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Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The two days off for Josh Hamilton have proven to be a perfect remedy for the former slumping slugger. Hamilton drove in three runs, including his 10th home run of the year, on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated Oakland 9-4 to regain the best record in baseball.

The Angels (77-52) also took back the top spot in the American League West division with the victory. Los Angeles also got a sixth inning homer from Mike Trout, which opened up a 9-0 lead on the Athletics (76-53). That proved to be more than enough offense for starting pitcher Jered Weaver (14-7) as the righty struck out eight in six and two-thirds innings.

"It's nice to end the series on top of the AL West division," Weaver said. "This was obviously a huge game. We didn't want to get swept, and the offense was the story of the game."

Los Angeles opened the scoring in the second, plating three runs off Scott Kazmir (14-6) before Hamilton's two-run blast in the third made it a 5-0 lead. Hamilton brought home another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, effectively ending Kazmir's night. 

Oakland did attempt a comeback late, getting home runs from Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino in the seventh to make it a 9-3 deficit. The Athletics added another in the ninth, but Jason Grilli struck out the final two batters of the night.

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South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) -- South Korea built up an 8-1 lead in the Little League World Series (LLWS) title game before ultimately fending off a late rally by the United States champions from Chicago for an 8-4 victory on Sunday.

It is the third time in the last four years that an international team has won it all in Williamsport.

Don Wan Sin scored twice and homered for the Asia-Pacific region champs while Jae Yeong Hwang drove in a pair of runs as well in the victory. Hwang started the game on the mound, but exited after allowing one hit in two innings because he was not feeling well.

Hae Chan Choi pitched the final four innings in relief for South Korea, which won it's third LLWS title and the first since going back-to-back in 1984 and 1985. 

Jackie Robinson West, the little league squad from outside Chicago, had won four consecutive knockout games to reach the championship tilt. That included a 7-5 win over Las Vegas in the United States title game in which they rallied from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits. 

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Dickerson’s Heroics Lead Rockies to Walk-Off Win

Dickerson’s Heroics Lead Rockies to Walk-Off Win

Rob Carr/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Corey Dickerson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game at 4-4, and drove in the winning run in the 13th as Colorado beat Miami 5-4 on Saturday night. It's the sixth walk-off win of the season for the Rockies (51-77).

"Last night, bases loaded, same guy and I swung first pitch on a sinker and grounded out," Dickerson said of the hit that came off Sam Dyson, who bested him on Friday. "I kind of wanted to see a pitch and I wanted to get a pitch up. He threw a ball down like last night, and I think he hung a changeup or a slider up and in."

It was a back-and-forth affair that saw four lead changes. The Marlins (64-64) took a 1-0 third inning lead on a Giancarlo Stanton double before the Rockies scored three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Brandon Byrnes gave Colorado the lead with a two-run homer after the tying run came home on a double-play ball.

Miami later tied the game in the fifth before taking a lead in the top of the ninth thanks to Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI single. Closer Steve Cishek blew his fourth save of the year when Dickerson launched a 455-foot blast to the third deck before sealing the deal in the 13th.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (56-72) - Baltimore Orioles 1 (73-53)

Tampa Bay Rays 8 (63-65) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (65-63)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (57-71) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (69-58)

San Francisco Giants 10 (68-59) - Washington Nationals 3 (73-54)

Houston Astros 5 (55-75) - Cleveland Indians 1 (64-62)

New York Yankees 4 (65-61) - Chicago White Sox 3 (59-69)

Seattle Mariners 5 (69-58) - Boston Red Sox 3 (56-72)

Kansas City 6 (71-56) - Texas Rangers 3 (49-78)

Atlanta Braves 3 (68-61) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (61-68) 12 Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (66-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (71-57)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (54-75) - San Diego Padres 1 (59-68)

Minnesota Twins 20 (57-70) - Detroit Tigers 6 (68-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (73-57) - New York Mets 2 (60-69)

Oakland Athletics 5 (75-52) - Los Angeles Angels 3 (76-51)

Miami Marlins 13 (64-63) - Colorado Rockies 5 (50-77)

NFL Preseason: New England Patriots 30 (2-1) - Carolina Panthers 7 (1-2)

Detroit Lions 13 (2-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 12 (1-2)

New York Giants 35 (4-0) - New York Jets 24 (2-1)

Green Bay Packers 31 (2-1) - Oakland Raiders 21 (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 34 (2-1) - Chicago Bears 6 (2-1)

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Ryan Blaney wins the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year deal worth approximately $72 million. 

