Hamstring better, Correa back in Astros' lineup

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.

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.

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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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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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.

Blue Jays look to Price to cap record month

Blue Jays look to Price to cap record month

It's been quite a month for the Blue Jays, and they may not be done yet.

First-place Toronto is looking to win 22 games in a calendar month for the first time in club history and become the first team to pull off the feat since the Dodgers went 23-6 in August 2013. And the Blue Jays will have a pretty good shot at it with ace left-hander David Price on the hill.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Joey Nowak is a 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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Week Ahead: Final month looms large

Week Ahead: Final month looms large

Here comes September.

After Monday's August finales around the Major Leagues, we leap right into the final month of baseball's regular season, the one that will end with postseason pairings and champagne parties in joyous clubhouses. You know, the one that never lets us down, with excitement right down to when the last out is recorded.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brewers biding time with September callups

With Santana already up and raking, club content to wait for Minor League seasons to end

Brewers biding time with September callups

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are not expected to call many names when teams make their initial September callups on Tuesday, content to let players finish the Minor League seasons at Triple-A Colorado Springs and Double-A Biloxi before raiding those rosters for reinforcements.

All along, manager Craig Counsell has predicted a modest group of additions to the active roster.

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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.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Arrieta reigns supreme

Cubs righty fires sixth no-hitter of 2015; Encarnacion caps monster weekend of might

Stats of the Day: Arrieta reigns supreme

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this past weekend ...

• On Sunday evening at Dodger Stadium, Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta fired the sixth no-hitter of the 2015 season, fanning 12 and walking one. Arrieta is the 14th Cub to toss a no-hitter, and the first since Carlos Zambrano in 2008. Over the previous half-century, the other Cubbies to toss one: Ken Holtzman (1969, '71), Burt Hooton ('72) and Milt Pappas ('72).

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

Beeston to leave decorated legacy in Toronto

Beeston to leave decorated legacy in Toronto

TORONTO -- Paul Beeston might be stepping aside as the Blue Jays' president and CEO at the end of the season, but he will leave behind a lasting legacy that won't be forgotten in Toronto and across the entire country any time soon.

Beeston's resume and track record speak for themselves, and they have secured his deserving spot on the club's Level of Excellence. He was the first employee the club hired back in 1976, and he spent a total of 15 years as president over two tenures.

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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.

Bucs likely to load up on players with Majors experience

Besides Diaz, Pirates may call up Decker, Florimon when rosters expand

Bucs likely to load up on players with Majors experience

PITTSBURGH -- It has already been a 2015 season to savor, and the Pirates are about to add a lot more seasoning to the recipe.

When the 25-man roster expands on Tuesday, many teams will flood their clubhouse with young blood, giving players their first big league taste and offering fans a glimpse into the future. 

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Reed tops Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Reed tops Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds recall Duvall to bolster bench

Infielder/outfielder takes roster spot of Boesch, who landed on disabled list

Reds recall Duvall to bolster bench

CHICAGO -- The Reds added to what had been a depleted bench Monday, when infielder/outfielder Adam Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Duvall is taking the roster spot of reserve outfielder Brennan Boesch, who went on the 15-day disabled list after he hadn't played since Aug. 22 because of a contusion on his right ankle.

Duvall was acquired from the Giants, along with pitching prospect Keury Mella, in the July 30 trade for pitcher Mike Leake.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, 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.

Hurdle's vote of confidence helped Polanco rebound

Outfielder has excelled since manager's assurance he would not be demoted

Hurdle's vote of confidence helped Polanco rebound

PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco wasn't worried, but he was wondering. It was early July, and he wasn't hitting. Polanco hadn't really hit in about a year, truth be told -- at least not the way he wanted to.

Was Polanco heading back to Triple-A Indianapolis?

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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.

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 for the second day in a row 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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Mike Bauman

Wild Card races bringing plenty of excitement

Situations differ in NL, AL this season, but system has stood test of time

Wild Card races bringing plenty of excitement

You can't generalize about the Wild Card races, because they appear to be from different planets, possibly different galaxies.

The National League Wild Card picture is tidy in the extreme. The two primary Wild Card contenders have the second- and third-best records in the Senior Circuit. You cannot argue with their value. The club holding the second NL Wild Card spot now has a better record than four of the division leaders.

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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.

V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

'Probably the best moment of his career,' A's manager Melvin says

V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

PHOENIX -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte picked up his first Major League victory Sunday afternoon in Arizona, returning from a scoreless, two-inning outing to a beer shower that was "cold, but well worth it," he said, smiling, after the A's 7-4, 11-inning win.

"It was nice to be able to experience that first win with this group of guys," said Venditte, who also had his first career at-bat. "Things haven't really gone our way as of late, so to come back and get that one today, it's very special."

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.

Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.

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No-hit Arrieta 'pitching on another level'

No-hit Arrieta 'pitching on another level'

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Arrieta remembers his grandfather telling him about watching Nolan Ryan throw one of his no-hitters.

"That's something he'll always remember and relish and really be grateful that he was a part of," Arrieta said.

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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.

Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

ARLINGTON -- Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.

"He was terrific," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said of Holland. "He was spotting his fastball in and out, his breaking ball was absolutely magnificent, he was making the guys chase, he was ahead in the count the whole game. It was huge for us."

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Phil Rogers

No-hitter cements Arrieta's status among elite

No-hitter cements Arrieta's status among elite

They've got the biggest payroll in baseball history, acquired through so many complicated financial transactions that it's difficult to even add it all up. The total is somewhere around $315 million, and on Sunday night, that allowed the Dodgers to load their lineup with seven All-Stars, including three hitters who were in Cincinnati for this year's All-Star Game.

Those seven hitters, with more than 100 World Series at-bats among them, all batted left-handed in a lineup that had been put together carefully. Enrique Hernandez, who hit eighth, and pitcher Alex Wood were the only right-handed hitters.

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Maddon has Cubs wear pajamas on trip home

Maddon has Cubs wear pajamas on trip home

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant found a Ninja Turtle onesie. Addison Russell has a bright green one. Starlin Castro was wearing a Mario Bros. pajama top and pants that match his son's. Dexter Fowler had a matching navy print top and bottom. A few players found camouflage-colored fleece onesies.

It's all part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "onesies" trip home. Players were encouraged to wear onesies or pajamas on the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Sunday night, and Maddon guessed he had 100 percent participation. Naturally, Maddon is prepared, too.

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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.