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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (80-70) – Boston Red Sox 0 (66-85)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (91-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-73)

New York Mets 9 (73-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (73-77)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (74-78) – New York Yankees 1 (76-74)

Washington Nationals 3 (87-63) – Atlanta Braves 0 (75-76)

Chicago Cubs 7 (67-84) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (71-81)

Minnesota Twins 4 (64-87) – Detroit Tigers 3 (84-67) 

San Francisco Giants 2 (83-68) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (62-89)

Colorado Rockies 10 (60-91) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (86-65)

Cleveland Indians 4 (77-73) - Houston Astros 2 (67-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (79-72) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (83-68) -12 Innings

San Diego Padres 5 (70-80) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-82)

Texas Rangers 6 (58-92) - Oakland Athletics 3 (83-67)

Seattle Mariners 13 (81-69) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (94-57)

Chicago White Sox 7 (69-82) - Kansas City Royals 5 (82-68)


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N.Y. Yankees INF/OF Martin Prado Placed on 60-Day DL

N.Y. Yankees INF/OF Martin Prado Placed on 60-Day DL

iStockphoto(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- New York Yankees infielder/outfielder Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy early Tuesday morning. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees acquired Prado in a trade on July 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Pete O’Brien and a player to be named.  In 37 games with New York, the former All-Star batted .317 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He also scored 18 runs and swiped a base.

To take Prado’s spot on the roster, the Yankees added infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela.

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Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Lewd Gesture

Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Lewd Gesture

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for making a "lewd gesture" towards the fans and bumping an umpire.

Papelbon made the gesture towards the Philadelphia fans as he walked off the mound after blowing a save on Sunday against the San Diego Padres and then bumped into umpire Joe West.

While Papelbon admits to bumping West, he says the vulgar motion was not intended towards the Phillies fans. Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he walked off the mound as he was booed by the fans.

"While I completely understand how the fans would perceive my gesture while being booed, it was not my intent whatsoever to insult the fans of Philadelphia," Papelbon said. "If it was perceived in that manner, I sincerely apologize."

West had a different take though. "The whole thing started because the fans booed him and he made an obscene gesture. He had no business doing that," he said. "He's got to be more professional than that. And that's why he was ejected."

Now in his third season with the Phillies, Papelbon actually has a very good season for the last place club. He's 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA with 37 saves.

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Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely to Miss His Next Start, Return Unknown

Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely to Miss His Next Start, Return UnknownMatt King/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- With the Los Angeles Dodgers right in the middle of the stretch run of the regular season, they'll be without starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for at least one start as he is dealing with left shoulder irritation. ...

Reds Starting Pitcher Mat Latos Likely Out Rest of the Season

Reds Starting Pitcher Mat Latos Likely Out Rest of the SeasonMike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos' injury-plagued season is over. The team is shutting him down so he can get fully healthy and can start preparing for next season. Latos was scheduled to start on Friday...

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Chicago Bears 28 (1-1) - San Francisco 49ers 20 (1-1)

Buffalo Bills 29 (2-0) - Miami Dolphins 10 (1-1)

Washington Redskins 41 (1-1) Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (0-2)

Dallas Cowboys 26 (1-1) - Tennessee Titans 10 (1-1)

Arizona Cardinals 25 (2-0) - New York Giants 14 (0-2)

New England Patriots 30 (1-1) - Minnesota Vikings 7 (1-1)

Cleveland Browns 26 (1-1) - New Orleans Saints 24 (0-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 24 (2-0) - Atlanta Falcons 10 (1-1) 

Carolina Panthers 24 (2-0) - Detroit Lions 7 (1-1)

San Diego Chargers 30 (1-1) - Seattle Seahawks 21 (1-1) 

Houston Texans 30 (2-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-2)

St. Louis Rams 19 (1-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (0-2) 

Denver Broncos 24 (2-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (0-2)

Green Bay Packers 31 (1-1) - New York Jets 24 (1-1)

MLB: Washington Nationals 3 (85-63) - New York Mets 0 (72-78)

Miami Marlins 5 (72-76) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (79-70) - Chicago Cubs 3 (65-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (78-72) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (71-79)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (72-78) - Toronto Blue Jays 5 (77-71)

Detroit Tigers 6 (83-66) - Cleveland Indians 4 (76-72)

Minnesota Twins 6 (63-86) - Chicago White Sox 4 (68-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (83-67) - Colorado Rockies 1 (59-90) 

Texas Rangers 10 (57-92) - Atlanta Braves 3 (75-74)

Boston Red Sox 8 (66-84) - Kansas City Royals 4 (81-67)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (85-64) - San Francisco Giants 2 (82-67)

Houston Astros 6 (66-83) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (93-56)

Arizona Diamondbacks 8 (61-88) - San Diego Padres 6 (68-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (83-66) - Seattle Mariners 0 (80-68)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (89-60) - New York Yankees 2 (76-72)

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won at Chicagoland Speedway in the first race of the Chase.

