Cardinals beat Brewers 3-2 in 13 innings (Yahoo Sports) - ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony Cruz singled in the winning run in the 13th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals moved closer to their second straight NL Central title with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. Falcons romp to 56-14 win over hapless Buccaneers (Yahoo Sports) - Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday night. The Falcons (2-1) led 35-0 before the Buccaneers (0-3) picked up a first down. 2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour (Yahoo Sports) - WUHAN, China (AP) -- Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries. Hester, Falcons take 56-0 lead in 3rd quarter (Yahoo Sports) - ATLANTA (AP) -- Devin Hester high-stepped to an NFL record with his 20th career touchdown return, Julio Jones caught two scoring passes and the Atlanta Falcons led Tampa Bay 56-0 after three quarters Thursday night in their NFC South matchup. Jeter homers as Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-2 (Yahoo Sports) - Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey's fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months. With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion. Jeter's solo homer gave the Yankees a two-run lead in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, a game the Yankees won when first baseman Adam Lind let Chase Headley's ninth-inning grounder bounce through his legs for a game-ending error. We're trying to win games, and I'm going to go out there and play hard like I've always done my entire career until we're out of games.'' Dickey stretched his scoreless streak against the Yankees to 19 innings before Stephen Drew's RBI double in the fifth. No. 5 Auburn holds off No. 20 K-State, 20-14 (Yahoo Sports) - MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the fifth-ranked Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 on Thursday night. Pirates get late break in playoff push, top Bosox (Yahoo Sports) - PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL pennant race. Hester helps Falcons take 35-0 halftime lead (Yahoo Sports) - Devin Hester high-stepped to an NFL record with his 20th career touchdown return, Matt Ryan threw a pair of scoring passes and the Atlanta Falcons led Tampa Bay 35-0 at halftime Thursday night in their NFC South matchup. Hester ran back a punt 62 yards down the left side midway through the second quarter to give the Falcons a seven-touchdown lead. The previous record was held by Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, a former Falcon who was working the game as a television analyst. The Falcons tied a team record for largest halftime lead. Devin Hester sets NFL record with 20th TD return (Yahoo Sports) - Devin Hester has set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown, breaking the mark he shared with Deion Sanders. Hester returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to give the Atlanta Falcons a stunning 35-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. He took the punt at his own 44, found a seam up the middle, and zipped around the last man who had a shot at him, punter Michael Koenen. Hester high-stepped the last 20 yards or so, a hand behind his ear - the move that Sanders made famous during his Hall of Fame career. Falcons take early 28-0 lead over Bucs (Yahoo Sports) - Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to Julio Jones and Harry Douglas on Atlanta's first two possessions and the Falcons led Tampa By 28-0 early in the second quarter Thursday night. The Falcons made it 21-0 when safety Kemal Ishmael picked off Josh McCown's pass, intended for Vincent Jackson at the Buccaneers 23 and ran untouched to the end zone. Atlanta had 12 first downs and 169 yards of total offense in the first quarter.

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Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 5:04 am]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Mike Aviles's sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Cardinals beat Brewers 3-2 in 13 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 5:00 am]
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony Cruz singled in the winning run in the 13th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals moved closer to their second straight NL Central title with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

Five-run seventh gives Dodgers 8-4 win over Cubs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 4:25 am]
Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles' five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Thursday night and extend their lead in the NL West. The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh but six of their eight hitters reached base against reliever Neil Ramirez with five hits and an error. Cubs rookie second baseman Logan Watkins couldn't handle Juan Uribe's hard-hit grounder with one out. Los Angeles scored all the runs in the inning against Ramirez (2-3), but only one was earned.

Hamilton still out of Angels' lineup with new pain (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 3:03 am]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Hamilton is still out of the Los Angeles Angels with pain in his chest and ribcage.

Pirates get late break in playoff push, top Bosox (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 2:36 am]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL pennant race.

Gonzalez, Harper lead Nationals past Marlins, 6-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 2:09 am]
Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Washington Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night. Kevin Frandsen and Anthony Rendon each had two hits for Washington (88-64), which opened the night 1-1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL's best record. A Miami native, Gonzalez (9-10) allowed six hits, striking out five and walking none. Jeff Baker drove in one run and scored another for the Marlins (74-78), who opened their final homestand of the season.

Jeter homers as Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 1:58 am]
Derek Jeter began his final homestand for the New York Yankees with one more stroll around the bases, hitting a home run Thursday night in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeter homered deep into the left-field seats against R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning, earning a standing ovation from his adoring fans. After Jose Bautista's tying, two-run homer in the Toronto eighth, Chase Headley sent the winning run home in the ninth with a one-out grounder through the legs of first baseman Adam Lind. Jeter, New York's 40-year-old captain, ended a 158 at-bat homerless streak with the drive, just the fourth home run of his 20th and final major league season.

Stanton speaks out for 1st time since injury (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 11:58 pm]
MIAMI (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is speaking out for the first time about the injury that ended his season, saying Thursday night that he's recovering well from injuries caused by a fastball to the face.

Athletics out of top wild-card spot, Texas sweeps (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 11:06 pm]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics kept sliding, falling out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas on Thursday that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep.

Appeals court reconsidering Barry Bonds conviction (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 10:35 pm]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Attorneys for both sides were peppered with skeptical questions from a panel of judges as Barry Bonds seeks to erase his felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

Giants move Triple-A operation to Sacramento (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 9:46 pm]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants are moving their Triple-A minor league club to the state capital, entering into a two-year contract with Sacramento.

Angels bump Weaver for LeBlanc after clinch (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 8:58 pm]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have scratched ace Jered Weaver from his scheduled start Thursday against the Seattle Mariners.

Ex Rangers manager sorry for breaking wife's trust (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 7:56 pm]
Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife of 42 years. While offering no details, Washington publicly apologized to his wife and the Rangers during a 3 1/2-minute statement Thursday. They left without taking questions, with Washington putting his right hand on her right shoulder as they departed through a back door. The 62-year-old Washington led the Rangers to their only two World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Rizzo wins 2014 Branch Rickey Award (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:49 pm]
DENVER (AP) -- Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey award in recognition of his community work with pediatric cancer patients.

Orioles seek balance of rest and wins down stretch (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:32 pm]
BALTIMORE (AP) -- There was a time when the Baltimore Orioles had very little to play for in September.

Doolittle blows save, A's lose 6-1 to Rangers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:39 am]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sean Doolittle sat in a chair staring at his locker inside a quiet clubhouse before searching for the words to explain the Oakland Athletics' latest meltdown.

Angels beat Mariners 5-0, win AL West title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:06 am]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Angels top M's 5-0, reach brink of AL West title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 5:00 am]
C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of the AL West title with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. The major league-leading Angels (95-57) reduced their magic number to one in their division race with the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles will clinch its first AL West title since 2009 with one more victory or one loss by the A's. Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Cain, Aoki power Royals to 6-2 win over White Sox (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 4:09 am]
Perhaps the Royals are rousing from their offensive slumber at just the right time. Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and Kansas City roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that allowed the Royals to creep within a half-game of first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Alcides Escobar also homered for a Royals lineup that had been scuffling for weeks, and Aoki went 3 for 4 to finish with 11 hits in the series.

David Price hit hard, Tigers lose to Twins 8-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 4:04 am]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Price was hit hard in a disappointing outing and the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night to tighten the AL Central race ahead of the Tigers' big weekend series in Kansas City.





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