Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Kiermaier turned a negative into a positive from the leadoff spot for the Rays on Monday night.

Only the Rays' center fielder did not hit first. Instead, he led off the night for the Rays' defense by stealing a sure home run from Manny Machado, who led off the bottom of the first for the Orioles by hitting a drive deep to center field.

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Cubs add depth, land Jackson from Mariners

Cubs add depth, land Jackson from Mariners

CHICAGO -- Looking for bench help for their postseason push, the Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Mariners for a player to be named later and international slot No. 98, worth about $210,000. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.

A right-handed hitter, Jackson was batting .272 in 107 games with the Mariners and had 15 stolen bases. The five-year veteran has heated up over the last month, hitting .314 with a .339 on-base percentage across August. After finishing a double shy of the cycle in his last game on Sunday, Jackson now has 16 hits over his nine-game hitting streak.

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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.

Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

BOSTON -- The Yankees allowed David Robertson to walk as a free agent in the offseason, deciding that they preferred the package of Andrew Miller and the compensatory Draft pick they would obtain as a result of the closer's departure.

At the time, the Yankees spoke highly of Robertson. General manager Brian Cashman even admitted to feigning interest so as to drive up Robertson's asking price on the open market, helping him score a four-year, $48 million deal from the White Sox.

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Teixeira undergoing tests, will miss Sox series

Girardi considering playing A-Rod at first, but Cashman views him as DH

Teixeira undergoing tests, will miss Sox series

BOSTON -- Mark Teixeira is still unable to run due to what was diagnosed as a deep bone bruise on his right leg, and the Yankees' first baseman is expected to miss this entire series against the Red Sox after being sent back to New York for additional tests.

As a result, Girardi said that he is considering playing Alex Rodriguez at first base on Wednesday when the Yankees face Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens. However, general manager Brian Cashman said that he would prefer to view Rodriguez only as a designated hitter.

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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.

Dodgers welcome Giants for big NL West clash

Dodgers welcome Giants for big NL West clash

Division rivals fighting for the top spot in the National League West go head-to-head for a three-game series when the Giants and Dodgers meet in Los Angeles starting Monday night. The Dodgers lead the division by 3 1/2 games, but this series has the potential to alter both team's playoff chances.

The Giants have an opportunity to get within a half-game of first place, but the Dodgers, who were no-hit for the second time in nine days Sunday, could put a serious dent in San Francisco's postseason hopes with a sweep.

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

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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Blue Jays on cusp of historically great month

Blue Jays on cusp of historically great month

Anybody who's seen the Blue Jays play this month can recognize that they've been impressive. But just how impressive?

Facing the Indians on Monday night, Toronto is going for its 22nd win of August, a feat that's rarely been accomplished. The last club to win 22 games in a month was the 2013 Dodgers, who won 23 in August that year. Before that, it was last done in 2005, by the Astros (in July, even with the All-Star break) and the Padres (in May).

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Hamstring better, Correa back in Astros' lineup

Springer's rehab games continue at Double-A

Hamstring better, Correa back in Astros' lineup

HOUSTON -- After missing four consecutive games with a sore left hamstring, shortstop Carlos Correa returned to the Astros' starting lineup on Monday, batting in his usual three-hole for the series opener against the Mariners.

"It feels great, really good," Correa said. "I'm ready to go, so we're going to be out there playing today. Really exciting."

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

Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday

Slugger will take field for Class A Advanced Jupiter, weather permitting

Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Weather permitting, Giancarlo Stanton will be back on the field Tuesday in a rehab assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Initially, the plan was to get the three-time All-Star into a game on Monday, but the storm system that has impacted South Florida caused that game to be postponed. On Tuesday, the Hammerheads will be playing a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. ET, and the Marlins are still deciding if the slugger will play in one or parts of both games.

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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.

ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

History seems to be following Jessica Mendoza around.

Mendoza had already become the first female broadcaster to call a Major League Baseball game on ESPN when she did it last Monday night for D-backs vs. Cardinals. Then, during her debut alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk for the Sunday night game between the Cubs and Dodgers, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter.

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No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

NEW YORK -- The Mets will not discuss manager Terry Collins' contract status until after the season, general manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday during a visit to the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn.

The Mets hold a 2016 club option for the 66-year-old Collins but could offer him a contract extension based on what will almost certainly become his first winning season at the helm. He entered Monday's series opener against the Phillies with a 72-58 record after going 79-82 last season.

