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Matz: Cardinals show why Nationals can't play injury card

While the Cardinals have soared to MLB's best record, the Nationals have been one of baseball's biggest disappointments. Just don't point to health as the reason why their seasons have gone in different directions.

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2hAdam Rubin

Mets to give Harvey, Syndergaard extra rest

Wary of rising innings counts, the New York Mets committed Wednesday to skipping right-handers Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard at least once apiece in September.

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Saxon: Dodgers pad lead behind Greinke, bullpen

Zack Greinke outdueled Madison Bumgarner in a battle of aces to help the Dodgers stretch their NL West lead to 5 1/2 games over the Giants. The unsung heroes on Tuesday? The surging L.A. bullpen.

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Greinke's historic season continues

Zack Greinke outdueled Madison Bumgarner in what could be a rare matchup of the prior season's World Series MVP and a current season's Cy Young.

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Top 5: Goins, Goins ... gone!

It took extra innings, but the AL East-leading Blue Jays took down the Indians with Ryan Goins' walk-off blast to continue his hot hitting and top Tuesday's list of top performances across MLB.

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1dDavid Schoenfield

10 things you have to know for September

Can the Indians make a comeback? Will the Cubs and Mets finish off Cinderella seasons? Those are just two things to watch in the season's final month.

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Schoenfield: Should Royals be worried about Cueto?

After coming to K.C. at the trade deadline, Johnny Cueto initially looked like the No. 1 starter the Royals needed. But are his recent struggles -- capped by Tuesday's loss to the Tigers -- cause for concern?

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18hKieran Darcy

Mets begin September with a stinker

This is supposed to be a different kind of September for the New York Mets, but they certainly didn't start it off on the right foot.

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Ruben Tejada hits inside-the-park HR

The Phillies' Dominic Brown flipped over the wall in right field, allowing the Mets' SS to get all the way around the bases and give New York a 3-0 lead. It's the first inside-the-park HR by a Met since Angel Pagan on May 19, 2010 in Washington. Follow live

Rizzo hands out orange slices

Cubs first baseman/healthy snack distributor Anthony Rizzo takes the time to distribute orange slices to teammates in the dugout.

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

We saw Elvis Andrus steal home last night and now tonight Ruben Tejada hits a inside-the-park HR!

Final: Yankees 13, Red Sox 8

New York launched five homers, including three during an eight-run 2nd inning, to fuel the win and take the three-game set in Boston. Box score

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Pujols hits No. 35 in Angels' win

Albert Pujols became the fourth player with 10 career 35-homer seasons and moved into a tie with Manny Ramirez for 14th all-time with 555 career HRs in L.A.'s 9-4 over Oakland.

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No auto-tune necessary for T-Pain

Rapper T-Pain performed the national anthem on Monday at Dodger Stadium and impressed the crowd with his rare, sans auto-tuned rendition.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Girardi calls for Betances with 6-run lead, bases loaded and 1 out in the 8th. What kind of lead is required for other relievers to pitch?

Giants' Crawford out of lineup again

SS Brandon Crawford will miss tonight's game against the Dodgers with a sore calf sustained on a hit-by-pitch on Monday. Crawford, who had just returned from an oblique injury, is batting .263 with 19 HRs and 75 RBIs.

Nats skipping Strasburg's next start

Stephen Strasburg will skip his next start in the rotation. He was pulled from his last start after just four innings due to back tightness. Strasburg has a 2.17 ERA in his past eight starts, after compiling a 6.55 ERA through May.

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Man wins car prize, goes home with '98 Civic

That's right: The Charleston River Dogs set a season attendance record of 285K so they gave Cadet Kyle Busbee a 1998 Honda Civic... with 285K miles on it. Oh, and Bill Murray was involved.

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Bryant's hero status gets revoked

Kris Bryant went from game-saving hero with a game-tying 2-run homer in the 8th to a less decorated status with an error with two outs in the ninth, which allowed Joey Votto to hit the deciding home run.

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Murray gave away car at minor league game

The Charleston RiverDogs, who happen to be partially owned by actor Bill Murray, gave away a 1998 Honda Civic with 298,000 miles on it to celebrate setting a season attendance record. 'It'll get me home, but it may not get me back'

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Young fan dives into ice cream cone

The Royals lost to the Tigers on Tuesday but this young Royals fan at least got to enjoy this enormous ice cream cone during the game.

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Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Clayton Kershaw’s 1.97 ERA in September/October is the second lowest in Major League history, trailing only Joe Beggs (1.87, 1940-47).

Votto powers Reds to win

The Cubs scored two in the 8th to even the score at four, but that didn't last long as Joey Votto smashed a three-run homer to put Cincinnati ahead for good in the 7-4 victory. Box score

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