Wieters' walk-off HR steals Markakis' thunder

Wieters' walk-off HR steals Markakis' thunder

BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.

"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."

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Mark Bowman is a reporter and Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Royals started this three-game series with a bang, belting two homers, including a three-run shot by Eric Hosmer in the first inning as part of his four-RBI night, in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.

Indians rookie Cody Anderson struggled for a second consecutive outing, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks. The Royals were aggressive against the strike-throwing righty, with four of his eight hits allowed coming on the first pitch, including home runs by Hosmer and Omar Infante.

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

A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

Yankees slugger celebrates birthday with solo shot in the sixth

A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday by doing what he has done more than all but three players in the game's history: hitting a home run.

Rodriguez connected with a Matt Harrison offering in the sixth inning during Monday's 6-2 win and slugged it over the wall for an opposite-field solo homer, marking the Yankees slugger's 24th of the season and his fourth in his last two games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodriguez joined Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield as the only players with home runs in their teens and their 40s.

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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.

Mets beef up relief, get Clippard from A's

Oakland closer gives Collins another option; New York still pursuing outfield help

Mets beef up relief, get Clippard from A's

NEW YORK -- Their search for an outfielder not yet fruitful, the Mets found a different way to upgrade their roster four days out from the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Mets acquired A's closer Tyler Clippard and cash on Monday in exchange for pitching prospect Casey Meisner, giving manager Terry Collins another established arm to team with Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell and Jenrry Mejia at the back of his bullpen.

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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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Jim Duquette

5 Deadline deals that make sense

5 Deadline deals that make sense

For a period there, a silly thought popped in the heads of some. With so few deals being done, a slew of you pictured a summer without significant player traffic.

But then the Astros opened the Trade Deadline doors with a deal for Scott Kazmir. And before you fully processed that one, Aramis Ramirez was on his way to Pittsburgh. Then Johnny Cueto to the Royals happened. Congrats, Kansas City. You got yourselves an ace.

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Cards, Lynn ride Wong's slam to win vs. Reds

Cards, Lynn ride Wong's slam to win vs. Reds

ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals' third grand slam of the season, second baseman Kolten Wong powered his club to a 4-1 win on Monday to open a three-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium.

A Jay Bruce sacrifice fly gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who entered the night averaging just 2.72 runs of support per game. Wong gave him more than that with one swing, helping the Cards capitalize in an inning they opened with consecutive hits off Reds starter Raisel Iglesias.

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Casali homers twice as Rays hold off Tigers

Casali homers twice as Rays hold off Tigers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.

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Anthony Castrovince

Top 25-and-unders: Historic list to be revealed

Top 25-and-unders: Historic list to be revealed

The 2015 Cooperstown class got its Hall call and stage time, and it was fun to salute Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio on Sunday. But on the field, on a daily basis in Major League Baseball, we're witnessing an incredible crop of 25-and-under talent that is bound to be beating down the Hall's door 20 years from now.

It was even something Commissioner Rob Manfred made note of in his remarks in Cooperstown over the weekend.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. MLB.com reporters Andrew Simon and Mark Newman contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels land veteran Victorino from Red Sox

Boston to cover most of remaining salary for outfielder; search continues for lefty bat

Angels land veteran Victorino from Red Sox

The Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from the Red Sox on Monday.

In exchange, Triple-A shortstop Josh Rutledge was sent to Boston, which will pay the majority of the prorated portion remaining on Victorino's contract. The 34-year-old Victorino is making $13 million in his final season before free agency, but the Angels will only be responsible for a little more than $1 million -- with the Sox covering $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million -- a source told MLB.com.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", 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.

Yankees want Hamels, but top prospects off limits

Club reportedly inquires about ace's availability, but won't trade Severino, Judge, Mateo, Bird

Yankees want Hamels, but top prospects off limits

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees have inquired about the availability of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, but they are unwilling to part with several of the organization's top prospects, according to multiple reports.

CBS Sports and FOX Sports have reported that the Yankees are telling teams that they have four untouchable players in their farm system: right-hander Luis Severino, outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Jorge Mateo and first baseman Greg Bird -- their top four prospects, according to MLB.com.

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Paul Hagen

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With the final cheers still ringing in the ears of the newest Hall of Famers -- Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz -- and the last fans filtering out of town after another successful Induction Weekend, speculation inevitably turns to who might receive baseball's ultimate honor next July.

