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Cardinals Clinch Playoff Spot, Lose to Reds

Cardinals Clinch Playoff Spot, Lose to Reds Major League Baseball(SAINT LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season, but did so despite losing to the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Sunday. St. Louis (87-69) reached the postseason thanks to Milwaukee's 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh earlier. Jay Bruce hit a pair of home runs, two of the four belted by the Reds (72-84), helping Cincinnati snap a six-game losing streak. Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (15-10) gave up just two run over six innings for the win. Todd Frazier's solo shot in the top of the sixth gave the Reds the lead for good, one that was ballooned by a Bruce RBI Single later that inning. Meanwhile, the Cardinals must now fight for the National League Central division crown while battling a flu bug that is going throughout the clubhouse. Both Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter sat out for the second consecutive game due to flu-like symptoms. "There are a lot of guys that are unavailable," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "Almost as many unavailable as available." Matheny also added that more than 10 players are sick, many of whom may be held back from the team flight to Chicago on Monday. The Cardinals will play the Cubs in a three-game series and currently hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Pirates in the division. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 9/20/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 9/20/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (1) Florida State 23 (3-0) - (22) Clemson 17 (1-2) In Overtime (2) Oregon 38 (4-0) - Washington State 31 (1-3) (3) Alabama 42 (4-0) - Florida 21 (2-1) (4) Oklahoma 45 (4-0) - West Virginia 33 (2-2)  (6) Texas A&M 58 (4-0) - SMU 6 (0-3) Mississippi State 34 (4-0) - (8) LSU 29 (3-1) (11) Michigan State 73 (2-1) - Eastern Michigan 14 (1-3) (13) Georgia 66 (2-1) - Troy 0 (0-4) (14) South Carolina 48 (3-1) - Vanderbilt 34 (1-3) Indiana 31 (2-1) 31 - (18) Missouri 27 (3-1) (19) Wisconsin 68 (2-1) - Bowling Green 17 (2-2) (21) BYU 41 (4-0) - Virginia 33 (2-2) (24) Nebraska 41 (4-0) - Miami 31 (2-2) MLB: Chicago Cubs 8 (69-86) - Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (88-67) Detroit Tigers 3 (86-68) - Kansas City Royals 2 (83-70) Colorado Rockies 5 (64-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (62-93) Philadelphia Phillies 3 (71-84) - Oakland Athletics 0 (84-70) Toronto Blue Jays 6 (78-86) - Yankees 3 (79-75) Houston Astros 10 (68-87) - Seattle Mariners 1 (83-71) Baltimore Orioles 7 (93-61) - Boston Red Sox 4 (67-88) New York Mets 4 (75-80) - Atlanta Braves 2 (76-78) Washington Nationals 4 (90-64) - Miami Marlins 3 (74-80) Tampa Bay Rays 3 (75-80) - Chicago White Sox 1 (70-84) St. Louis Cardinals 8 (87-68) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (71-84) Milwaukee Brewers 1 (80-75) - Pirates 0 (83-71) Cleveland Indians 7 (80-74) - Minnesota Twins 3 (66-88) San Diego Padres 3 (73-81) - San Francisco Giants 2 (84-70) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8 (96-59) - Texas Rangers 5 (61-93) NASCAR: Brendan Gaughan won the NASCAR Nationwide VistMyrtleBeach 300 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kershaw Wins 20th Game, Dodgers Clinch Playoff Spot

