

    The walk-off that wasn’t — Chris Young’s would-be game-winning homer ruled a foul ball

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Oakland Athletics had been there before — remarkably with their fate in the same hands.During Tuesday night's game, Chris Young hit what looked like a walk-off, two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the A's. Or it looked like a very …
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  • Cubs set to recall Arrieta, return Villanueva to 'pen

    Cubs set to recall Arrieta, return Villanueva to 'pen

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, will join the Cubs' rotation and start Friday against the Cardinals, while Carlos Villanueva is headed back to the bullpen.
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  • Rooting for Rodriguez

    Rooting for Rodriguez

    nytimes.com Aug 14, 2013
    With the Yankees moving toward wild-card contention, there is no choice for the team's fans but to root for Alex Rodriguez to come through.
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  • MLB Set To Consider Instant Replay For Just About Everything

    MLB Set To Consider Instant Replay For Just About Everything

    deadspin.com Aug 14, 2013
    According to a report from USA Today, MLB owners are considering a proposal that would completely overhaul baseball's replay system, instituting it for every play besides balls and strikes. It could—could—be in place in time for the 2014 season.Read mor…
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  • Royals likely to recall Duffy to start in twin bill

    Royals likely to recall Duffy to start in twin bill

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Left-hander Danny Duffy looks like the Royals' choice to pitch one of the two games at Detroit on Friday, although no announcement has been made.
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  • Royals land versatile Bonifacio from Jays

    Royals land versatile Bonifacio from Jays

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Royals obtained infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Blue Jays on Wednesday in exchange for cash or a player to be named. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals placed infielder Miguel Tejada on the 60-day disabled list. A corresponding move t…
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  • Moustakas (calf) out again, in walking boot

    Moustakas (calf) out again, in walking boot

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was wearing a walking boot Wednesday and was not in the lineup for against the Miami Marlins.
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  • The case for Robinson Cano as baseball's first $30 Million Man

    The case for Robinson Cano as baseball's first $30 Million Man

    CNNSI.com Aug 14, 2013
    Robinson Cano is having another huge year in his walk season, which has put him in line for a record-breaking contract.
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  • Beacon Luncheon will be star-studded event

    Beacon Luncheon will be star-studded event

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, Frank Thomas and Willie Horton will be among those on hand on Aug. 24 to honor this year's Beacon Award winners: former MLB All-Star Bo Jackson and music legend Aretha Franklin.
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  • Sarah's Take: D-backs face uphill climb

    Sarah's Take: D-backs face uphill climb

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Cody Ross's season-ending hip injury was just the latest blow for a D-backs team that has fallen out of the NL West lead and will likely struggle to earn a Wild Card spot.
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  • Indians sign Cuban righty Linares to Minors deal

    Indians sign Cuban righty Linares to Minors deal

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Indians signed Cuban right-hander Leandro Linares to a Minor League contract on Wednesday, and he has reported to the team's player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz.
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  • Fan At Rockies Game Catches Foul Ball In Beer, Takes Huge Sip

    Fan At Rockies Game Catches Foul Ball In Beer, Takes Huge Sip

    deadspin.com Aug 14, 2013
    Because, as we've seen before, that's just what you do when a baseball lands directly in your beer.Read more...
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  • Jayson Werth argues with Gio Gonzalez in Nationals dugout

    Jayson Werth argues with Gio Gonzalez in Nationals dugout

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Despite being more than two-thirds of the way through a most disappoining season, the Washington Nationals still showed some fight Tuesday night. Yeah, it was two guys on the same team arguing with each other, but …
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  • Rangers P Harrison shut down for season

    Rangers P Harrison shut down for season

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison will not pitch again this season after having issues with his surgically repaired back following a recent rehab start.
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  • The Juice: Paul Goldschmidt’s home run for D-backs leads night …

    The Juice: Paul Goldschmidt’s home run for D-backs leads night of three walkoff wins

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. How many walkoff wins does it take to get to the Juic(e)y center of Major League…
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  • Cards clip Pirates on Chambers' hit in 14th

    Cards clip Pirates on Chambers' hit in 14th

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Adron Chambers singled home the winning run in the 14th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates and cut into their NL Central lead with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
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  • Cards get drop on Pirates: Starling Marte’s excruciating error …

    Cards get drop on Pirates: Starling Marte’s excruciating error a game-changer

    yahoo.com Aug 14, 2013
    Longtime baseball great Jimmy Piersall, more infamous for running the bases backward and handling his own mental illness than being a consistently sound ballplayer, frequently gave simple but great advice for young outfielders: "Always use two hand…
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  • Cards get gift from Bucs in ninth, unwrap it in 14th

