Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – Marlins 1, Tigers 0 Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit. Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately scored when Luke Putkonen (1-3) then threw a wild pitch. Alvarez nevertheless produced the third no-hitter in baseball this season and the sixth in Marlins’ history. He allowed just one walk — in the ninth — and threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes. …

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – Marlins 1, Tigers 0 Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit. Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately scored when Luke Putkonen (1-3) then threw a wild pitch. Alvarez nevertheless produced the third no-hitter in baseball this season and the sixth in Marlins’ history. He allowed just one walk — in the ninth — and threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes. …

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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League games (Reuters)

Sept 25 (Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League games – - – - Tigers 1, Twins 0 Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers shut out the Minnesota Twins to capture the AL Central Division title for the third straight year. The first Detroit batter of the game scored and then the Tigers rode Scherzer and the bullpen the rest of the way to a champagne-filled clubhouse. Scherzer pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two hits among the 123 pitches he threw for his 21st win of the season. Along with the 10 strikeouts, he also allowed six walks. …

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Lohse pitches 2-hit shutout as Brewers beat Braves (The Associated Press)

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Lohse pitched a two-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame Carlos Gomez’s ejection in the first inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night.

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Kazmir pitches Indians to 8-1 win (The Associated Press)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona thinks nerves are a good thing at this time of the season.

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LaTroy Hawkins hit by ball in groin while not wearing protective cup (Big League Stew)

Major League Baseball players who don’t wear protective cups, guys like New York Mets right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, must know they are taking a calculated risk. They do it for physical comfort because, even in this day and age of advanced engineering, cups can feel cumbersome *down there*.
Well, Hawkins won the lottery in the worst possible way Wednesday night. Pitching against Jerry Hairston of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning, Hawkins fielded a sharp grounder back to the mound with his unprotected groin.
And it hurt. A lot.
Hawkins managed to pick up the ball and throw out Hairston at first. With Andre Ethier coming to bat as a pinch hitter, Dodgers staff went to check on Hawkins. Later in the New York Daily News , he said:
“I thought I could get through it,” said Hawkins, who took two warm-up pitches with trainer Ray Ramirez, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen all watching before facing Ethier.
Regardless, Ethier hit a tying two-run home run, and Mets would fall 4-2 in 12 innings. Afterward, Hawkins offered this PG-rated quote about how it felt:

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Baseball-Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Adds more games) July 26 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Braves 4, Cardinals 1 Mike Minor out-pitched National League wins-leader Adam Wainwright, and the Braves defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in a match-up of division leaders before a sellout crowd of 50,124 at Turner Field. Minor (10-5) handcuffed the Cardinals except for a second-inning homer by Yadier Molina as he lowered his ERA to 2.89. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out five, throwing 70 of his 103 pitches for strikes. …

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Drew Storen pitches through flu, dad not happy with Davey Johnson’s decision (Big League Stew)

With the Washington Nationals getting clobbered 6-0 in the first half of their day-night doubleheader against the New York Mets on Friday, manager Davey Johnson turned to struggling former closer Drew Storen in the ninth inning to handle mop up duties. Unfortunately, the assignment didn’t go smoothly for Storen. With two inherited runners already on base, he would immediately allow three consecutive hits, including a three-run homer off the bat of Ike Davis. That made the score 11-0, which ended up being the final , and pushed Storen’s season ERA to 5.95.
Not a pretty outing, and certainly not good numbers overall for Storen, but according to Storen’s father, sports radio host Mark Patrick, his son never should have been put in that position to begin with since he’s currently battling a nasty case of the flu.
102 degree temperature, sicker than a dog…Let’s make him wear it!
— Mark Patrick (@mpos) July 26, 2013
According to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore , Johnson was well aware of Storen’s condition before the afternoon game, even mentioning that his reliever would be unavailable for either game “unless he has a dramatic recovery.” When asked about it afterwards, however, Johnson seemed to contradict his original response while defending his decision to use the obviously ailing right-hander in a tough position.

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Closing Time: The curious case of Matt Garza (Roto Arcade)

The Texas Rangers have misfired in recent years with their midseason pitching additions. Is the Matt Garza story going to be different?
For one night at least, Garza’s move to Texas was a smash. The relocated righty worked 7.1 terrific innings against the Yankees on Wednesday (5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), leaving to a standing ovation. Garza threw 66 of 95 pitches in the zone and collected 13 ground-ball outs along the way. Here’s your scouting tape , have a look.
The top three batters in New York’s order collected five hits, but the rest of the lineup let the Bombers down (zero hits against Garza). That’s life when you have a middle third of Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees are 12th in the AL in scoring; they call them Murmurer’s Row for a reason.
Garza isn’t new to American League life, of course – he opened his career in Minnesota and later spent three seasons in Tampa Bay. Let’s recall he was good, not great, as a member of the Rays – collecting a 3.86 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over three seasons. He never posted an ERA under 3.69 or a WHIP below 1.24 in his previous AL campaigns, for what it’s worth. Garza has a spot on our roto rosters but it’s as a support guy – this isn’t ace material.

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Surprising Torres pitches Mets past Braves (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK — A clause in Carlos Torres’ contract forced the New York Mets to promote him from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 15. A little more than a month later, the Mets can’t imagine life without him.

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