Jimmy Rollins writes goodbye message to Philadelphia after trade to Dodgers

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Jimmy Rollins was officially traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers yesterday in exchange for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. The veteran shortstop took to Twitter this morning to write a goodbye message to the city of Philadelphia:

source:  Selected by the Phillies in the second round in 1996, Rollins leaves Philadelphia as one of the city’s sports icons. His 18-year journey was highlighted by three All-Star appearances, one National League MVP Award in 2007, five straight National League East titles, and one World Series championship in 2008. He heads to Los Angeles as the Phillies’ all-time leader in hits (2,306).

Rollins will make his return to Philadelphia when the Dodgers visit for a three-game series next August 4-6.

Video: Dexter Fowler robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of three-run homer

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Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.

Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.

The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.

The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.