Cards hit 3 HRs, top Reds, move closer to playoffs (Yahoo Sports) - Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games. Cincinnati has lost six in row and been outscored 30-8 in that stretch. Florida State's Winston participates in warmups (Yahoo Sports) - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Suspended Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston came out in full pads and participated in warm-ups Saturday night for before going back to the locker room and changing into street clothes. Blake Sims, No. 3 Alabama top Florida 42-21 (Yahoo Sports) - Blake Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in Alabama history, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21 on Saturday. The Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) committed 11 penalties for 80 yards and four turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Gators (2-1, 1-1), who still couldn't handle the Sims-to-Amari Cooper connection. The Tide's turnovers and miscues kept the game close into the fourth quarter. Alabama's 645 total yards was the most the Gators have allowed. No. 6 Texas A&M rolls 58-6 over June-less SMU (Yahoo Sports) - Kenny Hill had 322 yards of total offense playing only the first half, Jeremy Tabuyo turned two short passes into touchdowns and sixth-ranked Texas A&M rolled to a 58-6 victory Saturday at SMU. Trey Williams ran for two touchdowns for the Aggies, who last started 4-0 in 2006. The Mustangs (0-3) played for the first time since coach June Jones resigned only two games into his seventh season. Dominant Groves wins European title - George Groves beats France's Christopher Rebrasse by unanimous decision to win the European super-middleweight title. Tigers win appeal, top KC to boost AL Central lead (Yahoo Sports) - Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell into a tie for the second wild-card spot with Seattle, which played later at Houston. Detroit, seeking its fourth straight division title, has won 13 of 18 against the Royals this year, including eight of nine at Kauffman Stadium. Kicking keepers & dressing as Santa - Man City have point to prove - Toure - Yaya Toure says champions Manchester City have something to prove when they face league leaders Chelsea on Sunday. Coghlan HR leads Cubs over Dodgers, 8-7 (Yahoo Sports) - CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Coghlan hit two homers, including the go-ahead two-run drive off Brian Wilson in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Saturday. Custer youngest winner at 16 in NASCAR series (Yahoo Sports) - Cole Custer's first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book. Custer became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at 16, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire in his seventh career Truck Series start. Custer dominated early and pulled away late off the final restart Saturday to win at 16 years, 7 months, 28 days. ''This is a pretty special race for our team,'' Custer said.

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Brewers edge Pirates 1-0 to tighten wild-card race (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:09 am]
Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafer's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the second National League wild-card spot. The Brewers overcame the ejection of starting pitcher Matt Garza and pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Pirates, winning for just the second time in their last 13 road games. Pittsburgh had won five in a row. Zach Duke (5-1), a former All-Star with the Pirates, picked up the victory after getting the final out of the eighth.

Jones homers twice as Orioles beat Red Sox 7-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:06 am]
Buck Showalter did a masterful job of guiding the Baltimore Orioles to the AL East crown, and now he's resting his players in the days leading up to the postseason. Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and the Orioles received another steady performance from right-hander Chris Tillman in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Jones was coming off two straight days off and Tillman was pitching with an extra day of rest. Not only that, but Showalter rested Steve Pearce and Nick Markakis, who probably would have played if the games were particularly meaningful.

Zimmerman returns, leads Nationals past Marlins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:04 am]
Ryan Zimmerman had two hits, including an RBI triple, in his return to the lineup and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Saturday night. Zimmerman, who missed 55 games because of a hamstring injury, had his run-scoring triple to key Washington's three-run seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabera's RBI triple tied the score at 2-2 and chased Miami starter Jarred Cosart, and Denard Span's single off reliever Mike Dunn put the Nationals ahead.

Niese, Mets keep Atlanta on the skids (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:00 am]
ATLANTA (AP) -- The slumping Atlanta Braves were shut down by Jonathon Niese and lost 4-2 to the New York Mets on Saturday night, damaging their flickering playoff hopes.

Astros hit 5 HRs, stop Mariners from moving up (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 2:58 am]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Seattle starter Chris Young got hit hard and the Mariners missed a chance to move up in the AL playoff race, yielding five home runs Saturday night in a 10-1 loss to the Houston Astros.

Cards hit 3 HRs, top Reds, move closer to playoffs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 2:48 am]
Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games. Cincinnati has lost six in row and been outscored 30-8 in that stretch.

Williams beats A's for third time with third team (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 12:04 am]
For months, the Oakland Athletics were among baseball's best offensive teams. Jerome Williams beat the A's for the third time this season with his third different team, and Oakland missed an opportunity to extend its lead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. ''We've been struggling for a while, and this is a guy we had really good numbers off of,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Bautista, Stroman, Jays end 6-game skid, top Yanks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 11:48 pm]
Jose Bautista hit his eighth homer of the year against New York, Marcus Stroman pitched six gritty innings and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst six-game skid to beat the Yankees 6-3 Saturday and keep their faint playoff hopes alive. With eight games to play for both teams, Toronto is 5 1-2 games back for an AL wild card and the Yankees are 4 1-2. Danny Valencia hit a go-ahead, two-run double, helping hand the Yankees their first loss of Derek Jeter's final homestand after two wins over Toronto.

