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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers won't rush shortstop Elvis Andrus back for this week's showdown series against Oakland, even with one game separating the teams in the American League West standings.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said after Sunday's 4-2 loss to Minnesota that he doesn't expect Andrus to play in Monday's series opener at second-place Oakland.


Andrus, who didn't play Sunday, said after the game that his lower back, which he labeled as stiff earlier in the day, was about the same.

"I'm going to rush it as much as I can but I want to be healthy out there," Andrus said. "I haven't been 100 percent since the second day of the season but at least I've been 80 percent."

Andrus said he feels OK swinging a bat, but when he has to go down for a ground ball, that's when the pain pops up.

"It's not that bad, it's happened before to me," Andrus said. "I know what I have to do to get it better."

Andrus has been a catalyst for the Rangers in the No. 2 spot in the lineup since the All-Star break, batting .314 and scoring 25 runs and driving in 18 for 40 games.

But manager Ron Washington isn't going to push his shortstop even with the pivotal series against the A's.

"We're not worried about the importance of the series," Washington said. "We're worried the importance of the players who have to play in that series. If Elvis is not ready to play, Elvis is not ready to play. We're not going to dig a hole and hide. We've missed a lot of players and we continue to move forward and it's not going to change. We want Elvis, but whenever he's ready."

With Andrus out, it likely means that Jurickson Profar will be back at shortstop on Monday.

Profar was 0-for-4 in Sunday's game and was unable to turn a key double play in the fifth inning. Profar's defense has been more than solid this season.

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WASHINGTON -- Lame-duck New York Mets manager Terry Collins is not facing unemployment.

While team officials do not intend to commit to re-signing Collins until after the season, there is internal respect for how he has navigated this season's challenges and a "strong expectation" he will continue to manage the club in 2014, a source familiar with the Mets' plans told ESPNNewYork.com.

One reason not to commit now is that it protects the organization in case there is a serious swoon or other unforeseeable major event during the season's final month.

The Mets enter Sunday night's ESPN-televised game against the Washington Nationals with a 62-72 record. They are headed for their fifth straight losing season. But Collins has kept the clubhouse upbeat and motivated through a series of hindrances, including losing captain David Wright, ace Matt Harvey and closer Bobby Parnell to the disabled list as well as the trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Collins was hired by former general manager Omar Minaya to oversee the Mets' farm system. He was named the franchise's 20th manager by Minaya's successor, Sandy Alderson, on Nov. 23, 2010, after beating out finalists Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman.

Collins originally signed a two-year deal with a team option. He is currently managing in the option year of that deal, without a commitment for 2014.

The Mets have a 213-245 record in nearly three full seasons under the 64-year-old Collins. Still, an organization-wide consensus exists that the Mets have turned a corner with their young pitching talent, although Harvey potentially facing Tommy John surgery is a jolt.

Collins had blow-ups with players while managing the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels in the 1990s, but has nearly uniformly maintained positive relationships in the Mets clubhouse.

Alderson repeatedly has said Collins will be judged by more than the Mets' position in the standings.

"My role is to balance the short term with the long term," Alderson said last week, after Harvey was lost for the season and Buck and Byrd were dealt to Pittsburgh. "I have said before and would reiterate that how Terry is evaluated is beyond simply wins and losses. We've talked about that before. To the extent that it's perceived that this will make it more difficult to win, and I don't necessarily hold to that belief, obviously all the circumstances will be taken into account."

Collins consistently has brushed aside inquiries about his uncertain status.

"I will reiterate the same things I've been saying all the summer: This is not about me. This is not about me. This will never be about me," he said Tuesday. "This is only about our team and that clubhouse and those 25 guys that have got to go out and play every night. And so my job right now is to make sure they understand what is expected of each and every one of those guys, and that they go out and attain that and reach those expectations. That's all this is about."

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ATLANTA -- The Braves have purchased the contract of veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The 36-year-old Garcia is expected to pitch out of the bullpen. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Garcia also could be used as a spot starter in the final month of the regular season.

