Given all the time he’s missed, the likelihood that Ryan Zimmerman could come back from his Grade 3 hamstring strain in time to help out the Nationals as they try to secure home-field advantage in the postseason seemed pretty dim. But in a flurry of rehab activity over the last week, Zimmerman made a convincing case for Washington to activate him from the disabled list in time for Saturday’s game at Marlins Park.
San Diego’s Andrew Cashner came three outs away Saturday night from pitching his second consecutive shutout, but the Giants’ ninth-inning rally wasn’t quite enough as they dropped a 3-2 decision that stalled their chances of capturing the National League West title.
Handed an opportunity to move into a tie for the first American League Wild Card spot by virtue of losses by the Royals and A’s, the Mariners instead stumbled themselves Saturday night as veteran right-hander Chris Young got roughed up in a 10-1 loss to the Astros.
Of all the days to enjoy a comeback win, the Nationals chose a good one. With the Dodgers losing to the Cubs earlier in the day, Washington had a chance to be 2 1/2 games over Los Angeles for the best record in the National League if the Nats beat the Marlins. A 3-2 win on Saturday at Marlins Park gave them just that.
In an effort to rid himself of lingering pain on the right side of his body and prepare for the playoffs, Josh Hamilton has tried a lot — stretching, hitting, running, throwing. On Friday, Hamilton took the severe measure of taking seven cortisone shots — five nerve blocks on his back and two injections on his chest. In the last two weeks, he had previously received five shots on his sore shoulder.
Adam Jones’ game-tying homer in the third inning against the Red Sox on Saturday pushed this Orioles team even deeper into the franchise’s lore.
Max Scherzer fired seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Tyler Collins delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the the seventh to help lift the first-place Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Saturday.
The Royals’ lopsided 10-1 loss to the Tigers in Friday night’s series opener allowed for a few young players to achieve career firsts. Terrance Gore, called up primarily for his baserunning skills, logged his first Major League at-bat, as did outfielder Lane Adams.
Derek Jeter scored the 1,920th run of his career against the Blue Jays on Saturday, breaking a tie with Alex Rodriguez for sole possession of ninth place on baseball’s all-time list.