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Cobb strong in return as Rays top Mariners

Cobb strong in return as Rays top Mariners

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Aug 15, 2013
Alex Cobb pitched five strong innings in his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Thursday night.
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  • Cards call up 2B Wong, option OF Chambers

    Cards call up 2B Wong, option OF Chambers

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    The St. Louis Cardinals will purchase the contract of one of their top prospects, second baseman Kolten Wong, from Triple-A Memphis prior to Friday's game at the Chicago Cubs.
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  • Commissioner Bud Selig wants to fix MLB before he goes out

    Commissioner Bud Selig wants to fix MLB before he goes out

    nydailynews.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    With about a year and four months left in his commissionership, Bud Selig is taking care of all the remaining family business — with a firm and even hand.
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  • Buehrle logs 1st win against Red Sox since '09

    Buehrle logs 1st win against Red Sox since '09

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Pinch hitter Mark DeRosa hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Thursday night.
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  • Votto backs Cingrani as Reds win fifth straight

    Votto backs Cingrani as Reds win fifth straight

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Tony Cingrani threw 6 1/3 solid innings and Joey Votto launched a go-ahead solo home run Thursday to keep the Reds rolling with a 2-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.
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  • Holland makes transition to veteran on and off field

    Holland makes transition to veteran on and off field

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Right before our eyes, Rangers starter Derek Holland has grown up. From young and fun, to more mature and serious. He's a veteran. In many ways.
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  • Upon further review, MLB ready for more replay

    Upon further review, MLB ready for more replay

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Major League Baseball announced intentions to expand the use and style of its instant replay system on Thursday, and big league players and managers -- for the most part -- offered a collective vow of support.
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  • Fielder ends homer drought to power Tigers

    Fielder ends homer drought to power Tigers

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning to help the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
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  • Slugger Reynolds agrees to deal with Yanks

    Slugger Reynolds agrees to deal with Yanks

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Mark Reynolds has agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees, general manager Brian Cashman confiremed.
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  • Gomez exits with knee sprain after great catch

    Gomez exits with knee sprain after great catch

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Carlos Gomez paid a price for his latest highlight-reel catch, exiting the Brewers' game against the Reds on Thursday night at Miller Park with a right knee sprain after banging into the center-field wall.
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  • Beckham pulled in fourth with right quad strain

    Beckham pulled in fourth with right quad strain

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Second baseman Gordon Beckham left Thursday night's series opener with the Twins early due to a right quadriceps strain.
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  • Holliday's walk-off wins series vs. Bucs

    Holliday's walk-off wins series vs. Bucs

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Aug 15, 2013
    With Matt Holliday's RBI single to center in the 12th inning, the Cardinals earned a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh to salvage a series victory -- their first of the year against the Pirates -- to creep back within two games of the division lead.
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  • Kids can play: Rookies Gray, Freiman deliver in finale

    Kids can play: Rookies Gray, Freiman deliver in finale

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Nate Freiman delivered a four-hit game and drove in four in the A's 5-0 win over the Astros, who couldn't manage a single run off first-year starter Sonny Gray on Thursday in Oakland.
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  • Korean slugger’s next-level home run celebration includes a 360…

    Korean slugger’s next-level home run celebration includes a 360-degree spin

    yahoo.com Aug 15, 2013
    In Major League Baseball, if a hitter takes too long to admire a home run or flips his bat in celebration, there's a good chance he's going to pay the price. Ain't that right, Bryce Harper?Makes you wonder what would happen to an MLB player if he finish…
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  • Brewers' Weeks has surgery on torn hammy

    Brewers' Weeks has surgery on torn hammy

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks had surgery Thursday to repair his torn left hamstring.
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  • Pinch-hitter Sanchez blasts Giants past Nats

    Pinch-hitter Sanchez blasts Giants past Nats

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday.
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  • Sweep the leg! Eric Sogard taken out by a broken bat moments af…

    Sweep the leg! Eric Sogard taken out by a broken bat moments after catching a line drive

    yahoo.com Aug 15, 2013
    Can we all agree a shortstop should not have to contend with both a flying ball and a flying bat on the same play? Tell that to Eric Sogard, the Oakland Athletics shortstop who found a broken bat flying at him Thursday afternoon moments after he had cau…
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  • Padres place C Hundley on paternity leave

