The Atlanta Braves collapsing down the stretch and missing the playoffs wasn’t entirely the fault of outfielder B.J. Upton, though it’s reasonable to think that Upton’s mere existence on Atlanta’s roster at roughly $15 million per season could be hastening the end of Frank Wren’s career as general manager. And Upton wasn’t the sole reason the New York Mets humbled the Braves 10-2 on Sunday, a loss that was made a mere formality after Atlanta was eliminated from the postseason by Pittsburgh beating Milwaukee. And two throws that Upton made from center on sacrifice flies didn’t even count as errors because of baseball’s quirky official scoring rules. But doggone it, they were bad. And kind of funny, even if the Braves don’t think so. It’s just not often you see a guy overthrow home plate twice by that much. The first throw: With the Mets leading 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Ruben Tejada hit a fly ball to medium center with runners at the corners. Curtis Granderson tagged up and hustled home but there was nothing to fear because Upton’s throw was wide right and way too high, sailing over catcher Christian Bethancourt and pitcher Ervin Santana, who was backing up.  Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen described the throw as “simply horrendous.”  But it wasn’t an error because it’s not assumed that Granderson would have been out with a more reasonable throw. Also, the runner on first, Anthony Recker, took second base on the throw alone, regardless of how bad it was. The only way Upton could have been charged with an error was if Recker had advanced to third on the play. Hey, some good luck! Not seen on the video, B.J. Upton came over to his brother Justin Upton, the left fielder, and seemed to be describing a problem gripping the ball. B.J. also licked his fingers. Whatever the issue, it still was present two innings later. The second throw: In the fourth, the Mets led 3-0 with Recker batting and Kirk Nieuwenhuis at third. Recker’s fly ball was a little more shallow, and Upton appeared to get a good amount of momentum behind the attempt. Too much momentum. This one was wide left and hit the screen behind home plate perhaps 10-15 feet up.   Or airmailing it, in case of B.J.’s throws. RT @Netsb : @DOBrienAJC I’m sitting behind home plate. This team is mailing it in !!!! — David O’Brien (@DOBrienAJC) September 21, 2014   The funniest parts are the very audible groan from the crowd at Turner Field, the chuckling from Mets analyst Ron Darling, and Upton doing an about-face right after the throw. He realized almost immediately that he had airmailed it. You might get a better look and listen at both throws in this extended cut:   Brother Justin came over to… console (???) Bossman Junior.

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MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep.

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Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th, Rusney Castillo makes his debut and Glen Perkins’ season is over in the Week That Was.

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MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been cleared to start throwing Oct. 1.

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The Washington Nationals have clinched a division title and are continuing to make a push toward home-field advantage for the playoffs. Adam LaRoche hit an early two-run homer to support Doug Fister and lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Fister (15-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Nationals, who have won six of seven. ”We’re still staying focused and working together.” The Nationals (89-64) lead the Dodgers (88-66) by 1 1-2 games for the best record in the league and are expected to get third baseman Ryan Zimmerman back from a hamstring injury for the stretch run.

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MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton still needs to have five teeth fixed or replaced, along with a procedure to assess how much blood remains in his sinus cavity and will be understandably leery the next time he grabs a bat.

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Already the NL East champions, the Washington Nationals are now totally focused on another race. Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night. Kevin Frandsen and Anthony Rendon each had two hits for Washington (88-64), which opened the night 1-1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL’s best record. ”That’s the way we play the game,” Washington’s Ian Desmond said.

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The Miami Marlins lost star pitcher Jose Fernandez to a serious elbow injury five weeks into the season and star slugger Giancarlo Stanton with 2 1/2 weeks to go. Yet by beating the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday night, they improved to 74-77 with 11 games remaining and have given themselves chance to avoid a sixth straight losing season. ”This team is obviously headed in the right direction under our baseball department and Mike Redmond,” team president David Samson said. ”That would be huge for us, no doubt, to get to .500,” said Redmond, the Marlins’ second-year manager.

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Drew Silva discusses the emergence of Carlos Carrasco and the Twins’ changing closer situation as part of Thursday’s Daily Dose.

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New York (AFP) – Major League Baseball umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay on Wednesday for grabbing the shirt of Philadelphia pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and pushing him in a game on Sunday.

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