Mets break through in 8th to win 5th straight

Mets break through in 8th to win 5th straight

MIAMI -- After repeatedly stranding runners, the Mets finally broke through with four runs in the eighth inning on Tuesday night. With two outs, Eric Campbell delivered a pinch-hit RBI single, Juan Lagares laced a two-run triple and Curtis Granderson tacked on a run-scoring double off Mike Dunn that propelled New York to a 5-1 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

That made it five straight wins for the Mets, allowing them to maintain a one-game lead in the National League East.

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Cruz, Cano power Mariners past Rockies

Cruz, Cano power Mariners past Rockies

DENVER -- Nelson Cruz homered for the fifth straight game -- his second such streak this year -- and Robinson Cano drove in three runs as the Mariners outslugged the Rockies, 10-4, at Coors Field on Tuesday night. The result came on the night of Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray's Major League debut.

Cruz's homer to lead off the seventh, off Rockies reliever Scott Oberg for a 6-4 lead, was his 31st of the season. Cruz also homered in five straight games April 11-15. He and the Dodgers' Joc Pederson are the only players in the Majors with multiple home run streaks of four or more games. Cruz's homer came an inning after the game's key hit, a two-run, pinch-hit single by Franklin Gutierrez in the sixth off Christian Friedrich (0-3).

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Perez logs three RBIs as Royals cage Tigers

Perez logs three RBIs as Royals cage Tigers

DETROIT -- Catcher Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer off Justin Verlander and drove in three, leading the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Kansas City tagged Verlander for five runs on 10 hits, highlighted by Perez's blast in the fourth inning on an elevated fastball. The Royals added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth, the latter of which came when Alex Rios' shallow fly ball that dropped into left-center for a double.

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Arrieta, Cubs blank Bucs in 6th straight victory

Arrieta, Cubs blank Bucs in 6th straight victory

PITTSBURGH -- Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler drove in two runs each to back Jake Arrieta's two-hit pitching through seven innings Tuesday night and spark the Cubs to their sixth straight victory, 5-0, over the Pirates at PNC Park.

Arrieta walked three and fanned five as he lowered his ERA to 2.50 in winning for the sixth time in seven decisions. The only hits off him were singles by Andrew McCutchen with one out in the fourth and by Starling Marte leading off the seventh.

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Donaldson, Tulo HR as Jays beat Twins

Donaldson, Tulo HR as Jays beat Twins

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki homered while right-hander Marco Estrada tossed 6 2/3 quality innings in the Blue Jays' 3-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. With the win, Toronto moved one game ahead of Minnesota in the standings for the second American League Wild Card.

Right-hander Phil Hughes took the loss for Minnesota after allowing three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He surrendered both home runs and was pulled after Dioner Navarro hit an RBI double in the sixth. It was the second consecutive start that Hughes wasn't able to pitch at least six innings.

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Nats end slide with late magic vs. D-backs

Nats end slide with late magic vs. D-backs

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals showed they are going give the Mets a battle in the National League East on Tuesday night. After blowing an early three-run lead, Washington fought back to defeat the D-backs, 5-4, thanks to an eighth-inning single by Wilson Ramos.

The Nationals snapped their four-game losing streak and remain a game behind the Mets, who defeated the Marlins, 5-1. Max Scherzer had a 3-0 lead in the first inning but couldn't hold on, as Arizona scored three runs in the fourth. Chris Owings highlighted the scoring with a two-run double.

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With 9-run 7th, Yankees pound Red Sox

With 9-run 7th, Yankees pound Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann homered as part of a nine-run seventh inning and drove in four runs to support Masahiro Tanaka's solid effort as the Yankees rallied for a 13-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, spoiling Henry Owens' big league debut.

Owens held the Yanks to a run over the first five frames before surrendering two hits opening the sixth. Mark Teixeira greeted reliever Robbie Ross Jr. with a game-tying single and McCann's two-base hit restored New York's lead.

