HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.
Entering the final month of a dismal season, the Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."
ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Holliday is keeping quiet about his recent hitting surge.
However, his St. Louis teammates are more than happy to praise him after Holliday hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning Monday to rally the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Adam Dunn is in a pennant race at last, and what an impression he made on his new team as the September stretch run began.
Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his debut at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders.
DENVER (AP) The new kids got things rolling and the familiar face with the bushy beard brought the win home.
Charlie Blackmon lined a two-out single in the ninth inning off reliever Sergio Romo, helping the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 10-9 on Monday and stop the Giants' six-game win streak on a long day at Coors Field.