Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. It was a bittersweet afternoon for Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. On the plus side, he was excellent on the hill, silencing the San Francisco Giants bats for seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals 6-0 victory. Lynn allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two en route to his 11th win. On the down side, he was forced from the game with an ankle injury that according to reports looked worse than it actually was. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The injury occurred in the eighth inning when Lynn attempted to field Juan Perez’s chopper. Lynn fielded it cleanly, but then twisted his right ankle trying to throw to first. The Cardinals are calling it a mild ankle sprain, though given what happened to Adam Wainwright this season Cardinals fans might hold their breath until they see him pitch again.

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Jordan Zimmermann has shown some improvement over his recent starts and on Saturday night he helped the Washington Nationals move closer to the first-place New York Mets. Zimmermann pitched seven innings, Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back home runs, and Washington beat the Miami Marlins 5-1. The Nationals pulled within 5 1-2 games of New York in the NL East.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Citi Field wasn’t home, sweet home, for the New York Mets on Friday night. After winning seven straight in Colorado and Philadelphia, the Mets returned home and fell 6-4 to the last-place Boston Red Sox. After having his last start skipped, Matt Harvey returned to toss six scoreless innings but was long gone when Boston’s Blake Swihart raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run leading off the 10th inning. Upon further review, Swihart’s blast actually cleared the wall and should have been ruled a conventional home run on the field. It wasn’t, but it didn’t much matter as the ball bounced far enough away from center fielder Juan Lagares for Swihart to round the bases. Any way you score it, it’s a home run, but we’ll always acknowledge a catcher showing off his wheels.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Swihart’s homer started a three-run Red Sox rally, which would prove important once the Mets scored one in the bottom half. The Red Sox also plated three in the seventh immediately after Harvey departed. David Ortiz smacked a solo home run in the frame. Jackie Bradley later connected on a two-run shot to give Boston its first lead. Ortiz’s homer was No. 493 for his marvelous career. He’s now tied with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th place on the all-time home run list. As for the Mets offense, they were cooled off a bit. They entered having already hit a franchise-record 43 home runs this month, but mustered just a double among their eight hits on Friday. With that said, they missed out on several scoring chances, as they also drew 12 walks. In the end, they left 14 runners on base. The good news for New York? No damage was done in the standings. The Washington Nationals also lost, 4-3 to the Marlins, keeping the Mets division lead at 6 1/2 games. YANKEES BREAK OUT ON OFFENSE, CRUSH BRAVES While one scorching New York offense cooled off on Friday, the Yankees fading offense finally broke out. After scoring just four runs total in their three-game series against the Astros, the Yankees muscled up for 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-4 victory against the Atlanta Braves.  Shortstop Didi Gregorius paced New York’s attack, connecting for a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. Gregorius finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Brian McCann, who spent his first nine seasons with the Braves, made his return to Atlanta with a bang. He cracked a three-run homer in the eighth, before wrapping the scoring in the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each contributed multi-hit games as the Yankees cruised to the victory.  Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t back down in their return to Rogers Centre. After Detroit’s Ian Kinsler hit a first-inning homer, the Jays scored five unanswered on their way to a 5-3 victory. Toronto’s game and a half lead in the AL East remains intact.  TWINS KEEP PACE WITH WIN AGAINST ASTROS The top of the AL wild-card picture remained unchanged Friday. The Yankees remained in firm control with their victory, while the Texas Rangers continued holding down the second spot with a 4-1 win over Baltimore. That put the pressure on the Minnesota Twins to keep pace, and they responded with a victory of their own, 3-0 against the AL West-leading Astros.  Right-hander Kyle Gibson did much of the heavy lifting, tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Minnesota’s bullpen worked hard too, with Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen combining to strike out six batters while allowing just two hits.  To the credit of Astros’ left-hander Scott Kazmir, the Twins didn’t have much going against him either, collecting just three hits over seven innings. But they made those hits count, turning them into three runs. Eduardo Nunez drove in two of their three with a home run and RBI ground out.  Overall, the Twins have won seven of eight. They are one-half game behind Texas for that second wild-card position, but the Angels, Rays and Orioles aren’t far behind them. It’s time to buckle up.  CLAYTON KERSHAW OVERPOWERS CUBS, STRIKES OUT 14 Friday night was a good night at Dodger Stadium.  