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The Cleveland Indians have played their way back into the thick of the playoff race, but the grind is only beginning.
Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday.
Possibly signaling they are waiving the white flag for 2014, the Cincinnati Reds have traded relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton to the Milwaukee Brewers.
In a 3-0 win over Colorado on Tuesday, Bumgarner took a perfect game into the eighth inning and faced the minimum through seven innings, but a 1-2 breaking ball to Justin Morneau leading off the eighth was poked down the right field line for a double.
August evaporates, September arrives, and so much of the season is gone. There can't be time for a sputtering team to make a U-turn and surge into the postseason, can there? Such a feat would be Ruthian, wouldn't it? Yet with the Baltimore Orioles several games in front in the American League East, how many of their fans remember what happened in ... (more)
Two weeks ago in California, the Brewers found the emotional, if not mathematical, high point of their season.
Entering Saturday, pitcher Zach Duke, one of the Brewers' go-to relievers with games on the line, was tied at ninth for most appearances in the NL with Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez.
The Brewers key contributors are still fairly young and are team-controlled. This is a team that won't necessarily fall into the cellar after 2014.
It's certainly not a good time for a prolonged skid. The St. Louis Cardinals will try to avoid tying their season-long losing streak on Saturday when they meet the Chicago Cubs at Busch Cards, Cubs to play two at Busch - It's certainly not a good time for a prolonged skid.
Josh Harrison repeatedly backed right-hander Edinson Volquez with his glove at third base, so it was only appropriate that he ended up there after the biggest swing of the game.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field on Jul 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA.
Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza pitched a simulated game in what likely was his final test before returning from the disabled list to the Brewers' rotation next week.
It's not a stretch to say the Pittsburgh Pirates ' weak September schedule could propel them into the playoffs if the team takes care of business against a trio of last-place teams.
In addition to another decade celebration in the upcoming homestand against the Brewers and Pirates , the Cubs will honor Chicago's Jackie Robinson West , who claimed the U.S. Little League title and played in the Little League World Series against South Korea.
When the St. Louis Cardinals dealt for John Lackey at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline from the Boston Red Sox, it was as much about shaking things up as adding a frontline starting pitcher.
After losing two out of three to the Padres, the Brewers are staying out west a little longer -- and they don't mind.
Updated: Mon Sep 01, 2014 03:50 am
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