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MIN@DET: Tigers clinch fourth straight division title

DETROIT — The Tigers still own the American League Central. It just took them a little longer to deliver the final installment.

It wasn’t quick, and it wasn’t easy, but the Tigers have gone the easy route before and come up short. With 7 1/3 shutout innings by David Price and two RBIs from Ian Kinsler, the Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive division title by the slimmest of margins, taking a 3-0 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

They’re back in the postseason with a chance at the World Series they’ve been pursuing for four years. They’ll take it.

“Battle-tested teams are always better,” Kinsler said. “To be able to put up with those things and to overcome what we’ve overcome definitely makes Women’s Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Limited New Pink Be Luv’d Jersey us a tougher team. Now the goal’s just to prove it.”

The Tigers’ 90th win of the season was one more than the Royals, who held on to beat the White Sox in Chicago with their spot in the AL Wild Card Game sealed by game’s Women’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Pink Fem Fan Fashion Jersey end.

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It’s the step expected from the Tigers all along. Make what you want about the long wait, but with the sense of urgency at its peak, the Tigers again delivered, thanks in large part to two players who weren’t around for the previous three division titles.

All of those were clinched on the road. Twenty-seven years had passed since the Tigers clinched at home. That, too, came on the final day of the regular season, when another Tigers left-hander, Frank Tanana, won a division title in Detroit by shutting out the Blue Jays at Tiger Stadium.

Price couldn’t duplicate Tanana’s shutout, but he came close. The one opponent that kept him from it was his pitch count. Considering how well the Twins had chewed up one Tigers pitcher after another over the last few weeks, it was an accomplishment.

Five days after taking a shutout bid into the ninth inning and losing a 3-0 lead, Price was again at his best, changing speeds and holding down a Twins lineup that pounded Tigers pitching for much of the season — including Price a week and a half ago at Target Field — and scored 23 runs over the previous two nights to take Detroit’s division hopes to this point.

There wasn’t a major change in game plan, catcher Alex Avila suggested.

“It’s about getting ahead and executing,” Avila said.

There was one pitch in particular that Price executed on the Twins to frustrate them.

“That’s the best I’ve ever seen him command every pitch in and out, but especially his cutter,” Brian Dozier said. “It was sharp. It wasn’t just a little baby cutter. It was moving pretty good. When he commands that 93-94 [mph] with a backdoor cutter, he’s tough.”

Price (15-12) allowed four hits over 7 1/3 innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts. He retired the side in order in just two innings, and faced a runner in scoring position in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, the latter two with less than two outs. Each time, however, he got a clutch strikeout.

Dozier, who homered each of the previous two nights, whiffed on a 94-mph fastball to end the third. Oswaldo Arcia fanned in the fourth before Eduardo Escobar grounded out. Aaron Hicks doubled with one out in the fifth, but Price sent down Danny Santana with a changeup, fastball and cutter before retiring Dozier on a flyout.

It was the kind of big-game outing that prompted the Tigers to trade for Price at the July 31 Trade Deadline. They just weren’t counting on needing it quite so soon.

“You can’t pitch a better game than what he did,” Kinsler said. “He could’ve gone 1 2/3 more, but I think that’s just getting greedy.”

Kinsler’s 17th homer of the season was the Tigers’ first hit off Kyle Gibson, who made his first trip through the Tigers’ lineup allowing only a walk. A hanging breaking ball on a 1-0 pitch was one of the few mistakes Gibson (13-12) made all afternoon.

“I was lucky enough to get a hanger from him,” Kinsler said. “He didn’t make a lot of mistakes today. To be able to capitalize was just big.”

The pitch that added on runs in the eighth wasn’t so much a mistake as a credit for Kinsler. Gibson tried to go inside for a fastball, but Kinsler anticipated it, sending a ground ball through the left side as Andrew Romine sped into third base.

Third-base coach Dave Clark aggressively waved Romine home, challenging left fielder Chris Herrmann to make a play. Romine Texans Pink Jersey not only beat the throw, but allowed Ezequiel Carrera to take third base and set up Torii Hunter‘s sac fly off Lester Oliveros.

All that was left was the ninth inning, and closer Joe Nathan turned in one of his best of the year. And once Avila secured Arcia’s popup in his mitt for the final out, the Tigers stormed the field.

For all the celebrating they’ve done the last few years, it could have been subdued. For all they’ve been through this year, it was not.

“I understand that the fans were frustrated,” Victor Martinez said, “but there was nobody more frustrated than ourselves. We know what kind of talent we have here. We really were frustrated, and you know what, I’m really proud of this group today. We stayed together, and Houston Texans Women’s Pink Jersey here we are.”

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MIA@WSH: Strasburg whiffs seven over six innings

WASHINGTON — If Saturday was any indication, right-hander Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Gamecocks Jersey Stephen Strasburg is ready for the National League Division Series. He pitched six shutout innings and helped the Nationals beat the Marlins, 5-1, at Nationals Park.

