Tears to cheers: Flores hits dramatic walk-off blast

Two days after nearly being traded, crying on the field, Mets infielder the hero

Tears to cheers: Flores hits dramatic walk-off blast

NEW YORK -- Every emotion a human being is capable of feeling, teammate Michael Cuddyer said, Wilmer Flores must have felt. It was all so plain to see: There was Flores on Wednesday night, baring his soul before thousands in attendance and the millions watching at home, tears streaming down his face because he thought he had been traded. There was Flores, undoubtedly flashing back to the day he signed at 16 years old, his eyes turning to a dugout full of teammates and friends.

Forty-eight hours later, there was Flores sweating out the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- "He had to wonder if it was his last day in the clubhouse," manager Terry Collins said -- and taking the field. His field, Citi Field. Then there was Flores hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of the Mets' 2-1 win over the Nationals, somehow outshining their season-changing acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson's day ends with walk-off over Royals

Donaldson's day ends with walk-off over Royals

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning to send the Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Royals on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Donaldson's third hit of the night scored Troy Tulowitzki from second and came off left-hander Franklin Morales. The rally in the 11th inning began with a one-out single by Tulowitzki, who later advanced to second when a balk was called on Morales. Donaldson finished 3-for-5 with a walk, four RBIs and a run scored.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marte single-handedly thwarts Reds' rally

Left fielder makes back-to-back stellar plays on defense, preserving Bucs' lead in 9th

Marte single-handedly thwarts Reds' rally

CINCINNATI -- Starling Marte had unleashed impressive throws before. He had made acrobatic, physics-defying catches before. But he had never before showcased his defensive arsenal on back-to-back plays, and he picked a jaw-dropping time to debut that parlay Friday.

Marte single-handedly turned back the Reds in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cincinnati was about to add to its torment of the Pirates and instead was sent home muttering about a 5-4 defeat.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

2015 Trade Deadline moves in review

2015 Trade Deadline moves in review

In Dayton Moore's first 6 1/2 years as the general manager of the Royals, he carefully built the organization, focusing on drafts and trading veterans for prospects in an effort to rebuild the one-time proud franchise.

Two years ago, Moore made it clear that he was ready to change gears, looking for the proven big league commodities who would take the Royals back to the postseason. A year ago, the Royals claimed a Wild Card spot and found themselves in the World Series, ending a 29-year postseason drought.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets land a slugger in Cespedes from Tigers

New York gets needed bat for pitching prospects Fulmer, Cessa

Mets land a slugger in Cespedes from Tigers

NEW YORK -- Two days after their first attempt to acquire an impact outfielder evaporated, the Mets beat Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline by a matter of minutes in a deal with the Tigers for Yoenis Cespedes.

Detroit received Minor League pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa in the trade, which puts Cespedes in the Mets' employ for the next two months. In his first year with the Tigers after a trade from the Red Sox last December, Cespedes is hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 102 games. He will be a free agent after the season, and due to the unique nature of his contract, cannot be extended a qualifying offer.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Teixeira sets switch-hitting HR mark

Homers from both sides of plate in a game for 14th time

Teixeira sets switch-hitting HR mark

CHICAGO -- Mark Teixeira set a Major League record by homering from both sides of the plate for the 14th time in his career, breaking a tie with former teammate Nick Swisher for the most all-time, on Friday night in the Yankees' 13-6 victory over the White Sox.

"I don't try to do that; I just try to hit the ball hard and drive the ball," Teixeira said. "If it happens, it happens. It's not something that you really plan for though."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy: Mad Bumgarner reached 'boiling point'

Bochy: Mad Bumgarner reached 'boiling point'

ARLINGTON -- Madison Bumgarner had plenty to be steamed about Friday night, and that had nothing to do with the 95-degree temperatures enveloping Globe Life Park.

Bumgarner was miffed that the Texas Rangers managed to score all their runs in the first two innings of a 6-3 Interleague victory over the Giants. In a couple of instances, Bumgarner threw the pitch he wanted, but it still got hammered.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

List of every MLB Trade Deadline deal

List of every MLB Trade Deadline deal

The Deadline kicked off with Scott Kazmir getting traded on July 23, and here's a list of everything that has happened since then.

JULY 31
Mets land Yoenis Cespedes
The Mets added the biggest bat on the market, sending right-hander Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit, both of whom are ranked among New York's top 16 prospects per MLB Pipeline. More »

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Ranking the best prospects who were traded

Nine prospects on the Top 100 list were dealt before the Deadline

Ranking the best prospects who were traded

The Astros' acquisition of Scott Kazmir last Thursday kicked off a trading frenzy that didn't abate until the Deadline for deals without waivers came at 4 p.m. ET Friday. By our count, there were 32 different transactions involving a total of 57 prospects.

Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams' postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We'll rank the top 20:

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Price excited about opportunity in Toronto

New ace welcomed Friday, cheered on Blue Jays during walk-off win

Price excited about opportunity in Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price's world was turned upside down last year when he was dealt to Detroit from Tampa Bay, the only organization he had ever known. All of a sudden, there were unfamiliar faces everywhere and it understandably took some time to adjust. This season seems like a polar opposite by comparison.

