Tejada hits inside-the-park homer vs. Philly

Tejada hits inside-the-park homer vs. Philly

NEW YORK -- Ruben Tejada's home run stayed inside the park. It was Domonic Brown who didn't.

With two outs and a man on second in the second inning on Wednesday, Tejada shot a ball down the right-field line at Citi Field, where Brown attempted to grab it, but came up just short. The Philadelphia outfielder could not stop his momentum after stabbing at the ball, flying head-over-heels into the area beyond the fence.

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Yankees outslug Red Sox with five HRs

Yankees outslug Red Sox with five HRs

BOSTON -- The Yankees hit five home runs in support of Masahiro Tanaka as the right-hander defeated the Red Sox for the third time in as many starts this season, pitching into the seventh inning of a 13-8 victory on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Greg Bird, John Ryan Murphy and Carlos Beltran homered as part of an eight-run second inning off left-hander Henry Owens, who lasted just 1 2/3 frames while giving up six hits and seven runs. Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius later homered, as the bottom four hitters in New York's lineup went deep in the contest.

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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. Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clutch Votto blasts Reds past Cubs in ninth

Clutch Votto blasts Reds past Cubs in ninth

CHICAGO -- Joey Votto crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to power the Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Chicago had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on Kris Bryant's two-run home run, but Bryant's error helped keep Cincinnati's ninth alive.

Votto connected off Hector Rondon after Jason Bourgeois reached on an infield single and Jay Bruce was safe on a ball that went through Bryant's legs. With the win, the Reds won their first series since July 27-29 against the Cardinals.

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Pujols' 555th HR ties Manny for 14th all-time

Pujols' 555th HR ties Manny for 14th all-time

OAKLAND -- Albert Pujols lined a two-run homer in the second inning against A's ace Sonny Gray at the Coliseum in the Angels' 9-4 win over Oakland on Wednesday, giving him 35 on the year and 555 for his career.

With that, Pujols tied countryman Manny Ramirez for 14th on the all-time list. The Angels' Dominican first baseman also became just the fourth player to notch 10 seasons of at least 35 homers within his first 15 years in the big leagues, joining Alex Rodriguez (12), Mike Schmidt (11) and Willie Mays (10).

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Pearce takes away homer after long run

Pearce takes away homer after long run

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles, marred in a six-game losing streak entering Wednesday, are still putting on a defensive show.

Baltimore's Steve Pearce robbed Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer of a first-inning home run, executing a perfectly-timed leaping catch over the left-field wall. The sensational play saved O's righty Kevin Gausman a run and was just the second out of the game.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets plan to skip Harvey before season ends

Right-hander will pitch vs. Washington next week; team eyes 6-man rotation

Mets plan to skip Harvey before season ends

NEW YORK -- The Mets have written their rotation plans for this weekend in ink. It's the rest of September that remains uncertain.

Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that the team will almost certainly skip Matt Harvey once more before the end of the season, something that should prove less painful if they can maintain their 6 1/2-game National League East lead throughout the month. The goal is to keep Harvey within the roughly 185- to 190-inning soft limit that the Mets and their doctors set back in Spring Training; skipping him would result in four more starts, almost certainly placing him within or below that range.

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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.

Schwarber sidelined with right rib soreness

Jackson makes first career start in right field; Rondon hits 100 mph

Schwarber sidelined with right rib soreness

CHICAGO -- Rookie Kyle Schwarber was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with right rib soreness, which he felt while hitting in the batting cage prior to the game. He was to undergo an MRI as a precaution.

On Tuesday, Schwarber hit his 12th home run since being called up on July 17, which is second in the National League since the All-Star break. He was batting .255 since the break, with five doubles and 32 RBIs.

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Today's starting lineups: Sept. 2

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Royals will employ shutdown outfield defense

Yost preparing to use Dyson in center, Cain in right late in games

Royals will employ shutdown outfield defense

KANSAS CITY -- If you liked that defensive outfield alignment that the Royals used late in games during last October, you're in luck: You're very likely going to see it again this October.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he already is beginning to prepare for those instances when he can insert his shutdown outfield defense of Alex Gordon in left, Jarrod Dyson in center and Lorenzo Cain in right.

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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.

Andrus' thievery can help fans steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at up to $1,500

Andrus' thievery can help fans steal a home

The deadline from Monday's sweepstakes hadn't even closed before Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus gave fans yet another opportunity to score a free mortgage payment.

In the Rangers' 8-6 win over the Padres, Andrus pulled off the rare straight steal of home, reactivating the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program, barely more than 24 hours after the Angels' C.J. Cron did the same Monday night.

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Stanton's status up in air until he tests hand

Stanton's status up in air until he tests hand

ATLANTA -- Whether Giancarlo Stanton will be available for this weekend's series against the Mets will largely depend on how he feels after testing his left hand on Wednesday.

Stanton, recovering from a broken left hamate bone, experienced some discomfort during his rehab assignment game with Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins have been hopeful the three-time All-Star would be reinstated from the disabled list on Friday against the Mets in Miami.