While an announcement hasn’t been made, Strasburg is expected to pitch Game 1 of the NLDS against the winner of the NL Wild Card game. It will be Strasburg’s first playoff appearance. He missed the 2012 postseason because he was on an innings limit after having Tommy John surgery two years earlier.

“I’m really excited,” Strasburg said about pitching in the playoffs. “I’m going to keep throwing and give it everything I have. … I’m going to get back to work and get ready for whenever I make the start.”

Strasburg (14-11) wasn’t limited in any way on Saturday. In fact, he pitched like a Game 1 starter, allowing two hits and striking out seven. The Marlins came close to scoring in the third inning. They had Jeff Mathis on third with two outs, but Christian Yelich struck out looking to end the threat.

“Today is as good as he has been all month,” manager Matt Williams said about Strasburg. “Really good fastball — 96, 97 [miles per hour]. Changeup and curveball to go with it. He threw it where he wanted to. [He has been] just the same Jadeveon Clowney Jersey as he has been that last four or five starts.”

Marlins manager Mike Redmond acknowledged his team couldn’t touch Strasburg.

“It was a tough day for us, offensively. We didn’t get anything going, really,” Redmond said. “Just a couple of hits. Probably one hit was a little bit of a gift out there.”

During the month of September, Strasburg was nearly unhittable, going 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 innings. Opponents had a .194 batting average against the right-hander during the month. Strasburg used both sides of the plate and had excellent fastball command.

“He feels great,” Williams said. “His strength is good. He is throwing the ball the way he wants it to. He is making pitches when he needs to. That’s typical Stephen of what we’ve seen all year long. I think he is pitching really well. He is ready for next week.”

Strasburg also helped himself with the bat in the second inning. With runners on first and third and one out, Strasburg bunted the ball toward Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who threw Strasburg out at first base. But Bryce Harper hustled home after he saw the pitcher throw to first, and he slid in Men’s Nike South Carolina Gamecocks Garnet Jadeveon Clowney White Football Jersey Authentic head-first just before the tag.

In the fifth inning, Eovaldi found himself in trouble again, when Washington loaded Jadeveon Clowney Jersey for Sale the bases with no outs. Adam Men’s Nike South Carolina Gamecocks Garnet Jadeveon Clowney Authentic Black Football Jersey LaRoche grounded out, but Denard Span scored on the play.

Span had two hits in the game, tying him with Cristian Guzman for the franchise’s single-season hits mark (183), and breaking Guzman’s multihit game record with his 58th.

“I feel good. Christian Guzman was a [heck] of a player,” Span said. “I watched him coming up in the Minors with Minnesota. It’s just an honor to be mentioned with his name and to be mentioned in the same sentence as tying a record or breaking a record.”

Asdrubal Cabrera broke the game open with a three-run double off Carter Capps in the eighth inning. Prior to Saturday, Cabrera was in a 9-for-51 (.176) slump with just four RBIs.

“[Cabrera] had been a little jumpy, not seeing the ball as well as he would like to, but he is a pro,” Williams said. “He has been there a time or two with the bases loaded. He has the ability to calm it down and get a good pitch to hit in that at-bat. It was a really meaningful base hit.”

After Strasburg left the game, Jerry Blevins and Tyler Clippard blanked the Marlins in the seventh and eighth, and Drew Storen allowed an unearned run in the ninth before sealing the win.

The Nationals improved their record to 95-66.

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SEA@TOR: LoMo records two homers in Mariners' win

TORONTO — There hasn’t been a lot to Texans Pink Jersey celebrate for the Mariners in the past week, but they flew home Thursday night with some long-lost smiles on their faces — and slim playoff hopes still afloat — following a 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Logan Morrison helped Seattle snap a five-game losing skid and end a rugged road trip on a positive note as he smacked two home runs to continue his strong stretch run for a club still clinging to an outside shot at its first postseason berth since 2001.

“We’re still in the ring, still fighting,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It’s a good feeling. A Pink Texans Jersey lot of teams wish they were in our position. As dire as it may look, there are a lot of teams that wish they were in the Seattle Mariners’ shoes right now. We’re still in it and we’re going to play hard and see what happens.”

The Mariners finished 4-7 on their cross-country trek as Morrison’s four-RBI day helped them improve to 84-75, two games back of the A’s (86-73) for the second American League Wild Card spot with three games remaining at home against the Angels.

Any combination of two Seattle losses or two A’s victories would eliminate the Mariners.

Thus if the Mariners sweep they Angels, they’d need the A’s to finish 1-2 to force a one-game playoff at Safeco Field on Monday or 0-3 to get a Wild Card berth outright. The Mariners can also force a one-game playoff if they take two of three from the Angels and the A’s lose their final three games. That’s a long-shot scenario for a Mariners club that has won only six of its last 18 games and was outscored 69-44 on the just-completed road trip, but any chance is better than no chance at this point.

