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Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out PackersKevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks are not having a Super Bowl hangover.  Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw for two scores, as the Seahawks started off their title defense by blo...

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Seattle Seahawks 36 (1-0) - Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 1 (72-67) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (67-74) - 10 Innings

New York Yankees 5 (72-66) - Boston Red Sox 4 (61-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 9 (82-57) - Cincinnati Reds 7 (66-74) 

Seattle Mariners 10 (76-63) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-87)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (84-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-79)

Detroit Tigers 11 (77-63) - Cleveland Indians 4 (71-67) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (77-63) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-67)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-81) - San Diego Padres 1 (66-73)

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Cubs’ Starlin Castro Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Cubs’ Starlin Castro Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Kent C. Horner/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Earlier this week the Chicago Cubs lost first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an indefinite period of time, and now it has been revealed that shortstop Starlin Castro is likely to miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain.

Castro injured himself when he slid into home during the first inning of the team's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. His cleat got caught in the dirt around home plate. An MRI revealed the sprain.

"Right now the prognosis is four weeks to come back," general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. "We're not going to shut him down. His mentality is he can beat four weeks and come back."

After a down season in 2013, the 24-year-old Castro has rebounded quite nicely in 2014. If his season is truly over, he'll have played 134 games this season while batting .292 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs.

"In my mind's eye he's had a very productive season," manager Rick Renteria said. "He's dealt with a lot of different things very positively. He's worked extremely hard."

Rookie Javier Baez will shift over from second base to shortstop.

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Rockies Reward Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa with Contract Extension

Rockies Reward Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Colorado Rockies were not about to let starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa hit free agency as the two sides have agreed on contract extension.

De La Rosa's new deal is for two years and will pay him $25 million.

The 33-year-old De La Rosa has been with the Rockies since 2008 and he has proven to be a solid, reliable starting pitcher during his time with the team.

Last season, De La Rosa had arguably the best season of his 11-year career as he went 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA. This season, he hasn't had quite as much success as he's 13-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 starts.

The Rockies are a pitching starved franchise. They rank near the top in most offensive categories in Major League Baseball, but dead last in Major League Baseball in team ERA.

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Bourjos Leads Cardinals Past Pirates, 1-0

Bourjos Leads Cardinals Past Pirates, 1-0

iStockphoto(ST. LOUIS) -- Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos drove home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give St. Louis (76-63) a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68) on Wednesday.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Bourjos took a 0-1 pitch from Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (2-4) and singled to center, allowing catcher Yadier Molina to score. St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-6) picked up the win, tossing a scoreless one-hit ninth.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller allowed three hits and three walks while striking out five over seven scoreless innings of work. Pirates starter Edinson Volquez gave up three hits, two walks and struck out five over 6 1-3 innings.

The Cardinals have now won five games in a row. 

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Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Out Indefinitely

Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Out Indefinitely

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- One of the feel good stories for the Cubs this season might have a rough ending as first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely with a mild back strain.

"We're going to be cautious with him," Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday. "It's the type of thing where if it was before expanded rosters he probably would be a DL. With the expanded rosters in September there is no need to DL him. We're going to be cautious and make sure we knock it out. It's nothing chronic, nothing that will bother him long term, but it's just something we don't want to rush back from."

In his second full season in Major League Baseball, Rizzo made his first All-Star team and gave Cubs fans hope for the future.

In 129 games this season, the 25-year-old Rizzo is hitting .278 with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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Reds Shut Down Homer Bailey for the Rest of the Season

Reds Shut Down Homer Bailey for the Rest of the Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Image(CINCINNATI) -- Following a disappointing season coming off signing a mega-contract extension, the Cincinnati Reds have decided to shut down starting pitcher Homer Bailey for the rest of the season with an elbow injury.

Bailey had been on the shelf since being put on the DL back on August 16 with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. Despite the injury, the team was hoping to get him back this month as the Reds fight for a playoff spot in the National League.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are mulling whether or not surgery could be the best option for the 28-year-old Bailey.