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Mets add lefty reliever O'Flaherty from A's

While season ERA is high, veteran has been tough on left-handed hitters

Mets add lefty reliever O'Flaherty from A's

MIAMI -- Suddenly in legitimate playoff contention, the Mets are attempting to patch every last hole on their roster. To that end, they traded for a lefty relief specialist late Tuesday night, acquiring Eric O'Flaherty and cash from the A's for a player to be named or cash.

O'Flaherty, 30, had a 5.91 ERA in 25 games for the A's, but he was holding left-handed batters to a .186 average and a .495 OPS. Unlike Alex Torres, whom the Mets designated for assignment to make room on the roster, O'Flaherty gives the Mets the type of classic left-on-left specialist they have lacked since Jerry Blevins hit the disabled list April 21.

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Avila relishes opportunity as new Tigers GM

Avila relishes opportunity as new Tigers GM

DETROIT -- New Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila spent nearly a quarter century working with Dave Dombrowski, from Latin American operations to scouting director to top assistant. He had the type of rise that logically leads to a shot as a general manager, but teams never hired him.

On Tuesday, Avila finally got his shot, and he doesn't have to leave town to do it. The flip side, of course, is that he's replacing his old boss and longtime friend as GM. Dombrowski was released from his contract as president and CEO on Tuesday afternoon.

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Rays down White Sox with four home runs

Rays down White Sox with four home runs

CHICAGO -- Chris Archer allowed two runs over seven innings and the Rays hit a season-high four home runs en route to an 11-3 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games.

Archer allowed six hits and walked one while striking out seven in his outing, giving up a run in the third and seventh innings. He outpitched Chicago ace Chris Sale, who allowed seven earned runs for the second straight start. Sale struck out nine batters in 5 1/3 innings, his most since he struck out 10 on July 11.

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Franco's slam spoils Rollins' grand Philly return

Franco's slam spoils Rollins' grand Philly return

PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco continues to give Phillies fans hope for the future.

On a night the Phillies celebrated the return of franchise hits leader Jimmy Rollins, Franco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning of a 6-2 victory over the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Franco is the first Phillies rookie to hit a grand slam since Ryan Howard, who hit one in Atlanta on Sept. 21, 2005. The Phillies are 13-3 since the All-Star break, which is the best record in baseball.

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DeSclafani, 3-run first help Reds defeat Cardinals

DeSclafani, 3-run first help Reds defeat Cardinals

CINCINNATI -- The Reds jumped on Cardinals starter John Lackey for three first-inning runs on Tuesday and made that early advantage stand up in a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals to open up a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

The support was enough for Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani, who outpitched Lackey for the second time in a week.

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Sanchez gets 3-game suspension; Gibbons gets 1

Sanchez gets 3-game suspension; Gibbons gets 1

TORONTO -- Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez and manager John Gibbons received suspensions from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for their roles in a benches-clearning incident during Sunday's 5-2 win over the Royals.

Sanchez received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for "intentionally throwing a pitch" at Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the eighth inning with warnings in place. He has appealed the decision.

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Long-term future with Mets? Cespedes likes idea

Contract structure, however, would make it difficult for club to sign soon-to-be free agent

Long-term future with Mets? Cespedes likes idea

MIAMI -- The electric atmosphere that has swept up Mets fans in recent days has apparently had a comparable effect on outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. While the newest Met is unlikely to stay with the team after this season, due in part to his unorthodox contract structure, it's a prospect he says he would nonetheless relish.

"This is something I can't control," Cespedes said through an interpreter Tuesday, one day after tying a franchise record with three doubles in a 12-1 rout of the Marlins. "I don't know what the front office is thinking about. But with what I see so far, I would love for everything to work out and stay as a Met for a long, long time, because I like the atmosphere."

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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.

Johnson's mental flub costs Braves a run

First baseman loses track of outs; Giants score on Pence's grounder

Johnson's mental flub costs Braves a run

ATLANTA -- Just a day after proving invaluable at first base in the Braves' 9-8 walk-off win over the Giants, Chris Johnson provided Shelby Miller with another moment of frustration in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's 8-3 loss.