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Mayo: September callups roundup

Mayo: September callups roundup

With the calendar flipping to September, each team has the opportunity to expand its roster. Anyone on the 40-man roster can automatically be called up, and anyone not on the roster can be added in order to make it possible.

Some teams will be looking for help during the stretch run with a bat off the bench or an extra arm. Teams out of the race might call upon some of their top prospects as an audition for 2016 as they look to the future.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Pen session, but no start, for Stras Friday

'Pen session, but no start, for Stras Friday

ST. LOUIS -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will throw a bullpen session on Friday, but he will not make his scheduled start against the Braves that night, according to manager Matt Williams. The news comes after Strasburg threw on flat ground on Wednesday without any pain in his back. Tightness in his back caused him leave Sunday's game against the Marlins after four innings.

"[Strasburg] has to get through the bullpen, which doesn't allow enough time [to make a start]," Williams said. "We have to make sure he feels good letting [the ball] go."

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury

Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury

NEW YORK -- First baseman Lucas Duda took a tangible step forward in his rehab from a back injury on Wednesday, swinging a bat for the first time since landing on the disabled list Aug. 22.

Duda, who is rehabbing from a small thoracic herniation in his back, will not come off the DL when first eligible on Sunday, though he may not require much additional time after that. In any scenario, the Mets have no plans to rush Duda considering their 6 1/2-game NL East lead entering Wednesday's play. Daniel Murphy has been playing first base most days in Duda's absence, with Michael Cuddyer filling in on occasion.

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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.

2015 Postseason Schedule

Wild Card Games to begin playoffs on Oct. 6-7; World Series to start on Oct. 27

The 2015 postseason schedule will begin on Oct. 6, with the 111th Fall Classic to open on Oct. 27 in an American League ballpark, thanks to the AL's 6-3 victory in last month's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. The full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.

Following the scheduled regular-season finales on Sunday, Oct. 4, potentially necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN the next day. Then the postseason will begin that Tuesday, with the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on ESPN. The National League equivalent is scheduled for Oct. 7, televised exclusively by TBS.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Girardi: A-Rod not 'comfortable' at first

Manager to keep slugger strictly as club's designated hitter

Girardi: A-Rod not 'comfortable' at first

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez's season-long mantra has been that he will do whatever the Yankees ask of him, but after observing an awkward practice session at first base this week at Fenway Park, manager Joe Girardi said that they have decided to keep the slugger in his adopted comfort zone as a designated hitter.

Girardi had wanted to use Rodriguez at first base on Wednesday as the Yankees faced left-hander Henry Owens at Fenway Park, but Rodriguez has not played the field since May 23 and appeared uncomfortable handling the assignment. Greg Bird once again started in place of Mark Teixeira, who is out with a deep bone bruise in his right leg.

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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.

Olivera shows promise with first big league hit

Olivera shows promise with first big league hit

ATLANTA -- In the midst of an extremely tough stretch, the Braves got a glimpse of something Wednesday that gives them hope for what the near future may hold.

Cuban third baseman Hector Olivera, in his second big league game, picked up the first hit of his career: a two-out, two-run single in the third inning of the series finale against the Miami Marlins, briefly giving Atlanta a lead in a game the Braves eventually lost, 7-3.

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John Donovan is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Upbeat' Soler committed to returning in 2015

Rookie right fielder could start swinging a bat again on Friday

'Upbeat' Soler committed to returning in 2015

CHICAGO -- If all goes well, Jorge Soler could resume swinging a bat on Friday in hopes of returning to action before the Cubs' season ends.

The rookie outfielder went on the disabled list Aug. 24 with a left oblique strain, which he actually injured two days earlier. Soler said he felt something on his left side on Aug. 22, when he made a throw to second base in the sixth after the Braves' Andrelton Simmons had singled to right. But the pain wasn't enough for Soler to come out of the game.

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Wacha replaced Wednesday to limit innings

Wacha replaced Wednesday to limit innings

ST. LOUIS -- Seeing an opportunity to rein in Michael Wacha's workload, the Cardinals pulled him from his scheduled start on Wednesday and will instead have him pitch next in the team's Sept. 7-9 series against the Cubs. Lefty Tyler Lyons was recalled from Triple-A to start against Washington in Wacha's place.

Though the swap wasn't announced until about four hours before Wednesday's first pitch, the Cardinals had been considering the move for some time. With Wacha coming off an injury-plagued 2014 season in which he threw just 107 regular-season innings, the Cardinals all along anticipated that they would need to harness him this season.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather

Infielder expected to return to Mets on Friday vs. Marlins

Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores flew home to Venezuela on Wednesday to be with his ailing grandfather, with plans to return to the Mets on Friday in Miami. With Flores gone, Ruben Tejada started at shortstop against the Phillies.

Flores, 24, is hitting .263 with 14 home runs in 119 games. Since the night he became a national sensation for crying on the field, believing he had been traded, Flores has hit .316 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He has developed into something close to an everyday starter during that time, seeing reps both at shortstop and second base.

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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.