Now in his eighth season with the Reds, the team signed Bailey during the offseason to a six-year extension worth $105 million.

In 23 starts this season, Bailey went 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA along with a 1.23 WHIP. Despite the lucrative contract, Bailey has a career record of 58-50 with a 4.17 ERA.

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Mariners Suspend Jesus Montero the Rest of the Season

Mariners Suspend Jesus Montero the Rest of the Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following a bizarre incident involving an ice cream sandwich, the Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero the rest of the season.

This past Thursday, during a minor league game for the Boise Hawks, Mariners scout Butch Baccala sent over an ice cream sandwich to the dugout for Montero as a way to heckle him.

Montero has battled weight issues this season, reportedly showing up nearly 40 pounds overweight to spring training earlier this year.

Angered by Baccala's attempt to embarrass him, Montero reportedly tried to go after him in the stands with a bat.

"I want to apologize on behalf of the Mariners franchise to the Boise Hawks and their fans," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We recognize that fans, including children, were impacted by this incident, and the language that was used. We recognize the severity of this incident, and want to assure the Hawks and their fans that it will be dealt with appropriately. In addition, I want to thank Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, for his assistance in helping me ascertain what occurred last night."

Montero was acquired by the Mariners in 2012 for Michale Pineda. He's struggled to stay in the Majors and produce like the top prospect he once was. The 24-year-old Montero is hitting just .251 during his time with Seattle.

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Brewers Activate Starting Pitcher Matt Garza

Brewers Activate Starting Pitcher Matt Garza

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the St. Louis Cardinals breathing down their neck in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers are getting reinforcements as the team has activated starting pitcher Matt Garza off the disabled list.

Garza had been on the shelf since early August as he dealt with an oblique injury.

During the offseason, the Brewers signed 30-year-old Garza to a four-year deal worth $50 million.

Aside from the injury, it's proven to be a wise investment so far. In 23 starts this season, Garza has gone 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA to go along with a 1.13 WHIP.

Garza's return to the Brewers could not have come at a better time. The team has lead their division for the majority of the season, but now find themselves trailing the Cardinals by one game in the division with just 25 games to play.

The team has Garza scheduled to return to the mound on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 7 (63-74) - Atlanta Braves 0 (72-66)

Miami Marlins 9 (67-69) - New York Mets 6 (64-74)

Minnesota Twins 6 (60-77) - Baltimore Orioles 4 (79-57)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-71) - Boston Red Sox 3 (60-77) - 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 4 (62-76) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-64)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (74-63) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-66)

San Francisco Giants 4 (75-62) - Colorado Rockies 2 (54-83) - Game 1 (Suspended Game from May 22)

Colorado Rockies 10 (55-83) - San Francisco Giants 9 (75-63) - Game 2

Oakland Athletics 6 (79-58) - Seattle Mariners 1 (73-63)

San Diego Padres 3 (65-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-80)

Detroit Tigers 12 (75-62) - Cleveland Indians 1 (70-65)

Kansas City Royals 4 (75-61) - Texas Rangers 3 (53-84)

Washington Nationals 6 (78-58) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (77-61)

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Four Phillies Combine for No-Hitter Against Braves

Four Phillies Combine for No-Hitter Against Braves

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Phillies starter Cole Hamels left after the sixth inning on Labor Day with a no-hitter in place and watched three other teammates complete the no-hit bid in their 7-0 win over the Braves.

Hamels threw 108 pitches and struck out seven with five walks, but was battling the hot Atlanta heat and exited after getting Phil Gosselin to pop out to end the inning.

Jake Diekman came into the game, but did not know about the no-hitter until he looked at the scoreboard and struck out two in the seventh.

Ken Giles was aware of the combined no-hitter and struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Jonathan Papelbon felt the pressure coming in during the bottom of the ninth and retired Gosselin by getting him to line out to first base to complete the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history.

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Astros Fire Bo Porter

Astros Fire Bo Porter

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday.

Porter was in the midst of his second year. Bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go.

