9/27/2013 | Cabrera to play two of three in hometown
Tigers manager Jim Leyland decided to strike a balance between resting Miguel Cabrera and maintaining his timing at the plate. After a discussion with Cabrera, Leyland decided that Sunday's regular-season finale will be the one game he doesn't play.
9/27/2013 | Tigers receive mixed news on Coke, Rondon
The news was mixed for the Tigers on their two injured relievers and their chances to be ready for the postseason. While Phil Coke will miss this weekend's series against the Marlins after being diagnosed with more inflammation in the flexor area of his forearm, the Tigers are taking a wait-and-see approach with Bruce Rondon.
9/27/2013 | Cardinals pull all stops to win NL Central title
Righty Lance Lynn struck out nine in six innings and was aided by homers from David Freese and Matt Holliday as the Cardinals clinched the National League Central title with a 7-0 win over the Cubs on Friday night.
9/27/2013 | Braves win pitchers' duel to keep pace for home field
Kris Medlen dominated the Phillies with eight shutout innings and Chris Johnson made him a winner with a solo homer off Cliff Lee to give the Braves a 1-0 win in a pitchers' duel at Turner Field Friday to stay tied atop the National League in pursuit of home-field advantage.
9/27/2013 | Red Sox's rout clinches ALDS home-field advantage
A five-run first keyed a 12-3 slugfest victory over the Orioles on Friday night, and Boston's magic number is one for the American League's top seed.
9/27/2013 | Stanton's bases-clearing double sinks Tigers
The Tigers brought their power-packed lineup to Marlins Park on Friday night. But the decisive swing was delivered by Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He blistered a three-run double in the third inning that was all the support the Marlins needed to edge the Tigers, 3-2, in the series opener.
9/27/2013 | Tigers loss sets up postseason start on road
With Friday's 3-2 loss to the Marlins and the A's victory over the Mariners, the Tigers clinched the third seed in the postseason, which leaves them traveling to Oakland or Boston for the start of the ALDS.
9/27/2013 | Tigers legend Brown dies at 74
Gates Brown, who was a key member of the Tigers' 1968 World Series championship team and a Major League legend as a pinch-hitter who was a Detroit icon long after his playing days were done, passed away on Friday at age 74.
9/27/2013 | Duquette: Johnson in O's plans for 2014
Closer Jim Johnson, one of several arbitration-eligible Orioles who will be getting a big raise in this winter, will be offered a contract for 2014, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Friday.
9/27/2013 | Mets hand out Minor League awards
A group of the top Minor Leaguers in the Mets' system gathered at Citi Field on Friday. They were honored as the winners of the 2013 Sterling Awards, given to the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization's nine Minor League teams. Among the winners was top prospect Noah Syndergaard.
9/27/2013 | Wright's head OK, but he sits with thumb injury
When David Wright was hit on the left side of his helmet by Johnny Hellweg's 86-mph changeup Thursday night against the Brewers, the immediate concern was the effect it had on Wright's head. But the less alarming result is what kept him out of the Mets' lineup on Friday.
9/27/2013 | Young eyeing NL stolen base crown
Most of the intrigue of this year's National League stolen base race revolves around Brewers rookie shortstop Jean Segura, who has not played since Sept. 18 due to injury. After the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Friday, Segura is tied atop the leaderboard with Mets outfielder Eric Young, Jr.
9/27/2013 | Attanasio finds encouragement in Brewers' season
Brewers' principal owner Mark Attanasio addressed all of his players on Thursday at the start of the series, a tradition since Attanasio's first full season in 2005. As he spoke, it struck Attanasio how many of the players in uniform were not there on Opening Day, a reminder of the tumult that marked the Brewers' season.
9/27/2013 | Brewers to exercise Aoki's club option for '14
Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio made official on Friday what was already widely expected: The club will exercise right fielder Norichika Aoki's $1.5 million option for 2014.
9/27/2013 | Segura could return as soon as Saturday
Jean Segura's strained hamstring has healed, and he has a chance to return to the Brewers' starting lineup on Saturday, manager Ron Roenicke said.
9/27/2013 | Beinfest out as president of baseball operations
The Marlins on Friday afternoon announced that they were relieving president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest of his duties, effective immediately.
9/27/2013 | MLB announces AL Wild Card tiebreaker procedure
Heading into the final weekend of the season, a trio of teams remain in the hunt for the two American League Wild Card berths. On Friday, Major League Baseball announced the procedure it would use should all three wind up in a tie following Sunday's action.
9/27/2013 | Hall of Fame to display vestiges of Mo's career
Thanks to Mariano Rivera's graciousness over the years, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has amassed a trove of game-used artifacts from the retiring Yankees closer.
9/27/2013 | Cuba allows citizens to play pro sports abroad
In a move that seems designed to stem the tide of defections by Cuban athletes, the country has decided to allow its citizens to pursue careers in foreign professional sports leagues.
9/27/2013 | Saturday's Rangers-Halos to get morning start
An ominous forecast for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex led the Rangers to push up the start time of Saturday's crucial home game against the Angels from 7:05 p.m. CT to 11:05 a.m.
9/27/2013 | Arcia back in action for Minnesota
Oswaldo Arcia, who bruised his right knee during batting practice on Monday, returned to the lineup on Friday night against the Indians.
9/27/2013 | St. Peter pleased with season-ticket sales for 2014
Team president Dave St. Peter is encouraged by season-ticket sales for next season and expects them to remain strong, as Target Field is set to host the 2014 All-Star Game.
9/27/2013 | Francona opts to go with closer-by-committee
The Indians are moving ahead without a defined closer. Chris Perez has been removed from that role for the time being, and Cleveland will go with a closer-by-committee while trying to secure an American League Wild Card spot.
9/27/2013 | Masterson gives Tribe weapon out of bullpen
The Indians feel fortunate to have sinkerballer Justin Masterson providing an extra arm in the bullpen right now. Their ninth-inning situation is murky, and Masterson provides another option when it comes to piecing together the final frames.
9/27/2013 | Salazar flashing the tools needed for success
Danny Salazar has shown the ability to light up the radar gun with his overpowering fastball, but it could be his offspeed offerings that lead to his longevity.
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