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The Juice: Chipper Jones takes Jonathan Papelbon deep for game-winner, A’s keep rolling

David Brown
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Mr. Jones coming through in stereo: The screaming man was Braves announcer Chip Caray. The swinging man was Chipper Jones. The man with whiplash was Jonathan Papelbon. He allowed a titanic three-run home run to Jones, whose two-out deep finished a five-run rally and created a mob scene at home plate at Turner Field, where the 40-year-old retiree-to-be was greeted as hero of Atlanta's 8-7 victory against Philadelphia. It was Chipper's second game-ending home run against the Phillies this season. The first came back in May.

Justin-pressive: After Alejandro De Aza led off with a home run, the White Sox couldn't touch Justin Verlander. He struck out 11 and, backed by a three-run homer from Delmon Young off Chris Sale, the Tigers won to sweep the three-game series and move into a first-place tie in the AL Central.

I, Adrian: He came in 6 for 33 in eight games with the Dodgers, but Adrian Gonzalez came through in a big way with a two-run, game-ending double for a 5-4 victory against closer J.J. Putz and the Diamondbacks. He was down 0-2 in the count, too.

Ori, ori, oles: Mark Reynolds connected for a pair of home runs (for the second time in the series), and Randy Wolf emerged from the scrap heap with 3 1/3 innings of one-run relief, leading the Orioles to an 8-3 victory against the Yankees. Baltimore took two of three in the Bronx and trails the AL East leaders by two games. The O's have gone HAM, cray and, like the Honey Badger, don't seem to care.

Oh, oh, Oakland: The Oakland Athletics aren't just winning, they're destroying teams. Seth Smith homered and the A's beat the Red Sox 6-2, completing a sweep in which they outscored Boston 33-5 over three games. The A's have won nine straight overall and, since dropping to 26-35 on June 10, have gone 50-22.

Quote of the Day:

"It's crazy. Who would have predicted that Sept. (2) that we'd be tied with the Yankees for the same record? Everything's working right now — offense, defense, pitching. When that's happening, special things are going to happen.'' — A's pitcher Brett Anderson.

Photo of the Day: Ticklerino!

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It's probably an optical illusion, but it sure looks like Mark Ellis is tickling Shane Victorino after he scored the winning run on Adrian Gonzalez's double. Whatever it takes to win, boys!

Three Facts for the Water Cooler:

• The San Diego Padres collected 20 hits and lost, 11-10 to the Rockies. It's only the second time since 2008 a team has reached double digits in scoring and hits and runs while losing, and it's the 80th time in 92 years, says Baseball-Reference.

• Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg has two more starts to go until his season is shut down after allowing two hits over six scoreless innings in a 4-3 victory against the Cardinals. He leads the NL with 195 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings but, because he is two years removed from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, the team is being cautious about pushing him much beyond 160 innings.

• The Cincinnati Reds lowered their magic number to 19 after a five-run eighth inning keyed a 5-3 comeback victory against the Astros. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer to tie the score.

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