With one out and the bases loaded, Miller got Hunter Pence to ground a ball sharply to Johnson at first, a perfect opportunity for a double play or even a forceout at the plate.

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Severino to remain in Yankees' rotation

Prospect in for Pineda, who won't return before September

Severino to remain in Yankees' rotation

NEW YORK -- There were conversations over the winter, and again in Spring Training, where the Yankees' brain trust discussed what they might do if Luis Severino continued to dominate professional hitters. They agreed that if he was to be promoted, it should be to stay.

General manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that this will not be a one-and-done audition for the 21-year-old right-hander; rather, as he prepares to make his debut Wednesday against the Red Sox, Severino is guaranteed to be back on the mound next turn through the rotation.

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Dynasty-league rankings: Top 50 players

Dynasty-league rankings: Top 50 players

The non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone. When the dust settled during the weekend, dynasty fantasy leagues had their winners and losers.

Among the winners were prospects traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom each should have an ample opportunity to earn aggressive promotions to the Majors. Among the losers is pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman, who will be forced to call Coors Field home if he is lucky enough to reach the big leagues.

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Tom Trudeau works in business development for MLB.com and has been playing dynasty-league fantasy baseball for years. He has also participated in the expert league LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality). You can follow him @TomTrudeau. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Utley making progress on rehab assignment

Utley making progress on rehab assignment

TRENTON, N.J. -- Chase Utley took another step toward a return to the Phillies on Tuesday night, going 1-for-4 with a single and two runs scored while playing six innings in the field for Double-A Reading as he continues to rehab from a right ankle injury.

"The ankle feels good," said Utley, who has been out of action since June 22. "So far, so good."

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Dodgers sticking with Pederson despite slump

Third baseman Turner not expected to require extended DL stint

Dodgers sticking with Pederson despite slump

PHILADELPHIA -- Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers have not discussed sending slumping rookie Joc Pederson back to the Minor Leagues.

"I just think right now he is what he is," said Mattingly. "He's been a guy all year long that walks, homers and strikes out -- been pretty consistent all year long."

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Watch slow-mo video of Melissa Mayeux's swing

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Watch slow-mo video of Melissa Mayeux's swing

Even with Barry Larkin and Steve Finley heading up the MLB European Elite Camp, there was one name that overshadowed both former MLB stars: Melissa Mayeux. The 16-year-old French baseball player is the first female athlete at the Major League development camp, and she's already setting her sights on playing for France in the 2017 World Baseball Classic -- if not higher. 

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Avila replaces Dombrowski as Tigers GM

Avila replaces Dombrowski as Tigers GM

DETROIT -- The Tigers and president/CEO Dave Dombrowski parted ways on Tuesday, ending a 14-year tenure that saw the Tigers rise from the worst season in American League history to a pair of World Series appearances and four straight AL Central titles.

Al Avila, Dombrowski's top assistant since 2002, was named general manager and president of baseball operations, reporting directly to owner Mike Ilitch. He'll handle all responsibilities related to baseball operations, while executive vice president of business operations Duane McLean will assume all operations on the business side.

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Dynasty-league rankings: Top 500 players

