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Greg Logan / Newsday:
Wilmer Flores homers twice, drives in 6 as Mets rout Marlins  —  Second baseman Wilmer Flores tapped into his inner power source to produce a monster night, homering twice and driving in six runs in the Mets' 9-1 victory over the Marlins Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Discussion: New York Post and Metsblog
Roger Rubin / NY Daily News:
Wilmer Flores heats up with six RBI, two home runs as Mets crush Marlins 9-1
Discussion: Metsblog
Canadian Press:
Orioles beat Blue Jays, clinch first AL East title since 1997  —  BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.
Canadian Press:
Rare flop by bullpen costs Royals in loss to White Sox  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis both gave up runs for the first time in nearly three months as the Kansas City Royals' dominant bullpen was touched up Tuesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and Royals Review
John Lowe / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers have yet to reveal rotation for Royals series
Discussion: and Bless You Boys
Josh Norris / Baseball America:
Omaha Wins Triple-A Championship (VIDEO)  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C.—On a sopping wet Tuesday evening, the Omaha Storm Chasers lived up to both their name and their title.  —  They entered Triple-A Championship Game, held at the Charlotte Knights' BB&T Ballpark, as the defending kings of the classification.
Discussion: Minor League Ball
Anthony McCarron / NY Daily News:
Pedro Martinez says Mets ‘have the best nucleus of young pitchers’ in baseball  —  The future Hall of Famer beieves the ‘Mets can really do something’ if ace Matt Harvey stays healthy enough to guide a promising young staff that also includes Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler.
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
Winging it: Angels' creativity produces MLB's best lineup  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Their lineup features a three-time MVP and this season's likely recipient of the game's top award in the American League, yet their cleanup hitters are often middle infielders who are not close to cracking double digits in home runs.
Discussion: Lookout Landing and Bless You Boys
Associated Press:
Peavy, Posey Help Giants Gain Ground in NL West  —  PHOENIX — Jake Peavy had another strong outing, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants gained a game in the NL West race with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.  —  The victory, combined …
Canadian Press:
Morton returns to lead surging Pirates over Red Sox  —  PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton came off the disabled list to gain his first victory since July 2, and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-0 Tuesday night for their ninth win in 11 games.  —  Sidelined since Aug. 16 …
Discussion: Over the Monster and Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
Cubs' Jake Arrieta sees no-hit bid fall short in shutout of Reds  —  CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and ESPN
Canadian Press:
Smolinski's homer sends Rangers over Athletics  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Scott Kazmir allowed a two-run homer to Jake Smolinski, and shortstop Jed Lowrie made an error that led to a pair of unearned runs as the Oakland Athletics lost 6-3 to the last-place Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Associated Press:
Amarista's Homer Lifts Padres Over Phillies 5-4  —  SAN DIEGO — Alexi Amarista had three hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer, to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.  —  Amarista's two-out homer in the sixth inning off A.J. Burnett (8-17) put the Padres ahead 4-3.
Discussion: The Good Phight and Canadian Press
Associated Press:
Nats blank Braves to wrap up 2nd NL East title in 3 years  —  ATLANTA — The Washington Nationals are again champions of the NL East, wrapping up their second division title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season.  —  Tanner Roark pitched five-hit ball …
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Angels part ways with scout involved in Trout pick  —  9/13/14: Mike Trout launches two solo home runs in a win over the Astros, giving him 34 total on the season  —  ANAHEIM — Greg Morhardt, a scout who played a key role in the decision to take Mike Trout in the first round five years ago …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Alden Gonzalez /
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