Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- Red Sox rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who was helped off the field after spraining his left knee while being tagged out near second base in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Rays, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, said manager John Farrell.

To replace Benintendi on the roster, the Red Sox called up infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket. 

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rzepczynski traded to Nats; A's get 2B prospect

Rzepczynski traded to Nats; A's get 2B prospect

The Nationals acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and cash in a trade with the A's for Minor League infielder Max Schrock on Thursday, the teams announced.

Rzepczynski posted a 3.00 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the A's this season. The 30-year-old struck out 37 batters in 36 innings. His 70.5 percent ground-ball rate in 2016 is the second best in the Major Leagues behind Orioles closer Zach Britton.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: Aug. 25

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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Yu was due: Darvish HR a 1st! Beltre brilliant

Yu was due: Darvish HR a 1st! Beltre brilliant

CINCINNATI -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner on a night Yu Darvish's first career homer stole the show.

Beltre's two-out double in the eighth inning Wednesday drove home Ian Desmond with the go-ahead run, and the Rangers held on for a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Park.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers, Indians play for AL's best record on MLB.TV

Mets try to close gap on Cardinals; Scherzer starts for Nationals

Rangers, Indians play for AL's best record on MLB.TV

The two teams with the best records in the American League, the Rangers and Indians, open a four-game series tonight in Texas, with ace Cole Hamels set to take the mound for the Rangers.

Meanwhile, the Mets wrap up their key three-game series with the Cardinals, who lead New York by 4 1/2 games for the second National League Wild Card.

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

Giants' up-Hill climb vs. LA gets steeper

Giants' up-Hill climb vs. LA gets steeper

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill proved to be worth the wait, beating out Johnny Cueto in a pitchers' duel and handing the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday night. Los Angeles now holds a season-high three-game lead in the National League West.

Sidelined with a blister since his acquisition from Oakland at the Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, Hill threw 81 pitches before getting pulled following the sixth inning. The veteran lefty struck out three and allowed five baserunners, all reaching on singles. Justin Turner's fourth-inning home run and three scoreless innings from the L.A. bullpen, culminating with Kenley Jansen's perfect ninth for save No. 37, assured that Hill would walk away with a win.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. 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.

Ledecky brings pool's gold; O's hold on in DC

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Ledecky brings pool's gold; O's hold on in DC

Some people get nervous before throwing out a first pitch. Katie Ledecky is not some people.

Fresh off winning five medals, including four golds, at the Rio Olympics, Ledecky came back home to kick off Wednesday's O's-Nats game at Nationals Park. It's hard to throw a baseball with all of that hardware around your neck, though, so she decided to seek some help -- from Bryce Harper.

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Richard Justice

Pujols, Papi HRs remind us of their greatness

Albert moves into 10th on all-time list; Ortiz oldest player to reach 30 blasts

Pujols, Papi HRs remind us of their greatness

First Albert Pujols, then David Ortiz. Two majestic home runs, two moments to savor and celebrate, eight minutes apart Wednesday night. Two opportunities to be reminded how lucky we've been to watch these guys play baseball. Sometimes, the baseball gods deliver more than we deserve.

We see them now, Ortiz, 40, and Pujols, 36, and are awash in memories of postseason heroics and times when they held their cities -- and their sport -- in the palm of their hands.

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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.

Marlins acquire Francoeur in 3-team trade

Veteran outfielder provides right-handed bat with Stanton on DL; Minors C Foley sent to Braves

Marlins acquire Francoeur in 3-team trade

MIAMI -- The Marlins didn't necessarily find a replacement for Giancarlo Stanton, but the club on Wednesday night acquired a veteran who presents a right-handed-hitting threat in Jeff Francoeur from the Braves as part of a three-team trade that also included the Rangers.

Miami announced the deal shortly after a 3-0 win over Kansas City at Marlins Park. The Rangers sent Minor League shortstop Dylan Moore to the Braves, while Texas also received three international signing slots, one from Atlanta and two from Miami.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Sanchez turning heads with impressive start

Catcher socks ninth homer in Yankees win over Mariners

Sanchez turning heads with impressive start

SEATTLE -- As if the monstrous upper-deck home run on the first pitch he saw or the scalded double down the left-field line, or the two homers in the first game of this series weren't enough, the first thing the traveling band of Yankees reporters wanted to hear about was how a 23-year-old catcher with 21 games of Major League experience could get walked intentionally twice in one game.

