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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he's "pretty optimistic" third baseman Pablo Sandoval (elbow) will be ready for the start of the regular season.

"It’s going to go down to the wire," Bochy said. "It won’t be an easy call, but we’re pretty optimistic that he’s going to make it." Sandoval was able to take batting practice before Saturday's game against the A's. He's been slowed recently by right elbow discomfort.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 07:58:00 PM

Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

Gordon had no fear for Braves catcher Anthony Recker, walking and stealing second base in the first inning, stealing third base in the third inning and stealing second again an inning later. The three steals gives him 26 steals in 74 games this year. His .257/.298/.320 line leaves something to be desired, but the 28-year-old's speed is a fantasy difference-maker and with a full year to work with in 2017, he should once again be among the cream of the crop at second base.
Sep 25 - 12:28 AM

Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and the Nationals beat the Pirates 6-1 on Saturday.

The win, coupled with the Mets' loss to the Phillies, handed the Nationals their third NL East crown in the last five years. The 37-year-old has had a hand in that, hitting 20 homers with 68 RBI and 82 runs scored while batting .249/.337/.422 in 137 games.
Sep 25 - 12:03 AM

Jose Quintana held the Indians to a single run in six innings during Saturday's 8-1 victory.

He struck out only two batters, walked three and gave up six hits to earn the win. He was relieved after throwing an inefficient 103 pitches in his six frames. He advances to 13-11 with a 3.21 ERA after 31 starts. Quintana has recorded 174 strikeouts versus 48 walks in 202 innings. He has been amazingly consistent throughout his five seasons. He has a career 46-45 record and 3.41 ERA in 945 innings.
Sep 24 - 11:58 PM

Wade Miley struck out 11 and fell an out shy of a complete game Saturday, allowing a lone run in the Orioles' 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Miley gave up seven hits without allowing a walk, and the 11 strikeouts were a season high. An RBI double by Brandon Drury with two outs in the ninth ended Miley's night just shy of the complete game, but it was still an impressive turn for the 29-year-old. Miley is 9-13 with a 5.40 ERA in 29 starts overall, and he'll make his final start of the year Friday against the Yankees.
Sep 24 - 11:26 PM

Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a grand slam to help the Red Sox defeat the Rays 6-4 on Saturday.

The Sox were trailing in the seventh inning when Pedroia stepped to the plate with two outs and the sacks jacked. He unloaded them with his 14th home run of the season, helping them clinch a playoff berth in the process. The homer also gave him his 100th run scored this year, and the 33-year-old is batting .318/.377/.447 with 71 RBI and seven steals through 148 games.
Sep 24 - 10:45 PM

Yu Darvish twirled seven shutout innings Saturday in a win over the Athletics.

He finished with nine strikeouts while limiting the A's to two hits and one walk. Darvish was lights out from the opening pitch. At one point he retired 11 batters in a row with four strikeouts during that stretch. The only hits he allowed were singles. It was a nice bounce-back effort for Darvish after getting pounded for seven runs in his last start, which also came against Oakland. Darvish will toe the rubber one more time before the playoffs Friday against Tampa Bay.
Sep 24 - 8:17 PM

Elvis Andrus clobbered a pair of home runs Saturday in the Rangers' win over the Athletics.

He tied a career-high with four RBI. Andrus was the only offense the Rangers needed in a 5-0 win. Both of his blasts came off A's rookie Raul Alcantara. The 28-year-old is having his best offensive season. His .299 average, eight homers and 68 RBI all represent new career-highs. Saturday was the first multi-homer game of Andrus' career.
Sep 24 - 8:08 PM

Jose Bautista bopped a tie-breaking three-run homer Saturday in a dramatic win over the Yankees.

It wasn't as epic as the famous "bat flip" but it was a worthy sequel and a reminder that Bautista is money when the stakes are highest. Bautista broke a scoreless tie with a righteous blast to left field off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning. It was one of two hits for Bautista, who also doubled in the second inning. Bautista is rounding into postseason form with two homers over his last three outings. With the victory, the Blue Jays are now a full two games clear of Baltimore and Detroit in the AL Wild Card race.
Sep 24 - 7:33 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

Gerardo Parra will fill in at right field and bat fifth. It's a convenient night for Gonzalez to take a breather, as he holds a .199 career average in 36 at-bats against Clayton Kershaw.
Sep 24 - 7:16 PM

DJ LeMahieu is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

He's just getting a routine day off. LeMahieu has had a career year for the Rockies and is on the cusp of winning his first batting title. Rookie Pat Valaika will draw the start at second base Saturday while batting seventh against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Sep 24 - 7:11 PM

Rich Hill (blister) will have his start skipped Sunday against the Rockies.

Here we go again. The Dodgers are still concerned about Hill's lingering blister issues, though he's expected to start against the Giants next weekend. The Dodgers' priority is to have Hill healthy for the postseason. Brandon McCarthy will start Sunday's series finale at Chavez Ravine.
Sep 24 - 6:50 PM




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