Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons (The Associated Press)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday, saying it was time for a new voice after his 13-season tenure concluded with at least 92 losses in each of the last four years.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 29, 2014

Mets fall short of .500 but think big for 2015 (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Back on opening day, general manager Sandy Alderson publicly challenged his New York Mets to win 90 games.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 29, 2014

MLB batting average lowest since 1972 – before DH (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball's batting average hasn't been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 29, 2014

Abreu sparks Mets, 8-3; Altuve wins batting crown (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A base hit in his final at-bat brought tears to Bobby Abreu's eyes.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 28, 2014

Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Cardinals 1, Diamondbacks 0 St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong drove in the only run of the game on a groundout in the sixth inning as the Cardinals celebrated their National League Central title with a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on the final day of the regular season. St. Louis (90-72) made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, their third in as many years under manager Mike Matheny. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 28, 2014

Bonifacio, Braves beat Phillies 2-1 (The Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Fredi Gonzalez was tossing and turning in his hotel room Saturday night.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 28, 2014

Astros change course, put Altuve back in lineup (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a bizarre twist before the season finale, Jose Altuve was a late addition to the Houston Astros' lineup Sunday after the team reversed course on its original decision to bench him - against his wishes - in an attempt to protect his lead in the American League batting race.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 28, 2014

Astros benched Jose Altuve with eye on preserving AL batting crown, change mind at last minute (Big League Stew)

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve insisted he wanted to win his AL batting title on his own. Unfortunately, his organization wasn't going to give him that opportunity originally on Sunday, instead electing to bench Altuve for their game against the New York Mets while he holds a precarious three-point edge over Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers.  Lawless on decision to sit Altuve today: “For the organization and for Jose, we thought it was best for him to sit…(1/2) — Houston Astros (@astros) September 28, 2014 Lawless: “It gives him a chance to sit back and relax and relish what he’s done…He’s had more at bats than anyone.” (2/2) — Houston Astros (@astros) September 28, 2014 But good news! About 20 minutes before first pitch on Sunday, the Astros have changed their minds. Altuve will play and determine his own his fate in the batting race.  #Astros update: Jose Altuve is in the starting lineup for today's game at second base. — Houston Astros (@astros) September 28, 2014 #Astros statement: Altuve approached Lawless prior to today's game and was passionate about playing today. (1/2) — Houston Astros (@astros) September 28, 2014 #Astros statement (2/2): As the best player, he deserves the right to make that decision. — Houston Astros (@astros) September 28, 2014 Good for you, Jose Altuve! Altuve will be coming off an 0-for-4 on Saturday night, which dropped his league-best average to .340. He has 223 hits overall, which far and away leads MLB. In fact, Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians became only the second player in the league to reach 200 hits on Saturday night. No other player will threaten that number. On Sept. 16, Altuve set the Astros single-season hit record, passing Hall of Famer Craig Biggio.  He's had a banner season. Obviously it means a lot to the Astros that he wins the batting crown, which is understandable, but it seemed both silly and risky to not allow him to protect it on Sunday.  The only threat to Altuve's batting title is Victor Martinez, who obviously will be in the lineup as the Detroit Tigers look to clinch the AL Central. Martinez is hitting .337, but with a 3-for-3 day could have passed a "resting" Altuve by percentage points (.3404634 to .339939). That is certainly within the realm of possibility, and it would have been a disheartening way for Altuve's season to end.  Now, if it's to be lost, it will be lost by Altuve, as it should be. It appears our message has been heard loud and clear.  #freedAltuve — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) September 28, 2014 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 28, 2014

Baseball-Highlights of Saturday’s MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds late games, updates playoff scenarios) Sept 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Diamondbacks 5, Cardinals 2 Arizona first baseman Mark Trumbo hit two home runs, including a three-run shot in the seventh inning that lifted the Diamondbacks to victory over the St Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals (89-72) squandered their first chance to clinch the National League Central title but still lead Pittsburgh (88-73) by one game with one to play. Trumbo has six homers and 17 RBIs in his last 11 games, with two two-homer games. ...

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Duda hits 2-out, 2-run HR in 9th, Mets beat Astros (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets manager Terry Collins mentioned before Saturday night's game that his burly first baseman may be growing a bit fatigued.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 27, 2014