Gibbons, Sanchez tossed in Royals-Jays tilt

Gibbons, Sanchez tossed in Royals-Jays tilt

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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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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Red-hot Duda caps Mets' three-HR inning

First baseman has 9 blasts in last 8 games; Grandy, Murphy also go deep

Red-hot Duda caps Mets' three-HR inning

NEW YORK -- Replenished, rejuvenated and apparently revived, the Mets' once stagnant offense once again set Citi Field aflame by clobbering three third-inning home runs to open up a 5-1 lead on the National League East-rival Nationals in Sunday's series finale.

Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda challenged the stadium's decibel level records with long homers to right -- all coming with two outs.

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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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Bryant exits with dizziness, feeling 'better'

Cubs third baseman shaken up after headfirst slide into second

Bryant exits with dizziness, feeling 'better'

MILWAUKEE -- Cubs rookie Kris Bryant was removed in the fifth inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Brewers as a precautionary measure because he felt a little dizzy after a hard slide into second base in the fifth inning. He was to be re-examined on Monday in Pittsburgh, where the Cubs open a three-game series.

"He got banged a little bit on the slide, popped him in the head a little bit," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He's a little bit dizzy at the moment. We believe he's fine. I think he's going to be fine actually."

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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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Phil Rogers

Post-Deadline, Jays swooping in on Wild Card race

Post-Deadline, Jays swooping in on Wild Card race

CHICAGO -- Oh, well. Hanging onto Jeff Samardzija at the non-waiver Trade Deadline seemed like a good idea at the time.

Maybe not so much by mid-afternoon on Sunday, when the Yankees were pounding the Shark for nine runs en route to a 12-3 victory to win the series. It was a step in the wrong direction for the White Sox, in what has been a wide-open Wild Card race, lacking definition.

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Cespedes plays CF in 2nd game for Mets

Mets manager Collins likes the versatility he has with all his outfielders

Cespedes plays CF in 2nd game for Mets

NEW YORK -- At this point in his career, Curtis Granderson doesn't care where in the outfield he plays. He's just making sure to check the lineup before jogging out to his habitual spot in right field.

It's no longer a given that Granderson will have a "9" penciled beside his name on every lineup card. The Mets' trades for outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Kelly Johnson have led manager Terry Collins to consider fiddling with his outfield combinations to create better day-to-day matchups.

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Benches empty after Phillips gets hit by Watson

Benches empty after Phillips gets hit by Watson

CINCINNATI -- Tempers are never far below the surface when the Pirates, the Reds and the National League Central rivals' mutual philosophies of pitching inside clash. Those emotions boiled above the surface in the eighth inning of Sunday's game with the Reds.

Left-handed reliever Tony Watson's first pitch to Brandon Phillips hit the Reds' second baseman on the upper left arm. Maybe it was retaliation for Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen being plunked by Pedro Villarreal in the top of the eighth. Maybe it wasn't. For sure, however, it led to three separate on-field incidents that slowed down the Bucs' 3-0 victory, and drew ejections for Sean Rodriguez and Mark Melancon of the Pirates and Marlon Byrd and Joey Votto of the Reds.

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Burnett awaits fate on ailing elbow

Veteran righty on 15-day DL, says he wouldn't get surgery

Burnett awaits fate on ailing elbow

CINCINNATI -- A.J. Burnett returned to Pittsburgh for his final season because he wanted to write a triumphant ending to a 17-year career. He may have unwittingly written a legendary exit.

Placed on the disabled list following a Thursday night outing when the pain in his right elbow became "a little more than I expected, and more than I could tolerate," Burnett has an appointment with Pirates team doctors on Monday in Pittsburgh. He expects the diagnosis to be one of two things.

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Cubs win 5th in a row, tied for Wild Card

Cubs win 5th in a row, tied for Wild Card

MILWAUKEE -- Addison Russell smacked a solo home run to back Clayton Richard, who helped himself by hitting an RBI double, leading the Cubs to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Brewers to complete a four-game sweep.

With the win, the Cubs now are 10 games over .500 (57-47).

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees in total control in Chicago finale

Yankees in total control in Chicago finale

CHICAGO -- Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered and Ivan Nova allowed one run over six innings as the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. New York outscored the White Sox, 27-17, in the three-game series, taking two of three.

