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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Tuesday that Michael Wacha will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox.

That was the expectation, but it's now official. Wacha has allowed just one run in 23 innings of work this postseason and won the NLCS MVP. The Red Sox haven't named their starter for Game 2, but John Lackey is expected to get the call.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 03:48:00 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

The Rangers are unsure when Alex Rios (thumb) will be ready to return to the lineup.

Rios hasn't played since September 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury and it's possible he won't return at all this season. He did travel with the club on their current road trip, but his status is very much up in the air. With Michael Choice (hamstring) also done for the season, the Rangers started Daniel Robertson in right field Tuesday.
Sep 16 - 10:52 PM

Russell Martin extended his hitting streak to eight games, slugging a two-run home run in the second inning of Tuesday's win against the Red Sox.

Martin, who finished 1-for-4, took Anthony Ranaudo out to right-center for a two-run home run in the second inning, putting the Buccos up 2-0 at the time. It's the catcher's 10th long ball of the season, and he now owns a .294/.408/.434 with 63 RBI. Martin should wind up with a few back-end NL MVP votes after the season.
Sep 16 - 10:39 PM

Steve Pearce's first-inning three-run home run gave the Orioles a lead they would not relinquish as they clinched the AL East with a win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Pearce put the O's up 3-1 with the jack in the first off of Drew Hutchison. It was perhaps the most poetic way for the Orioles to clinch, as Pearce has been a key contributor who came out of nowhere, in a season in which the club has gotten little out of Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, and Chris Davis. Pearce now has 18 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .294/.371/.541 slash line.
Sep 16 - 10:24 PM

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday that the chances of Giancarlo Stanton (face) returning this season are "not looking good."

The club was holding out hope that they'd get good news from a battery of tests Tuesday, but, not surprisingly, it appears doctors have advised against Stanton's return. The outfielder suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth, after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch last Thursday. The Marlins are expected to provide an official update on Stanton Wednesday.
Sep 16 - 10:19 PM

Wilmer Flores had a career night, going 3-for-4 with a double, a pair of home runs, and six runs batted in as the Mets trounced the Marlins on Tuesday.

Flores tied the game at 1-1 with a fourth-inning double, then kept adding on with a three-run home run in the fifth and a two-run blast in the seventh, both off of Brad Penny. Flores entered the night with four home runs in 229 plate appearances, so it was certainly an uncharacteristically powerful performance. Along with six homers, Flores has knocked in 28 runs and posted a .245/.280/.386 slash line.
Sep 16 - 10:05 PM

Tanner Roark hurled seven shutout innings against the Braves on Tuesday as the Nationals clinched the NL East division.

The slumping Braves couldn't get anything going against Roark, as the right-hander scattered five hits -- all singles -- while striking out four and walking none. The Nationals, at 87-63, are the first team in baseball to clinch their division. Roark will go into two weeks of meaningless baseball with a 2.85 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio. He'll start next against the Marlins on the road on Sunday.
Sep 16 - 9:51 PM

Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right elbow strain.

It's not clear how the ailment popped up or how long he might be sidelined, but the Dodgers should provide more on his status later Tuesday. Justin Turner took Ramirez's spot at shortstop.
Sep 16 - 7:30 PM




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