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Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 56 (4-0) - NC State 41 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 45 (4-0) - Louisiana Tech 17 (2-3)

(6) Texas A&M 35 (5-0) - Arkansas 28 (3-2) In Overtime

(7) Baylor 49 (4-0) - Iowa State 28 (1-3)

(8) Notre Dame 31 (4-0) - Syracuse 15 (2-2)

(9) Michigan State 56 (3-1) - Wyoming 14 (3-2)

(10) Mississippi 24 (4-0) - Memphis 3 (2-2)

(12) Georgia 35 (3-1) - Tennessee 32 (2-2)

Missouri 21 (4-1) - (13) South Carolina 20 (3-2)

(16) Stanford 20 (3-1) - Washington 13 (4-1)

(17) LSU 63 (4-1) - New Mexico State 7 (2-3)

(18) USC 35 (2-1) - Oregon State 10 (3-1)

(19) Wisconsin 27 (3-1) - South Florida 10 (2-3)

(21) Nebraska 45 (5-0) - Illinois 14 (3-2)

(22) Ohio State 50 (3-1) - Cincinnati 28 (2-1)

(25) Kansas State 58 (3-1) - UTEP 28 (2-2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 10 (71-90) - New York Yankees 4 (83-78)

Cincinnati Reds 10 (75-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (88-73) - 10 Innings

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (83-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-66)

Washington Nationals 5 (95-66) - Miami Marlins 1 (77-84)

San Francisco Giants 3 (87-74) - San Diego Padres 1 (77-84)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-84) - Cleveland Indians 0 (84-77)

Minnesota Twins 12 (70-91) - Detroit Tigers 3 (89-72)

Atlanta Braves 4 (78-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (73-88)

New York Mets 2 (78-83) - Houston Astros 1 (70-91)

Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-79) - Chicago Cubs 1 (72-89)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (64-97) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (89-72)

Texas Rangers 5 (67-94) - Oakland Athletics 4 (87-74)

Chicago White Sox 5 (73-88) - Kansas City Royals 4 (88-73)

Seattle Mariners 2 (86-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-63) 11 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (93-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-95) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway

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Nationals, Angels Clinch Home-Field Advantage

Nationals, Angels Clinch Home-Field Advantage

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With just two days remaining in the regular season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Washington Nationals each clinched home-field advantage through the playoffs in their respective leagues on Friday.

For the Nationals (94-66), their double header split with the Miami Marlins earned them the top seed in the National League. Washington got a complete game from Doug Fister in Game One, winning it 4-0 to wrap up home-field until the World Series. Fister allowed just three hits while striking out nine in the win. Miami (77-83) went on to win the nightcap 15-7 in a meaningless game for the Nationals.

The Angels (98-62) could clinch the top seed in the American League with a win over Seattle, but the Mariners hit three home runs and picked up a 4-3 victory. Los Angeles did get home-field advantage however due to Baltimore's 4-2 loss in Toronto. Leading 4-0 after five innings, the Mariners (85-75) held off a late charge from LA to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Seattle sits two games back of Oakland for the second wild card spot.

This is the second time in three seasons that Washington has the top record in the NL while the Angels clinched the top spot in the AL for the first time since 2008. The American League has home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to a 5-3 win in the All-Star Game.

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Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement

Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Before taking the field with the New York Mets, outfielder Bobby Abreu announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday. 

"I have a lot of fun," Abreu said. "These young guys here are special. Even though I'm 40, they made me feel young. But I realize now that the game is for the next generation."

The 18-year veteran made his debut in 1996 for the Houston Astros, managed by Terry Collins. His career will come to an end on Sunday, with Collins as his new manager, against the Astros at Citi Field. Adding to the symmetry of his career, Abreu's first ever hit came against Bobby Jones of the Mets. 

Since then, the 40-year-old has tallied 2,469 total hits, ranking 10th all-time. Of all active players, only Derek Jeter has played more games than Abreu's 2,423 contests. Abreu was a two-time All-Star and the active leader in career walks (1,475) and doubles (574).

"For sure, Bobby Abreu will be able to walk off the field with his head held high Sunday," manager Terry Collins said.

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Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Zoonar/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- For the first time in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals are heading to the playoffs. Kansas City clinched their first postseason berth since 1985 with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, ending the longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American sports.

Jeremy Guthrie (13-11) tossed seven scoreless innings for the Royals (88-72), who scored three times in the first inning. Norichika Aoki tripled, scoring Alcides Escobar, while a pair of RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler added to the advantage.