“Obviously, that’s not how we wanted to play baseball this last stretch,” said catcher Mike Zunino, who chipped in with a home run of his own Thursday. “But with a win, we know we still have hope and we can only take care of what we can take care of now. It’ll be a tough series against the Angels, Texans Pink Shirts but I think we’re ready for it and looking forward to playing them.”

The Mariners salvaged the finale of the four-game series with Toronto as their bats came alive after a 1-0 loss on Wednesday. Both of Morrison’s blasts gave Seattle a lead — the second one for good — and Zunino added a solo shot to keep hope alive.

“It’s very nice to turn that page and get things moving in the right direction hopefully for these last three,” said Tom Wilhelmsen, who opened the game for the Mariners with his second spot start of the season.

Despite the late-season stumble, Seattle finished the year with a 46-35 road record, the second-most road wins for a season in franchise history.

Kyle Seager had a pair of run-scoring singles to raise his team-leading RBI total to 96. Women’s Nike Houston Texans 23 Arian Foster Pink Be Luvd Fashion Jersey Seager’s first base hit ended Seattle’s 18-inning scoreless streak in the fourth and Morrison followed moments later with a three-run shot to center on the first pitch he saw from Blue Jays reliever Todd Redmond.

It was Morrison’s second three-run blast on the road trip, having ended a scoreless duel in Anaheim with a ninth-inning homer in a 3-1 win seven days earlier. After Toronto tied the game back up at 4, Morrison came through again with a solo shot leading off the sixth.

“He came up real big for us today when we needed Women’s Pink Texans Jersey it the most,” said McClendon.

“It’s a good feeling to know your team is looking at Houston Texans Women’s Pink Jersey you when you’ve got guys like Robinson Cano and Kendrys Morales and they’re looking at you to get the job done,” said Morrison. “That’s what you want. You want to be that guy. So now get those guys going and then it’ll be everybody.”

Five of Morrison’s 11 home runs have come in September, when he’s hit .328 (21-for-64) with seven doubles and 10 RBIs to raise his season average to .256 with 37 RBIs overall.

Zunino, 23, extended his club record for home runs by a catcher to 22 by smoking a 3-0 pitch over the left-field wall in the sixth.

Both teams went with bullpen days as 15 pitchers saw action. Wilhelmsen lasted just 1 1/3 innings while giving up a pair of runs on two hits and two walks as McClendon looked to keep him available for the Angels series as well.

“You’re still managing with a hand on today and a hand on tomorrow, depending on what happens,” said McClendon. “I need him ready to go the next three days and I didn’t want to extend anybody too much.”

Wilhelmsen was kicking himself over his early exit, but said the final outcome soothed that situation.

“I felt wonderful. I was really excited,” he said. “Then I just started getting ahead of myself. I was more concerned about trying to go as deep as I could as opposed to what’s really going on right now. And that ended up biting me in the butt. Walking [two] people in four outs is just unacceptable, no matter if you’re the starter or just a fill-in guy. I felt really good and it was mighty frustrating. But that all faded away as soon as we got the lead.”

Yoervis Medina, the fifth of nine Mariners pitchers on the day, was credited with the win.

Fernando Rodney, making just his second appearance in the last 12 days, gave up a leadoff homer in the ninth to Kevin Pillar before finishing off his AL-leading 47th save, extending his club record.

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BAL@NYY: Orioles break out with a six-run 4th inning

NEW YORK — Any more concerns about the Orioles’ offense in late September?  

Baltimore, which clinched the American League East Division on Sept. 16, has proved its recent lull was no more than a temporary dip with a combined 32 hits in Whitney Mercilus Jersey Cheap its last two games in the Bronx. On Wednesday, the Orioles used an 11-batter, six-run fourth inning to top the Yankees, 9-5, and officially eliminate New York from postseason contention.

“It seems as though when we hit home runs, we win a lot of ballgames,” outfielder David Lough said of the powerful O’s lineup, “but today showed that we’re capable of just coming up with hits and coming up with runs and getting [baserunners] in from scoring position.”

The O’s (95-63) remained 2 1/2 games behind the Angels, who also won Whitney Mercilus Football Uniforms Wednesday, for the best record in the AL. If the Orioles can overtake the Halos, they would guarantee themselves home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The sentiment in the clubhouse after the win was that the O’s didn’t take extra pride in knocking out New York.

“We’ve got an outside shot Whitney Mercilus Shirts of catching Anaheim,” manager Buck Showalter said. “But you don’t ever take some satisfaction out of [eliminating another team]. When we came in here the first time, earlier in the year, we knew — and here they are, in it with four, five games left to play. That’s quite a testament to them and the challenges that [manager] Joe [Girardi] and the staff and the organization have had with a lot of injuries. To stay this engaged this long was pretty impressive.”

Also impressive? The way the Orioles turned the tables on Yankees starter Shane Greene, who was dominant early and watched a three-run lead — and his outing — go by the wayside as the O’s bats woke up.  

Ryan Flaherty, up with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, put the Orioles on the board with a two-run double. He was followed one out later by Nick Markakis‘ two-run single, and Lough added a triple to score Markakis. Adam Jones‘ bunt single scored Lough for the sixth run of the inning.

