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Gio Gonzales posted by Nationals News

Born September 19, 1985, Gio Gonzales plays MLB for Washington Nationals as their pitcher. For right-handers, Gio uses the four-seam and two-seam fastballs, curveball, and the changeup. He mainly reserves the curveball for left-handers, when being ahead in the count. His whiff rate is above average, with curveball at 36%, and changeup at 35%. His curveball also has an excellent ground ball to fly ball ratio of 7:1.

Gonzales played baseball in high school and his school team won the state championships twice. His professional career started when he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. In 2005, the White Sox traded Gonzales to Philadelphia Phillies, where he was considered the number two prospect. In 2007, he was back with the White Sox, and in that season, he played 150 innings and struck out 185.

In 2008, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics, and was called up to play the majors in August, when he made his MLB debut. However, in 2009, he was back with the minor leagues, playing for Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A team. In 2011, Gonzales was chosen to play in the MLB All-Star game.

In December 2011, the Athletics traded Gonzales to the Washington Nationals. He went on to make the national record for pitching 25 scoreless innings consecutively. Gonzales was included in the 2012 roster, and by the end of the season, he managed to improve his record to 12-3 with a 2.92 ERA. In August 2012, Gonzales pitched the second complete game of his career, and hit his first home run against Houston Astros. In the same month, he also pitched the first shut out game of his career against St Louis Cardinals 10-0. In July 2014, Gonzales made the 1000th strikeout of his career against Milwaukee Brewers.

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MLB Betting And Gambling in the United States posted by Nationals News

Betting on MLB teams is not simply a game of chance, as you can reduce your odds of losing by carefully studying the players in the teams and their stats. It is just like improving your skills in certain casino games like poker and so on. Although there is always the element of luck involved, you can make a major difference and bring down the odds by being skillful in placing your bets. There are many resources available online for sports betting where you can gather detailed information on team statistics, news about individual players, and expert tips by people who have vast experience in this field.

Gambling in United States has come a long way from shady bookies and dim casinos to legalized gambling from the comfort of your home. Placing bets has not only become easy and safe, but there are various resources also available to improve your skills, and increase your chances of winning.

The gambling industry saw a major growth in the United States in the past few decades, when different states adopted specific policies and laws to promote casinos. The excellent model shown by Las Vegas in attracting tourism and stimulating growth could not be ignored by other states, and several laws were implemented to legalize gambling. This also eventually promoted the growth of the online betting industry and online casinos like iPhonecasino.ca. These casinos have been growing at an impressive rate since their inception roughly a decade ago, and with innovative ideas like sports-themed slots games they have managed to tap into the sports betting audience somewhat as well.

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Gio Gonzalez owns Houston Astros and gets his first win with the Nationals posted by Nationals News

Gio Gonzalez dominated over seven innings and had to wait out a nervous ninth with Brad Lidge on the mound just before his very first win with the Washington Nationals was secure. If you're interested in placing a bet on the next Nats game check out Sportsbook reviews.

Lidge gave up a double to his 1st hitter and walked the subsequent batter before retiring 3 in a row and earning his second save in the Nationals' 1- win against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

"Man, one of these instances I'll get a 1-two-three (inning)," Lidge said. "I'm sure I gave a lot of men and women a heart attack these days. That's type of how I've accomplished it for a even though."

Gonzalez didn't acknowledge possessing any doubts over the outcome.

"I was attempting to be cool, calm and collected with a massive smile on my face being aware of he was going to shut it down," Gonzalez stated of the last inning.

The late dramatics stood in sharp contrast to the innings with Gonzalez on the mound, when the Astros hardly ever got the ball out of the infield. Gonzalez (1-) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out eight in his third commence for Washington. The left-hander, acquired from Oakland in the offseason, also earned a standing ovation at the plate when he flied out to the warning track.

It was an additional close game for the Nationals, who enhanced to 9-three -- their ideal start given that moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005. Half of Washington's first 12 games have been decided by one particular run and the Nationals are four-2 in these contests.
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Nationals get Gio Gonzalez Nationals get Gio Gonzalez posted by Nationals News

The Washington Nationals held a news conference Wednesday at their ballpark to show off their most important offseason acquisition and pat themselves on the back for locking him down with a big contract.

No, not Prince Fielder, but Gio Gonzalez.

Gio Gonzalez is "going
to become portion in the furniture for a extended time," common manager Mike Rizzo stated in the pitcher's introductory news conference.
Much more than a month after joining Washington in a trade from Oakland, and 1½ weeks soon after agreeing to a $42 million, five-year deal, Gonzalez produced it official by signing on the dotted line Wednesday.

