Price stifles Twins with 11-K gem in Jays debut

Price stifles Twins with 11-K gem in Jays debut

TORONTO -- David Price dazzled in his Blue Jays debut, allowing just one run over eight innings, and he was backed by homers from Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins in a 5-1 win over the Twins on Monday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The victory moved Toronto into a virtual tie with Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Price, acquired from the Tigers before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, gave up just three hits and walked two while striking out 11. The lone run he allowed came on a solo blast from Torii Hunter in the second inning.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Power Rankings: Prepping for stretch drive

Power Rankings: Prepping for stretch drive

Weekly rankings are as much about long-term prognostications as they are about tracking the progress of a team week to week. And this week's MLB Power Rankings largely reflect how a lot of teams fared at the non-waiver Trade Deadline and how that may set them up for the stretch drive.

The top five teams, for example, all have one thing in common: They seemingly did a lot to improve before the Trade Deadline passed last Friday. Still more in the top 10 -- the Giants and the Mets, for example -- also acquired strong reinforcements. This sets us up for what is looking to be a wild finish with several hotly contested division races likely to go down to the wire.

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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.

Burnett has strain, aims to return this season

Burnett has strain, aims to return this season

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett was diagnosed on Monday with a flexor strain in his right elbow, as announced by the Pirates, who also indicated the veteran pitcher received an injection of platelet-rich plasma.

Estimated time of Burnett's return was set at approximately four weeks.

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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.

Ailing back sends Panik to disabled list

Ailing back sends Panik to disabled list

ATLANTA -- The Giants placed second baseman Joe Panik on the 15-day disabled list Monday with lower back inflammation. Panik, 24, missed two of San Francisco's past four games with back discomfort.

To replace Panik on the 25-man active roster, the Giants purchased the contract of infielder Kelby Tomlinson, 25, from Triple-A Sacramento. Tomlinson, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year, hit .316 in 33 games for Sacramento. He'll wear No. 37.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: Aug. 3

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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Paul Hagen

NL East set up for thrilling two-team race

Mets made key moves to contend, but will Nationals' talent prevail?

NL East set up for thrilling two-team race

And the race is on.

By completing a sweep of the Nationals on Sunday night at Citi Field, the Mets moved into a virtual tie for first place in the National League East. The fan base has been energized not only by finding its team in contention going into August but also by the acquisition of a much-needed bat, Yoenis Cespedes, from the Tigers.

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

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Richard Justice

Yanks, Jays, O's in a fight to finish in AL East

Breaking down post-Deadline standings, remaining matchups

Yanks, Jays, O's in a fight to finish in AL East

Overview
The Yankees have been alone in first place since July 3, and despite a laundry list of concerns, have a solid six-game lead over the Orioles and Blue Jays entering Monday. Unlike the Yankees who won the World Series four times in five seasons between 1996 and 2000, this current club is built on an offense that has gotten huge seasons from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Only the Blue Jays have scored more runs in the Majors. Meanwhile, the Yankees have used 29 pitchers. Yankees starters have a 4.37 ERA, which places them 23rd in the Majors.

Think this formula won't win? Actually, it's almost the exact same one the Yankees used to win in 2009. That season was the last time their rotation had a higher ERA (4.48), but they won by scoring a whopping 915 runs -- 32 more than any other team.

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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.

Hot for bleachers: Stroman roots from Duke

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Hot for bleachers: Stroman roots from Duke

Marcus Stroman is finishing his degree at Duke this summer, and from the look of it, he's spending his time in class exactly like you and I did. We were all very avid students … of baseball.

After tweeting from class last week about David Price being traded to the Blue Jays, Stroman made sure that he'd be able to watch his fellow pitcher's Toronto debut, even if he had to be a little sneaky about it. 

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Richard Justice

After sweep, Mets have touch of swagger

After sweep, Mets have touch of swagger

Mets fans had waited a long time for a moment like this. And so on Sunday night they did it up right. They had their ballpark rocking with emotion and craziness. They brought back the thunderous cheers that were once the norm for this franchise. At various times they simply stood and screamed, almost all 35,374 of them. At least it sounded that way. Remember when it was always like this around the Mets?

Wait. Make that the first-place Mets.

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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.

Korean squad fights heat with water festival

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Korean squad fights heat with water festival

Have you ever been at a baseball game and thought, "Wow, this is great, but I wish this experience was a little bit more like riding a log flume?"

Well, guess what? In the Korea Baseball Organization, all of your dreams have come true. 

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Posey plays dodgeball, pegs Martin on pickoff

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Posey plays dodgeball, pegs Martin on pickoff

In the fifth inning of Sunday's Giants-Rangers game, Buster Posey noticed that Leonys Martin had taken quite the lead off second base. So he did what any good catcher would -- he started a game of dodgeball on the diamond.