Add another chapter to the story of the Gary Sanchez joy ride, which continued unabated Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Mariners. The prospect who has become a phenom in a few short weeks made his mark on yet another big league game, and now the history books, and he's done it all in a hurry.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced

AL Wild Card Game opens playoffs on Oct. 4; World Series begins Oct. 25

To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced

Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in an AL city to be determined.

While the 10 participants and eventual matchups are gradually being determined, the full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.

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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.

Halos Minor Leaguer flips over wall to rob HR

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Halos Minor Leaguer flips over wall to rob HR

The phrase "catch of the year" gets thrown around a lot. It's understandable, really: Baseball players make the amazing look routine on an almost daily basis, and it's only natural to pronounce the latest play to be the most amazing of them all.

But we feel fairly confident that Arkansas Travelers right fielder Zach Welz's grab against the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday will go down as one of the catches of this or any year. Because he didn't just chase a ball down in the gap or rob a homer or stand on top of a ledge -- he flipped over the outfield wall.

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Jose shows way as Marlins halt KC's streak

Jose shows way as Marlins halt KC's streak

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven dominant innings while striking out nine in the Marlins' 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

With his nine strikeouts, Fernandez became Miami's single-season strikeout leader, now with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster's mark of 209 in 2000. But Fernandez's 111-pitch outing ended with some caution as he limped off the mound with a cramp after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Wednesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Papi tops 2 lists, but Sox drop the ball

Red Sox DH also records 100 RBIs for 10th time with Red Sox, passing Williams

Papi tops 2 lists, but Sox drop the ball

ST. PETERSBURG -- In the final season of one of the great careers in the history of the Red Sox, David Ortiz has shown that age is but a number. He continued to do so on Wednesday night.

Ortiz rocked the first pitch he saw from Matt Andriese in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Rays for a home run to right-center field, his 30th of the season. And with Dustin Pedroia on second base, he also recorded his 100th RBI of the year to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Ortiz became the oldest player to reach 30 home runs in a season at 40 years, nine months and six days old.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

Angels' slugger takes over sole possession of 10th on all-time list

Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols moved his name up the record books on Wednesday night belting his 584th career home run in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, passing former teammate Mark McGwire into sole possession of 10th on the all-time list.

Pujols drove Marco Estrada's 0-1 cutter over the fence in left-center, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead in the first inning and going back-to-back with Mike Trout.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

We can thank Frank Thomas for getting Ken Griffey Jr. to flip his cap backwards at the HOF

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We can thank Frank Thomas for getting Ken Griffey Jr. to flip his cap backwards at the HOF

Remember when Ken Griffey Jr. ended his Hall of Fame induction speech by putting on his cap backwards and recreating the iconic look from his playing days? 

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Correa's dazzling diving grab helps seal win

Correa's dazzling diving grab helps seal win

PITTSBURGH -- Perhaps the biggest sigh of relief for Astros pitcher Ken Giles wasn't that the laser hit back up the middle by Matt Joyce in the ninth inning Wednesday didn't take his head off. It was that shortstop Carlos Correa was in just the right spot.

Correa, lined up on the right side of second base, made a diving grab behind the bag to snag the Joyce liner for the first out in the ninth inning. Giles struck out the next two batters to close out the Astros' 5-4 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This cat just wanted to chill and watch a Pirates game at PNC Park

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This cat just wanted to chill and watch a Pirates game at PNC Park

The Pirates took on the Astros at PNC Park for an early game Wednesday, and everyone with the afternoon off in Pittsburgh surely headed over for some good Interleague baseball. Everyone, including this very chill ballpark cat.

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Which team should you cheer for in the Little League World Series?

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Which team should you cheer for in the Little League World Series?

During the month of August, baseball teams from all over the globe gather in Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The championship game will be played on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m., ET (you can watch it on ABC), and you need to know who you'll be cheering for. Teams will play in elimination games up until Sunday, so make sure you hitch your wagon to the right star. Take our quiz below to determine which team to choose.

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Torii Hunter honored in Williamsport

Five-time All-Star inducted into Little League Hall of Excellence

Torii Hunter honored in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Five-time All-Star and recent retiree Torii Hunter was honored this week as one of three people inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. Along with softball superstar Cat Osterman and former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Hunter received Little League's highest honor.

"I'm truly honored to be enshrined with so many great people, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and George Bush, all types of people. A little boy from Pine Bluff, Ark., never thought he could be here and be honored like this."

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Mike McCormick is an editorial director for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big bats back Hendricks, bring brooms to SD

Big bats back Hendricks, bring brooms to SD

SAN DIEGO -- Remember Ray Prim? The left-hander won 13 games for the Cubs in 1945, the last time they played in the World Series. Prim was the last Cubs pitcher to lead the National League in ERA. Kyle Hendricks could change that.