  1. Mike Trout, OF
  2. Bryce Harper, OF
  3. Carlos Correa, SS
  4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, OF
  6. Manny Machado, 3B
  7. Kris Bryant, 3B
  8. Andrew McCutchen, OF
  9. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  10. Yasiel Puig, OF
  11. Mookie Betts, OF
  12. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  13. George Springer, OF
  14. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  15. Jose Abreu, 1B
  16. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  17. Clayton Kershaw, SP
  18. Jose Altuve, 2B
  19. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  20. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  21. Joc Pederson, OF
  22. Jose Fernandez, SP
  23. Miguel Sano, 3B
  24. Corey Seager, SS
  25. Billy Hamilton, OF
  26. Byron Buxton, OF
  27. Anthony Rendon, 2B
  28. Buster Posey, C
  29. Rougned Odor, 2B
  30. Jorge Soler, OF
  31. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  32. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  33. Dee Gordon, 2B
  34. Justin Upton, OF
  35. J.D. Martinez, OF
  36. Todd Frazier, 3B
  37. Addison Russell, SS
  38. Christian Yelich, OF
  39. Starling Marte, OF
  40. Chris Sale, SP
  41. Ryan Braun, OF
  42. Jason Heyward, OF
  43. Adam Jones, OF
  44. Carlos Gomez, OF
  45. Joey Votto, 1B
  46. A.J. Pollock, OF
  47. Gerrit Cole, SP
  48. Madison Bumgarner, SP
  49. Felix Hernandez, SP
  50. Michael Brantley, OF
  51. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  52. Max Scherzer, SP
  53. Charlie Blackmon, OF
  54. Prince Fielder, 1B
  55. Jacob deGrom, SP
  56. Jake Arrieta, SP
  57. Matt Harvey, SP
  58. Robinson Cano, 2B
  59. Jose Bautista, OF
  60. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  61. Noah Syndergaard, SP
  62. Zack Greinke, SP
  63. Corey Kluber, SP
  64. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  65. Evan Longoria, 3B
  66. Gregory Polanco, OF
  67. Kyle Schwarber, C
  68. David Price, SP
  69. Chris Archer, SP
  70. Aroldis Chapman, RP
  71. Kolten Wong, 2B
  72. J.P. Crawford, SS
  73. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF
  74. Kyle Seager, 3B
  75. Corey Dickerson, OF
  76. Stephen Strasburg, SP
  77. Ian Desmond, SS
  78. Carlos Gonzalez, OF
  79. Craig Kimbrel, RP
  80. Brian Dozier, 2B
  81. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  82. Kenley Jansen, RP
  83. Nomar Mazara, OF
  84. Sonny Gray, SP
  85. Yasmani Grandal, C
  86. Trea Turner, SS
  87. Joey Gallo, 3B
  88. Yoan Moncada, MI
  89. Jose Reyes, SS
  90. Maikel Franco, 3B
  91. Yu Darvish, SP
  92. Johnny Cueto, SP
  93. Cole Hamels, SP
  94. Brandon Belt, 1B
  95. Wil Myers, OF
  96. Javier Baez, SS
  97. Alex Gordon, OF
  98. Yoenis Cespedes, OF
  99. Jay Bruce, OF
  100. Andrew Miller, RP
  101. Chris Davis, 1B
  102. Brett Gardner, OF
  103. Lorenzo Cain, OF
  104. Dallas Keuchel, SP
  105. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  106. Trevor Rosenthal, RP
  107. Nelson Cruz, OF
  108. Albert Pujols, 1B
  109. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  110. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  111. Hunter Pence, OF
  112. Michael Wacha, SP
  113. Lucas Giolito, SP
  114. Carlos Carrasco, SP
  115. Bradley Zimmer, OF
  116. Francisco Lindor, SS
  117. Tim Anderson, SS
  118. Devin Mesoraco, C
  119. Jordan Zimmermann, SP
  120. Cody Allen, RP
  121. Mark Melancon, RP
  122. Danny Salazar, SP
  123. Zach Britton, RP
  124. Dellin Betances, RP
