Royals marvel at Infante-Escobar flip play

Royals marvel at Infante-Escobar flip play

CLEVELAND -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas couldn't quite decide which play he enjoyed more: The Eric Hosmer snag of a hot grounder by Michael Brantley to save a run in the seventh, or the circus-act Omar Infante /Alcides Escobar play to get the first out in the ninth of the Royals' 2-1 win on Tuesday night over the Indians.

"Based solely on degree of sickness," Moustakas said, "probably the Omar/Esky play."

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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.

Rumor roundup: Rockies may not be done

Rumor roundup: Rockies may not be done

With the non-waiver Trade Deadline quickly approaching, Major League Baseball was flush with activity Tuesday.

Among the flurry of moves was Jonathan Papelbon's trade from the Philadelphia to Washington, where the six-time All-Star closer also agreed to a contract with the Nationals for the 2016 season. Papelbon wasn't the only big name on the move, however, as the A's sent utility player Ben Zobrist to the defending American League champion Royals in exchange for two pitching prospects, left-hander Sean Manaea and right-hander Aaron Brooks.

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Correa, Altuve help pull Astros into tie for first

Correa, Altuve help pull Astros into tie for first

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve drove in a career-high five runs, and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter went deep as the Astros rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Angels, 10-5. The two clubs now sit tied atop the AL West.

Houston broke open the back-and-forth affair in the sixth, padding its tenuous 6-5 lead with four extra-base hits and four runs -- highlighted by Altuve's two-run double and Evan Gattis' seventh triple of the season. Eight of the nine Astros starters had hits, including four with multi-hit games.

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

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

BOSTON -- Few are the times a player goes over the outfield wall to make a catch, but Tuesday night provided baseball fans with an even rarer highlight: A home run that took a player out of the park with it.

What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run blast for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win at Fenway Park. And had it not been for the replay review system Major League Baseball instituted last season, the near-catch might have gone down as Betts' best yet, even though it took him out of the game with a potential concussion.

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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.

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Club gives up prospect Pivetta, signs veteran for 2016 as well; Storen now a setup man

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

MIAMI -- A team already in first place, with designs on playing deep into October, has traded for a pitcher who has reached baseball's summit. The Nationals acquired Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday night in exchange for prospect Nick Pivetta. The Nats also agreed to terms with Papelbon on a revised contract for 2016.

A six-time All-Star, Papelbon strengthens the back end of the Washington bullpen, which includes Drew Storen and Casey Janssen. All three pitchers have pitched the ninth inning during their careers. But Papelbon has done more than that, with a 1.00 lifetime postseason ERA highlighted by a save in the final game of the 2007 World Series with Boston. He immediately becomes the man in the ninth for Washington.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks rally, score 21 runs in rout of Rangers

Yanks rally, score 21 runs in rout of Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees escaped an early hole in a hurry, rounding the bases repeatedly in an 11-run second inning and scoring 21 unanswered runs as they celebrated a wild 21-5 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

Chris Young hit a grand slam, Didi Gregorius notched a career-high four hits and Brendan Ryan doubled twice to drive in three runs as the Yankees pounded Texas pitching for 19 hits. The Rangers did not manage a hit off relievers Diego Moreno and Adam Warren, who combined for 8 1/3 scoreless frames, with Moreno earning the win and Warren picking up the save. It was the most runs the Yankees have scored in a game since they scored 22 vs. the A's on Aug. 25, 2011.

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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. 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.

DYK: 10 facts from Yankees-Rangers slugfest

DYK: 10 facts from Yankees-Rangers slugfest

All it takes is a quick glance at the final score to know that the Yankees and Rangers played a rather unusual game Tuesday night in Arlington.

While there was obviously plenty of offense in New York's 21-5 victory over Texas, there were also -- believe it or not -- some notable and history-making pitching performances as well.

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Richard Justice

Top 5 trade destinations for Price

Top 5 trade destinations for Price

David Price makes every single contender better. There's some risk, because he's a pending free agent, and that's the only one.

On the other hand, what's a World Series worth to a franchise? Any general manager would happily weaken his farm system in exchange for a championship.

