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Video: Carlos Martinez makes incredible play on Elian Herrera bunt


Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez was a shortstop as an amateur in the Dominican Republic and he showed off that middle-infield background Tuesday night at Miller Park on this fantastic defensive play to rob the Brewers’ Elian Herrera of a bunt single in the bottom of the eighth inning …

Martinez pitched eight innings of one-run ball, striking out nine. His season ERA is 3.02.

Bryce Harper homers twice, Stephen Strasburg strikes out 14


At this point the Washington Nationals are merely playing out the string on a highly disappointing 2015 season, but both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper came to play Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Harper hit a solo shot in the top of the first inning, an RBI single in the top of the third, drew a walk in the top of the sixth, and then capped off his night with this two-run shot off Phillies reliever Adam Loewen in the top of the eighth …

Harper is now batting .338/.467/.667 with 39 home runs and 90 RBI in 137 games this season. The 22-year-old should really be a unanimous selection for National League MVP.

Strasburg struck out 14 batters over eight innings of one-hit ball in Washington’s 4-0 victory Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. He struck out 13 batters last Wednesday against the Mets and is now just one of two pitchers in the combined history of the Nationals and Expos to rattle off consecutive 13-plus-strikeout games. The other: Pedro Martinez.

Anibal Sanchez to have shoulder checked by Dr. James Andrews

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Anibal Sanchez was supposed to return to the Tigers’ starting rotation Wednesday in a piggyback start with fellow rehabbing right-hander Daniel Norris, but that plan has been trashed.

Sanchez is still experiencing discomfort in his injured right shoulder and will pay a visit to renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a thorough examination, per Chris Iott of MLive.com.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones are both optimistic that the injury isn’t serious, but Sanchez hasn’t started a game since August 18 and probably won’t pitch again in 2015. He felt renewed soreness while trying to throw a bullpen session Monday in Minnesota.

Sanchez is currently sitting on a rough 4.99 ERA through 157 innings this season.

The 31-year-old is owed $16.8 million in 2016 and another $16.8 million in 2017.