“I know what it’s like to lose 100. I know what it’s like to go home at the end of the season and people not knowing what team you play for — the Washington whos?”

— SS Ian Desmond, who was drafted by Montreal in 2004 and has remained with the franchise, on not taking the Nationals’ success for granted.



10.13: ERA in three starts after the All-Star break for Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett, who wil miss four weeks because of a strained elbow tendon. He had a 2.11 in 18 starts before the break.


3.55: MLB-low runs per game average for the surging Mets through Sunday.



Danny Valencia, 3B/OF, Oakland

The A’s became the fifth major league stop for the 30-year-old, who was bating .296 with seven homers and 29 RBI in 58 games when the Blue Jays, needing a slot on the 40-man roster, designated him for assignment Saturday. Valencia played for the Twins (2010-12) and also has played for the Red Sox, Orioles and Royals.