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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.

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

Rangers, Dodgers remain frontrunners, with Giants reportedly intensifying efforts

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Nationals, but what about Cole Hamels?

Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that Hamels is expected to be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, although nothing is imminent. But the Phillies moved Hamels' scheduled start from Thursday to Friday, which erases any risk of a freak injury and allows the acquiring team to pitch him almost immediately.

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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.

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Anthony Castrovince

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

It has been a season of change in the prospect world.

The sheer number of elite-level prospects who have gone on to bigger and better things at the Major League level may seem astounding. But one thing hasn't changed: Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is still our No. 1 prospect.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

CHICAGO -- Red-hot outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could be slugging his way elsewhere. And although the Rockies are speaking in welcoming tones for their new shortstop, Jose Reyes, speculation is that he may not be around long either.

On Tuesday, one day after the Rockies dealt veteran star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, along with righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins, to the Blue Jays for Reyes and three righty pitching prospects, speculation centers on Gonzalez leading up to Friday's 2 p.m. MT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels acquire outfielders DeJesus, Murphy

Victorino goes 1-for-4 with a bunt single in Halos debut

Angels acquire outfielders DeJesus, Murphy

HOUSTON -- The Angels acquired left-handed-hitting outfielders David Murphy and David DeJesus on Tuesday, one day after trading for right-handed-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino. The moves -- made without parting with any premium starting-pitching prospects -- give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the ability to platoon in left field and designated hitter, the two most troubled spots of his lineup.

Rather than splurge on a premium bat in what continued to be a tough buyers' market for offense, the Angels opted for volume.

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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.

Royals make another splash with Zobrist deal

Oakland receives two pitchers, including highly regarded lefty Manaea

Royals make another splash with Zobrist deal

CLEVELAND -- If there was any doubt of Royals general manager Dayton Moore's conviction about returning his team to the World Series, that should have been removed with his second major trade in three days.

On Sunday, the Royals acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto from the Reds to solidify the rotation. On Tuesday, Moore dealt for Oakland's super utility player Ben Zobrist in exchange for pitching prospects Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.

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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.

How Tulowitzki was (and wasn't) affected by Coors

Rockies hitters' launch angles 3 degrees lower at home than away

How Tulowitzki was (and wasn't) affected by Coors

There's not a single team in any of the four major American team sports that's been waiting to get back to the playoffs longer than the Toronto Blue Jays, which is a large part of why the decision to truly go for it by adding Troy Tulowitzki was so exciting. Toronto's new shortstop won't solve their pitching problems, but he's clearly an upgrade on both sides of the ball over the departed Jose Reyes.

The biggest question that follows Tulowitzki to Toronto is how the injury-prone shortstop will hold up on the unforgiving turf of the Rogers Centre, but he's also going to have to overcome the same uncertainty that any hitter leaving Coors Field has to deal with: What kind of bat will he be away from the friendly Mile High City? Let's use Statcast™ to investigate.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soto breaks car windshield with HR over Green Monster

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Soto breaks car windshield with HR over Green Monster

There are lots of ways to measure home runs: length, height, launch angle, exit velocity, quantity ... the list goes on. But the surest way to tell if a home run is a full-on monster dinger is to figure out whether or not it left the stadium and broke the windshield of a car parked outside.

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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.

Samardzija rises above Trade Deadline buzz

Samardzija rises above Trade Deadline buzz

BOSTON -- Jeff Samardzija took the mound Tuesday night, for the White Sox, and put together another strong outing in the team's 9-4 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

There was some question as to whether Samardzija would even make this start for the South Siders, with his name coming up numerous times in rumors and speculation as Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But once again, Samardzija didn't let the outside distractions get to him.

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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.

Trade-target Leake continues impressive run

Trade-target Leake continues impressive run

ST. LOUIS -- All Mike Leake can do now is wait.

The Reds' starting pitcher has taken the mound lately under the realization he could be traded at any point before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Yet Leake's managed to put together some of his best work, with his performance in a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night being the latest gem.

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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.

