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Jeter Ends Homer Drought At Stadium

Derek Jeter's solo homer gave the Yankees a two-run lead in a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night, a game the Yankees won when first baseman Adam Lind let Chase Headley's ninth-inning grounder bounce through his legs for a game-ending error, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Rasmus: 'Nothing I Can Do' About Future

Colby Rasmus, who has hit .225/.287/.448 with 18 home runs in 376 plate appearances this season, isn't expected to return to the Toronto Blue Jays next season.

Rasmus will be a free agent for the first time this winter.

"I look at it like there's nothing I can do about it. The ball's in their court and they have all the power over me and that was their decision to do that," Rasmus said.

"Nothing I can really do. I'll look at it like, man, I was able to make it through another season in the big leagues. Maybe it wasn't the way that people or myself thought it was going to go but there's been other seasons like that too. I just feel that I tried to handle it the best way I could. I didn't try to blow up on nobody or make a scene because I know we had a chance to maybe have a little chase to the playoffs."

Rasmus has been coming off the bench as of late.

"I didn't understand why they would take me out, especially as hard as I've played this year, even through some aches and pains with the body but that was their decision and like I said there's nothing I can do about it. But as far as going into the offseason, I'm just going to keep my head up," he added.

"After this year I'll have six years in the big leagues and if you would have told me I would have six years in the big leagues when I was 15, 16, 17 years old I'd have told you you were crazy, there was no way I was going to be able to do it."

Via Scott MacArthur/TSN


Diamondbacks Have Decision To Make On Trumbo

Mark Trumbo has produced a disappointing season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, leaving the club to make a decision about his future this winter.

Trumbo has been a poor defender in left field. He has played first base with Paul Goldschmidt (hand) sidelined. If he remains with the Diamondbacks, he'll start the 2015 season in left field.

Entering Tuesday, Trumbo had just a .239 average, .303 on-base and nine home runs. Arizona expected more when they gave up outfielder Adam Eaton and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to acquire him last winter.

Trumbo also figures to be pricey next season, when he could make north of $6 million in his second year of arbitration.

 

Via Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic



Betances Surpasses Rivera's Strikeout Mark

Dellin Betances has set a franchise mark, surpassing Mariano Rivera, in the first season since the New York Yankees closer retired.

Betances recorded his 132nd strikeout of the season on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, breaking Rivera's team record of 130 strikeouts as a reliever. While Rivera needed 107⅔ innings reach his mark, Betances has pitched 87⅔.

"Just to be mentioned around his name, you are talking about the best closer, the best reliever in the game," Betances said. "Just to be in the same breath as him, you know I take thrill in that. As far as innings, he did it with one pitch so I think that is more amazing."

Betances, 26, has struck out more than 50 percent of his batters (132 strikeouts in 263 outs).

"He's been awesome for us all year," Derek Jeter said. "It seemed like Mo pitched two innings every time toward the middle to end in '96. Dellin has been doing the same thing. He has pitched a lot of innings. The thing with him is that anytime he gets guys on base he's capable of getting out of trouble because he can strike guys out."

Via Andrew Marchand/ESPN


Angels Shut Down Hamilton Due To Chest Pain

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton has been shut down due to a sharp, stabbing pain in his chest and right rib cage and his availability for the playoffs is in question, according to an ESPN.com report on Thursday.

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Bonds Seeks To Erase Felony Conviction

Attorneys for both sides were peppered with questions from a panel of judges as Barry Bonds seeks to erase his felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

The attorneys argued in a hearing Thursday in front of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over Bonds' conviction stemming from his 2003 appearance before a grand jury.

Bonds' lawyer, Dennis Riordan, argued that the "unresponsive" answer Bonds gave to a question about whether he had received injectable substances did not constitute obstruction.

Via ESPN.com


Washington Explains Resignation

Former Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday that he resigned earlier this month because he was "not true to my wife."

"I was not true to my wife after 42 years," Washington said as his wife, Gerry, sat nearby during the news conference. "I broke her trust. I'm here today to own that mistake and apologize to her.

"... Today, I'm at a very low time in my life. I'm sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, for disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers."

Via ESPN.com


Marlins Confirm Stanton Done For Season

Giancarlo Stanton won't play again ifor the Marlins this season because of last week's beaning.

Stanton was hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers last Thursday. Stanton sustained facial fractures, dental damages, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes.

Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Stanton also had concussion symptoms but has been given neurological clearance.

Via ESPN.com


A's Triple-A Team Headed To Nashville

The A's announced a four-year player development deal with Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League on Thursday, a deal that will run through the 2018 season. Oakland's Triple-A home has been in Sacramento the past 15 years.

Oakland will be the seventh Major League team to have an affiliation with the Nashville Sounds since the franchise was established in 1978. Billy Beane, GM and vice president of the A's, released an official statement in which he addressed the club's decision to relocate its top affiliate.

Via MLB.com


Angels Shutout M's, Claim AL West

The Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 win over the Mariners, according to an ESPN.com report.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when the A's lost to the Rangers about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

 


Via ESPN.com