Sanchez fastest in MLB history to 11 homers

Sanchez fastest in MLB history to 11 homers

NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez became the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 home runs, doing so in his 23rd career game on Saturday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez connected for an opposite-field blast off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning, clearing the wall in right-center field and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead at the time. Statcast™ measured Sanchez's homer at 370 feet.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. 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.

Playoff previews on tap for full MLB.TV slate

Cubs-Dodgers, Indians-Rangers, Royals-Red Sox offer glimpse into October

Playoff previews on tap for full MLB.TV slate

For fans eager for the postseason, today's Major League schedule offers a potential preview of what's to come in October. Four division-leaders -- Cubs at Dodgers and Indians at Rangers -- and two Wild Card contenders -- Royals at Red Sox -- are among the teams meeting head-to-head as part of the day's 15-game slate. 

This weekend's series mark the final regular season meetings for all three pairings, but with each club in contention for a playoff spot, another matchup this fall is in the cards. 

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Chad Thornburg 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. 27

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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Celebrate 14 years of MLB.TV with $9.99 subscription

Landmark first video stream of big league game occurred Aug. 26, 2002

Celebrate 14 years of MLB.TV with $9.99 subscription

MLB.TV Premium is now available for a limited-time offer of just $9.99 for the rest of the year to celebrate today's 14th anniversary of the first live video stream of a Major League Baseball game, between the Rangers and Yankees on Aug. 26, 2002.

It is only fitting that the last active MLB player standing from that game -- Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit -- says he is now a regular user of the leading sports technology that grew out of that landmark event in broadcasting history.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Blue Jays associate reporter Alykhan Ravjiani contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On right track, Ross ready to begin rehab

Right-hander could return as a member of Nationals' bullpen

On right track, Ross ready to begin rehab

WASHINGTON -- After two encouraging bullpen sessions this week, Nationals right-hander Joe Ross will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Syracuse.

The remaining question for the Nats is whether there is enough time in the season for Ross, who has not pitched since July 2 with right shoulder inflammation, to build his pitch count up as a starter. Syracuse will play its final game on Sept. 5, and earlier this week the Nationals opened the possibility that Ross could return as a reliever instead this year.

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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.

Mauer (quads) feeling better, returns to lineup

Mauer (quads) feeling better, returns to lineup

TORONTO -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, batting second and playing first base.

Mauer missed the past three games with sore quads, and manager Paul Molitor said the veteran woke up on Saturday feeling better.

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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.

Two good! Bryant's HRs in 8th, 10th carry Cubs in LA

Two good! Bryant's HRs in 8th, 10th carry Cubs in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant made yet another addition to his MVP case as he hit home runs in the eighth and 10th innings to power a 6-4, comeback win for the Cubs over the Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

To force extra innings, Jason Heyward tied the game against Kenley Jansen when he doubled to lead off the ninth, then advanced on a Jorge Soler strikeout and scored on Jansen's first wild pitch of the season.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Shirt-off walk-off for back-to-back 'Stros!

Back-to-back homers in 9th help Houston keep pace in WC race

Shirt-off walk-off for back-to-back 'Stros!

HOUSTON -- With the American League Wild Card race especially tight, the Astros can thank Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis for helping to pull off a 5-4 win over the Rays on Friday night.

Houston moved to three games back of Baltimore in the Wild Card standings.

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Relentless Tribe backs Kluber in Texas

Relentless Tribe backs Kluber in Texas

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers and Indians have each put their Cy Young candidate on display this series. On Friday night, it was Corey Kluber's turn to show why he belongs in the discussion, and he did just that in a 12-1 victory at Globe Life Park.

One night after Texas lefty Cole Hamels dazzled the Tribe, Kluber answered with a strong six-inning performance against the American League West leaders. The righty struck out seven, sidestepped the potential harm of seven baserunners and only flinched once, when Adrian Beltre launched a homer in the sixth.

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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 and covered the Rangers on Friday.

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Johnson's walk-off hit lifts Marlins over Padres

Johnson's walk-off hit lifts Marlins over Padres

MIAMI -- For most of Friday night, the Marlins didn't have much bounce in their step. But after a frantic rally, they celebrated a 7-6 walk-off win on Chris Johnson's ground-rule double in the ninth inning.

Johnson's second career walk-off moment capped a four-run, late-inning comeback, and prevented the Marlins from losing ground in the National League Wild Card standings. It was Miami's third walk-off win of the season.

