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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will shut down Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom had been lined up to face the Astros on Saturday at Citi Field, but he has already thrown 178 2/3 innings this season between the majors and the minors, a jump of 31 innings from his 2013 total. The Mets are content with cutting him off here. While he had little fanfare coming into the year, deGrom will finish the year with a 2.63 ERA over 22 starts. He has a very strong case for the National League Rookie of the Year award.
Sep 23 - 1:57 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will announce an extension for general manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday.

It was originally expected to be announced after the season, but the Mets are moving up the timetable, likely because news of the extension leaked on Monday. Alderson had an option on his contract for 2015, but the Mets will give him a new three-year deal which sets the stage for him to see his plan through.
Sep 23 - 1:08 PM

Derek Norris recently received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder.

Norris has been dealing with shoulder soreness since a play at the plate on Saturday, but he's feeling better and was able to DH on Monday. It's unclear when he'll go back behind the plate.
Sep 23 - 11:54 AM

Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
Sep 23 - 9:31 AM

Dan Haren's $10 million player option for 2015 was triggered during Monday's start against the Giants.

Haren got there by crossing the 180-inning threshold for the season, which also secured him a $500,000 bonus. The veteran right-hander will make a decision on whether to accept the option after the season.
Sep 23 - 8:57 AM

Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) came off the bench to hit a single Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Escobar hadn't played since last Tuesday due to a jammed right shoulder, but he entered the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh and stuck around to hit a single in the ninth. He should be back in the lineup soon.
Sep 23 - 8:35 AM

Gregor Blanco finished 2-for-7 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's easy 13-inning 5-2 versus the Dodgers.

Blanco's corked a 419-foot shot off Dan Haren to begin the game. He wouldn't drive in another run for 12 more innings, when his double ended up plating two; the play ended when Blanco was gunned down trying to go for third. Blanco has been a usable if unspectacular mixed league player since late August.
Sep 23 - 2:48 AM

Carl Crawford hit a solo homer in Monday's game against the Giants.

Crawford finished 1-for-5. He's hit safely in his last four games to continue a monster September. The veteran outfielder is 24-for-58 (.414) with six doubles, a triple, three homers and 14 RBI this month. Overall, he's slashing .290/.327/.419.
Sep 23 - 2:38 AM

Dan Haren yielded two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings in a no-decision versus the Giants Monday.

He was coming off an additional day of rest, as Los Angeles decided to give Jamey Wright a spot start in Sunday's series finale at Chicago so Haren could take the ball against the hated Giants instead. Haren reversed a troubling trend: Dodgers' starters came into tonight in a terrible funk, having posted a 8.88 ERA over 25 1/3 innings while failing to work five innings even once in the last seven games. The bullpen (5.97 ERA) wasn't much better during that stretch. Fortunately, both showed up tonight (well, until Kevin Correia was called up in the 13th, anyway). Haren (13-11, 4.03 ERA) welcomes the Rockies to Los Angeles on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 2:36 AM

Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 2:35 AM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 win against the Angels.

He has reached base seven times across 11 plate appearances, and scored four runs, over the past 48 hours. He won't come close to matching the raw efficiency of last year's breakout season (.301/.384/.499), but Donaldson totes a solid .254/.341/.457 slash line and will reach the 100-RBI plateau if he can drive in three more by sundown on Sunday. His WAR (currently 7.1) isn't even going to finish one game below 2013's total of 8.0; the A's have a keeper.
Sep 23 - 1:41 AM

Albert Pujols went yard for the 28th time this season the Angels dropped an 8-4 decision to the A's on Monday.

Pujols' eighth-inning three-run blast off Evan Scribner inexplicably made it a game again; the Angels had two runners on down by four in the ninth inning before Oakland finally put them away. It was the veteran's second homer in the last three games. Along with the 28 homers, Pujols has knocked in 104 -- the 12th time he's exceeded 100 RBI in 14 seasons -- and slashed .274/.328/.472. He's on pace for 107 RBI, which would be his highest total since 2010.
Sep 23 - 1:36 AM

Jeff Samardzija gave up one run -- zero earned -- in seven innings to beat the Angels 8-4 on Monday.

Samardzija whiffed three, issued zero free passes, and scattered five hits. The right-hander was probably wondering where all these runs had been over the last month. He had hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. In fact, he had gone 0-2 in his last four starts despite a 1.50 ERA, receiving just five runs of support total. It's been that kind of season for the right-hander, who didn't have many offensive helpers on the Cubs either. Samardzija will get the ball in Texas on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 1:30 AM

The wheels fell off of C.J. Wilson on Monday, as he surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in just 2/3 of an inning Monday in a loss to the A's.

Wilson only gave up two hits while throwing 35 pitches. Instead, he was done in by an inability to locate the plate from the very beginning. Wilson walked four, the first two of which forced home a run. You could be forgiven for being surprised that the veteran picked this game to bomb. He had been 5-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his last eight starts against the A's. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners, helping the Angels to clinch the AL West; he came into play today 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. Wilson is currently scheduled to take the ball in Los Angeles' last regular season game on Sunday against the Mariners, though plans could change as playoffs machinations begin.
Sep 23 - 1:28 AM

Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season on Monday against the Rockies.

Since taking over closing duties from an injured Joaquin Benoit on August 20, Quackenbush has posted a 3.21 ERA across 14 innings. On the year, he's 6-for-7 in save situations with a 2.58 ERA, 1.09 ERA and 55/18 K/BB rate over 52 1/3 innings.
Sep 23 - 1:07 AM


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