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Phillies' Hamels pitches 1st no-hitter vs Cubs in 50 years

Phillies ace Hamels throws 1st no-hitter vs Cubs in 50 years, wins 5-0 as trade deadline nears
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The scouts packed the seats behind home plate, and Cole Hamels put on quite a show. The lanky left-hander was dominant on a picturesque afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Quite the timing, too.

Colabello's 2-run single lifts Blue Jays over Seattle, 8-6

Colabello's 2-run, bases-loaded single in 9th lifts Blue Jays to 8-6 victory over Seattle
The Associated Press

SEATTLE - Chris Colabello is a fast learner in the art of slowing down.

The Toronto Blue Jays' first baseman came through in the ninth inning, bouncing a two-run, bases-loaded single to give the Blue Jays an 8-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Hernandez wins 12th as Mariners knock off Blue Jays 5-2

Felix Hernandez gets run support in picking up 12th victory as Mariners beat Blue Jays 5-2
Tim Booth, The Associated Press

SEATTLE - Felix Hernandez pitching at his best, backed by key hits from Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo.

It's a scenario the Seattle Mariners got a glimpse of on Friday night and one they expected to see far more than they have this season.

"We're a better club from an offensive standpoint than we showed in the first half and I think it's starting to come to fruition and guys are starting to swing the way they're capable of swinging," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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