Kershaw Wins 20th Game, Dodgers Clinch Playoff Spot Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Despite only throwing five innings, Clayton Kershaw picked up his league-leading 20th win of the season as Los Angeles defeated the Chicago Cubs (68-86) 14-5 on Friday. It was the shortest outing in nearly four months for Kershaw (20-3), who was aided by his offense. "Obviously, you want to go eight or nine every time and be the reason why your team won," Kershaw said. "But sometimes your team does it for you and you just have to be out there. So that was the way it happened today and I'll take it." The Dodgers hit four home runs as a team, including two from catcher A.J. Ellis. In total, Los Angeles (88-66) racked up 13 hits against Edwin Jackson (6-15) who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list.  Los Angeles also clinched a playoff spot with Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over Milwaukee. It's the second straight season the Dodgers will be in the playoffs as they hold a 3 1/2 game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 9/19/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 9/19/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 14 (88-66) - Chicago Cubs 5 (66-88) Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (83-70) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-75) Washington Nationals 3 (89-64) - Miami Marlins 2 (74-79) New York Mets 5 (74-80) - Atlanta Braves 0 (76-77) Colorado Rockies 15 (63-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (62-92) Boston Red Sox 5 (67-77) - Baltimore Orioles 3 (92-61) in 10 Innings St. Louis Cardinals 2 (86-68) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (71-83) New York Yankees 5 (79-74) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (77-76) Chicago White Sox 4 (70-83) - Tampa Bay Rays 3 (74-80) Detroit Tigers 10 (85-68) - Kansas City Royals 1 (83-69) Seattle Mariners 10 (83-70) - Houston Astros 5 (67-87) Minnesota Twins 5 (66-87) - Cleveland Indians 4 (79-74) Oakland Athletics 3 (84-69) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (70-84) San Diego Padres 5 (72-81) - San Francisco Giants 0 (84-69) Texas Rangers 10 (61-92) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (95-59) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A less than impressive season for Chicago saw a bright spot on Saturday. The White Sox swept a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins at home, winning Game 1, 5-1, before a walk-off homer in Game 2 notched a 7-6 victory. Jose Quintana paced the White Sox (68-80) in the opener with 13 strikeouts while Alexei Ramirez homered in the third to open the scoring. His 15th long ball of the year gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the team tacked on three more in the eighth. Meanwhile, Quintana (8-10) walked just two batters in seven innings of work. The nightcap was a little more stressful for the White Sox as Minnesota (62-86) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Trevoe Plouffe's RBI single started the scoring, Oswaldo Arcia slammed a three-run shot off Logan Darnell. Chicago did battle back though, Avisail Garcia's three-run blast in the bottom of the first made it a one run game before rookie Jose Abreu tied things up with his 34th homer of the year. The White Sox rallied again in the seventh, tying the game on a Conor Gillaspie single, before the Twins took the lead in the ninth. Kurt Suzuki doubled off Jake Petricka to give Minnesota a 6-5 lead, and seemingly the win. However, Abreu worked a 15-pitch walk from closer Glen Perkins, starting a rally. Pinch runner Jordan Danks was retired on a fielder's choice from Garcia, but Dayan Vicideo launched a walk-off, two-run homer to left for the victory. Chicago has now won four straight games for just the second time all season, the first since May 4-7. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (2) Oregon 48 (3-0) - Wyoming 13 (2-1) (3) Alabama 52 (3-0) - Southern Miss 12 (1-2) (4) Oklahoma 34 (3-0) - Tennessee 10 (2-1) (24) South Carolina 38 (2-1) - (6) Georgia 35 (1-1) (7) Texas A&M 38 (3-0) - Rice 10 (0-2) Boston College 37 (2-1) - (9) USC 31 (2-1) (10) LSU 31 (3-0) - UL Monroe 0 (2-1) (11) Notre Dame 30 (3-0) - Purdue 14 (1-2) (12) UCLA 20 (3-0) - Texas 17 (2-1) (14) Ole Miss 56 (3-0) - LA-Lafayette 15 (1-2) (15) Stanford 35 (2-1) - Army 0 (1-1) (16) Arizona State 38 (3-0) - Colorado 24 (1-2) East Carolina 28 (2-1) - (17) Virginia Tech 21 (2-1) (20) Missouri 28 (3-0) - UCF 10 (0-2) Virginia 23 (2-1) - (21) Louisville 21 (2-1) (22) Ohio State 66 (2-1) - Kent State 0 (0-3) MLB: New York Yankees 3 (76-71) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (88-60) Chicago White Sox 5 (67-80) - Minnesota Twins 1 (62-85) Chicago White Sox 7 (68-80) - Minnesota Twins 6 (62-86) Texas Rangers 3 (56-92) - Atlanta Braves 2 (75-73) Toronto Blue Jays 6 (77-70) - Tampa Bay Rays 3 (71-78) Philadelphia Phillies 2 (69-79) - Miami Marlins 1 (71-76) Kansas City Royals 7 (81-66) - Boston Red Sox 1 (65-84) Cincinnati Reds 5 (71-78) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (77-72) Chicago Cubs 6 (65-83) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (78-70) Washington Nationals 10 (84-63) - New York Mets 3 (72-77) St. Louis Cardinals 5 (82-67) - Colorado Rockies 4 (59-89) Detroit Tigers 5 (82-66) - Cleveland Indians 4 (76-71) Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (60-88) - San Diego Padres 4 (68-79) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (93-55) - Houston Astros 2 (65-83) Oakland Athletics 3 (82-66) - Seattle Mariners 2 (80-67) 10 Innings Los Angeles Dodgers 17 (84-64) - San Francisco Giants 0 (82-66)  NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR Nationwide Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 at Chicago Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Lucas Oil 225 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Minnesota Twins (62-84) - Chicago White Sox (66-80) Postponed Baltimore Orioles 2 (87-59) - New York Yankees 1 (75-70) 11 Innings - Game 1 Baltimore Orioles 5 (88-59) - New York Yankees 0 (75-71) Game 2 Detroit Tigers 7 (81-66) - Cleveland Indians 2 (76-70) Philadelphia Phillies 3 (68-79) - Miami Marlins 1 (71-75) 10 Innings Tampa Bay Rays 1 (71-77) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (76-70) New York Mets 4 (72-76) - Washington Mets 3 (83-63) Boston Red Sox 4 (65-83) - Kansas City Royals 2 (80-66) St. Louis Cardinals 5 (81-67) - Colorado Rockies 1 (59-88) Milwaukee Brewers 3 (77-71) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (70-78) Texas Rangers 2 (55-92) - Atlanta Braves 1 (75-72) San Diego Padres 6 (68-78) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-88) Seattle Mariners 4 (80-66) - Oakland Athletics 2 (81-66) San Francisco Giants 9 (82-65) - Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (83-64) Pittsbugh Pirates 7 (78-69) - Chicago Cubs 3 (64-83) College Football: (8) Baylor 63 (3-0) - Buffalo 21 (1-2) WNBA: Championship Series: Phoenix Mercury 87 - Chicago Sky 82 (Mercury win series, 3-0) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league's drug policy. Davis tested positive for amphetamines and immediately accepted the suspension. "I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,'' Davis said in a statement. ""I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately." The 28-year-old slugger launched 26 home runs in 2014 but holds a major league-worst .194 batting average for the Orioles, who hold a 10 1/2 game lead in the American League East with 17 games to play. Davis' suspension will carry into the postseason, under the terms of the league's drug policy. Baltimore is already without catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado, who both have undergone season-ending surgery.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central David Banks/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Max Scherzer gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Detroit (80-65) within percentage points of the Royals (79-64) atop the American League Central. Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez both homered in the game, as Detroit took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kansas City made an attempt at a comeback in the fifth on an RBI single by Omar Infante, but could not complete the big inning against Scherzer. Last year's Cy Young winner only gave up seven hits and four walks, but did strike out six to improve to 16-5 on the year. Closer Joe Nathan almost gave up the lead, allowing a pair of infield singles in the ninth, but finished the job to earn his 30th save of the year. The Tigers, who had been scuffling in August, have stayed in the pennant race thanks to impressive play against Kansas City. Detroit is 11-4 this season against the Royals and can sweep their division rivals on Wednesday. Both teams did leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot on Tuesday, thanks to Seattle's 2-1 loss to Houston. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Yankees Tanaka Returns to New York with Soreness