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More than 125 cities part of Play Ball Month

Baseball- or softball-related activities to be held throughout August

More than 125 cities part of Play Ball Month

From Tacoma to Tallahassee, from Las Cruces to Lexington, from Clarksville to Cupertino, from Macon to Milwaukee, the sport of baseball rises again across America.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, in conjunction with Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), expanded the new grassroots initiative for youth by announcing on Monday a list of more than 125 cities that are being designated 2015 Play Ball Cities for Play Ball Month.

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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.

Balky elbow sends Capps to DL

Balky elbow sends Capps to DL

MIAMI -- The Marlins placed right-handed reliever Carter Capps on the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's contest and, in turn, selected the contract of right-hander Brian Ellington from Triple-A New Orleans.

Capps exited Sunday's 5-3 win vs. the Padres at Marlins Park with right elbow stiffness after coming on in the eighth inning and throwing 13 pitches. Following the contest, he was optimistic, saying the elbow "cramped up" before adding, "I'm not really concerned."

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Abreu, Eaton named AL Co-Players of the Week

Abreu, Eaton named AL Co-Players of the Week

White Sox teammates Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton have been named American League Co-Players of the Week after helping lead Chicago's offense over the recent stretch.

Abreu hit .400 (10-for-25) with seven runs, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs last week, while Eaton hit .517 (15-for-29) with 10 runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run, four RBIs and three stolen bases. He led the league in batting average, hits, on-base percentage and runs.

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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.

Duda, Syndergaard share NL Player of Week nod

Duda, Syndergaard share NL Player of Week nod

MIAMI -- Fresh off one of the most memorable homestands in recent franchise history, a pair of Mets split National League Player of the Week honors. First baseman Lucas Duda and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard shared the nod for pacing the Mets on both sides of the field.

The last pair of Mets to share NL Player of the Week honors were David Wright and Jose Reyes in June 2006.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

In NYBC tourney, MVP program stands out

Top-ranked Wilson MVP wins 12-and-under bracket to highlight youth event

In NYBC tourney, MVP program stands out

YAPHANK, N.Y. -- The National Youth Baseball Championships came to a close on Monday afternoon, allowing one of the nation's top youth organizations to separate itself from the pack.

Larry Patino, the head of the MVP Southern Cal youth baseball organization, had two of his teams facing off in the 11-and-under title game Monday and another team that won the 12-and-under bracket. Patino, who stayed at home in California, kept abreast of the tourney via the twin broadcasts of MLB.com and CBS Sports, and he said he sent a special message to the MVP teams on Sunday night.

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

Week Ahead: Familiar faces in new places

Week Ahead: Familiar faces in new places

The Blue Jays will see if David was obtained for the right Price. The Astros will look to Mike to keep their postseason Fiers burning brightly. The Dodgers will hand the ball to Alex and try to keep putting the Wood to the Giants.

And so goes the Week Ahead, which is not only full of questionable puns but of thrilling pennant-race baseball, which is beginning to kick into serious overdrive now that last week's non-waiver Trade Deadline is behind us and October keeps getting closer.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez loving 'Club Astros' environment

Center fielder delivers decisive hit, feels he's fitting right in

Gomez loving 'Club Astros' environment

HOUSTON -- Walking in to any new environment is daunting. For the uninitiated, walking into the Astros' clubhouse after a win, though, it can get a bit more cumbersome.

Created by George Springer, fog envelops a darkened room as strobe lights flash to the beat of techno music in "Club Astros" after each victory, and it was no different after Sunday's 4-1 win over the D-backs.

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

Tying game: Mets deliver Citi's slickest sweep

Tying game: Mets deliver Citi's slickest sweep

NEW YORK -- The Mets' first three-homer inning since 2007 sent Citi Field into possibly the biggest ruckus in its history, shooting New York into a virtual tie for first place with a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday night to complete a three-game sweep. Back-to-back third-inning homers from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy sparked an electric atmosphere at the Queens ballpark, where the fans have thirsted for a playoff team since its inception in 2009. The crowd of 35,374 sure felt it finally had the makings of one after Lucas Duda followed Murphy two batters later with his ninth homer in eight games -- a two-run shot that punctuated a season-defining homestand and gave winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard insurance runs to work with.

"We're excited," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We know we have 50-something [games] to go and have to play those guys six more times, but this is a huge weekend for us. In the scope of things, this was a great homestand for the way we finished it."

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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. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Thompson called up by White Sox

Prospect Thompson called up by White Sox

The White Sox have called up outfielder Trayce Thompson -- the brother of Klay Thompson from the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors -- from Triple-A Charlotte, the club announced Monday.

Thompson is ranked as the No. 15 prospect in the White Sox system, according to MLB Pipeline. He was hitting .260/.304/.441 with 13 home runs, 39 RBIs and 53 runs in 104 games at Charlotte this season, and he was named to the International League All-Star team.

