Astros lose 15th straight to finish season 51-111 (Big League Stew)

By at 29 September, 2013, 11:52 pm

Mercifully, time finally ran out for the Houston Astros, who lost their 15th straight game Sunday afternoon to close a franchise-worst 51-111 regular season. Hey, it could have been worse.
Like a punchy boxer saved by the bell, the Astros won’t have a chance to tie the infamous 1899 Cleveland Spiders for the worst losing streak to end a season – 16 games — in Major League Baseball history. The Astros tried to keep their season going with free baseball, but dropped their finale to the New York Yankees, falling 5-1 in 14 innings at Minute Maid Park .
The Yankees, too, probably felt relief that their season was over. Mariano Rivera didn’t play in the final series, preferring to end his spectacular career at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. Left-hander Andy Pettitte ended his career Saturday with a final solid outing in his hometown. Robinson Cano, a free agent reportedly looking for $305 million, sat out Sunday. And his future isn’t the only unsettled one in the Bronx.
The Astros are another kind of enigma entirely.

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

By at 29 September, 2013, 8:00 pm

Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games: – – – Marlins 1, Tigers 0 Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit. Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately…

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

By at 29 September, 2013, 6:18 pm

Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games: – – – Marlins 1, Tigers 0 Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit. Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately…

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Baseball-Highlights of Saturday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

By at 28 September, 2013, 10:18 pm

(Adds later games) Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Saturday’s Major League Baseball games. – – Rangers 7, Angels 4 It’s down to one game and the Texas Rangers still have life after they ran their winning streak to six with a 7-4 victory ov…

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

By at 28 September, 2013, 6:35 pm

Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) – The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence agree to a five-year, $90 million contract, CBSSports.com reported on Saturday. The deal, which is still pending a physical, could be officially announced on Sunday. It…

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Baseball-Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

By at 27 September, 2013, 11:38 pm

Sept 27 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games. – – Blue Jays 6, Rays 3 R.A. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a season-high three errors by the Tampa Bay Rays to post a…

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Baseball-Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

By at 26 September, 2013, 11:31 pm

Sept 26 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games. – – Rays 4, Yankees 0 Mariano Rivera pitched one and a third innings in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, but it was in a non-save situation as the Tampa Bay Ray…

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MLB Roundup: Selig to step down in 2015 (The SportsXchange)

By at 26 September, 2013, 6:29 pm

Commissioner Bud Selig is officially retiring in January 2015, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

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Brewers’ Gomez, Braves’ Johnson suspended (The SportsXchange)

By at 26 September, 2013, 4:27 pm

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves outfielder Reed Johnson were each suspended one game for their roles in Wednesday’s bench-clearing incident at Turner Field, Major League Baseball announced.

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Carlos Gomez and Reed Johnson suspended after Braves-Brewers scuffle (Big League Stew)

By at 26 September, 2013, 4:08 pm

Carlos Gomez admittedly “pimped it up” when he hit a first-inning home run Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves . First he admired his shot, then he squawked at opposing players as he rounded the bases. When the benches cleared a minute later, …

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