A day after Greg Maddux was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame , Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vance Worley nearly achieved a “Maddux” — the Internet-recognized feat of throwing a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches.
But this wasn’t any complete game. It was a 5-0 shutout against the San Francisco Giants in which Worley gave up four hits and struck out three. He completely dominated the Giants, handing them their second shutout loss in three games. 
Yes, we said Vance Worley did this. The same Vance Worley who was a big-league castoff after a 7.21 ERA in 2013.
He ended up one pitch away from the Maddux, however. Worley finished with 100 pitches exactly, one too many for Maddux status. Blame a ninth-inning triple by Hunter Pence. It wasn’t a Maddux, but a great performance still, the best of Worley’s career, and he certainly won’t worry too much about that one pitch.
This is the high point in his return to the big leagues. After that ugly 2013 with the Minnesota Twins, Worley was traded to Pittsburgh this spring for cash or a player to be named.
He was sent to the minors first, but Worley worked his way back into the Pirates rotation and is 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight games since joining the big-league team in mid June.
Greg Maddux, since you’re probably wondering, threw a Maddux 13 times .

JAYS, DICKEY DOMINATE RED SOX The recipe for the Toronto Blue Jays’ rout of the Boston Red Sox on Monday night: two homers from Melky Cabrera, 14 total hits and 10 strikeouts from starting pitcher R.A. Dickey.
It wasn’t even close. The Jays won 14-1 , crushing the Red Sox like the windshield of an ill-placed car behind the Green Monster. Dickey had his good knuckleball going, even though he didn’t exactly need it because of all those runs:

”I kind of wish they could divide them up over, like, three starts,” he said. ”(I) almost kind of wish we’d have only scored two runs because I felt like I had that kind of knuckleball tonight and saved this outing for when I gave up five, but I’ll take it.”

This was Toronto’s third straight win. They’re 2 1/2 games behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East.
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MARLINS COME BACK, STUN NATS The Washington Nationals took a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins, a lead that’s generally pretty safe no matter who’s across the field. But the still-hanging-around Marlins scored seven runs in the final three innings to stun the first-place Nats, concluding the 7-6 comeback win on a walk-off single by Jeff Baker with two outs in the ninth.
The Marlins scored four runs in that ninth inning, and skipper Mike Redmond did not shy away from declaring this the biggest win of the Marlins’ season :

”At this stage, that’s got to be the biggest game of the year – right? – with where we are in the standings, and where we’ve got to go,” manager Mike Redmond said. ”These guys understand that.”

The Marlins are a surprising 52-53. Playoffs don’t seem particularly likely, but they’re 4 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot and six out in the NL East. Like a six-run comeback, it’s not impossible.

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Travis d’Arnaud went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer, Bartolo Colon made his second straight strong start, and the New York Mets crushed the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 on Monday night. D’Arnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. With the Mets up 7-0 in the sixth, the Phillies loaded the bases after umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Daniel Murphy’s foot didn’t touch the bag on a two-out force play at second base. New York challenged, and the call stood on review.

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That was the case Sunday afternoon, as New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda launched a go-ahead two-run home run, his third of the series and 18th of the season, boosting the Mets to a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Duda’s homer backed another stellar outing from rookie Jacob deGrom. The right-handed deGrom (5-5, 2.79 ERA) won his fourth consecutive start for the Mets (owning 0.66 ERA over that stretch), throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing four hits and striking out four. “Everything always seems to be down,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, referencing deGrom’s location in the strike zone.

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After beating the team he grew up rooting for, Jake Odorizzi now gets to finally face the club that drafted him. The former Milwaukee Brewers first-round pick seeks his first three-start win streak Monday night at home for the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set. Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97 ERA), who grew up about 33 miles from St. Louis in Highland, Ill., pitched on the road against the Cardinals for the first time Tuesday and allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings to earn a 7-2 win. I figured I had to tip my hat to them.” The emotion seems to be different this time for Odorizzi, who was drafted in 2008 but never pitched for the Brewers.

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Manager Mike Redmond is confident in the Miami Marlins’ young starters, and another meeting with the Houston Astros may reinforce his convictions. Jacob Turner gets another chance to justify his recent inclusion in the youngest rotation in baseball as he tries to help the Marlins continue their dominance of the Astros on Sunday. Miami (50-53) has a 4.12 ERA from its starters on the season, ranking 13th in the NL. The Marlins’ rotation is the youngest in baseball with an average age of 24 years, 317 days, with the 23-year-old Turner joined by 24-year-olds Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Brad Hand along with elder statesman Tom Koehler (28).

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Wily Peralta earned his team-leading 12th win, and Mark Reynolds homered in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night. Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Khris Davis added run-scoring hits for NL Central Division-leading Milwaukee. Four relievers held the Mets scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings Saturday. Francisco Rodriguez, who blew a save and took the loss against the Mets on Friday night, recorded his 30th save in 34 chances.

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After leading the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs last year, Chris Davis has struggled to follow up his huge season at the plate. Davis hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning, Nelson Cruz also went deep and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a record-tying start by Felix Hernandez in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. It was his 13th consecutive start with at least seven innings and no more than two runs allowed, matching Tom Seaver’s major league mark set for the New York Mets in 1971. Everyone in Seattle knows that,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

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The Mets say pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to New York to have his right elbow examined. Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that the 33-year-old Matsuzaka felt something in his elbow a day earlier. Matsuzaka pitched two innings and gave up three earned runs in the Mets’ 9-1 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The New York Mets have recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas a day after shortstop Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch.

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