Tribe's Miller (knee), Salazar (elbow) put on DL

Tribe's Miller (knee), Salazar (elbow) put on DL

CLEVELAND -- Two important arms have been shelved for the Indians. Prior to Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Cleveland placed relief ace Andrew Miller and starter Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list.

Miller left Monday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox after only seven pitches when he re-aggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee, which was the culprit behind a stay on the DL earlier this month, too. Salazar, who missed roughly two months earlier this season with a right shoulder issue, has been diagnosed with right elbow inflammation this time around.

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

October could belong to these 22-and-unders

October could belong to these 22-and-unders

If you've celebrated a 23rd birthday, you do not qualify for this list. This one is strictly for those 22 and under. You just missed, Andrew Benintendi. In this way, we can remind ourselves how special this new generation of players is.

We see them out there every night, amazingly gifted and confident. They're not just playing for rebuilding teams, that is, clubs that can afford to allow them to go through the usual ups and downs that young players have to experience. Rather, they're being thrown into playoff races, into the middle of lineups. This postseason is going to be their showcase.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salvy off DL; Royals option Gallagher

Salvy off DL; Royals option Gallagher

The Royals have reinstated catcher Salvador Perez from the 10-day disabled list and optioned catcher Cam Gallagher to Triple-A Omaha, the club announced Tuesday.

Perez has been out since Aug. 5 with an intercostal strain. The 27-year-old backstop is batting .278/.308/.510 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs in 99 games for the Royals this season. The five-time All-Star will be a big boost for a Kansas City club that's looking to make a push for the postseason, as it's 1 1/2 games back for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Blanco it's a 'White Shark' Players Weekend

D-backs outfielder paying tribute to his Winter League team

For Blanco it's a 'White Shark' Players Weekend

PHOENIX -- When it came time for Gregor Blanco to pick a nickname, he drew a little inspiration from his time playing winter ball in Venezuela -- as well as from former teammate Pablo Sandoval.

Blanco will sport the name "White Shark" on the back of his No. 5 jersey during Players Weekend from Friday-Sunday, when players will wear special jerseys with nicknames on the back.

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

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Alyson Footer

Rangers rise in Power rankings as races heat

Wild Card contenders emerge as Dodgers continue to dominate

Rangers rise in Power rankings as races heat

The second Wild Card spot in the American League has pretty much been a merry-go-round for most of the past couple of months. That's what happens when so many teams with records a shade above or just below .500 have yet to either pull away from the pack, or just get buried.

As a result, the door has opened for a handful of surprising clubs who have steadily climbed up the standings, on the strength of a couple of good weeks in the win-loss column. And three weeks into August, it appears the Angels are making a push.

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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.

Watch Rory McIlroy tee off from behind home plate at Yankee Stadium

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Watch Rory McIlroy tee off from behind home plate at Yankee Stadium

Over the past few months, Aaron Judge has taken aim at all manner of things at Yankee Stadium, from television screens to concession stands to unsuspecting employees. Now, though, there's something new falling from the skies in the Bronx: Rory McIlroy's tee shots.

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Machado's resurgence testament to long season

Machado's resurgence testament to long season

There's a reason we play six months in this sport.

Well, there are a lot of reasons. But one big one is that from day to day, week to week, everything can change. It takes a full season to get a complete read on a team or a player. These days, Manny Machado is probably awfully thankful for that full season.

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Matthew Leach is an executive editor for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and read his columns. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New Dodger socks Grandy slam, honors hero

New Dodger socks Grandy slam, honors hero

PITTSBURGH -- From the socks worn high as a tribute to Jackie Robinson to the dramatic grand slam on Monday night that helped make another comeback win possible, Curtis Granderson is a Dodgers natural.

The newest acquisition slugged his eighth career grand slam and second in a week for as many clubs to turn a deficit into a lead against the Pirates as the Dodgers went on to a 6-5 win with Yasiel Puig's homer in the 12th inning.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Top 10 college prospects for the 2018 Draft

Top 10 college prospects for the 2018 Draft

The 2018 Draft crop is shaping up as the best since '11, a once-in-a-decade collection of talent that included Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy, Anthony Rendon, Archie Bradley, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, George Springer and the late Jose Fernandez in the first 14 picks.

While the high schoolers tantalize more with their upside, which is normally the case, the collegians are better than usual. Led by Florida right-hander Brady Singer, a trio of pitchers stand out the most, but there's also depth with position players as well.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox place Barnes on DL, recall Velazquez

Red Sox place Barnes on DL, recall Velazquez

The Red Sox placed right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain and recalled righty Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket, the club announced Tuesday.