Butler, Rockies top D-backs 5-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 11:10 pm]
Eddie Butler pitched six solid innings for his first major league win and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Saturday. Corey Dickerson and Josh Rutledge homered for the Rockies, who have won five straight for the first time since June 11-15. Butler (1-1) made his debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 6 and went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation the next day. He made the most of it, allowing one run and five hits and giving the Rockies a glimpse into the future.

Tigers win appeal, top KC to boost AL Central lead (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 9:29 pm]
Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell into a tie for the second wild-card spot with Seattle, which played later at Houston. Detroit, seeking its fourth straight division title, has won 13 of 18 against the Royals this year, including eight of nine at Kauffman Stadium.

Coghlan HR leads Cubs over Dodgers, 8-7 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 9:19 pm]
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Coghlan hit two homers, including the go-ahead two-run drive off Brian Wilson in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Saturday.

Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury out with hamstring injury (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 6:54 pm]
Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team's most consistent player this year may be done for the season. The Yankees' center fielder says he hopes to play again this season. Manager Joe Girardi expressed frustration Saturday in losing another of his starters to injury, especially with the Yankees clinging to faint playoffs hopes with nine games to play. Ellsbury had homered and doubled Friday night before he was hurt beating out a double-play relay in the fourth inning against Toronto.

Hudson roughed up again in 5-0 Giants loss (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 6:06 am]
Tim Hudson had another rough start, costing the San Francisco Giants ground in the playoff chase and raising some big questions considering that his next scheduled start is against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and the Giants were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday night that dropped them 3 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race. The Giants' lead in the wild-card race is down to one game over Pittsburgh, but their magic number to clinch a wild-card spot dropped to four thanks to the Pirates' 4-2 victory against Milwaukee. The Dodgers won 14-5 at the Chicago Cubs.

Rangers win 7th straight, rout AL-best Angels 12-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 5:58 am]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Rua had four hits, Jake Smolinski homered and the Texas Rangers beat the playoff-bound Los Angeles Angels 12-3 Friday night for their seventh straight victory.

A's Lester holds Phillies to 5 hits in 7 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 4:54 am]
Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards. Derek Norris and Eric Sogard also drove in runs for Oakland, which moved a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals, who were beaten by the Detroit Tigers earlier Friday. Ryan Howard hit a home run for the Phillies, who have lost five of six.

4 homers propel Mariners over Astros 10-5 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 4:05 am]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Dustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit three-run shots in a seven-run fourth inning as the Seattle Mariners cruised to a 10-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Plouffe lifts Twins past Indians in 10th (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 4:04 am]
Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland on Friday night, further damaging the Indians' already slim playoff hopes. Santana led off the inning with a single off Kyle Crockett (4-1) and advanced to third on Brian Dozier's single to right-center. Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Crockett struck out rookie slugger Kennys Vargas, who homered in the game. Josh Tomlin entered the game to face Plouffe, who dropped a two-strike pitch just in front of lunging center-fielder Michael Bourn.

Tigers pound Royals 10-1 to pad AL Central lead (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 3:38 am]
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer, everyone in the Detroit starting lineup had a hit by the fourth inning and the Tigers pounded Jason Vargas and the second-place Kansas City Royals 10-1 on Friday night to add another game to their AL Central lead. Justin Verlander (14-12) had all the support he needed by the end of the first inning, when the Tigers had shelled Vargas (11-10) for three runs on five hits. Detroit tacked on a run in the second, another in the fourth and then broke things open with a five-run fifth. The Tigers (85-68), who now lead the division by 1 1/2 games, have forged their advantage by dominating head-to-head matchups.

Cuddyer's 7 RBIs lead Rockies past D-backs, 15-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 3:36 am]
Michael Cuddyer hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 15-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Jordan Lyles pitched six strong innings for his first win in six weeks. Rafael Ynoa added four hits and three RBIs and Wilin Rosario had three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies, who moved a game up on last-place Arizona in the NL West. It's the first time Colorado hasn't been in last place, either alone or shared, since July 13.

Cuddyer's 7 RBIs key Rockies 15-3 win over D-backs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 3:31 am]
Michael Cuddyer hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 15-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Jordan Lyles pitched six strong innings for his first win in six weeks. Rafael Ynoa added four hits and three RBIs and Wilin Rosario had three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies, who moved a game up on last-place Arizona in the NL West.



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