Buck, Mariners finalize $1 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Catcher John Buck and the Mariners have finalized a $1 million, one-year contract, giving Seattle another veteran option behind the plate. He can earn $3 million in performance bonuses, with half based on games started and half on plate appearances. The 33-year-old hit .215 with 15 homers and 60 RBIs in 101 games last year for the New York Mets, who traded him to Pittsburgh on Aug. 27. With the Mariners, he'll be in the mix with Jesus Sucre and Humberto Quintero to back up Mike Zunino.

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Mariners, Charlie Furbush agree to $750,000 deal (The Associated Press)

Left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $750,000 contract for next season and avoided a potential dispute over arbitration eligibility. Furbush's arbitration eligibility is dependent on New York Mets infielder Ruben Tejada, who is one day short of three years of major league service. If Tejada were to win a grievance and gain a day of service time, Furbush (2 years, 121 days) would become eligible for arbitration as among the top 22 percent by service time among players with at least two years but less than three. Furbush, 27, appeared in a team-best 71 games last season.

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Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays (Reuters)

By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish. Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them. They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston. ...

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Baseball-Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays (Reuters)

By Steve Keating TORONTO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish. Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them. They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston. ...

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Dodgers clinch NL West title with 7-6 win (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- After 1,090 games, Hanley Ramirez is in the postseason after personally escorting the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West title on Thursday.

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A’s beat Rangers 1-0 to stretch lead to 5½ games (The Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- With the way Bartolo Colon was dominating on the mound, all the Oakland Athletics needed was the early run they scored off Yu Darvish.

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A toast to the 2013 New York Mets (Big League Stew)

Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the New York Mets. We could write something about the New York Mets, their 64-81 record, the fact that they only won 24 games at home so far this season and have an unfortunate .240 team batting average. Surely, we'd talk about the break-through performance by ace Matt Harvey and the heartbreak that followed with his elbow injury . That's certainly fodder for a toast. But as we thought about the Mets, we couldn't help but think of the most LOLMets moment of the season . It's more of a toast than any words could be.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sept 9 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reinjured his surgically repaired left ankle and was not in the lineup against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. On Monday, ESPN reported the Yankees do not know if their captain will be able to return this season. With the regular season ending in three weeks, manager Joe Girardi would not guarantee that the 39-year-old Jeter would return. Jeter has played in only 17 games this season and is batting .190. ...

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The Pittsburgh Pirates About to End the Stench of 20 Losing Seasons (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a winning season, they did so by winning the National League East by beating out the Montreal Expos by nine games in 1992.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets Nostalgic in a Bad Way (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets entered the rubber game of a three-game set in a virtual tie for third place in the National League East, a mere 19.5 games behind the runaway division-leading Atlanta Braves on August 28.

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