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Cubs win fourth straight as they chase Cardinals, Pirates | Reuters

Cubs win fourth straight as they chase Cardinals, Pirates<p>ST. LOUIS — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon gives leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler simple instructions before every at-bat.<p>“You go, we go,” Maddon says.<p>Fowler went deep with his first at-bat Monday and Chicago was off and running, administering a …

Baseball

How did STL's loss to PIT impact the Central race?

The first-place St. Louis Cardinals hosted the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series this weekend. Entering play on Friday night, …

Examining how the Dodgers can survive September without Puig

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig may miss the rest of the 2015 regular season because of a hamstring strain.<p>Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been on …

WATCH: Chris Davis goes deep twice, becomes first to reach 40 HR in 2015

Orioles slugger Chris Davis hit two home runs Friday night. He is the first player to reach the 40 home run mark this season.<p>The fading Orioles are …

Here's a plan for the Mets' Matt Harvey to pitch in the playoffs

If Mets focus on the number of pitches Harvey throws, rather than innings, they can use him into October.<p>When the Kansas City Royals added Kris …

Bryce Harper: Nationals fans leaving early is 'brutal'

With a three-run deficit and the top of the order coming up in the ninth inning on an afternoon Labor Day game, much of Nationals Park was empty. …

Dodgers call up Chris Heisey, designate reliever Dan Coulombe

The<p>Dodgersdo love their outfielders.<p>After having already added reserve outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Scott Schebler last week -- both of whom later homered -- the Dodgers added yet one more prior to Sunday’s game, calling up<p>Chris Heiseyfrom triple-A Oklahoma City.<p>Adding Heisey again -- he was …

NL Central Notes: Lackey, Arrieta, Burnett, DelPiano

<b>John Lackey</b> intends to pitch “for a couple of more years” after getting clearance from his family, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets. Though Lackey turns 37 …

Angels' Pujols to undergo MRI on ailing foot Monday

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols will get an MRI on his ailing right foot Monday morning.<p>The first baseman insists, however, that he'll …

Texas Rangers

Dodgers are running bases better and getting more steals

With only 47 stolen bases this season, the<p>Dodgersrank last in the National League.<p>But 15 of their steals have come in their last nine games, including two more Sunday in a 5-1 victory over the<p>San Diego Padresat Petco Park.<p>Manager<p>Don Mattinglysaid part of that had to do with personnel.<p>Rookie …

Cole dominant as Pirates claim series win over 1st-place Cardinals

Jordan Walden Won't Return In 2015

Cardinals setup man <b>Jordan Walden</b> won’t return to the team this season or in the playoffs, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.<p>The …

Cardinals' Mike Matheny sold on Cubs

The Chicago Cubs' ascent in the National League might have caught many by surprise, but St. Louis manager Mike Matheny hasn't been surprised.<p>Matheny pointed to late last season, when the Cubs started promoting some of their younger players and split a four-game series at Busch Stadium and then took …

The Chicago Cubs can start talking about magic numbers

ST. LOUIS -- Over the weekend, you probably started to hear about those three special words not mentioned around the Chicago Cubs in several years. …

White Sox's latest stumble just about sums up season

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox used the final holiday of the summer to show firsthand just what has ailed them all year.<p>A team that appeared to …

Red Sox batter Buehrle early, defeat Blue Jays in series opener at Fenway

Mark Buehrle is 36, which is not old if you are an accountant or a salesman.<p>But if you're a baseball pitcher of that age, people start checking your best-before date and constantly inquire how you feel. Commuters on public transit are inclined to offer you their seat. Wool socks are considered a …

The future is now for Greg Bird and the Yankees

NEW YORK -- There were about 30 reporters surrounding 22-year-old Yankee first baseman Greg Bird's locker. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound, sweet-swinging …

The Streak

Looking back, the night I broke the consecutive games record unfolded in front of my eyes like a movie. For years, I didn’t want to see any of the …

A.J. Burnett once broke a truck window with a warmup pitch

They say that baseball is a kid's game, but that's never been more true than when someone's got to take responsiblity for a ball going through …

Trucks

This Week in (Dumb) Baseball: All innings aren't created equal

It's astounding to see all this talk about innings limits, which totally ignores how different each inning can be.<p>It's Monday, which means our …

Power Rankings: Dodgers in top five, Cardinals hold off Jays for first

The Cardinals are No. 1 yet again in this week's Power Rankings, but their summer-long grip on the top spot may finally be loosening as the regular …

Baseball

The way-too-early 2018 Power Rankings: Can Houston repeat?

The Houston Astros are the 2017 World Series champions. But are they the early favorites heading into next season?<p>The initial 2018 Power Rankings …

Blue Jays battered by Red Sox in series opener

The Toronto Blue Jays are trying to slug their way to an AL East title.<p>They'll need better pitching than this, though.<p>Jackie Bradley Jr. had four …

Baseball

Marlins' coach doesn't need a glove, snags ripped foul ball with barehand

Way to keep your eye on the ball, coach.<p>We see all kinds of great baseball catches each year, each week, even each day. And then sometimes you get the coach with a barehanded catch from the dugout. See example:<p>All the credit to Marlin's coach Mike Goff because he caught this ball like a champ, …

GIF Animations

Lincecum undergoes season-ending hip surgery; Giants career over?

Giants starting pitcher and free-agent-to-be Tim Lincecum is out for the season after having hip surgery.<p>Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is done for the …

Baseball

Royals log 20 hits to win slugfest with Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- After scoring 12 runs the previous night, the Royals came back to batter the Tigers' pitching staff again on Thursday in a marathon …

Baseball

Cardinals can knock reeling Pirates for a loop this weekend

History and time are not on the side of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they try to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals.<p>Pittsburgh's best chance to reel in the NL Central leaders starts with Friday night's series opener at Busch Stadium, a ballpark kind to the Cardinals and not so much to the Pirates this …