Royal highness: Wall-scaling catch amazes

Catch marks first home run stolen at Marlins Park

Royal highness: Wall-scaling catch amazes

MIAMI -- Fences were moved in and walls were lowered at Marlins Park prior to this season in hopes of producing more offense.

But Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson robbed Miami's Christian Yelich of a potential homer, leaping to snag the long fly ball just to the right of the 407-foot sign in straightaway center for the final out of the first inning of Kansas City's 5-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez debut dandy; comic relief by Kipnis

Gomez debut dandy; comic relief by Kipnis

ARLINGTON -- Newly signed outfielder Carlos Gomez had hit 108 home runs entering his Rangers debut on Thursday night against the Indians. But for the first time in his 10-year career, he was nearly brought to tears after he sent a three-run shot into the left-field seats in his first at-bat with his new team.

"It was so emotional that [crying] is what I felt like," said Gomez, whose homer helped lead the Rangers to a 9-0 victory that featured a playful interaction between fellow second basemen Rougned Odor and Jason Kipnis. "I feel so blessed, to come from having no job to coming here. To be in first place and to start like this right away is a gift from God."

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scher(zer) thing: No-look, between-legs out

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Scher(zer) thing: No-look, between-legs out

OK, we get it, it's time to just give Max Scherzer a YouTube channel for trick videos. After all, this is a pitcher who struck out 20 batters in a game, has thrown multiple no-hitters and thoroughly dominated the Orioles on Thursday night in the Nats' 4-0 victory (8 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 10 K). So of course, his next move is to just start turning trick plays during games. 

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De Aza's 5 RBIs help Mets gain in Wild Card chase

De Aza's 5 RBIs help Mets gain in Wild Card chase

ST. LOUIS -- A stay in St. Louis did the Mets well, as they left town following Thursday night's 10-6 victory in better National League Wild Card position than when they arrived. Capping an evening in which Seth Lugo secured his first Major League win and the offense piled on by taking advantage of a shoddy Cardinals defense, the Mets won the series and moved to within 3 1/2 games of St. Louis in the Wild Card standings.

"This was a tough series," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They've got a good team. We came into the series knowing we had to pick up some ground, and we picked up a game. That means a lot."

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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.

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Dodgers land Ruiz from Phillies

LA also sends Minor Leaguer and player to be named or cash to Philly

Dodgers land Ruiz from Phillies

LOS ANGELES -- Just shipped from the first-place Dodgers to the fourth-place Phillies, A.J. Ellis broke that crushing news to close friend and batterymate Clayton Kershaw.

"Shocked. Quiet," Ellis said, describing Kershaw's reaction. "The shock kind of hit us both simultaneously and we both cried."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After review, Waino loses glove, Yo gets base

After review, Waino loses glove, Yo gets base

ST. LOUIS -- With one out in the fifth inning on Thursday night, Mets first baseman James Loney popped a ball into short left field that landed just out of the reach of Greg Garcia. The ensuing play at third led to a replay review that opened the floodgates to a four-run inning that propelled the Mets to a 10-6 win over the Cardinals in the rubber game.

Yoenis Cespedes, on first base, saw the ball drop and headed to third while Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright ran over to cover the base, which was vacated by Jhonny Peralta as he also tried to make the catch.

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

100 RBIs: Another night, another Pujols feat

Veteran joins A-Rod, Foxx, Ruth, Gehrig by reaching century mark for 13th time

100 RBIs: Another night, another Pujols feat

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols added another milestone to his name in the Angels' 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, becoming just the fifth Major League player to drive in 100-plus runs in 13 different seasons.

Pujols collected his 100th RBI of 2016 in the Angels' four-run sixth inning, slamming a 91-mph fastball into center field to bring home Kole Calhoun and give the Halos a 3-2 lead.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giancarlo preparing to return -- if possible

Slugger sustained Grade 3 left groin strain on Aug. 13

Giancarlo preparing to return -- if possible

MIAMI -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is hopeful to play at some point late in the season. Stopping short of making any predictions, the slugger said his body will let him know if it is possible.

Stanton sustained a Grade 3 left groin strain on Aug. 13, and the best-case scenario for a return would be late September. But even if it is for a few games, Stanton's presence could impact the postseason race, should Miami stay in contention.

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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.

Dodger Stadium will host 2017 World Baseball Classic final

San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico, announced as other North American sites

Dodger Stadium will host 2017 World Baseball Classic final

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were announced on Thursday, with host cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dodger Stadium will host the WBC semifinals and final, which will take place on March 20-22, 2017. It will be the second time the Dodgers' ballpark plays host to the tournament's final rounds, the first having been in 2009.

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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.

Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

No. 2 prospect sustained sprain while running bases; Hernandez recalled

Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- Andrew Benintendi was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with a sprained left knee. Marco Hernandez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his spot on the roster.

Benintendi was injured in Boston's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night while running the bases. He was on second base with no outs and broke for third on a chopper to short. The runner at third didn't run, and Benintendi had to turn back. That's when the injury occurred, and he was tagged out before being assisted off the field by trainers.

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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.

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.

Anonymous BTS leader nearing $5.6 million

csteele12 has made 48 straight correct picks, 9 shy of epic windfall

Anonymous BTS leader nearing $5.6 million

Superstition and baseball tend to tango when it comes to MLB.com's flagship fantasy game, Beat the Streak.

The rules of BTS are simple, even if the challenge is not: Correctly pick a batter or two each day to tally a hit in a game. Then do it again and again, and don't stop until 57 straight successful selections are made. To do so would be to "top" Joe DiMaggio's MLB-record 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball's most hallowed marks. The prize for prevailing is $5.6 million.

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Zachary Finkelstein is MLB.com's fantasy baseball editor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Be mesmerized by the majesty with which Dansby Swanson fielded this grounder

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Be mesmerized by the majesty with which Dansby Swanson fielded this grounder

Dansby Swanson's  MLB scouting report says a lot about his offense. He's a "a very good hitter," has the potential to be an "on-base machine," should have the "ability to steal bases ..."

But what about his defense? Will he be a Dandy Swanson at shortstop or just another regular ole Dansby Swanson? in the second inning of Thursday's D-backs-Braves game, we learned of his destiny.

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Nationals acquire lefty Rzepczynski from A's

Club deals Minors infielder Schrock in exchange; Lopez optioned to Triple-A

Nationals acquire lefty Rzepczynski from A's

WASHINGTON -- In need of another pitcher in the bullpen, the Nationals acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and cash in a trade with the A's for Minor League infielder Max Schrock on Thursday.

Rzepczynski was activated before Thursday's 4-0 win over the Orioles, while the Nationals optioned right-hander Reynaldo Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse. Rzepczynski did not see action with Max Scherzer picking up most of the load with eight dominant innings.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 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.

Frazier ties it, wins it as White Sox edge Mariners

Frazier ties it, wins it as White Sox edge Mariners

CHICAGO -- As far as the Mariners are concerned, they can't change the name of U.S. Cellular Field soon enough. A day after the White Sox announced they'll be renaming the facility Guaranteed Rate Field for next season, Seattle's struggles on the South Side continued as Todd Frazier singled in Adam Eaton for a 7-6 walk-off win on Thursday night.

Frazier delivered his third RBI of the game with one out in the ninth inning off reliever Nick Vincent as the White Sox rallied from a 6-3 deficit over the final three frames.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Dominant Scherzer leads Nats' shutout of O's

Dominant Scherzer leads Nats' shutout of O's

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Max Scherzer was dominant at Nationals Park on Thursday night as the Nationals blanked the Orioles, 4-0, to win the finale of the four-game, home-and-home Battle of the Beltways clash. The Nats put the brakes on a four-game skid, while ending the O's three-game winning streak.

The Nats extended their National League East lead to eight games after the Marlins lost Thursday. The O's, meanwhile, remained one game behind Boston and Toronto -- who both lost -- in the American League East, and they hold a two-game edge in the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Thursday.

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

McCann the man as Tigers sweep Twins

McCann the man as Tigers sweep Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a lull in mid-August, Detroit's offense is starting to heat up. The Tigers stayed hot against the Twins, reaching eight runs for a fourth straight game in an 8-5 win to complete a three-game sweep at Target Field on Thursday.

It moved the Tigers two games back of the second American League Wild Card spot and was Detroit's fourth straight win, while Minnesota has lost seven in a row.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Thursday.

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Odorizzi, Mahtook lift Rays over Red Sox

Odorizzi, Mahtook lift Rays over Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mikie Mahtook called timeout at second base and looked to the Tropicana Field roof, letting a massive deep breath escape him. His RBI double gave the Rays a one-run lead in the seventh inning. It also snapped a personal 0-for-34 stretch that dated back to Aug. 9.

The lead would hold for the Rays, who went on to defeat Boston, 2-1, on Thursday.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Thursday.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Nats encouraged as Strasburg plays catch

Club hopeful righty will be ready after DL stint; Ross could restart rehab assignment soon

Nats encouraged as Strasburg plays catch

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg has played catch on back-to-back days, an encouraging sign just days after he was placed on the disabled list with right elbow soreness.

"[The ball is] coming out pretty easy," manager Dusty Baker said. "I asked him how he felt afterwards, and he said he felt good and his ball's coming out pretty good."

