We’re not going to pretend that Bo Porter had no idea what he was getting into, are we? HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Maybe Houston is totally dysfunctional. But the idea that Porter didn't know what he was getting into is off base.
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This Date In Baseball

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Sept. 3
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MLB Calendar

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Sept. 30 — Postseason begins.
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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Four Phillies combine for the no-no. I'm actually surprised we haven't seen more of these in recent years.
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The curious case of Giants rookie Andrew Susac's 'first' MLB hit Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Great Scott! Andrew Susac, the rookie catcher for the San Francisco Giants has altered the timeline of his rookie season, rewriting both the date of his MLB game and his first hit. It's going to take a full 1.21 gigawatts to explain this curious case of baseball gone "Back to the Future," so fire up your flux capacitor and let's do this: The Giants resumed Monday a suspended game...
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Hamels, 3 Phils Relievers Combine to No-Hit Braves

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter.
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Phillies pitchers give ball from combined no-hitter to ailing team president Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — When four pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter like a Philadelphia Phillies foursome did Monday , it's probably easier to give the final ball to someone else than decide which pitcher gets to keep it. Starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the combined no-hitter , the first in MLB since 2012 when the Seattle Mariners did it. And the four of...
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The Grand Slam: Cardinals take over first place in NL Central from Brewers Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — For the first time this season, the St. Louis Cardinals are alone in first place in the NL Central. That might seem untrue, since we've grown so accustomed to these modern Cardinals as the class of the division, but this year hasn't been a gimme by any means. The Milwaukee Brewers have been the surprise team of the 2014 season, and the Cardinals have been chasing them in the NL Central for...
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10 Degrees: Cole Hamels' trade value might be Phillies' lone bright spot amid roster of bloated contracts Jeff Passan (Jeff Passan) — Some time between now and Nov. 1, Cole Hamels must submit to the Phillies a 20-team no-trade list for next season, major league sources told Yahoo Sports. The nine teams to which he couldn't block a trade this season indicate his mindset: both Los Angeles teams, the Yankees and Red Sox, Washington, Atlanta, St. Louis, Texas and San Diego. The first eight were expected to be among the game's...
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Homer-Happy Nationals Beat Dodgers 6-4

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.
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Miguel Cabrera hits two home runs in return to lineup HardballTalk (D.J. Short) — Miguel Cabrera had just one home run in August. He doubled that today.
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Royals Stop Slide With 4-3 Victory Over Rangers

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
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The Reds have shut Homer Bailey down for the season HardballTalk (D.J. Short) — Bailey is currently deciding whether to undergo surgery for a flexor mass strain in his right elbow.
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Jorge Soler is third player in last 100 years with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games HardballTalk (D.J. Short) — Enos Slaughter (1933) and Will Middlebrooks (2012) are the only others.
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