Ellsbury led off with a home run on the second pitch of the game before the Yankees blew the game open with a five-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Stephen Drew supplied four RBIs, while Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Ellsbury each added two RBIs. White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija threw fewer than five innings for the first time this season, giving up nine runs over 4 2/3.

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Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

TORONTO -- Right-hander R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and Chris Colabello smashed a two-run homer as the Blue Jays earned a 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday to win three of the four games in the series at Rogers Centre.

Dickey gave up just two hits and struck out six.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Haren indicates Cubs stint may be swan song

Pitcher excited to join contender in what may be his final season

Haren indicates Cubs stint may be swan song

MILWAUKEE -- This may be Dan Haren's last big league season, and if it is, the right-hander wants to go out with a winner.

Acquired on Friday from the Marlins, Haren will make his Cubs debut Wednesday in the series finale against the Pirates. When the trade was finalized, Haren posted on his Twitter account that he would be wearing No. 50.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Extra motivation for Fernandez facing Padres

Marlins' ace, who injured his elbow in San Diego last year, throws six scoreless innings

Extra motivation for Fernandez facing Padres

MIAMI -- Nothing personal was directed at the Padres, but Jose Fernandez took the mound on Sunday afternoon with a bit more adrenaline than usual. The 23-year-old struck out 10 over six shutout innings in Miami's 5-2 win at Marlins Park.

Fernandez didn't have to be reminded that his 2014 season abruptly ended on May 9 in a 10-1 loss at Petco Park. Afterward, it was revealed that the hard-throwing right-hander had a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Welcome, Mat: Latos shines in Dodgers debut

Welcome, Mat: Latos shines in Dodgers debut

LOS ANGELES -- It didn't take much for Mat Latos to surpass his last debut after being traded.

On April 7, his first outing with the Miami Marlins after being traded in the offseason, Latos allowed seven runs in two-thirds of an inning. Latos was much better in his first start with the Dodgers, allowing one run on four hits over six innings in a 5-3 win over the Angels on Sunday.

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Mets recall Conforto with Nieuwenhuis hurt

Mets recall Conforto with Nieuwenhuis hurt

NEW YORK -- On Sunday, just one day after optioning him to Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets recalled Michael Conforto and placed Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the 15-day disabled list.

Nieuwenhuis did not play in the past three games as he attempted to ease the discomfort of a pinched nerve in his neck. When a cortisone shot proved ineffective, the Mets placed him on the DL and filled his spot on the 25-man roster with Conforto.

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Perez looks like old self in tossing gem

Rangers starter dominates Giants for first win since Tommy John surgery

Perez looks like old self in tossing gem

ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez, only a little more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, had pitched a dominant 8 1/3 innings before he left a changeup high and allowed a ninth-inning double to Angel Pagan.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister came to the mound to pull Perez in what became a 2-1 Rangers win Sunday against the Giants.

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Volquez miffed by Donaldson's angry actions

Volquez miffed by Donaldson's angry actions

TORONTO -- With the Blue Jays banging home runs all weekend, the Royals' plan of attack in Sunday's 5-2 loss was to pitch more inside, which is exactly what right-hander Edinson Volquez did.

Volquez's pitch to Josh Donaldson in the first inning got too far inside and hit him. Both benches were warned, and that was just a prelude to a day full of tension, especially between Volquez and Donaldson.

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

Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton shattered the offensive silence Sunday at Globe Life Park with a sixth-inning home run that complemented Martin Perez's dominant performance as the Texas Rangers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Perez limited San Francisco, which entered the afternoon ranked second in the National League in batting, to one hit in eight innings -- Justin Maxwell's infield single with two outs in the fifth -- and exited after allowing a one-out double to Angel Pagan in the ninth.

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Kennedy to replace Lucchino as Red Sox president

Kennedy to replace Lucchino as Red Sox president

BOSTON -- Larry Lucchino's impactful run as president/CEO of the Red Sox will come to an end following the 2015 season.

In a statement released on Sunday morning, Lucchino said that he would stay with the club in a new role, and that Sam Kennedy, who grew up just a couple of miles from Fenway Park in Brookline, Mass., will be the team's next president.