The evening started with the news that Vin Scully would be returning to the Dodgers television booth for his 67th season. Then everyone settled in to watch Clayton Kershaw do his thing. And do his thing Clayton Kershaw did, striking out 14 Chicago Cubs over eight innings in the Dodgers 4-1 victory.  The red-hot Kershaw continued a remarkable stretch of brilliance with this performance. Over his last 11 outings, he’s allowed more than one earned run only once. During that stretch, he’s also struck out 105 batters while issuing just eight walks. That is dominance in its purest form, and right now there’s no signs of Kershaw slowing down.  Overall, the Dodgers have won four straight immediately on the heels of a five-game losing streak. They’re attempting to reestablish command in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants nipping on their heels. The Giants remained right there, beating the Cardinals 5-4 in San Francisco. Given the competition both teams are facing, this weekend could be telling in terms of how the NL West will shake out over the next month.   Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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WASHINGTON (AP) — Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna homered off Washington starter Max Scherzer, and the Miami Marlins built a three-run lead and held on to beat the Nationals 4-3 on Friday night.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The New York Mets will never lose again. At least, it feels that way after the team’s 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Things started out poorly, though, as New York found themselves down 5-0 after the third inning. The team rallied, tying the contest in the fifth. With both starters removed after the sixth inning, relievers on both clubs went into shutdown mode. Over the next six innings, both bullpens kept the other team off the board. It was until the 13th that the streak finally ended. With Hector Neris on the mound for Philadelphia, the Mets began their charge. Neris allowed two straight singles to start the frame, putting himself in a bad position. Though he was able to pick up an out, Neris quickly allowed a two-run double to Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets the 7-5 lead. They weren’t finished. Another run would come around to score after Neris made an error on a David Wright grounder. Wright would later come around to score on a Michael Conforto single. By the time the inning was over, the Mets had built up a four-run lead. They would hold on, picking up their seventh straight victory. With the win, the Mets improved to 71-56 on the year.  NATIONALS TRY TO KEEP PACE For a while, it was starting to look like the Washington Nationals might actually gain a game in the standings on Thursday. The club did their job, claiming a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres.  Rookie Joe Ross tossed another strong start, giving up just one run over six strong innings. Ross allowed just one hit and two walks during the contest. He struck out seven.  Ross was backed by both Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. Both players added solo home runs during the game.  Closer Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth, and though he had some trouble, still managed to nail down the save.  The Mets would pull off the extra-innings victory a few hours later, meaning the Nationals did not advance in the standings despite the win. At 64-62, the club remains 6.5 games off the division lead.  GREINKE GREAT AGAIN FOR DODGERS It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pitched another great game Thursday. Greinke was excellent again, leading Los Angeles to a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. For Greinke, it was his 18th start of the season in which he went at least six innings and gave up one run or less. In that regard, he’s been better than at least one other major-league team. This was Zack Greinke’s 18th start of six more innings and 1 or 0 runs this season. All the Colorado Rockies combined have 15 such starts. — Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 27, 2015 With the performance, Greinke lowered his ERA to 1.61. He’ll enter the final season of the month as the frontrunner for the National League Cy Young award. With the win, the Dodgers improved to 70-56 on the year. The club has a 2.5 game lead in the NL West. BUMGARNER HELPS GIANTS KEEP PACE San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner made sure he kept his club in the race for the division Thursday. Bumgarner was fantastic during the club’s 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Bumgarner went six strong innings, allowing one run on just two hits. He walked two and struck out 12 during the contest. The double-digit strikeout total was significant, as Bumgarner tied a Giants legend with the performance. Madison Bumgarner is 26 years old and he already has as many 10K+ games (25) as Juan Marichal? Wow. — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 27, 2015 Following the performance, Bumgarner now has a 2.97 ERA on the year. The victory helped the Giants remain just 2.5 games back in the NL West. Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard .  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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The Pittsburgh Pirates took on the deepest parts of Marlins Park on Thursday night, and won. Gerrit Cole snapped the longest winless drought of his career, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates held on to beat the Miami Marlins 2-1. Catcher Francisco Cervelli tripled and scored in the second inning for the Pirates, who took three out of four in the series.