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Boston fans take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

Boston fans take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

BOSTON -- As he sat on an overturned bucket, Rob Daigle knew what was coming. Hanley Ramirez had a bucket of icy water in his hands, and it was about to end up all over him.

So when Ramirez decided to douse both himself and Daigle, laughing as the water dripped off his dreads, the 50-year-old Newburyport, Mass., resident was caught off guard.

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Foltynewicz scratched from start with illness

Foltynewicz scratched from start with illness

ATLANTA -- The Braves' pitching plans for this week were further complicated when Mike Foltynewicz arrived at Turner Field on Monday afternoon with a fever and viral symptoms. They were already planning to use an array of pitchers for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Marlins. Now, it appears they may have to do the same on Tuesday night.

With Foltynewicz unavailable to make his scheduled start on Monday night against the Marlins, Tuesday's scheduled starter, Shelby Miller accepted the assignment on regular rest. Now it appears that Manny Banuelos and Sugar Ray Marimon could start the final two games of this week's series against Miami.

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Jake Arrieta wore PJs to his no-hitter interview

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Jake Arrieta wore PJs to his no-hitter interview

The best way to celebrate throwing a no-hitter is with your teammates on the field in a blur of hugs and pies and Gatorade showers. The second best way to celebrate a no-hitter is by rocking mustache pajamas at the postgame press conference.

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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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Simmons out with right ankle inflammation

Simmons out with right ankle inflammation

ATLANTA -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was scratched from the starting lineup just before the start of Monday night's game against the Marlins with right ankle inflammation.

Simmons took batting practice and was set to play until the Braves opted to remove him from the lineup approximately four minutes before Shelby Miller threw the game's first pitch. The Braves did not reveal what caused the ankle discomfort, but early indication was that he could return to action as early as Tuesday.

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Right shoulder latest malady to plague Hanley

Right shoulder latest malady to plague Hanley

BOSTON -- Though Hanley Ramirez's right shoulder ailment -- the one that had him out of the lineup again on Monday night -- didn't become public knowledge until a few days ago, it has bothered him for several weeks.

And it perhaps explains why Ramirez has had such limited production since the All-Star break, a span in which he's hit .183 with no homers, seven RBIs and a .449 OPS.

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Cash, Rays meet with Torre about replay

Manager says meeting, explanations were 'very informative'

Cash, Rays meet with Torre about replay

BALTIMORE -- Prior to Monday's Rays-Orioles game, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer Joe Torre and MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Peter Woodfork stopped by the Rays' clubhouse to talk about the replay process with Rays manager Kevin Cash, bench coach Tom Foley, and players James Loney, Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, Tim Beckam, and Jake Odorizzi.

"It was great," Cash said. " ... They came in and took their time. ... Very informed. Their goal is to do everything they can to help the process and get it as right as possible. And it goes a long way with the players and all of us involved that they take the time and sit down [with them]."

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Callups on horizon with rosters set to expand

Callups on horizon with rosters set to expand

Tuesday is Sept. 1, which means the end of August waivers and the beginning of September callups in preparation for the stretch run and the look ahead to postseason rosters.

At the outset of September, Major League clubs are able to expand their rosters from the active 25-man roster to the full 40-man roster, allowing teams to carry additional players for big league games. It's an opportunity for young players to provide depth and get big league experience, and it also allows Major League skippers added weapons in their arsenal as games carry additional weight during a pennant race.

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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.

Reed turns Mets 'pen from concern to strength

Reed turns Mets 'pen from concern to strength

NEW YORK -- Addison Reed stepped into a Mets uniform for the first time on Monday. Bobby Parnell should return from the disabled list on Tuesday. With those two, and with Jeurys Familia and Tyler Clippard in tow, the Mets will spend September with four relievers boasting significant closing experience.

If the bullpen was a significant concern for the Mets during the second half of August, manager Terry Collins is convinced it no longer is.

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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 could be back by season's end

Franco could be back by season's end

NEW YORK -- It sounds more and more as though third baseman Maikel Franco could be back in the Phillies' lineup before the end of the season.

Franco's broken left wrist seems to be healing nicely, and he said on Monday afternoon at Citi Field that he expects to take batting practice on Wednesday.

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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.

Rangers set to activate Hamilton on Tuesday

Rangers set to activate Hamilton on Tuesday

SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers are planning to activate outfielder Josh Hamilton off the disabled list when rosters are expanded on Tuesday.