D-backs inquired about Hamels, Chapman

D-backs inquired about Hamels, Chapman

PHOENIX -- D-backs general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged that the team has recently checked in on the availability of Phillies ace Cole Hamels and Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Arizona is looking to fortify its bullpen as well as add a top-of-the-rotation starter that is controllable beyond this season.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Yanks outfielders salivate at chance to face righty

Yanks outfielders salivate at chance to face righty

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Wednesday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

With the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, there's always the possibility for excitement coming off the field at any moment. Fifteen games on Wednesday guarantees some excitement on it, as well.

Here are five things to watch for:

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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.

Seager, Bellinger among 10 top prospect performers Tuesday

Dodgers No. 1 prospect rips his first homer since July 5; No. 8 prospect launches 2 jacks

Seager, Bellinger among 10 top prospect performers Tuesday

Corey Seager, the newly minted No. 2 overall player on the revamped Top 100 Prospects list, swatted his first homer since July 5 for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Los Angeles' No. 1 prospect finished 1-for-5 with two RBIs and has driven in at least one run in five of the past eight games. Seager has been an offensive force since he was selected No. 18 in the 2012 Draft, bashing 107 doubles and 58 homers in the Minors. He boasts a .273/.325/.455 line with nine roundtrippers and 37 RBIs for the OKC Dodgers this year.

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

Nearly perfect, Syndergaard dominates Padres

Nearly perfect, Syndergaard dominates Padres

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday at Citi Field, continuing his emergence as one of the game's brightest young pitchers in a 4-0 win over the Padres. Combined with a Nationals loss, the win moved the Mets within a game of first place for the first time since June 20.

Dominant from the start, Syndergaard struck out six of the first 13 batters he faced, keeping the basepaths clean until Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh with consecutive singles. The rookie improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in seven starts at Citi Field, beating a Padres team that handed him his worst loss of the season earlier this year in San Diego.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers scout trade targets Price, Leake

Club looks to upgrade rotation behind Kershaw, Greinke

Dodgers scout trade targets Price, Leake

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had scouts at games Tuesday night started by David Price and Mike Leake, two of their rumored trade targets with the Trade Deadline coming Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

Price's availability is uncertain because of Detroit's status on the fringe of contention, while Leake is presumed very available because of the Reds' status. Both will be free agents after the season.

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

Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015

Rangers forced to call on position player for ninth inning during rout

Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015

ARLINGTON -- It's never a good sign when Rangers infielder Adam Rosales is icing his arm after pitching in a nine-inning game.

But Rosales pitched for the second time this season when he threw the ninth inning in the Rangers' 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on a Brett Gardner home run, but also struck out Yankees right fielder Chris Young.

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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.

Parra ups trade value with another big game

Brewers outfielder notches three hits, scores three runs, makes great catch

Parra ups trade value with another big game

SAN FRANCISCO -- At Miller Park on Tuesday, general manager Doug Melvin gathered his staff for another long day of work leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Two thousand miles away at AT&T Park, Gerardo Parra did his part to make Melvin's groundwork pay dividends.

The Brewers' top trade chip enjoyed another banner night, scoring three runs while finishing a home run shy of the cycle and making a highlight-reel catch to help extinguish the Giants' best rally in the Brewers' 5-2 win. The better Parra plays, the more likely it is he'll be wearing a different uniform by the end of the week.

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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.

Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

BOSTON -- To the right of the other seven Red Sox players who have had their numbers retired on the right-field facade at Fenway Park, there is finally the number of a pitcher -- arguably the best in the history of a baseball-crazed city.

Pedro Martinez, fresh off being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, was back at Fenway Park on Tuesday for a ceremony that brought back the unique energy that always existed on days he pitched.

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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.

Cain wobbles, accenting search for starter

Giants could try to augment rotation before Trade Deadline

Cain wobbles, accenting search for starter

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain intends to be an asset to the Giants during the stretch drive toward the postseason. Meanwhile, Giants management will spend the next few days striving to acquire another pitcher who can accomplish this same task.

Cain fell short of his best in the Giants' 5-2 loss Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Brewers, throwing too many unchallenging strikes while yielding four runs and eight hits in six innings.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, 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.