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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.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Friday.

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Tour brings pieces of Cooperstown to St. Louis

Ozzie, Edmonds on hand for grand opening of Hall of Fame showcase's latest stop

Tour brings pieces of Cooperstown to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The trip from Cooperstown, N.Y., to Busch Stadium is almost 1,000 miles, but Major League Baseball is making that distance a lot shorter in the coming weeks.

The Hall of Fame Tour will take root in the parking lot at Ballpark Village from Friday through Sept. 11 on one of six stops this year as the experience of Cooperstown is brought to the fans. The traveling showcase includes five mobile exhibit galleries containing artifacts such as Jackie Robinson's cap from the 1955 World Series and Babe Ruth's 714th home run ball.

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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.

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.

BTS leader run ends 1 short of tying all-time mark

BTS leader run ends 1 short of tying all-time mark

One of the longest runs in the 16-year history of Beat the Streak came to an end on Friday, when the Astros' Jose Altuve endured a rare hitless game.

User csteele12 entered the day with 48 straight successful picks in MLB.com's flagship fantasy game, one shy of the all-time leader and nine away from topping Joe DiMaggio's hallowed 56-game hitting streak. But that's where the streak ended, as Altuve went 0-for-4 against the Rays at Minute Maid Park.

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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.

Blue Jays alone in first with offensive outpouring

Blue Jays alone in first with offensive outpouring

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offense finally came back to life on Friday, recording 15 hits in Toronto's 15-8 rout of the Twins.

The win, combined with the Red Sox's loss to the Royals, puts the Blue Jays in sole possession of first place in the American League East, one game ahead of Boston. Toronto also gained an additional game on the Orioles, who lost earlier in the evening at Yankee Stadium.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Twins on Friday.

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5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

5-run first propels surging Royals at Fenway

BOSTON -- The defending World Series-champion Royals look like a team that doesn't want to miss the thrill of another October. Inconsistent for much of the season, Kansas City has played terrific baseball of late, continuing with Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Backed by a five-run first inning that included home runs by Eric Hosmer (three-run drive) and Alex Gordon (two-run shot), the Royals rolled to their 11th win in their last 12 games and 16th in their last 19.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Felix, Mariners survive Sale's 14-K gem

Felix, Mariners survive Sale's 14-K gem

CHICAGO -- Felix Hernandez is starting to look more like, well, Felix Hernandez these days. And it couldn't come at a better time for the Mariners as they rode their ace to a 3-1 victory over Chris Sale and the White Sox in a battle of two of the American League's top hurlers on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Hernandez allowed just a solo home run by Todd Frazier in the seventh over 7 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The 30-year-old is 5-0 with a 3.46 ERA in eight starts since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list with a strained calf.

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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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Giants strike early, cruise to win over Braves

Giants strike early, cruise to win over Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Creating offense in the first inning has been a particularly difficult task for the Giants this year. That changed Friday, as Brandon Belt and Joe Panik tallied a pair of run-scoring base hits in the bottom of the first that set the stage for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park.

San Francisco entered the series opener with the fewest runs (44) in the first inning in the Majors this season. But after Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford hit consecutive infield singles with two outs, the Giants finally came through. Belt launched a base hit to center field to score Posey, and Panik lined a ball down the left-field line to score two more. Angel Pagan then added a two-run home run in the second, and thanks to seven scoreless frames from Jeff Samardzija, the Giants cruised to just their third series-opening victory since the All-Star break.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Mercer's first slam sends Bucs past Brewers

Mercer's first slam sends Bucs past Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam pushed the Pirates to the brink of something even rarer: A series win at Miller Park.

Mercer's slam off Matt Garza capped a five-run sixth that began with back-to-back errors by Brewers third baseman Jonathan Villar. Top Milwaukee prospect Orlando Arcia answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning -- his first career home run -- but the Pirates held on, 5-3, for their second win in as many nights to open this four-game series.

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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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Hot Nats bats vs. Rox help Gio to 100th win

Hot Nats bats vs. Rox help Gio to 100th win

WASHINGTON -- With two-fifths of their rotation in flux thanks to injuries to Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, the Nationals will lean more heavily on the veterans in their rotation to give them strong outings similar to the one left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned in to help guide them to a 8-5 victory over the Rockies on Friday night at Nationals Park.

