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 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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(Adds later games) Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Cardinals 9, Cubs 6 In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium. Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

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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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Oakland A’s center fielder Coco Crisp has never been afraid to sell out or risk bodily harm in order to make a difference making play in the field. With that in mind, and with the stakes undeniably higher this weekend during their series against the Los Angeles Angels, it should come as no surprise that Crisp was willing to crash and burn in hopes of bringing back a home run ball off the bat of Chris Iannetta. The incredible effort nearly paid off, too. Crisp actually had the ball in his glove momentarily. However, the jolt from crashing into the wall knocked the ball loose, allowing it to harmlessly fall over the fence for a two-run homer that opened the scoring in the Angels eventual 4-0 win .   Crisp, on the other hand, took a hard impact on his right shoulder, and then crashed anything but harmlessly to the ground, landing directly on his back. Crisp stayed down for several minutes while the A’s athletic trainer, manager Bob Melvin and several of his teammates surrounded him. Eventually, he was able to walk off the field under his own power to a respectful applause from Angels fans, but obviously wasn’t feeling well.  After the game, the A’s announced Crisp suffered a strained neck, which has been a reoccurring issue for him this season thanks to efforts like this one.

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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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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was on crutches Friday when he rejoined his teammates for the first time since his season-ending knee injury. Richards hobbled out to center field for the official team photo. ”I think Garrett’s finally exhaled,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA when he tore a tendon in his left knee Aug. 20 while covering first base in a game at Boston.

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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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Hector Santiago, once mired in an early-season funk, made a major contribution to the Los Angeles Angels’ playoff hopes Wednesday night. The left-hander earned his second victory as a starter this season, and the Angels defeated the Miami Marlins 6-1 at Angel Stadium. Los Angeles, which earned its third victory in four games, remains one game ahead of the second-place Oakland Athletics in the American League West. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia offered a more detailed analysis.

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With Garrett Richards out of the season, the Los Angeles Angels are kicking the tires on multiple veteran pitchers ahead of the waiver trade deadline Sunday.

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