Mets cut gap to just 1 game: Duda, Duda

Mets cut gap to just 1 game: Duda, Duda

NEW YORK -- A billboard greeted fans coming off the Grand Central Parkway on Saturday, trumpeting Yoenis Cespedes' arrival in Queens. But it was an old face, Lucas Duda, who almost single-handedly lifted the Mets to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Nationals, moving New York within a game of first place in the National League East.

Before the second-largest regular-season crowd in Citi Field history, Duda hit a pair of solo homers to make up a two-run deficit, then laced a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth. He now has eight home runs in his last seven games, including two off Nationals starter Joe Ross.

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Kershaw's scoreless streak hits 37 innings

Dodgers ace allows two hits over eight frames in shutdown start vs. Angels

Kershaw's scoreless streak hits 37 innings

LOS ANGELES -- Scratched from starts Wednesday and Friday nights with a sore right hip, Clayton Kershaw finally took the mound Saturday and was his usual, dominating self. He allowed two hits in a 3-1 win over the Angels and added eight scoreless innings to a streak that is now 37 and counting.

About the only thing Kershaw likes to talk about less than how well he pitches is how much he's hurting, so his postgame session was even shorter than normal, even after another Superman performance. He ignored reporters' questions about his health, as if even acknowledging an injury is a sign of weakness.

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Correa continues ascent with first 2-HR effort

Rookie phenom sets Astros record with 12 dingers in first 46 games

Correa continues ascent with first 2-HR effort

HOUSTON -- As Astros manager A.J. Hinch put it after Saturday's 9-2 win over the D-backs, it takes a man to go opposite field.

Carlos Correa is a man.

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Giants' rally spoils Hamels' Rangers debut

Left-hander pitches into eighth inning before bullpen blows lead

Giants' rally spoils Hamels' Rangers debut

ARLINGTON -- The Cole Hamels era in Texas began Saturday with high expectations, plenty of publicity and even some history on the line. Could he immediately prove to be the Rangers' saving grace? Could he become only the second pitcher in Major League history to throw back-to-back no-hitters?

Well, not exactly. In a 9-7 loss against the Giants, Hamels delivered a workman-like 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. He was efficient, and he was good. He left the game in line for the win before the Rangers' bullpen blew the lead.

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Zobrist pleased to contribute with pair of jacks

Zobrist pleased to contribute with pair of jacks

TORONTO -- Ben Zobrist certainly didn't have anything to prove to his new teammates.

But after two tough losses in a Kansas City uniform, Zobrist was eager to do something to chip in. And he did just that on Saturday with two homers and a double in the Royals' pulsating 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.

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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.

Suzuki's walk-off caps wild ninth for Twins

Suzuki's walk-off caps wild ninth for Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Considering the Twins had scored just two runs on five hits over their previous 17 innings, with one of those runs coming on a wild pitch, there wasn't reason for much optimism heading into the ninth inning on Saturday.

But the Twins showed their resiliency against Mariners closer Carson Smith, scoring twice with two outs in the ninth, including a walk-off RBI single from Kurt Suzuki in a much-needed 3-2 win in front of a frenzied crowd at Target Field.

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Phil Rogers

Top trade candidates for August

Top trade candidates for August

The non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone. But that doesn't mean the window for contenders to get help has completely closed.

Trades will be made in August -- the only difference is general managers now have to get a player through waivers before wheeling and dealing. There are going to be many players -- including some top names -- who slide through waivers for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at a few who could still be traded:

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Hamilton reaches 50 steals for second time

Center fielder also notches steal No. 51; Price appreciates his value

Hamilton reaches 50 steals for second time

CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton claimed his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the season in the third inning of Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park.

With Joey Votto at the plate and the Reds up, 1-0, Hamilton was able to just beat out the throw from catcher Chris Stewart to steal second base and reach the milestone No. 50. Hamilton then followed that up with his 51st stolen base when Todd Frazier was batting, again beating out the throw from Stewart.

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Lyle Spencer

Kershaw wins MVP matchup with Trout

Freeway Series marks 1st regular season faceoff between reigning league MVPs

Kershaw wins MVP matchup with Trout

LOS ANGELES - From the moment Mike Trout stepped into the batter's box and tapped Yasmani Grandal's shin guards in his customary first-inning greeting, the Dodgers' catcher knew he was in the middle of something really good, something extraordinary.