Garcia is 155-106 in 16 major league seasons with Seattle, the White Sox, Philadelphia, Detroit, the Yankees and Baltimore. He was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts, with Baltimore this season.

The Braves acquired Garcia from the Orioles on Aug. 23 for cash considerations.

Garcia has pitched in relief in only 16 games in his career, but he said Sunday "I don't have any problem with that." He says he is excited to be joining a first-place team.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays activated All-Star reliever Steve Delabar and right-hander Dustin McGowan off the disabled list before Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Delabar is 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. A first-time All-Star this season, he has not pitched since Aug. 2 because of a sore shoulder.

A former starter who has missed three of the past five seasons due to injury, McGowan has gone 0-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 16 relief appearances this season. He's been out since July 29 with a strained muscle in his right side.

The Blue Jays intend to add at least one more September call up, a catcher, but Triple-A prospect A.J. Jimenez has a sore elbow, meaning Mike Nickeas could be promoted instead.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds have added outfielder Billy Hamilton -- one of professional baseball's fastest players -- to help them try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central.

Cincinnati called up Hamilton and infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville on Monday before the opener of a four-game series against St. Louis. The Reds also reinstated catcher Corky Miller from the 15-day disabled list. Miller had been sidelined by a bruised thigh.

It's Hamilton's first promotion to the majors. Last year, he set a professional baseball season record by stealing 175 bases in Class A and Double-A. He was promoted to Triple-A for the first time this season and stole 75 bases -- he was caught 15 times -- while batting .256 in 123 games.

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland blasted a statistic that could potentially devalue Max Scherzer's outstanding season, repeatedly saying that he doesn't care about "all that stat stuff."

Leyland ranted against baseball's run-support metric Tuesday prior to Detroit's 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Scherzer, who entered the contest with the highest run support in the majors, ironically recorded the loss despite pitching well and fell to 19-2 this season.

When asked before the game about Detroit's run support for Scherzer this season, Leyland emphatically disregarded the question.

"Some people could find a flaw in Bo Derek," Leyland told reporters, according to the Detroit News, referring to the actress who starred in the 1979 film "10."

Scherzer leads the majors in wins and also ranks in the top three in the American League in ERA (2.88) and strikeouts (209). Despite their offensive struggles Tuesday, the Tigers have averaged 5.79 runs in Scherzer's starts this season, the highest mark in the majors.

"I don't believe in any of that stuff," Leyland said. "I won't listen to any of it and have no interest in talking about it. You can figure out whatever you want. My view of pitchers' stats is this: Did he give us a chance to win? If he did that on any kind of consistent basis for me, then he's a very good pitcher.

"But I also like guys that win. I'd rather have a pitcher nobody is talking about who has won 15 games than somebody everyone is raving about who has won five. I'm a baseball manager, not a statistician. I'm wasting my time talking about it."

Leyland also bristled when Scherzer's season was compared to that of John Lackey, who has received an average support of 3.28 runs per game this season. The Red Sox right-hander is 8-12 despite his 3.22 ERA.

"Is it Scherzer's fault that they've scored runs for him, but Lackey hasn't gotten any? I don't care about all that stat stuff," Leyland said. "Scherzer has been great for us, and Lackey has been outstanding for them.

"If you really want to simplify it, it's just been Scherzer's year, but don't make it sound as if he hasn't pitched good. I don't believe in any of that stuff. I won't listen to any of it and have no interest in talking about it. You can figure out whatever you want."

Scherzer allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings Tuesday, striking out eight in his first loss since July 13. The All-Star right-hander was out-dueled by Boston's Jon Lester, who allowed only one run and struck out nine over seven innings.

"Scherzer pitched terrific. Early on I thought he was as sharp as he's been all year," Leyland said after the game. "Tonight, Lester pitched better."

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Adam Dunn told Fox Sports that he will consider retiring this offseason despite the fact that the Chicago White Sox slugger is under contract for $15 million in 2014.

