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Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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Rubin: How Wilmer Flores became a cult hero

Wilmer Flores wanted to stay a Met. He wanted it so bad he cried on the field when he thought he'd been traded. One month later, he's thrilled to still be a part of the team -- and fans adore him for it.

Torres' Messi-inspired flicker for the 1-3-1 putout (0:45)
Best pitching duel in the NLCS? (0:52)
Adam Jones injured in Orioles' loss (1:02)
Dodgers in trouble? (1:49)
Bautista completely blows his assignment (0:36)
Looking at the Nationals' disappointing season (2:12)


A Little League homer in the bigs

Not often do you see a single to right field turn into a trip around the bases, but Jose Bautista made it possible Thursday with a huge flub in right field.


Reds owner: Manager's job safe for now

Despite losing 11 of 12 entering Thursday, Bob Castellini said he wouldn't fire Bryan Price before the season is over: "You look at everything after the season. But that's not something we're going to get into now. Bryan's our manager."

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Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

Too often are fans at baseball games hit by a foul ball or broken bat. But increasing safety measures is more complicated than simply extending the nets, writes Jayson Stark. An engineering challenge

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That's the way to use your feet

A line drive ricocheted off Mets RHP Carlos Torres perfectly to 1B Daniel Murphy -- who flipped it back to Torres for the out. The good ol' 1-3-1.


Wilmer Flores is a cult hero

Flores wanted to stay a Met so bad he cried on the field when he thought he'd been traded. One month later, fans still adore him for it. Quite a turnaround

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It's going! It's going! It's -- off a catwalk

The Twins' Miguel Sano slugged a ball that was surely meant for the outfield stands -- but Tropicana Field's catwalk had other plans.


What you didn't know about the LLWS

Only two players have appeared in the LLWS, College World Series and major league World Series. Ed Vosberg and Jason Varitek, take a bow. More fun facts

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Learning from a disappointing season

If baseball's four most disappointing teams -- Nationals, Padres, Mariners, Tigers -- were to take away one lesson from this season, what would it be? Dan Szymborski has the answers. Managers matter (Insider)

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Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays

The Padres CF did his version of a basket catch in the team's loss to the Nationals.


Adrian Gonzalez: I'm '100 percent'

The Dodgers 1B was removed from Thursday's game with a right knee bruise, a move manager Don Mattingly called "precautionary." Gonzalez is expected to return to the lineup tonight. He was originally hurt in the 3rd inning when he fouled a pitch off his leg.

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Quite a month for Madison Bumgarner

The reigning World Series MVP, who struck out 12 in 6 innings Thursday, improved to 5-0 this month. He joined Juan Marichal as the only Giants pitchers with three career months of 5-0 or better since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. (via Elias)

Gordon gets two the hard way

Marlins 2B Dee Gordon turned a tough double play by tagging Josh Harrison out, then throwing to first on his knees to get Sean Rodriguez.


Cards get out of jam to top D-backs

Seth Maness got out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth, and the Cardinals held off the D-backs 5-3.


Cardinals sweep D-backs, win 5th straight

Brandon Moss and Tony Cruz went deep in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks, who had a bases-loaded, no-outs opportunity in the eighth and failed to score. Box score


Mets break out in 13th to sweep Phillies

The Mets scored four runs in the 13th -- including Daniel Murphy's game-winning two-run double -- to win 9-5, their seventh straight win.