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9/21/2013 | With eye on future, Wheeler shut down for final week
Zack Wheeler wanted to go one more start, that much was clear on Saturday afternoon. That said, Wheeler understands his position with the Mets, and that their decision to shut him down for the remainder of the season will have no impact on his role next year.

9/21/2013 | Rendon showing improvements at second base
Anthony Rendon, previously a third baseman, hadn't played second since Little League until he spent eight games there in the Minors this year. He then took over for an injured and ineffective Danny Espinosa and has started 77 games at second for the Nats..

9/21/2013 | Cedeno makes case for next season's bullpen
Less than three weeks after rejoining the Nationals, Xavier Cedeno has already become manager Davey Johnson's preferred situational left-hander. Johnson said that Cedeno is making a strong case for a spot in the bullpen next season.

9/21/2013 | Hurdle disagrees with warnings policy after HBP
Fair or foul, safe or out -- those are baseball's concrete decisions. Everything else is pretty much a judgment call, and most infuriating among them is determining a pitcher's intent and how to deal with the consequences. That certainly is one ambiguity that sends Pirates manager Clint Hurdle up a wall.

9/21/2013 | Grilli reprises role, earns first save since July
If the opportunity arises, manager Clint Hurdle said, Jason Grilli will reclaim his job as closer for the Pirates' critical meeting with the Reds on Saturday night. The opportunity did arise, and Grilli came on in the ninth to earn his first save since July 21 during the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Reds.

9/21/2013 | Buehrle gets Blue Jays even with Red Sox
Southpaw Mark Buehrle fired six strong innings with five strikeouts and Adam Lind keyed a three-run fourth that carried the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.

9/21/2013 | Sox clipped by Jays in quest for home field
Right-hander Clay Buchholz took another step toward full recovery from a bursa sac injury with six solid innings, but the Red Sox dropped a 4-2 decision to the Blue Jays on Saturday night.

9/21/2013 | Masterson to be used as reliever temporarily
Justin Masterson is inching closer to a comeback for the Indians, but in a different role than fans might expect. Cleveland's current plan is for its rotation leader to return temporarily as a reliever until he is deemed capable of handling a full workload.

9/21/2013 | Shaw providing Indians with top-notch relief
Relievers are often superstitious by nature. That is especially the case when the pitcher is currently enjoying a hot streak. It made sense then that Indians reliever Bryan Shaw tried to dodge the reporters who were looking for him in Cleveland's clubhouse on Saturday afternoon. For the better part of the past three months, Shaw has been one of the Tribe's unsung heroes out of the bullpen.

9/21/2013 | Francona congratulates Sox's Farrell on playoff berth
With their win over Toronto on Friday, the Red Sox clinched the American League East title for the first time since 2007. Back then, current Indians manager Terry Francona was still at the helm in Boston. Francona, who led the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles, reached out to first-year Boston manager John Farrell to congratulate him on the postseason berth.

9/21/2013 | Choo out with sore thumb after headfirst slide
Reds center fielder and leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo was out of Saturday's lineup vs. the Pirates with a jammed left thumb. Derrick Robinson led off and played center field in his place.

9/21/2013 | Reds evaluating rotation options for final series
The Reds have not listed a probable pitching rotation beyond the next series vs. the Mets when Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Greg Reynolds pitch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. "I know you guys want answers, but we don't have answers ourselves," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Saturday.

9/21/2013 | Sandoval being plagued by sore back
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Yankees with tightness in his lower back, which has bothered him intermittently this season.

9/21/2013 | Rangers not panicking in chase for playoff spot
The Rangers found themselves in an unusual position when they arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. For the first time since September 2009, they were not in a position to make the playoffs either by leading their division or having one of two best records in the American League Wild Card standings.

9/21/2013 | Gentry gets start in left field for Rangers
Rangers manager Ron Washington, trying to get some production out of left field, had Craig Gentry in there on Saturday night even with a right-hander on the mound for the Royals. Gentry gets most of his starts against left-handed pitchers, but he did have a four-hit game on Thursday in Tampa Bay.

9/21/2013 | Rangers' Perez OK after line drive to arm
Pitcher Martin Perez said he was fine on Saturday, one day after getting hit in the left forearm by a Billy Butler line drive. Perez still had a red mark from the fifth-inning shot on Friday, but no swelling or lingering pain.

9/21/2013 | Cotts historically good at quelling opposition
With 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday night, reliever Neal Cotts lowered his ERA to 1.04 on the season. Going into Saturday, that was the lowest ERA for a qualifying reliever in the American League. Koji Uehara is second with a 1.14 ERA.

9/21/2013 | Jirschele may have brought Omaha's luck to KC
The Royals figure that maybe Omaha manager Mike Jirschele has brought some Storm Chasers luck with him to the Major League dugout. Jirschele, who guided Omaha to the Pacific Coast League title and then victory in the Triple-A Championship Game, joined the Royals to serve as co-bench coach with Double-A Northwest Arkansas manager Brian Poldberg.

9/21/2013 | Maxwell shares big league experience with family
Justin Maxwell's family was headed back home to Union Bridge, Md., after Friday night's game, so he wanted to give his 4-year-old son Jaidon a night to remember.

9/21/2013 | Garza gives Rangers boost to keep pace in WC race
Matt Garza held the Royals to five hits and a walk over eight-plus innings in pitching the Rangers to a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. The victory allowed the Rangers to keep pace with the Rays and the Indians in the American League Wild Card race.

9/21/2013 | Royals drop back in WC race with loss to Rangers
The Royals' Playoff Express encountered a detour on Saturday night. The Texas Rangers threw up a 3-0 barricade, manned in large part by right-hander Matt Garza, to the disappointment of a hometown crowd of 36,575, a sellout at Kauffman Stadium.

9/21/2013 | Suzuki fine with limited role as A's make run
Kurt Suzuki returned to the A's this year after he was acquired with cash considerations on Aug. 23, and he's been part of a three-man platoon with Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt.

9/21/2013 | Barton gets start vs. lefty with Freiman still hurting
Daric Barton once again received the start at first base for the A's on Saturday over right-handed-hitting Nate Freiman against Twins left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

9/21/2013 | Overachiever Espada true to Puerto Rican roots
Like so many growing up in Puerto Rico, Joe Espada dreamed of playing in the big leagues. He came close, reaching as high as Triple-A. Although he never reached the highest level on the field, the game opened a door for Espada to become a Major League coach.

9/21/2013 | Gardy wants young arms to work on offspeed pitches
With eight games remaining on their schedule after Saturday, the Twins are running out of opportunities for their young starters to show their stuff.


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