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Starling Marte (back) said he's not sure whether he will start another game this season.

Marte tried to return from his lingering back injury late last week but still isn't feeling quite right. He described it Tuesday more as back "tightness" than spasms. A full month of rest is what Marte really needs, and he'll get it as soon as the regular season ends for the 77-80 Pirates.
Sep 27 - 11:38 PM

John Lackey limited the Pirates to one run over five innings of work in a 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

It's just the third time in his last 12 starts that he's walked three-plus batters, but Lackey was able to keep the Pirates in check in spite of a little wildness. This was the veteran right-hander's final start of the regular season, as they'll give him a simulated game or something next week in preparation for his NLDS Game 4 (if there is one) start. Lackey will turn 38 next month but has put up arguably the best two seasons of his career in back-to-back campaigns.
Sep 27 - 11:34 PM

Ryan Vogelsong was touched up for four runs while walking five batters over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

The five free passes were a season-high for the struggling right-hander. Over his last six starts, Vogelsong has yet to go more than five innings and has allowed at least four runs in five of six outings. Vogelsong's turn comes up Sunday in St. Louis, but the Pirates might give that start to someone else.
Sep 27 - 11:28 PM

Chris Coghlan ripped a bases-clearing triple in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Coghlan got the scoring going with his three-bagger in the second inning. He also added a single and a stolen base on the night. Coghlan really struggled for the A's but has regained his form back in Chicago, batting .271/.403/.417.
Sep 27 - 11:24 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Mets rolled over the Marlins 12-1 on Tuesday.

Bruce snapped out of a deep funk with a pinch-hit homer in Saturday's game against the Phillies, and he's now 6-for-14 with two homers, three RBI, and four runs scored in his last four games including that pinch-hit appearance. It's coming at just the right time for the Mets, too, as they angle for a Wild Card spot. They'll need Bruce, who now has 31 total homers and 94 total runs scored, firing on all cylinders if they hope to make a deep run in October.
Sep 27 - 11:00 PM

Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run and scored two runs in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Cespedes hit the two-run bomb off Marlins starter Tom Koehler in the third inning. The blast was his 31st homer of the year and his first since September 11. Cespedes has 85 RBI and 70 runs scored to go with a .283/.357/.541 line in 129 games.
Sep 27 - 10:54 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

Duda came up with the sacks jacked in the eighth inning and he unloaded them with a three-run double. The multi-hit game was Duda's first since coming off the disabled list on September 17. Injuries derailed his season and limited him to 45 games. When healthy, the 30-year-old has hit .241/.317/.434 with seven homers and 23 RBI.
Sep 27 - 10:47 PM

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Granderson came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and he added an RBI double in the ninth. The 35-year-old is finishing the year strong, swatting eight homers with 21 RBI and 21 runs scored in September. Granderson is hitting .227/.325/.458 overall.
Sep 27 - 10:43 PM

Tom Koehler lasted just 3 2/3 innings Tuesday, allowing four runs on six hits in a loss.

Koehler issued four free passes and served up two homers -- two-run shots by Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes -- in the abbreviated start. If Tuesday's start was his last in 2016, the 30-year-old finishes with a 4.15 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through 32 starts. Statistically, the season was Koehler's worst since 2013, but he's now made at least 31 starts with an ERA between 3.81 and 4.15 and between 9 and 11 wins in each of his last three seasons.
Sep 27 - 10:37 PM

Noah Syndergaard struck out eight while allowing one run over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Syndergaard gave up five hits, all singles, without issuing a walk in the win. The right-hander improved to 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 31 games, including 30 starts. In theory, the start Tuesday should have been his last, but with the Mets' rotation in shambles and Sunday technically being the fifth day after his start it's possible -- perhaps likely -- that the team will throw him in the regular season finale, assuming they don't already have a Wild Card spot locked up.
Sep 27 - 10:36 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters and held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six frames to earn his 19th win of the season in a 4-2 victory.

Scherzer served up a home run to Jean Segura to lead off the game and then yielded an RBI double to Welington Castillo in the third. He settled in after that, though, and the Nationals' offense finally went to work in the sixth inning with four runs. Scherzer hasn't lost since August 9. The right-hander will have one final tune-up on Sunday before starting Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers on October 7.
Sep 27 - 10:10 PM

Matt Koch held the Nationals to two runs over five innings in a spot start Tuesday.

Koch allowed just a hit by pitch over over his first five innings, but he might have tired in the sixth in yielding a single and walk to start off the frame. He was pulled at that point and the Diamondbacks' bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score in addition to two more runs on top of it. It's unclear whether Koch will get another start on Sunday.
Sep 27 - 10:05 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning to notch his 44th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Called upon to protect a two-run lead, Melancon had a stress-free ninth with a couple groundouts and a strikeout. The veteran closer has nailed down 44-of-48 save opportunities this season, including 14-of-15 since joining the Nationals.
Sep 27 - 10:01 PM

Anthony Rendon delivered a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The Nationals fell into an early hole with the D'Backs plating single runs in the first and third, but they were able to bunch together two hits, two walks and four runs in the sixth, punctuated by Rendon's bomb. The third baseman now has 19 dingers on the season and has five games left to get No. 20.
Sep 27 - 9:59 PM

Jean Segura clubbed his 20th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

After slugging a pair of longballs Monday, Segura led off the game Tuesday with another dinger. He continues to extend his career high in home runs in what has been a career year for the Diamondbacks' shortstop.
Sep 27 - 9:55 PM



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