Baseball Shots Of The Week – September 9, 2013

Boston Red Sox (87-58)
Boston Red Sox (87-58)
Meanwhile, Boston entered the weekend with the largest division lead in the AL. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Red Sox will pick up Jon Lester's $13 million option for next season.
Atlanta Braves (85-57)
Atlanta Braves (85-57)
Atlanta continues to have the largest division lead in the majors. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Braves reliever Scott Downs suffered a non-displaced fracture of the ring finger on his glove hand and according to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez he will just be bandaged and given pain medication to enable Downs to keep pitching.
Los Angeles Dodgers (83-59)
Los Angeles Dodgers (83-59)
The Dodgers, for what it's worth, have the second-largest division lead. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

According to sources, the Dodgers are close to signing Cuban infield prospect Alexander Guerrero to a multi-year deal worth $32 million for between five and seven years.
St Louis Cardinals (83-60)
St Louis Cardinals (83-60)
Matt Holliday is having another typical Matt Holliday season. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Cardinals completed a series sweep of the Pirates with a 9-2 win on Sunday and now leads the NL Central by 1 1/2 games.
Oakland Athletics (83-60)
Oakland Athletics (83-60)
Brandon Moss is having a terrific year. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Moss was named AL Player of the Week for his hot bat against the Rangers.
Detroit Tigers (82-61)
Detroit Tigers (82-61)
Detroit scored 16 runs, just nights after allowing 20. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Max Scherzer failed in his third attempt to reach 20 wins giving up five runs over in the Tigers' 5-1 loss to the White Sox.
Pittsburgh Pirates (81-61)
Pittsburgh Pirates (81-61)
Pittsburgh is now assured of a winning season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Pirates starter Charlie Morton left Sunday's game with discomfort in his left-foot and plans to test it his week in a side session.
Texas Rangers (81-61)
Texas Rangers (81-61)
It looks like Texas and Oakland will battle until the finish for the division crown. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison has had two surgeries on his back this season and is now slated for a surgery his right shoulder.
Cincinnati Reds (82-62)
Cincinnati Reds (82-62)
It'll be interesting to see what kind of contract Shin-Soo Choo gets this winter. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Despite seven solid innings from Bronson Arroyo and Bradon Phillips driving in his 100th RBI, the Reds were unable to gain ground on the Cardinals losing 5-4 in 16 innings.
Tampa Bay Rays (78-64)
Tampa Bay Rays (78-64)
The Rays are scuffling on the west coast, but they appear to have the most-talented team in the Wild Card race. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rays rookies Wil Myers snapped out of his slump with two home runs and three RBIs in the Rays' 3-1 win against the Angels.
New York Yankees (76-67)
New York Yankees (76-67)
The Yankees had a prime chance to make up more ground, but blew two leads against the Red Sox. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter continues to receive treatment on his injured ankle and the Yankees prefer him to rest it, they have not said when he plans on returning to the lineup.
Cleveland Indians (76-66)
Cleveland Indians (76-66)
Take a look at Cleveland's schedule and you wonder if they might be in position to make a run. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Jason Giambi recorded his 2,000th career hit last week as he hit a single in the ninth inning. Giambi became the 245th person in the history of MLB to achieve that.
Baltimore Orioles (76-66)
Baltimore Orioles (76-66)
Adam Jones is having an almost identical season to last year. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Matt Wieters hit a two-run single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
Kansas City Royals (75-68)
Kansas City Royals (75-68)
James Shields with a rare stinker. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Greg Holland became the fourth player in Royals' history to record 40 saves in a season.
Washington Nationals (73-69)
Washington Nationals (73-69)
Mauro Gomez has some believers that think he can turn into a useful bench bat. The Nats will find out. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitched a one-hit shutout as the Nationals routed the Mets, 9-0, at Citi Field.
Arizona Diamondbacks (72-69)
Arizona Diamondbacks (72-69)
Will Harris was one of the better waiver-wire pickups this season. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Diamondbacks Martin Prado was named the National League Player of the Month for August.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (67-75)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (67-75)
Rumors persist that Howie Kendrick is on the trade block. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

The Angels ended their five-game winning streak last week when they lost to the Rays 7-1.
Toronto Blue Jays (67-76)
Toronto Blue Jays (67-76)
Rajai Davis, a free agent-to-be, could make for an interesting bench piece. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

According to a source, The Blue Jays and Mets will play a pair of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium in Montreal in March 2014.
Colorado Rockies (66-78)
Colorado Rockies (66-78)
Nolan Arenado has picked it up offensively. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Roy Oswalt and the Rockies couldn't hold onto a 2-1 lead as the Padres scored four runs in the seventh as they won 5-2 and swept the series.
Philadelphia Phillies (66-77)
Philadelphia Phillies (66-77)
Darin Ruf has surpassed expectations so far. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Cliff Lee allowed just one run on two hits and struck out 10 over eight innings, as the Phillies beat the Braves, 2-1.
Seattle Mariners (65-78)
Seattle Mariners (65-78)
First Taijuan Walker, now James Paxton. Seattle's top young guns are on the way. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez will miss his next scheduled start as the Mariners ace continues to deal with stiffness in his back.
San Diego Padres (65-77)
San Diego Padres (65-77)
Will Venable's extension is fine for both sides. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Venable set a team record when he hit his 15th home run of the season at Petco Park, topping Adrian Gonzalez, who hit 14 there in 2008.
New York Mets (64-77)
New York Mets (64-77)
You figure the Mets move one of Ike Davis and Lucas Duda this winter. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mets ace Matt Harvey will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
San Francisco Giants (63-79)
San Francisco Giants (63-79)
With all that's went wrong with the Giants, you can't help but feel Madison Bumgarner's season will be overlooked. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence needs one more home run to amass at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a single season.
Milwaukee Brewers (62-80)
Milwaukee Brewers (62-80)
Scooter Gennett has seemingly made Rickie Weeks available. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Ryan Braun has begun calling Brewers fans from numbers obtained by the team, to apologize for his PED use.
Minnesota Twins (61-80)
Minnesota Twins (61-80)
Alex Presley and Josmil Pinto aren't well-known names, but they're going to be around Minnesota if they keep this up. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Twins rallied and Trevor Plouffe added three RBIs to end their home losing streak at 10 games with a 6-3 win over the Angels.
Chicago Cubs (60-82)
Chicago Cubs (60-82)
Junior Lake always had the tools, now he's got the production. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney leads all National League second basemen in fielding percentage.
Chicago White Sox (57-85)
Chicago White Sox (57-85)
If Adam Dunn decides to hang around for another few years, he's got a chance at 500 home runs. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With a two-run home run and 6 shutout innings the White Sox claimed a 4-2 win over the Orioles to end their nine-game losing streak.
Miami Marlins (53-88)
Miami Marlins (53-88)
Logan Morrison has had a nice rebound season. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez is scheduled to make one more start on Wednesday against the Braves, before the team shuts him down for the season.
Houston Astros (47-96)
Houston Astros (47-96)
It seems as though Houston has next year's top pick sewn up. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros on Tuesday acquired Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations.

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