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Rumor Central: Will the Philadelphia Phillies shop Cesar Hernandez? – MLB Rumor Central

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez will likely be a key figure in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ offseason, either as a building block for 2018 or as a valuable trade chip, suggests Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com. The 27-year-old Hernandez has emerged as a dependable leadoff hitter, compiling a .292/.366/.404 slash line over the past two seasons. The recent promotion of J.P. Crawford has left the Phillies with a crowded infield as Hernandez, Crawford, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco have been splitting September at-bats. Galvis is set to be a free agent, but the…

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Ranking the MLB teams after Week 24 of the season

After 24 weeks, the regular season is winding down, and we’re seeing the rankings approach their final shape. The Indians saw their win streak snapped at 22 just before they clinched an AL Central title, and they were the easy, unanimous choice for No. 1 among our voters. The Dodgers rebounded from their slump to climb back up to the second slot, while the Astros sit perched at the third spot. All three clubs have had long runs at the top, but the Indians seem likely to finish the regular-season…

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Real or not? Justin Verlander brings the swagger back as Astros clinch – SweetSpot

The Houston Astros have their swagger back. Remember, before the Los Angeles Dodgers had the greatest two months in major league history and before the Cleveland Indians reeled off the longest winning streak in 100 years and before the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East and the Chicago Cubs inched closer to the NL Central title, the Astros were the big story in baseball. They were 42-16 through June 5 and seemed invincible, with a high-powered offense, two All-Star starters in Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. and a deep…

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Tigers’ Matthew Boyd loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 9th inning

DETROIT — Matthew Boyd‘s no-hit bid ended when Tim Anderson doubled with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Detroit left-hander closed out a 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday for the first nine-inning complete game of his professional career. Boyd (6-10) allowed only two runners — a walk to Rob Brantly in the third and Anderson’s double to the gap in right-center field with two outs in the ninth. He threw a career-high 121 pitches and struck out five. The 26-year-old had not thrown a…

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How Stephen Strasburg has remained immune in The Year of the Home Run – Washington Nationals

In case you haven’t heard, home runs are up. Like, way up. But for Stephen Strasburg, homers are down. Truth be told, everything is down for Strasburg this year, in a good way. But the thing that really sticks out is his improved ability to keep the ball in the park, especially in a season that has seen more taters than an Idaho farmers’ convention. To fully grasp just how stingy the Nats’ pitcher has been with the longball, consider his past four starts: 1. Aug. 24 at Houston: Facing…

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Noah Syndergaard of New York Mets may not return from DL until next week

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said right-hander Noah Syndergaard, sidelined since April 30 with a torn lat muscle, might not return until next week. The team had hoped that Syndergaard would be able to pitch this weekend against the Atlanta Braves, but that was scrapped after he was examined Saturday by the team medical staff. Syndergaard threw a bullpen session with no restrictions on Thursday. Biceps and shoulder discomfort led Syndergaard to be scratched from an April 27 start against Atlanta. He pitched again April 30 against Washington but…

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Timing is everything for Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras’ suspension – Chicago Cubs Blog

CHICAGO — The suspension of Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras for arguing and then throwing down his face mask near home plate umpire Jordan Baker on Friday could actually come at the least hurtful time for the team. Contreras’ appeal will likely be decided Monday, an off day for the Cubs, and whether the suspension is upheld or reduced to a game, the catcher will serve it while the Cubs play against the Tampa Bay Rays. Considering the Cubs face the Brewers and Cardinals immediately after playing the Rays for…

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Red Sox working extra(s) hard to maintain their AL East lead – Boston Red Sox Blog

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — At some point before the ninth inning Friday night, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell took a peek at the scoreboard above the left-field bleachers at Tropicana Field. And there it was, in bright lights, for all to see. YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 2. “You see their score up on the board,” Farrell said, “and you know what potentially could be there.” It’s that time of year. Scoreboard-watching is all the rage in ballparks across baseball. For the Red Sox, trailing by three runs entering the ninth…

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Los Angeles Dodgers-Washington Nationals series no playoff preview – Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON — Preview schmeview. Everybody knows that when it comes to the playoffs, pitching trumps all. That’s why this weekend’s three-game set between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers holds barely any predictive value whatsoever. Edwin Jackson vs. Alex Wood? Not a matchup we’ll see come October. AJ Cole vs. Rich Hill? We’re more likely to get Nat King Cole vs. Lauryn Hill. Edwin Jackson surrendered seven runs in 2⅓ innings to the Dodgers on Friday. Mitchell Layton/Getty Images Even the Sunday night faceoff between Stephen Strasburg and Hyun-Jin Ryu,…

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Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein wants to see improvement

CHICAGO – Exactly one year ago Saturday, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein, along with other members of the front office, watched the team play the Milwaukee Brewers from the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field. The relaxed setting to watch the game was understandable, considering the Cubs had just clinched the division the day before and were 18 games in front of second place. Fast forward to Friday, the Cubs open a series against the St. Louis Cardinals just three games up on them in the NL Central and feeling…

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