The Miami Marlins lost star pitcher Jose Fernandez to a serious elbow injury five weeks into the season and star slugger Giancarlo Stanton with 2 1/2 weeks to go. Yet by beating the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday night, they improved to 74-77 with 11 games remaining and have given themselves chance to avoid a sixth straight losing season. ”This team is obviously headed in the right direction under our baseball department and Mike Redmond,” team president David Samson said. ”That would be huge for us, no doubt, to get to .500,” said Redmond, the Marlins’ second-year manager.

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There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless.

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The Washington Nationals celebrated like a team that expected to be in this position a year ago. They romped to Lil Jon’s party anthem ”Turn Down for What.” Now that they’ve made up for lost time, it’s time to get back to work. The Nationals don’t want another one-and-done trip to the playoffs. Returning to the top of the NL East, Washington wrapped up its second division title in three years on Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the team that won the crown a year ago.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name – SunTrust Park.

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Jordan Zimmermann made clutch pitches when he was in trouble, and Wilson Ramos gave Jonathon Niese’s one mistake a soaring ride. The batterymates formed a potent combination Sunday, leading the Washington Nationals a step closer to the NL East title with a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets. Ramos hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Nationals won with Zimmermann on the mound for a ninth straight start. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk in outpitching Jonathon Niese for 6 2-3 innings, helping Washington reduce its magic number for winning a second division title in three years to four.

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Colby Lewis had a hard time recalling the last time the Texas Rangers swept a series. Lewis pitched seven innings for his 10th victory, Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs and Texas finished off a three-game sweep of the slumping Atlanta Braves with a 10-3 win on Sunday. The only other series sweep for Texas this season was April 21-23 in a three-game set at Oakland. The last-place Rangers still have to win at least six of their last 13 games to avoid 100 losses.

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Atlanta Braves shortshop Andrelton Simmons has shown he can make every play on the infield, often with relative ease due to his next-level athleticism and cannon-like right arm. At this point, there’s really no way to successfully challenge him when he’s in his domain, so it appears Simmons is now challenging himself by expanding his jurisdiction to areas far away from his home position. For example, during Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, Simmons decided to pursue Michael Choice’s popup into shallow center field. It wasn’t hit hard, but it was hit high, allowing Simmons to gain ground quickly. Center fielder Emilio Bonafacio ran a long ways, too, and was in position to make the play. Given that he’s the captain of the outfield, it really should have been his play to make. However, he gave way to Simmons, whose back was completely to the infield. It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, and quite frankly it probably would have been with just about any other shortstop. Just not Simmons. He snatched the ball out of the air, and then instinctively spun and fired a rocket to first base nearly doubling off Luis Sardinas.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor’s go-ahead double gave fellow rookie Lisalverto Bonilla a win in his first major-league start, and the last-place Texas Rangers beat Atlanta 3-2 Saturday, handing the Braves another setback in their push for an NL wild-card spot.

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