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9/7/2013 | Petit's near perfect night worth marveling at
On Friday night, fans across the country cheered for Yusmeiro Petit as he came within one out of throwing the 24th perfect game in history, no small feat for anyone, let alone a journeyman pitcher who spent 11 seasons in the Minors.

9/7/2013 | Pence falls feet shy of securing history for Petit
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence acknowledged Friday that he had edged a few steps toward the right-center-field gap to position himself against Eric Chavez, whose pinch-hit single spoiled Yusmeiro Petit's bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning in San Francisco's 3-0 triumph over the D-backs.

9/7/2013 | Reports: A-Rod's hearing set for Sept. 30
Alex Rodriguez's arbitration hearing has been tentatively scheduled to begin on Sept. 30, according to multiple reports published on Friday.

9/7/2013 | Closing perfection: Uehara retires 27 in a row
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara retired his 27th straight batter on Friday night, striking out Robinson Cano to complete a masterpiece that has spanned nine outings.

9/7/2013 | Young Kelly plays stopper vs. Pirates in pennant race
Every time the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be in difficulty, one of their young pitchers, with top-shelf stuff and the composure of a veteran, puts the Redbirds back in business. One young fellow prominent in that role recently is Joe Kelly

9/6/2013 | Trumbo's landmark shot helps Angels sting Texas
Mark Trumbo reached 30 home runs for the second straight season with a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning that helped snap the Angels' seven-game losing streak against the Rangers on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

9/6/2013 | Rangers lose grip on AL West lead
Matt Garza took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning, but the Angels posted a five-spot, and former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson cashed in the rally to knock Texas down to second place in the American League West.

9/6/2013 | A's fend off Astros, grab hold of first place
Josh Donaldson drilled a two-run homer in a 7-5 victory that put Oakland back in front of the AL West by half a game, marking the first time the A's have held sole custody of first place since Aug. 6.

9/6/2013 | Astros taking caution with Grossman's injury
Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman has yet to pick up a bat and remains day-to-day as he recovers from a strained oblique incurred while swinging in the 12th inning of Tuesday's contest against the Twins.

9/6/2013 | Beat the Streak leader extends run to 45
Current Beat the Streak leader Clement Uduk is up to 45 straight successful selections after Matt Carpenter's triple Friday.

9/6/2013 | Kazmir fans 12 Mets as Tribe creeps closer in chase
More than a decade after Scott Kazmir was drafted by the Mets, there remains a fascination over the lefty in New York. He was the can't-miss prospect that was traded away before even getting a taste of the big league stage in Queens. Kazmir's career took a circuitous course to Friday night in Cleveland, where he took down the club that had such high hopes for him so long ago in an 8-1 victory for the Indians, who moved within two games of an AL Wild Card spot.

9/6/2013 | Entrusted with five-run lead, bullpen implodes
Mike Napoli hit a game-tying grand slam off Boone Logan and Shane Victorino connected for a go-ahead, two-run shot off Preston Claiborne, highlighting a nine-run barrage against New York relievers as the Red Sox rallied for a 12-8 victory over the Yankees.

9/6/2013 | Pirates fall as Cards gain ground in NL Central
The Cardinals got in the first lick, and a big one, with a 12-8 win Friday night at Busch Stadium that inched them within a half-game of the Pirates in the NL Central.

9/6/2013 | Dependable Beltre an overlooked MVP candidate
It's hard to imagine any player in the league being as valuable to his team as Adrian Beltre, who drives in runs, saves runs and leads his team with a physical and mental toughness that can't be measured by numbers.

9/6/2013 | Cards top Bucs, gain in NL Central standings
The Cardinals' hot bats steamrolled the Pirates with a 12-8 victory Friday night, building a modest 5-1 lead behind another solid outing by Joe Kelly and punctuating it with an explosive seven-run seventh inning. St. Louis is now a half-game back in the NL Central.

9/6/2013 | Backed by five-spot, resurgent Dickey holds off Twins
R.A. Dickey threw 6 1/3 quality innings, while the Blue Jays' offense erupted for five runs in the third en route to a 6-5 victory over the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.

9/6/2013 | Hamilton discovers less is more at DH
Josh Hamilton's increased use as a designated hitter has allowed the Angels outfielder to try different routines during games in which he doesn't take the field, and he's discovered doing less swinging in the inside cages between at-bats has led to the best results.

9/6/2013 | Kendrick isn't done battling in 2013
Even though the Angels entered Friday's play 15 games out of first with 3 1/2 weeks left in the season, second baseman Howie Kendrick is working hard to return from a sprained left knee so he can help his club finish strong.

9/6/2013 | Reds-Bucs playoff race reminiscent of '70s showdowns
Long ago, before the National League Central even existed and before there were Wild Cards, the Pirates and Reds were postseason foes regularly representing the East and West.

9/6/2013 | Owings makes first Major League start
Chris Owings had at least a handful of friendly faces in the crowd at AT&T Park when he made his first Major League start against the Giants on Friday.

9/6/2013 | Votto helps Reds land first blow vs. Dodgers
Joey Votto broke out of a slump with a big night and Mike Leake retired 13 in a row at one point as the Reds downed the Dodgers, 3-2, on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

9/6/2013 | Shorthanded Dodgers fall in opener vs. Reds
Chris Capuano exited after just five outs due to injury and the Dodgers were held scoreless after Hanley Ramirez's homer in the first inning in a 3-2 loss to the Reds on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

9/6/2013 | Rays set rotation for Sox series, bump back Archer
Joe Maddon announced his pitching rotation for next week's Boston series, and, as expected, Chris Archer is getting moved back a day to where he will start the first game of the Minnesota series next Friday.

9/6/2013 | Fast and furious: Red Sox stun rival Yankees
Clearly in the midst of their best stretch of baseball this season, the Red Sox took it up even another notch with a thrilling 12-8 victory over the Yankees on Friday night in the Bronx.

9/6/2013 | Westbrook activated, placed in Cardinals' bullpen
The Cardinals activated Jake Westbrook from the 15-day disabled list Friday, but the 35-year-old veteran returned to the club in a new role as he transitions into the bullpen for the near future.


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