  125. Lucas Duda, 1B
  126. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  127. Dalton Pompey, OF
  128. Greg Holland, RP
  129. Tyler Glasnow, SP
  130. Carlos Martinez, SP
  131. Julio Urias, SP
  132. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  133. Rafael Devers, 3B
  134. Jeurys Familia RP
  135. Marcus Stroman, SP
  136. Shelby Miller, SP
  137. Jon Lester, SP
  138. Matt Kemp, OF
  139. Jose Peraza, 2B
  140. Michael Conforto, OF
  141. Aaron Judge, OF
  142. Carlos Santana, 3B
  143. Rusney Castillo, OF
  144. Starlin Castro, SS
  145. Travis d'Arnaud, C
  146. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  147. David Dahl, OF
  148. Andrew Heaney, SP
  149. Garrett Richards, SP
  150. Neil Walker, 2B
  151. Lance Lynn, SP
  152. Ken Giles, RP
  153. Hector Olivera, 2B
  154. Masahiro Tanaka, SP
  155. Alex Cobb, SP
  156. Orlando Arcia, SS
  157. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  158. Matt Holliday, OF
  159. Eduardo Rodriguez, SP
  160. Gio Gonzalez, SP
  161. Clint Frazier, OF
  162. Nick Williams, OF
  163. Jung Ho Kang, SS
  164. Steven Matz, SP
  165. David Robertson, RP
  166. Taijuan Walker, SP
  167. Yasmany Tomas, OF
  168. Michael Pineda, SP
  169. Carlos Rodon, SP
  170. Jake Odorizzi, SP
  171. Raimel Tapia, OF
  172. James Shields, SP
  173. Ozhaino Albies, SS
  174. Franklin Barreto, SS
  175. Jorge Mateo, SS
  176. Manuel Margot, OF
  177. Austin Meadows, OF
  178. Jose Quintana, SP
  179. Jose Berrios, SP
  180. Aaron Nola, SP
  181. Yordano Ventura, SP
  182. Ryan McMahon, 3B
  183. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  184. Jurickson Profar, 2B
  185. Ben Revere, OF
  186. Denard Span, OF
  187. Jonathan Papelbon, RP
  188. Glen Perkins, RP
  189. Lewis Brinson, OF
  190. A.J. Ramos, RP
  191. Marcell Ozuna, OF
  192. David Wright, 3B
  193. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  194. Jean Segura, SS
  195. Matt Wieters, C
  196. Brian McCann, C
  197. Zack Wheeler, SP
  198. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  199. Wade Davis, RP
  200. Blake Swihart, C
  201. Julio Teheran, SP
  202. Tyson Ross, SP
  203. Alex Reyes, SP
  204. Jameson Taillon, SP
  205. Francisco Liriano, SP
  206. Adam Wainwright, SP
  207. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  208. Russell Martin, C
  209. Jesse Winker, OF
  210. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  211. Kole Calhoun, OF
  212. Elvis Andrus, SS
  213. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  214. Stephen Vogt, C
  215. Greg Bird, 1B
  216. Andrew Cashner, SP
  217. Robert Stephenson, SP
  218. Luis Severino, SP
  219. Cameron Maybin, OF
  220. Justin Turner, 3B
  221. Avisail Garcia, OF
  222. Lance McCullers, SP
  223. Trevor Bauer, SP
  224. David Ortiz, DH
  225. Joe Ross, SP
  226. Steven Souza Jr., OF
  227. Daniel Norris, SP
  228. Brad Miller, SS
  229. Oswaldo Arcia, OF
  230. Dexter Fowler, OF
  231. Jake McGee, RP
  232. Adam Eaton, OF
  233. Brandon Crawford, SS
  234. Gleyber Torres, SS
  235. Chris Carter, 1B
  236. Brett Phillips, OF
  237. Alex Wood, SP
  238. Melky Cabrera, OF
  239. Randal Grichuk, OF
  240. Salvador Perez, C
  241. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  242. Wilson Ramos, C
  243. Gary Sanchez C
  244. Chase Headley, 3B
  245. Kevin Gausman, SP
  246. Hunter Renfroe, OF
  247. Evan Gattis, C
  248. Alcides Escobar, SS
  249. Josh Reddick, OF
  250. Derek Norris, C
  251. Yan Gomes, C
