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9/15/2014 | Tigers exercising caution with Avila

As expected, Alex Avila was not behind the plate on Monday night after leaving Sunday's game with a headache and lightheadedness. He's still considered day to day.

9/15/2014 | Relief work may be in Anibal's future

Anibal Sanchez took a big step toward a return on Monday, when he threw a bullpen session. Whether he ends up in the bullpen of a potential postseason roster is an entirely different question, but Brad Ausmus is acknowledging the possibility.

9/15/2014 | Astros won't rule out return this season for Springer

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Astros still aren't ruling out rookie outfielder George Springer getting back on the field at some point. Springer, who hasn't played since straining his left quad on July 19, has been taking batting practice, running the bases and doing drills in the outfield.

9/15/2014 | Tying Mo's club whiff record, Betances feeling 'thankful'

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances recorded two strikeouts in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Orioles, giving him 130 in 86 2/3 innings. That ties Rivera's franchise record for a reliever, though Rivera -- then the setup man for closer John Wetteland -- needed 107 2/3 innings to reach that total. "For me, to just be mentioned in any sentence, any breath with Mariano Rivera -- I'm just honored," Betances said.

9/15/2014 | Konerko moving toward return during road trip

Paul Konerko still wasn't ready to rejoin the White Sox lineup on Monday, but he appears to be getting closer to a return for the final few games of a stellar 18-year career. Konerko has been sidelined since Sept. 2 with a fractured sesamoid bone in his left hand.

9/15/2014 | Abreu learns from Konerko's professionalism

While building an offensive resume that has his name mentioned as a prime American League Rookie of the Year candidate, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu believes he has benefited immensely by getting an up-close-and-personal view of Paul Konerko's farewell season.

9/15/2014 | Altuve's big night leads Astros over Tribe

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve's hit parade continued Monday night, and it included a big one for the Astros. Altuve's 207th hit of the season -- a two-run single in the third inning -- scored Gregorio Petit and Robbie Grossman to put the Astros ahead and send them to a 3-1 win over the Indians at Minute Maid Park.

9/15/2014 | Eight-run sixth helps Dodgers stretch NL West lead

The Dodgers danced their way out of trouble all evening before erupting for eight runs in the sixth to secure an 11-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday, extending their lead in the NL West to four games over the Giants.

9/15/2014 | Duffy healthy, slated to throw simulated game

Royals lefty Danny Duffy, who was aiming to pitch on Tuesday against the White Sox, will instead throw a four-inning simulated game, while Liam Hendriks makes a second straight spot start. Assuming the simulated game goes well, Duffy will pitch next Monday at Cleveland.

9/15/2014 | Showalter ties mentor Martin on all-time wins list

Buck Showalter, whose Orioles club could clinch the American League East on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, tied his mentor, legendary manager Billy Martin, on the all-time wins list with Monday's 5-2 victory.

9/15/2014 | Zobrist's walk-off hit in ninth plates game's lone run

The Rays' offense waited until the last minute to produce, and when they did, one run was enough in a 1-0 walk-off win over the Yankees on Monday night at Tropicana Field. With two outs in the ninth and the bases loaded, Ben Zobrist lined a single to right field to win it.

9/15/2014 | Twenty years later, Jeter reflects on move to Tampa

When the season ends, Derek Jeter will hang up his pinstripes and begin life as a retired baseball player in Tampa, Fla., He's already got a cozy little place set up over on Davis Islands -- that 30,875-square-foot mansion on Hillsborough Bay a few minutes south of downtown, the one often referred to around these parts as "St. Jetersburg."

9/15/2014 | Yankees' Wild Card hopes dealt another big blow

The Rays' Ben Zobrist connected for a game-winning single off Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Rays to a 1-0 victory Monday night at Tropicana Field. New York absorbed its fourth loss in five games, dropping six games back in the race for the second American League Wild Card.

9/15/2014 | Facing offseason elbow surgery, Beltran rejoins lineup

Carlos Beltran returned to the Yankees' lineup Monday night, and though it has been a difficult first season with the club, the veteran slugger is trying to finish strong before having surgery on his ailing right elbow.

9/15/2014 | Black temporarily shut down with rotator cuff strain

Vic Black has a mild rotator cuff strain -- or, as general manager Sandy Alderson called it, "normal fatigue." As a result, the Mets are shutting him down for 5-6 days before trying to ramp him up again in an effort to allow the right-hander to pitch in another game this season.

9/15/2014 | Alderson praises Collins' performance, team's improvement

General manager Sandy Alderson plans to sit down with manager Terry Collins this weekend in Atlanta and discuss, among other things, the manager's future in Flushing. Yet Alderson's comments on Monday left little intrigue for Collins, who remains under guaranteed contract for one more season.

9/15/2014 | Sharp Harvey touches 95 mph in simulated game

For the first time in over a year, Matt Harvey climbed atop Citi Field's main pitching mound on Monday afternoon, toed the rubber and began firing. It was the final throwing session of the season for Harvey.

9/15/2014 | Royals' running men spark wild walk-off victory

Pinch-runners Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore scored the tying and winning runs as Lorenzo Cain's infield single capped the Royals' wild 4-3 walk-off win over the White Sox on Monday night.

9/15/2014 | Braves send Gattis for further tests on throat

Instead of placing catcher Evan Gattis back in their lineup for Monday night's series opener against the Nationals, the Braves instead sent him for further evaluation to determine why he has not recovered from the strep throat symptoms he began battling a little more than a week ago.

9/15/2014 | Freeman, Fredi tossed after Stras K's slugger

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and his manager Fredi Gonzalez both displayed some frustration when they were ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons during Monday night's series opener against the Nationals at Turner Field.

9/15/2014 | Harper exits game after feeling lightheaded

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded. According to manager Matt Williams, Harper may have caught the same bug that third baseman Anthony Rendon and first baseman Adam LaRoche dealt with recently.

9/15/2014 | Nats have plan for Zim in instructional league games

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is currently in Viera, Fla., to start playing in simulated games with instructional league players starting Tuesday. Zimmerman spent Monday having a full workout at the team's Spring Training facility. In the first game, Zimmerman will play three innings at first base.

9/15/2014 | Zimmermann meets Hall of Famer Aaron in Atlanta

Before Monday's game against the Braves, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had the pleasure of meeting Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at Turner Field.

9/15/2014 | Braves fall back in WC race after falling to Nats

Coming off a miserable road trip, the Braves were hoping to gain some momentum courtesy of their latest opportunity to face Stephen Strasburg. But instead of frustrating Strasburg yet again, they extended their offensive woes in Monday night's 4-2 loss to the Nationals, who are now on the brink of clinching the National League East title.

9/15/2014 | Battery charges Nationals toward NL East crown

The magic number is now 2. That is the combined number of Nats wins and Braves losses needed for the Nationals to win the National League East after Monday night's 4-2 Washington victory at Turner Field. Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings and had an RBI single, while Wilson Ramos homered in the series-opening win.

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