Hendricks got a big boost from the offense before he took the mound, thanks to a three-run first, as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3, on Wednesday at Petco Park to sweep the series and improve to 36 games over .500 for the first time since 1945, when they finished that season at 98-56.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beat the Streak player up to 47 games

'Csteele12' two shy of tying record, 10 short of $5.6 million prize

Beat the Streak player up to 47 games

Beat the Streak player "csteele12" is now two picks away from tying the all-time BTS leader after Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez singled Wednesday afternoon.

"Csteele12," whose actual identity remains unknown, is now two shy of tying Terry Sims' all-time Beat the Streak run of 49, set earlier this year. The user also is 10 successful picks from topping Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio's legendary 56-game hitting streak in 1941 and claiming the $5.6 million grand prize.

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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.

Which starter has the very best pitch in the Majors? Vote in this bracket and find out

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Which starter has the very best pitch in the Majors? Vote in this bracket and find out

We need your help to figure out who has the very best pitch -- singular -- in baseball.

To figure out whose pitch is truly the best, we had to narrow down the field into a digestible bracket -- one which you'll vote on momentarily.

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Alyson Footer

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Special presentation of 'We Are Baseball' transports viewers on Hall of Fame tour

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Nestled in the five-trailer platform that comprises the "We Are Baseball" traveling Hall of Fame tour is a mobile theater that shows an 11-minute IMAX movie, spotlighting the best of what the game provides today, and offering glimpses of where it is headed in the future.

Baseball, steeped deeply in tradition, will always connect generations and harken back to its past. But Major League Baseball has taken a deliberate and giant step forward, shifting its focus to a younger generation of fans stimulated more by what is in front of them than by what has already happened.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With goal to pitch in, Friedrich plays soccer

Padres left-hander leans on foot-based sport to warm up for day job

With goal to pitch in, Friedrich plays soccer

SAN DIEGO -- If only for a few minutes during gameday afternoons, Christian Friedrich has turned various Major League outfields into his own personal soccer fields.

It's not uncommon to see the Padres left-hander chasing after his soccer ball on the outfield grass, four or five hours before first pitch. Sometimes he's alone -- surrounded only by the grounds crew -- kicking his ball 50 yards away and chasing it down. Sometimes, his teammates join in.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Hill proves to be worth the wait for Dodgers

Lefty gives rotation boost after delayed start to career in LA

Hill proves to be worth the wait for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- A year removed from the likes of David Price and Cole Hamels finding new homes at baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, contenders scrambled this year, hoping to get lucky in finding a veteran arm who could fill a stretch-run void.

By the time this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline of Aug. 1 passed, contending teams had taken a gamble on 11 available pitchers hoping to fill rotation voids. The Giants came up with Matt Moore, an All-Star with the Rays in 2013, and Drew Pomeranz, the Padres' All-Star rep this year, found himself joining the Red Sox.

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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.

Martinez, homers carry Cards past deGrom, Mets

Martinez, homers carry Cards past deGrom, Mets

ST. LOUIS -- Grasping for ways to correct their poor and puzzling home record, the Cardinals leaned on two of their most reliable sources on Wednesday. With punches of power from the offense and another dazzling performance from budding ace Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals coasted to an 8-1 victory to even their three-game series with the Mets.

The win allowed the Cardinals, now 29-34 at Busch Stadium, to maintain their 1 1/2-game lead over the Marlins for the second National League Wild Card spot. It also created a bit of separation from the Mets. New York stands 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in that race.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. 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.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Hamilton dazzles with another diving snag

Hamilton dazzles with another diving snag

CINCINNATI -- What does Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton do for an encore after making one of the best catches of his career? He goes back to work and takes away another hit with another tremendous defensive effort.

For the third out of the Rangers' fourth inning during the Reds' 6-5 loss, Mitch Moreland hit a fly ball off Tim Adleman to right-center field. It had Hamilton take a wide turn to his left and race into position to once again leave his feet to make the diving catch.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon 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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Anthony Castrovince

MLB, MLBPA strengthening ties with Puerto Rico

MLB, MLBPA strengthening ties with Puerto Rico

Maybe the next Francisco Lindor won't feel he has to leave Puerto Rico at an impressionable age.

That's the hope that arises out of Wednesday's announcement that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to commit $5 million over the course of the next collective bargaining agreement to go toward the creation and support of baseball development programs on the Caribbean island.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.