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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.

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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

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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)

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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. 

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Marlins’ Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures

Marlins’ Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- One of Major League Baseball's best players suffered a scary injury Thursday night as Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch and suffered facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage.

In the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stanton was struck in the face by starter Mike Fiers. He was eventually driven off the field in an ambulance.

"@Giancarlo818 I am deeply sorry about what happened tonight. I can't imagine what you and your family are going through. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery," Fiers tweeted early Friday morning.

"That was one of the to hardest things I've ever had to watch here's to hoping Big G is alright and makes a full recovery prayers ur way bud," Marlins' outfielder Christian Yelich tweeted Thursday night.

In his fifth Major League season, Stanton leads the National League with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs. He is considered one of the favorites to win the National League MVP Award despite the Marlins faint playoff hopes at this point in the season.

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White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- In the midst of the final weeks of his professional career, Chicago White Sox DH Paul Konerko hopes to return to the team's lineup next week.

The 38-year-old Konerko has been out of action since Sept. 2 with a broken bone in his left hand when he was tagged out by Minnesota Twins outfielder Danny Santana.

Konerko said he might take some swings on Friday, and thinks that he could rejoin the team next week for a nine-game road trip.

Now in his 18th and final season in Major League Baseball, Konerko's farewell tour has been plagued with injuries. He's appeared in just 74 games this season, which will be his lowest mark since 1998.

Konerko is in his 16th season with the White Sox as he joined the club back in 1999, and has been a team staple ever since.

The team captain, Konerko has hit .281 with 432 home runs and 1,383 RBIs, and helped the team win the World Series back in 2005.

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Chen Leads Orioles Past Red Sox,10-6

Chen Leads Orioles Past Red Sox,10-6

iStockphoto(BOSTON) -- Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen had a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings as Baltimore (86-59) defeated the Boston Red Sox (63-83) on Wednesday, 10-6.

Chen (15-4) set down the first 16 Red Sox batters he faced before catcher Dan Butler took a 2-0 pitch and sent it off the Green Monster for a double. Chen finished the day allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Baltimore scored six runs in the third inning off of Red Sox starter Brandon Workman (1-9). The O’s added two more on catcher Caleb Joseph’s ninth home run of the season.

The Red Sox scored five runs in the ninth. Orioles reliever Darren O’Day recorded his third save of the season by retiring shortstop Xander Bogaerts with two runners on.

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Mets Shutdown 3B David Wright

Mets Shutdown 3B David WrightChristopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright was shutdown on Tuesday after being diagnosed with persistent inflammation in his rotator cuff. Wright has struggled this year at the plate and battled a shoulder ...

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.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Detroit Lions 35 (1-0) - New York Giants 14 (0-1)

Arizona Cardinals 18 (1-0) - San Diego Chargers 17 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 8 (74-69) - Chicago Cubs 0 (64-80)

Detroit Tigers 8 (79-65) - Kansas City Royals 5 (79-63)

Los Angeles Angels 12 (88-55) - Cleveland Indians 3 (74-68)

Washington Nationals 2 (81-61) - Atlanta Braves 1 (74-70)

New York Mets 3 (69-75) - Colorado Rockies 2 (59-85)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (75-68) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (66-77)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (80-64) - Cincinnati Reds 0 (67-77)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (84-59) - Boston Red Sox 0 (63-81)

Miami Marlins 6 (70-72) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (74-70)

Chicago White Sox 5 (64-79) - Oakland Athletics 4 (80-63)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (82-62) - San Diego Chargers 4 (66-77)

Seattle Mariners 4 (79-64) - Houston Astros 1 (63-81) 

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Royals’ Danny Duffy Will Miss Next Start

Royals’ Danny Duffy Will Miss Next Start

BananaStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy will miss his next start due to rotator cuff inflammation, the team announced Monday.

Duffy underwent an MRI and examination on Sunday and general manager Dayton Moore said his starter's left shoulder is "structurally sound," but that he will miss his next scheduled start "and will require three, four days' rest before being re-evaluated."

Duffy is 8-11 and has a 2.42 ERA in 29 games this season.

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