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OUT LOUD

"I know that he's got a competitive chip that's special when you combine that with a very elite skill set and a desire to be 'the guy'. "

— Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Gerritt Cole, who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings as Pittsburgh beat the Cubs 3-2 on Friday.

GAME OF NUMBERS

31

Pitches thrown by Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, who strained his right hamstring Sept. 18 in a bullpen session. He said the hamstring's better.

101

RBI this season for Boston's David Ortiz. He has reaching the century mark nine times with the Red Sox, tying Hall of Famer Ted Williams for the club record.

SUSPENDED

Jonathan Papelbon

P, Nationals

Washington's closer was suspended for three games and fined by MLB for throwing his first pitch to Baltimore's Manny Machado in the head area on Wednesday. Papelbon will appeal, making him eligible to still pitch. He hit Machado in the upper arm two pitches later and was ejected.