April 21, 2014

MLB – National League Roundup: Drama in Nationals 4-3 loss to the Cardinals

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals star Bryce Harper was pulled by first-year manager Matt Williams after failing to run out a grounder in Washington’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Harper hit a grounder back to pitcher Lance Lynn in the sixth inning, jogged to first base and took a right [...]

MLB – National League Capsules: Reds beat Cardinals 4-0, avoid sweep

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Leake (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk [...]

MLB Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers nab top spot in first week of voting

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  (PhatzRadio / SI Wire)    —   The first edition of SI.com’s 2014 MLB Power Rankings is here, and it comes in a brand new format. For this season, we will be polling our MLB experts each week to come up with a comprehensive ranking of all 30 teams. A first-place vote earns a team 30 points, a [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Nationals avoid sweep with 2-1 win over Braves

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond led off the seventh inning with a home run — the only run of the game scored on a hit — and the Washington Nationals and their makeshift lineup avoided a sweep Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Desmond ripped a down-the-middle fastball from Alex Wood (1-1) [...]

MLB – ALCS / NLCS Recap: Tigers nearly no-hit Red Sox, win ALCS opener 1-0 / Wacha, Cardinals edge Dodgers for 2-0 lead in NLCS

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Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta hits a double in front of Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross off Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Breslow in the eighth inning. / AP Photo/Charlie Riedel BOSTON (AP) — Lose the no-hitter, win the game. That’s a trade Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers were happy to make to take [...]

MLB – NL Wildcard Roundup: Pirates beat Reds 6-2 in NL wild-card game

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Russell Martin #55 celebrates his solo home run with Clint Barmes #12 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds. (Photograph by: Jared Wickerham , Getty Images) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Liriano showed up at PNC Park on Tuesday afternoon in a suit with his suitcase packed for a trip St. [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Cardinals clinch NL Central, beat Cubs 7-0

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals clinched their first NL Central title in four years, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-0 Friday night behind the strong pitching of Lance Lynn and home runs by David Freese and Matt Holliday. St. Louis (95-65) has won six of seven and is tied with [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Pirates clinch 1st playoff berth in 21 years

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Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin celebrates with his teammates their win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.(Photo: David Banks, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / AP) — CHICAGO – The Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday night when [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Split vs Marlins leaves Nats 5 back with 6 left

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson heads off of the field after his team defeated the Miami Marlins, 5-4, at Nationals Park in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The Nationals honored Johnson on Sunday, paying tribute to the retiring 70-year-old manager who last season guided the team to its only playoff appearance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (PhatzRadio [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Braves beat Cubs 9-5 to reduce magic number to 1

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel and infielder Freddie Freeman react after their game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. / Matt Marton / USA TODAY Sports (PhatzRadio / AP) — CHICAGO – Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a home run, and Atlanta beat Chicago 9-5 on Friday to reduce its magic number [...]