Pat Neshek (L) aired his beef with Zack Greinke on an online collecting forum. Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Pat Neshek is MLB’s most avid baseball card and autograph collector. Neshek collects a lot more than 1985 Topps, though, so when he was chosen for the All-Star Game this year in Miami, Neshek was asked which player’s autograph he was most eager to try to get.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: NL CENTRAL SHOWDOWN If the surprising Brewers are going to catch Chicago in the NL Central, this is probably the best chance they have left to make a big move. Trailing by 3½ games, Milwaukee begins a four-game series at home against the Cubs that features a terrific pitching matchup in the opener. Zach Davies (17-9, 3.89 ERA) starts for the Brewers, looking to earn his major league-high 18th win. He is scheduled to face 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.48), expected back from a strained right hamstring that's sidelined him since Sept. 4. Arrieta was 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA over six starts in August. Milwaukee is also a game
BALTIMORE -- Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East. They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who remained three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth. Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10