9/18/2012 | Giants task Cain with extending dominance of Rox
In 11 games since the start of August, the Giants have gone 9-2 against the Rockies. The odds of that trend continuing are in the Giants' favor Wednesday night with ace Matt Cain taking the mound against Tyler Chatwood, who has struggled mightily in three September outings.
9/18/2012 | Thievery pays off for Crew, with seven steals vs. Bucs
The Brewers stole seven bases in their 6-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday, their best night on the bases in 20 years.
9/18/2012 | Ailing hamstring keeps CarGo out of Rockies' lineup
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Giants after testing his sore left hamstring during the afternoon.
9/18/2012 | Darvish not changing repertoire
"I don't think I've decreased or limited any of my pitches," Rangers righty Yu Darvish said Tuesday when asked if he's changed his approach. "To people watching, it might look like I'm changing, but I haven't changed my repertoire."
9/18/2012 | Noesi returns to bullpen after rough start
Right-hander Hector Noesi gave up seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings on Monday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
9/18/2012 | Kennedy quiets Padres while Montero lifts offense
Behind eight dominant innings of one-run, seven-hit work, Ian Kennedy carried the D-backs to a 3-2 victory over the Padres at Chase Field.
9/18/2012 | Astros plan to complete managerial search soon
Astros owner Jim Crane said the club hopes to wrap up its managerial search by the end of next week, but it could be a while before the team is able to announce its next manager.
9/18/2012 | Pence heating up, coming through for Giants
Though his early production may not have met the expectations of excited Giants fans after his arrival from the Phillies at the Trade Deadline, Hunter Pence has strung together a stretch in which he has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games entering Tuesday.
9/18/2012 | Israel headlines Classic qualifiers at Roger Dean
Israel, Spain and France are among the new participants in the expanded tournament field, while South Africa didn't win a game in its two previous attempts in the Classic. But the four teams will quickly get to know each other in Jupiter, Fla., as they kick off the Classic's qualifying rounds at Roger Dean Stadium from Wednesday through Sunday.
9/18/2012 | Pettitte ready to return in twin-bill opener with Jays
Mother Nature had other plans for Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte's return on Tuesday, so they will try it again on Wednesday when he pitches against Henderson Alvarez and the Blue Jays in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. David Phelps will face Toronto ace Ricky Romero in the nightcap.
9/18/2012 | Cards ride scoreless outing from Lohse to win
St. Louis sent the Astros to their 100th loss of the season with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday at Busch Stadium to open a stretch of nine consecutive games against the National League Central's two bottom clubs.
9/18/2012 | Chipper needs to find place for his farewell stuff
He got a surfboard, for goodness sake. So where is Chipper Jones going to keep that -- along with the slew of other gifts he has received during his farewell tour around the Major Leagues -- when he officially ends his playing career in October?
9/18/2012 | Reyes' first walk-off as Marlin sinks Braves in 10
On a night Miami squandered a three-run lead in the ninth inning, Jose Reyes delivered some heroics in the 10th. His RBI single lifted the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Braves in front of 23,009 at Marlins Park.
9/18/2012 | Patton, Thome nearing return from injury rehab
Troy Patton and Jim Thome nearing return from injury rehab for Orioles
9/18/2012 | Braves force extras, but fall to Fish in 10
The Braves' four-game win streak was halted in walk-off fashion on Tuesday night. Jose Reyes hit a game-winning single off righty Cory Gearrin in the 10th inning as the Braves fell, 4-3, at Marlins Park.
9/18/2012 | Matusz regroups as reliever to pitch in for O's
Brian Matusz never planned on being a Major League reliever. But Baltimore is in the thick of a pennant race and Matusz has become an indispensable part of it.
9/18/2012 | Texas stung by wild fourth in Anaheim
Mike Napoli and Ian Kinsler homered for the Rangers, but a wild fourth inning against Ryan Dempster and a pair of relievers led to eight Angels runs in Tuesday's loss in Anaheim.
9/18/2012 | Astros won't renew contract with Lexington
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday the team won't renew its player development contract with the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League.
9/18/2012 | Team Israel bears watching in Classic qualifiers
Manager Brad Ausmus and Team Israel will get its first exposure to the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday, but it's already quickly become the early story of the tournament.
9/18/2012 | Orioles set to face Felix in series finale at Seattle
If the Orioles are to complete their playoff run, winning against sub-.500 teams will be of utmost importance. That's easier said than done when facing an ace like Felix Hernandez.
9/18/2012 | Weaver improves to 18-4 with 100th career win
Jered Weaver became an 18-game winner for the second straight season with the 100th victory of the AL Cy Young candidate's career as the Angels used a wild eight-run fourth inning to defeat the Rangers in the opener of a crucial homestand.
9/18/2012 | Hamels, Phils resume push for Wild Card berth
It comes down to 14 games over 15 days for the 2012 Philadelphia Phillies, who, following a rainout on Tuesday, will resume their late-season push for the National League's second Wild Card on Wednesday night against the Mets. Cole Hamels starts against New York rookie Matt Harvey.
9/18/2012 | Pujols with wife, newborn as Halos open homestand
The Angels opened up a crucial homestand against the Rangers on Tuesday, but Albert Pujols was in Kansas City with his wife and new baby girl, who was born in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
9/18/2012 | Lincecum helps Giants drop magic number to seven
Tim Lincecum tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday to shave another figure off the Giants' magic number, which dwindled to seven after the Giants' 6-3 win against the Rockies.
9/18/2012 | Phillies' subpar defense has cost them in 2012
It may be strange to look at pitching stats and see the Phils as middle-of-the-road. So what's going on here? Well, part of it has nothing at all to do with pitching. As Bill James long ago pointed out, a great deal of what we think of as pitching is actually defense. And that's definitely one element of the Phillies' surprisingly so-so run prevention.
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