  252. Billy Burns, OF
  253. Josh Bell, OF
  254. Dylan Bundy, SP
  255. Huston Street, RP
  256. A.J. Reed, 1B
  257. Devon Travis, 2B
  258. Josh Harrison, 3B
  259. Brad Boxberger, RP
  260. Carson Smith, RP
  261. Drew Smyly, SP
  262. Homer Bailey, SP
  263. Joe Mauer, 1B
  264. Victor Martinez, 1B
  265. Pedro Alvarez, 1B
  266. Trevor Story, SS
  267. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  268. Matt Adams, 1B
  269. Adam Lind, 1B
  270. Yadier Molina, C
  271. Nick Gordon, SS
  272. Willy Adames, SS
  273. Alen Hanson, SS
  274. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  275. Shin-Soo Choo, OF
  276. Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP
  277. Raul Mondesi, SS
  278. Brandon Moss, 1B
  279. Grant Holmes, SP
  280. Miguel Montero, C
  281. Chris Owings, SS
  282. Jeff Samardzija, SP
  283. Anibal Sanchez, SP
  284. Mat Latos, SP
  285. Alex Jackson, OF
  286. Patrick Corbin, SP
  287. Nori Aoki, OF
  288. Marcus Semien, 2B
  289. Desmond Jennings, OF
  290. Mark Trumbo, 1B
  291. Scott Kazmir, SP
  292. Sean Manaea, SP
  293. Forrest Wall, 2B
  294. Jake Bauers, 1B
  295. Matt Olson, 1B
  296. Dan Vogelbach, 1B
  297. Reynaldo Lopez, SP
  298. Braden Shipley, SP
  299. Mark Appel, SP
  300. Jose De Leon, SP
  301. Bobby Bradley, 1B
  302. Archie Bradley, SP
  303. Jason Hammel, SP
  304. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  305. C.J. Edwards, SP
  306. Brandon Finnegan, SP
  307. Matt Duffy, 3B
  308. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  309. Carter Capps, RP
  310. Michael Taylor, OF
  311. Joe Panik, 2B
  312. Kevin Pillar, OF
  313. James Paxton, SP
  314. Aaron Sanchez, SP
  315. Jesse Hahn, SP
  316. Jaime Garcia, SP
  317. Anthony Alford, OF
  318. Aaron Blair, SP
  319. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  320. Curtis Granderson, OF
  321. John Lackey, SP
  322. Austin Jackson, OF
  323. Koji Uehara, RP
  324. Rymer Liriano, OF
  325. Hunter Harvey, SP
  326. Ketel Marte, SS
  327. Drew Hutchison, SP
  328. Blake Snell, SP
  329. Roman Quinn, OF
  330. Erick Aybar, SS
  331. Wilmer Flores, SS
  332. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  333. Jose Iglesias, SS
  334. Brandon Drury, 3B
  335. Khris Davis, OF
  336. Nate Karns, SP
  337. Kendrys Morales, 1B
  338. Matthew Wisler, SP
  339. Henry Owens, SP
  340. Jonathan Singleton, 1B
  341. Jake Thompson, SP
  342. Clay Buchholz, SP
  343. Adeiny Hechevarria, SS
  344. Yunel Escobar, SS
  345. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  346. Stephen Piscotty, OF
  347. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
  348. Martin Prado, 2B
  349. Mallex Smith, OF
  350. Arodys Vizcaino, RP
  351. Santiago Casilla, RP
  352. Gerardo Parra, OF
  353. Roberto Osuna, RP
  354. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
  355. Preston Tucker,OF
  356. Billy McKinney, OF
  357. Phil Hughes, SP
  358. Sean Newcomb, SP
  359. D.J. Peterson, 3B
  360. Kyle Gibson, SP
  361. Jimmy Nelson, SP
  362. Kohl Stewart, SP
  363. Leonys Martin, OF
  364. Rubby De La Rosa, SP
  365. Alex Rios, OF
  366. Luke Gregerson, RP
  367. Andre Ethier, OF
  368. Justin Verlander, SP
  369. Hisashi Iwakuma, SP
  370. Alex Blandino, SS
  371. Aaron Hicks, OF
  372. Erasmo Ramirez, SP
  373. Billy Butler, 1B
  374. Jayson Werth, OF
  375. Delino DeShields, OF
  376. Anthony Gose, OF
  377. Shawn Tolleson, RP
  378. Torii Hunter, OF
  379. Mike Fiers, SP
  380. Rick Porcello, SP
