Panic in the AL East! Over in Central country, though, it wasn’t a good night to pitch for either Chicago squad …
– Tuesday night’s 12-0 slaughter of the Blue Jays not only extended Baltimore’s scoreless-innings streak to 22 and gave them a record of 60-0 when leading after seven innings, but it also pushed them into a first-place tie with the Yankees. Damn the negative run differential, the Orioles are in first place! In September! In a season of unlikely stories, this is shaping up to be the unlikeliest of all. A nation asks: Can they do it?: The D.C. first baseman had a night to remember on Tuesday. In the course of an 11-5 thumping of the Cubs, LaRoche went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a walk. He’s now hitting a nifty .266/.338/.498 on the season.
: Hill turned in a spotless night at the plate during the extra-innings affair in San Fran: 5-for-5 with a double, homer, walk and four runs scored. Among those hits was Hill’s leadoff single to start the 11th. Moments later, he scored the eventual winning run. Hill’s oustanding season continues.: From a perfect game to … this? After coming out of the bullpen against Minnesota irror says Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a big fan of Izzo, 27, and would like to see him in North London.Izzo, who started his career with home town club Napoli, was a huge reason why Torino qualified for the coming Europa League campaign.Emery had Izzon Tuesday night, Humber somehow managed to give up eight runs on seven hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning. Yes: eight runs, 0.1 innings pitched. Even the one out he recorded was a sac fly. : Rusin’s second major-league start did not go swimmingly. The 25-year-old lefty gave up five runs on eight hits and managed to record just three outs. Rusin struggled to keep the ball down, and the Nats made him pay with two early home runs. : The best thing you can say about Quintana’s outing is that it wasn’t as bad as Philip Humber’s. Still, Quintana’s blow-up burieo Fernandes can be happy with his debut against Wolves.The former Sporting CP captain impressed in the 0-0 draw.Lindelof said, “It’s not easy to come in here. “I think he’s had one training session, so to come in and play is not easy, but I think hd the Sox against Minnesota: 1.1 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 2 K, 2 BB. Quintana has now been cuffed around in back-to-back starts, which raises concerns that he’s running out of gas. Needless to say, the White Sox hope that isn’t the case. : R.A. Dickey has been pitching like an ace all year, and Adam Wainwright — in this, his first post-Tommy John campaign — has generally been in vintage form of late. These two will go at it on Wednesday in Leicester City fullback Ben Chilwell.Goal says any move Manchester City make for former defender Angelino will not affect their interest in Chilwell.City are set to trigger Angelino’s release clause after the left-back departed last summer, and he wSt. Louis. The Cardinals are in the thick of the NL wild-card chase, while Dickey is trying to get to 20 wins and perhaps win the Cy Young. : The Angels are trying to avoid becoming the most disappointing team of 2012* (*Non-Red Sox division), while the A’s are trying to cling to wild-card status and perhaps put additional heat on the first-place Rangers. Dan Haren, coming off one of his best starts of the year, goes for L.A., while Oakland sends out ace Brandon McCarthy. : The hotly contest AL East will be the focus when the Yankees and Rays wrap up their important series in Florida. The Yanks will pitch their surprise ace, 37-year-old Hiroki Kuroda (3.04 ERA), while the Rays will counter with gifted rookie Matt Moore, who boasts a 2.08 ERA since the break. The back-sliding Yankees badly need a win heading into an even bigger series in Baltimore. • : Cubs GM Jed Hoyer has new home, and it’s a $2.1-million, five-bedroom house in Chicago’s tawny Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Chicago Tribune . • : . It’s also for a great cause. It’s also in New Jersey. • : Progressive. Field. Wind. Turbines. Regarding the Cleveland State University project, I’ll steal Trent’s joke: “At least something at Progressive Field is exceeding expectations.”  • : The mustache of Keith Hernandez has not only been a steady baseball presence for more than 30 years, it’s also become a cultural touchstone of sorts. But might Hernandez soon shave his iconic tickler? Perish the thought.  • : During the near-brawl between the Rangers and Royals on Monday, KC broadcasters had some pointed words for Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, who’s half-hearted stroll toward the mound kicked off the festivities. :
“You don’t need to stand there that long against Bruce Chen. You’re not that good.””If you want a piece of him, go get him.””I agree with you 100 percent. If you’re going to charge the mound, don’t stand there and wait for someone to grab you. Go get him.””And he’s still over there crying at first base.”
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