"Bo's passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned," General manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible.

"... What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so-even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today."

The Astros were 59-79 and owned the second worst record in the league.

"This was not an easy decision to make," owner Jim Crane said in a statement. "We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains."

Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager. 

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Brewers Acquire Reds Reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds

Brewers Acquire Reds Reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As Major League Baseball enters the final month of the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers have helped solidify their bullpen by acquiring reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds.

No longer the player he once was during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Broxton has re-emerged has a dominant reliever this season with the Reds.

"Part of the thinking was his contract. We had to recognize we're taking on this contract for next year, too,'' Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "You try to get somebody who can help. There's a lot of big money guys today, whether they're relievers or [position] players, whatever. We've done a pretty good job with bullpens without having to spend a lot of money.''

In 51 games this season, the 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.01.

More importantly for the Brewers, Broxton is eligible to pitch for the team during the postseason, as he was acquired prior to the September 1st deadline.

He is expected to serve as the set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.

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Phillies Trade Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays

Phillies Trade Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue JaysPhotos.com/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Fighting for a playoff spot in the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired veteran outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor leaguer Gustavo Pierre. If the Blue Jays...

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A's will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season. The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics' team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he's compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.

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S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres (54-70) edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) in 10 innings on Saturday night, 2-1. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Padres have won three consecutive games in extra-innings.

With one out and Will Venable on second base, Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista took the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and singled home the go-ahead run.

Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke and San Diego’s Ian Kennedy were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Grienke allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight while walking two. Kennedy gave up one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.

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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.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (70-64) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (65-70)

New York Mets 4 (63-72) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (61-73)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (77-56) - Minnesota Twins 1 (59-75)

New York Yankees 6 (70-63) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (67-67)

Atlanta Braves 5 (71-64) - Miami Marlins 2 (65-68)

Boston Red Sox 8 (59-75) - Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-70)

Chicago Cubs 7 (60-74) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-62)

Texas Rangers 13 (53-81) - Houston Astros 6 (57-79)

Detroit Tigers 7 (73-60) - Chicago White Sox 1 (60-74)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (56-78) - Colorado Rockies 2 (53-81)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (81-53) - Oakland Athletics 0 (78-56)

Washington Nationals 8 (76-57) - Seattle Mariners 3 (72-61)

San Francisco Giants 13 (72-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-61)

San Diego Padres 3 (63-70) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (76-59) 12 Innings

Top 25 College Football: Michigan State 45 (1-0) - Jacksonville State 7 (0-1)

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Mets Place Second Baseman Daniel Murphy on the Disabled List

Mets Place Second Baseman Daniel Murphy on the Disabled List

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the few offensive bright spots for the New York Mets is now on the shelf as the team has placed second baseman Daniel Murphy on the disabled list with a strained right calf.

Murphy's calf had been bothering him all week, which kept him out of action. The team decided it was best to put him on the shelf so he can get healthy.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It ended up being a little worse than I thought."

According to Murphy, doctors told him they would take a closer look at this MRI on Friday to help determine just how much time he will miss.

In 126 games this season, the 29-year-old is hitting .301 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs. He was the Mets lone All-Star this season.

Replacing Murphy on the Mets roster will be Dilson Herrera. Herrera was hitting .340 with 10 home runs for Double-A Binghamton this season.

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Braves Reliever Jonny Venters Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

Braves Reliever Jonny Venters Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Already recovering from Tommy John surgery he had back in 2013, Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been shut down after tearing an elbow ligament.

Venters had been doing light throwing as part of his recovery when it was discovered that he injured his elbow.

The latest injury could have Venters facing the third Tommy John surgery of his career, with the first one coming back in 2005.

"They did an MRI, and he retore it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "One of the options is for him to have the third Tommy John."

Venters, 29, led Major League Baseball in appearances in 2011 after pitching in 85 games and posting a 1.84 ERA.  He hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2012, just one season after he made the NL All-Star team. In 2013, he went 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA.

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