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Bryant, Glasnow are Pipeline Prospects of the Year
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One led all of the Minors in home runs and slugging percentage. The other topped all pitching prospects in batting average against while finishing third in ERA. It's for those reasons that Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Tyler Glasnow of the Pirates have be…Upvote Share Tweet
The Grand Slam: Unlikely hero saves St. Louis, sinks Milwaukeeyahoo.com 5 hours agoWhatever slim chance the Milwaukee Brewers still had of making the playoffs diminished even further Thursday night thanks to some unlikely heroics from one of the most anonymous members of the St. Louis Cardinals. Tony Cruz, a backup catcher only playin…Upvote Share Tweet
As Cubs Slowly Rebuild, There’s Shouting From the Rooftopsnytimes.com 6 hours agoThe Ricketts family, who bought the Cubs in 2009 and promised a winner, have faced all sorts of bedevilments on the field and off. And then there are the neighbors across the street.Upvote Share Tweet
Walk-off in 13th keeps Cards 2 1/2 games upMLB.com 10 hours agoTony Cruz hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning as the Cards defeated the Brewers, 3-2, on Thursday night at Busch Stadium. St. Louis maintained its 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central with the victory.Upvote Share TweetTony Cruz singled in the winning run in the 13th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals moved closer to their second straight NL Central title with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Infield single hits Jemile Weeks in back and ruins Red Sox rallyyahoo.com 11 hours agoThe Boston Red Sox put runners at the corners with nobody out in the ninth inning Thursday night, and with Will Middlebrooks batting, they appeared to be in great shape to tie the score or even go ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. A rare moment of succes…Upvote Share Tweethe Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL pennant race.Upvote Share TweetDee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles' five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Thursday night and extend their lead in the NL West.Upvote Share Tweet
Fortuitous play helps Bucs' postseason pushMLB.com 14 hours agoMark Melancon ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing runners on first and third with no outs. However, Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball while standing off third, thwarting the Red Sox rally. The Pirates closed out the 3-2 win on Thursday to close …Upvote Share Tweet
Lucroy ties season mark for doubles as a catcherMLB.com 14 hours agoBrewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy's fourth-inning double on Thursday gave the Brewers their first hit while also tying a Major League record.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 21 hours agoChicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey award in recognition of his community work with pediatric cancer patients.Upvote Share Tweet
Lefty Holmberg projects as back-of-rotation starter for RedsMLB.com 23 hours agoAt the young age of 23, left-handed pitcher David Holmberg is currently pitching for his third organization. The Chicago White Sox selected him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was chosen directly from Port Charlotte (Florida)…Upvote Share Tweet
Waino blanks Crew as Cards keep Central paceMLB.com Sep 18 (yesterday)Adam Wainwright broke up a no-hit bid with a two-out single in the sixth and he logged his third shutout of the season as the Cardinals maintained a 2 1/2-game division lead with a 2-0 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetRusney Castillo, the 27-year-old center fielder from Ciego de Avila, Cuba, who last month signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, went 1-for-4 in his major league debut Wednesday night, a 9-1 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Homers help Bucs keep pace in NL Central raceMLB.com Sep 18 (yesterday)It might be a good idea for the Cardinals, who lead the National League Central, and the Giants, who hold the NL's No. 1 Wild Card spot, to channel Satchel Paige, the legendary pitcher who famously advised, "Don't look back. Something might be gain…Upvote Share TweetAdam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2½-game edge in the NL Central.Upvote Share Tweet
Hendriks Wins Again, Pitches Cubs Past RedsKyle Hendricks kept up his impressive rookie season, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday night for a sweep.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves hold steady in WC race after topping NatsMLB.com Sep 17 (yesterday)Christian Bethancourt's sharp single accounted for each of the three runs Alex Wood received Wednesday night as the lefty extended his mound dominance in a 3-1 win over the Nationals. Atlanta remains 5 1/2 games back of the Pirates for the second NL Wil…Upvote Share TweetThere used to be a time — any year really between 1993-2012 — when reaching 81 wins would be cause for celebration for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Upvote Share Tweet
On Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers Look to End a Season of Extremes on a High NoteAfter a 20-7 start, the Brewers’ record has fluctuated throughout the season, but the team is again showing signs of life in a race for the final National League wild-card spot.Upvote Share Tweet
Gerardo Parra makes friends in St. Louis by giving ball to young boyyahoo.com Sep 17 (2 days ago)Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers made an unforgettable gesture at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, and it wasn't anything like the Jonathan Papelbon gesture from over the weekend. A fan watching from the front row in foul territory reached over the…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Sep 17 (2 days ago)Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Cards' lead in Central shrinks with extras lossMLB.com Sep 17 (2 days ago)Lance Lynn was denied his 16th win after Trevor Rosenthal's blown save in the ninth, while Kevin Siegrist gave up the go-ahead single in the 12th in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers outlast Cards in 12 as Gomez starsESPN.com Sep 17 (2 days ago)Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third and scored the go-ahead run on a bloop hit by rookie Hector Gomez in the 12th inning as the Brewers ended the NL Central-leading Cardinals' three-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates Sweep Red SoxSep 18Gerrit Cole struck out seven batters over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Red Sox 3-2.
Cardinals Walk Off In 13thSep 18Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Tony Cruz's RBI single in the 13th lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Brewers, who seem to be letting their playoff opportunity slip away.
Dodgers Rally Past CubsSep 18The Dodgers scored five runs in the top of the seventh to complete the 8-4 comeback against the Cubs.
Wainwright Tosses ShutoutSep 17Adam Wainwright recorded his ninth career shutout to pick up his 19th win of the season and lead the Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Brewers.
Rematch of the MismatchSep 19How did the Broncos respond to the 35-point Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks? By changing two-thirds of their regular lineup. The proof of the makeover is stunning, especially with 10 of 12 changes to the defensive regulars. Heading into Super Bowl remat…
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Manning on ManningSep 18ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The challenge of interviewing Peyton Manning is coming up with something new to ask. He might be the most interviewed athlete of this generation. Over the past few years, I’ve struggled to find something—anything—that he hasn’t talked…
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