Dunn, 33, has 30 home runs this season despite a .228 batting average and has 436 homers over his 13-year career.

But the two-time All-Star acknowledged Tuesday that he is not concerned about reaching the 500-homer mark or collecting his guaranteed salary for next year.

"I'm not coming back just to come back for money or because I have one year left [on my contract]," Dunn told Fox Sports. "I'm not coming back to chase home run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499 and I'm not having fun, see ya -- 499 it is."

Although he has been a consistent power hitter since the beginning of last season, Dunn has struggled to a .199 batting average over 403 games since signing a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox prior to the 2011 season.

Dunn told Fox Sports that he considers this season "a great letdown" by the White Sox, who entered play Wednesday with a 56-81 record -- the third-worst in the majors.

"Winning is everything, especially now," he said. "That's why it's so tough. The expectations that not only I had, but we had as a team, were really high. For this to happen, I don't like the word 'devastating,' but it's probably tougher to handle than most."

Dunn also said that one of his deciding factors would be Chicago's chances of success in 2014 after the White Sox traded ace right-hander Jake Peavy and two-time All-Star outfielder Alex Rios this season.

"If it's looking like it's going to be one of those 'Oh boy' kind of years, that's going to determine a lot," Dunn said.



White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed to Fox Sports that Dunn has talked to him about his frustration. But Ventura also said he'd be surprised if Dunn retired.

"I don't see him not playing [next season]," Ventura said. "I've heard a lot of guys say that, and they still play.

"It's tough. For [veterans] like that, it's hard to go through. You're frustrated. Sometimes, it's you. Sometimes, it's the way the team is playing. But it doesn't guarantee anything for next season."

Dunn, however, said the prospects of another rough season at the plate and another losing campaign by the White Sox will weigh heavily on his decision.

"If I'm not having fun, I can't do it. I won't do it," he told Fox Sports. "I can't. I'll be a miserable person. I don't want to be like that. I want to be like I am a lot -- happy. It should be fun. This is a fun game."

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lobo316 wrote: Adam Dunn told Fox Sports that he will consider retiring this offseason despite the fact that the Chicago White Sox slugger is under contract for $15 million in 2014.

Dunn, 33, has 30 home runs this season despite a .228 batting average and has 436 homers over his 13-year career.

But the two-time All-Star acknowledged Tuesday that he is not concerned about reaching the 500-homer mark or collecting his guaranteed salary for next year.

"I'm not coming back just to come back for money or because I have one year left [on my contract]," Dunn told Fox Sports. "I'm not coming back to chase home run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499 and I'm not having fun, see ya -- 499 it is."

Although he has been a consistent power hitter since the beginning of last season, Dunn has struggled to a .199 batting average over 403 games since signing a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox prior to the 2011 season.

Dunn told Fox Sports that he considers this season "a great letdown" by the White Sox, who entered play Wednesday with a 56-81 record -- the third-worst in the majors.

"Winning is everything, especially now," he said. "That's why it's so tough. The expectations that not only I had, but we had as a team, were really high. For this to happen, I don't like the word 'devastating,' but it's probably tougher to handle than most."

Dunn also said that one of his deciding factors would be Chicago's chances of success in 2014 after the White Sox traded ace right-hander Jake Peavy and two-time All-Star outfielder Alex Rios this season.

"If it's looking like it's going to be one of those 'Oh boy' kind of years, that's going to determine a lot," Dunn said.



White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed to Fox Sports that Dunn has talked to him about his frustration. But Ventura also said he'd be surprised if Dunn retired.

"I don't see him not playing [next season]," Ventura said. "I've heard a lot of guys say that, and they still play.

"It's tough. For [veterans] like that, it's hard to go through. You're frustrated. Sometimes, it's you. Sometimes, it's the way the team is playing. But it doesn't guarantee anything for next season."

Dunn, however, said the prospects of another rough season at the plate and another losing campaign by the White Sox will weigh heavily on his decision.

