Mets, Wheeler dominate Nationals (The SportsXchange)

WASHINGTON - For whatever reason, the New York Mets seem to play their best when Zack Wheeler is on the mound, no matter who is in the lineup.

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Twins trade Morneau to Pirates (The Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are all-in as they chase the franchise's first playoff appearance in 21 years.

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Mets’ Davis sustains oblique injury (The SportsXchange)

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis suffered a strained right oblique on a swing Saturday night and left the game against the Washington Nationals in the third inning.

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September storylines: Miguel Cabrera, Yasiel Puig and the sit/start debate (Yahoo! Sports)

The final month of the MLB regular season won't lack suspense as teams jockey for right to play in October.

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Mets 1B Ike Davis leaves game with oblique injury (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has left the game against Washington with a strained muscle on his right side.

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Nationals’ Johnson to talk to Harper (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington manager Davey Johnson is planning to talk to Bryce Harper after the outfielder failed to run out a ground ball to second during Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Mets.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Alex Presley on Saturday. The Twins will also receive a player to be named later or cash. Morneau, 32, is batting .259 with 17 home runs and 74 RBI this season. He is a free agent at the end of the year. The move should give the Pirates offense some power and allows them to move Garrett Jones to the outfield until Starling Marte returns from injury. ...

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MLB roundup: Twins send Morneau to contending Pirates (The SportsXchange)

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Alex Presley on Saturday.

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Twins-Rangers Preview (The Associated Press)

The Texas Rangers have been doing just fine despite Matt Garza's struggles and Nelson Cruz's suspension.

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Pirates acquire first baseman Justin Morneau from Twins for stretch run (Big League Stew)

In case you didn't think the Pittsburgh Pirates were going for it this season, the team has made another quality addition to their starting lineup. After acquiring Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets earlier in the week , general manager Neal Huntington went back to work on Saturday, landing first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later or cash considerations. The move represents a pretty solid upgrade at first base, where the Pirates have been utilizing Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez in a platoon this season. Until his four RBI game on Friday night, Jones was hitting .119 in August. Obviously they realized they were going to need better, or at least more consistent production in September and possibly October if they hope to hang around. Sanchez, on the other hand, is hitting only .242 this season with seven home runs and 34 RBIs. As for Morneau, his overall slash line of .259/.315/.426 doesn't strike you as a player ready to make an impact, particularly from an offensive position like first base, but he does have nine of his 17 home runs in August. If he can stay close to that level of production down the stretch, Pittsburgh will be in a much better position to overcome the St. Louis Cardinals and win their first division championship since 1992. In parting with Alex Presley, 28, the Pirates are only giving up a fourth, maybe fifth outfielder at best. He's not likely to make a huge impact in Minnesota, and the Pirates aren't likely to miss his presence going forward. The player to be named later isn't expected to be an impact prospect either.

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