Baseball Shots Of The Week – September 23, 2013

Boston Red Sox (95-62)
Boston Red Sox (95-62)
Not many had Boston winning the division, let alone clinching this early. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)<br><br>The Boston Red Sox unveiled a statue of Carl Yastrzemski at Fenway Park.
Oakland Athletics (93-63)
Oakland Athletics (93-63)
Oakland has the division crown all but sewed up again. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)<br><br>Coco Crisp was named the recipient of the 2013 Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award.
Atlanta Braves (92-63)
Atlanta Braves (92-63)
The Braves got Jason Heyward back on Friday. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)<br><br>Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has not announced his starting rotation for the postseason.
St Louis Cardinals (91-65)
St Louis Cardinals (91-65)
St. Louis is eying its fourth postseason appearance in its last five tries. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Carpenter passed Stan Musial on the Cardinals all-time list for doubles.
Detroit Tigers (91-65)
Detroit Tigers (91-65)
It wasn't long ago Detroit had the largest divisional lead in the AL, now they have the smallest. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)<br><br>Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer finally earned win number 20 as Detroit beat the White Sox, 12-5.
Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66)
Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66)
The Dodgers went from last to first over the summer. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) <br><br>Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 Padres over seven scoreless innings and his 15th win of the season.
Cincinnati Reds (89-67)
Cincinnati Reds (89-67)
Assuming the standings remain true ... (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)<br><br>Reds Manager Dusty Baker has not announced his starting rotation past the Mets series as he prepares for the Wild Card playoffs.
Pittsburgh Pirates (89-67)
Pittsburgh Pirates (89-67)
Then the National League Wild Card game will have a NL Central flavor. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)<br><br> Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 12 Padres as the Pirates beat San Diego 10-1 and ended a three-game losing streak.
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians (86-70)
Cleveland Indians (86-70)
The Indians have an easy schedule from here out. Let's see if they take advantage. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>Scott Kazmir struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the Indians beat the Astros 4-1, Kazmir also joined two other teammates that have totaled over 150 strikeouts this season.
Texas Rangers (84-71)
Texas Rangers (84-71)
Texas' mistakes cost them an important series versus Tampa Bay. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)<br><br>Despite having the option to become a free agent after the season, reliever Joe Nathan would like to stay with the Rangers on a multiyear contract.
Kansas City Royals (82-73)
Kansas City Royals (82-73)
Give KC credit: They've made this a down-to-the-wire affair. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)<br><br>Royals' closer, Greg Holland has a shot to tie or break the franchise single-season saves record, he needs just one more save to reach 45.
Washington Nationals (84-72)
Washington Nationals (84-72)
Stephen Strasburg is done for the year. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)<br><br>Stephen Strasburg became the third fastest pitcher in major league history to reach their 500th strikeout of their career.
New York Yankees (82-74)
New York Yankees (82-74)
Andy Pettitte's retirement announcement isn't surprising. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>The Yankees retired Mariano Rivera's No. 42 in Monument Park and he will finish his career pitching in 1,000 games for the same team.
Baltimore Orioles (81-74)
Baltimore Orioles (81-74)
Baltimore is still hanging around in the Wild Card race. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)<br><br>Orioles third baseman was carted off the field on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury running to first base.
Arizona Diamondbacks (79-76)
Arizona Diamondbacks (79-76)
Arizona had a disappointing season, and that's likely to spur Kevin Towers to make some moves. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) <br><br>Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz was activated from the DL and rejoined the teams' bullpen last week.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (76-79)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (76-79)
The Angels are all but locked into third place. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)<br><br>Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is the first Angels catcher in a long time to be named the American League's Player of the Week.
Philadelphia Phillies (71-84)
Philadelphia Phillies (71-84)
The Phillies will have their first losing season since 2002. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)<br><br>Phillies removed the interim tag from Ryne Sandberg and signed him to a three-year contract as their manager.
San Diego Padres (72-83)
San Diego Padres (72-83)
So much has gone wrong for the Padres this season; one thing that's gone right? Andrew Cashner. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)<br><br>Mark Kotsay enters the final week of his his career as a player, after announcing earlier that he'll retire at the end of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays (71-84)
Toronto Blue Jays (71-84)
Toronto is now guaranteed a last-place finish. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)<br><br>R.A. Dickey threw his third complete game of the year and struck out 11 batters, but the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-2.
San Francisco Giants (72-84)
San Francisco Giants (72-84)
Expect Brian Sabean to have a busy winter. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) <br><br>Right-hander Tim Lincecum recorded his 1,500th strikeout of his career last week.
Colorado Rockies (71-86)
Colorado Rockies (71-86)
Remember when the Rockies were in first place? (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)<br><br>Charlie Blackmon earned the National League Player of the Week honors.
New York Mets (71-84)
New York Mets (71-84)
Believe it or not, the Mets could finish in third. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)<br><br>The Mets completed a three-game series sweep of the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Milwaukee Brewers (69-86)
Milwaukee Brewers (69-86)
Grumpy face or not, Kyle Lohse has pitched well for Milwaukee. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)<br><br>It was reported that Lohse will earn a $350,000 bonus as he hit his 190 inning contract incentive.
Seattle Mariners (68-88)
Seattle Mariners (68-88)
Seattle has lost 85 or more games in four seasons in a row, and five of the past six. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)<br><br>Felix Hernandez struck out 10 Angels in his four innings of work and the M's beat L.A. 3-2.
Minnesota Twins (65-90)
Minnesota Twins (65-90)
Will Ron Gardenhire stay or go? That's the big question in Minnesota.(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)<br><br>Twins catcher Joe Mauer will not make his return this season after suffering a concussion. He has been out since mid-August.
Chicago Cubs (65-91)
Chicago Cubs (65-91)
The Kevin Gregg controversy is silly on both sides. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) <br><br>Cubs catcher Welington Castillo has a partial tear in his right knee ligament and will need surgery, he is out the remainder of the season.
Chicago White Sox (61-94)
Chicago White Sox (61-94)
Expect the White Sox to have a different look next season. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)<br><br>Adam Dunn has been out of the White Sox starting lineup for three straight games.
Miami Marlins (57-99)
Miami Marlins (57-99)
The Marlins are closing in on locking down the number two pick. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)<br><br>After the fourth straight losing season, the front office for the Marlins is unclear for next year.
Houston Astros (51-105)
Houston Astros (51-105)
The Astros were, predictably, the first team to 100 losses. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>Astros officially secured the No. 1 pick the First-Year Player Draft, they become the first team to have the top pick three years in a row.
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