Price was moved prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline for the second consecutive year, but this time there's a "been there, done that" kind of feel to it. He experienced everything before, which should make his transition to the Blue Jays relatively easy.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cueto posts quality start in Royals debut

New acquisition strikes out seven, allows three runs over six innings

Cueto posts quality start in Royals debut

TORONTO -- The much-anticipated Royals debut of Johnny Cueto seemed to be following the perfect script. Cueto delivered a quality start against a tough Toronto team on Friday night and had a 6-3 lead after six innings.

But the Royals' normally stalwart bullpen surrendered the lead -- Ryan Madson gave up all three runs in the seventh -- and the Blue Jays won it in 11 innings, 7-6.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

5 teams that made underrated Deadline deals

5 teams that made underrated Deadline deals

We love it when big names change teams. We weigh the impact and declare winners and losers. We never let the losing side forget. Here's the funny thing about headline-grabbing Trade Deadline deals. Sometimes -- actually more than sometimes -- they're not the ones that have the most impact.

Remember 2014? Jon Lester changed teams. So did David Price, John Lackey and Yoenis Cespedes. Later, we would look back and see that a much smaller trade mattered more -- Baltimore's acquisition of lefty reliever Andrew Miller. He helped solidify a bullpen that was already very good and gave one of the best managers of this era -- Buck Showalter -- another huge weapon for the late innings.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Did you know? 2015 Trade Deadline by the numbers

Did you know? 2015 Trade Deadline by the numbers

A hectic eight-day stretch for Major League Baseball came to a frantic end at 4 p.m. ET on Friday when the non-waiver Trade Deadline finally arrived.

The trade season began in earnest on July 23, when the A's sent Scott Kazmir to the Astros -- the first big move expected prior to Friday's hotly anticipated Deadline. Shortly afterward, the Pirates made their first move by acquiring Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seinfeld likes Cespedes deal, invents new holiday?

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Seinfeld likes Cespedes deal, invents new holiday?

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Astros tried to get Chapman or Kimbrel

Team, players pleased with additions to first-place club

Astros tried to get Chapman or Kimbrel

HOUSTON -- The Astros made a strong push at landing front-line closers Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Craig Kimbrel of the Padres right up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, which ultimately passed without them being able to pull the trigger on another deal.

If the Astros were able to bring either to Houston, it might have made them the favorite to win the American League, but they still bettered their chances in the days leading up to the Deadline by adding left-hander Scott Kazmir last week and outfielder Carlos Gomez and starter Mike Fiers from the Brewers on Thursday.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Greinke, Kendrick haunt former team

Dodgers ace dominate Angels, except for Trout

Greinke, Kendrick haunt former team

LOS ANGELES -- The Streak is gone, but the magic remains.

Zack Greinke left his consecutive innings streak in New York, at 45 2/3, last week, but the Dodgers' co-ace continued to rack up impressive numbers Friday night against the Angels, with whom he spent a little less than half of the 2012 season.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The best Deadline acquisition? Carlos Gomez

New Houston outfielder potentially worth two additional wins in tight AL West race

The best Deadline acquisition? Carlos Gomez

Now that the 2015 Trade Deadline has passed with a flurry of deals and big names in the week leading up to July 31, which single deal was the best fit of the week? There's no obvious right answer to this, of course. If you're a Toronto fan who doesn't care about prospect cost, then the Blue Jays getting David Price and Troy Tulowitzki for a late run was exhilarating. The Royals found their long-needed ace in Johnny Cueto; the Dodgers rebuilt a pitching staff with Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Luis Avilan, and Jim Johnson (not to mention top prospect Jose Peraza) for essentially nothing more than cash, considering they'd only signed Hector Olivera a few months ago.   

Those are all fine options, and your team allegiances probably play a big part in which one you like. But what, we say, about the deal that brought the Houston Astros Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers? It's got everything you want in a Deadline deal, doesn't it? The Astros haven't been more than two games ahead of or behind the Angels since July 8, making every game vital. Both are upgrades over what they're replacing, Gomez particularly, and neither player is a rental, with Gomez signed through 2016 and Fiers through '20. It's the right kind of deal, from the most fascinating team possible -- the Astros, of course, haven't had a winning season since 2008.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A night of special deliveries for Kennedy

Padres starter throws seven strong innings following child's birth

A night of special deliveries for Kennedy

MIAMI -- Ian Kennedy certainly had a lot on his plate -- and on his mind -- before Friday's 8-3 win, and very little of it actually had to do with the non-waiver Trade Deadline and how it pertained to him.

Kennedy, set to start the series opener against the Marlins, got a call at 7:15 a.m. PT from his wife, Allison, who was going into labor with their fourth child. Kennedy's plan was to return to Southern California in time to attend the birth, but that's when things got complicated.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

The Trade Deadline has passed and now there are plenty of new-look teams around the league. Each of them will be in action on Saturday, in a packed day that features 15 games.