Gonzalez picked up the 100th victory in his career after he held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts. He was aided by a pair of solo homers from Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy, who drove in two runs and collected the 500th RBI of his career.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Gyorko's HR helps Weaver win first game

Gyorko's HR helps Weaver win first game

ST. LOUIS -- Boosted by Jedd Gyorko's early blast, starter Luke Weaver capped his Busch Stadium debut with his first Major League win to help the Cardinals get back on track at Busch Stadium on Friday night. Winless in their first seven home Interleague games this season, the Cardinals ended that skid with a 3-1 win over the A's, who returned to St. Louis for the first time since 2010.

The victory pulled the Cardinals to within one game of the Giants in the race for the top Wild Card spot and boosted their lead for the second Wild Card berth to 1 1/2 games over the Marlins.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

DETROIT -- Justin Upton's go-ahead two-run homer punctuated a sixth-inning outburst in support of Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The rally moved the Tigers within a game of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings. Detroit remains 4 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Ichiro asked to do the arrow with Fernando Rodney, so of course Rodney said yes

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Ichiro asked to do the arrow with Fernando Rodney, so of course Rodney said yes

Ichiro is known for his at-bat routine. Deep squats in the on-deck circle leads into the arm-extended, sleeve-pull as he prepares to hit. 

Fernando Rodney is known for his postgame routine, when he leans back and gets into his arrow posture. 

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No structural damage to Benintendi's left knee

No structural damage to Benintendi's left knee

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi underwent a battery of tests from team doctors on his sprained left knee and no structural damage was found, providing more hope that the club's No. 2 prospect will play again this season.

"Yeah, I'm definitely fortunate," said Benintendi. "It looked a lot worse than it actually was, so I feel pretty lucky."

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores slugs slam as Mets barrage Phillies

Flores slugs slam as Mets barrage Phillies

NEW YORK -- In need of another storybook run as they look to scale the National League Wild Card standings, the Mets on Friday turned to a player best known for his flair for the dramatic. Wilmer Flores slugged his third career grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes combined for three additional homers and Bartolo Colon cruised, leading the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets remained 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals, who also won, in an NL Wild Card race with five serious competitors.

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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.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Friday.

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Adam Jones day to day with strained hamstring

Adam Jones day to day with strained hamstring

NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones exited Friday's game against the Yankees in the second inning with a left hamstring strain, though the injury isn't believed to be serious.

"It's not a DL thing," manager Buck Showalter said following his club's 14-4 series-opening loss. "I still think we're in pretty good shape with it."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes steps into Cards' rotation for Leake

Reyes steps into Cards' rotation for Leake

ST. LOUIS -- Top prospect Alex Reyes will make his first Major League start on Saturday when he fills in for Mike Leake, who has been diagnosed with shingles. Manager Mike Matheny announced the starter switch after the Cardinals' 3-1 victory over Oakland on Friday.

Until now, Reyes has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since being promoted to the Majors on Aug. 9. He's been impressive, too. Over 9 1/3 innings in relief, Reyes has held opponents to five hits and no runs. He's struck out 13 and walked four.

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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, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McKenzie, Borucki among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

McKenzie, Borucki among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

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D-backs match 2 Reds' rallies, walk off on WP

D-backs match 2 Reds' rallies, walk off on WP

PHOENIX -- After the D-backs blew a lead in the ninth inning and had to rally after falling behind in the 10th, Brandon Drury scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to lift Arizona to a 4-3 win over the Reds in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.

"I was just looking for a ball in the dirt, and that's what he threw," Drury said. "You've got to be ready for a ball in the dirt and any time it goes to the backstop, you've got to score on that play."

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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Collins: Colon has kept Mets in playoff race

Ageless right-hander collects two hits, earns win in opener vs. Phillies

Collins: Colon has kept Mets in playoff race

NEW YORK -- On a day when the Mets announced that they will skip Jacob deGrom's next start because of mechanical issues, Mets manager Terry Collins couldn't provide enough praise for Friday's starter Bartolo Colon, the lone pitcher in New York's rotation who hasn't dealt with any sort of lingering issue this season.

"I can't come up with a name of a guy who we could have had that has done a better job," Collins said before the Mets' 9-4 victory over the Phillies at Citi Field. "Not only has he been the healthiest of the bunch, but he's won big games for us -- a lot of big games for us.

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