It the White Sox (72-88) until the eighth inning before finally scoring, getting an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez. In the bottom of the ninth, Greg Holland retired the side in order, getting Michael Taylor to pop up to secure the win. The last time Kansas City was in the postseason, George Brett led the squad to a World Series title over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Royals are still in contention for the AL Central division crown. The Detroit Tigers sit just one game ahead in the standings with two contests left in the regular season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 4 (94-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (76-83) - Game 1

Miami Marlins 15 (77-83) - Washington Nationals 7 (94-66) - Game 2

Cleveland Indians 1 (84-76) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (76-84)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (73-87) - Atlanta Braves 4 (77-83)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (82-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-65)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (88-72) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (74-86)

Houston Astros 3 (70-90) - New York Mets 1 (77-83)

Minnesota Twins 11 (69-91) - Detroit Tigers 4 (89-71)

New York Yankees 3 (83-77) - Boston Red Sox 2 (70-90)

Kansas City Royals 3 (88-72) - Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88) 

Oakland Athletics 6 (87-73) - Texas Rangers 2 (66-94)

Chicago Cubs 6 (72-88) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (81-79) 

Seattle Mariners 4 (85-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (98-62)

San Diego Padres 4 (77-83) - San Francisco Giants 1 (86-74)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (89-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-97)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (92-68) - Colorado Rockies 4 (66-94)

 

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Diamondbacks Fire Manager Kirk Gibson

Diamondbacks Fire Manager Kirk Gibson

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Kirk Gibson on Friday after hiring new general manager Dave Stewart.

Gibson won the NL's manager of the year award three years ago after leading Arizona to the playoffs.

"Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances, and we are grateful for his professionalism and his dedicated service to the organization over the past eight years," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said in a statement.

"We feel like it is time for a fresh start, and with our recent restructuring in baseball operations, we want to get started immediately moving in a new direction. We are also appreciative of Alan Trammell for all that he has done for the D-backs and have great respect for what both men have accomplished in the game of baseball."

Gibson had a 353-375 record during four seasons with the club.

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Diamondbacks Hire Dave Stewart as New General Manger

Diamondbacks Hire Dave Stewart as New General Manger

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are turning to former starting pitcher Dave Stewart to help turn the franchise around as the team has hired him to become their new general manager.

Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa believes Stewart is the right man for the job.

"I've known Stew for nearly three decades," La Russa said in the team's statement, "and his diverse background includes championships on the field both as a player and coach, in the front office and in contract negotiations as a player representative."

Stewart becomes the fourth general manager in franchise history. He is the only current general manager to play and coach in the majors, and is the fourth active general manager to have played in the Major Leagues.

The team also named De Jon Watson senior vice president/baseball operations.

The Diamondbacks have been an inconsistent franchise in recent years. In 2014, they are facing another lost season as they sit at 63-96 heading into Friday night, which is the worst record in all of baseball.

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Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion

Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- No one was sure when Derek Jeter should be taken off the Yankee Stadium field for the last time, so Jeter handled the issue himself. Jeter hit a walk-off RBI single to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his final game in pinstripes Thursday.

It looked like Jeter's night was going to end earlier. The Yankees went into the ninth inning with a three run lead, but Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Steve Pearce tied the game with a solo blast, allowing Jeter the opportunity for one last at-bat.

Rookie Jose Pirela opened up the bottom of the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Antoan Richardson, who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner. Jeter then came up and swung at the first pitch, lining it into right field and giving Richardson just enough time to score the winning run.After celebrating with his teammates, Jeter shared pleasantries with former teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and ex-manager Joe Torre. While Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium is over, his time in the major leagues isn't. Jeter and the Yankees finish out their season with three games against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Kershaw Wins 21st, Dodgers Clinch NL West

Kershaw Wins 21st, Dodgers Clinch NL West

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West title for the second year in a row after a 9-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tossed eight innings, had 11 strike outs, improved to 21-3 and headed right into the clubhouse for the celebration.

"You can't take lightly what we did," a soaked Kershaw said. "You got to celebrate accomplishments and that's what we did. It's really fun to celebrate with these guys."

Kershaw hit his first career triple to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning.

"It was tiring," Kershaw said of his triple. "I don't want to do that again. It'll take a double."

Manager Don Mattingly celebrated a division title as a manager for the second straight year and was proud of his team's effort all season.

"We want to win a world championship but the first step in that is winning your division," Mattingly said.

San Francisco's magic number to clinch a wild card spot went down to one game after the loss.

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Pirates Will Do All They Can to Keep Catch Russell Martin

Pirates Will Do All They Can to Keep Catch Russell Martin

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of a career-year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acknowledged that they will make a strong push to bring back catcher Russell Martin, who is set to hit the free agent market.

Martin has helped lead the Pirates to become one of the top teams in the National League again this season. The  team will most likely make the playoffs.

In line for a big pay day, Pirates' general manager Neil Huntington knows the risk and reward involved with negotiations.

"We are going to try to do everything we can to keep Russ. We’d love nothing more than to have (Martin) in a Pirates uniform," Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune. "(Martin) is a unique circumstance where we got beat up for signing him and if he does (leave), we are going to get highly criticized."

Now 31 years old and in his ninth season in Major League Baseball, Martin is hitting .297 with 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, and a .409 OBP. It is the first time he's hit over .250 in a season since back in 2008 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Rangers’ Guilder Rodriguez, 31, Gets First Major League Hit

Rangers’ Guilder Rodriguez, 31, Gets First Major League Hit

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) -- In what has been a lost season for the Texas Rangers, Monday night was a bright spot as career minor leauger Guilder Rodriguez played a big part in the team's 4-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Rodriguez has spent the vast majority of his baseball career in the minor leagues before getting called up by the Rangers -- 13 seasons and 1,095 games to be exact.

