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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 3 (72-60) - New York Yankees 2 (69-63) 

Cincinnati Reds 7 (65-69) - Chicago Cubs 2 (59-74)

San Francisco Giants 4 (71-62) – Colorado Rockies 1 (53-80)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (76-56) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-69)

Atlanta Braves 6 (70-64) – New York Mets 1 (62-72)

Cleveland Indians 3 (68-64) - Chicago White Sox 2 (60-73)

Minnesota Twins 11 (59-74) - Kansas City Royals 5 (74-59) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels 4 (80-53) - Oakland Athletics 3 (78-55) - 10 Innings

Top 25 College Football: (21) Texas A&M 52 (1-0) – (9) South Carolina 28 (0-1)

(18) Ole Miss 35 (1-0) - Boise State 13 (0-1)

(19) Arizona State 45 (1-0) - Weber State 14 (0-1) *

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Yadier Molina Nearing Return to Cardinals

Yadier Molina Nearing Return to Cardinals

Tony Firriolo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the St. Louis Cardinals holding onto the lead in the first Wild Card playoff spot in the National League, one of their best players is getting closer to coming back as catcher Yadier Molina will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday.

Molina has been out of action since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) thumb back on July 9.

After taking part in batting practice Tuesday, the plan is for Molina to catch five or six innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

“My thumb feels great,” Molina told the Springfield News-Leader. “I’m in really good shape. I’m happy with the way everything is going. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m going to be nervous. ...It’s been a long time. It’s been the longest two months ever. But I’m so excited to come back on the field.”

The 32-year-old Molina is still one of the best catchers in baseball. In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.

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SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday’s Start

SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday’s Start

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost has elected to scratch pitcher Yordano Ventura from his start Wednesday while the rookie deals with a sore back. Ventura complained of pain in his lower back after his start last Friday night against the Rangers. An MRI revealed inflammation but no damage.The Royals are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central."There's the hope that he's not going to miss anything more. He's made good progress to this point. He's feeling much better," Yost said. "We could try to push it, but it doesn't make much sense right now. Let him get through it."The Royals called up 25-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Omaha to take Ventura's place. Hendriks has pitched 143 innings this season split between Omaha and Buffalo. During that time, he has compiled a 12-2 record with a 2.45 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 13 walks.Ventura has been solid all season for the Royals, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.40 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings pitched.

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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. 

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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.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 3 (71-59) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (67-64)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (74-55) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (64-67)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (59-72) – Washington Nationals 2 (75-55)

Boston Red Sox 4 (57-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (66-65) 10 Innings

New York Yankees 8 (68-61) – Kansas City Royals 1 (72-58)

Milwaukee Brewers 10 (73-58) - San Diego Padres 1 (60-70)

Oakland Athletics 8 (77-53) - Houston Astros 2 (55-77)

Colorado Rockies 3 (53-77) - San Francisco Giants 2 (68-62)

Miami Marlins 7 (65-65) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (77-53)

Texas Rangers 2 (51-79) - Seattle Mariners 0 (71-59)

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Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

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

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

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

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

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

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Orioles Demote Ubaldo Jimenez to the Bullpen

Orioles Demote Ubaldo Jimenez to the Bullpen

Photos.com/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez' first season with the Baltimore Orioles isn't going how either side had hoped. The team has decided to take him out of the rotation and put him in the bullpen.

During the offseason, the Orioles signed Jimenez to a four-year deal worth $50 million. That is proving to be so far quite an expensive mistake.

“It's a little bit disappointing, it's a little bit hard, but like I say, we're all here for the same thing, and that's hopefully getting us into the World Series,” Jimenez told The Baltimore Sun. “This is no time to be selfish or to be putting your head down, like this is the end of the world. You have to keep going for the team.”

In 20 starts this season, the 30-year-old Jimenez is 4-9 with a 4.74 ERA to go along with a 1.53 WHIP.

Jimenez hasn’t pitched in relief since his major league debut back in 2006.

Taking his place in the rotation will be Miguel Gonzalez.

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Indians Place C Yan Gomes On 7-Day Disabled List

Indians Place C Yan Gomes On 7-Day Disabled List

iStockphoto(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians placed catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day disabled list Saturday because of a concussion.

Gomes suffered the injury during Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins when he took a foul ball off his mask.

In 109 games this season, Gomes his batting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. He has scored 52 runs and has an OBP of .324.

To take Gomes’ spot on the roster, the Indians acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations. In 34 games with this season, he’s hitting .262 with 11 RBIs.

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Dickerson’s Heroics Lead Rockies to Walk-Off Win

Dickerson’s Heroics Lead Rockies to Walk-Off Win

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

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

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

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

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: New York Yankees 5 (66-61) - Chicago White Sox 3 (59-70)

Minnesota Twins 12 (58-70) - Detroit Tigers 4 (68-59) - Game 1

Detroit Tigers 8 (69-59) - Minnesota Twins 6 (58-71) - Game 2

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (66-63) - Tampa Bay Rays 4 (63-66) - 10 Innings

Seattle Mariners 7 (70-58) - Boston Red Sox 3 (56-73)

Washington Nationals 6 (74-54) - San Francisco Giants 2 (68-60)

Chicago Cubs 7 (57-72) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (73-54)

Cleveland Indians 3 (65-63) - Houston Astros 2 (55-75)

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (67-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (71-58)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (55-75) - San Diego Padres 2 (59-69)

Kansas City Royals 6 (72-56) - Texas Rangers 3 (49-79)

Cincinnati Reds 1 (62-68) - Atlanta Braves 0 (68-62)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (70-58) - Philadelphia Phillies 5 (57-72) - 12 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (74-57) - New York Mets 4 (60-70)

Oakland Athletics 2 (76-52) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (76-52)

Colorado Rockies 5 (51-77) - Miami Marlins 4 (64-64) 13 Innings

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