9/27/2013 | R. Johnson makes first start since late July
Reed Johnson found himself in the starting lineup for the first time in over two months on Friday night.
9/27/2013 | McCann likely to rest until Game 1 of NLDS
The Braves have no intention of rushing Brian McCann back into the starting lineup before the start of the National League Division Series next Thursday after the veteran catcher exited Thursday's game in the second inning with tightness near his right groin muscle.
9/27/2013 | Clemente Jr. visits Turner Field
Roberto Clemente Jr., the son of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, took in batting practice before Friday night's game at Turner Field, getting the chance to speak with Braves and Phillies players and promote his family's upcoming book about the life of his father.
9/27/2013 | Braves Foundation awards $175,000 to local nonprofits
The Atlanta Braves Foundation awarded grants totaling $175,000 to several local nonprofit organizations before Tuesday's game against the Brewers.
9/27/2013 | Cishek a model of consistency as Marlins' closer
A constant in a rough season for the Marlins has been the steady performance of Steve Cishek. When given a chance to close out a game, Cishek has repeatedly delivered. The 27-year-old did it again on Wednesday night, and in the process he established a franchise record.
9/27/2013 | Mathis out rest of season with fractured thumb
Jeff Mathis' season started and is now ending with a fracture. The veteran Marlins catcher will miss the remaining three games with a fracture to his right thumb.
9/27/2013 | Dobbs sees a bright future for Marlins
Although Miami is going to finish with the second worst record in the Majors and last in the National League, Greg Dobbs envisions a bright future. That's why he sought a contract extension for next year, and it was actually reached months ago.
9/27/2013 | Scenarios abound, but Rays in control of destiny
Entering Friday night's action, there were 64 possible combinations of Rays/Indians/Rangers in regards to wins and losses and what the playoff implications are.
9/27/2013 | Rolling Rays relish stretch run
The Rays carried a seven-game winning streak into Friday night's game against the Blue Jays. The buzz generated by that success can be felt in the clubhouse.
9/27/2013 | Rays make sure to also honor Pettitte
While Thursday night's game in the Bronx clearly belonged to Mariano Rivera, the Rays did not forget another Yankees great in their tributes. Veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte is also retiring after the season, which prompted a moment of respect from the Rays just before they took the field in the bottom of the ninth.
9/27/2013 | Baker shifts Ludwick to two-hole for opener
For the first time this season, Reds manager Dusty Baker wrote left fielder Ryan Ludwick's name into the second spot of his lineup vs. the Pirates on Friday.
9/27/2013 | Jocketty: Hamilton's postseason status TBD
Since his Sept. 3 callup, Reds rookie center fielder and basestealing extraordinaire Billy Hamilton has done nothing to eliminate the belief he should be on the postseason roster next week.
9/27/2013 | Cingrani available, but unlikely to see action
Reds manager Dusty Baker said Friday that Tony Cingrani was officially available to pitch after missing almost three weeks of action with lower back soreness.
9/27/2013 | Ludwick clarifies comments about fans
Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick on Friday clarified comments he made to a pair of local columnists after Wednesday's game that appeared to call out fans for not showing up more at Great American Ball Park during a pennant race.
9/27/2013 | Victorino gets breather to prepare for October
With three games left in the regular season, Farrell wants to get often-injured Shane Victorino and his team as healthy as possible before the big games begin.
9/27/2013 | Red Sox take final look at potential playoff pitchers
With several pitchers -- including Felix Doubront -- on the bubble for postseason roster spots, manager John Farrell will try to get as many looks as he can at some of them during this three-game series against the Orioles.
9/27/2013 | Cole's September surge bodes well for Bucs
As the calendar turned to September, speculation started about Gerrit Cole's possible postseason role with the Pirates -- if any.
9/27/2013 | Blue Jays shake off homers, spoil Rays' party
With R.A. Dickey on the mound, the Blue Jays were able to put the Rays' celebratory plans on hold for at least one night at Rogers Centre on Friday. Dickey held Tampa Bay to just a pair of runs, and the offense erupted in the middle frames, as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays, 6-3, leaving their American League East rival waiting at least one more day before they can clinch an AL Wild Card berth.
9/27/2013 | Wainwright's start shifted in line with NLDS
Manager Mike Matheny announced on Friday that Adam Wainwright will start Saturday's game against the Cubs with Joe Kelly closing out the regular season on Sunday. Starting Wainwright on Saturday will line him up to pitch Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series on Thursday.
9/27/2013 | Wood hits 200 innings in abbreviated outing
Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood picked up his 200th inning of the season, and had to work for it -- giving up three runs on four hits with two walks in Friday night's series opener against the Cardinals.
9/27/2013 | Epstein to finish staff evaluations by Monday
Cubs manager Dale Sveum will find out on Monday whether he'll be back at the helm for a third season. That's when president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will complete his evaluation of the manager and the coaching staff.
9/27/2013 | Epstein working to reward Cubs fans' support
The Cubs wrapped up the home portion of their season on Wednesday, setting a franchise record for most losses at Wrigley Field in a single season. They also finished with the lowest attendance since 1998.
9/27/2013 | Sloppy Rays fall into tie for AL Wild Card lead
While R.A. Dickey did his part in the Blue Jays' 6-3 win over the Rays by taking care of business on the mound, Tampa Bay helped him out with some suspect glove work. The Rays committed a season-high three errors, and their magic number to clinch an American League Wild Card berth remained at two, as the Rangers beat the Angels on Friday night. Meanwhile, the Indians moved into a tie with the Rays for the top AL Wild Card spot.
9/27/2013 | Tillman, Davis ready to go for Boston series
The Orioles, who had Chris Davis return to the lineup on Friday, will pitch top starter Chris Tillman in Sunday's regular-season finale with the emphasis being on posting up for a three-game series against the Red Sox that will have playoff implications.
9/27/2013 | Porcello getting acclimated to Tigers' bullpen
Rick Porcello's scratch from Friday's start against the Marlins was his introduction to the bullpen for the postseason. Like Jhonny Peralta in left field, the Tigers will use the weekend to get Porcello used to entering games in relief.
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