Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

NEW YORK -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz surpassed the legendary Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff with home run No. 494 on Sunday afternoon, a towering two-run shot deep into the seats in right field at Citi Field that moved him into sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.

Ortiz's 28th home run of the season came off a 97-mph fastball from Mets righty Noah Syndergaard and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth.

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Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

Blue Jays slugger follows three-HR performance with solo shot in first

Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion maintained his power stroke on Sunday, and in doing so, he extended his Major League-best hitting streak to 25 games in the Blue Jays' 9-2 win over the Tigers.

A day after going deep three times for nine RBIs, Encarnacion went yard in the first inning of the series finale against the Tigers at Rogers Centre, matching the fourth-longest hitting streak in club history and the longest in the American League since 2011.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lovullo expects Hanley to play 1B this season

Lovullo expects Hanley to play 1B this season

NEW YORK -- Though a right shoulder injury has kept Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup the last three days, interim manager Torey Lovullo expects the slugger will have enough time to appear in a game at first base before the season is out.

Ramirez had two workouts at first base earlier this week, and then came down with the sore shoulder on Friday.

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Today's starting lineups: Aug. 30

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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Minor League team throws retirement party for bat dog

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Minor League team throws retirement party for bat dog

Miss Babe Ruth, the bat dog for the Marlins' Class A affiliate the Greensboro Grasshoppers, has been in the baseball business a long, long time. She started ferrying game balls to umpires and retrieving bats when she was just 10 months old. When she retires at the end of this season, she will have appeared in 649 consecutive games from 2006-15.

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Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte launched a grand slam, Carlos Santana drove in three runs with a little help from the sun and Josh Tomlin spun seven-plus strong innings to lead the Indians to a 9-2 rout over the Angels on Sunday at Progressive Field.

The win was the eighth in the past 10 games for Cleveland (63-66), which still has a pulse in the American League Wild Card race. The Indians entered the day five back of the second Wild Card spot with five teams, including the Angels (65-65), ahead of them. Los Angeles, which was 6 1/2 games out of first in the AL West and 2 1/2 back of a Wild Card spot, has lost eight of 10 and 24 of 36.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa's injury postpones matchup vs. Twins' phenoms

Correa's injury postpones matchup vs. Twins' phenoms

MINNEAPOLIS -- The long-anticipated matchup between Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft and likely favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton -- the No. 2 pick that year -- and third baseman Miguel Sano -- another Rookie of the Year candidate -- will have to wait until the Twins visit Houston next weekend.

Correa was out of the Astros' lineup with a sore hamstring for the fourth consecutive game in Sunday's series finale against the Twins. He ran on Saturday and will again on Monday. Manager A.J. Hinch said Correa would stick to working out on a treadmill or stationary bike on Sunday.

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Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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LLWS stars who grew up to be MLB players

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LLWS stars who grew up to be MLB players

Nothing puts the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on display quite like letting a bunch of 12-year-old kids play baseball on national television.

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Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

Team thinking of families, witnesses day after fan falls to death at Turner Field

Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

ATLANTA -- Flags flew at half-staff at Turner Field, and while the players, coaches and management did their best to go about their usual pregame routine, Sunday morning simply was unusual.

Everyone was still trying to make sense of the tragic death of 60-year-old Greg Murrey, the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck during the seventh inning of Saturday night's game between the Braves and the New York Yankees. It cast a pall on the Braves drawing a season-high crowd of 49,243.

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Miley goes behind back to snare grounder

Miley goes behind back to snare grounder

NEW YORK -- Red Sox lefty Wade Miley helped his cause in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Mets when he made a nifty behind-the-back snag on a ground ball by David Wright.

With a runner at first and two outs, Wright spun one back up the middle and Miley deftly wrapped his glove around to his left side and snared it, firing to first for the out.

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Statcast: Goins' gallop on sac fly gaffe

Technology tracks Blue Jays' second baseman scoring all the way from second

Statcast: Goins' gallop on sac fly gaffe

Saturday's full slate of games featured a number of defensive gems across the Majors -- and one less-than-stellar effort.