“It’s important [to manufacture runs], especially in the postseason,” Flaherty said. “The weather’s cold, wind’s blowing in — kind of like today. There weren’t many people who were going to hit the ball through that wind.”  

Orioles starter Bud Norris did his part to keep the Yankees in check, going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits. Norris, who improved to 9-1 with a 2.91 ERA against the AL East this season, struck out nine in the 95-pitch outing.

“Everybody talks about the AL East being the best division in baseball, and it elevates my game,” Norris said. “I go out there and pitch, and I’ve learned a lot from the guys here. I’ve gotten a lot of critiquing from [Chris] Tillman and other guys to help me get through Men’s Nike Houston Texans 59 Whitney Mercilus 10th Anniversary Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey these things. I’m just going to go out there and compete. The numbers have been outstanding, but the victories are what it’s about — team victories for me and this group.”  

  After allowing one run in each of his first three innings, including homers by Stephen Drew and Chase Headley, Norris settled in and retired his final eight batters, then turned the ball over to right-hander Tommy Hunter. Hunter recorded one out in the seventh before a double prompted Showalter to tab lefty Brian Matusz to finish off the inning. Showalter wanted certain pitchers to work in back-to-back games, so in all, Baltimore used six pitchers, setting up righty Darren O’Day‘s fourth save.

Baltimore tacked on three more in the eighth inning on Lough’s Whitney Mercilus Texans Jersey sacrifice fly off reliever David Phelps and RBI singles by Jones and Nelson Cruz, who singled four times on the day. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira cut into that lead with a two-run homer Whitney Mercilus Jersey off Brad Brach in the bottom of the frame.

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CHICAGO — It was with a blast against the Cubs on Aug. 30 that Matt Holliday broke a tie and cut the tension building from a four-game losing streak that had the J.J.Watt Battle Red Jersey Cardinals two games back of the division lead. That homer sparked a 17-6 roll that the club took into Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, when Holliday tried to carry the club on his back again.

He delivered the game-tying home run and put himself on base to be the potential game-winning tally, but the lack of a supporting cast cost the Cardinals offensive chances and bided time for the Cubs to find some vulnerability in Pat Neshek. With Welington Castillo‘s two-out single off Neshek in the 10th, the Cubs celebrated a 4-3 win that made the National League Central race a little bit tighter.

The Pirates benefited from the loss to pull within 1 1/2 games of the Cardinals, who haven’t had a division lead that tenuous since the first day of September. With their magic number at four, the earliest St. Louis can clinch a second straight division title is now Friday.

“Obviously, Pittsburgh is playing well right now,” said starter Shelby Miller, whose 4 1/3-inning start was his shortest since June. “No doubt, that team is not going to give up. But then again, neither are we. We know what we’re capable of and will take it day by day and try to win each game.”

Neshek pushed the game into extras with a clean 13-pitch ninth inning that manager Mike Matheny Men’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey later said made it an easy J.J.Watt Houston Texans Jersey Shirt decision to send him back out for the 10th. Though he hadn’t made a multiple-inning appearance since Aug. 10, Neshek was Women’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J. Watt Limited Battle Red Alternate Jersey pitching on four days’ rest.

Anthony Rizzo blasted a one-out double off the wall in center. A groundout and intentional walk then brought up Castillo, who drove a pitch too far for center fielder Peter Bourjos to catch up to.

“I was aggressive, looking for something over home plate that I can drive, and he threw me a slider over home plate and I was on it,” J.J.Watt Liberty White Jersey Castillo said. “I was on top of that, and I was lucky to hit it.”

Castillo drove in three runs, the first two via a second-inning homer off Miller that was set up by Miller’s first walk in 20 innings. The Cubs built their lead to three when Matt Szczur deposited an over-the-plate fastball into the stands in the fifth. Both costly pitches were four-seam fastballs, which Miller threw a heavy dose of after a string of starts in which he relied more heavily on his sinker and curveball.

The swing-happy Cubs brought about the change in approach, Miller said, and he did benefit by riding the pitch to a season-high eight strikeouts. But those were overshadowed by the mistakes.

“To his credit, it was working at the beginning,” Matheny said of the approach. “But that’s also a dangerous way to pitch, as we saw.”

Tyler Lyons helped close the fifth inning for Miller. Whether Miller will pitch again in the regular season will depend upon whether the Cardinals alter their rotation schedule to have him make a postseason tuneup on Sunday.

That is, of course, if he fits prominently into the team’s postseason plans. Last year, Miller spent October watching from J.J.Watt NFL Football Uniforms the bullpen bench. This year, he made his case for inclusion in the JJ Watt Jersey White playoff rotation by finishing the season with a 1.48 ERA over five September starts.

“This stretch I’ve been on, I feel good,” Miller said. “I feel like, besides tonight, I’ve been throwing the ball pretty well. Tonight was weird. I felt good. I just made a couple bad pitches, that’s it.”