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After duel, Mariners top Twins in 11 innings

After duel, Mariners top Twins in 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a wild ninth inning that saw both teams exchange homers to send the game to extra innings, Logan Morrison connected on a go-ahead RBI double in the 11th to help lift the Mariners to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

"I haven't even taken batting practice in the last four to five days," said Morrison, who has been sidelined by a bruised thumb but entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth. "I was just trying to get something in middle of the plate. I didn't feel it. When you barrel it, you don't feel it no matter how bad your hand hurts."

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Rays expected to call up prospect Shaffer

Infielder was No. 25 overall pick in 2012 Draft; Moore to be optioned

Rays expected to call up prospect Shaffer

BOSTON -- The Rays are expected to call up infielder Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham before Monday's road game against the White Sox.

Left-hander Matt Moore will be optioned to Durham on Monday, which will leave an open spot on the 25-man roster. Because the Rays have a number of off-days in the coming weeks, they have the luxury of being able to use a four-man rotation. Thus, the Rays can fill Moore's vacated spot with an offensive player.

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Simmons to have MRI on right thumb Monday

Shortstop is expected to miss at least a few days; hopes to avoid going on DL

Simmons to have MRI on right thumb Monday

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrelton Simmons felt fortunate that he did not fracture his right thumb during Saturday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies. But the significance of the Braves shortstop's injury will not be known until he undergoes an MRI exam on Monday in Atlanta.

"Our medical people are calling it a sprain," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. " There is no timetable. We're on top of it. We'll get him some ice and treatment and see how quickly we can get him back on the field."

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Richard Justice

Lucchino amassed Hall-worthy list of deeds

Lucchino amassed Hall-worthy list of deeds

If the Baseball Hall of Fame is for the men and women who had a lasting, dramatic and positive impact on the sport, Larry Lucchino is a no-brainer.

Take a look around baseball today. Pretty sweet, huh? Whatever happened to those cookie-cutter ballparks anyway? Remember when a trip to one baseball stadium felt a lot like a trip to every other baseball stadium?

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Marlins lose lead, win on walk-off HR in ninth

Marlins lose lead, win on walk-off HR in ninth

MIAMI -- After watching a two-run lead slip away on Alexi Amarista's homer in the top of the ninth, the Marlins responded with Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Hechavarria blistered a drive out to left-center off Brandon Maurer to lift Miami to a 5-2 win over the Padres on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Padres tied it on Amarista's two-run shot off A.J. Ramos with one out. The blast to right marked Ramos' third blown save since taking over the closer's role in May, with all three coming on home runs.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Norris cools Orioles in stellar Tigers debut

Norris cools Orioles in stellar Tigers debut

BALTIMORE -- Daniel Norris made his Tiger debut with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, supported by an outburst off Ubaldo Jimenez, as Detroit split a four-game series against the Orioles with a 6-1 win Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Norris, the centerpiece of the prospect package the Tigers received from Toronto for David Price three days earlier, displayed a Price-like efficiency that belied his early-season stint in Toronto. The 22-year-old left-hander retired 12 batters in a row after Chris Davis' fourth-inning solo homer and needed just 79 pitches to get through seven innings. A Jonathan Schoop single in the eighth ended Norris' afternoon with four hits allowed, a walk and five strikeouts.

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Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

PHILADELPHIA -- Jace Peterson's three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Braves the lead and they never looked back in Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, preventing the sweep and ending Atlanta's six-game losing streak.

Peterson's home run came two at-bats after Chris Johnson tied the score, 1-1, with a single that scored Cameron Maybin. The four runs in the fifth inning provided enough cushion for starting pitcher Julio Teheran to silence the hot offense of the Phillies. Teheran allowed two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking none. The effort was good enough to provide him his first road win since Opening Day.

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Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox

Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Rays staged a late-game comeback to avoid a weekend sweep -- and their fourth consecutive loss -- by defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

As Tampa Bay trailed, 3-2, with one out in the eighth, Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI ground-rule double off Junichi Tazawa tied the score. James Loney, who had an RBI double earlier, followed with a single to center to give the Rays the lead.

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