The one thing they all had in common was Statcast™ was there to track every aspect of each play. From potential run-saving catches with the game in the balance to one of the stranger sacrifice flies of the season, the following is an in-depth look, courtesy of Statcast™, at some of Saturday's top plays, as well as a pair of the top home runs on the night.

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Bucs adjust rotation, lining up Cole vs. Cards

Ace to face Brewers on Tuesday, close series in St. Louis

Bucs adjust rotation, lining up Cole vs. Cards

PITTSBURGH -- With the Pirates' scheduled off-day on Monday, manager Clint Hurdle has adjusted his pitching plans for the next two series against National League Central foes Milwaukee and St. Louis. The moves assure that ace right-hander Gerrit Cole will get a start against the division-leading Cardinals.

Cole will start the series opener in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, followed by lefty Jeff Locke on Wednesday and lefty Francisco Liriano on Thursday.

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

Hughes' back injury improving steadily

Hughes' back injury improving steadily

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Phil Hughes continues to progress slowly from lower back inflammation, but he is expected to throw a bullpen session by the middle of the week.

Hughes, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 10, threw without any issues for three straight days before taking Sunday off. He's expected to throw his first bullpen session before the Twins head to Houston on Friday, but he won't join the team on the road trip, as he'll continue to rehab at Target Field.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger 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.

Freese's return could deepen Angels' lineup

Third baseman has been out with fractured finger, could help produce from bottom of order

Freese's return could deepen Angels' lineup

CLEVELAND -- David Freese, out with a fractured right index finger since July 23, was expected to start his third straight game at third base for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, then be activated for Monday's series opener against the A's if all goes well.

He can't come soon enough.
 

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Burnett upbeat after 5-inning sim game

Veteran righty hoping for 3 MLB starts in regular season

Burnett upbeat after 5-inning sim game

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett, an established veteran who hasn't pitched since July 30 due to a right elbow injury, has said he expects to make at least three Major League starts before the end of the regular season. He took another step in that direction Sunday, tossing a simulated game in the bullpen at PNC Park prior to the Pirates' game against the Colorado Rockies.

He tossed five innings under the watchful eye of pitching coach Ray Searage.

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Machi replaces Tazawa as Red Sox's closer

Japanese righty will return to being primary setup man

Machi replaces Tazawa as Red Sox's closer

NEW YORK -- Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo informed Junichi Tazawa on Sunday morning that he will no longer pitch the ninth inning and will instead resume being the primary setup man, a job he has excelled at for the last three seasons.

Tazawa was thrust into the closer's role after Koji Uehara fractured his right wrist on Aug. 7, converting three of six save opportunities while posting an 8.31 ERA.

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Cosart among injured Marlins hurlers on mend

Cosart among injured Marlins hurlers on mend

WASHINGTON -- Pitching depth is close to becoming a reality for the Marlins again, as the club is expected to receive some reinforcements after rosters expand on Tuesday.

Miami has several pitchers on the disabled list who are getting close to rejoining the roster. Jarred Cosart (left inner ear disorder) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday, and Jose Urena (left knee contusion) is scheduled to throw two innings for Jupiter on Monday.

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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.

Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

Ex-Arizona closer could fill much-needed seventh-inning setup role

Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

NEW YORK -- With days to spare until the waiver Trade Deadline, the first-place Mets have addressed their most glaring weakness heading into the stretch run. The club officially acquired right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for two Minor Leaguers in a move that could bridge a widening gap between their starting pitchers and back-end relievers.

The D-backs received right-handed pitchers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz in the deal.

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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.

Friedrich emerges as matchup option

Weiss pleased by southpaw's success against lefty bats

Friedrich emerges as matchup option

PITTSBURGH -- It's possible that Rockies left-handed reliever Christian Friedrich has emerged from a rough period built, not beaten.

In seven appearances from July 31 to Aug. 21, Friedrich posted a 15.88 ERA over seven games covering 15 2/3 innings. During that time he gave up 14 hits, including two homers, and had a less-than-desirable six walks against 10 strikeouts.