Catcher Carlos Corporan is also being activated off the disabled list. The Rangers are also calling up four players: third baseman Joey Gallo, outfielder Drew Stubbs and pitchers Luke Jackson and Ross Ohlendorf.

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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.

Braves want to test Garcia's versatility

Braves want to test Garcia's versatility

ATLANTA -- Adonis Garcia has provided the Braves some offensive consistency while spending the past month serving as their primary third baseman. But he will see his playing time diminished when fellow 30-year-old Cuban third baseman Hector Olivera makes his much-anticipated arrival to the Major League level on Tuesday.

With Olivera likely to get most of the starts at third base over the remainder of the season, the Braves will need to find ways to keep Garcia's bat in their lineup as frequently as possible. Before Monday night's game against the Marlins, Garcia took some grounders at second base.

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Cards, Royals, Bucs rule atop Power Rankings

Cards, Royals, Bucs rule atop Power Rankings

It's getting to be that time of year, when a lot of articles you'll read will include a section that begins with "If the playoffs started today ..."

And now it's our turn to play along. While there are plenty of races still to be decided -- everything but the AL Central is realistically available to more than one team -- it is fun to at least envision what the playoff landscape would look like if we were to skip over the next 30-some days and land on Oct. 6.

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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.

Arrieta earns no-no in LA after E4 ruling

Arrieta earns no-no in LA after E4 ruling

LOS ANGELES -- Seven times in his final 18 starts of 2014, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it wasn't until Sunday night against the Dodgers that the Cubs right-hander finished the job. And it was deja vu for the Dodgers.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter to win his Major League-leading 17th game, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer to power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers, snapping a four-game Chicago losing streak. Arrieta struck out 12 in his 14th consecutive quality start and finished the month of August with a perfect 6-0 mark.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Shapiro to become Blue Jays president

Indians president will take over for retiring Beeston at season's end

Shapiro to become Blue Jays president

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new president is over, as it was revealed on Monday that veteran Indians front-office executive Mark Shapiro will be the successor to Paul Beeston.

Ownership group Rogers Communications and the Indians acknowledged the move in public statements issued Monday morning. Shapiro will take over at season's end for Beeston, who previously announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

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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.

Statcast: E4 in no-no was a bullet

Statcast: E4 in no-no was a bullet

On a Sunday dominated by afternoon baseball, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta provided a thrilling nightcap by twirling a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

Statcast™ was there to help document that feat, as well as for the rest of the day's action, which also included some excellence from Mike Trout, as well as great catches, big home runs and more. Here are six plays that stand out, starting with the no-no.

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

5 questions facing Indians as Shapiro departs

5 questions facing Indians as Shapiro departs

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Blue Jays announced Monday that current Tribe president Mark Shapiro will, at season's end, take over as the president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre. Here are five pertinent questions, regarding the future of the Indians' organization, in the wake of the announcement.

1. Will the Indians search for a new team president?
Shapiro will remain as the team's president through the end of the 2015 season. At that point, his duties, which have included both baseball and business aspects, will be handled by current members of the Indians' front office -- likely with general manager Chris Antonetti assuming the majority of the baseball decisions, while chairman/CEO Paul Dolan taking on more of the business decisions. The Tribe made it clear that the club does not feel an immediate need to directly replace Shapiro.

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

Japan outslugs US in record LLWS title game

Teams combine for 7 homers in highest-scoring championship contest

Japan outslugs US in record LLWS title game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Even as records fell and unfamiliar teams showed their worth during the 2015 Little League World Series, it was a recent powerhouse that emerged as champion. Tokyo took home Japan's fourth championship in six years in a record-setting final, defeating Pennsylvania's Red Land Little League, 18-11, on Sunday in the highest-scoring championship game in history.

The teams combined to hit seven home runs and plate 29 runs, breaking the previous record for most runs in a championship game, 23, set in the first Little League World Series title game in 1947.

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Jake Schwartzstein is an editor for Major League Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quotes to note: Shapiro, Dolan on transition

Quotes to note: Shapiro, Dolan on transition

CLEVELAND -- The Indians announced Monday that team president Mark Shapiro will assume the same role with the Blue Jays at the conclusion of this season. Here are some thoughts from Shapiro and Tribe owner Paul Dolan from the news conference in Cleveland.

Dolan, asked if he tried to convince Shapiro to stay:

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