Yankees Tanaka Returns to New York with Soreness Rob Carr/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka returned to New York on Friday with what is being called "general soreness". The right-hander was attempting to return from a torn ligament in his elbow suffered in July. "I want to be a little bit cautious. I haven't been throwing for a couple of weeks and then I started throwing again and built up the number of pitches that I've been throwing,'' said Tanaka via his interpreter, Shingo Horie. "I think that's the reason why there's a little bit of extra soreness in the arm itself." Tanaka, almost a lock for American League Rookie of the Year before the injury, threw 49 pitches in a simulated game prior to the Yankees taking on the Detroit Tigers on August 28. Following his performance, Tanaka said he was experiencing a feeling of soreness which then raised questions about his return this season. "I don't have percentages,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'd like him to pitch for us, too. But as I've said all along, this is something we're either going to know or not know when he gets into competition. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- After Koji Uehara blew another save, Yoenis Cespedes picked up his teammate with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the tenth inning to give Boston a 4-3 win over Toronto. The win snapped an eight game losing streak for the Red Sox (57-74). "Cespy has been so good since coming over to us," manager John Farrell said. "Whether it's been with a base hit or a long ball, he's been big for us late in games." Cespedes' RBI was his 19th in a Red Sox uniform, seven of which have been to put Boston ahead. Uehara (6-4) got the win despite blowing his fourth save in 30 opportunities. Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth for his first save of the season.  Boston built up a 3-0 lead in the fifth on a solo homer from Mookie Betts before a two-run shot from Dustin Pedroia. That advantage was carried into the ninth before the Blue Jays (66-65) rallied to force extras. Jose Reyes scored on a fielder's choice to start the comeback before Edwin Encarnacion doubled home a pair, knotting things up at 3-3. Brock Holt then singled off Aaron Sanchez (2-1) to open up the tenth and later stole second and third base, setting up the go-ahead run.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Orioles Launch Five Homers in Win over Rays

Orioles Launch Five Homers in Win over Rays Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Young all hit home runs in consecutive at-bats in the fifth, capping off a five homer night for Baltimore. The Orioles (74-55) defeated Tampa Bay 9-1 in the first game of a three-game set with the Rays (64-67). Baltimore had lost three games in a row, being swept by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend.  They rebounded with a dominant effort against rookie Jake Odrizzi. Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce went back-to-back in the third inning, starting the onslaught. All nine of Baltimore's runs came via the long ball and came after Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the third. With all the offense, Adam Jones' brilliant centerfield play almost went overlooked. The Orioles center fielder robbed Evan Longoria of a homer in the sixth with a leaping catch at the wall. Jones then fired the ball to second base and threw out Matt Joyce. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

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