"It's not often you get to see one of the best players face one of the best pitchers," said Grandal, whose two-run homer proved the difference in a 3-1 victory that has the Angels in danger of being swept at the hands of their geographical rivals on Sunday.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

If the last two days of exchanging one-run victories have served as any indication, the Royals and Blue Jays would make for a great series in October.

On Sunday, the two teams will meet at Rogers Centre for the series finale of this four-game set -- and for the last time during the regular season. Each team has already begun to benefit from their major additions at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

Mariners stack could deliver vs. Twins

Mariners stack could deliver vs. Twins

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 Sunday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duda hits three HRs against Ross brothers this week

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Duda hits three HRs against Ross brothers this week

Lucas Duda has been having quite the week. Since July 25, covering a total of seven games, Duda has gone deep eight times, with three multi-home run games coming in that span. 

But Duda has reserved most of his home runs for his war against the Ross family. Though we don't know what led him to seeking his revenge against the brothers Tyson and Joe, creating a Hatfield versus McCoys type rivalry, all we know is that he's been plenty successful. 

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Bautista hits first homer off Davis since 2013

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Bautista hits first homer off Davis since 2013

Well, Wade Davis allowed a home run on Saturday. It has been a long, long time since that happened.

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Lucchino set to step down as Red Sox CEO

Lucchino set to step down as Red Sox CEO

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

Lucchino hopes to remain with the club in some capacity going forward. 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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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes arrives in NY for first game with Mets

Slugger hits third in lineup and plays left field, will see some time in center

Cespedes arrives in NY for first game with Mets

NEW YORK -- Halfway through his second round of batting practice with the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes launched a home run several rows deep into the left-center-field seats -- a place where Major League Baseball players don't typically hit baseballs. Instantly, he validated the hopes of manager Terry Collins, who was sitting in the dugout at the time, laughing and joking in a grand old mood. And that was before Cespedes drew an intentional walk in the game itself, adding fuel to the Mets' go-ahead rally in a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

Two days earlier, Collins had spoken to his mentor Jim Leyland, who knew Cespedes from Detroit and lauded his abilities. So when Collins found out Friday, mere minutes before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, that his team had acquired Cespedes, he could hardly contain his emotion.

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Jim Duquette

Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

While the actual Deadline day didn't feature many high-profile moves, the last week has been filled with them. Now that the dust has settled, here are the three clubs that I think improved the most as a result of Trade Deadline deals.

Blue Jays:

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Shaw belts two HRs as Red Sox topple Rays

Shaw belts two HRs as Red Sox topple Rays

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw celebrated his fifth callup this season from Triple-A Pawtucket with a monster day, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and five runs scored to lead the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts notched four hits in a game for the fifth time this season and drove in three. Rusney Castillo added three hits and three RBIs on a day the Red Sox had 16 hits.

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Souza fractures hand on HBP, headed to DL

Rays outfielder hit by Red Sox starter Kelly in fifth inning

Souza fractures hand on HBP, headed to DL

BOSTON -- Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. left Saturday's 11-7 loss against the Red Sox after getting hit on his left hand in the fifth inning. X-rays revealed a fracture and he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Rays will recall outfielder Mikie Mahtook in a corresponding move on Sunday.

Red Sox starter Joe Kelly hit Souza in the top of the inning. Souza fell to the ground and was tended to by the Rays' training staff.

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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.

Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery

Loose bodies in Angels lefty's elbow have restricted range of motion

Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Angels starter C.J. Wilson has basically decided he can no longer pitch this season.

The veteran left-hander revealed Saturday morning that he has loose bodies in his elbow that have restricted his range of motion to the point where he can no longer be an effective pitcher. Wilson has been managing the issue all season, getting fluid drained from his left elbow four separate times, and he will now likely opt for surgery to remove bone spurs, a procedure that is expected to rule him out for the rest of the 2015 season.

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Suarez backs Iglesias as Reds defeat Bucs

Suarez backs Iglesias as Reds defeat Bucs

CINCINNATI -- Eugenio Suarez drove in three runs to back Raisel Iglesias' four-hit pitching into the seventh Saturday as the Reds downed the Pirates, 4-3, in a sold-out Great American Ball Park.

Iglesias was in control for 6 2/3 innings -- his second longest of eight starts -- to out-duel Gerrit Cole for his second win. He allowed four hits and walked two, striking out five. One of the hits off him was Jung Ho Kang's solo homer in the fourth, his eighth of the season and third in five games.

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

On the double: Parra impresses in O's debut

New addition starts in left field, scores in 1st-inning rally

On the double: Parra impresses in O's debut

BALTIMORE -- Welcome to Baltimore, Gerardo Parra.