"I
really like the pressure scenarios," Gonzalez stated.

Sports betting should be heavy this year on the Nationals.

Nationals common manager Mike Rizzo said the left-hander is "going to be element with the furniture for a extended time."

The GM also repeatedly talked about his belief that the Nationals
lastly are ready to play "meaningful games in September." In 2011, Washington went 80-81 and wound up in third place, its highest NL East finish considering that moving from Montreal just before the 2005 season.

The 26-year-old Gonzalez was an All-Star last season, when he went 16-12

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Pitchers Trying To Hold It Together In Washington posted by Nationals News

No one really thinks that Washington is going to seriously compete in the National League East, and why would they? You have Philadelphia and their incredible starting rotation, Atlanta, who made it to the playoffs last season, and even Florida and the New York Mets are probably given more credit than the Nationals. But Washington is starting to show signs of forming their own impressive pitching staff, even without their injured phenom, and they’re going to be needed as the Nationals can’t score any runs.

Washington is currently eighth in the National League in ERA, and if you’re going to hang your hat on their  MLB odds, pitching is the way to go. The wily vets, 36-year-old  Livan Hernandez and 32-year-old Jason Marquis have led the way for the Nationals, while the rest of the rotation is filled out by 28-year-old Tom Gorzelanny, 26-year-old John Lannan and 24-year-old Jordan Zimmerman. The five of them have 11 quality starts, and while they’re not great, they don’t lose many games for the Nationals, either. Don’t forget, Washington still has the injured Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list, although the 22-year-old likely won’t pitch this year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. We all saw what he did in his brief time in the majors last season, and he will be a welcome addition for the Nationals.

But the bullpen isn’t bad either, led by Tyler Clippard and Chad Gaudin, while Drew Storen and Sean Burnett are currently sharing the closing duties. The two have managed to save six of the nine opportunities that the Nationals have had, which is a decent ratio. If the Nationals could put some runs on the board (Ryan Zimmermann is almost back from injury), Washington could turn some heads in 2011….definitely in 2012.

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"The Giants' Bats Show Some Signs of Life Against the Nats" posted by Michael McGauley


Hey, nothing like snapping out of a five-game slide with some timely hitting! The Giants beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Tuesday night in the first game of a fresh nine-game home stand after limping through a miserable 1-and-6 road-trip.  The Giants took a few innings, by finally settled in against old friend Livan Hernandez with two outs in the fith. Five consecutive hits plated all four runs, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Freddy Sanchez. Pablo Sandoval folliwed with a double off the left field wall to score Sanchez. The rally against Livan was rare thus far in 2010, as the veteran Nationals right-hander came into the game with an ERA below two (it ballooned to 2.08 after last night).  Four runs was enough for Todd Wellemeyer: a guy who was really pitching with his back against the wall, and one foot out the door if he didn't come through. Not only did Wellemeyer toss a solid six-innings (two runs and four hits and two strikeouts), but he actually ignited "the rally" at the plate with a two-out bloop single. Wellemeyer actually has one more victory (three) than both Matt Cain and Jonothan Sanchez (two each). The line-up: I like the changes, and I'm very impressed that Aubrey Huff didn't blink. He just went out there and manned left field like he'd been out there all season. Unfortunately, Mark DeRosa is probably not going to contribute much this year if anything at all, and moving Huff to left allows Juan Uribe to play everyday at third base, and takes some pressure off Pablo by moving him over to first base. This one-Continue reading ""The Giants' Bats Show Some Signs ..."


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Stephen Strasburg Will Be a Top-Ten Pitcher This Season posted by Colin Linneweber

Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg made his spring training debut Tuesday in a 9-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Viera, Fla. 

Strasburg, who was selected by the Nationals with the number one overall pick out of San Diego State University in the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, fanned two batters in two scoreless innings before the was relieved. 

Despite his solid statistics, the former Aztecs standout struggled a tad with his command. 

In total, Strasburg managed to throw only 15 of his 27 pitches for strikes. 

“Command really wasn’t there, but I think a lot of that had to do with the adrenaline going on,” said Strasburg, 21, who signed a record four-year contract worth $15.1 million with Washington this past August. “It’s something that happens to me every time – even in college, even in high school. That first outing, there’s all this excitement and it’s really difficult to control the adrenaline and make sure you’re staying nice and relaxed.” 

Regardless of the control issues he experienced, it is evident that Strasburg is a burgeoning superstar. 

The native of San Diego had his fastball consistently clocked in the 97-98 mph range and his curveball was measured between 79 and 81 mph. 

