9/19/2014 | Kelley not pleased with Bautista's reaction after homer
Shawn Kelley will admit that he missed his location. His batterymate, Francisco Cervelli, will admit that he called the wrong pitch. Either way, the combination resulted in Jose Bautista smacking Kelley's high fastball into the left-field seats to tie Thursday's game in the eighth inning. But it's what came directly after Bautista's swing that may have angered Kelley the most, when the Blue Jays slugger slammed his bat down and began cursing as he rounded the bases.
9/19/2014 | Backman joins Mets' coaching staff in Atlanta
After playing a huge part in the development of many of the New York Mets' younger players, Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman is getting an up-close look at his young pupils over the final 10 days of the season, joining the coaching staff in Atlanta on Friday.
9/19/2014 | Gomez mulling Japan tour; Lucroy declines invitation
For now he's focused on the Brewers' postseason hopes, but at some point Carlos Gomez will make a decision on whether to join a contingent of Major Leaguers on a goodwill tour of Japan in November.
9/19/2014 | D-backs wrap up GM interviews as decision nears
The D-backs wrapped up interviews for their general manager's position Friday, and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and team president and CEO Derrick Hall will talk things over this weekend as the club nears a decision.
9/19/2014 | Morales comes up with a key contribution
Kendrys Morales hasn't yet provided big production in the middle of the Mariners' order, but he came up with a very timely hit in Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Angels -- a two-out single in the ninth that helped ignite the winning rally.
9/19/2014 | Even off his game, Kershaw still tough to top
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw picked up win No. 20 on Friday, but he had to wade through five innings that weren't up to his Cy Young standards. At this time of year, though, the beauty is, a win is still a win.
9/19/2014 | Konerko back in action for final 10 games
Paul Konerko hasn't played since Sept. 2 because of a fractured left hand, but No. 14 was penciled into the White Sox lineup, batting sixth and playing first base, for Friday's night's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
9/19/2014 | Morrison lighting an offensive fire in September
Although Logan Morrison's game-winning homer on Thursday was a career highlight, he has been more than just a one-hit wonder in the past few months, and he has been especially on fire in September.
9/19/2014 | Encarnacion has MRI on back, homers vs. Yanks
Edwin Encarnacion has been experiencing some back pains the past few days, so he had a precautionary MRI on his back on Friday. Manager John Gibbons said the back aggravates Encarnacion "every now and then," but he was in the Blue Jays' starting lineup, batting third as the designated hitter and homered in his first at-bat Friday night vs. the Yankees.
9/19/2014 | Royals pumped for big weekend set at The K
The sun broke through the clouds in mid-afternoon on Friday, the temperature started rising and the Royals' big weekend series against the Tigers was underway at Kauffman Stadium. "We haven't seen a series like this in Kansas City in a long, long time, so this is gong to be interesting, it's going to be exciting, it's going to be fun," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
9/19/2014 | Cuddyer's 7 RBIs help Rockies roll
The Rockies dropped the D-backs, 15-3, Friday at Coors Field to move out of last place in the National League West for the first time since July 13. Michael Cuddyer had a career-high seven RBIs while rookie third baseman Rafael Ynoa had four hits.
9/19/2014 | Pompey gets first hit, receives congratulations from Jeter
Dalton Pompey grew up rooting for the Yankees and watching Derek Jeter, so the fact that his first career Major League start came at Yankee Stadium made it that much more special to him. Pompey promptly recorded his first career hit in the Majors with a single in the second inning of the Blue Jays' 5-3 loss on Friday night. At the end of the inning he had a brief conversation with Jeter, who told him, "Congrats, I hope for a great career for you."
9/19/2014 | Day after mental lapse, Reynolds gets chance to atone
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed no reservations Friday about reinstalling first baseman Mark Reynolds to starting duties, a day after Reynolds' mental error contributed to an extra-inning loss to the Cardinals.
9/19/2014 | Zim joins Nats in Miami, could play this weekend
Ryan Zimmerman has made enough strides in his rehab program to not need any more work at the Nationals' Spring Training Complex in Viera, Fla., where he was rehabbing from a Grade 3 hamstring strain since Tuesday. Zimmerman rejoined the Nationals at Marlins Park on Friday, and he has the potential to be activated from the disabled list by the end of this series.
9/19/2014 | Kipnis day to day with right hamstring injury
Jason Kipnis was held out of the starting lineup on Friday due to a sore right hamstring, but Indians manager Terry Francona was optimistic that the second baseman would be able to return during the weekend series against the Twins.
9/19/2014 | Heyward treating, waiting out bruised thumb
Jason Heyward suffered a thumb contusion when he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning Wednesday, but Thursday's day off was not enough to reduce the swelling and get him back in the lineup for the start of the series against the Mets on Friday.
9/19/2014 | Pirates to set club season attendance record Sunday
The Pirates will set a club record for season attendance Sunday, the last home game of the regular season at PNC Park.
9/19/2014 | Castillo won't rest when season ends
Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will report to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League for the start of their season on Oct. 7. Roughly three weeks later, he will start playing Winter Ball in Puerto Rico.
9/19/2014 | Zobrist named Don Zimmer Most Valuable Player
The Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced its annual award winners before Friday's game at Tropicana Field, with the top individual award now honoring a late baseball legend and close friend.
9/19/2014 | Plouffe deals Indians crushing loss in walk-off win
The Twins rallied late against the Indians, tying the game with a run in the ninth before Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off RBI single off reliever Josh Tomlin in the 10th inning in a 5-4 win at Target Field.
9/19/2014 | Miscue in ninth looms large in Tribe's loss in extras
Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez bobbled a grounder off the bat of Aaron Hicks in the ninth inning on Friday, allowing a game-tying run to score rather than punctuating a win with a double play. The Twins went on to win it in the 10th inning, when Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off single off Josh Tomlin to send the Tribe to a 5-4 defeat.
9/19/2014 | Anibal nearing return, set to throw sim game
Anibal Sanchez is now potentially one step away from rejoining the Tigers' pitching staff for the final week of the regular season. The right-hander, out since early August with a right pectoral muscle strain, is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday.
9/19/2014 | Avila says he's been sidelined by concussion
Tigers catcher Alex Avila is calling his injury a concussion. His manager is calling it the aftereffects of a concussion. That has become clear while Avila struggles with dizziness and disorientation during physical activity. What isn't clear is when Avila might return.
9/19/2014 | Yet to pass kidney stone, Gattis takes BP, shags flies
Evan Gattis has not passed the kidney stone that doctors found on Wednesday. But because the stone had not yet moved to a location that elicits what is often intolerable pain, Gattis was cleared to participate in batting practice before Friday night's game against the Mets at Turner Field.
9/19/2014 | Tigers' bats blast Royals to stretch Central lead
Justin Verlander fired 7 1/3 strong innings, while Ian Kinsler's two-run homer capped a five-run fifth that sealed the first-place Tigers' 10-1 win over the Royals on Friday night.
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