Parra, the Orioles' new outfielder who was acquired for prospect Zach Davies at Friday's Trade Deadline, arrived at Camden Yards for the first time Friday night. On Saturday, Parra -- obtained from Milwaukee -- started his first career game in the American League and had a memorable debut as part of the O's 6-2 win over Detroit.

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

Avi sails! Garcia robs another homer

Avi sails! Garcia robs another homer

CHICAGO -- The .264 average, seven homers and 33 RBIs through 348 at-bats don't exactly represent Avisail Garcia's ideal offensive output during his first full season in the Majors.

And while his defense hasn't been letter perfect, he has helped the White Sox with some big plays in right field. One of those came during Saturday night's 8-2 victory over the Yankees, a score that might not have been so one-sided without Garcia.

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Anthony Castrovince

7 teams who could make a move in August

7 teams who could make a move in August

Think we're done here? Pfft.

Regardless of the glut of teams in contention for at least a Wild Card spot, the non-waiver Trade Deadline period was an active one. And as teams continue to evaluate their positions by the day, and injuries or other unforeseen circumstances arise, there will be other opportunities to improve or address a club before the season's end.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mexico bests USA Southeast in Cal Ripken World Series

Mexico bests USA Southeast in Cal Ripken World Series

ABERDEEN, Md. -- Vidal Sotelo was almost through explaining what it felt like to be a world champion when a pair of players from the Dominican Republic delegation interrupted his interview to offer a congratulatory high-five.

Roughly two hours earlier, Sotelo blasted a three-run homer in what became a five-run top of the first inning for Team Mexico in the 2015 Cal Ripken World Series finale against Team Southeast of the United States. The outburst amounted to all of Mexico's runs for Saturday night, but it was more than enough to secure a 5-3 victory and the World Championship title.

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

Schwarber's approach impressing Maddon

Schwarber's approach impressing Maddon

MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Schwarber passed more tests Saturday night in his crash course on how to play in the big leagues. The rookie hit his fourth big league home run in the Cubs' 4-2 victory over the Brewers, but he also battled starter Matt Garza in an 11-pitch at-bat, and coaxed relievers Jason Motte and newcomer Tommy Hunter in a stressful ninth.

The long at-bat against Garza came with two outs in the third and helped set up Anthony Rizzo's three-run homer. Cubs manager Joe Maddon liked Schwarber's approach with each pitch.

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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.

X-rays negative on Simmons' right thumb

X-rays negative on Simmons' right thumb

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrelton Simmons received some encouraging news after an X-ray was performed after Saturday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. But the Braves will not update the status of the Gold Glove shortstop's injured right thumb until Sunday morning.

Simmons's right hand was partially wrapped as he made his way back toward the visitor's clubhouse after undergoing the X-ray exam that revealed no fracture to his right thumb. But he underwent futher evaluation in the trainer's room and told a club representative that he would wait until Sunday to discuss his situation.

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Pence caps Giants' comeback win in extras

Pence caps Giants' comeback win in extras

ARLINGTON -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth and then hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th, providing the force behind a 9-7 Giants win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Pence helped the Giants spoil the Rangers debut of Cole Hamels, who threw 7 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing five earned runs in a no-decision. The Rangers were up, 7-4, when Hamels left the game, but the Giants rallied in the eighth to tie the game. Buster Posey helped lead the charge with three hits, including a home run, and Brandon Belt hit a pair of shots to record his second career multi-homer game.

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Wright could see game action in Minors soon

Wright could see game action in Minors soon

NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright continues to make tangible progress rehabbing from the spinal condition that has sidelined him since April. Wright will travel to Miami with the Mets on Sunday night, then drive to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday with an eye toward beginning a Minor League rehab assignment shortly thereafter.

Wright, 32, has not played since April 14 due to a hamstring injury and his subsequent spinal stenosis diagnosis. He was batting .333 in eight games prior to that.

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De La Rosa pitches Rockies past Cardinals

De La Rosa pitches Rockies past Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- A Cardinals team that exploded to life with 28 hits and 15 runs in the first two games of the series struggled on Saturday against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who threw 6 2/3 innings and lifted the free-swinging Rockies to a 6-2 victory in front of 45,216 at Busch Stadium at Saturday night.

"We always feel good handing Jorge the ball, especially after a tough loss or when the bullpen is taxed," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, who had to exhaust his bullpen when Kyle Kendrick suffered right shoulder inflammation and left after one inning of Friday night's 7-0 loss. "He almost always rises to the occasion."

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