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9/20/2014 | Pirates win challenge, get out call overturned

The Pirates successfully challenged an out call at first base in the second inning of Saturday night's game that originally credited the Brewers with a double play.


9/20/2014 | Minor exits start with shoulder discomfort

Mike Minor completed just one inning before exiting Saturday night's start against the Mets with left shoulder discomfort. The Braves announced that he will be further evaluated by their medical staff.


9/20/2014 | Collins monitoring youngsters' workloads as season winds down

While Terry Collins wouldn't turn down a second-place finish for 2014, he said prior to Saturday's game with the Atlanta Braves that, on the whole, he's more concerned with some of his players finishing, period.


9/20/2014 | Ceremony for breaking Biggio's hit mark 'means a lot' to Altuve

Jose Altuve was honored Saturday in a ceremony before the Astros' 10-1 win over the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. The Houston second baseman was being recognized for setting the franchise's single-season mark for hits. "This means a lot," Altuve said after the game. "The organization is doing everything for you."


9/20/2014 | Martin's improvement with RISP key for Pirates

At some point between seasons, Jeff Branson, taking over as the Pirates' primary hitting coach, distributed questionnaires to his players. They were asked to list three personal things on which they wanted to improve from 2013 to 2014. Russell Martin put down, "Hitting better with men in scoring position."


9/20/2014 | Downs likely done for year due to oblique strain

Astros reliever Darin Downs is unlikely to pitch again this season, while reliever Josh Fields remains day to day with general soreness in his right side.


9/20/2014 | Markakis' shoulder better, but still not ready to play

Nick Markakis is feeling better after being hit by a 91-mph fastball from Aaron Loup in the right shoulder during Tuesday's win against the Blue Jays, but he's still not quite ready to play.


9/20/2014 | Butler stymies D-backs to pick up first win

Although Saturday certainly had the feel of a do-over for Eddie Butler, they don't give out mulligans for Major League debuts. That didn't stop the Rockies' right-hander from taking advantage of his second chance. Butler looked the part of the Rockies' No. 2-ranked prospect in a 5-1 victory over the D-backs at Coors Field, as he secured his first Major League win in his second career start.


9/20/2014 | Stroman returns Blue Jays to win column

Facing the prospect of an impending six-game suspension from Major League Baseball, Marcus Stroman delivered another strong start in this impressive rookie season and led the Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.


9/20/2014 | Peraza, Hursh receive top Minor League honors

Jose Peraza has been named the Braves' Minor League Player of the Year and Jason Hursh was recognized as the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.


9/20/2014 | McClendon, Mariners enjoying playoff chase

Two-and-a-half hours before their own game with the Astros on Saturday, most of the Mariners' players were huddled in front of television sets tuned to the afternoon's game between the Royals and Tigers.


9/20/2014 | Pearce gets cortisone shot in sore right wrist

In a precautionary move, the Orioles removed Steve Pearce from the starting lineup with right wrist soreness more than an hour before Saturday's game against the Red Sox.


9/20/2014 | Home field not an advantage for Rays in 2014

The Rays will finish with a losing record at home in 2014 -- they began play Saturday with a 35-44 home record -- while they have a good chance to finish with a winning record on the road since they head into the final six games of the season at Boston and Cleveland with a 39-36 mark away from home.


9/20/2014 | Francona being cautious with Kipnis' hamstring

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis wants to return to the lineup as soon as possible. Tribe manager Terry Francona knows it is more important to be smart with an injury than give in to a player's desire to get back on the field.


9/20/2014 | Pitched battle goes to man with most weapons

The score was 3-2, and the Tigers' second straight win over the Royals on Saturday seemingly came down to a few key plays. And it did. But it also came about because Max Scherzer masterfully used his four-pitch arsenal to confound the Kansas City batters


9/20/2014 | Wrist forces Tex to exit; Beltran to consider surgery

Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran have been dealing with nagging injuries throughout the season, and on Saturday, they both experienced more frustrating setbacks.


9/20/2014 | Showalter wants starters to get extra day of rest

As the Orioles prepare their playoff rotation, manager Buck Showalter is willing to share one detail: He wants his starters to all get one extra day of rest for their first game.


9/20/2014 | Zunino continues to pile up extra-base hits

When Mike Zunino hustled into second base with a double in the seventh inning of Friday's 10-5 victory over the Astros, it gave him 20 doubles for the season to go along with 21 home runs. Zunino thus became the first Mariners catcher with 20 homers and 20 doubles in the same season. And at 23 years and 178 days old, he's the fifth-youngest catcher in Major League history to hit that 20-20 club.


9/20/2014 | Ankle not ailing, Ackley feels he's 'turned the corner'

As the Mariners close in on clinching their first postseason berth in 13 years, Dustin Ackley is feeling healthy again. And that's a good thing for a Seattle club that needs every offensive weapon available to supplement its outstanding pitching.


9/20/2014 | Gattis relieved by kidney stone diagnosis

Evan Gattis admits that he was relieved to learn that a kidney stone has been the source of the discomfort he's occasionally felt over the past week.


9/20/2014 | Escobar hopes to return Monday; Hicks scratched

Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar is hopeful he'll return to the lineup by Monday, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expressed doubts Escobar will be ready to play by then.


9/20/2014 | Perkins relieved arm injury won't require surgery

Twins closer Glen Perkins reflected Saturday about suffering his season-ending forearm strain, saying it was a relief that it's only a minor injury and won't require surgery.


9/20/2014 | Bour could be Marlins' latest Rule 5 hidden gem

A surplus of prospects in the Cubs' system allowed the Marlins to nab Justin Bour in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft last December. Now, the 26-year-old first baseman is being given a chance to show whether he fits into Miami's plans for the future.


9/20/2014 | Five homers propel Astros to blowout of Mariners

For a team that hasn't been hitting home runs lately, the Astros came out bashing Saturday night. Chris Carter and Alex Presley hit two-run home runs in the first inning off Seattle's Chris Young, propelling the Astros to a 10-1 blowout at Minute Maid Park with the roof open, a rarity in Houston in September.


9/20/2014 | Young's rough start costs Mariners in Wild Card race

Handed an opportunity to move into a tie for the first American League Wild Card spot by virtue of losses by the Royals and A's, the Mariners instead stumbled themselves Saturday night as veteran right-hander Chris Young got roughed up in a 10-1 loss to the Astros.




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