With a group of first-time eligibles led by Ken Griffey Jr. and holdovers Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all on the ballot again after receiving more than half the votes (but less than the required 75 percent) in last year's election, there's a chance the Class of 2016 could be impressive as well.

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

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Alyson Footer

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

Poll of media members would send Griffey, Bagwell, Piazza to Cooperstown

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Spirited debates about the Hall of Fame are as much a part of our everyday baseball-loving lives as 7:05 starts and rain delays. So we figure, with the recent conclusion of induction weekend, why not keep the conversation going?

Let's take a look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class, which will consist of one first-ballot no-doubter and several others who may gain enough traction for entry in 2016. We polled dozen of reporters, experts and analysts from MLB.com and MLB Network -- some of whom do have voting privileges through the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and others who are non-voters but nonetheless experts -- to give us their hypothetical 2016 HOF class.

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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.

Rumor roundup: Varied market for Gomez emerges

Cards reportedly in mix for Lind; list of suitors for Hamels expands

Rumor roundup: Varied market for Gomez emerges

It's down to the final week of trade season, with Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline quickly approaching.

It could be a busy week as rumors continue to surround a number of potential trade targets. With that in mind, here's a look at some of those top rumors floating around the league on Monday:

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

White Sox outdo Red Sox in Fenway slugfest

White Sox outdo Red Sox in Fenway slugfest

BOSTON -- The White Sox came out swinging on Monday night at Fenway Park and never really stopped, notching a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

After Joe Kelly gave up four runs in the top of the first, Boston came storming back with two in the first and two more in the second and actually led, 7-6, after five.

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

A-Rod becomes all-time leader in b-day blasts

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A-Rod becomes all-time leader in b-day blasts

Most people celebrate their birthdays with a cake or small get-together with friends. Sometimes there are presents, sometimes there are clow -- no, sorry, NO CLOWNS ALLOWED.

How does Alex Rodriguez prefer to spend his birthdays? Well, he likes to hit home runs. He'd already hit five b-day blasts coming into Monday's Yankees-Rangers game (his 40th birthday), and in the sixth inning he went bye-bye.

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Cueto slated to make Royals debut on Friday

Cueto slated to make Royals debut on Friday

CLEVELAND -- Newly acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto will make his Royals debut on Friday in Toronto, manager Ned Yost said on Monday.

Cueto last pitched on Saturday for the Reds in Colorado, so his normal fifth day would be Thursday. But Yost said he's giving Cueto an extra day to get better acclimated to his new team.

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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.

Epstein's focus unchanged despite tough stretch

Cubs looking for rotation help, veteran bat at Trade Deadline

Epstein's focus unchanged despite tough stretch

CHICAGO -- Getting swept by the Phillies and falling further back in the Wild Card standings hasn't changed how Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein approaches Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We'd really like to [make a deal], but it's impossible to say," Epstein said Monday. "If we do something on the bigger end, it will involve players who will help us beyond this year. If we do something on the smaller side, it will probably be more for a rental player.

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

Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

ARLINGTON -- Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is sure to be seen on highlight reels everywhere after his second-inning catch during Monday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees.

With the game tied at 0, Mark Teixeira hit a towering fly ball to left-center-field off Rangers starter Matt Harrison, but Martin ran over and was able to put one hand on the wall to aid his leap while still in motion. He snagged Teixeira's ball near the top of the wall, turning a possible home run into an out.

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

Hosmer, Royals gain from aggressive swings

Hosmer, Royals gain from aggressive swings

CLEVELAND -- Eric Hosmer got the Royals doing what they do best this season: Ambush opponents early.

Hosmer delivered a three-run homer to left-center field in the first inning, setting the tone in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night. The Royals now have outscored their opponents, 69-34, in the first inning.

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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.

Gregorius, A-Rod drive Yanks past Rangers

Gregorius, A-Rod drive Yanks past Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday with a home run and Didi Gregorius drove in a career-high four runs as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 6-2, on Monday at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez's sixth-inning solo shot off Matt Harrison marked the sixth home run that the Yankees slugger has hit on his birthday, extending his Major League record. Gregorius clubbed a two-run shot, his fifth home run, in the third inning and added a two-run single in the seventh off Sam Freeman as part of a three-hit performance.