The Cardinals took him off the hook for a loss by evening the game with a J.J.Watt Jersey Red three-run sixth that opened with singles by Oscar Taveras and Matt Carpenter. After an RBI groundout from Jon Jay, Holliday appeared as the potential tying run.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks buzzed Holliday’s face with his second pitch, then slumped his shoulders as he watched Holliday pulverize a 2-2 fastball over the left-field wall.

“I was trying to pitch around him,” Hendricks said. “If I walk him, I walk him. I know that, that’s my mindset, and we talked about that in the [pregame] meeting. I throw a sinker, it starts on the black and cuts. It didn’t sink. I went back and watched it on video, and I still can’t believe it ended up where it did.”

The homer secured a ninth straight 20-homer season for Holliday and gave the Cardinals as many runs off Hendricks in that inning as they had scored in the previous 17 1/3 against him.

His next time up, Holliday opened the eighth with a double. Matt Adams couldn’t move him to third, though a wild pitch did. Still, Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina couldn’t get him home. It was the second time in the game that the Cardinals couldn’t get a runner home from third with less than two outs.

“Those, in games like this, typically come back to haunt you,” Matheny said. “And it did.”

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LOS ANGELES — There was a Frank Sinatra Jr. serenade, a cake with candles and 53,500 guests in attendance. The only thing Tommy Lasorda was missing on his 87th birthday was a Dodgers win.

While the Los Angeles legend celebrated his special day Adrian Peterson Jersey Pink at Dodger Stadium on Monday, the Dodgers pushed back any celebration of their own to another day, falling to the rival Giants, 5-2, in 13 innings. The Dodgers’ magic number still sits at three and their lead in the National League West shrunk to 3 1/2 games with the loss.

In a playoff-like atmosphere, Dan Haren allowed just one hit in seven innings, a depleted bullpen rallied to get the team through extra frames, and Yasiel Puig delivered one of the team’s defensive plays of the year, unleashing what was Women’s Adrian Peterson Pink Jersey at Adrian Peterson Elite Jesey the time a game-saving throw to catch Brandon Belt at home with one out in the 11th.

But none of those moments — and no birthday cake — could outweigh the final result. The Dodgers went hitless from the sixth inning on before long reliever Kevin Correia surrendered three runs in the decisive 13th.

“The story for me is we just didn’t do enough to win,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We give ourselves chances, our pitchers got us out of jams. [The Giants] kept getting guys out there, and our guys did a nice job of getting outs, and you’re just hoping at some point you get a run up.”

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The Giants, meanwhile, peppered the Dodgers’ bullpen for 11 hits, a bullpen that was shorthanded due to Sunday’s pitcher-by-committee win against the Cubs. Still, J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Scott Elbert, Brandon League and Daniel Coulombe managed to hold the Giants scoreless until Correia took over in the 13th.

With two outs and Belt on second base, the Dodgers opted to intentionally walk Brandon Crawford, bringing up the pitcher’s spot Adrian Peterson Jersey Authentic in the batting order. The move backfired, however, as pinch-hitter Andrew Susac singled to drive in the go-ahead run. Center fielder Gregor Blanco followed up with a double to right, scoring Crawford, then scoring Susac as Blanco got caught in a rundown between second and third.

The Dodgers proceeded to go down in order in the bottom of the 13th against right-hander Hunter Strickland.

“It’s a tough loss,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “You’re getting closer, and you kind of want to put the nail in the coffin. Adrian Peterson Merchandise … Danny pitched well enough to win, and we weren’t able to close the deal for him, and we weren’t able to generate anything offensively.”

Haren’s lone mistake came against the first batter he faced, Blanco, who drilled a 3-2 fastball to center for a homer.

The right-hander struck out seven and walked none Adrian Peterson Jersey for Kids — the lone baserunners he dealt with came via three Dodgers errors. In the third inning, Blanco reached third base with one out after right fielder Matt Kemp and Puig miscommunicated on a fly ball. The ball ricocheted off Kemp’s glove, and Blanco came around to score one batter later on a bunt by Joe Panik.

Despite coming away with a no-decision, Haren was pleased with his outing. He said he was eager for the opportunity to test himself against a playoff-caliber team like the Giants, and he excelled in front of what was the largest crowd in the Major Leagues this season.

“I felt really good,” Haren said. “I’ve been throwing the ball good for the last few weeks, taking out a start or two. When the team needs me, I’ve been able to step up. I’ve done my best when guys are down this year. I don’t know if I’m going to be one-hit-in-seven-innings good, but I feel like I’m going to give us a good chance every time I go out there.”

Haren gave his team a chance Monday, but ultimately, the Dodgers weren’t able to carry the celebratory mood from the start of the game all the way to the end.

“I mean, we played hard,” Haren said. “The bullpen did amazing considering we threw so many innings yesterday. We feel it. We feel the end is near. We know we have to win a few more games, and we’re going to get there.

“Today we don’t feel good, but tomorrow we could be feeling the complete opposite.”

