The Phillies on Sunday failed to win their first post-All-Star break series by falling to the Cubs, 7-1. Kyle Kendrick, who started off the season brilliantly, took another loss after allowing five runs in six frames (see recap).
Every club is in action Monday for Labor Day. Take a look at the notable games here.
And here are some notes from around the league:
Red Sox: Hot-hitting Victorino hurting
Shane Victorino left Boston's 7-6 win over the White Sox on Sunday in the sixth inning with a left hip contusion.
But Red Sox manager John Farrell expects his outfielder to be back in action for Monday's holiday tilt with the Tigers, according to ESPN Boston.
The former Phillie has been limited to hitting from only the right side recently because of lingering injuries and hurt himself when diving back to first base in the fourth inning. He left after his at-bat in the sixth.
Despite his health issues, Victorino has been on fire the past two weeks. Even after Sunday's 0-for-3 showing, he's still batting .411 in his last 14 games with five doubles, five homers, 14 RBIs and 16 runs. He also has nine multi-hit games over that span.
Mets: Aaron Harang signed
The Mets on Sunday signed 35-year-old right-hander Aaron Harang to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mariners designated Harang for assignment last week.
Despite two complete-game shutouts, Harang struggled in Seattle with a 5-11 record and 5.76 ERA. In five games in August, Harang sported a lofty 9.12 ERA and allowed 33 hits and 10 walks in 24.2 innings.
ESPN's Adam Rubin notes the Mets will need a sixth starter in September and are unsure if Daisuke Matsuzaka can be effective at the major-league level again. If Harang does make it to the big leagues with New York, it will be his fifth team since 2010.
White House petition: Do away with wins
The win is an archaic statistic according to many baseball enthusiasts, who would like to see the pitcher category done away with.
Monday's matchup between Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.58 ERA) and Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96) makes a compelling case for that argument. So does Detroit's Max Scherzer, with a 2.90 ERA nearly identical to Strasburg's, leading the majors with 19 wins.
"The win is an ineffective tool in pitcher evaluation, far outliving its usefulness as pitchers no longer pitch complete games," the petition reads. "Focusing on wins as a method of pitcher effectiveness gives a distorted and inaccurate picture."
As of this posting, the petition has 76 of its goal of 100,000 signatures.