The heavily back loaded deal, as confirmed by a team source on Friday, is a record dollar amount for a free-agent amateur. Castillo is en route to Boston and has a physical scheduled for Saturday, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

An impressive defensive player with good speed, Castillo has spent the last five years playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba's top league. The 27-year old is highly regarded as a base stealer and boasts an above-average bat. Even with all of the hype, Red Sox manager John Farrell knows how scouting reports can be.

"Above-average speed. Can play center field or right field. What kind of power? What kind of average?," pondered Farrell. "Obviously our scouts liked him enough, if the reports are true, that's a significant investment. It's an exciting, athletic player by all accounts."

Once officially with the club, Castillo is expected to play centerfield for Boston, next to countrymen Yoenis Cespedes. 

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Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- For the third consecutive game, the Washington Nationals earned a walk-off victory, this time beating Arizona on an Adam LaRoche solo home run in the 11th. The previous two walk-offs came against Pittsburgh, helping to sweep the Pirates.

"I got every bit of it, I did," said the 34-year-old LaRoche, who hit his first career walk-off homer. "Just a crazy few days. I don't know how we've gotten these walk-off situations the last few days, but we have and have been able to grind back."

The Diamondbacks (53-72) led 3-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a Didi Gregorious homer. Washington (70-53) followed with a pair of runs in their at-bat, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth. Tyler Clippard came on to save the game for the Nationals but gave up a game-tying shot to David Peralta.

Both teams had chances to score in extras, none better than Arizona's attempt in the top of the 11th. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with nobody out, but Craig Stammen somehow worked out of it, not allowing a single run. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, LaRoche launched a pitch off Will Harris for the win. 

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Jayson Werth Sparks Nationals Rally

Jayson Werth Sparks Nationals Rally

Eliot Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jayson Werth drew a pinch-hit walk in the ninth inning and scored the tying run, before ultimately scoring the winning run in the Washington Nationals 6-5 win over Pittsburgh in 11 innings.

It was the sixth straight win for Washington (69-53) while sweeping the Pirates (64-60).

Pittsburgh led 2-1 in the seventh inning when Nationals manager Matt Williams successfully challenged a call that put Michael Taylor on first base, starting a rally. Washington went on to score three runs in that inning to take a 4-2 lead. 

However, the Pirates did not go away, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the ninth. Gregory Polanco drove in two runs off Washington closer Rafael Soriano, giving Pittsburgh a 5-4 advantage. The Nationals had another rally in them in the bottom of the inning. Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Matt Melancon to drive in Werth and force extra innings.

Werth, who missed the last give games with a sore right shoulder, came up in the bottom of the eleventh and doubled to lead things off. He advanced to third on Denard Span's ground out before Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly brought in the winning run.

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Rockies Sweep Doubleheader with Reds in Dramatic Fashion

Rockies Sweep Doubleheader with Reds in Dramatic Fashion

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(DENVER) -- On a day where Todd Helton had his number 17 retired, the first player to receive the honor in franchise history, the Colorado Rockies swept a doubleheader against Cincinnati in dramatic fashion. Colorado (49-75) took game one by a 10-9 final before winning the nightcap 10-5.

The Rockies Trailed 9-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth in the first contest but rallied to score five runs in the inning. Aroldis Chapman walked four consecutive batters to start the inning before J.J. Hoover replaced him. Wilin Rosario's sacrifice fly made it a 9-7 game with one out and two on. Following a Charlie Blackmon fly out, Drew Stubbs took a 1-0 pitch and hammered it to deep center for a walk-off, three-run home run against his former team. Rex Brothers (4-5) got the win while Hoover (1-9) was saddled with the loss.

Colorado's dramatics carried over into the second game where they again came from behind. The Reds (61-63) led 5-2 at the seventh inning stretch, but the Rockies scored three runs to knot things up. They took the lead in the eighth on Corey Dickerson's two-run double and added to it with a two-base hit from Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer's double was his fourth hit of the game and completed his second ever cycle.

