Clean plate: MLB intends to ban collisions at home (The Associated Press)

During his 13-year career as an All-Star catcher, Mike Scioscia earned a reputation for being as tough as anyone when it came to blocking home plate. ''I think everyone is in agreement that the mindless collisions at home plate where a catcher is being targeted by a runner, that needs to be addressed,'' the Los Angeles Angels manager said. We're going back 40 years ago, but the mindset has changed a bit.'' Major League Baseball said Wednesday it intends to eliminate home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. Pete Rose, who famously flattened Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star game, was bowled over.

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Brewers beat Mets 4-2 in game Wright is beaned (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Hellweg had beaned Mets All-Star David Wright, hit another batter and walked four in the first four innings. Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move.

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Yanks’ Rivera tops jersey sales (The SportsXchange)

Young stars are dominating MLB jersey sales, but retiring New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera holds the top spot among jersey sales on MLB.com since the All-Star break.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Aug 26 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Mets right-handed ace Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that Harvey would go on the disabled list and is out for the season. It is not clear if he will need Tommy John surgery. If he does, he would miss the entire 2014 season. Harvey, who started this year's All-Star Game in New York, is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and is fourth in the league with 191 strikeouts. - - Forbes Magazine projects this year's Houston Astros to be the most profitable major league team ever. ...

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MLB-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Aug 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross left Sunday's game against the New York Mets with a dislocated hip. Ross, 32, stumbled three steps ahead of the first-base bag while running out a grounder to third and fell face first just as he crossed the base. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined. - - - The Diamondbacks promoted third base prospect Matt Davidson from Class AAA Reno. The 22-year-old was the MVP of the Futures Game at Citi Field in New York during the All-Star break. ...

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Mets’ Gee sharp in 2-1 win over Rockies (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dillon Gee insisted there's no pressure following ace Matt Harvey in the rotation. Still, the crafty right-hander is doing a pretty good job of keeping up with the Mets' All-Star starter.

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

Aug 6 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games. - - - White Sox 3, Yankees 2 Alex Rodriguez reached base three times as the New York Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox. Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Monday for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic but was allowed to play because of his appeal and went 1-for-4 in his season debut. On Tuesday, he went 1-for-2 and was again booed as the spiraling Yankees dropped to 6-11 since the All-Star break. Chicago's Chris Sale pitched 7 1/3 strong innings to earn the victory for the White Sox. ...

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Some Reasons to Watch the Philadelphia Phillies the Rest of the Season (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Just 19 days ago, the Philadelphia Phillies had beaten the New York Mets 13-8 in their first game back from the All-Star break. The Phillies climbed a game over the .500 mark and remained just 6 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in National League East.

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Suspensions hit MLB from coast-to-coast (Reuters)

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball rocked ballparks from San Diego to New York and impacted pennant races from coast-to-coast on Monday as it handed down unprecedented suspensions. Along with marquee name Alex Rodriguez's record 211 game ban, 12 other players drew 50-game suspensions as commissioner Bud Selig dropped the hammer on drug cheats. The group included All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers and Ever Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, with Peralta's and Cruz's absence likely to affect their teams' postseason hopes. ...

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Baseball-Suspensions hit MLB from coast-to-coast (Reuters)

Aug 5 (Reuters) - Major League Baseball rocked ballparks from San Diego to New York and impacted pennant races from coast-to-coast on Monday as it handed down unprecedented suspensions. Along with marquee name Alex Rodriguez's record 211 game ban, 12 other players drew 50-game suspensions as commissioner Bud Selig dropped the hammer on drug cheats. The group included All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers and Ever Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, with Peralta's and Cruz's absence likely to affect their teams' postseason hopes. ...

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