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With balanced Nats bats, walk-a-Bryce strategy is risky business

WASHINGTON — For the Washington Nationals, the fact that opposing pitchers are starting to intentionally walk Bryce Harper again is good news. The fact that his teammates are making them pay is even better news. In the second inning of Washington’s 8-1 rout over the Mets, Harper came up with two outs and a runner…

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Pirates place Gerrit Cole on 60-day DL with inflamed right elbow

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed pitcher Gerrit Cole on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday with a right elbow injury, effectively ending his season. The team announced his injury as right elbow posterior inflammation. Cole returned to the mound Monday after missing three weeks, and he gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in…

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Circus act: Star-crossed Mets foolishly bring Tim Tebow sideshow back to Big Apple

Tim Tebow is going to mentor young prospects for the New York Mets, if only because he did such a wonderful job of that for the New York Jets. This is what Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was selling Thursday morning, and if you were buying, then you are likely among the precious few who…

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Yasiel Puig rejoins Dodgers after one-month stint in minors

Yasiel Puig returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday after a one-month stint at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 2-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to the visiting San Diego Padres. Roberts and Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, first discussed bringing Puig back with a handful of veteran players. “They must’ve had a tough time…

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The 35 days of September: Race to the AL East title

Thirty days has September, April, June and November — except for when September has 35 days, like this year. That’s right, for a limited time only, the baseball gods have extended September to give us 17 percent MORE (MORE, MORe, MOre, More, more …) pennant race baseball in the American League East. Or should I…

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Are Corey and Kyle Seager having the best brother season ever?

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is having an awesome rookie season, hitting .322 with 22 home runs and on pace to score more than 100 runs. Older brother Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners is having a terrific season as well, on pace to hit 30 home runs and top 100 RBIs — not…

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Dodgers stick to the plan and get offensive against Giants

LOS ANGELES — In the first meeting for the West Coast rivals in more than two months, the Los Angeles Dodgers showed their visitors from the north that new identity they have been working on. “There is no pressure and [Roberts] throws you in situations where you have a good chance to succeed,” Toles said….

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Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen finishes off win with 3-run HR after father’s death

“Getting out of those situations had a lot to do with the defense,” Adleman said. Bud Norris (6-10) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in his first start since July 31 because of a back strain. He struck out three and walked four while lasting fewer than five innings for…

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Tigers trending upward in Power Rankings

Power Rankings Top 5: 1. Cubs They’ve won nine of 10, their lead in the NL Central is back to double digits and they’re on pace for 102 wins. We’ve talked extensively about why the Cubs are so good — they’re loaded, everywhere, and then they added the most impressive bullpen arm in baseball in…

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Trailblazer Tony Dungy heads into Hall of Fame

Also not to be discounted: Dungy made the NFL relevant in Tampa again. When he was named head coach in 1996, the Buccaneers had made only three postseason appearances in their first 20 years of existence, with the most recent appearance in 1982. The Bucs went 6-10 in Dungy’s first year, but then enjoyed a…

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