“I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes,” said Strasburg, who tossed a no-hitter and whiffed 17 batters in his final collegiate home start against the Air Force last May. “If they hit it, they hit it. Big deal. I have enough confidence in my stuff that if I can go out there and make them put the ball in play, I’ve got a great defense behind me that’s going to back me up.” 

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Joe Gunderson

A new shortstop and new uniforms! posted by Joe Gunderson

Hey Everyone,

Not sure who is out there but hopefully someone is!  Smile  Anyway, for those that don't know my name is Joe and I've been a Twins fan since I was six years old.  I hope you find this blog entertaining and thought provoking.  Let's get started shall we?!

In my first entry I'd like to discuss how the Twins acquired a new shortstop for the 2010 season and what I think of the acquisition and also the news that was announced today, that they are going to be wearing new uniforms next year.

The Twins have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Carlos Gomez.  I am excited about this acquisition.  It potentially fills a very big need for the Twins, a right-handed bat with good power and an infielder at a position of need.  It thins out the Twins depth in the outfield but they still have four guys who are capable of playing out there everyday and you can only have three out there everyday.  Gomez is very talented but he gets way too excited when he's at the plate a lot of the time which causes him to swing wildly and strike out a lot.  He has the potential to be special at the plate if he ever calms down his approach.  He is an excellent defender as well.

Hardy, while he is coming off a bad year offensively is capable of hitting in the upper .200's to .300 and has pop enough to hit 20+ home runs a season and plays consistent defense.  Overall for 2010, the trade favors the Twins.  In the future, it could favor the Brewers but the Twins had to take that chance to give themselves a better chance to compete in 2010.

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Eric Hatleback

More Thoughts on MLB Pitching Statistics posted by Eric Hatleback

In the National League, the elongated double switch shows again why pitching statistics are quite poorly attributed.  A traditional double switch involves the manager inserting a position player into the game  for the current pitcher and a new pitcher for a position player--typically one who just made an out, so that the new pitcher won't be batting for nearly a full trip through the lineup.

However, this same basic maneuver can also occur by simply pinch-hitting for the pitcher while on offense and then placing the pitcher in for whichever player makes the last out of the inning.  If the team takes the lead (and subsequently does not lose it), the just-substituted-for pitcher gets credited with the win.

The problem is this: if this scenario occurs before the 5th inning, the starting pitcher cannot get the win, so it'll almost certainly be the next guy who pitches that will get the win.  But given that a position player is the opne who was inserted for the pitcher, why wouldn't that guy get the win?  He is technically inserted for the pitcher.  Of course, I'm not advocating that he really should get the win; I'm arguing that the statistics need to be reconfigured so that there are categories such as "Team Wins / Losses."  See some of my earlier posts for more good examples of why this should be the case.

One other note--it also wouldn't help to require a pitcher to actually throw a pitch before earning a win, as we saw last month:  http://espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290707127.  Both Embree and B.J. Ryan (in 2003) have recently earned Wins without throwing a pitch.  This makes it possible for a reliever to enter for a starter before the 5th (after an offensive rally when his team took the lead), warm up for the inning, then leave without doing

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Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Break Analysis posted by Keith trussell

   Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Analysis

     I moved to Western Maryland a couple of weeks ago and this is part of my ongoing attempt to learn about the sports interests here.  Baseball-wise it’s the Pirates, Orioles, and Nationals, and I wanted to get into the one with the best current chance of a playoff push.  The Nats are obviously out and the Orioles are 14 games behind first in a ridiculously hard division, so that leaves the Pirates, a tantalizing Homer-pick at 9.5 behind in the absurdly mediocre NL Central.  On paper it looks possible that any team could take it, and I hoped that statistical analysis would show some obscure Pirates advantage that could take them over the top, but I just can’t find it.  I’m not saying that an X-factor doesn’t exist, just that anyone who claims there is one is obviously from Pittsburgh.  In fact, this team so cries for the use of the “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” comparison that I spent ten whole minutes looking up how I could work it in.  And here it is:  Mario Brega, who played Cpl. Wallace, the big cross-eyed prison guard in the film who beat up Tuco to get the name of the cemetery the money was buried in for Angel Eyes ,died 15 years ago this month.  So to honor his memory, here’s a breakdown of the Pirates in the spirit of that great film (I resisted using a corresponding pirate-based ranking system, i.e.; Avast Ye Maties, Walk the Plank, and Totally Somalian because even I have standards).