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TOR@NYY: Ellsbury puts Yankees up with a two-run shot

NEW YORK — For nearly the entire season, the Yankees’ pitching staff has rarely been the culprit for the team’s losses. Even after four Opening Day starters saw varied time on the disabled list, others stepped up. The problem, as it has recently continued through September, has been finding offense.

On a chilly Friday night, the Yankees continued their strong effort on the mound but at least temporarily found life with their bats. Jacoby Ellsbury contributed three RBIs, and New York pelted Toronto starter Mark Buehrle for eight hits, edging out the Blue Jays in a 5-3 DeAndre Hopkins Jersey Texans victory at Yankee Stadium.

It was the Yankees’ third straight win at a time when they need every one they can get, pulling to within 4 1/2 games of the Royals for the second American League Wild Card spot.

The burst of early offense wasn’t exactly unprecedented considering the lefty on the mound. Buehrle entered the outing having beaten the Yankees only once in 20 career starts, putting up a 1-13 record with a 6.14 ERA in that span. His 21st outing wasn’t any better.

Ellsbury carried the torch for most of the night, doubling and scoring in the first and later scorching a go-ahead two-run home run in the third. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Ellsbury grounded to second but beat out a potential double play on Jose Reyes‘ errant throw as two runs scored. Ellsbury sustained a strained right hamstring on the play and was pulled from the game by manager Joe Girardi at the start of the fifth inning.

“Any time a guy comes out and grabs his hamstring, you’re always concerned,” said Girardi. “It’s not what you want. We just lost [Martin] Prado and Jake swung the bat really well tonight. He’s been a huge part of our offense. It’s not what you want, but you’ve got to deal with it. That’s all we can do.”

On this night, though, the veteran mainstay in the Yankees’ rotation, Hiroki Kuroda, provided the silver lining to Ellsbury’s bitter exit.

Kuroda battled to give the Yankees 6 2/3 innings after falling into an early hole, taking a nearly identical arc to Shane Greene‘s outing on Thursday night. Kuroda threw 46 Men’s Nike Houston Texans 10 DeAndre Hopkins 10th Anniversary Elite Away White Jersey pitches through two innings, making a mistake in the first to Edwin Encarnacion, who plunked one off the left-field foul pole for an early two-run lead.

But Kuroda, whom Girardi called “the one constant that we’ve had,” showed off more of that trait, limiting the damage over the next 4 2/3 innings. The Japanese hurler earned his 11th victory of the season, the fifth straight year he’s reached that plateau.

“I had great support by our offense,” said Kuroda. “So if I [hung] in there, I knew we had a good chance to win the game.”

Hanging in there is something Kuroda has done for the DeAndre Hopkins Merchandise majority of the year, pitching past any doubts he might have cast late last season. In August and September of 2013, he posted a 5.40 ERA, finishing those months with a 3-7 record. It’s been a different narrative in 2014.

After a brief hangover effect into April, Kuroda, nearing 40, has posted just below a 3.50 ERA since May and has recorded a 4-2 record in August and September, needing nine innings in his final start to reach 200 for the fourth consecutive season.

“He’s been great,” said Girardi. “You look at 2013, he had a rough last month. You look at 2014, he had a rough first month, and then he’s really turned it around and been outstanding for us. I don’t think any of us know what Hiro’s plans are. That’s a discussion for the offseason, but he’s pitched really well.”

That discussion could potentially be difficult for the Yankees, who already have a crowded rotation for next year and have seen some younger pitching options emerge — like Greene — this year that would cost significantly less contract-wise. It may also not even be a decision the Yankees need to make, as Kuroda will likely ponder retirement, something he isn’t ready to think about quite yet.

“I guess since I started making one-year contracts, I always take it year by year,” Kuroda said. “The season is not finished yet, and the next outing … I may DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Jersey for Sale end my career there so who knows.”

On Friday, he could thank his bullpen, specifically Esmil Rogers and Adam Warren, DeAndre Hopkins Football Uniforms who navigated several dangerous situations to close out the game and preserve Kuroda’s victory. They’ve kept the DeAndre Hopkins Jersey Yankees breathing for another day.

“[It’s] almost playing like [there’s] nothing to lose,” said Warren. [We] just go out there, not putting pressure on ourselves, and we’ve benefited from that. We put a little run together. … But at least end strong, and see what happens.”

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ARI@COL: Rockies walk off on Rosario's moonshot

DENVER — When Wilin Rosario saw Addison Reed‘s hanging slider, he “knew the ball was going to fly.” What he didn’t know was how good it would feel to tee off on a season’s worth of frustrations.

Rosario walked the Rockies off, 7-6, with a towering, two-run shot Thursday to complete a five-run comeback against the D-backs at Coors Field. The Rockies’ third straight win over a division foe moved them into a Houston Texans Store tie with Texans Jerseys Store the D-backs for the worst record in the National League.

Trailing 6-5, it appeared the Rockies were going to strand Corey Dickerson after he led off the ninth with a single off the bench as Reed got the next two to fly out.