The outfielder tripled in the first, homered in the fifth, and singled in the seventh before the eighth inning triple. Cuddyer became the seventh Rockies player ever to hit for the cycle, and the first since Carlos Gonzalez in 2010 against the Chicago Cubs. His first cycle came as a member of the Minnesota Twins against Milwaukee in 2009.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 7 (66-57) - San Diego Padres 6 (58-65)

Miami Marlins 10 (62-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (53-71)

Chicago Cubs 2 (53-70) - New York Mets 1 (59-66)

Chicago White Sox 7 (59-65) - Toronto Blue Jays 5 (64-61)

New York Yankees 4 (63-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (61-63)

Houston Astros 8 (52-73) - Boston Red Sox 1 (56-67)

Seattle Mariners 8 (67-56) - Detroit Tigers 1 (66-56)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (70-52) - Cleveland Indians 1 (62-61)

Texas Rangers 3 (48-76) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (72-50)

Kansas City Royals 12 (68-55) - Minnesota Twins 6 (55-67)

San Francisco Giants 5 (65-58) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (54-70)

Milwaukee Brewers 7 (70-55) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (70-56)

Colorado Rockies 10 (48-75) - Cincinnati Reds 9 (61-62)

Washington Nationals 6 (69-53) - Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (64-60)

Atlanta Braves 4 (64-60) - Oakland Athletics 3 (73-51)

Colorado Rockies 10 (49-75) - Cincinnati Reds 5 (61-63)

IndyCar: Will Power won the IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400

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Dodgers Ryu Heading to 15-Day DL

Dodgers Ryu Heading to 15-Day DL

Matt King/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have placed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with two strained muscles in his right buttock. An MRI revealed Grade 1-2 strains of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles.

The injury occurs on Wednesday after Ryu delivered a 3-2 pitch to Atlanta's B.J. Upton, walking the Braves outfielder. Almost immediately after delivering the pitch, the southpaw summoned Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. Los Angeles plans to replace Ryu in the rotation with Kevin Correia, whom they acquired last week from the Minnesota Twins.

Manager Don Mattingly is unsure as to when Ryu will return to the team, but is confident that he will pitch again this season. 

"We feel good about this in the sense that it's not an elbow or a knee. It's a muscle strain, and it's going to heal," said Mattingly.

Ryu was 13-6 on the season with a 3.28 earned run average at the time of the injury. The Dodgers hold a 5 1/2 game lead over San Francisco for the top spot in the South.

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Johnny Cueto First to 15 Wins

Johnny Cueto First to 15 Wins

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) -- Kris Negron singled home Ramon Santiago in the top of the ninth inning to give Cincinnati a 3-2 lead over Colorado, and make Johnny Cueto the first 15-game winner in the Major Leagues. Cueto (15-6) pitched a full eighth innings and is now 7-0 since his last loss back on July 2.

It did not start off well for Cueto or the Reds (61-61) as Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Rockies (47-75) an early lead. Cincinnati countered with runs in the third and fourth, taking the lead on a Santiago RBI single in the top of the fourth. That would last until Corey Dickerson doubled in the sixth to plate Justin Morneau and tie the game at 2-2.

Cueto continued to keep his team in the ballgame using a devastating combination of his cutter and four-seam fastball. The righty allowed just six hits in the outing with six strikeouts, helping the Reds snap a three-game losing streak. 

After Negron gave Cincinnati the lead in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman picked up his 26th save in 28 tries. 

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Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Tom Szczerbowkski/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Just over two months ago, the Tampa Bay Rays sat 18 games under .500 at 24-42. Now, following a 5-0 win against the New York Yankees, the Rays are back even with a 61-61 record.

"Really proud of the boys," manager Joe Maddon said. "It was not easy."

Alex Cobb certainly made it look easy for the Rays who won their third straight. The righty pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay plated a pair of first inning runs in the first to give Cobb a lead to use.

The Rays become just the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being 18 games under earlier. Back in 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays also completed the feat, as did the 2006 Florida Marlins and 1899 Louisville Colonels. 

"It started with Joe and not letting us believe that we were that team," Cobb said. "It's mind-boggling that we went through the stretch we did, but we're back on track now."

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Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado InjuredChristian Petersen/Getty Images (BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Orioles hammered New York in an 11-3 win at home on Saturday. However, Baltimore (68-50) may have lost third baseman Manny Machado to the disabled list. Machado exited the game in the third i...

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Just over a week ago, Kansas City was five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Now, the Royals (64-53) won their eighth straight on Monday and overtook the Tigers in the division race with a 3-2 win over Oakland.

Kansas City jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings, but Brandon Moss singled home a pair of runs for the Athletics (72-46) in the third to tie the game.

It remained deadlocked until Alcides Escobar singled in a run in the seventh, giving the Royals a 3-2 advantage.

Yordany Ventura out dueled Sonny Gray by allowing two runs on two hits over six innings. Gray went seven strong, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out a pair.

