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8/26/2016 | Verlander provides another true ace effort

The Tigers have withstood injuries and stayed in contention with three young pitchers in their rotation. Friday was a reminder why their chances still rely on the veteran ace.

8/26/2016 | Giants strike early, cruise to win over Braves

Creating offense in the first inning has been a particularly difficult task for the Giants this year. That changed Friday, as Brandon Belt and Joe Panik tallied a pair of run-scoring base hits in the bottom of the first that set the stage for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park.

8/26/2016 | Reyes steps into Cards' rotation for Leake

Top prospect Alex Reyes will make his first Major League start on Saturday when he fills in for Mike Leake, who has been diagnosed with shingles. Manager Mike Matheny announced the starter switch after the Cardinals' 3-1 victory over Oakland on Friday.

8/26/2016 | Tribe relentless in Texas to back Kluber

The Rangers and Indians have each put their Cy Young candidate on display this series. On Friday night, it was Corey Kluber's turn to show why he belongs in the discussion, and he did just that in a 12-1 victory at Globe Life Park.

8/26/2016 | BTS leader run ends 1 short of tying all-time mark

One of the longest runs in the 16-year history of Beat the Streak came to an end on Friday, when the Astros' Jose Altuve endured a rare hitless game. User csteele12 entered the day with 48 straight successful picks in's flagship fantasy game, one shy of the all-time leader and nine away from topping Joe DiMaggio's hallowed 56-game hitting streak. But that's where the streak ended, as Altuve went 0-for-4 against the Rays at Minute Maid Park.

8/26/2016 | Sanchez-fueled Yanks penning thrilling script

The slow jogs have almost become a nightly event for Gary Sanchez, who insists that he doesn't hear a thing while making that 360-foot trip around the basepaths. If so, the rookie might be the only one not caught up in an exciting display that has kept the Yankees in the postseason chase.

8/26/2016 | Blend of youth, veterans working for Yankees

Just when it looked like the Yankees had cashiered the season, many of their new acquisitions and younger players have kept them in contention for a playoff spot.

8/26/2016 | Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

Justin Upton's go-ahead two-run homer punctuated a sixth-inning outburst in support of Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.

8/26/2016 | Collins: Colon has kept Mets in playoff race

On a day when the Mets announced that they will skip Jacob deGrom's next start because of mechanical issues, Mets manager Terry Collins couldn't provide enough praise for Friday's starter Bartolo Colon, the lone pitcher in New York's rotation who hasn't dealt with any sort of lingering issue this season.

8/26/2016 | With big lead, Maddon emphasizes extra rest

What does a double-digit lead in the standings do for the Cubs? It gives the players a chance to sleep in.

8/26/2016 | Ross, Maddon enjoy Scully's company in LA

David Ross got his brownies and joined Cubs manager Joe Maddon for a private audience with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully on Friday.

8/26/2016 | Rays activate Franklin, option Sturdevant

Following Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Astros, the Rays optioned right-hander Tyler Sturdevant to Triple-A Durham and activated infielder/outfielder Nick Franklin.

8/26/2016 | Astros go Wild with emotional comeback win

With the American League Wild Card race especially tight, the Astros can thank Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis for helping to pull off a 5-4 win over the Rays on Friday night.

8/26/2016 | Ruiz joins Dodgers, 'ready to play in October'

One could say parallel careers intersected on Thursday, when the Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz for A.J. Ellis and a Minor Leaguer.

8/26/2016 | Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.

8/26/2016 | Gyorko's HR helps Weaver win first game

Rookie Luke Weaver allowed one run over six innings Friday to pick up his first Major League victory. Jedd Gyorko slugged a two-run home run off A's starter Ross Detwiler, who allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Yonder Alonso had two hits for Oakland, including a home run.

8/26/2016 | 5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

The defending World Series-champion Royals look like a team that doesn't want to miss the thrill of another October. Inconsistent for much of the season, Kansas City has played terrific baseball of late, continuing with Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

8/26/2016 | Tribe won't 'run away from' Tomlin in rotation

Prior to Friday night's game against the Rangers, manager Terry Francona indicated that Josh Tomlin would make his next scheduled start as planned, even after his recent struggles.

8/26/2016 | Hot Nats bats vs. Rox help Gio to 100th win

With two-fifths of their rotation in flux thanks to injuries to Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, the Nationals will lean more heavily on the veterans in their rotation to give them strong outings similar to the one left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned in to help guide them to a 8-5 victory over the Rockies on Friday night at Nationals Park.

8/26/2016 | Stewart to start Sunday's finale with Cubs

With the Dodgers' starting rotation being decided on a day-to-day basis, manager Dave Roberts on Friday announced that Julio Urias would start Saturday against the Cubs, and Urias just might be followed on Sunday by Jose De Leon in his Major League debut.

8/26/2016 | Kershaw: Ellis trade 'tremendous subtraction'

Because life goes on, Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session on Friday and said he would face hitters next week. He also spoke for the first time about the trade of good friend and batterymate A.J. Ellis.

8/26/2016 | Howard thrilled to join Nats' ring of honor

To say Frank Howard was the happiest man at Nationals Park is an understatement. A few minutes before they played the Rockies on Friday night, the Nationals put Howard's name in the ring of honor, located on the right-field facade near the foul pole. Howard's name sits next to Jackie Robinson and former Nats manager Frank Robinson.

8/26/2016 | Lucroy, Indians move on from near trade

After Jonathan Lucroy reached second base in the second inning on Thursday night, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said something to the Rangers catcher before patting him on the back. If Cleveland fans thought Lindor had any harsh words for Lucroy, they were wrong.

8/26/2016 | Gurriel logs 1st hit at home in return vs. Rays

Hampered by a hamstring injury during his first road trip as a Major Leaguer, Yulieski Gurriel returned to the Astros' lineup on Friday for his home debut against the Rays.

8/26/2016 | Rays were rooting for Moore in no-hitter bid

Former Rays starter Matt Moore was one out shy of pitching a no-hitter for the Giants against the Dodgers on Thursday night before Corey Seager singled to break up the bid.

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