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9/16/2013 | Royals strike a move upward in Wild Card race
Ace James Shields led a 17-strikeout attack with a season-high 10 as the Royals earned a a 7-1 win over the Indians on Monday night to trim their Wild Card deficit to 2 1/2 games.

9/16/2013 | Hurdle fan of Wild Card, but wants division title
Clint Hurdle thinks Major League Baseball's Wild Card concept is grand -- just not for his team, not now. With the Pirates tied for the National League Central lead entering Monday's beginning of the 13-game run to the wire, Hurdle does not want his players to take their eyes and minds off priority No. 1 -- raising that division flag.

9/16/2013 | Phils may target righty with pop to balance '14 lineup
If Cody Asche is the Opening Day third baseman in 2014 and everybody else returns as expected, the Phillies will have five left-handed hitters in their lineup. They need at least one right-handed bat with pop.

9/16/2013 | Cuban infielder Guerrero said to sign with Boras
Cuban infield prospect Alexander Guerrero has signed with Scott Boras Corp., and the agency is now leading negotiations, according to an industry source.

9/16/2013 | Bid on items from Dodgers' incredible 2013 run
Game-used jerseys worn by Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig and an historic baseball thrown by Hyun-Jin Ryu to South Korean countryman Shin-Soo Choo are among many unique items now up for bidding in a special MLB.com Auction devoted to this Dodgers season.

9/16/2013 | American League Wild Card race crowded and dramatic
None of the three division races in the American League gives the appearance of going down to the wire, or anywhere near the wire, but it is impossible to escape the multifaceted drama of the AL Wild Card chase.

9/16/2013 | Iannetta slugs way to AL Player of Week win
Chris Iannetta is the first Angels catcher in a generation -- or two -- to be the American League's Player of the Week.

9/16/2013 | Pence powers way to NL Player of Week Award
After a prolific performance at the plate over seven games last week, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was named the National League Player of the Week.

9/16/2013 | Harvey sees Dr. Andrews; Mets to give update Tuesday
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey received a second opinion on his injured right elbow Monday morning from Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Harvey flew back to New York following the appointment, and the Mets said in a statement that they expected to provide more information Tuesday.

9/16/2013 | Helton's last homestand kicks off with a Rockies win
The standings say the Rockies played spoiler on Monday night when Wilin Rosario's one-out single in the eighth sparked a four-run rally and lifted them to a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field in front of 31,117. But even though the Cardinals lost a chance to break a tie with the Pirates atop the National League Central, this was the Rockies' party. It was the beginning of the final homestand for Todd Helton, who has been a fixture the last 17 seasons.

9/16/2013 | Helton reflects on successful 17-year career
Behind the beard and a stern look of concentration, Rockies iconic first baseman Todd Helton was a guy fans had a hard time getting a read on, which could make him hard to get to know. At his formal press conference at a Coors Field suite on Monday to announce his pending retirement, Helton displayed raw, genuine emotion -- and a dry sense of humor.

9/16/2013 | Gonzalez's finger to be examined -- again
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said he has lost count of the number of doctors that he has seen about his sprained middle finger. But head athletic trainer Keith Dugger has kept count, and the number will rise to eight when he goes to Cleveland on Thursday.

9/16/2013 | Asche showing potential to be solid for Phils
In a game that can be very humbling for even the most seasoned veterans, Cody Asche is making an outstanding case to become the Phillies' regular third baseman next season.

9/16/2013 | Lynn solid, but Cardinals can't gain ground in Central
An inexperienced starter on the mound for the opposing team, and the Pirates losing earlier in the night at home, Monday night's game against the Rockies appeared to be a golden opportunity for the Cardinals to take sole possession of first place in the National League Central. But an effective start from Lance Lynn wasn't enough, as the St. Louis bullpen surrendered four eighth-inning runs in a 6-2 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.

9/16/2013 | Jay viewed as a second three-hole hitter
Jon Jay is a man of many roles. The Cardinals center fielder has batted in eight of the nine batting positions this year, so it's understandable that Jay was slightly unsure of his exact role in this lineup. When Jay hit from the two-hole, he wasn't sure if he should approach the at-bat as a "table-setter" -- a player whose foremost job is to set up for the No. 3 batter. So manager Mike Matheny found a creative way to explain the situation.

9/16/2013 | O's benefiting from Tillman's dedication to success
Ask teammates if young right-hander Chris Tillman -- who at 16 wins has equaled his career total in the previous four seasons combined -- can be considered the staff ace, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't agree.

9/16/2013 | Nats-Braves postponed Monday after DC shootings
In light of the Monday morning shootings at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which is a few blocks away from Nationals Park, the Nationals postponed their game against the Braves. The two clubs will play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday. The first game will start at 1:05 p.m. ET, with the nightcap beginning at 7:05.

9/16/2013 | Well-rounded Braves quiet in their dominance
As usual, there has been no drama to the Braves' run this season. They make winning look easy. They are simply a smart, efficient baseball machine, a team that does everything well.

9/16/2013 | MLB unveils Clemente Award nominees
Nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet were announced on Monday by Major League Baseball, in advance of Tuesday's 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day and the start of fan voting to help determine the recipient of this prestigious honor.

9/16/2013 | Braves, Dodgers gain behind Sox in Power Rankings
The top of our MLB.com Power Rankings remains unchanged after another thrilling week of September baseball. The MLB standings, though, saw a bit more of a shakeup.

9/16/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Mayo's All-Prospect team
Jonathan Mayo makes his picks for the 2013 All-Prospect team, the position player and pitching prospect of the year and more.

9/16/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Callis' All-Prospect Team
Jim Callis makes his picks for the 2013 All-Prospect Team, the position player and pitching prospect of the year and more.

9/16/2013 | Carpenter's ascension helping Cardinals fly
In his first full season as a Major League starter, Matt Carpenter has learned a new position and taken on a new offensive role, doing both while posting one of the most impressive campaigns in recent Cardinals history.

9/16/2013 | Rays down Rangers to take top Wild Card spot
The Rays and Rangers had combined to lose 15 of their last 20 games, and prior to the fifth inning, neither would give in to dropping another. But Tampa Bay put up a four-run fifth and held on to beat Texas, 6-2, and take the top Wild Card position.

9/16/2013 | Maddon says lack of runs doesn't tell whole story
The Rays rank last in the American League in runs per game since July 31, but manager Joe Maddon does not feel that number is indicative of his team's offensive skill set.


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