Bobby Wilson took it personally when the Orioles intentionally walked Will Venable ahead of him. Wilson lined a tiebreaking double with two out in the sixth inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday night. Elvis Andrus tripled off the left-field wall with two outs and Venable was walked to bring up Wilson.

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Jake Arrieta took some time to blossom into something formidable. Just like these Cubs.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Citi Field wasn’t home, sweet home, for the New York Mets on Friday night. After winning seven straight in Colorado and Philadelphia, the Mets returned home and fell 6-4 to the last-place Boston Red Sox. After having his last start skipped, Matt Harvey returned to toss six scoreless innings but was long gone when Boston’s Blake Swihart raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run leading off the 10th inning. Upon further review, Swihart’s blast actually cleared the wall and should have been ruled a conventional home run on the field. It wasn’t, but it didn’t much matter as the ball bounced far enough away from center fielder Juan Lagares for Swihart to round the bases. Any way you score it, it’s a home run, but we’ll always acknowledge a catcher showing off his wheels.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Swihart’s homer started a three-run Red Sox rally, which would prove important once the Mets scored one in the bottom half. The Red Sox also plated three in the seventh immediately after Harvey departed. David Ortiz smacked a solo home run in the frame. Jackie Bradley later connected on a two-run shot to give Boston its first lead. Ortiz’s homer was No. 493 for his marvelous career. He’s now tied with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th place on the all-time home run list. As for the Mets offense, they were cooled off a bit. They entered having already hit a franchise-record 43 home runs this month, but mustered just a double among their eight hits on Friday. With that said, they missed out on several scoring chances, as they also drew 12 walks. In the end, they left 14 runners on base. The good news for New York? No damage was done in the standings. The Washington Nationals also lost, 4-3 to the Marlins, keeping the Mets division lead at 6 1/2 games. YANKEES BREAK OUT ON OFFENSE, CRUSH BRAVES While one scorching New York offense cooled off on Friday, the Yankees fading offense finally broke out. After scoring just four runs total in their three-game series against the Astros, the Yankees muscled up for 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-4 victory against the Atlanta Braves.  Shortstop Didi Gregorius paced New York’s attack, connecting for a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. Gregorius finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Brian McCann, who spent his first nine seasons with the Braves, made his return to Atlanta with a bang. He cracked a three-run homer in the eighth, before wrapping the scoring in the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each contributed multi-hit games as the Yankees cruised to the victory.  Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t back down in their return to Rogers Centre. After Detroit’s Ian Kinsler hit a first-inning homer, the Jays scored five unanswered on their way to a 5-3 victory. Toronto’s game and a half lead in the AL East remains intact.  TWINS KEEP PACE WITH WIN AGAINST ASTROS The top of the AL wild-card picture remained unchanged Friday. The Yankees remained in firm control with their victory, while the Texas Rangers continued holding down the second spot with a 4-1 win over Baltimore. That put the pressure on the Minnesota Twins to keep pace, and they responded with a victory of their own, 3-0 against the AL West-leading Astros.  Right-hander Kyle Gibson did much of the heavy lifting, tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Minnesota’s bullpen worked hard too, with Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen combining to strike out six batters while allowing just two hits.  To the credit of Astros’ left-hander Scott Kazmir, the Twins didn’t have much going against him either, collecting just three hits over seven innings. But they made those hits count, turning them into three runs. Eduardo Nunez drove in two of their three with a home run and RBI ground out.  Overall, the Twins have won seven of eight. They are one-half game behind Texas for that second wild-card position, but the Angels, Rays and Orioles aren’t far behind them. It’s time to buckle up.  CLAYTON KERSHAW OVERPOWERS CUBS, STRIKES OUT 14 Friday night was a good night at Dodger Stadium.  The evening started with the news that Vin Scully would be returning to the Dodgers television booth for his 67th season. Then everyone settled in to watch Clayton Kershaw do his thing. And do his thing Clayton Kershaw did, striking out 14 Chicago Cubs over eight innings in the Dodgers 4-1 victory.  The red-hot Kershaw continued a remarkable stretch of brilliance with this performance. Over his last 11 outings, he’s allowed more than one earned run only once. During that stretch, he’s also struck out 105 batters while issuing just eight walks. That is dominance in its purest form, and right now there’s no signs of Kershaw slowing down.  Overall, the Dodgers have won four straight immediately on the heels of a five-game losing streak. They’re attempting to reestablish command in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants nipping on their heels. The Giants remained right there, beating the Cardinals 5-4 in San Francisco. Given the competition both teams are facing, this weekend could be telling in terms of how the NL West will shake out over the next month.   Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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Yordano Ventura’s locker sits next to that of Edinson Volquez in the Kansas City clubhouse, and two down from Johnny Cueto, who arrived last month in a trade from Cincinnati. ”I believe Johnny’s had a big impact on Ventura the last three or four starts,” Royals manager Ned Yost said after his young flamethrower tossed a gem in a 5-3 victory over Baltimore. ”Every once in a while, you hear it from the pitching coach, you hear it from the pitching coach, and then you hear it from a teammate and it sinks in,” he said.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues on Friday:

