The Marlins officially reinstated pitcher David Phelps from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Phelps was suffering from a left oblique strain. The 29-year-old right-hander is widely considered Miami's most versatile pitcher, and it shows, as he holds a 7-6 record with a 2.52 ERA in five starts and 50 relief outings including three saves. It's a great time for Phelps to be coming off the disabled list, as Fernando Rodney has been struggling, and A.J. Ramos has been pitching through a fractured right finger. Phelps had been on the disabled list since August 31.
Don Mattingly discussed Jose Urena and his dazzling performance against the Dodgers on Sunday following the game.
It was an emotional day Sunday, which marked the 15th anniversary since the attacks on 9/11, and that day has not faded from Tom Koehler's memory. Tom's father, Rolf Koehler was a first responder to the attacks on the World Trade Center and was a member of the cleanup crew in the following months. Koehler was a sophomore at New Rochelle High during the attacks, and to honor members of law enforcement and other first responders who bravely served and put so many people's lives ahead of their own, he wore an NYPD t-shirt before Sunday's game.
Eric Quinones of Marlin Maniac ponders whether the Marlins still have hope this season.
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote a really great piece about what he'll never forget about baseball's return to New York City following 9/11.
The Athletics have finally released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, putting an end to a sad saga with Oakland that will always be paired with this embarrasing fight with teammate Danny Valencia.
The White Sox parted ways with pitcher Ryan Webb, according to Baseball America's Matt Eddy. The 30-year-old righty signed a minor league deal with Chicago in July after being released by Tampa Bay earlier in the month.
David Ortiz moved past Jimmie Foxx on the all-time home run list on Sunday and into the 18th place, one behind Mickey Mantle at 17. The historic three-run homer came off Joquin Benoit, who Ortiz also hit his infamous game-tying grand slam in Game Two of the 2013 ALCS off. Ortiz's sixth inning blast propeled the Sox to a 11-8 victory, and put them two games ahead of the Orioles and Blue Jays in first place.