Cosart retires all 15 batters faced in Astros’ win (The Associated Press)

Jarred Cosart pitched five perfect innings Wednesday night, leading the Houston Astros to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. After the game, Nationals manager Matt Williams said Stephen Strasburg would make the opening-day start at the New York Mets on March 31. Cosart struck out nine, including six in a row and seven of eight. ''That's the best I've seen him as far as the sharpness of his off-speed stuff,'' Astros catcher Jason Castro said.

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Niese (elbow) exits early, Mets top Cardinals 10-4 (The Associated Press)

Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad Sunday, leaving a 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore left elbow. Niese will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as ''the spring training from hell.'' He is expected to have an MRI exam Monday, and it's unclear when he might pitch again. ''It's the back of the elbow, which is good,'' Niese said. ''I'm almost 100 percent sure it's nothing serious.'' Adam Wainwright had a rocky outing in his third start this spring, allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Cardinals.

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Diamondbacks edge Nats to finish at .500 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks built a team that would grind though the season, and nothing typified the approach better than a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the final game Sunday.

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Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock singled off pitcher Ryan Mattheus' right leg to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Paul Goldschmidt got his National League-leading 125th RBI in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 3-2 victory over Washington in Nationals manager Davey Johnson's final game Sunday.

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Yanks top Astros 5-1 in 14, enter uncertain future (Comcast SportsNet Houston)

HOUSTON (AP) Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning, and the New York Yankees went into an offseason of uncertainty Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros, whose 15-game losing streak was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century.

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

(Adds later games) Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games. - - Rangers 7, Angels 4 It's down to one game and the Texas Rangers still have life after they ran their winning streak to six with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark. Texas (90-71) came into the day one game behind both Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the race for the American League's two wild-card spots and joined the Rays with the win after Tampa fell to Toronto. Every Rangers starter had at least one hit. Ian Kinsler scored twice. ...

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Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 0 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- Chad Tracy had two hits including a home run, while Dan Haren scattered four hits in seven scoreless innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Saturday.

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

Sept 27 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games. - - Blue Jays 6, Rays 3 R.A. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a season-high three errors by the Tampa Bay Rays to post a 6-3 victory. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Rays (90-70), who entered the game occupying the first American League wild-card spot. The Rays had committed only 56 errors this season, the second lowest total behind Baltimore, who have committed just 52. ...

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

Sept 26 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games. - - Rays 4, Yankees 0 Mariano Rivera pitched one and a third innings in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, but it was in a non-save situation as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep with a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees. After getting the second out in the ninth, long time team mates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter walked to the mound and shared an embrace with Rivera. Rivera exited with tears in his eyes, tipped his cap to the crowd and accepted hugs from team. ...

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Mets 1, Reds 0 (The SportsXchange)

CINCINNATI -- Daisuke Matsuzaka dominated the Cincinnati Reds for 7 2/3 shutout innings, lifting the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

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