Yes, there is an authority higher than ESPN

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The Yankees-Red Sox game on September 27th was originally scheduled for 1PM.  ESPN, as is their wont, moved it to 8PM so that those of us who so rarely get a chance to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on ESPN could do so.  Slight problem: Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the 27th, which would have prevented a big swath of baseball fans from enjoying the game. And maybe Kevin Youkilis too, who suited up for Yom Kippur in 2004, but didn’t play.

Following some arm twisting from New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, however, there has been a change of heart, and the game has been moved back to 1PM:

The congressman said that ESPN had the contractual right to change the
starting time. “There is the contract, there is the major league rule
book, but then there is a higher authority that was dictating a lot of
this for fans,” he said.

NBC will still have the Colts-Cardinals Sunday Night Football game, however, so the Gentile and non-observant among you may still enjoy some sports that evening.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Shelby Miller snaps 24-start winless streak

Shelby Miller
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Pitcher wins are stupid, but players do seem to put some stock in them. And so Braves starter Shelby Miller can finish his 2015 season with some positive vibes.

The right-hander held the Cardinals scoreless over eight innings in the first half of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, an eventual 6-0 victory for the host Braves. Miller struck out seven, gave up only three hits, and finally got some run support to snap a 24-start “winless” streak. (Atlanta was actually 3-21 in that stretch).

Miller’s last official “win” before Sunday came May 17 in Miami. He shut out the Marlins and flirted with a no-hitter in that start.

The 24-year-old will finish the 2015 season with a 6-17 record, 3.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 171/73 K/BB ratio in 205 1/3 innings. He was traded to Atlanta from St. Louis over the winter in the four-player Jason Heyward deal and will be under the Braves’ control through at least 2018.

Heyward is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.