Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle comes down with a high throw to first from Craig Wilson for an out during New York's 2-1 victory over Boston on Aug. 21. Lidle pitched six scoreless innings as the Yankees swept the Sox in their five-game series at Fenway.
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Albert Pujols belts a grand slam at Shea Stadium as Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca looks on in the fifth inning on Aug. 22. Pujols had hit a three-run shot in the fourth, accounting for all of the Cardinals' runs in an 8-7 loss to the Mets.
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The Mets' Carlos Beltran leaps to home plate as teammates celebrate his game-winning two-run homer in the ninth against the Cardinals on Aug 22. The Mets swept the Central Division-leading Cards in three games at Shea.
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White Sox first baseman Ross Gload dives for a grounder hit by the Tigers' Dmitri Young in the fourth inning at Comerica Park on Aug 24. Paul Konerko has been the DH since Jim Thome was sidelined with a hamstring injury last week, and Gload has filled in nicely at first base for Chicago.
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The Athletics' Jason Kendall breaks up a potential double play, colliding with Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the third inning at Ameriquest Field on Aug 25. The A's had gone 18-6 this month as of Sunday, leading the AL West by 5 1/2 games.
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Phillies center fielder Aaron Rowand and second baseman Chase Utley collide after chasing a fly ball at Wrigley Field on Aug. 21. The Phillies won the game 6-5, but Rowand will likely miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a fractured ankle suffered in the collision.
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Royals reliever Andrew Sisco sits dejected after allowing two runs in the tenth inning of a slugfest with the Indians at Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 23. The Royals had jumped to a 10-1 lead in the first inning, but the Indians rallied to win 15-13.
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The Cardinals' Gary Bennett heads for home as he celebrates his game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs 10-6 at Busch Stadium on Aug. 27. A backup catcher, Bennett had also won the game the night before with a two-out, RBI single against the Cubs.
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Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez and the Devil Rays' Carl Crawford both look for the call from home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom in the third inning at Camden Yards on Saturday. Crawford was called out as Baltimore went on to beat Tampa Bay 3-2.
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Red Sox right fielder Eric Hinske makes a diving catch on a line out by the Mariners' Rene Rivera in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on Sunday. Seattle won 6-3 to sweep the Sox in three games, leaving Boston 6 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
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Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla turns a double play after forcing out Milwaukee's Gabe Gross in the third inning at Dolphin Stadium on Aug. 25. The Marlins had a seven-game winning streak through Sunday, with six of those wins by two runs or fewer.
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Jermaine Dye hits a solo home run off Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson in the first inning at Comerica Park on Aug 24. Dye went deep twice in the White Sox's 10-0 win and finished with five homers and 10 RBIs last week.
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Dodgers catcher Russell Martin tags out the Diamondbacks' Conor Jackson at home on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning at Chase Field on Aug. 25. The D-backs won 9-7 with a two-run shot by Orlando Hudson in the 15th, but the Dodgers took the next two games to remain atop the NL West.
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Despite a solid outing for Angels pitcher Jered Weaver, the Red Sox dealt him his first loss of the season, 2-1, at Angel Stadium on Aug. 24. Weaver's 9-0 start to open his major league career tied the AL record set by Whitey Ford of the 1950 Yankees.
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Twins teammates Luis Castillo and Lew Ford celebrate after beating the White Sox 8-7 in 11 innings at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday. Ford scored the game-winning run in the 11th on a single by Nick Punto as Minnesota continued to battle Chicago in the AL wild-card race.
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