    Cards get gift from Bucs in ninth, unwrap it in 14th

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    With Adron Chambers' single to left and Jon Jay's slide around catcher Russell Martin, the Cardinals set off celebrating a 4-3, 14-inning win in front of those who remained from an announced crowd of 40,243.
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  • Review confirms Young's near-walk-off homer goes foul

    Review confirms Young's near-walk-off homer goes foul

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Oakland missed winning Tuesday's series opener against the Astros by mere inches when Chris Young's would-be game-winning home run hooked just foul with two outs in the ninth.
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  • After scare, Lyles snaps nine-start winless stretch

    After scare, Lyles snaps nine-start winless stretch

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Jordan Lyles won his first decision since June 18, a span of nine starts, with seven innings of one-run ball, and the Astros defeated the A's, 5-4, on Tuesday for their second win against Oakland in 13 games this season, narrowly avoiding a walk-off los…
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  • Ryu bests Harvey; Dodgers win 7th straight

    Ryu bests Harvey; Dodgers win 7th straight

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu outdueled Matt Harvey, and Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs apiece, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Tuesday night for their first seven-game winning streak in more than three years.
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  • Holliday exits marathon with sprained ankle

    Holliday exits marathon with sprained ankle

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Matt Holliday exited Tuesday night's 4-3, 14-inning victory over the Pirates in the 10th inning with a right ankle sprain, although X-rays came up negative, according to manager Mike Matheny. He's considered day to day.
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  • Yankees bats bail out a merely solid CC Sabathia in big win ove…

    Yankees bats bail out a merely solid CC Sabathia in big win over Angels

    nydailynews.com Aug 14, 2013
    The noise began to build for CC Sabathia even before he handed the ball to Joe Girardi. As the lefty headed for the dugout, fans gave him a warm ovation, some in the crowd even standing to roar their approval.
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  • Long Ball Livin': Chris Davis resumed his historic home run pac…

    Long Ball Livin': Chris Davis resumed his historic home run pace, b…

    CNNSI.com Aug 14, 2013
    Chris Davis resumed his historic home run pace, but Paul Goldschmidt spoiled the Orioles' night two times with two clutch homers.
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  • Prospect Gennett hits two home runs to lead Crew

    Prospect Gennett hits two home runs to lead Crew

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    At this early stage in his career, every home run Scooter Gennett hits is a milestone. But Tuesday's were more memorable than usual for the Milwaukee youngster, as they provided the bulk of the team's offense in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers.
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  • Choo plates 2 in 11th as Reds outlast Cubs

    Choo plates 2 in 11th as Reds outlast Cubs

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night.
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  • De Aza's 11th-inning RBI gives White Sox walk-off win

    De Aza's 11th-inning RBI gives White Sox walk-off win

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    Alejandro De Aza's walk-off single in the 11th lifted the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field following three Alexei Ramirez errors.
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  • Tribe takes advantage of erratic Deduno, defense

    Tribe takes advantage of erratic Deduno, defense

    MLB.com Aug 14, 2013
    The Indians took advantage of poor Twins defense and erratic pitching Tuesday, mounting a steady offensive attack behind Zach McAllister before Ryan Raburn's two-run homer in the sixth.
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  • LaRoche, Nats top Giants for 4th straight win

    LaRoche, Nats top Giants for 4th straight win

    ESPN.com Aug 14, 2013
    Adam LaRoche hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help lift the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
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  • Derek Jeter's Diary: The Abyss Stares Back (and It Looks Suspic…

    Derek Jeter's Diary: The Abyss Stares Back (and It Looks Suspiciously Like A-Rod)

    grantland.com Aug 14, 2013
    The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captai...
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  • Video - Zimmermann, Nats Hold Off Giants 00:37

    Zimmermann, Nats Hold Off Giants

    Aug 14
    Jordan Zimmermann captured his NL-best 14th win as the Nationals topped the Giants 6-5.
  • Video - Soriano's 7-RBI Night 00:34

    Soriano's 7-RBI Night

    Aug 14
    Alfonso Soriano has recorded 13 RBIs over his last two games and the Yankees crushed the Angels 11-3.
  • Video - D-backs' Third Straight Walk Off 00:31

    D-backs' Third Straight Walk Off

    Aug 14
    Jim Johnson's ninth blown saved helped propel the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win and sweep of the Orioles.
  • Video - Tulowitzki, Rockies Double Up Padres 00:32

    Tulowitzki, Rockies Double Up Padres

    Aug 14
    Troy Tulowitzki drove in two runs in the Rockies' 4-2 win over the Padres.

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    Aug 14
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