    Padres place C Hundley on paternity leave

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    The San Diego Padres have placed catcher Nick Hundley on paternity leave and called up catcher Chris Robinson from Triple-A Tucson.
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  • Selig: A-Rod suspension is 'eminently fair'

    Selig: A-Rod suspension is 'eminently fair'

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig stood by his decision to issue a 211-game suspension to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, calling it "eminently fair."
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  • Halladay makes rehab start, future still uncertain

    Halladay makes rehab start, future still uncertain

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Halladay makes rehab start, future still uncertain
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  • Everything Happens To Reds Catcher Ryan Hanigan On This Play

    Everything Happens To Reds Catcher Ryan Hanigan On This Play

    deadspin.com Aug 15, 2013
    This is from yesterday at Wrigley. It's another reminder that the importance of wearing a cup when playing baseball cannot be overstated. It's also a reminder that playing catcher has its own unique set of on-the-job hazards.Read more...
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  • Angels top Yankees despite Soriano's 4 hits

    Angels top Yankees despite Soriano's 4 hits

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Chris Nelson hit his first two home runs of the season, including a grand slam against his former team, to send C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels past the New York Yankees 8-4 on Thursday.
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  • Rays invite 20-foot python to clubhouse in Chinese year of the …

    Rays invite 20-foot python to clubhouse in Chinese year of the snake

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    The union of the snake was on the climb at Tropicana Field on Thursday, because the Tampa Bay Rays invited a 20-foot python named Asia into the home clubhouse. Sounds like a Joe Maddon-Luke Scott collaboration, doesn't it? Between Maddon's progressive m…
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  • LaTroy Hawkins hit by ball in groin while not wearing protectiv…

    LaTroy Hawkins hit by ball in groin while not wearing protective cup

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Aug 15, 2013
    Major League Baseball players who don't wear protective cups, guys like New York Mets right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, must know they are taking a calculated risk. They do it for physical comfort because, even in this day and age of advanced engineering, cu…
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  • KC designates Johnson with Bonifacio's arrival

    KC designates Johnson with Bonifacio's arrival

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Infielder Elliot Johnson was the player dropped by the Royals on Thursday as newly acquired infielder Emilio Bonifacio reported to the club.
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  • Baseball's New Replay System Will Include Manager Challenges

    Baseball's New Replay System Will Include Manager Challenges

    The expanded use of instant replay in MLB that was reported yesterday has officially been announced, and we now know exactly will trigger a review. It'll come down to manager challenges, and not everyone's happy about that.Read more...
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  • Atlanta Braves Batboy Uses Actual Bat In Cruel Hoax

    Atlanta Braves Batboy Uses Actual Bat In Cruel Hoax

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Aug 15, 2013
    A real, winged bat flew onto the field in the middle of last night's Phillies-Braves game. If you've seen this story by now, you probably think that the batboy scooped the bat from shortstop Paul Janish's glove and then ran, cradling it, to the Braves d…
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  • Watch this — a baseball fan bikes to all 30 MLB stadiums for a …

    Watch this — a baseball fan bikes to all 30 MLB stadiums for a good cause

    yahoo.com Aug 15, 2013
    Jacob Landis certainly isn't the first baseball fan who set out on a summer journey to visit all 30 stadiums. But he very well could be the first who has done it on a bicycle with the goal of raising $1 million to help people who need cochlear implants …
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  • Cubs stock up with bumper international crop

    Cubs stock up with bumper international crop

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    The stars, the talent, the rules and the resources all aligned this year for the Cubs to spend in the international market.
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  • Fielder filed for divorce earlier this season

    Fielder filed for divorce earlier this season

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder, who has been mired in a prolonged slump, filed for divorce from his wife of eight years this past May.
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  • Close Cy Young race in AL, but Kershaw running away with NL hon…

    Close Cy Young race in AL, but Kershaw running away with NL honor

    CNNSI.com Aug 15, 2013
    The NL Cy Young race is all but over; the AL leader comes down to how voters feel about an old stat.
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  • Offseason decisions looming for Amaro, Phillies

