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"We're not mathematically eliminated, so there's still something to play for."

— Orioles All-Star outfielder Adam Jones, whose team remains well outside the playoff picture with three weeks remaining in the season. Jones then drove in both runs in Baltimore's 2-0 victory over Boston.



Homers for Yoenis Cespedes since he was traded from Detroit to the Mets on July 31. According to ESPN Stats and Info, only Mark McGwire in 1997 with St. Louis (24) has ever hit more home runs after July 31 following a midseason trade.


Hits for the Yankees in 33⅔ innings against the Rays' Erasmo Ramirez this season, after he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Monday night.


Career multihomer games for Washington's Jayson Werth after he did it for the first time this season Monday night.


Nick Swisher

OF, Atlanta

Before being traded to the Braves on Aug. 7, Nick Swisher had played on only one team with a losing record in 11 seasons. Now at age 34, and with a year left on his contract, Swisher is on a Braves team that has lost 46 of 60 games. Instead of grousing about the embarrassment this season has become, Swisher exudes the same energy and optimism he's been known for throughout his career, insisting he's excited about being part of the Braves' rebuilding. "I call it a rejuvenation of this organization," he said last week. "I'm happy and proud to be part of that. That's what I want to do, man. I want to make this place 100 percent better from the time that I showed up until the time that I leave here, whenever that is."