Braves release RHP Freddy Garcia despite injuries (The Associated Press)

Atlanta released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves' battered rotation, and agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with right-hander Aaron Harang. The team announced Garcia's unconditional release Monday on the deadline for him to be put on the major league roster - which would have triggered a $1.25 million guaranteed salary. I have to go,'' said Garcia, who started Game 4 of last year's NL division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 37-year-old right-hander was cut despite a strong outing Sunday, when he limited the New York Mets to an unearned run and two hits over 5 1-3 innings.

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Sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe dies at 88 (The Associated Press)

Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. Jobe died in Santa Monica after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow.

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Dodgers acquire P Seth Rosin from Mets for cash (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Seth Rosin from the New York Mets for cash after he was selected by New York in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft from Philadelphia.

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Former A’s manager Tony La Russa elected to Hall of Fame (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

Programming note: Get up to date on all the latest offseason As news on the Hot Stove Show, Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Former As manager Tony La Russa was among a trio of baseballs all-time winningest skippers to be elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday. Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox also were voted in on the Expansion Era ballot, which consisted of players, managers and executives whose biggest contributions to baseball came from 1973 on. La Russa and Torre are two of just nine managers in Major League history to win three or more World Series titles.

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Yankees-Astros Preview (The Associated Press)

Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte will wear a major league uniform for a final time Sunday, at least as players. It's unknown if Alex Rodriguez will be doing the same.

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

Sept 25 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League games - - - - Tigers 1, Twins 0 Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers shut out the Minnesota Twins to capture the AL Central Division title for the third straight year. The first Detroit batter of the game scored and then the Tigers rode Scherzer and the bullpen the rest of the way to a champagne-filled clubhouse. Scherzer pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two hits among the 123 pitches he threw for his 21st win of the season. Along with the 10 strikeouts, he also allowed six walks. ...

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Of course: Joey Votto draws five walks in five trips to the plate (Big League Stew)

Take your base, Votto. Only 33 times since 1916 has someone drawn five walks in five plate appearances in one game, and it figures that Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds became the most recent player to manage the feat. Votto walked five times (once intentionally) and forced in a run in the Reds 3-2 victory against the New York Mets on Monday night. Votto's effort helped the Reds clinch a playoff spot. Votto leads the National League in bases on balls, just as he led it in 2012 and 2011. His 132 walks ties Joe Morgan's single-season team record, and Votto still has five games to accumulate more. Votto actually is the third player this season to draw five walks in a game, but the other two — Cliff Pennington and Tony Campana of the Diamondbacks, who did it Aug. 24 — required 10 plate appearances over 18 innings to do it. Another person on the list of players with five walks in five trips: Votto's manager, Dusty Baker , with the Dodgers in 1980. The major league record for walks in a game is six, done three times that we know of, and the only person to walk six times in six plate appearances is Jimmie Foxx in 1938. Perhaps, another day, Votto will get another chance to walk with him. Votto's selective approach has been the subject of some debate: Is he not aggressive enough? Even one of his own announcers, Reds cheerleader Franchester "Marty" Brennaman, has said so, in Sports Illustrated :

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Hawkins gets 100th save, Mets beat Phillies 4-3 (The Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- LaTroy Hawkins nailed down a landmark save - No. 100 in his long career as a major-league reliever.

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Tovar’s RBI single in debut helps Mets top Phils (The Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Wilfredo Tovar produced the winning hit in his major-league debut and the New York Mets swept the Philadelphia Phillies with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

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Frank Francisco called ‘a fool’ by Mets’ broadcaster Ron Darling after hitting Jayson Werth (Big League Stew)

Rarely, almost never, does a major league pitcher admit to hitting a batter on purpose. He would just get fined or suspended or both. And seldom do baseball broadcasters call out pitchers — particularly ones from the team they cover — for such behavior. The broadcaster either works for the team or still feels like he's on it. Right-hander Frank Francisco of the New York Mets stuck to the manual Thursday afternoon, saying his plunking of Washington's Jayson Werth was not intentional. It sure looked intentional, though, and Mets broadcaster Ron Darling held Francisco accountable. And he didn't mince words in doing so . Werth reacted angrily after Francisco hit him in the back with a 3-0 pitch with no outs in the top of the eighth inning, and Darling said he had reason to. "Boy, that was obvious," Darling said. "For you folks at home — and you hear me all the time say 'That wasn't intentional.' Well, this one was intentional." Gary Cohen, his broadcast partner, asked Darling why Francisco would do such a thing with his team trailing by three runs and a Nationals runner already at second base. "Because he's a fool — that's why," Darling said. Hello! Other than that, Mr. Darling, how did you like the pitch?

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