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Red Sox and 2B Dustin Pedroia agreed to an eight-year, $110 million contract extension.

It's the richest contract ever for a second baseman. Initial reports suggested that the extension would run from 2015-2021, but it will actually begin next season and replace his existing contract. Pedroia is now locked up through his age-37 season.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning, and the White Sox held on to beat the Royals 7-5 on Tuesday.

With one out and runners on the corners, the Royals opted to walk Jose Abreu to bring up Gillaspie. The 27-year-old made them pay for that decision, ripping a triple into the gap to clear the bases and give the White Sox the lead. The triple was surprisingly his fifth of the season, giving him 57 RBI. Gillaspie finished 2-for-5 in the game to raise his season line to a strong .293/.345/.433.
Sep 17 - 1:08 AM

Carlos Gomez used his legs to give the Brewers a win Tuesday, stealing two bases and scoring the winning run in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 12 innings.

Gomez had one hit in four at-bats before working a one-out walk in the 12th inning. He proceeded to steal second and, shortly after, third base off the tandem of Kevin Siegrist and Yadier Molina. A two-out bloop single from Hector Gomez (no relation) allowed Carlos Gomez to score the winning run. Gomez is closing in on his first 100-run season, as Tuesday's run gives him 91 runs scored and 33 steals to go with a .286/.356/.479 line.
Sep 17 - 12:43 AM

Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI in the Rockies' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers on Tuesday.

In the fourth inning, Dickerson connected for a two-run shot, his 23rd home run of the season, off Dodgers starter Dan Haren. He added a two-run triple in the eighth inning, his fifth triple of the season. The 25-year-old has emerged as an offensive star this season, batting .307/.360/.566 with 73 RBI and 70 runs scored overall.
Sep 17 - 12:20 AM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated after Tuesday's game that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) was unlikely to play Wednesday.

It's no surprise given that it's a day game after a night game. Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday (striking out), suggesting that his elbow is not at issue at the plate but in the field.
Sep 17 - 12:02 AM

Corey Kluber struck out 14 Astros hitters Tuesday, yielding one run over seven innings in the Indians' 4-2 win.

Kluber's remarkable season continues. The right-hander mowed down the Astros for his 16th win, scattering seven hits and two walks on the evening. The win was his third straight after a three-game losing streak. Kluber will take a 2.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 244/48 K/BB ratio into Sunday's start at the Twins.
Sep 16 - 11:51 PM

Roenis Elias exited Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness.

Well, that's no good. Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and had surrendered a leadoff single in the fourth inning before departing. More info on his long-term outlook probably won't be available until Wednesday, but the rookie's season is almost surely over.
Sep 16 - 11:46 PM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

The line was fairly standard for the diminutive second baseman, but it was noteworthy for the fact that Altuve passed Craig Biggio for the Astros' record for hits in a single season. He's got 211 for the season, and the Astros still have a week and a half for Altuve to pad his lead. The 24-year-old is batting a ridiculous .343/.379/.456 for the year.
Sep 16 - 11:42 PM

Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with a home run Tuesday, falling just a double short of the cycle, as the Twins came back to edge the Tigers 4-3.

It was the best chance the 275-lb. Vargas may ever get at a cycle, as he legged out his first triple in 180 at-bats in the fourth inning. He followed that with a solo home run in the sixth, his eighth homer of the season, but he grounded out in his final chance at the feat. Still, the three-hit night raises his line to .294/.311/.489 with 36 RBI in 43 games this season.
Sep 16 - 11:27 PM

Joe Nathan gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, suffering the blown save against the Twins.

After watching his team take a one-run lead in the top half of the inning, Nathan proceeded to walk Trevor Plouffe with one out before allowing a Kurt Suzuki RBI double. Two batters later, Aaron Hicks ended the game with a walk-off infield single. Nathan's ERA is back up to 5.10, and with the Tigers needing every win they can get at this point manager Brad Ausmus will need to think long and hard about who gets the call the next time there's a save situation. Owners need to have Joakim Soria on the back burner just in case.
Sep 16 - 11:23 PM

Jake Odorizzi pitched well on Tuesday, yielding just one run over six innings as the Rays dealt the Yankees a loss.

Odorizzi has been hit or miss for most of the second half, allowing five-plus runs in three of his previous eight starts entering the evening. He was very much a "hit" on Tuesday, as he held the Yankees to five hits and a walk while punching out three batters. The 24-year-old sports an 11-2 record, a 3.98 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 171/56 K/BB ratio. Odorizzi will take the mound at Fenway Park against the Red Sox on Tuesday next.
Sep 16 - 11:06 PM

Jake Arrieta flirted with a no-hitter, losing it with one out in the eighth, but still finished off a one-hit, 13-strikeout shutout of the Reds on Tuesday.

It's the first complete game hurled by a Cubs starter this season. Brandon Phillips squelched the no-hit bid, lacing a double just out of the reach of a diving Matt Szczur in left-center. Obviously, it's the most dominating Arrieta has looked to date in what has been a breakout season. He's 9-5 with a 2.65 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and a 157/40 K/BB ratio. Arrieta will toe the rubber next against the Dodgers at home on Sunday.
Sep 16 - 10:53 PM




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