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Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping the New York Yankees hold off the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.Upvote Share Tweet
Surging Indians unable to draw a crowd on TuesdayJust 9,962 fans came to Progressive Field to watch them duel a talented and intriguing Orioles team on Tuesday, the smallest September crowd in the park's history.Upvote Share TweetLast week the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd to bolster their lineup and handle outfield duties for the September stretch run. Meanwhile, just a ways down the road in Cleveland, it appears the Indians have acquired a bird of their own — or perh…Upvote Share Tweet
Castellanos may make first start this weekendThe anticipation over top prospect Nick Castellanos' first Major League start might not last much longer. Tigers manager Jim Leyland strongly hinted that he could start Castellanos in left field this coming weekend in Kansas City.Upvote Share TweetTrevor Crowe laced a walk-off single in the ninth to lift the Astros to a 6-5 win over the Twins in Wednesday's finale at Minute Maid Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Konerko, Dunn caught in retirement spin cycleOne day after Adam Dunn faced questions about retiring after this season, Paul Konerko's desire to play in 2014 became a topic of discussion. Both White Sox players say they won't make any decisions about next season until this winter.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals welcome Cain back from disabled listRoyals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who has been out with an oblique injury, was re-activated off the 15-day disabled list prior to Wednesday night's game against the Mariners.Upvote Share Tweet
Wedge says Franklin needs a little polishingAlthough infielder Nick Franklin entered Wednesday night's game against the Royals hitting just .219, manager Eric Wedge remains confident that Franklin will be a big part of the Mariners' future.Upvote Share Tweet
Increased velocity has Ubaldo finishing fastUbaldo Jimenez might never be the overpowering pitcher he once was for the Rockies. Over his past three starts with the Indians, though, the right-hander has showed glimpses of the fastball velocity that made him a dominant starter in the past.Upvote Share TweetDetroit's third baseman Miguel Cabrera is back out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.Upvote Share Tweet
Santiago loves to sign and receive autographsHector Santiago might be the most accommodating autograph signer in the big leagues, and the White Sox starter has collected about 200 autographs this year from the likes of Cal Ripken Jr. and Hank Aaron.Upvote Share Tweet"You can leave your hat on." — Randy Newman The Minnesota Twins deserved a victory Tuesday night, and they got one by a 9-6 score in 12 innings against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Twins had it coming, not because they played go…Upvote Share Tweet
Dunn will consider retiring after this seasonAdam Dunn told Fox Sports that he will consider retiring this offseason despite the fact that the Chicago White Sox slugger is under contract for $15 million in 2014.Upvote Share TweetDetroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland blasted a statistic that could potentially devalue Max Scherzer's outstanding season, repeatedly saying that he doesn't care about "all that stat stuff."Upvote Share Tweet
Royals keep playoff pushing by beating M'sCatcher Salvador Perez delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth as the Royals moved to 4 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race with Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Mariners.Upvote Share Tweet
Impressive Lester fans nine, holds Tigers to one runJon Lester threw seven innings of one-run ball against the streaking Tigers, setting a season high with nine strikeouts, and the Red Sox squeezed a pair of runs out of Max Scherzer to serve him just his second loss of the season in a 2-1 win on Tuesday …Upvote Share TweetBrian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe each hit two-run homers and lefty Pedro Hernandez turned in the first quality start of his career, but it still took 12 innings for the Twins to beat the Astros, 9-6, on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. After blowing a 6-3 le…Upvote Share TweetThe Yankees were shut down by hard-throwing left-hander Chris Sale for 7 1/3 innings, but they turned a five-run eighth inning into a 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Indians Take Series With O'sSep 4Yan Gomes drove in two runs in the Indians' 6-4 win over the Orioles.
Web GemsSep 4Does Shane Victorino's jumping catch into the stands top Jose Iglesias and Josh Donaldson's reigning Web Gems?
Astros Walk Off With WinSep 4Trevor Crowe's single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Astros past the Twins 6-5.
Red Sox Pummel TigersSep 4Highlight Of The Night: David Ortiz hit two home runs, drove in four runs and collected his 2,00th career hit as the Red Sox crushed the Tigers 20-4.
NBA -- There will never be another Gary PaytonSep 4The NBA may never see another player like Gary Payton, J.A. Adande writes
NBA -- Adam Silver and NBA's off-court conductSep 4Adam Silver's first order of business must be addressing the criminal activity afflicting the NBA, writes J.A. Adande.
Sources: Chris Mullin to join Sacramento Kings front officeSep 4Chris Mullin is joining the Sacramento Kings' front office, according to sources familiar with the team's plans.
J.J. Watt, SuperchargedSep 4HOUSTON—It would be easy to tell J.J. Watt he’s crazy if he weren’t so darn imposing. At 6-5 and a chiseled 288, he meets The MMQB’s editor-in-chief, Peter King, in a private spot outside the Texans’ locker room at Reliant Stadium … and proceeds to dish…