Franco still feeling pain in his left wrist

Franco still feeling pain in his left wrist

NEW YORK -- It sounded Monday like Phillies rookie Maikel Franco could be back at third base within the week.

Then Franco, who broke his left wrist last month, took about 20 swings on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners option Montero to Triple-A

First baseman will get needed playing time as Rainiers' season wraps up

Mariners option Montero to Triple-A

HOUSTON -- First baseman Jesus Montero, who hit .200 in 25 games for the Mariners over the past two months, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday so that he can get some at-bats in the final week of the Rainiers' season.

Tacoma has six games remaining before concluding play on Monday, and Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero would rejoin the Major League club next Tuesday.

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Ozuna powers Marlins' sweep of Braves

Ozuna powers Marlins' sweep of Braves

ATLANTA -- Rookie left-hander Adam Conley minimized damage over five innings, giving up three runs, and Marcell Ozuna provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the Marlins' 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

Braves right-hander Williams Perez gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings to take the loss as Miami was able to complete its first three-game road sweep of the season, moving a half-game ahead of Atlanta into third place in the National League East. The Marlins finished the road trip at 4-2, while the Braves have dropped eight straight and 15 of 16.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. John Donovan is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hechavarria strains hamstring, day to day

Hechavarria strains hamstring, day to day

ATLANTA -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, the lone regular from the Opening Day lineup to not miss time this season due to injury or demotion, was replaced in the second inning of theMarlins' 7-3 victoryagainst the Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday after straining his left hamstring on a bunt single. The club said he was day to day.

After running past the first-base bag, Hechavarria grabbed the back of his left leg. He tried to stretch it out, testing to see if he could continue, but after being checked by manager Dan Jennings and trainer Sean Cunningham, he was replaced by Miguel Rojas.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Being cruel? Elvis steals home

Andrus catches Quackenbush off guard for stunning play

Statcast: Being cruel? Elvis steals home

SAN DIEGO -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had the Rangers' only hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position Tuesday night. He also had the most stunning play of the night, the Rangers' first straight steal of home in 15 years.

Both plays came in a four-run seventh inning that carried the Rangers to an 8-6 victory over the Padres and moved them to within three games of the Astros in the American League West.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Best Cardinals ever? 2015 team making a run

Best Cardinals ever? 2015 team making a run

The Cardinals are due back in the World Series this fall based on their remarkable pattern of alternating every other year with the Giants as National League representatives during this decade. That is a well-known fact proudly espoused by all of Redbird Nation.

But there is perhaps something more important at stake: The title of Best Cardinals Team Ever.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cueto's struggles not as bad as they appear

Royals' star right-hander may need to make minor adjustments to get on track

Cueto's struggles not as bad as they appear

The Royals traded for Johnny Cueto on July 26, and at first, all went according to plan. In Cueto's first four starts for Kansas City, he allowed only six earned runs in 30 innings. But then he allowed six earned runs to Boston, and six more to Baltimore, and finally four more on Tuesday night against Detroit. It's the first time since 2012 that he's allowed three or more runs in three straight starts, and even though the Royals have already sewn up the AL Central, you can feel the worry among the fan base that was so excited to get him only a month ago: What's wrong with Cueto?

It wouldn't be unfair at all to wonder if it's a health issue, because Cueto did miss a start in May due to right elbow stiffness. If there's any truth to that, it's not showing up in his velocity, per Statcast™. He averaged 93.4 mph on his four-seamer when he was shutting the Tigers out on August 10, and 93.4 mph when the Orioles were roughing him up last week. On Tuesday, he was routinely hitting 93 -- for example, six of the seven pitches Jose Iglesias saw in the second inning were in the 93-94 mph range.

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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.

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Lyle Spencer

Hollywood trending: Greinke, Dodgers edge MadBum

Hollywood trending: Greinke, Dodgers edge MadBum

LOS ANGELES -- In a dream matchup with a postseason feel to it, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner came fully charged. Two of the best in the fraternity of pitchers, they did not disappoint.

Greinke and the Dodgers prevailed over the Giants, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in a September game fit for October.

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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.

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Mike Bauman

More no-hitters, no less excitement

Frequency of feat in recent years has not diminished its significance

More no-hitters, no less excitement

We have moved into an era of renewed pitching dominance. The scores are frequently low and very close, but still, this era beats the steroid era by a landslide.

Thus, the no-hitter has made a comeback. In 1998, there was one no-hitter -- a perfect game by David Wells. In 2000, there were no no-nos. In '02, there was one. In '04, there was one -- Randy Johnson's perfect game. In '05, the no-hitter total was again zero.

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

Tough get, Goins! Catch part 1 of heroics

Tough get, Goins! Catch part 1 of heroics

Second baseman Ryan Goins ended the Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday with a walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th inning. Hours before that, he showed off a rare blend of defensive range and efficiency that only Statcast™ can properly explain.

While Goins used his bat and glove to help out the Jays, one of his Toronto teammates created a run with his legs. And there were several other noteworthy plays outside of Rogers Centre on Tuesday, including a titanic home run, a few spectacular plays at the hot corner and a spot-on outfield throw.

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