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NEW YORK -- Injured Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton wont play again in the majors this season because of last weeks beaning. Ray Allen Bucks Jersey . Stanton was hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukees Mike Fiers last Thursday. Stanton sustained facial fractures, dental damages, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes. Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Stanton also had concussion symptoms but has been given neurological clearance. "Its the whole healing process, the healing of the bones and the swelling," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said before Wednesdays game against the New York Mets. "Theres just not enough time for it to properly heal, and for him to get medically cleared to be able to play." Miami opens a seven-game homestand Thursday, then closes the season at Washington from Sept. 26-28. "As much as we all would have loved to have him back, we knew that it just ran out of schedule," Hill said. Stanton had said he hoped to play again this year and on Tuesday posted a photograph that showed a marked improvement from last week. Hill said dental procedures are "the bulk of the work that is remaining." "He told me he can open his mouth 60 per cent now," Hill said. "The slices in the food that he has to cut, theyre in halves now. They were in quarters a few days ago." The 24-year-old is a top candidate for the NL MVP award. His 37 home runs still are the most in the NL, and he was leading the majors with 105 RBIs when he was hurt. Hill said Stanton might be able to get some at-bats in at the instructional league in Florida, which runs through the first week of October. Stanton could wear a protective flap on his helmet, similar to the one Atlantas Jason Heyward has used since he was hit in the face by a pitch from the New York Mets Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21 last year. "Thats probably for down the road," Redmond said. "I would definitely say he would probably try that." Stanton is earning $10.35 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. "Were hopeful that the season will end, hell be named MVP of the league, and well get back into our off-season preparation and, hopefully, our long-term discussion with him," Hill said. Fiers was fined by Major League Baseball for actions that contributed to benches clearing. Marlins pitcher Anthony Desclafani hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch in the following inning and was suspended for three games and fined by MLB. The players association appealed the suspension, and Hill said a hearing is scheduled for Friday. "Hopefully theyll get the video and see that he wasnt trying to hit anybody," Hill said. "Gomez was hanging out over the plate a little bit." Glenn Robinson Jersey . Toronto (11-12) gave up leads in 10-8 and 11-4 losses to the Baltimore Orioles this week. It was never close Friday as the Boston Red Sox got to Mark Buehrle early en route to an 8-1 win. Brook Lopez Bucks Jersey .Brazil midfielder Ricardo Goulart scored the winner in the 50th minute to give the defending champion a four-point advantage in the standings over second-place Sao Paulo, which beat rival Palmeiras 2-0. CLEVELAND -- Josh Reddick knows how to break out of a slump. Mired in an 8-for-43 skid over his last 13 games going into Friday night, Reddick homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs in the Oakland Athletics 11-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. "I was getting some pitches to handle and not missing them," Reddick said. "Thats how you keep a hot streak going, you dont miss pitches." Oakland manager Bob Melvin sure was pleased to see Reddick pounding out hits. "Its nice to see him drive some balls," Melvin said. "The first one obviously puts four runs on the board and opens it up in a hurry. The second one was one of the more aggressive swings Ive seen him have in a while." Reddicks second career grand slam and Josh Donaldsons three-run homer sparked an eight-run second inning. Reddick added a two-run homer in the seventh. Sonny Gray (5-1) allowed one run and two hits with nine strikeouts in six innings for Oakland, which has won seven of eight. Both homers in Oaklands biggest inning of the season came off Zach McAllister (3-4), who struck out the side in the first, but retired only one batter in the second for the shortest outing of his career. The game-time temperature was announced at 49 degrees, a big difference for the Athletics, who had been playing in warm weather during a nine-game home stand. "Early on it felt like one of those cold nights that it was going to be tough to get some good swings," Melvin said. "Certainly in the second inning we got a lot of good swings." Nick Swishers solo homer in the first put Cleveland ahead, but Oakland sent 11 men to the plate in the second, with the first five reaching base. Brandon Moss doubled and took third on Yoenis Cespedes single. Lowries single got the Athletics even and Derek Norris walked. Reddick followed by hitting a 1-0 pitch into the seats in right. Coco Crisp and John Jaso drew one-out walks before Donaldson drove a 3-2 pitch into the home run porch in left field. The ball hit off a souvenir stand located in front of an entrance gate and travelled an estimated 410 feet. "Thats probably one of the best swings Ive had this year," Donalddson said. Vin Baker Jersey. Indians manager Terry Francona pulled McAllister for left-hander Kyle Crockett, making his major league debut. Gray played catch with Jaso in front of Oaklands dugout to keep loose during the pitching change. "You try to stay in the game," Gray said. "You do what you can to try to stay loose, especially when its a cold night." Grey was in control other than allowing Swishers homer. Michael Brantley singled with two outs in the third. The right-hander retired the final eight hitters, including five strikeouts. "I felt good, especially later in the game," Gray said. "I felt like I was getting better and better." Lowrie drove in two runs, including a leadoff homer in the third, while Donaldson has homered in three straight games. McAllister allowed eight runs in 1 1-3 innings and threw 38 pitches in the second, in which he gave up two homers, two singles, a double and three walks. The right-hander hasnt won since April 21, a stretch of five starts. "Everything went so well for me in the first," he said. "Then in the second, I fell behind in counts, and they were able to get some balls in play and hit them hard. I wasnt able to make any adjustments." Crisp was back in the lineup after missing seven games with a strained neck. Oaklands leadoff hitter was hitless with two walks in two at-bats. Brantley returned after sitting out Thursdays game with a sore back. He had one hit in four at-bats. The Indians are in last place in the AL Central, having lost four of six after winning a season-high four straight. NOTES: Reddicks grand slam was the first by the Athletics and the first allowed by the Indians this season. ... Francona said OF Nyjer Morgan has a sprained ligament in his right knee, but will not need surgery. Morgan was injured trying to catch a fly ball Wednesday in Toronto. ... Athletics 1B Kyle Blanks, acquired Thursday from the Padres, pinch hit in the ninth and singled. ... Francona said 2B Jason Kipnis (strained right oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. ... Oakland LHP Scott Kazmir (5-1) faces RHP Josh Tomlin (2-0) on Saturday. Kazmir was 10-9 in 29 starts for the Indians last season. ' ' '
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