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Steven Souza makes incredible catch for final out of Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter (Video)

In his final start of the regular season, Jordan Zimmermann was brilliant. However, he wasn’t the only member of the Washington Nationals who impressed on the afternoon.

steven-souza-diving-catchWith two outs in the top of the ninth, Christian Yelich hit a pitch by Zimmermann to the gap in left-center that looked like a sure extra-base hit. Playing in only his fourth game in left field for Washington, Steven Souza tracked down the ball and left his feet to make an incredible diving catch to record the final out of the game and give Jordan Zimmermann the first no-hitter in Nationals history.

Zimmermann struck out 10 and walked one on the way to the victory. He needed just 104 pitches to retire the 28 batters he faced.

What a way to end a game. What a way to end a regular season for the team whose 96 wins are most in the National League. Bryce Harper agrees.

Craig Kimbrel hilariously mocked by Phillies fans (Video)

craig-kimbrel-stanceCraig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is one of baseball’s best closers. He also has quite the stance prior to delivering pitches. Kimbrel bends over and stares toward home plate with his right arm extended before coming set on the mound.

Kimbrel came on for the ninth inning of Saturday’s game in Philadelphia, so Phillies fans behind home plate took the opportunity to have a little fun with the four-time All-Star.

Fans of Philadelphia sports teams take a beating nationally from time-to-time, but that’s pretty great.

Kimbrel was able to convert the save without allowing a run. However, you can’t say Phillies fans didn’t try to throw him off his game.

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Juan Uribe will manage Dodgers during final regular season game

Juan Uribe guitarThe Los Angeles Dodgers have wrapped up the NL West. The Colorado Rockies aren’t playing for anything. So, Sunday’s game between the two is meaningless outside of players getting one last chance to add to their season stats.

With both teams largely going through the motions, the Dodgers will take the opportunity to switch things up a bit, and not just with the lineup.

As shared by Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register, Don Mattingly won’t be the man in charge on Sunday. And Rick Honeycutt won’t man his familiar post as pitching coach.

In case you were thinking that can’t be true.

Having Juan Uribe as the manager can’t be anything less than fantastic. I mean, just look at the above picture, which comes from this video. Then, take a look at Uribe having fun with Yasiel Puig.

We’ll have to see how in-game management goes, but from an entertainment standpoint, you’d have to think something great will happen on Sunday.

H/T HardballTalk

Report: Joe Girardi unloaded on Yankees before Derek Jeter’s last home game

Joe GirardiThursday night’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles may have been all about Derek Jeter and his final home game at Yankee Stadium, but that didn’t stop Joe Girardi from telling his players what he thought about their 2014 season. According to a report from ESPNNewYork.com, Girardi unloaded on the Yankees before they took the field.

Several sources, including more than a handful of anonymous players, reportedly told ESPNNewYork.com that Girardi went off on the team for everything from players being overweight to others not being “hungry” enough to win.

One source described Girardi as “angry,” and said he even took a brief timeout to allow the players, led by CC Sabathia, to present Jeter with the original painting of The New Yorker’s Sept. 8 cover depicting the shortstop waving goodbye, and an expensive watch, before returning to Part Two of his tirade.

“It was a speech the likes of which I’ve never heard him give before,” said the source, who was in the room during the meeting. “It’s something he probably should have said back in spring training.”

Girardi confirmed the incident took place — he preferred to describe it as “a team meeting” — but refused to supply any details of what he said to the team or if any particular players were singled out.

Girardi said he was more “disappointed” than angry, but he admitted that he confronted the team about what he felt was a failure of a season.

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York Revolution’s Sean Smith circles bases on torn ACL after home run (Video)

Sean Smith ACLSean Smith never made much of his baseball career in the minor leagues, but he made major headlines for what he did on Friday night.

Smith, an outfielder with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, hit a game-tying home run in the 8th inning of his team’s game with the Sugar Land Skeeters. While rounding first base, Smith somehow tore his ACL and went down to the dirt. Smith got up and circled the bases to score the tying run … hopping around as best as he could.

With a fairy tale story like this, you know there had to be a happy ending, and there was — the Revolution won 3-2 in 10 innings.

And wouldn’t you know it? Smith stuck around on crutches to sign autographs:

Derek Jeter not interested in managing Yankees for last game of his career

Derek JeterDerek Jeter said after his last home game on Thursday that he was done playing shortstop. With no defense to worry about, would that mean Jeter was up for another challenge?

Not quite.

According to Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch, Jeter was offered the opportunity to manage the Yankees on Sunday, which will be the last game of his career, and didn’t seem interested.

That shouldn’t be too surprising. Jeter has previously said he’s not interested in managing after he’s done playing. Plus, he has a lot of respect for the game and those who work in it, so he probably would view it as improper to act as manager when he’s really just a player … and when the team already has a manager.

We all know that Jeter doesn’t want his last impression to be of him filling out a lineup card, anyway.

Hunter Pence dropped a bunch of F-bombs in great speech (Video)

Hunter Pence dropped a bunch of F-bombs in a great speech he gave during the San Francisco Giants’ celebration on Thursday night for clinching a playoff spot.

The speech was one obviously intended for Pence and his teammates, but several media members and TV cameras were around to capture it. CSN Bay Area even aired it live!

On Friday, CSN Bay Area apologized for airing the speech.

“What happened last night, we completely regret it and apologize not just to the viewers, including parents, children and the San Francisco Giants, but to Hunter Pence, who was unaware that our camera was there and showing it live,” said Ted Griggs, CSN Bay Area president and general manager, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We usually take a lot of steps so that kind of thing does not happen, but it was sort of a perfect storm when it happened and we regret it.

Griggs said they usually record things and play them back later after they’ve been reviewed and censored. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you view it, Pence’s speech was shown live.

Nothing about the speech should surprise you; after the Giants won the World Series in 2012, Pence was credited with turning around the Giants’ season thanks to a great speech he gave.

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Pence was so animated during the speech, we might have to call him “T-Bone”!