"If I'm not having fun, I can't do it. I won't do it," he told Fox Sports. "I can't. I'll be a miserable person. I don't want to be like that. I want to be like I am a lot -- happy. It should be fun. This is a fun game."

Dunn is an embarrassment.  He makes Dave Kingman look like Wade Boggs.  I'm not sure why anyone throws him anything over the plate.  I know he can still draw some walks, but all he does then is clog up the basepaths and the White Sox don't have much protection for him.  But for the most part, you can get him to strikeout without even throwing him anything that good.  When he homers, it means you missed your spot by a good margin.



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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista will miss the remaining 23 regular-season games, the team announced Wednesday.

The slugging right-fielder has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with a bone bruise in his left hip.

Bautista, 32, posted a .259 batting average in 118 games this season with 28 home runs and 78 runs batted in.

Toronto is last in the American League East with a 64-75 record.

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ATLANTA -- Jordan Schafer has been removed from the Atlanta Braves' lineup against the New York Mets because of a left quadriceps contusion.

B.J. Upton replaced Schafer in Wednesday's lineup and will hit leadoff and play center field. Schafer fouled a ball off his left leg in his pinch-hit appearance in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over New York.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is resting shortstop Andrelton Simmons, third baseman Chris Johnson and catcher Brian McCann on Wednesday. Paul Janish is starting at shortstop, Elliot Johnson is at third base and Gerald Laird is catching.

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ATLANTA -- Ike Davis received a cortisone injection in his right side Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, and neither the New York Mets first baseman nor manager Terry Collins expects him to return this season.

Davis was injured while hitting a sacrifice fly Saturday at Nationals Park and departed the game.

"I'd be surprised if he resumes some baseball activities in the next three weeks," Collins said Wednesday morning.

Davis accompanied the Mets to Atlanta and participated in a fantasy football draft with teammates Monday. He also said farewells that day, recognizing his season likely was over. Davis expected to head to his native Phoenix for an early beginning to his offseason after the exam in New York.

Davis batted .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs and spent nearly a month at Triple-A Las Vegas this season. Mets officials face a difficult decision weighing whether to bring back Davis for 2014. He is again eligible for arbitration after making $3.125 million this season.






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The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.


Bard, a 28-year-old right-handed reliever and one-time starter, was a dominant late-inning pitcher between 2009 and 2011, but issues with his confidence and injuries derailed his career in Boston. He pitched in only two games for the Red Sox this season before he was sent to the minors.

Selected by the Red Sox in the first round (28th overall) of the 2006 draft, Bard struggled in three minor league stops after being sent down this season, pitching just 6 1/3 innings with 10 wild pitches and 23 walks between Double-A Portland, the Gulf Coast League and short-season Lowell.


Bard set club records for holds in both 2010 and 2011 with 32 and 34, respectively. His 79 career holds from 2009-2011 were the most ever by a major leaguer in his first 192 appearances.


The Red Sox made Bard a starter before the 2012 season, but he struggled, going 4-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 10 starts.


To make room for Bard on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.


Also on Wednesday, the Cubs selected the contract of reliever Chang-Yong Lim from Triple-A Iowa while designating pitcher Michael Bowden for assignment.

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3-2 A's over the Rangers after 3.

Moss hit a 2 run homer off Darvish in the 1st inning. Going into today's game,
the A's trail the 1st place Rangers by one game.

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lobo316 wrote: 3-2 A's over the Rangers after 3.

Moss hit a 2 run homer off Darvish in the 1st inning. Going into today's game,
the A's trail the 1st place Rangers by one game.


 

The A's scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to lead 9-2 after 6.

Barton hit a 2 run homer & Donaldson hit a 3 run shot.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 3-2 A's over the Rangers after 3.

Moss hit a 2 run homer off Darvish in the 1st inning. Going into today's game,
the A's trail the 1st place Rangers by one game.


 

The A's scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to lead 9-2 after 6.

Barton hit a 2 run homer & Donaldson hit a 3 run shot.


 

9-3 after 7

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