SEATTLE -- Guillermo Heredia provided the early punch with a home run, then turned an extra 90 feet into the winning run for the Seattle Mariners some four hours later. Heredia went from first to third on a wild pitch and then came home when Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a game that ended early Wednesday morning. "In my opinion, the biggest play in the game was him going from first to third on the wild pitch, keeping his up head up there and taking the extra base, which allowed him to score the winning run," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "A lot of crazy
The clump of teams in contention in the AL hasn't really moved too much. Aside from the Chicago White Sox and probably the Oakland Athletics , everyone else could probably squint their way into thinking they are contenders. OK, so the Detroit Tigers being seven out and having to leapfrog so many teams probably makes us three non-contenders, but seven isn't that huge a gap, you know? In the middle there are still a group of teams that could sell veteran pieces in front of the trade deadline, but also might have to wait until the last minute. Hell, some might even morph from assumed sellers into buyers. Let's take a look: OK, so they are eight games under .500 and seemingly a broken team. But
The Houston Astros might be among the more active teams ahead of Monday's trade deadline. No first-place team in baseball has a more comfortable lead than Houston, who are ahead of the Seattle Mariners by 17 games, but the Astros could probably use another starter to strengthen their chances in October. After 100 games, the Astros are a respectable No. 7 in earned-run average (3.98), but bolstering the rotation could be crucial in the final two months of the regular season and into the postseason as starters have battled inconsistency and injuries.