Wood, Braves blank Marlins (The SportsXchange)

Alex Wood finally found his way onto the right side of a 1-0 game. The Braves left-hander, who lost 1-0 decisions earlier this season against the Philadelphia Phillies and the Marlins, pitched eight scoreless innings and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts Sunday in Atlanta’s 1-0 win over Miami. A second-inning homer by catcher Evan Gattis produced the game’s only run. Wood (10-10) retired the last eight men he faced before turning the game over to closer Craig Kimbrel, who pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 41st save.

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's Major League games (Reuters)

(Adds later games) Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Cardinals 9, Cubs 6 In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium. Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

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Braves 1, Marlins 0 (The SportsXchange)

Left-hander Alex Wood pitched eight scoreless innings and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts Sunday in Atlanta’s 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins. A second-inning homer by catcher Evan Gattis produced the game’s only run. Wood (10-10) retired the last eight men he faced before turning the game over to closer Craig Kimbrel, who pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 41st save. It was the first time in 61 games that Miami was shut out.

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Reserves pace Mets' victory (The SportsXchange)

For one day, at least, the New York Mets got the type of offensive production out of their reserves that has been lacking from their starters since the All-Star Break. Catcher Anthony Recker’s three-run homer snapped a sixth-inning tie Sunday afternoon and lifted the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Eight of the Mets’ 11 hits and five of their RBIs were collected by players who have either spent the season as backups in New York or have split time between the majors and minors. “(If) those guys you stick in there have a big game, it just makes a huge difference and it takes a lot of heat off the guys who (play) every day,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

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Recker hits 3-run HR, Mets hold off Phillies 6-5 (The Associated Press)

Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the New York Mets held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Sunday to avoid dropping into last place. Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on. By taking two of three in the weekend series, the Mets kept Philadelphia in the NL East cellar. Dillon Gee pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and New York finished 13-6 against the Phillies this season.

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Mets 6, Phillies 5 (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK — Catcher Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday to lead the New York Mets to a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

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Looking at the Mets and Phillies rivalry in the past 7 years

Rollins has been the chef in the Phillies kitchen with the NY rivalry over the years

Rewind back 7 years ago, it was 2007 and the Phillies needed a small miracle to capture the NL East crown. There was tough talk between the Phils and the Mets about who was “the team to beat”. Near the end of the season the 2007 Phils reeled off an incredible 13-3 run to make the impossible happen.

Jimmy Rollins specifically carried the torch for the Phillies back then, he boldly proclaimed more than a few times that “the Phillies are the team to beat.” His words made headlines in the NY papers, and suddenly the NY fans had a poster boy to chant and mock every time he and the Phillies came to the big apple.

Last night, there was a comical story told by Tom McCarthy about a fan who was very vocal and stood up when Rollins came to bat and yelled, “You ruined my childhood Jimmy!”.

It was 2007 and the final game of the season was being played at CBP, I happened to be in attendance for this game and it’s still one of the most thrilling games that I’ve ever been to. The Phillies had to win and the Mets had to lose for the NL East title to belong to the Phillies. The Phils weren’t even playing the Mets that day, they were playing the Washington Nationals to close out the season.

Jamie Moyer got the start on the last day of the season in 2007 and the win

The crowd was electric before the game even started in Philly. Yes, we were scoreboard watching too, every play was scrutinized on the field that day. It was almost like the Phillies had already made it to the World Series. There was such a long gap in between 2007 and the last time the Phillies even made the postseason, there was added excitement that the Phillies season might not be ending when the regular season was over.

In the end, the Phillies won the game vs. the Nats but NY had lost just minutes before thus handing the NL East crown to them and wild celebration broke out on the field and in the stands. I remember Harry Kalas singing “High Hopes” on the field after the game and a new air of Philadelphia becoming a ‘baseball city’ was about to dawn.

Since then, the rivalry has simmered here and there, but nothing like it had become a few years ago.

Management has changed, players have changed and moved on, but the rivalry is still there. It’s just on the back burner on simmer at the moment.

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Strasburg pitches Nationals to victory over Mariners (The SportsXchange)

The Seattle Mariners broke their fans’ hearts with a season-ending sweep of the Oakland A’s in 2008, effectively ending the team’s chances of earning the No. 1 pick in the upcoming major league draft. An otherwise miserable season ended with a rare sweep, knocking Seattle out of the running to select San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg. On Saturday night, the Mariners finally got an up-close look at Strasburg, who broke the fans’ hearts again at Safeco Field. Strasburg and the Washington Nationals continued their resurgence with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

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Game roundup: Sale pitches White Sox past Tigers (The SportsXchange)

CHICAGO — It took a couple innings for Chris Sale to get his best stuff working, but he dominated the Detroit Tigers once he did Saturday afternoon.

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Byrd, Howard lead Phillies to 7-2 win over Mets (The Associated Press)

Marlon Byrd enjoyed his birthday so much that he wants to celebrate it again. Byrd homered against his former team on the day he turned 37, Ryan Howard drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 7-2 Saturday night. ”Move to another country and come back with a different name.” While many of Philadelphia’s veterans would probably love to reverse the aging process, the Phillies certainly looked young again Saturday – at least for one night. Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight decision since joining the last-place Phillies, who won for the seventh time in nine games.

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