    Offseason decisions looming for Amaro, Phillies

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    This is a time for evaluation. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. sat on a couch in the manager's office inside the visitors' clubhouse Wednesday at Turner Field and discussed some of the assessments and discussions that are taking place these day…
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  • Nationals promote Storen from Triple-A

    Nationals promote Storen from Triple-A

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Drew Storen spent almost three weeks in the Minor Leagues as a result of poor performance, but the Nationals are ready to give him another chance as they attempt to climb above .500 and into playoff contention.
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  • In offseason, Halos will re-emphasize pitching

    In offseason, Halos will re-emphasize pitching

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    The Angels entered Thursday ranked 11th in the American League in starting-pitcher ERA (4.54) and 13th in relief-pitcher ERA (4.42). This offseason, the team's focus will be simple: Pitching, pitching, pitching.
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  • Cardinals activate All-Star Molina from DL

    Cardinals activate All-Star Molina from DL

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    The St. Louis Cardinals activated All-Star catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list after he was sidelined with a right knee sprain.
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  • Indians duo struck by rare middle finger sprain

    Indians duo struck by rare middle finger sprain

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister have both been sidelined this season by middle finger sprains, an unusual baseball injury that also impacted Tribe hurlers in the past.
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  • Affable Villanueva not sweating lack of wins

    Affable Villanueva not sweating lack of wins

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Carlos Villanueva has not won a game he started since April 18, and now it appears he can only get another victory out of the bullpen. The Cubs right-hander, whose only win since April came in a relief appearance on June 29, does have an idea as to how …
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  • Denard Span saves game for Nationals with diving catch against …

    Denard Span saves game for Nationals with diving catch against Giants

    yahoo.com Aug 15, 2013
    The Washington Nationals entered play on Wednesday with a four-game winning streak and a chance to climb to within one game of the .500 mark. Not exactly the position many of us envisioned for the Nationals back in March, but that's where they are. All …
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  • Nats reach deal with Dominican Franco

    Nats reach deal with Dominican Franco

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    The Nationals have come to an agreement with international free agent Anderson Franco, an athletic 16-year-old who projects as a powerful right-handed hitter with a strong arm from third base. According to a baseball source, the deal is worth $900,000.
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  • Newfound lineup protection gives Cano boost

    Newfound lineup protection gives Cano boost

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    With protection in the order thanks to Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano is finally getting pitches to hit.
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  • Yanks bring up Huff for 'pen help; option Betances

    Yanks bring up Huff for 'pen help; option Betances

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Left-handed reliever David Huff was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Thursday's series finale against the Angels. Reliever Dellin Betances was optioned to Scranton to make room for Huff.
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  • Not again! Chris Young robbed of walkoff home run by Astros’ Ro…

    Not again! Chris Young robbed of walkoff home run by Astros’ Robbie Grossman

    yahoo.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    For the second night in a row, Oakland A's outfielder Chris Young missed a game-winning home run by the slimmest of margins. On Tuesday night, Young's ninth inning drive down the left-field line came so close to nicking the foul pole, the umpiring crew …
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  • Francisco Liriano Gives Zero Fucks About Having To Hit

    Francisco Liriano Gives Zero Fucks About Having To Hit

    deadspin.com Aug 15, 2013
    Francisco Liriano threw a four-hit complete game last night, helping the Pirates end a four-game losing streak. His performance kept scores of nervous Yinzers, panicked at the possibility of another late-season Pirates collapse, from racing to the Rober…
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: August 15

    Today's MLB starting lineups: August 15

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Dodgers delivering wins but Braves, Tigers still hold down top …

    Dodgers delivering wins but Braves, Tigers still hold down top spots

    CNNSI.com Aug 15, 2013
    The Dodgers just keep delivering wins but it's not yet enough to dislodge these teams from the top two spots.
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  • Deep Marlins system has arms ready, if needed

    Deep Marlins system has arms ready, if needed

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    If the Marlins shut down any of their young starters in September, the club has plenty of options in the Minors, including lefty Brian Flynn.
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  • Extra special: More games going over nine frames