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

A-Rod in a much better place at 40 years old

Yankees slugger cuts cake in clubhouse before game

A-Rod in a much better place at 40 years old

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez said that he does not remember where or how he celebrated his 39th birthday a year ago, but he knows for certain that he was not cutting the cake in a big league clubhouse. For that reason alone, 40 already feels great for the Yankees' designated hitter.

"Someone asked me about 40 and evaluating where I am; I think I did a lot of that last year," said Rodriguez, who sat out during a season-long suspension.

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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.

Braun, Lind out with tight lower backs

Braun, Lind out with tight lower backs

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers were without their top two run producers for the start of Monday's series opener against the Giants, with right fielder Ryan Braun and first baseman Adam Lind each sidelined by lower back tightness.

Braun was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before the first pitch. Lind missed a second straight start, but expressed optimism before batting practice about returning to regular duty Tuesday night.

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

Gordon tests thumb, feels ready to rejoin Marlins

Leadoff man could be activated off DL on Tuesday after playing in rehab game

Gordon tests thumb, feels ready to rejoin Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- After a 15-day layoff, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon returned to game action on Monday for Class A Advanced Jupiter. In a rehab assignment game, Gordon -- who dislocated his left thumb on July 11 -- started at second base and hit leadoff, going 1-for-4 in a seven-inning contest.

The All-Star reported "no pain" with the left thumb. He indicated he's ready to rejoin the Marlins for Tuesday night's series opener with the Nationals at Marlins Park, although he's waiting for official word from the team. On Saturday, manager Dan Jennings said it was a possibility.

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

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Marty Noble

Some in Hall defeating age as if an opponent

Unmatched during career, Koufax among those envied by peers after playing days

Some in Hall defeating age as if an opponent

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Who said it first -- Stan the Man or Bette Davis or someone who gets no credit -- matters not. What was said is the important aspect. The words are these: "Gettin' old ain't for sissies." Who among us who has passed the age of retirement questions that statement?

So it was on Saturday afternoon on the veranda of the Otesaga Hotel, the headquarters for the Baseball Hall of Fame weekend, that 74-year-old Bobby Cox, Hall of Fame Class of 2014, bumped into Jerry Reinsdorf, the 79-year-old owner of the White Sox. They exchanged pleasantries and before they parted, Cox said "Well, you look great, Jerry." And Reinsdorf replied:

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

Napoli tossed after throwing helmet

Ejected in first inning when umpire hit in leg

Napoli tossed after throwing helmet

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was ejected after throwing his helmet to the ground following a called strike three in the first inning of Monday night's game against the White Sox at Fenway Park.

After taking an 0-2 fastball from left-hander John Danks, Napoli tossed his helmet in the batter's box in apparent frustration at the call, and when the helmet grazed home-plate umpire Toby Basner's leg, Basner tossed Napoli from the game. Boston manager John Farrell marched onto the field to briefly argue the decision with Basner before returning to the dugout.

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

Volquez hangs tough to pick up 10th victory

Volquez hangs tough to pick up 10th victory

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez wasn't at his best, physically or emotionally.

Volquez walked five batters, gave up six hits and barked at home-plate umpire Lance Barksdale much of the time. But Volquez came through with six-plus innings and a quality start in the Royals' 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday night.

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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.

Yadi exits vs. Reds due to not feeling well

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina left Monday night's game between the Cardinals and Reds in the fifth inning because he was not feeling well, the Cardinals announced.

Batting fifth in the lineup, the All-Star catcher led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on Kolten Wong's grand slam. But backup catcher Tony Cruz pinch-hit for Molina in the fifth.

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Mariners acquire reliever Ramirez from D-backs

Mariners acquire reliever Ramirez from D-backs

SEATTLE -- Right-handed reliever J.C. Ramirez was re-acquired by the Mariners on Monday in a cash deal with the D-backs and will be assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Ramirez, 26, was signed by the Mariners in 2005 as international free agent out of Nicaragua, but was one of three players sent to the Phillies in 2009 in exchange for Cliff Lee.

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Brewers still think trade market open

Brewers still think trade market open

SAN FRANCISCO -- From a distance, Monday looked like a challenging day for the Brewers on the trade front. The Angels and Mets made deals with potential implications for Milwaukee, while Brewers first baseman Adam Lind remained sidelined by a stiff back. Still, general manager Doug Melvin expressed continued confidence about being active before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"Sometimes it depends on how teams react emotionally," Melvin said. "When the competition does something, do they have to react?"

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