Heyward busts out of slump, Braves win (The SportsXchange)

ATLANTA — Jason Heyward jump-started the previously slumping Atlanta offense Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, just like the Braves hope he will in the upcoming postseason.

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

(Adds more games) Aug 30 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – - Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 Garrett Jones could not have picked a better time to break out of his slump as the first baseman went 3-for-4 with his 100th career home run and four RBIs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 whitewash of the St. Louis Cardinals. …

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

(Adds more games) Aug 30 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – - Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 Garrett Jones could not have picked a better time to break out of his slump as the first baseman went 3-for-4 with his 100th career home run and four RBIs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 whitewash of the St. Louis Cardinals. …

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Kelly pitches Cardinals to 6-2 win over Braves (The Associated Press)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday night.

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The Juice: Miguel Cabrera hits walk-off homer for Tigers; Nationals survive wild night in Atlanta (Big League Stew)

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The Detroit Tigers offense went into a mini slump on Friday, scoring only one total run in a doubleheader loss to the Kansas City Royals. Miguel Cabrera wasn’t going to allow that to carry over on Saturday though. After doubling to give Detroit a 4-3 lead in the fourth, Cabrera came up again leading off the ninth inning with the game tied and delivered the sixth walk-off home run of his Hall of Fame career to give the Tigers a 6-5 victory .
Of course the natural question to ask next is why would Kansas City even bother having Aaron Crow pitch to Cabrera in that position. Walking the lead-off batter isn’t a great option, either, but it’s better than the ultimate result.
And it may have even got Cabrera’s bat out of the game all together.
From the Associated Press:
”Every at-bat, every game, you want to do something good, because I think people pay for that,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera has been slowed by a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg. He was healthy enough to take a victory lap and looked relatively comfortable rounding the bases as a sellout crowd of 41,850 cheered.
”When you hit a home run like that, you’re loose, smooth,” he said.
Who’s this guy kidding? He’s always smooth.

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Rockies-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

The New York Mets have struggled to score as their slump has deepened over the past two weeks. The Colorado Rockies have had even bigger problems of late, pairing a similar lack of hitting with ineffective pitching.

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Twins-Angels Preview (The Associated Press)

The Los Angeles Angels haven’t won a game started by a pitcher other than Jered Weaver or C.J. Wilson in nearly three weeks, though their ineffective offense could have just as much to do with their current slump.

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Closing Time: Hisashi Iwakuma hits a slump; Biogenesis black cloud looms (Roto Arcade)

Although the Biogenesis story is the obvious elephant in the room, I’m making an executive decision to talk about on-field baseball first. If you want my thoughts on the Biogenesis mess, skip down to the second bullet.
• Opinions are going to be split on the slumping Hisashi Iwakuma . Some will choose to bail, while others will look for a buying opportunity. Put me in the second camp.
His last five starts have all sorts of jagged numbers attached: 22 runs allowed, 10 homers. His ERA jumped from 1.79 to 2.97 over that span. The Red Sox hammered him for eight hits, six runs and three taters in Tuesday’s victory at Safeco Field.
Control hasn’t been a big problem for Iwakuma during this slump, but command has been – while he’s still around the strike zone (and rarely walking anyone), he’s not putting pitches exactly where he wants them. That’s been a part of this gopher parade, but let’s also credit some of the hitters. When you face offenses like the Red Sox, Rangers and Athletics (as Iwakuma has during this stretch), sometimes the batter is going to win.

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Atlanta Braves’ Series Loss in Milwaukee Highlights Growing Concerns for World Series Contention (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Only in the National League East could the Atlanta Braves drop five of their last seven games but have only one game slide off of their lead in the division. The Braves finally notched a victory in Milwaukee on Sunday, June 23, after giving back the previous eight contests they played in the cheese state. Even though Atlanta was able to snap out of their slump, their recent failures highlight a growing concern among fans as to whether or not this team is built to truly contend for a World Series title in 2013.

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Cubs-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

General manager Sandy Alderson picked a tough time to discuss the current state of the New York Mets with season ticket holders, as a rough homestand has extended the team’s long slump.

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