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bruce doesn't expect right calf issue to linger

Bruce doesn't expect right calf issue to linger

ST. LOUIS -- Though Mets outfielder Jay Bruce did not feel well enough to return to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Cardinals, as he originally intended after leaving Wednesday night's game with a right calf cramp, he does not expect the issue to linger. Bruce simply pushed his targeted return back one day, to Friday.

"I feel better," Bruce said before the series finale at Busch Stadium. "The soreness is out of there some, but the tightness is still there when I push off. I was shooting for today. Now, I'm shooting for tomorrow. It's not going to be something that lingers, I don't think."

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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.

Freeman takes scary tumble, stays in game

Freeman takes scary tumble, stays in game

PHOENIX -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman created a scare and then continued to play after he flipped over a rail while pursuing a foul ball during the second inning of Thursday night's 3-1 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

Freeman extended to catch Mitch Haniger's foul ball and flipped head first over the rail just beyond the Braves' dugout. He seemed to avoid hitting his head, but his back appeared to take the brunt of the fall as his legs wrapped around a couple of empty seats.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kipnis plays it safe with Odor after slide

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Kipnis plays it safe with Odor after slide

It's not often that a team that just hit into a double play ends up laughing, but Jason Kipnis managed to do it. After a bang-bang play at second base in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Rangers' 9-0 victory over the Indians on Thursday night that got Rougned Odor out, Kipnis quickly backed up in a defensive stance. After all, he knew what he might be coming next. Wink wink

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Trout, Angels solve Happ, deny Blue Jays

Trout, Angels solve Happ, deny Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs Thursday night as the Angels made sure the Blue Jays could not get too comfortable sitting alone atop the standings in the American League East with a 6-3 victory at Rogers Centre.

Toronto had an opportunity to pull one game ahead of Boston, but instead both teams still find themselves tied following a pair of losses on Thursday. That created the possibility for a three-way tie in the standings, but the Orioles also lost, 4-0, in Washington to remain one game back.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Donaldson, Harper set to open weekend hot

Indians' Napoli, Marlins' Phelps, Mets' Colon could join pair among day's top picks

Donaldson, Harper set to open weekend hot

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

The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Friday.

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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.

Rangers' big bats, Hamels lead way past Tribe

Rangers' big bats, Hamels lead way past Tribe

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels has put himself into the thick of the American League Cy Young Award discussion with a stellar second half. That continued on Thursday night, when the Rangers' ace overpowered the Indians, and the offense was equally as potent, in a 9-0 victory in the opener of the four-game set between division leaders.

Over eight innings, Hamels baffled the AL Central-leading Tribe, which managed just a pair of singles and struck out eight times against the lefty. Backing Hamels' strong outing were a pair of three-run home runs -- one apiece for Carlos Gomez and Adrian Beltre off Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Gomez's shot in the second came in his first at-bat with Texas, which signed him on Saturday.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

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

Pipeline preview: Allard seeks fifth straight quality start for Rome

Pipeline preview: Allard seeks fifth straight quality start for Rome

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Friday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Daniel Palka (Twins' No. 20), Rochester at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Pollock to return for opener against Reds

D-backs outfielder has been out all season with fractured elbow

Pollock to return for opener against Reds

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will activate outfielder A.J. Pollock for Friday's series opener against the Reds at Chase Field.

Pollock has missed the entire season after suffering a fractured right elbow in an exhibition game on April 1. He will be starting in center field upon his return.

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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCutchen leads Bucs past Crew in extras

McCutchen leads Bucs past Crew in extras

MILWAUKEE -- It was Andrew McCutchen 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2 in 10 innings at Miller Park.

McCutchen delivered a trio of run-scoring hits to account for every Pirates run in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Thursday, bookending the night with a solo home run in the first inning and a tie-breaking two-out single in the 10th. McCutchen's 10th-inning hit off Brewers reliever Carlos Torres scored John Jaso, who sparked Pittsburgh's winning rally with a pinch-hit single.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Mets want to give fatigued deGrom extra rest

Mets want to give fatigued deGrom extra rest

ST. LOUIS -- The Mets are concerned enough about starter Jacob deGrom's recent struggles -- and convinced enough that fatigue is at the root of them -- that they are considering pushing back his next start.

Manager Terry Collins plans to huddle with general manager Sandy Alderson when the team returns home on Friday, with an eye toward finding extra rest for deGrom.

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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.

Which starter has the best pitch in Majors?

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Which starter has the best pitch in Majors?

We began Wednesday morning with eight pitchers and one goal: to find the starter with the nastiest pitch in Major League Baseball. The competition was divided into four categories -- fastball, curveball, slider, changeup -- each with two nominees. And now, after 24 hours of voting, we're down to four -- the very best of each offering, now going head-to-head.

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