That’s when Rosario, having already extended his hit streak to six games, stepped to the plate.

The catcher known as “The Baby Bull” hasn’t had it easy this season, landing on the disabled list twice, including Houston Texans Pink Jersey an early May stint that saw him lose nine pounds from a case of the flu. His power has noticeably suffered since with just 11 homers after leaving the yard a combined 49 times in the previous two seasons.

But on the first pitch with the game on the line, he did what he did best, leaving no doubt on a 447-foot moonshot that landed on the left-field concourse.

“In that situation, you only have one option: try to hit the ball hard and see what happens,” Rosario said after finishing 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

And as Rosario reached for the sky to signal for a touchdown, Reed knew what he had done.

“A terrible slider,” Reed said of the deciding pitch. “A hanging slider, probably higher than belt-high. I made one mistake to Rosario and the outcome didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.”

Rosario’s first Houston Texans Online Store career walk-off homer bailed out the Rockies’ bullpen after a miserable sixth inning.

Held to a Houston Texans NFL Football Merchandise strict pitch count, Yohan Flande matched D-backs left-hander Vidal Nuno pitch for pitch before being pulled after allowing two runs on two hits in five innings.

With the Rockies trailing, 2-1, right-hander Tommy Kahnle came on and let the game slip away.

Two singles and a walk loaded the bases before Aaron Hill drew a five-pitch free pass to end Kahnle’s night.

Right-hander Matt Belisle did his best to bail Kahnle out, but Cody Ross‘ sacrifice fly and a two-run single from Jordan Pacheco built J.J.Watt College Football Jersey the D-backs’ lead up to 6-1.

The Rockies got two J.J.Watt Jersey Academy back in the sixth as Brandon Barnes and Charlie Culberson each drove in runs off Nuno, who wound up departing with seven strikeouts against three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Colorado crept closer in the eighth as four of five Rockies registered hits to begin the inning before J.J.Watt Wisconsin Jersey Zeke Spruill was pulled. But after right-hander Will Harris came on and plunked pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon, he was able to get Josh Rutledge to fly out to right to end the threat.

Right-hander LaTroy Hawkins earned the win in his 996th career appearance following a 1-2-3 ninth. Michael Cuddyer finished the evening 3-for-5 with three runs scored, including one on a second-inning solo shot that put the Rockies on the board.

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TOR@BAL: Pearce hits two dingers, collects four RBIs

BALTIMORE — A day after celebrating their first American League East title in 17 years, the Orioles’ clubhouse still stunk of stale beer and Minnesota Twins 1969 Rod Carew Vintage Mithcell and Ness Throwback Home Jersey champagne Wednesday. Players sipped coffee to recover as they reveled in the memories from Tuesday night’s festivities.

The clubhouse televisions showed a replay of the clincher and ensuing party. Manager Buck Showalter wrote up a lineup with players in unique spots and regulars on the bench. It’s never mattered whom he’s put in his lineup this season and it didn’t Wednesday night, either. Behind Steve Pearce‘s two home runs, the Orioles swept the Blue Jays with a 6-1 win in front of 37,537 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Nick Markakis both had the day off. Jimmy Paredes made his first start as a leadoff hitter with the Orioles. Christian Walker started at first base just hours after being called up to the Majors for the first time.

“We talked a little bit today,” Showalter said. “I want them to know what the rest of the season holds for us and what we need to get accomplished.”

Pearce donned a pair of goggles throughout Tuesday’s champagne shower. His three-run homer in the first inning sent the O’s on their way to that celebration.

On Wednesday, that pair of goggles hung from a hook in his locker. The reminders of the O’s accomplishment were all around them. The crowd cheered as the Orioles were introduced as AL East champions during pregame introductions.

For the second consecutive night, Pearce put Baltimore Rod Carew Angels Jersey ahead with a home run. His solo blast in the third opened the scoring against J.A. Happ (9-11). His three-run shot in the fifth gave Baltimore a 4-0 lead.

“That’s what we do. We kind of flush everything out,” Pearce said. “We win a ballgame, we come back out. If we lose, we come back and find ways to win. I mean, we’ve been like this all year.”

Pearce began this season with 17 home runs in his career. He has 20 this season and a pair of multihomer games. Never before had he clobbered 20 homers in one season at any level.

“I don’t know what else to say about Stevie,” Showalter said. “I think it’s pretty much established what he’s done for us this year.”

Pearce’s tremendous season epitomizes why the Orioles have been so successful. When discussing how to rest players down the stretch before Wednesday’s game, Showalter used Pearce’s name Rod Carew Jersey for Sale in the same 1969 Rod Carew Jersey breath as established veterans like J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Markakis. Even with an offbeat lineup, the O’s role players made a solid start by Bud Norris hold up.

Norris fought through the effects of Tuesday night’s celebration like anyone else on the diamond. He walked five batters and put the leadoff batter aboard in each of the final five innings he pitched. He left with runners on the corners and one out in the sixth for Brian Matusz, who struck out Danny Valencia and Steve Tolleson to preserve Norris’ (14-8) scoreless outing.

