9/23/2013 | Konerko gets advice from Ripken about future
Paul Konerko ultimately will make the final call on what his future holds after this 15th season as part of the White Sox comes to a close. But the cerebral captain is not above seeking a little advice from players who have been there in making this decision.
9/23/2013 | Hundley's three-run blast leads Padres over D-backs
Nick Hundley hit a three-run home run and Eric Stults allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 4-1, before a crowd of 15,869 at Petco Park. Hundley snapped a 1-1 tie with two outs in the sixth inning with his 12th homer of the year, a shot to left off the Western Metal Supply Co. building, that followed singles by Chase Headley and Tommy Medica.
9/23/2013 | GM Daniels says Cruz's playoff status undetermined
On Monday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels clarified comments about Nelson Cruz's suspension which were published in USA Today.
9/23/2013 | Usually durable Venable may not return this year
Outfielder Will Venable, who has played more games than any other Padres player in 2013, was out of the starting lineup on Monday with an "abdominal situation," manager Bud Black said. The Padres have just six games left in the season after Monday. Black said he wasn't sure if or when Venable would appear in the lineup again.
9/23/2013 | Bullpen a bright spot heading into 2014
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that the performance of the bullpen has been a bright spot for an injury-riddled club that is in last place in the American League East as the regular season winds down.
9/23/2013 | D-backs have plethora of young shortstops
This time last year the D-backs were searching for a shortstop of the future. Now, they could have as many as three. During the offseason, the D-backs acquired shortstops Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed in trades. Add to that Chris Owings, drafted out of high school by the team in 2009, and the position has gotten very crowded.
9/23/2013 | Rough outing may have been Locke's last in '13
Beyond Wrigley Field, the Pirates have a short-sighted rotation. But Jeff Locke has a sense his sights already have to be on 2014. One possible scenario omits Locke, whose August-September ERA shot to 7.05 with his one-inning, five-run turn on Sunday against the Reds in PNC Park.
9/23/2013 | Doc's season ends after early exit in Phils' loss
After leaving Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park just three batters into the game with what the Phillies called "right arm fatigue," Roy Halladay's season, and possibly his tenure with the Phillies, is over.
9/23/2013 | Raise the Jolly Roger! Pirates return to playoffs
Starling Marte homered with two outs in the ninth inning to snap a tie with the Cubs, give the Pirates a 2-1 win Monday night and clinch a tie for a National League playoff berth as a Wild Card team. With the Nationals' 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, the Pirates are officially in the postseason for the first time since 1992.
9/23/2013 | Cingrani's back feels good after bullpen session
Tony Cingrani took a major step forward in his recovery from lower back soreness on Monday, when he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session without pain or incident. Although that's good news for Cingrani and the club, the Reds are still left with more questions than answers regarding the next step for the 24-year-old left-hander.
9/23/2013 | Choo returns in a big way to help Reds clinch
The sore left thumb that kept Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo out of action for two straight games appeared just fine on Monday against the Mets. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter went 3-for-6 on the night, and none of his hits were bigger than his walk-off single in the 10th inning that gave the Reds a 3-2 win and a spot in the postseason.
9/23/2013 | Ten reasons the Braves are NL East champs
While the Braves entered this season with hopes of returning to the postseason for a second straight year, it is safe to say they did not envision the journey that unfolded. Significant injuries and disappointing performances provided by projected key contributors made the road much more bumpy than envisioned.
9/23/2013 | Pujols resting before starting offseason work
Albert Pujols is an intense and extremely competitive person. Now that the Angels are eliminated from the postseason, the first baseman is letting his body rest until starting his offseason routine.
9/23/2013 | After rough start, Cishek having historic year
The way the season started, Steve Cishek had no idea it could actually end with him setting a franchise record for consecutive saves.
9/23/2013 | A's power closer in playoff home-field chase
Southpaw Tommy Milone racked up eight strikeouts and was fortified with homers from Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss as the A's posted a 10-5 win over the Angels on Monday night.
9/23/2013 | Nats battle to final week after slow start to season
Entering the 2013 season, the Nationals were favored by many to win their second straight National League East title. But the Braves got out to a fast start while the Nats started slowly, easing Atlanta's path to become champions of the division, while three teams from the NL Central -- the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds -- found their way to the postseason.
9/23/2013 | Ten reasons Cardinals are returning to postseason
Unexpected emergences, record-setting seasons and an expectation for excellence in many ways defined the Cardinals' 2013 season. Here is a look at 10 things, in no particular order, that went right as the Cardinals clinched their third straight postseason berth.
9/23/2013 | Postseason rotation yet to be determined
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell began mapping out potential plans for the starting rotation they will utilize during the postseason.
9/23/2013 | Casilla hospitalized after blow to head
Orioles infielder Alexi Casilla will remain in a Tampa Bay area hospital on Monday night as the team travels north after suffering a collision in the bottom of the seventh inning of Baltimore's 5-4 loss to the Rays.
9/23/2013 | Lohse set to reach 190-innings incentive
Kyle Lohse is poised to earn a $350,000 bonus when he records his first out on Wednesday against the Braves.
9/23/2013 | Sandberg: Rehabbing Howard will make big '14 impact
Ryan Howard, who is recovering from left knee surgery, has seen some action in simulated games in Clearwater, Fla. Ryne Sandberg is expecting good things from Howard next season, but he wants him to be healthy and ready to play first.
9/23/2013 | Harvey could pitch in AFL while rehabbing elbow
Matt Harvey may pitch in Arizona Fall League games as he attempts to rehab from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday.
9/23/2013 | Estrada throws seven scoreless in win over Braves
Marco Estrada threw seven scoreless innings and Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each homered in a 5-0 victory over the Braves on Monday.
9/23/2013 | Left knee injury likely to end Machado's season
The Orioles are expected to be without Manny Machado for the remainder of the season as the third baseman exited Monday's 5-4 loss to the Rays with a left knee injury that resulted in him being carted off the field.
9/23/2013 | Campaign comes to a close for Mauer
Joe Mauer's season has come to an end. Terry Ryan announced on Monday that Mauer, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a concussion, will not play again in 2013.
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