  381. Hector Rondon, RP
  382. Collin McHugh, SP
  383. Andrew Susac, C
  384. Brent Honeywell, SP
  385. Matt Cain, SP
  386. Tyler Kolek, SP
  387. Wily Peralta, SP
  388. Colby Rasmus, OF
  389. Nick Markakis, OF
  390. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
  391. Marco Gonzales, SP
  392. Anthony DeSclafani, SP
  393. Matt Moore, SP
  394. Kyle Freeland, SP
  395. Jorge Alfaro, C
  396. Rob Refsnyder, 2B
  397. Jed Lowrie, SS
  398. Dominic Smith, 1B
  399. Amed Rosario, SS
  400. Daniel Robertson, SS
  401. Jon Gray, SP
  402. David Freese, 3B
  403. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  404. John Jaso, C
  405. Seth Smith, OF
  406. Josh Hamilton, OF
  407. Doug Fister, SP
  408. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  409. Steve Pearce, 1B
  410. Michael Cuddyer, OF
  411. Kyle Zimmer, SP
  412. Drew Storen, RP
  413. Wilmer Difo, SS
  414. Danny Duffy, SP
  415. Ian Kennedy, SP
  416. Bruce Rondon, RP
  417. A.J. Burnett, SP
  418. Nick Kingham, SP
  419. Ervin Santana, SP
  420. J.J. Hardy, SS
  421. Yonder Alonso, 1B
  422. Vincent Velasquez, SP
  423. Didi Gregorius, SS
  424. Derek Holland, SP
  425. Tyler Skaggs, SP
  426. Miguel Almonte, SP
  427. Jeff Hoffman, SP
  428. Victor Robles, OF
  429. Erick Fedde, SP
  430. Jake Lamb, 3B
  431. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  432. Yovani Gallardo, SP
  433. Jace Peterson, 2B
  434. Nathan Eovaldi, SP
  435. Dilson Herrera, 2B
  436. Jesse Chavez, SP
  437. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  438. Jordy Mercer, SS
  439. C.J. Wilson, SP
  440. Brandon McCarthy, SP
  441. Ivan Nova, SP
  442. Carlos Beltran, OF
  443. Mike Bolsinger, SP
  444. Ender Inciarte, OF
  445. Matt Garza, SP
  446. Kyle Hendricks, SP
  447. James Loney, 1B
  448. Scooter Gennett, 2B
  449. Martin Perez, SP
  450. Chase Utley, 2B
  451. Francisco Rodriguez, RP
  452. Trevor May, SP
  453. Carl Crawford, OF
  454. Hector Santiago, SP
  455. A.J. Cole, SP
  456. Matt Shoemaker, SP
  457. Erick Fedde, SP
  458. Frank Montas, SP
  459. Rob Kaminsky, SP
  460. Javier Guerra, SS
  461. Trey Michalczewski, 3B
  462. Brandon Nimmo, OF
  463. Alex Meyer, SP
  464. Josmil Pinto, C
  465. Aaron Hill, 2B
  466. Jon Niese, SP
  467. Mike Minor, SP
  468. Manny Banuelos, SP
  469. Nick Franklin, 2B
  470. Jorge Polanco, 2B
  471. Kevin Kiermaier, OF
  472. Wilin Rosario, C
  473. Mike Napoli, 1B
  474. Ben Paulsen, 1B
  475. Michael Lorenzen, SP
  476. Chase Anderson, SP
  477. Tom Murphy, C
  478. Tyler Saladino, 3B
  479. Joakim Soria, RP
  480. Jacob Nottingham, C
  481. Matt Chapman, 3B
  482. Richard Urena, SS
  483. Max Fried, SP
  484. Mike Zunino, C
  485. Albert Almora, OF
  486. Brian Johnson, SP
  487. Christian Arroyo, SS
  488. Max Kepler, OF
  489. Nick Hundley, C
  490. Harold Ramirez, OF
  491. Robbie Ray, SP
  492. Pierce Johnson, SP
  493. Erik Johnson, SP
  494. Tyler Clippard, RP
  495. Joaquin Benoit, RP
  496. Hunter Strickland, RP
  497. Alex Wilson, RP
  498. Adam Ottavino, RP
  499. Sean Doolittle, RP
  500. Tommy Kahnle, RP
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Tom Trudeau works in business development for MLB.com and has been playing dynasty-league fantasy baseball for years. He has also participated in the expert league LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality). You can follow him @TomTrudeau. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rollins enjoys inaugural Philly homecoming

