The Cleveland Indians have played their way back into the thick of the playoff race, but the grind is only beginning. Manager Terry Francona’s team does not have another off day on the schedule until Sept. 25.

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Matt Holliday doesn’t get too technical about what he tries to do at the plate for the Cardinals. Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday. ”I just try to hit the ball to the middle of the field,” said Holliday, who has five homers against the Cubs this season and 20 in his career. ”Trying to hit a single up the middle is a good approach.” Holliday finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who moved into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

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The final month of the season offers a chance for redemption for Josh Hamilton of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back from a right thumb injury, and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is putting together a fitting encore to his Cy Young Award season from a year ago. With September in the on-deck circle, here are a couple players to watch in the final weeks of the season and beyond: ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD: This has been one strange season for Hamilton, who agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels in December 2012.

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Vance Worley has a box inside his locker in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ clubhouse that contains various items he accumulated while pitching at the Triple-A level over the last two seasons. “It’s staying here until the end of the season,” Worley said. On Saturday, Worley pitched like someone who plans on staying in the major leagues for good as he worked into the seventh inning while snapping a career-worst three-start losing streak in a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Worley (6-4) gave up two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.

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John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ”I think that would be most objective and most consistent.” So no more manager challenges?

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza pitched a simulated game in what likely was his final test before returning from the disabled list to the Brewers’ rotation next week.

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The Kansas City Royals have followed that blueprint to near-perfection, a big reason why the long-downtrodden franchise is leading the AL Central and on the cusp of its first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years. There’s very little room for error when you’re a small-market club,” general manager Dayton Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. Indeed, the notoriously frugal Royals play in a market a fraction of the size of Los Angeles or New York. The Royals’ opening-day payroll?

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After he came within one out of a perfect game last September, San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit said he prayed for another opportunity. Petit didn’t exactly get it Thursday, but he will gladly settle for the next-best thing. Making his first start since July 22 as the rotation replacement for demoted Tim Lincecum, Petit set a major league record for consecutive batters retired while pitching the Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants’ third consecutive win allowed them to take the series 3-1 from the Rockies and move within 4 1/2 games of the idle Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the National League West.

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Rene Rivera started his postgame session with the media Wednesday night talking about Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne. Then the subject came around to Rivera’s offensive role in the Padres’ 3-2, 10-inning win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park. “It’s always fun to contribute to a win,” said Rivera, who tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth with a solo homer off Francisco Rodriguez — denying the Brewers’ closer his 40th save this season. With two outs an inning later, Rivera singled to center off left-handed reliever to drive home first baseman Yasmani Grandal from second and give the Padres their seventh series win since the All-Star break.

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Jeff Locke said the formula for shutting down the St. Louis Cardinals was simple. “Make them hit the ball on the ground,” the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander said. Locke pitched into the eighth inning, getting 15 of his 22 outs on ground balls, and first baseman Ike Davis hit a two-run home run to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday. “He had the ball on the ground the whole time he was out there,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Locke.

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