When four pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter like a Philadelphia Phillies foursome did Monday , it’s probably easier to give the final ball to someone else than decide which pitcher gets to keep it. Starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the combined no-hitter , the first in MLB since 2012 when the Seattle Mariners did it. And the four of them knew just whom the final ball should go to. Team president David Montgomery took a leave of absence from the Phillies on Thursday because of ongoing health issues. He had surgery in May to remove cancer from his jaw. Montgomery, 68, has been the Phils president since 1997, making him the perfect choice to get the last ball from the franchise’s 12th no-hitter. 

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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. ”We’re going to take full advantage.” Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn immediately became an imposing presence in the middle of Oakland’s order. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.

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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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It might have been quite a long block for Dustin Ackley, but it appears he has finally turned the corner. Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday. ”He was the best college hitter in the (2009) draft,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Ackley. ”Sometimes it just takes time.” The Mariners had lost three in a row.

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Jesus Montero takes his frustration out on ice cream, Michael Pineda rounds into form and much more in the Week That Was.

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After each one of ace Felix Hernandez’s dominating performances through the first four months of the season, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon deadpanned the same joke to explain the outing. “He listened to me,” McClendon would quip with a twinkle in his eye. On Friday night, McClendon was halfway across the country to attend a daughter’s wedding and Hernandez apparently was missing his words of wisdom. The American League Cy Young candidate suffered through his worst start of the season as the slumping Washington Nationals snapped out of their three-game funk on the way to six home runs and an 8-3 victory over Hernandez and the Mariners.

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The NL East-leading Washington Nationals ended a three-game slide with a stunning offensive display. After roughing up Seattle staff ace Felix Hernandez, the Nationals go for an 11th straight win over the Mariners in the middle game of this series Saturday night. “I don’t think it was necessarily what he did, it’s more what we did,” shortstop Ian Desmond said. He was making good pitches down in the zone and we forced him to get the ball up and we were able to make him pay.” Desmond was one of five Nationals to connect for at least one homer Friday, with Wilson Ramos getting two.

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Less than 24 hours after Jesus Montero was involved in a strange run-in with Seattle Mariners’ scout Butch Baccala while making a rehab appearance in Boise, general manager Jack Zduriencik released a statement to the media denouncing the actions of both men, while also providing an update on their current status with the club.  “First off, it is clear that both Jesus Montero and Butch Baccala engaged in behavior that is far below what we expect from members of our organization, including bad judgment at nearly every stage of this incident. “I want to apologize on behalf of the Mariners franchise to the Boise Hawks and their fans. We recognize that fans, including children, were impacted by this incident, and the language that was used. We recognize the severity of this incident, and want to assure the Hawks and their fans that it will be dealt with appropriately. In addition, I want to thank Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, for his assistance in helping me ascertain what occurred last night. “Jesus Montero has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment and is on his way to Seattle. Butch Baccala has returned to his home in the Bay Area where he will remain until further notice. In a further update to the situation, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Montero’s season is over, and it’s now Zduriencik’s intention to have Montero aggressively address “non-baseball issues” that are potentially affecting his on-field performance and behavior.  “What we intend to do and what we are in the process of doing in terms of Jesus Montero is we are going to separate the baseball part of Jesus Montero from the human element part of Jesus Montero.  Our intent is to address Jesus’ issues. There’s a history here of things that have happened. We are very, very disappointed in him. I think more than anything else, from a human standpoint, we have to look at Jesus Montero as a person, as a father and as a husband and how can we help Jesus Montero and his family get through this.” Montero’s checkered past includes a suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal . According to Shannon Dryer of Mynorthwest.com , following the 2013 season, which was marred by injury and the suspension, Montero was asked to play winter ball, but only ended up playing sparingly, He reported to the team that he was involved in a minor car accident and had suffered a lacerated hand that required stitches. That situation raised some eyebrows, as did Montero reporting to spring training 40 pounds overweight . 

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Informed baseball observers understand that sidearm or submarine pitchers are cooler than ones who throw overhand. Right-hander Darren O’Day of the Baltimore Orioles exemplifies this truth.  A profile written by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun in 2013 gets at the heart of what makes O’Day cool.  O’Day is not Irish; His family name used to be Odachowski. His wife is a reporter for Fox News in D.C. O’Day honed his skills pitching in a beer league after enrolling at Florida for the academics and not baseball, but made the team after developing a sidearm delivery. And he loves gizmos, particularly the Solowheel, a self-balancing electric unicycle — like a Segway, but with no handles. In an Answer Man session staged at the visitor’s dugout at Wrigley Field on Sunday, O’Day expands on his life and interests, his career as one of the top relievers in the game who doesn’t get saves and what it’s like to be a sidewinder in an overhand world. David Brown: If baseball never happened for you, you were going to be a plastic surgeon or, for a while, a veterinarian. Which teammate could best use a nose job? Darren O’Day: Ryan Flaherty.

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