Barnes is 6-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 59 appearances out of the bullpen this season. The 27-year-old has racked up 66 strikeouts in 60 innings while holding opponents to a .210 batting average.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cleveland capitalizes on Boston miscue in 9th

Cleveland capitalizes on Boston miscue in 9th

CLEVELAND -- In what could be a preview of an American League postseason series, the Indians took the first round against the Red Sox. Cleveland mounted a late rally on Monday night, culminating in a bunt and a throwing error that delivered a 5-4 win in walk-off fashion at Progressive Field.

"We relied on everybody," Indians catcher Roberto Perez said. "Boston, they have a great team over there. Tonight's game was kind of like a playoff game and I think everybody knows [this is] a big series."

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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.

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.

The Venezuelan Little League World Series team hugged the losing pitcher after a walk-off win

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The Venezuelan Little League World Series team hugged the losing pitcher after a walk-off win

The Little League World Series is everything great that sports aspire to be. Not only are there young ballplayers from all over the globe playing their hearts out for a chance to win the title -- and making friends along the way, no matter the language barrier -- but every year the greatest examples of sportsmanship are on display. 

That happened after Monday's game that saw Venezuela defeat the Dominican Republic, 3-2.

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You make the call: Umpire these strange plays

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You make the call: Umpire these strange plays

It's not easy being an umpire. You have to keep track of a small white sphere and professional athletes moving at high speeds, several times per day, six months per year -- all in front of thousands of fans. And then, of course, there's the rulebook: The 2017 edition clocked in at 284 pages, covering everything from appropriate apparel to ground rules to when a balk is called. 

Like we said: not easy. But in case you need just a little more convincing, go ahead and take the quiz below -- it presents six uniquely weird scenarios and lets you try to make the correct call. Do you have what it takes to be a Major League ump?

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LLWS rundown: Aussies erupt, beat Midwest

LLWS rundown: Aussies erupt, beat Midwest

Tuesday's slate of games in the Little League World Series started with a bang.

Playing in Consolation Game B, Team Australia defeated Team Midwest, 11-7, in an exciting first game of the day. The Aussies are now scheduled to take on Great Lakes in the next round of the consolation bracket.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is considered the height of the summer transaction season, but trades do not stop on July 31. However, in order to deal a player on its 40-man roster after that date, a team must go through the waiver system.

Just last season, Carlos Ruiz (Phillies to Dodgers), Marc Rzepczynski (A's to Nationals), Coco Crisp (A's to Indians) and Fernando Salas (Angels to Mets) were among the players dealt in August. On occasion, there is also a major trade during the waiver period. For example, on Aug. 25, 2012, the Dodgers and Red Sox pulled off the massive nine-player swap that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

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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.

First-place Nats, 'Stros meet on MLB.TV

First-place Nats, 'Stros meet on MLB.TV

Two of the premier teams in baseball go head-to-head for an intriguing Interleague matchup when the Nationals take on the Astros as part of a loaded 16-game slate Tuesday streaming live on MLB.TV.

The clubs, which both hold sturdy leads atop their respective divisions, have not met since 2014 when the Nationals swept the season series (two games in Washington, two in Houston). It will be the teams' third series overall since Houston moved to the American League in 2013.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes robs Lamb of XBH with 5-star catch

Cespedes robs Lamb of XBH with 5-star catch

NEW YORK -- On Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins called Yoenis Cespedes one of the best left fielders in the Majors. Cespedes backed up his skipper's claim with a sliding catch in the left-field corner to rob Jake Lamb of extra bases in the fifth inning of the Mets' 3-2 loss to the D-backs.

With the ball slicing toward foul territory, Cespedes got on his horse, then left his feet to come up with the catch to end the frame. According to Statcast™, Cespedes' catch probability on the play was just 16 percent, making it a five-star catch -- his sixth since Statcast™ started tracking and first since 2015. Entering Monday, Cespedes had gone 0-for-24 on four- or five-star catches.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Dozier's surge reminiscent of '16's hot 2nd half

Twins second baseman hitting .313/.392/.646 since All-Star break

Dozier's surge reminiscent of '16's hot 2nd half

Last season, Brian Dozier garnered a lot of attention by hitting 28 homers after the All-Star break on his way to 42 for the season, a single-season record for an American League second baseman. But an offseason of endless trade rumors didn't actually materialize into a deal, and Dozier's first half (.242/.328/.417, 13 homers) this year for the Twins, was just fine, not great.

The Twins are in the midst of one of baseball's improbable playoff runs, currently holding the second AL Wild Card spot. They've scored the second-most runs in baseball over the last month, and while the focus has been on Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton (who has been red-hot himself), please notice what's happening at second base. Dozier, it seems, is at it again.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rougned Odor hit a grounder right at a pigeon, and the pigeon didn't care

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Rougned Odor hit a grounder right at a pigeon, and the pigeon didn't care

Less than four weeks after the Nationals introduced us to the Rally Pigeon -- a bird unfazed by all manner of flying projectiles -- a similarly chill pigeon took up residence at Angel Stadium in the fourth inning of Monday night's Rangers-Angels game. Despite the valiant efforts of first-base umpire Gary Cederstrom to find the pigeon safe harbor, it remained in the infield.

