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Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic: Diamondbacks outfielder Collin Cowgill turned in a career-high four-hit performance [on Sunday] that included his first big-league home run - contributions that helped the Diamondbacks to a 6-1 win and a four-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Frank Wren
David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: After an unusually long and idle weekend caused by Hurricane Irene nike roshe run fleur rose , Braves manager Fredi Gonazlez had a chance to re-set his pitching rotation for the final month and lined up his three veteran pitchers against the Nationals. Jair Jurrjens will pitch the opener of the series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. Following Jurrjens will be Derek Lowe on Wednesday and Tim Hudson on Thursday. The Randy Bush
Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times: With the Cubs getting whacked again by the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, the late-season mojo they seemed to be building a week ago has been knocked senseless. With 29 games left, how they finish might be the last word they have to say about this team - and about the series of changes afoot in the wake of the firing of general manager Jim Hendry on Aug. 19. The Walt Jocketty
Tom Groeschen of The Cincinnati Enquirer: Scott Rolen feels great, and the Reds' regular third baseman is eager to play again soon. Rolen, who had surgery on his left shoulder Aug. 3, has recovered enough to field grounders and hit in the cage in recent days. The Dan O'Dowd
Troy Renck of The Denver Post: The Rockies are determined to add a veteran pitcher and at least one more big bat. That slugger will either be an outfielder or third baseman. They will pursue the Twins' Michael Cuddyer if he becomes a free agent (Minnesota is bent on keeping him). Oakland's Josh Willingham is another option. The Michael Hill
Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald: The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies - behemoths both - kept on trucking when Alex Rodriguez and Chase Utley were injured and missed chunks of time this season. But when Hanley Ramirez has been missing in action, the Marlins have flopped big time. No wonder the team is looking forward to his return this week. Ramirez nike roshe run fleur noir , out since Aug. 3 with a shoulder injury, is working his way back into playing shape in the minors and could be back in the lineup before the end of the week. The Ed Wade
Chip Bailey of The Houston Chronicle: Every year about this time, major league teams search for the veteran leadership they will build around for the future. For most teams, the nucleus is obvious from season to season. For the Houston Astros, finding the veterans to anchor the 2012 team is like finding the broad side of a barn in a dense fog. The Ned Colletti
Steve Dilbeck of The Los Angeles Times: James Loney has one more year of arbitration left, and given that he's making $4.785 million this season and spent most of it struggling, it was assumed in most quarters the Dodgers were going to go all Russell Martin on him and not tender him a contract. Only right now nike roshe run fleur femme noir , Loney is a man on fire. He's not only finally playing like they hoped he would all season, he's playing better than that. In his last 18 games, Loney is batting .442 with four home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs. His batting average, at .251 before his hot streak, is now up to .274. The Doug Melvin
Todd Rosiak of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: The Milwaukee Brewers are good enough at Miller Park as it is. Put Zack Greinke on the mound, and they're about as close to unbeatable as it gets. The right-hander pitched 723 innings of four-hit baseball on a perfect Sunday afternoon nike roshe run imprimé fleuri , chipping in with a big single and run as well, to lead the Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 41,883. The Sandy Alderson
Dan Martin of The New York Post: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was in Florida recently watching some of the young talent the club recently drafted, such as first-round pick Brandon Nimmo. But as important as players like Nimmo are to the Mets' future, of more immediate concern is 2012 and Jose Reyes. One day after manager Terry Collins talked about potentially giving Reyes mandatory days off to protect the hamstrings that have sidelined him this season, Alderson acknowledged there would be conversations about how Reyes will be used when the team has exclusive negotiating rights with the free agent. The Ruben Amaro Jr.
Michael Vitez of The Philadelphia Daily News: The high sock, once so esteemed that teams were named for it nike roshe run fleur pas cher , has largely vanished from view in American baseball - covered, smothered, by what Phillies chairman Bill Giles uncharitably terms 'pajama pants.' A handful of players have resisted this assault on American hosiery, this onslaught of the falling cuff. The most notable in Philadelphia, of late, is 6-foot-4 rightfielder Hunter Pence, who joined the team a month ago. Pence is all leg and energy. His high socks are a feast of red as he digs in at the plate nike roshe run fleur , a whirling blur of rojo as he rounds the bases. The Neal Huntington
Bill Brink of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pirates have improved their ability to reach base in recent games. Once runners get on base, though, the lineup has struggled to drive them in. 'At times, we are doing all the right things to get ourselves in position to score and then it's almost like we kind of forget that process of how we got there,' manager Clint Hurdle said. 'I'm encouraged by the way we're getting on base but it's discouraging when we fire quickly in those situations and then make outs on soft pitches.' Knowing that the St. Louis Cardinals' Thursday starter, Edwin Jackson , struggles with control adidas superstar fleuri femme , the Pirates worked three walks against him, and also took advantage of Jake Westbrook's sinker for five walks Friday.