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Justin Upton homered twice and had three RBIs, Matt Kemp added a two-run double and the San Diego Padres held on to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Wednesday night. Tyson Ross (9-9) allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings for the Padres, who evened the three-game series and will try for their fifth straight series victory in Thursday’s finale. Denard Span doubled twice for Washington in his second game back from the disabled list following back spasms, but Gio Gonzalez (9-7) failed to pitch more than five innings for a sixth time in seven starts.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays are going to be involved in quite the fight with the New York Yankees for the American League East division. The club responded to that competition by picking up a late 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. [ On this week's StewPod: Angels pitcher Hector Santiago talks about his huge autograph collection. ] Things looked bleak in the ninth inning, but Toronto kept fighting. The team entered the frame down by one run, and exited with the lead. Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson came on for the save, but struggled with his command. Tolleson walked Russell Martin to lead things off. After getting a quick out, Tolleson walked the second batter of the inning, putting the potential go-ahead run on base. Tolleson was able to notch another out, bringing Troy Tulowitzki to the plate with two outs. On the sixth pitch of Tulo’s at-bat, he singled to left, tying things up.  Josh Donaldson came up with a chance to give his team a lead, and, not surprisingly, that’s what happened. Donaldson hit a ground ball to third baseman Adrian Beltre, but ran full speed out of the box. Beltre made a throwing error on the play, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate. Roberto Osuna entered in the bottom of the frame, and was able to work around a one out single, shutting the door. With the win, Toronto now leads the AL East by one game over the Yankees. METS GET SYNDERGAARD HIS FIRST ROAD WIN New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard managed his first road win of the season Tuesday, but it came with some help from his hitters. The Mets’ bats helped the rookie quite a bit during the team’s 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Syndergaard looked excellent at the start of the contest. Through the first two innings, he had already notched four strikeouts. Things started to unravel in the third. A leadoff double put Syndergaard in a tough spot. He would rebound, however, striking out the next two hitters. With two outs, though, things fell apart. Syndergaard allowed a two-run shot against Freddy Galvis, bringing the Phillies within one run. He should have been out of the inning after getting Odubel Herrera to ground to second, but Kelly Johnson’s throwing error put Herrera on base. Ryan Howard took advantage of that error, hitting his own two-run blast and giving his club the 4-3 lead. After letting Syndergaard down earlier in the game, the Mets would pick him up a few innings later. The team rallied for three runs in the sixth, actually putting Syndergaard in line for the win. They would hold on to that lead, eventually pulling off a 6-5 win. With the victory, the club improved to 69-56 on the year.  STRASBURG’S STRONG START LEADS TO WIN For much of the season, Stephen Strasburg’s struggles have baffled Washington Nationals’ fans. If Tuesday’s 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres is any indication, he might be over those issues. Strasburg turned in a strong performance, allowing two runs over six strong innings. He gave up just two hits while striking out seven during the game.  Since returning from the disabled list, it looks like Strasburg has regained his vintage form. Strasburg in four starts since returning from the DL: 1.73 ERA over 26 innings, 32 Ks and three walks. — James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) August 26, 2015 With the win, the Nationals improved to 63-61 on the year. They remain 5.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East. MIGUEL SANO CAN’T BE STOPPED The Minnesota Twins are still a big contender for the wild card in the American League, but they are already showing why next year might be even scarier. Rookie Miguel Sano continued his assault on baseballs during Tuesday’s 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Sano wasted no time getting to work, blasting a three-run homer in the first inning of the contest. Sano has played in just 45 major-league games, but already has 12 home runs. That’s quite the accomplishment. Most HR in first 45 career games (Twins): Miguel Sano 12 Kennys Vargas 9 Josmil Pinto 9 Kent Hrbek 9 Marty Cordova 9 Tom Brunansky 9 — Ace of MLB Stats (@AceballStats) August 25, 2015 While Sano was called up fairly late in the season, he’s quickly moving into Rookie of the Year territory. He’ll have to fend off Houston Astros superstar Carlos Correa for the hardware, which may prove difficult, but it’s clear that Sano has talent. After suffering through some poor seasons, that’s really all the Twins can ask for right now. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] With the win, Minnesota improved to 64-61 on the year. 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WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits over six innings, Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam and the Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 for their third straight victory.

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