Mark Melancon ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing runners on first and third with no outs. However, Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball while standing off third, thwarting the Red Sox rally. The Pirates closed out the 3-2 win on Thursday to close out the sweep.
Robbie Erlin won his first big league start since May and home runs from Alexi Amarista and Will Venable propelled the Padres to a 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday night at Petco Park.
Josh Hamilton is shut down again, this time with what the Angels’ outfielder described as “a sharp, stabbing pain” around the area of his chest and right rib cage, underneath his armpits.
Months of being on no-throw status could be coming to an end for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The 22-year-old spent Thursday in Los Angeles being examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache to see if he will be cleared to begin his throwing program on Oct. 1.
Though a near-perfect conclusion might miraculously vault them into the playoffs, the Braves are much more likely to spend this season’s final week tasting the disappointment that has followed them for most of this year.
Three clubs in the league’s western division may have the greatest trade deadline regrets, in the opinion of MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince (writing for Sports On Earth). The Athletics have seen their fortunes fade since dealing away Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester, though of course Lester has been outstanding. The Mariners‘ three key additions — Austin Jackson, Kendrys Morales, and Chris Denorfia — have generally failed to hit. And the Dodgers passed on a chance to add an impact starter. Of course, it is eminently arguable that the Athletics‘ underperformance since the deadline is really not a reflection on Cespedes-Lester swap at all, as Tony Blengino of Fangraphs explains. The team has failed to score runs, to be sure, but that is due in large part to the production fall-offs from key first-half contributors like Brandon Moss, Derek Norris, and John Jaso (the latter, in large part, due to injury). The one-year extensions signed before the season by Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and then-GM Kevin Towers contain rollover clauses that provide for automatic re-extensions if they are not dismissed by a certain date, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. (Such an anti-lame duck provision is also a feature of the Blue Jays’ contract with manager John Gibbons.) Player support for Gibson is “all but gone,” sources tell Rosenthal, but he could still be retained by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.
Dayton Moore’s decision to trade four prospects to the Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis helped to push the Royals over the hump.
The iON videos gives fans a glimpse into the action from a point of view not typically available on regular broadcasts — like playing catch in the outfield grass, catching a home run or throwing batting practice. The Mets installment of the series depicts a game at Citi Field.
The Yankees have offered their condolences to Carlos Beltran and his wife, Jessica, who announced on Wednesday evening that a miscarriage has resulted in the loss of their first son.