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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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3hAdam 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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Kershaw, Dodgers eye a Giant sweep

With Clayton Kershaw on the hill tonight, the Dodgers have to like their chances of completing a three-game sweep against their NL West rival Giants.

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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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19hKieran 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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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 285,000 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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Daniel Murphy left quad injury. Team calling it "mild discomfort." Same quad that prompted DL stint.

Longoria joins 200-HR club

The Rays were one of 3 teams without a 200-homer player. Not anymore. Evan Longoria launched a two-run shot to left for his 200th career long ball. The Padres and the Marlins still don't have a single player in franchise history that's hit 200 home runs.

Davis crushes 2-run HR to knot score at 4

After the Rays' four-run third, the O's matched them in the same frame behind Chris Davis' 89th homer at Camden Yards and 151st as an Oriole. Davis has 37 HRs this season. Follow live

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Ian Kinsler drilled by a pitch in the upper back by Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. Kinsler didn't look pleased as he headed towards 1st

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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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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Nationals at Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

The Nats’ playoff odds are down to 14 percent entering tonight's tilt vs. the Cards, according to Fangraphs. Can Max Scherzer, whose numbers have gone downhill since July, help trim their 6 1/2-game hole behind the first-place Mets in the NL East? Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Fan at Fenway injured reaching for ball

A fan at Fenway Park was taken away on a stretcher during the Yankees-Red Sox game after flipping over backward trying to catch a foul ball.There was no immediate word on the fan's condition.

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Donaldson doubles, Jays lead 4-0

Josh Donaldson doubled to deep left vs. the Indians to up his RBI total to 49 since the All-Star break (leads MLB). Chris Davis is the next closest with 42. Follow live

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

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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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