Cole Hamels played stopper Thursday afternoon, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels (5-5) stymied the first-place Giants with eight innings of one-run ball, striking out 10 to help the Phillies avoid a four-game sweep. Closer Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his 24th save. The last-place Phillies (44-58) have won just two of their last nine games — both 2-1 victories in which Hamels was the winning pitcher.

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Prior to Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS, we saw a true first in Major League Baseball. Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Joe Kelly of the St. Louis Cardinals engaged in a spontaneous on field standoff following the singing of the national anthem , in which both refused to leave their position until the other man blinked.
Each man’s desire to be the last man standing was evident, and it even carried on to the point that the first pitch of the game was delayed before umpire Greg Gibson finally regained control and got Kelly to take a step back.
It was one of the most bizarre and unexpectedly entertaining events we’ve seen in baseball, especially considering it happened in the thick of the postseason. It also left us to wonder if we might ever see a sequel, whether it be between Kelly and Van Slyke, who ironically matchup over the weekend in St. Louis, or elsewhere in MLB. 
We got our answer on Wednesday afternoon when Washington Nationals’ reliever Aaron Barrett and Colorado Rockies’ outfielder Brandon Barnes waged their own standoff following the “Star Spangled Banner” at Coors Field. 

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Francisco Liriano has been nowhere near the ace he was last year, when he won 16 games and helped lead the Pittsburgh Pirates on a magical run to their first winning season and postseason berth since 1992. Liriano won for just the second time in 17 starts this season and Josh Harrison’s two-run double capped a four-run first inning as the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1. The left-hander’s other win this season also came against the Dodgers, when he pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings May 30 at Los Angeles. “To me, he’s a tough guy to get ready for,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

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Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on Dan Haren early in a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Harrison’s two-run double down the left field line capped a four-run outburst in the first against Haren (8-8). Pittsburgh has won five of six since the All-Star break to move a season-high seven games over .500 (54-47). Travis Snider added two hits, including his fifth homer, for the Pirates.

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Pirates are supposed to make you walk the plank , not nearly half of their lineup. And yet, no matter what he tried, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chris Perez kept walking Pittsburgh hitters in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday night — with disastrous consequences.
Trying to keep the Dodgers within a run after the Los Angeles offense had rallied, Perez instead walked four straight batters, helping Pittsburgh extend its lead to five runs. Perez threw only eight of 25 pitches for strikes and allowed four runs in a 12-7 loss at PNC Park .

Chris Perez five batters away from having the Pirates lineup “walk around.”
— DodgerzGM (@DodgerzGM) July 23, 2014
 
Here’s how it looked on the play-by-play transcript. It started OK with Michael Martinez, but then:

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The Pittsburgh Pirates traded for Ike Davis with the hope he would provide home run pop in the middle of the batting order, but the first baseman hasn’t delivered. However, Davis showed some signs of coming out of his power drought Tuesday night as he had three hits, including his first homer since June 9, as the Pirates outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-7. Pirates rookie left fielder Gregory Polanco and second baseman Neil Walker homered and drove in three runs each. Polanco and Walker each had two of the Pirates’ 12 hits as did left fielder Travis Snider and catcher Russell Martin.

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After enduring dreadful mid-season slumps in each of the past two years, Lance Lynn is determined to not let history repeat itself in 2014. The right-hander looks to give St. Louis his second strong showing since the All-Star break Wednesday night as the Cardinals try to deny the visiting Tampa Bay Rays a seventh straight victory. Lynn (11-6, 3.13 ERA) has been one of the top early-season pitchers for St. Louis (54-46) over the past three years, going a combined 32-14 with a 3.52 ERA prior to the All-Star break. He took a step toward that goal Friday, when he held the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless for six innings before giving up two runs and departing in the seventh of a 3-2 victory.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers held injured outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but manager Don Mattingly doesn’t believe either player needs to go on the disabled list.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two same-day call-ups helped the San Francisco Giants stay ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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While Jordan Zimmermann is healthy enough to take the mound for the Washington Nationals, injuries continue to mount for the Colorado Rockies. Looking to maintain his success versus Colorado, the right-hander will try to help the visiting Nationals improve to 5-0 this season against a Rockies team trying to avoid a seventh straight defeat Tuesday night. Though the injury forced Zimmermann to miss last week’s All-Star game, he didn’t encounter any problems during a weekend bullpen session. He can go as normal as long as he feels good.” Zimmermann allowed two runs in six innings of a 7-3 win June 30 to improve to 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts versus Colorado (40-59).

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