Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble. The annual ritual of making rookies wear unflattering outfits on one of the last road trips of the season was underway in the Giants’ clubhouse, but it hardly bothered Duffy. ”I told them I feel so good right now, they can dress me up in whatever they want,” Duffy said Wednesday after his pinch-hit single in the ninth inning sent San Francisco to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Duffy snapped a tie with a two-run single and the Giants narrowed their gap in the NL West, pulling within two games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 16-2 at Colorado.

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Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday: – - – - SOCCER Champions League We will have follow-ups of the various Champions League matches (SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/, expect by 1100 GMT/7 AM ET) – - Europa League group stage Sevilla begin Europa League title defence against Feyenoord LONDON – Europa League champions Sevilla get their title defence underway against Feyenoord, with five former European champions among the 48 teams contesting this season’s group stage. …

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There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless.

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It takes right-hander Jake Peavy very little time to start thinking about his next start, especially these days with the San Francisco Giants in the thick of a pennant race with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Peavy allowed a run, five hits and a walk over seven innings Tuesday night, leading the Giants to a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Dodgers losing at Colorado, the Giants closed to within three games of the NL West leaders. In a few short days, Peavy will make his next start at Dodger Stadium, where first place might be on the line.  And Peavy can’t wait. He’s not waiting, actually. He’s already thinking about it. “I won’t lie, I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon,” Peavy said of the Dodgers leadoff batter. Hey now! Talk about working up a lather, to quote Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area . Wow, that’s some progressive talk from a major league ballplayer.

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(Adds late games) Sept 15 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Monday’s Major League baseball games – - – - Nationals 4, Braves 2 Right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to help Washington to a win over the Atlanta Braves and reduce the Nationals’ magic number for winning the National League East to two. The Nationals (86-63) could clinch their second division title in three years by beating Atlanta on Tuesday. Atlanta (75-75) have lost four successive games. Atlanta starter Ervin Santana (14-9) threw six solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.

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Mark Trumbo’s bat put a dent in San Francisco’s NL West hopes. Wade Miley’s left arm didn’t do the Giants any favors either. Trumbo hit a grand slam off Ryan Vogelsong, Miley pitched seven effective innings and the Giants dropped further behind in the NL West with a 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night. Joaquin Arias had three hits and Buster Posey a run-scoring single for the Giants, who dropped four games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

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Curt Schilling will be back talking baseball this week after announcing in August that he’d won his cancer fight. The former Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher will rejoin ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” on Thursday, his first time serving as an analyst this season. Schilling, 47, announced he had cancer in February. In June, he announced his cancer was in remission . Last month, he acknowledged it was mouth cancer and blamed years of smokeless tobacco use . We saw Schilling looking understandably frail during his cancer bout, but his wife Shonda Schilling tweeted a picture of Curt on Monday looking more like himself, though he’s lost about 80 pounds: Baby steps curt is heading to ESPN for a visit. #lifeaftercancer pic.twitter.com/Ca9qHviKOT — Shonda Schilling (@ShondaSchilling) September 8, 2014 Ahead of his return to “Baseball Tonight,” Schilling sat down for an interview that aired Tuesday with ESPN’s Karl Ravech . In it, Schilling said of his cancer battle: “Mentally, physically, [it was] the most difficult eight months of my life,” Schilling said. “Certainly the most painful.” Look for Schilling on “Baseball Tonight” at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN2. Schilling was also part of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” crew in the past. ESPN says he’ll return to those duties when he’s comfortable. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Zeke Spruill didn’t have much to say after earning his first major league win. Spruill, a 25-year-old rookie, allowed one hit in three shutout innings of long relief and bullpen mate Will Harris escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 Sunday. Harris struck Rymer Liriano and pinch-hitter Tommy Medica to preserve Arizona’s 5-4 lead. He’s made 10 major league appearances between this season and last.

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In this week’s Waiver Wired, D.J. Short looks at Drew Storen’s opportunity in Washington’s bullpen and welcomes back A.J. Pollock.

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If Saturday night was Chase Anderson’s last start of the 2014 season, he went out in victorious fashion. Anderson made it through five innings and got plenty of run support, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-4 win over the San Diego Padres Saturday night. Anderson, 26, began the season at Double-A Mobile. Manager Kirk Gibson is considering shutting him down for the rest of the season.

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