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Guaipe gets the call in latest bullpen shuffling

Montgomery sent to Triple-A to work on command

Guaipe gets the call in latest bullpen shuffling

CHICAGO -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has been patient with his bullpen this season while he waits for someone to entrench themselves in a role. But he'll have to wait a little longer as his relievers continue to work through a stretch in which they have been called on more than ever.

With his closer traded away and having to utilize his two primary setup relievers in August more than any other month, McClendon's latest test has been figuring out the best course for his bullpen. And he'll use two members with little starting experience as spot starters on Sunday and Monday.

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Odor sets sights on return vs. Padres

Rangers second baseman recovering from torn fingernail

Odor sets sights on return vs. Padres

ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor continues to get closer to returning to the Rangers' lineup, manager Jeff Banister said Sunday. The second baseman could be ready to go when the Rangers visit the Padres on Monday, six days after he tore a fingernail on his throwing hand while fielding a ball.

Banister said throwing accurately could be difficult for Odor, who spent some time before Sunday's game working on his throwing.

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Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective

Manager reflective on underachieving White Sox ballclub

Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective

CHICAGO -- Of the four seasons with Robin Ventura at the White Sox helm, the 2015 campaign has to be considered the most disappointing for the manager and team.

Ventura's first year in 2012 provided a somewhat surprising run to the top of the American League Central for 117 days, only to have the White Sox lose that lead to the Tigers during the final weeks of the season. The 2013 and 2014 seasons both were aimed at reshaping the team, but the organization went for it in 2015, only to come up well short to date.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Amid tough season, Votto putting up big numbers

First baseman launched 25th home run in win over Brewers

Amid tough season, Votto putting up big numbers

MILWAUKEE -- As the Reds' season spiraled far out of orbit in the second half, first baseman Joey Votto has quietly been one of baseball's best hitters. It was Votto who hit his 25th home run of the season in the ninth inning in Cincinnati's 12-9 come-from-behind win over the Brewers.

"I have to do my job to the best of my abilities," Votto said on Sunday morning. "Whether we're winning or losing and no matter the score, my objective is to do everything I can in any situation available. I'm hopeful I get to do that for the next five weeks or so."

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Beltre turns liner into juggling barehand grab

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Beltre turns liner into juggling barehand grab

As fans, we've become accustomed to routinely marveling at the exploits of pro ballplayers; we're 90 percent sure that's what's powering Twitter right now. For the athletes themselves, though, it's tough to get too worked up about all of the everyday brilliance they make look so routine -- it's quite literally just part of a day's work, after all. 

Which is why Elvis Andrus is so refreshing (you know, plate discipline notwithstanding). Early in Saturday's Orioles-Rangers game, Andrus' partner-in-crime Adrian Beltre made a preposterous grab, deflecting a line drive with his glove before calmly snatching it with his bare hand. It's the kind of play us laypeople couldn't make in a million years, so Andrus took the time to check the Jumbotron and make sure that, yes, he did really just do that.

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Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A fan who fell from the upper deck at Turner Field on Saturday night has died.

The Fulton County Medical Center revealed that the deceased man was Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Ga.

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Phillies claim reliever Roberts off waivers

Phillies claim reliever Roberts off waivers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies acquired some bullpen depth Sunday when they claimed left-hander Ken Roberts off waivers from the Rockies.

Roberts has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he could join the Phillies on Tuesday when rosters expand. The Phillies are thin on left-handed relievers. They traded Jake Diekman to Texas in July. They designated Cesar Jimenez for assignment recently, and the Brewers claimed him off waivers. Then last week Elvis Araujo strained his left groin and landed on the disabled list.

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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.

Davis playing through left middle finger injury

Davis playing through left middle finger injury

TORONTO -- Rajai Davis started all three games in left field for the Tigers at Rogers Centre this weekend, trying to get his bat going after ceding playing time to Tyler Collins. There might be a health reason to blame in part for Davis' downturn at the plate.

Davis has a left middle finger injury that he has been dealing with since mid-May. He didn't want to use it as the reason for his struggles, saying he doesn't put that finger on the bat when he swings. Still, Davis said, "It doesn't help."

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