The Pirates pitcher who succeeds by not throwing strikes (Yahoo Sports)

Francisco Liriano has reinvented himself by using a wicked arsenal to induce swings on pitches outside the zone.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm



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Mets explode in extras, retain lead in National League East (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The New York Mets will never lose again. At least, it feels that way after the team's 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Things started out poorly, though, as New York found themselves down 5-0 after the third inning. The team rallied, tying the contest in the fifth. With both starters removed after the sixth inning, relievers on both clubs went into shutdown mode. Over the next six innings, both bullpens kept the other team off the board. It was until the 13th that the streak finally ended. With Hector Neris on the mound for Philadelphia, the Mets began their charge. Neris allowed two straight singles to start the frame, putting himself in a bad position. Though he was able to pick up an out, Neris quickly allowed a two-run double to Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets the 7-5 lead. They weren't finished. Another run would come around to score after Neris made an error on a David Wright grounder. Wright would later come around to score on a Michael Conforto single. By the time the inning was over, the Mets had built up a four-run lead. They would hold on, picking up their seventh straight victory. With the win, the Mets improved to 71-56 on the year.  NATIONALS TRY TO KEEP PACE For a while, it was starting to look like the Washington Nationals might actually gain a game in the standings on Thursday. The club did their job, claiming a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres.  Rookie Joe Ross tossed another strong start, giving up just one run over six strong innings. Ross allowed just one hit and two walks during the contest. He struck out seven.  Ross was backed by both Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. Both players added solo home runs during the game.  Closer Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth, and though he had some trouble, still managed to nail down the save.  The Mets would pull off the extra-innings victory a few hours later, meaning the Nationals did not advance in the standings despite the win. At 64-62, the club remains 6.5 games off the division lead.  GREINKE GREAT AGAIN FOR DODGERS It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pitched another great game Thursday. Greinke was excellent again, leading Los Angeles to a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. For Greinke, it was his 18th start of the season in which he went at least six innings and gave up one run or less. In that regard, he's been better than at least one other major-league team. This was Zack Greinke’s 18th start of six more innings and 1 or 0 runs this season. All the Colorado Rockies combined have 15 such starts. — Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 27, 2015 With the performance, Greinke lowered his ERA to 1.61. He'll enter the final season of the month as the frontrunner for the National League Cy Young award. With the win, the Dodgers improved to 70-56 on the year. The club has a 2.5 game lead in the NL West. BUMGARNER HELPS GIANTS KEEP PACE San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner made sure he kept his club in the race for the division Thursday. Bumgarner was fantastic during the club's 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Bumgarner went six strong innings, allowing one run on just two hits. He walked two and struck out 12 during the contest. The double-digit strikeout total was significant, as Bumgarner tied a Giants legend with the performance. Madison Bumgarner is 26 years old and he already has as many 10K+ games (25) as Juan Marichal? Wow. — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 27, 2015 Following the performance, Bumgarner now has a 2.97 ERA on the year. The victory helped the Giants remain just 2.5 games back in the NL West. Want to see more from Thursday's slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard .  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

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 28, 2015 at 1:16 am



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Padres-Phillies Preview (The Associated Press)

Aaron Nola approaches each start for the Philadelphia Phillies as another opportunity to learn more about being a successful major league pitcher. Coming off the best outing of his young career, Nola looks to help the Phillies avoid a fifth consecutive defeat and continue their success against the visiting San Diego Padres on Friday night. Since making his major league debut July 21, Nola (4-1, 3.59 ERA) has been one of the few bright spots amid a third straight dismal season for Philadelphia (50-78).

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 28, 2015 at 1:04 am



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Baseball standings (Reuters)

Aug 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Thursday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Toronto 71 56 .559 - 2. NY Yankees 69 57 .548 1 1/2 3. Baltimore 63 64 .496 8 4. Tampa Bay 63 64 .496 8 5. Boston 58 69 .457 13 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Kansas City 78 49 .614 - 2. Minnesota 65 62 .512 13 3. Chicago White Sox 60 66 .476 17 1/2 4. Cleveland 60 66 .476 17 1/2 5. Detroit 60 67 .472 18 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Houston 71 57 .555 - 2. Texas 65 61 .516 5 3. LA Angels 65 62 .512 5 1/2 4. Seattle 59 69 .461 12 5. Oakland 55 73 . ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 28, 2015 at 12:36 am



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Red Sox-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

An innings limit combined with the prospect of postseason baseball are the only things that have slowed down Matt Harvey. The New York Mets look for their ace to continue his dominance Friday night when they open their first home series with the Boston Red Sox in 14 years. Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) has tossed 154 innings and New York (71-56) doesn't want him to go more than 190 in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 28, 2015 at 12:19 am



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Marlins-Nationals Preview (The Associated Press)

It's been five seasons since Max Scherzer lost three straight starts, and slightly longer since he went a full calendar month without a victory. The right-hander looks to keep both from happening Friday night when his Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins. In his first season as a full-time starter with Arizona in 2009, Scherzer (11-10, 2.79 ERA) went 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in four April starts.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm



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Murphy leads Mets to sweep of Phillies, 9-5 in 13 innings (The Associated Press)

Daniel Murphy's offense and defense helped the New York Mets remain on a roll. Murphy hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 13th inning after making a spectacular defensive play to end the 10th, leading New York to its seventh straight victory, 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night. Reliever Carlos Torres led off the 13th with a single to center, went to second on Curtis Granderson's single to left and they both scored on Murphy's opposite-field hit off Hector Neris (2-2).

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 27, 2015 at 10:51 pm



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Rockies-Pirates Preview (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Pirates faced a journeyman starter and a rookie to end their previous series against one of the NL's worst clubs, and that's exactly what they'll see in the first two games against another bottom feeder. Neither can look much worse than he did in his last outing for the Colorado Rockies. First up hoping to rebound is top prospect Jon Gray, who looked good in his only other road start but could find success a bit harder to come by against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates on Friday night.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm



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Fan at Phils game hurt soon after Manfred talks about safety (The Associated Press)

A woman was injured by a foul ball at a Philadelphia Phillies game Thursday night, hours after the Major League Baseball commissioner was at the stadium and spoke about increasing fan safety. Commissioner Rob Manfred talked at Citizens Bank Park before the New York Mets played the Phillies. In the second inning, a fan sitting five rows off the field was hit in the forehead by a foul off the bat of Freddy Galvis of the Phillies.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm



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Former powerhouse Braves struggling to finish a lost season (The Associated Press)

Not after the Atlanta Braves traded away just about anyone with a major league pulse. Then again, it's a bit jarring to see a perennial playoff contender, a team that won the NL East just two years ago, sitting near the bottom of the standings and on pace for its worst season since 1990. With about five weeks to go in a lost season, the Braves (54-73) have dropped 31 of 43 games and are used to playing before sparse crowds at Turner Field.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 27, 2015 at 5:31 pm



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