    Extra special: More games going over nine frames

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    With a mid-August flurry and a pace continuing to trend toward the historic, extra-inning games are helping define the 2013 Major League season as one with a flair for the dramatic.
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  • Dodgers streaking to history

    Dodgers streaking to history

    CNNSI.com Aug 15, 2013
    Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci takes a look at the Los Angeles Dodgers' great second half performance and how that sets them up going into the playoffs.
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  • Red Sox blunders turn Rajai Davis grounder into Little League h…

    Red Sox blunders turn Rajai Davis grounder into Little League home run

    yahoo.com Aug 15, 2013
    The Little League World Series is set to begin on Thursday afternoon, but with 16 of the best teams from around the world converging on Williamsport, PA, the odds we'll see a play like the one the Boston Red Sox completely botched on Wednesday night are…
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  • Ethier cracks pinch-HR after avoiding scare

    Ethier cracks pinch-HR after avoiding scare

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Wednesday night because of a left calf issue, but he delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game before the Dodgers went on to beat the Mets, 5-4.
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  • Hanley returns to lineup from shoulder injury

    Hanley returns to lineup from shoulder injury

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was back in the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right shoulder chasing a popup into the stands Aug. 4 in Chicago.
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  • The Juice: Alfonso Soriano drives in career-high seven runs; D-…

    The Juice: Alfonso Soriano drives in career-high seven runs; D-Backs complete sweep of Orioles

    yahoo.com Aug 15, 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. After getting locked in with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs in the Yan…
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  • Dodgers top Mets in 12 for 8th straight win

    Dodgers top Mets in 12 for 8th straight win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Yasiel Puig hit a one-out double in the 12th inning, then scored on Adrian Gonzalez's two-base hit, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night that extended their winning streak to eight games.
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  • A-Rod adds high-profile lawyer to legal team

    A-Rod adds high-profile lawyer to legal team

    ESPN.com Aug 15, 2013
    Alex Rodriguez has added another high-profile attorney to his legal team.
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  • Owners scoff at report that Alex Rodriguez is planning to sue M…

    Owners scoff at report that Alex Rodriguez is planning to sue MLB

    nydailynews.com Aug 15, 2013
    The report that Alex Rodriguez and his handlers are now planning a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball, claiming he is being persecuted by commissioner Bud Selig and his drug-enforcement authorities, was greeted with both skepticism and bemuse…
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  • Rangers rally from early hole with three-run seventh

    Rangers rally from early hole with three-run seventh

    MLB.com Aug 15, 2013
    Matt Garza allowed a pair of homers in 5 2/3 innings to put the Rangers behind, but Ian Kinsler's two-run single capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning to give the Rangers a 5-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
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  • Ten Minutes With A's Pitcher Brett Anderson

    Ten Minutes With A's Pitcher Brett Anderson

    grantland.com Aug 15, 2013
    For a pitcher who's been in the majors fewer than five seasons, Brett Anderson has had a pretty eventful career. Anderson made the Show as a 21-year...
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  • The Tragic, Meaningless Collapse of the San Francisco Giants

    The Tragic, Meaningless Collapse of the San Francisco Giants

    grantland.com Aug 15, 2013
    Let's get one thing out of the way up front: I'm not trying to diminish the significance of winning two World Series in three years. It's a tremendous...
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  • Video - Myers Powers Rays Past M's 00:29

    Myers Powers Rays Past M's

    Aug 15
    Wil Myers drove in four runs in the Rays' 7-1 win over Mariners.
  • Video - Tigers Roll Royals 00:28

    Tigers Roll Royals

    Aug 15
    Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks to help the Tigers past the Royals 4-1.
  • Video - Python Visits Rays Clubhouse 00:39

    Python Visits Rays Clubhouse

    Aug 15
    Rays manager Joe Maddon brought a 20-foot python into the Rays clubhouse for "a little bit of motivation within the clubhouse."
  • Video - Pinch-Hit Homer Lifts Giants 00:34

    Pinch-Hit Homer Lifts Giants

    Aug 15
    Hector Sanchez's three-run homer in the ninth propelled the Giants to a 4-3 win over the Nationals.

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