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The Walk Off: White Sox bullpen implodes again in loss to Royals (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   The relentless Kansas City Royals of the past few years appear to be back. You know, the team that constantly strung out lengthy rallies that served to rip the heart and soul out of the opposing club? Yeah, those Royals are back. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] The team proved as much during a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox. After completing an incredible comeback down 7-1 in the ninth inning on Saturday, the Royals managed another tremendous comeback win against the White Sox bullpen on Sunday. While this one wasn't as dramatic, it was still impressive. With Chicago up 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, White Sox manager turned to Nate Jones to hold the lead. After inducing a quick pop out to lead off the frame, things appeared to be going just fine.  That changed quickly. Lorenzo Cain blasted a solo shot, cutting the lead to just one run. Eric Hosmer responded with double, putting the tying run on second. Jones then walked Kendrys Morales, and gave up a single to Paulo Orlando to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Jones walked in the tying run. He was removed from the game at that point. Matt Albers was called upon to get out of the situation, but couldn't get the job done. Cheslor Cuthbert singled in the go-ahead run, giving the Royals the 5-4 lead. Albers would get out of the inning without giving up any more runs, but the damage had been done. Kansas City went on to win the contest 5-4 , sweeping the division-rival White Sox. After the weekend series, the Royals have now risen to first place in the American League Central. The White Sox fell to third.  TOP PERFORMERS    Hunter Pence: After spending much of last season on the disabled list, Hunter Pence is making up for lost time this year. He played a huge role in the San Francisco Giants 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, driving in three runs. Pence did so with three doubles, finishing the day 3-for-5. He also scored two runs during the contest. Pence now has a .304 batting average this season. Rich Hill: When the year is over, Rich Hill may prove to be the best free-agent bargain of the offseason. Hill turned in another fantastic start Sunday, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Hill allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked three, but also managed nine strikeouts during the contest. With the start, Hill now owns a 2.25 ERA.  [Elsewhere: A-Rod's daughter reveals the craziest thing he's ever done ] Wilson Ramos: Ramos might not get a lot of attention with Bryce Harper doing Bryce Harper things and Daniel Murphy tearing it up, but Ramos has quietly put together a strong season with the Washington Nationals. That continued Sunday in a 10-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramos was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3. He managed two singles and a home run during the contest, diving in four runs. Ramos is hitting .336 following the game. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT    Starlin Castro's two-run shot in the seventh inning of the New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays gets our nod here. It's not because the blast is particularly impressive compared to other home runs, though. It's because it broke up a no-hitter, gave the team a win and was the only hit the Yankees managed all game. It was the first time in over a century the Yankees managed to win a game despite only having one hit. Thanks to Castro's blast, the team won 2-1. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: A late home run by Edwin Encarnacion tied the game, but the Blue Jays eventually lost after Gavin Floyd allowed two runs in the 11th inning. Orioles 6, Indians 4: Hyun-Soo Kim's first major-league home run couldn't have come at a better time. His seventh inning blast gave the Orioles the go-ahead run in the eventual win. Brewers 5, Reds 4: Jonathan Lucroy did most of the heavy lifting, knocking in a run on a sac fly, a single and a triple. He finished 3-for-5, with three RBI and a walk. Cubs 7, Phillies 2: The Cubs offense led the way again, pounding Phillies pitcher Vincent Velasquez for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings.  Rangers 6, Pirates 2: The Rangers pounced on Francisco Liriano, tagging the left for five earned runs in six innings.  Astros 8, Angels 6: Carlos Correa's pinch-hit homer in the top of the 13th gave Houston a three-run lead. The Angels would threaten in the bottom of the frame, but came up short.  Twins 5, Mariners 4: Robbie Grossman, Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano all homered in the club's fourth-straight win. Diamondbacks 6, Padres 3: Archie Bradley gave up three runs over 7 1/3 innings, striking out nine. Paul Goldschmidt added two hits, driving in two. Marlins 7, Braves 3: Marcell Ozuna's breakout continues. The 25-year-old went 2-for-4, with his 10th home run of the season in the win. Dodgers 4, Mets 2: Clayton Kershaw lost the win after Adam Liberatore gave up a run-scoring triple in the eighth, but the Dodgers rallied back for the win in the ninth. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Braves outfielder Olivera handed 82-game ban (AFP)

Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended for 82 games Thursday by Major League Baseball for violating its domestic violence policy in an incident last month. The 31-year-old Cuban, who helped his Communist homeland to Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing, defected in 2014 and last year signed a six-year deal worth $62.5 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who traded him to the Braves last July. Olivera, who will not appeal the suspension, was the third player punished under the major league's domestic abuse policy and received by far the longest ban after being arrested in an incident involving a woman in Arlington, Virginia, near where the team was playing the Washington Nationals. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Cubs offense explodes in lopsided win over Cardinals (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. Opposing pitchers should already know this, but don't take the Chicago Cubs offense lightly this year. In case they needed the reminder, the Cubs were up to their usual antics again Tuesday, this time against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals. > [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Chicago wasted no time getting to work. Dexter Fowler led off the contest with a double. He moved over to third on a groundout by Jason Heyward.  Kris Bryant then struck, driving in Fowler on a single. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist would each reach, loading the bases. That was followed up with a Jorge Soler walk, forcing in another run. Addison Russell would ground into a force out for the second out of the frame, but the bases remained loaded. That didn't last long. David Ross drove in two more runs with a double, and then pitcher Jason Hammel did the same. Before Hammel even took the mound, the Cubs had scored six runs.  That wasn't enough for Chicago, though. Soler would hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and the club would manage four more runs in the top of the ninth inning. St. Louis attempted a rally late, scoring three runs in the final two innings, but it just wasn't enough. With the 12-3 victory , the Cubs improved to 30-14 on the year. TOP PERFORMERS   Gregory Polanco: Polanco's breakout season with the Pittsburgh Pirates continued Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Polanco wasted no time getting to work during the contest, smashing a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Polanco knocked in two more runs with a double in the sixth. He also added a single, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs in the 12-1 victory . Justin Verlander: Verlander turned in a vintage performance for the Detroit Tigers during Tuesday's contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old threw eight scoreless innings, holding the Phillies to just three hits. He walked two and struck out 10 in the 3-1 win , earning his fourth victory of the season. [Elsewhere: Dodgers fans gave Joey Votto a new nickname after paper airplane incident ] Daniel Murphy: Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy stung his old team, the New York Mets, on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fifth, Murphy delivered a huge blow to Matt Harvey, taking the righty deep for a two-run shot. Harvey remained in the game for two more batters, but Murphy's hit was the final nail in the coffin  in another bad start by the Mets ace. Murphy also singled, finishing 2-for-4 in the 7-4 victory. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT The Colorado Rockies didn't have much to cheer about during Tuesday's 8-3 loss against the Boston Red Sox, but Nolan Arenado managed to change that briefly. In the bottom of the eighth, Arenado made another spectacular defensive play. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, but Arenado was able to make a diving stop. He then got up and fired a bullet to first, easily nabbing Bogaerts. Though it was a superb play, it's one we've come to expect from Arenado. He's that good with the glove. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Rays 4, Marlins 3: Jake Odorizzi turned in a scoreless start over five innings, but the Rays bullpen almost allowed a comeback. Alex Colome was called on to pick up a two-inning save, and got the job done. Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0: Nathan Eovaldi turned in another excellent start, allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings for the win. Brewers 2, Braves 1: Jimmy Nelson turned in a quality start, while Ryan Braun hit his eighth home run in the victory. Rangers 4, Angels 1: Nomar Mazara was 3-for-3 at the plate, including his seventh home run of the season. Indians 6, White Sox 2: Cleveland jumped all over Chris Sale, scoring six runs off the ace and saddling him with his first loss of the year. Royals 7, Twins 4: Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-5, with two RBI and Salvador Perez hit his seventh home run of the season during the victory. Astros 3, Orioles 2: Carlos Correa only had one hit on the night, but it was a big one. With the bases loaded, Correa delivered a walk-off single in the 13th. Mariners 6, Athletics 5: A back-and-forth game was decided in the bottom of the ninth as Leonys Martin clubbed a walk-off two-run shot against Ryan Madson. Dodgers 8, Reds 2: Justin Turner drove in three runs on three hits, while the Reds lost their ninth-straight game. Giants 8, Padres 2: Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4, driving in four runs during the victory. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Surprising Phillies keep pressure on division foes (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   We've crossed the mid-point of May, and  the Philadelphia Phillies still aren't going away. That's obviously a very stunning development, because most people didn't see them holding relevance beyond the first week in April.  Even the Phillies would have to admit they didn't see this remarkable start coming. Not after they dove headfirst into a rebuilding project expected to take several years. Yet, after the Phillies 4-2 win against the Marlins on Wednesday , they're 24-17 almost exactly one-quarter of the way through the season, and they're only one-half game behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] This is why we play the games.  [read full article]

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Strasburg deal thins free agency options for after season (The Associated Press)

With Stephen Strasburg now off the market, who might be left for teams to bid on in free agency this coming offseason? Strasburg's $175 million, seven-year deal to stay with the Washington Nationals was a tough break for any team hoping to land a top pitcher before 2017. [read full article]

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