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

Tensions flare as Jays win series with KC

Tensions flare as Jays win series with KC

TORONTO -- The first three games of a pivotal series between the Blue Jays and the American League-leading Royals had a playoff-like atmosphere. Sunday's finale, however, turned decidedly more intense.

Chin music was played, batters were hit and benches cleared in Toronto's 5-2 win at Rogers Centre that culminated with three ejections -- including Blue Jays manager John Gibbons -- and a heated exchange of words following the game.

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

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Fred Zinkie

Tucker, Valbuena could excel in Arlington

Tucker, Valbuena could excel in Arlington

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 Monday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.

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Ferrell's special premiering at Petco on Sept. 5

Program documents comedian taking the field for 10 teams during Spring Training

Ferrell's special premiering at Petco on Sept. 5

HBO's "Ferrell Takes the Field" comedy special, which documents comedian Will Ferrell's memorable day in baseball this spring, will premiere at Petco Park in San Diego on Sept. 5, immediately after the Padres' 5:40 p.m. PT game against the Dodgers.

All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to stay and watch the screening, and Ferrell will be on hand to introduce it.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Gray joins select recent draftees making debut

Righty, selected No. 3 in 2013, set to start for Colorado on Tuesday

Gray joins select recent draftees making debut

DENVER -- The question about the eventual promotion of Jon Gray to the big leagues has always been about when, never if. The answer is Tuesday.

Colorado's first-round Draft pick (No. 3 overall) in 2013, who ranks second among Rockies prospects, is scheduled to become the 21st player -- ninth starting pitcher -- drafted since 2013 to get to the big leagues. Considering the consistency Gray has shown at Triple-A Albuquerque, now is as good a time as any for him to start making the transition to the Majors.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ethier's second HR is walk-off for LA sweep

Ethier's second HR is walk-off for LA sweep

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Angels and their fourth straight win on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Halos wrapped up a 1-8 road trip.

Ethier also homered in the eighth inning to put the Dodgers up, 3-2, only for the Angels to tie the game in the ninth on Chris Iannetta's RBI double. When Ethier's spot in the order came around again in the 10th, the veteran yanked a 1-1 changeup into the right-field bullpen to give the Dodgers a Freeway Series sweep.

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David Adler and Steve Bourbon are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals walk off on Moss' pinch-hit single

New acquisition's pinch-hit single lifts Cards over Rockies on Sunday

Cardinals walk off on Moss' pinch-hit single

ST. LOUIS -- When Brandon Moss came to the plate as a pinch-hitter with one out in the ninth and runners on first and third in a tie game, he knew it would be difficult to lift a ball to the outfield for a sacrifice fly against Rockies reliever Scott Oberg.

After seeing three fastballs from the hard-throwing righty, the left-handed-hitting Moss also decided that pulling the ball would be a challenge, so he took advantage of one of the few remaining options.

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David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

REAL fake umps make triumphant return at Mets game

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REAL fake umps make triumphant return at Mets game

When we talk about fake umpires, we're usually talking about the dancing variety. Or the kind that are really just fans yelling passionately about their own interpretation of what it means to commit on a check swing. But on Sunday night at Citi Field, there was a different -- perhaps better -- pair of fake umpires.

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Severino's rise lifted by great expectations

Severino's rise lifted by great expectations

The Yankees believe that Luis Severino is the type of talent that will not be affected by the big moments, and by sending the right-hander out for his big league debut Wednesday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, they will quickly find out if that is the case.

Severino, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has checked all the necessary boxes at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 starts. That sterling line came as no surprise to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who saw the 21-year-old's competitive side emerge during Spring Training.

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

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: HR parade gives Mets sweep

Flores, Duda, Granderson, Murphy lead march against Nationals

Stats of the Day: HR parade gives Mets sweep

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

• On Friday, Wilmer Flores delivered a game-ending solo home run in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over the Nationals. On Saturday, Lucas Duda homered twice as New York defeated Washington, 3-2. On Sunday, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Duda homered in the third inning, and the Mets defeated the Nats, 5-2. Duda's homer gave him nine in his past eight games. His nine second-half homers are the most in the Majors. The Mets' record for the most home runs after the All-Star break is 21 -- a number reached by Dave Kingman (1975), Gary Carter ('85), Darryl Strawberry ('85), Mike Piazza ('99) and Carlos Delgado (2008). With the sweep, New York improved to 38-18 (.679) at Citi Field. The 1988 Mets own the franchise's best home winning percentage, at .700.

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

MLB News Quiz: Prove your knowledge

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MLB News Quiz: Prove your knowledge

Did everyone have fun during the trade deadline? Was everyone paying attention to all of the trades? We hope you remembered that was actual baseball being played as well -- because even if Cole Hamels found a new home, the Mets found their big bat and the Blue Jays found ... everyone, the past week's slate of games did not disappoint. There were walkoffs and emotions and, as always, plenty of dingers (even from NFL star J.J. Watt). 

Were you following along with all of it?

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