In his second-career start, Rodriguez belted his first Major League hit with members of his family in attendance. As if that wasn't a big enough moment for him, in the seventh inning he hit a two-out single to drive in outfielder Jake Smolinski for what proved to be the game-winning RBI.

"This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born," Rodriguez said. "It's unbelievable. I feel great. My first big league hit, my first RBI, my father in the stands, my wife."

After the game, Rodriguez received a Gotorade shower from teammate Elvis Andrus.

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Braves Fire General Manager Frank Wren

Braves Fire General Manager Frank Wren

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- After missing out on the postseason this season, the Atlanta Braves fired general manager Frank Wren on Monday.

Wren had been with the Braves organization for 15 seasons, and has served as the team's general manager since 2007.

Team president John Schuerholz has named John Hart as the team's interim general manager.

Even though the Braves have been competitive under Wren, they've had multiple September collapses and have had little postseason success.

Under Wren, the Braves won just three playoff games since 2007 and have not advanced further than the NLDS.

While the dismissal of Wren has been confirmed, there are multiple reports that the Braves going to retain manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The Braves have formed a three-person team to conduct the search for their next general manager. The committee will include Schuerholz, Hart and former Braves manager Bobby Cox.

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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.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: New York Giants 30 (1-2) - Houston Texans 17 (2-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 37 (3-0) - Washington Redskins 34 (1-2)

Dallas Cowboys 34 (2-1) - St. Louis Rams 31 (1-2)

Baltimore Ravens 23 (2-1) - Cleveland Browns 21 (1-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 33 (3-0) - Tennessee Titans 7 (1-2) 

Indianapolis Colts 44 (1-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-3)

New England Patriots 16 (2-1) - Oakland Raiders 9 (0-3)

San Diego Chargers 22 (2-1) - Buffalo Bills 10 (2-1)

Detroit Lions 19 (2-1) Green Bay Packers 7 (1-2)

New Orleans Saints 20 (1-2) - Minnesota Vikings 9 (1-2)

Kansas City Chiefs 34 (1-2) - Miami Dolphins 15 (1-2)

Arizona Cardinals 23 (3-0) - San Francisco 49ers 14 (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 26 (2-1) - Denver Broncos 20 (2-1) - Overtime

Pittsburgh Steelers 37 (2-1) - Carolina Panthers 19 (2-1)

MLB: New York Mets 10 (76-80) - Atlanta Braves 2 (76-79)

New York Yankees 5 (80-75) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (78-77)

Boston Red Sox 3 (68-88) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (93-62)

Washington Nationals 2 (91-64) - Miami Marlins 1 (74-81)

Chicago White Sox 10 (70-84) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (75-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (84-71) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (80-76)

Kansas City Royals 5 (83-70) - Detroit Tigers 2 (86-68)

Cleveland Indians 7 (80-74) - Minnesota Twins 2 (68-88)

Houston Astros 8 (68-87) - Seattle Mariners 3 (83-71)

San Diego Padres 8 (74-81) - San Francisco 2 (84-71)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (89-67) - Chicago Cubs 5 (69-87)

Texas Rangers 2 (62-93) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (96-60)

Oakland Athletics 8 (85-70) - Philadelphia Phillies 6 (71-85)

Colorado Rockies 8 (65-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (62-94)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (72-84) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (87-69)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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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

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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.

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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)

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Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident

Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball suspended umpire Joe West one game without pay for grabbing Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon's jersey during an argument Sunday.

West and Papelbon got into the argument after West thought Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward the Philadelphia fans because they booed him.                                                                                                      After West made the ejection, Papelbon ran back out onto the field, bumping West, who then grabbed the pitcher's jersey.                                                                                                                                                

"Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player's lewd gesture to the fans," Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre said in a statement. "I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation.

"However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire. I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation. I consider this matter closed."

Papelbon has already been suspended seven games by the league after they concluded the gesture was directed at the crowd, and for bumping West.

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Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is officially out for the season. Stanton was hit in the face in a game last Thursday by Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. The beaning resulted in Stanton suffering facial fractures, dental damages, two black eyes and more than 20 stitches. Stanton was examined by doctors in Miami Tuesday when it was decided the 24-year-old needed more time to recover. "As soon as the injury happened, the most important thing was obviously his health," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "That was always at the forefront. We wanted to make sure he received the best care he possibly could get from the second he was carted off the field." Despite being done for the season, Stanton is still a top candidate to win the NL MVP. For the season, he hit .288 with 37 home runs, 89 runs scored, 105 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .395 on-base percentage.

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Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are the American League East champions.

"It's everything I hoped for, man. It's an awesome experience," Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, who has played with Baltimore since 2006, said. "We worked hard all season long to get where we are now. We got one step out of the way. Now we have a couple more steps to go."

First baseman Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles top the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2, giving the O's their ninth win in 10 games.

"We're AL East champs," Pearce said while celebrating in the clubhouse. "Awesome."

It's the ninth time the Orioles have won the division, but only the second time since 1983, when they won the World Series.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing two hits, two runs, and four walks while striking out six.

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