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Look out, American League. The Minnesota Twins are charging hard and looking to snap their four-year postseason drought. After being swept by the Yankees in New York last week, the Twins have rattled off six straight road victories against AL wild-card contenders. It started with a dominant four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. It’s continuing now at Tropicana Field, where they won for the second straight day, 5-3. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Twins had to overcome one of the AL’s most dominant pitchers, Chris Archer, in order to claim victory. Archer was coming off a one-hit, 11-strikeout shutout of the Houston Astros. Here, he struck out 12 over six-plus innings, but the Twins mixed in four runs on nine hits. Eduardo Escobar was the offensive star, homering off Archer in the sixth and reliever Brandon Gomes in the eighth. He has seven on the season. Joe Mauer also had a big game, collecting three hits. Rookies Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano were a combined 3-for-10. The Twins are now 6-0 with them in the same lineup. With the win, the Twins moved one-half game ahead of the Texas Rangers for the second wild-card spot. They’ll go for the series sweep on Thursday night before returning home to host the first-place Astros.  SLUGGING METS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT Meanwhile, in the National League, the New York Mets are the hottest team around thanks largely to back-to-back series against the Rockies and Phillies. Granted, the Mets have still had to take care of business. They’ve done just that winning six straight of their own after Wednesday’s 9-4 victory in Philadelphia. During that stretch, the Mets have outscored their opponents 64-35. That’s about a month’s worth of offense, or so it seemed earlier in the season, in a span of six games. The long ball has been a big part of the Mets hot streak. They hit a franchise record eight in Monday’s win, but settled for one on Wednesday. Michael Cuddyer launched a two-run shot off reliever Hector Neris in the sixth inning. Cuddyer finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Yoenis Cespedes cooled off with two hits, including a mere triple. He had homered five times over his last five games. Bartolo Colon was the beneficiary of the latest barrage, though he didn’t need much help. Colon tossed seven scoreless innings while improving to 11-11 on the season. The Mets now own a commanding 6 1/2 game lead in the NL East after the Nationals fell 6-5 to San Diego. BLUE JAYS UPDATE: STILL RAKING Justin Verlander stole the headlines with his dominant one-hitter , but Wednesday had some good offensive performances as we’ve already noted. Right at the top? The Toronto Blue Jays, who else? They rolled to another victory, 12-4 over the Rangers. All of the usual suspects were involved, though for the most part it was for their patience, not their slugging. Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista combined to go 2-for-11 with six walks and six runs scored. Bautista drew four of those walks, though each scored twice. Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak did the cleaning up, each homering and combining to drive in seven runs. That’s just what a well-oiled offensive machine does. It keeps the parts moving and the production flowing.  David Price pitched six innings of two-run ball to earn his fourth win since joining the Blue Jays. He has 13 overall. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have 71 wins and a two game lead over the Yankees. DODGERS WIN BEHIND THREE-HOMER INNING After losing five staight in Oakland and Houston, the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting healthy again at the expense of the Cincinnati Reds. Just prior to the unsuccessful start of their road trip. the Dodgers won three straight against Cincinnati at home. Now they’ve won two straight at Great American Ball Park following Wednesday’s 7-4 decision.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] After jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, the Dodgers broke things open with a five-run, three-homer fourth inning. Scott Van Slyke started it with a solo shot. A.J. Ellis followed with a two-run blast. Then Yasiel Puig capped it with a two-run tater and bat flip.   The Reds would make things interesting late, scoring three unearned runs against Brett Anderson in the seventh, but five relievers, including closer Kenley Jansen, got Los Angeles to the finish line. They’ll now aim for a three-game sweep Thursday afternoon with Zack Greinke on the hill.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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A mid-August sweep that capped a disastrous first month out of the All-Star break had the Minnesota Twins’ playoff chances looking bleak. Suddenly, a surprising winning streak has pushed the Twins into a postseason spot while the Tampa Bay Rays are the ones starting to feel things slipping away. Minnesota goes for a three-game sweep of the Rays on Thursday night as it looks to win a seventh straight game for the first time in more than four years.

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Eric Hosmer rolled a grounder toward first base in the third inning with the score tied, and Lorenzo Cain put on the brakes – a heads-up play that may have won the Royals the game. Cain hesitated just long enough between first and second base that Baltimore was unable to turn a double play. ”Just kind of hesitated and didn’t let him tag me,” Cain said.

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BOSTON (AP) — Mike Moustakas kept fouling off good pitches. He finally saw one he could handle and didn't miss it.

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