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7:20 AM ET, October 4, 2015


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Nationals Ace Scherzer Pitching No-Hitter Thru 8 vs Mets  —  NEW YORK — Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a no-hitter through eight innings against the New York Mets.  —  Scherzer already has thrown a no-hitter this season, in June against Pittsburgh.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
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Max Scherzer strikes out 9 straight en route to 2nd no-hitter of season  —  1h - MLB NEW YORK METS WASHINGTON NATIONALS + more
Matt Eisenberg / Metsblog:
Mets lose Game 1 of doubleheader on Harper's homer  —  Bryce Harper hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning after a misplayed double-play ball as the New York Mets lost the first game of a split doubleheader to the Washington Nationals, 3-1, Saturday at Citi Field.
John Lott / National Post:
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos wants to remain with Toronto next year but he'd prefer his contract not be ‘a story’  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alex Anthopoulos does not like to talk about his contract, which is about to expire, or his job prospects, which are better than ever.
Associated Press:
Troy Tulowitzki's Return Lifts Blue Jays Over the Rays
Associated Press:
Yanks Swept by O's, Still Chasing Home Field for Wild Card  —  BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees failed to clinch home field in the AL wild-card game, getting swept in a day-night doubleheader Saturday by the Baltimore Orioles, 9-2 and 4-3.  —  Only needing one win to host Tuesday's one-game playoff …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and Yahoo Sports
Jake Kaplan /
Phillies secure top pick in draft after losing doubleheader sweep  —  Any doubt regarding which team will pick first in the Major League Baseball draft next June dissipated over six hours on the penultimate day of the regular season.  The Phillies, long owners of baseball's worst record …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers miss first chance to clinch AL West championship  —  Trout triples, scores in ninth to lift Angels Tolleson, Dyson work fourth day in a row  —  Rangers hitters confounded by Weaver … ARLINGTON  —  Mike Trout might not be the American League MVP this season …
Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago:
White Sox rally in ninth, tip Tigers  —  Leury Garcia singled in J.B. Shuck from second base as the White Sox rallied for two runs in the ninth inning Saturday night to defeat the Tigers 4-3 before a paid crowd of 17,772 at U.S. Cellular Field.  —  Shuck had doubled home Avisail Garcia …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and South Side Sox
Associated Press:
Yelich, Gordon Have Special Days as Marlins Sweep Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dee Gordon got his 200th hit of the season in the opener, and Christian Yelich tied a club record with hits in eight straight at-bats as the Miami Marlins won the nightcap 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Associated Press:
Marte's Homer in 12th Inning Lifts Pirates Over Reds 6-4  —  PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are on the verge of hosting the NL wild card game for the third straight year.  —  Starling Marte's two-run homer in the 12th inning gave Pittsburgh a 6-4 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night that extended …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Yahoo Sports
Associated Press:
Cubs Beat Brewers, Try to Keep Up in Race to Host Wild Card
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and Yahoo Sports
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
He finished his first season in the majors 0-2 with a 5.53 ERA over nine starts  —  The Denver Post  —  Jon Gray (55) of the Colorado Rockies pitches to Andrew McCutchen (22) of the Pittsburgh Pirates during a National League game at Coors Field, Sept. 21, 2015.  (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
Discussion: Purple Row
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Manfred Interested In MLB Expansion To Mexico  —  MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in Mexico this week to meet with baseball officials there, and it appears the addition of an MLB team south of the border is a possibility.  If MLB were to expand, it could consider expanding into Mexico, Manfred tells Maury Brown of Forbes.
Associated Press:
McHugh, Rasmus Help Astros Beat Diamondbacks 6-2  —  PHOENIX — Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory, Colby Rasmus homered twice and the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night to clinch at least a tie for the American League's second wild card.
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