Kansas City was able to gain the top spot in the AL Central when Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 11-3. It marks the latest point in the season since 2003 that the Royals have been in first place.

"You want to be in first place. Our goal was to get back to first place," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who has won eight games in a row. "Now our goal is to stay in first place."

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Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run on six hits in eight innings of work, picking up his 11th consecutive win in a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The Los Angeles (67-52) southpaw struck out six and walked two in what his manager called a "struggle".

"It was a struggle for him all day long," said manager Don Mattingly. "It felt like he was working hard but he kept battling and giving us chances."

Kershaw (14-2) tied for the league lead in wins while lowering his earned run average to a National League best 1.78. He gave up the lone run in the first inning before watching his offense help avoid a sweep at the hands of the Brewers (65-53).

Adrian Gonzalez tied things up in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly, plating Kershaw, before Matt Kemp drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth. Kershaw even helped himself out, driving in a run in the eighth on a single. 

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Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- One day after the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox in 19 innings, the Toronto Blue Jays got a walk-off single from Jose Bautista in the bottom of the 19th to down Detroit, 6-5 on Sunday. It is the first time in MLB history that two 19 inning games have been played on consecutive days. 

The 6-hour, 37-minute marathon saw the Blue Jays (63-56) comeback from an early 5-0 deficit to earn a series win over the Tigers (63-52). Detroit jumped on starting pitcher Mark Buerhle, knocking him out of the game in the fourth after Ian Kinsler's ground rule double drove in Austin Romine for the fifth run of the day.

Toronto's bullpen then took over and held off the Tigers long enough for the comeback. Dioner Navarro opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth before Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive singles in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.

Reyes added another RBI in the ninth, scoring Anthony Gose to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Both teams' bullpens were able to work in and out of trouble in the 12 extra frames before Munenori Kawasaki started the 19th with a single.

Reyes then reached after Ian Kinsler couldn't handle a throw from pitcher Rick Porcello on a bunt attempt. Cabrera was then intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out, setting up Bautista's heroics. It is only the second walk-off hit of Bautista's career.

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Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) -- In the longest game of the season to date, Albert Pujols sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated Boston 5-4 early Sunday morning.

The game took a total of 6-hours and 31-minutes with 558 pitches being thrown by nine different arms. The Angels (68-48) had stranded 16 batters through the first 18 innings before the solo shot from Pujols. 

"I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn't come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit," said Pujols. "I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it."

Pujols originally gave his team the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the first before the Red Sox (51-65) scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Los Angeles knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on Mike Trout's solo homer.

Boston plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly but the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning. Trout again provided the tying run with a fielder's choice, helping to set up Pujols' heroics.

"A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that's the case, it's worth it to play 19 innings," Pujols said.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) - Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) - San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

New York Yankees 10 (61-54) - Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59) 

Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) - San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51)

Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) - Washington Nationals 6 (62-52)

Houston Astros 4 (48-68) - Texas Rangers 3 (45-70)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) - Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70)

Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) - Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63)

Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) - Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62)

Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) - Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1)

Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) - Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1)

Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1)

New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1) 

Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) - Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1)

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Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

David Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates could be losing star center fielder Andrew McCutchen for a month. The team is expected to place the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but sources say McCutchen could be out for at least three weeks due to an oblique injury.

The injury came in the eighth inning of Sunday's contest with Arizona. After hitting a sacrifice fly in the eighth, McCutchen grabbed his left side while jogging to first but needed help entering the dugout.

The 2013 National League MVP is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBI's this year.

McCutchen has never been on the disabled list in his career. Since reaching the Majors in 2009, he has missed a grand total of 25 games. The Pirates are currently one-and-a-half games behind division leading Milwaukee and half a game back of the second wild-card spot.

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Giants Pitcher Cain to Have Season Ending Surgery

Giants Pitcher Cain to Have Season Ending Surgery

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain will undergo season ending surgery next Monday, manager Bruce Bochy said on Monday. The procedure will remove bone chips and spurs from the righty's throwing elbow.

Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will perform the surgery in San Francisco. Cain, 29, also sought the opinions of Dr. James Andrews and New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. All recommended surgery which has an expected recovery time of three months.

Cain was just 2-7 in 2014 with a 4.18 earned run average in 15 starts after pitching more than 200 innings every year from 2007-2012. The righty did not comment after San Francisco's 4-3 win over the Mets on Monday.

"It's been frustrating for Matt," said Bochy. "He's been battling this for a while. It's time. He could keep trying to push it, but it's inevitable, it looks like. So we're going to have this done and have him ready for Spring Training."

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