Rollins enjoys inaugural Philly homecoming

PHILADELPHIA -- He wanted to approach it like it was just another game, not that much different than the 2,190 that preceded it in his 16 big league seasons. Which was both exactly correct and predictably impossible.

For the first time in his career, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins came to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night as a visiting player. He was a spark plug for five straight division champions, two pennant winners and a World Series champion here. He won a Most Valuable Player Award here. He became the all-time hits leader for the charter National League franchise here. He became the best shortstop in the organization's 132 years here.

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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.

Lester to start Friday as Cubs reset rotation

Maddon working out roster plan with Montero returning by weekend

Lester to start Friday as Cubs reset rotation

PITTSBURGH -- After a rain-shortened start Monday night, Jon Lester said he would be ready to pitch sooner rather than later, but he didn't want to disrupt the rest of the Cubs' rotation to account for his abbreviated outing.

The Cubs believe they found an ideal solution, slotting Lester back into the rotation Friday night against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Dan Haren will make his Cubs debut Wednesday night at PNC Park, as planned, and Jason Hammel will pitch Thursday's series opener against the Giants.

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

Pedroia, Betts ramping up, progressing

Pedroia, Betts ramping up, progressing

NEW YORK -- Dustin Pedroia should resume baseball activities by the time the Red Sox get to Detroit this weekend, as he continues to make progress with the ailing left hamstring that has forced him to the disabled list twice this season.

Center fielder Mookie Betts, who sustained a concussion on July 29, is also taking steps forward.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wright takes full BP, eyes start of rehab games

Mets' captain scheduled to have five straight days of workouts for first time since May

Wright takes full BP, eyes start of rehab games

MIAMI -- David Wright's timeline is starting to come into focus. Wright took full batting practice Tuesday in the first of five consecutive days of rigorous baseball workouts, his first such stretch since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May. If all goes well, Wright could debut in Minor League rehab games as soon as early next week.

"At this point, I just want to get in the lineup," Wright said. "I want to be part of the fun."

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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.

Rockies' Parker hits first MLB home run

Rockies' 21st-ranked prospect hits solo shot off Seattle's Guaipe

Rockies' Parker hits first MLB home run

DENVER -- On a day centered around Jon Gray's Major League debut, Rockies first basemen Kyle Parker made sure to get in on the firsts as well.

On the second pitch of the sixth inning, Parker clubbed his first career Major League home run off Seattle reliever Mayckol Guaipe. The long ball, which was projected by Statcast™ to land 428 away, was crushed to right-center and trimmed Colorado's deficit to 5-4.

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

Rays prospect Shaffer homers for first career hit

Rays give 24-year-old the silent treatment when he returns to the dugout

Rays prospect Shaffer homers for first career hit

CHICAGO -- Rays prospect Richie Shaffer's first Major League hit came in style, clearing the right-field wall for a home run.

Shaffer, playing in his second game, connected on a 2-2 fastball from Daniel Webb in the top of the seventh during Tuesday's 11-3 win against the White Sox and went opposite field to push the Rays' lead to 10-1.

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

A's trade O'Flaherty to Mets

A's trade O'Flaherty to Mets

OAKLAND -- The A's traded left-hander Eric O'Flaherty and cash considerations to the Mets for a player to be named or cash, the club announced Tuesday.

O'Flaherty, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, was 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA and .312 opponents' batting average in 25 relief appearances with the A's.

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

Cutch, Kang team up with gem to save run

Outfielder slides to cut off two-out double and fires to shortstop, who throws strike home to nail Russell

Cutch, Kang team up with gem to save run

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen's slide and Jung Ho Kang's arm teamed up for a sparkling play in the second inning of the Pirates' 5-0 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday night.

With Chicago leading, 1-0, and Addison Russell on first base, Chris Denorfia ripped a two-out drive to left-center off left-hander J.A. Happ.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.