Here are five things to watch for:

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Pirates could produce hits against Reds

Pirates could produce hits against Reds

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Saturday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LaRoche works scoreless 9th in pitching debut

Records strikeout, pays homage to father

LaRoche works scoreless 9th in pitching debut

CHICAGO -- The question was an easy one for Adam LaRoche, coming after the Yankees' 13-6 victory over the White Sox before 30,359 at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night.

Did he want to talk about his Major League pitching debut, throwing a perfect inning in the ninth, or the four hits that show the designated hitter could be getting back on track with the bat?

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Harvey gaining steam with improved command

Mets righty takes shutout into eighth, has walked just one in last two starts

Harvey gaining steam with improved command

NEW YORK -- The Mets lined up their rotation after the All-Star break to make sure that their top three starters -- including Matt Harvey, who has said he relishes taking the mound in big games -- would get the opportunity to pitch in two crucial series against the Nationals, the team they are chasing in the National League East.

In front of a raucous crowd of 36,164 fans Friday night at Citi Field, Harvey delivered one of his best performances of the year. He was locked in from the start, stifling Washington's offense for 7 2/3 innings before Wilmer Flores' walk-off home run in the 12th gave New York a 2-1 victory.

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Fred Zinkie

15 fantasy takeaways from Deadline deals

15 fantasy takeaways from Deadline deals

The 2015 non-waiver Trade Deadline was as wild as any in recent memory. The fantasy fallout was tremendous, and here are the biggest takeaways from the past week's flurry of activity.

1. Cueto set to excel in American League
Don't let the move to the DH league scare you away. Johnny Cueto -- who makes his Royals debut Friday night against the Blue Jays -- relocates from homer-happy Great American Ball Park to Kauffman Stadium, and he will benefit from the support of arguably the best defensive unit and best bullpen in baseball. John Lamb -- one of the three southpaws headed to Cincinnati in the trade -- has a 2.81 ERA in Triple-A this year and is a sleeper pickup.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wheeler tells GM he wants to stay with Mets

Wheeler tells GM he wants to stay with Mets

NEW YORK -- The flow of non-waiver Trade Deadline talks -- more than half a dozen Mets executives crammed into a room -- was briefly interrupted Friday afternoon by the familiar ring of a phone. But this was no ordinary call from a general manager or reporter. This was from pitcher Zack Wheeler, whose name had popped into multiple talks over the past week -- including the Mets' ill-fated deal for then-Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Wheeler told Mets general manager Sandy Alderson that he knew there was a chance he would be traded over the ensuing hours. But all things being equal, Wheeler impressed upon his boss, he'd like to stick around.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers offense churning after Deadline shakeup

J.D. swats 28th homer of season in slugfest loss to Orioles

Tigers offense churning after Deadline shakeup

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers' reboot finally took a piece out of Detroit's starting lineup Friday night. It did not seem to slow down the offense.

If the Tigers had been scoring like this a week earlier, they might have had a run in them ahead of the Trade Deadline after all.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Story among 10 top prospect performers Friday

Rockies No. 11 prospect finishes a strong July with a grand slam for the Isotopes

Story among 10 top prospect performers Friday

Trevor Story helped couldn't save Triple-A Albuquerque from a 10-9 extra-innings defeat to Salt Lake, but he tried.

The hot-hitting Isotope cracked a grand slam -- his second of the season -- in a 1-for-5 night in the losing effort. He has eight homers and 21 RBIs in 25 games since he was promoted from Double-A New Britain.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez puts tough Astros debut behind him

Center fielder goes 0-for-5, makes costly miscue in field

Gomez puts tough Astros debut behind him

HOUSTON -- Though his Astros debut didn't go as planned, Carlos Gomez remained upbeat and smiling in the clubhouse following Friday night's 6-4, 10-inning defeat against the D-backs, even taking the blame for the loss, which snapped Houston's seven-game home winning streak.

Gomez was talking about Welington Castillo's pivotal fly ball to right field in the sixth inning that he chased down, calling off right fielder Colby Rasmus. Gomez took a peek at Rasmus as he was running the ball down, though, and by the time he looked back up to the ball, he had overrun it -- a miscue, but not officially an error.

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Rizzo's homer caps Cubs' win over Brewers

Rizzo's homer caps Cubs' win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Rizzo belted his third homer in as many games, Starlin Castro drove in two runs and Jason Hammel continued to frustrate the Brewers as the Cubs posted a 4-1 victory Friday night in front of 35,669 at Miller Park.

Hammel served up six hits, including Ryan Braun's 19th home run with two outs in the first. The Cubs right-hander improved to 7-0 in nine career starts against the Brewers, who also are a favorite target for Rizzo. The first baseman, who hit a three-run blast on Thursday, now has 12 homers against Milwaukee, his most against any team.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fan at Astros game taken to hospital

HOUSTON -- A male fan laid unresponsive for more than 10 minutes in the stands before the Astros' 6-4 victory over the D-backs on Friday and was transported from Minute Maid Park to a local hospital, according to an Astros spokesman.

The fan was surrounded by paramedics and first responders, who appeared to be giving him chest compressions before he was transported.

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