AROUND THE HORN

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

Mets: RF Jay Bruce home­red for the third straight game and drove in three runs as the Mets moved closer to securing a wild­card berth with a 5-1 win over the Phillies. The de­fend­ing NL cham­pi­ons re­duced their magic num­ber to one. RHP Robert Gsell­man (4-2) scat­tered seven hits and struck out seven.

Reds: The Reds an­nounced man­ager Bryan Price will re­turn next sea­son. Price and the Reds agreed to a one-year con­tract with a team op­tion.

Yan­kees: Alex Rodriguez ar­rived at the Yan­kees’ mi­nor league com­plex in Tampa to work with prospects tak­ing part in the in­struc­tional league. The 41-year-old, who played his fi­nal game with the Yan­kees on Aug. 12, signed a con­tract to work with mi­nor lea­guers in the Yan­kees farm sys­tem through 2017. “We owe the game,” Rodriguez said. “In many ways it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity and priv­i­lege to pay it for­ward.”

Na­tion­als: Bryce Harper is ready to re­turn af­ter the out­fielder sat out the pre­vi­ous four days with a left thumb in­jury. Harper was given ad­di­tional time to heal af­ter jam­ming his thumb on a slide Sun­day against the Pi­rates. “If a guy tells me he’s ready, if I have a lux­ury, I like to give them one more day off,” man­ager Dusty Baker said. “I just no­ticed that a lot of guys say they’re ready, and you bring them back and they’re re­ally not ready. I would pre­fer that you be champ­ing at the bit to get back (in­stead) of a per­son to just say that you’re ready.”

Tigers: The Tigers’ makeup game against the In­di­ans will be played Mon­day if the con­test is deemed nec­es­sary. The game, which was post­poned Thurs­day, will only take place if it has any im­pact on the wild-card race or play­off seed­ing.

Cubs: Cubs gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer and scout­ing and player de­vel­op­ment direc­tor Ja­son McLeod agreed to con­tract ex­ten­sions through the 2021 sea­son, mir­ror­ing pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Theo Ep­stein’s deal two days ear­lier.

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