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Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez reaches third base on line drive to shortstop in most ‘Cubs’ play everyahoo.com Sep 25, 2013Only the Chicago Cubs would allow a guy to reach third base on a line drive hit to the shortstop. It happened at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, when Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez led off with a screaming line drive, …Upvote Share Tweet
Braves fall half-game behind Cards for NL best recordA benches-clearing confrontation that developed after Carlos Gomez crushed a first-inning home run off Paul Maholm will stand as most memorable moment created during Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Brewers that dropped the Braves a half-game behind St…Upvote Share TweetThe Pirates may be headed to the postseason, but the Cubs were able to celebrate one more win at home Wednesday afternoon. Darnell McDonald hit a pair of doubles and a tiebreaking three-run homer to lift the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates to clo…Upvote Share TweetA win Wednesday afternoon, when their best pitcher faced the division's worst team, would have made it easy for the Pirates. But Francisco Liriano and the Bucs lost to the Cubs, 4-2, at Wrigley Field. Three games back of the first-place Cardinals, the B…Upvote Share TweetRookie Shelby Miller won his 15th game, and Yadier Molina had the go-ahead hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, who wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals and moved another step closer to the NL Central title with a 4-1 victory on Wednesd…Upvote Share Tweet
Routine Line Drive Avoids Starlin Castro's Glovedeadspin.com Sep 25, 2013Just your garden-variety three-base error for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in this afternoon's fourth inning. He would later boot a grounder in the ninth, too, but the Cubs did manage to win. Read more...Upvote Share TweetWhat do St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha and Vanilla Ice have in common? Well, they both know what it's like to be on top of the world, then have that moment snatched away. For Wacha, that was the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game against th…Upvote Share Tweet
Dice-K helps Mets win 2 of 3 vs. sliding RedsESPN.com Sep 25, 2013Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Cincinnati's Mat Latos in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetFacing a potential elimination from the division race, the Reds fell to the Mets, 1-0, on Wednesday despite seven innings of one-run ball from Mat Latos.Upvote Share Tweet
The man who could steal a titleCNNSI.com Sep 25, 2013The stolen base is an audacious thing. Baseball claims any number of wink-and-nod transgressions: Stealing signs, corking bats, scuffing balls. None is as brazen as taking bases without permission. It's OK to steal. It's within the agreed-upon rules.Upvote Share TweetReds pitcher Tony Cingrani threw his second successful bullpen session in the last three days on Wednesday, and the 24-year-old left-hander could soon be back on the mound pitching in an actual game.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Sep 25, 2013Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates took over the NL wild-card lead, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-2 Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Niese, Murphy carry Mets to victory in CincyJon Niese perhaps capped his season with seven innings of two-run ball, and Daniel Murphy belted a three-run homer in the Mets' 4-2 victory over the playoff-bound Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers, Braves ScuffleSep 25Carlos Gomez's antics following a solo home run in the first led to benches clearing and Gomez, along with two Braves, getting ejected in the Brewers' 4-0 win.
Cardinals Complete Sweep Of NationalsSep 25Matt Adams homered and Yadier Molina drove in two runs to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Nationals.
Dice-K, Mets Blank RedsSep 25Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings to help the Mets beat the Reds 1-0.
Rizzo Reflects On Cubs' SeasonSep 25Anthony Rizzo discusses the Cubs season following their final home game.