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'Boyhood,' the baseball TV show wowing China

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'Boyhood,' the baseball TV show wowing China

Five billion views. A primetime television audience. And, of course, one-handed dingers.

This is "Boyhood," the baseball dance party you never knew you needed, and it's become a smash hit in China. The 40-episode series starred the TFBoys, a popular Chinese boy band, as high school baseball players trying to turn around a losing team -- think Mighty Ducks, only with 100 percent more music video interludes.

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Machado honoring roots for Players Weekend

'Mr. Miami' among group paying homage to upbringing during inaugural event

Machado honoring roots for Players Weekend

SEATTLE -- Manny Machado is proud of where he came from. That'll be evident in the inaugural Players Weekend from Friday to Sunday, when all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.

Although he plays in Baltimore, the Orioles' third baseman went with "Mr. Miami" as his nickname, which will be adorned on the back of his Players Weekend jersey.

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

Sternum injury might cost Wood next start

Sternum injury might cost Wood next start

PITTSBURGH -- After allowing three solo home runs in the Dodgers' 6-5 comeback win over the Pirates on Monday night, pitcher Alex Wood said he will probably skip his next start because of a flareup of a sternum injury.

Wood was on the disabled list May 29-June 10 with inflammation of the sternoclavicular joint, where the clavicle meets the sternum. Although he has pitched reasonably well since returning, club officials have limited him to no more than 100 pitches a start and his velocity has dropped roughly two miles an hour.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: Aug. 22

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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Twins split on South Side, lead for 2nd WC

Twins split on South Side, lead for 2nd WC

CHICAGO -- Blasts from Jorge Polanco and Brian Dozier highlighted a four-homer performance as the Minnesota Twins stormed to a 10-2 win and split a straight doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday.

The win, which was Minnesota's 12th in its last 16 games, allowed the club to maintain pace in the crowded American League Wild Card race. The Twins entered the day tied with the Angels for possession of the second Wild Card spot, and claimed sole possession of the second spot after the Angels lost to Texas on Monday night.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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

Soccer star Leroux earns LLWS honor

US Women's National Team forward and daughter of a Major Leaguer comes back to baseball roots

Soccer star Leroux earns LLWS honor

In an uplifting message to girls across the country on Monday night, U.S. Women's National Team forward and women's sports advocate Sydney Leroux became the fifth woman to be enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence.

Leroux has helped the USWNT to a pair of gold medals since her debut with the senior team in 2012. She also plays for FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League and has played in the league since its inception in 2013.

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

Photo of the Day: Total eclipse of the Bart

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Photo of the Day: Total eclipse of the Bart

 There were millions upon millions of photos, tweets, Instagrams, Snapchats, selfies, Facebook live videos and roundups of the eclipse on the internet on Monday. But there's only one eclipse-watching experience that you really need to see. And you need it now ... you need it more than ever. It's the total eclipse of the Bart.

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Source: Phils ink righty Alvarez to Minors deal

Source: Phils ink righty Alvarez to Minors deal

Right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez has a agreed to a Minor League deal with the Phillies, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez on Tuesday.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig helpfully re-enacted the solar eclipse for anyone that missed it

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Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig helpfully re-enacted the solar eclipse for anyone that missed it

Were you stuck inside during the solar eclipse earlier today? Did you forget to make your pinhole camera to safely view the celestial event? Then have no fear -- for the Dodgers are here to help. 

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Pollock's 10th-inning HR takes down Mets

Pollock's 10th-inning HR takes down Mets

NEW YORK -- The playoff-chasing D-backs came to Citi Field on Monday looking for signs their season would start heading in the right direction again.

David Peralta provided one, with a game-saving throw. A.J. Pollock provided another. His 10th-inning, two-run home run gave the D-backs a 3-2 extra-innings win over the Mets that helped them put a weekend sweep in Minnesota behind them.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York who covered the D-backs on Monday.

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Rangers ride Beltre, Hamels, rise in WC race

Rangers ride Beltre, Hamels, rise in WC race

ANAHEIM -- Adrian Beltre crushed a three-run home run and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings as the Rangers defeated the Angels, 5-3, in Monday night's series opener at Angel Stadium to tighten the American League Wild Card race.

With the win, the Rangers (62-62) pulled within two games of the Twins for the second Wild Card spot and knocked the Angels a half-game behind Minnesota in the standings. Entering Monday, the Angels (64-61) had held a Wild Card spot since Aug. 12.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Rangers on Monday.

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