The Orioles set up a bus to bring players home in the wee hours of Wednesday morning after the clincher celebration. When Showalter arrived at Camden Yards on Wednesday, he was happy to see plenty of cars still parked in the players’ parking lot.

“I tried to get as much sleep as I could,” Norris said. “I was still pretty excited and everything else. Tried to get some rest and just come to the ballpark, kind of go through the routine.”

The Orioles are three games behind the Angels for the best record in the AL and have an eight-game cushion on the Tigers for the No. 2 Rod Carew Jersey seed.

With Rod Carew Jersey Twins 10 games to play after Thursday’s off-day — all of which come against teams that are realistically out of contention — Tuesday may not have been the last meaningful regular-season game the Orioles have played. They didn’t act like it was on Wednesday.

“We’ve got some things we need to keep from happening,” Showalter said, “and some things we want to present the best chance for them to happen.”

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DET@MIN: J.D. Martinez blasts go-ahead three-run shot

MINNEAPOLIS — Down to their last out on Tuesday, the Tigers got another dramatic home run and were poised to pull out one of their most improbable victories of the season, but a split-second decision that worked against Ezequiel Carrera sent them home with a loss.

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, but the Twins rallied with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a wild 4-3 victory over the Tigers at Target Field. The loss was frustrating but it could have been costlier, as the Royals were defeated by the White Sox later in the evening, keeping the Tigers 1 1/2 games up in the American League Central.

Trying to protect a one-run lead, closer Joe Nathan issued a one-out walk to Trevor Plouffe, and Kurt Suzuki followed with a soft liner into short center field. Carrera, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the top half of the inning, made a dive and came within inches of making the catch. But the Cheap Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Brandon Morrow Alternate Blue Replica Jersey Canada ball skipped under his glove and rolled to the wall, allowing Brandon Morrow Jersey for Sale pinch-runner Doug Bernier to run home all the way from first base to tie the score at 3.

“We’ve already talked to Zeke about it,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He was trying his tail off, which is good, but the smart play there is, if you’re not sure you’re going to catch it, you contain it and keep it at first and second. … I’m sure for a split second he thought he could Cheap Mens Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Brandon Morrow Authentic Home White Jersey catch the ball. It just didn’t work out.”

After an infield out advanced pinch-runner Chris Herrmann to third base, Aaron Hicks ran the count full, then hit a chopper up the middle and beat shortstop Andrew Romine‘s throw by a step.

“You can’t do much more than locate a fastball when [Hicks] was probably looking Brandon Morrow MLB Jersey slider on the 3-2 pitch and get him to reach out and hit a ground ball, which is what we were looking for to get out of the inning,” Nathan said. “Unfortunately, he puts it in the perfect spot, so hats off to them — team speed and a couple balls that were inches from going our way.”

Nathan, who felt healthy after getting a day off on Monday, said the only at-bat he regrets is the walk to Plouffe. But Ausmus defended his closer, not only giving him a vote of confidence but saying that the walk wasn’t the game-changer.

“When you’re closing a game, you do have to be somewhat careful,” Ausmus said. “You can’t just pump a 3-2 heater down the middle to a guy like Plouffe, who can hit the ball out of the park and tie the game. You never like walks, but pitching in a one-run save situation is a little different than a 3-2 count in the first inning and walking a guy.”

Minnesota’s dramatics overshadowed Detroit’s own remarkable comeback. After Ricky Nolasco stymied the Tigers for eight innings, they put together a rally against Twins closer Glen Perkins.

Torii Hunter hit a one-out double and Miguel Cabrera added a single to put the tying run at first base. One out later, Martinez hit his 23rd homer of the season on a 2-1 fastball. The opposite-field blast settled into the right-field seats, touching off a wild celebration at home plate.

“Everyone was excited,” Martinez said. “We know what’s going on. We’re all in it. To come through was huge, but [the loss] hurts at the same time. Right now it’s pointless.”

Martinez’s blast made it four straight games in which the Tigers hit a home run in the seventh inning or later to tie the score or take the lead. That lead didn’t hold up on Tuesday, but Ausmus knows it’s still a good sign.

“It definitely has created an atmosphere in the dugout that the game isn’t over, even if we’re trailing late,” Ausmus said.

The homer also helped Rick Porcello narrowly avoid another tough-luck loss. Porcello allowed only two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in eight innings. It was the fifth time in his last six starts that he’d allowed two earned runs or fewer, yet he has just two victories to show for it in that stretch.

Now the Tigers will turn to David Price on Wednesday to try to win the series and keep Brandon Morrow Jersey distance between themselves and the second-place Royals. When asked why he seemed so calm after the game, Ausmus pointed to the opportunities ahead rather than focusing on the missed chances of the past.

“We’ve got another game tomorrow,” he said. “Anyone who thought it was just going to be easy and we Brandon Morrow Blue Jays Jersey were going to go out there and win every game really doesn’t understand the game of baseball.”