Jake Show: Arrieta no-hits Dodgers in LA

Jake Show: Arrieta no-hits Dodgers in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Seven times in his final 18 starts of 2014, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it wasn't until Sunday night against the Dodgers that the Cubs right-hander finished the job. And it was deja vu for the Dodgers.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter to win his Major League-leading 17th game, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer to power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers, snapping a four-game Chicago losing streak. Arrieta struck out 12 in his 14th consecutive quality start and finished the month of August with a perfect 6-0 mark.

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V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

'Probably the best moment of his career,' A's manager Melvin says

V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

PHOENIX -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte picked up his first Major League victory Sunday afternoon in Arizona, returning from a scoreless, two-inning outing to a beer shower that was "cold, but well worth it," he said, smiling, after the A's 7-4, 11-inning win.

"It was nice to be able to experience that first win with this group of guys," said Venditte, who also had his first career at-bat. "Things haven't really gone our way as of late, so to come back and get that one today, it's very special."

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Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Japan outslugs US in record LLWS title game

Teams combine for 7 homers in highest-scoring championship contest

Japan outslugs US in record LLWS title game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Even as records fell and unfamiliar teams showed their worth during the 2015 Little League World Series, it was a recent powerhouse that emerged as champion. Tokyo took home Japan's fourth championship in six years in a record-setting final, defeating Pennsylvania's Red Land Little League, 18-11, on Sunday in the highest-scoring championship game in history.

The teams combined to hit seven home runs and plate 29 runs, breaking the previous record for most runs in a championship game, 23, set in the first Little League World Series title game in 1947.

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Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.

Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.

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Shapiro reportedly to be named Jays president

Indians president will take over for retiring Beeston

Shapiro reportedly to be named Jays president

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new president appears to be over with multiple reports suggesting veteran Indians front-office executive Mark Shapiro is on the verge of being named the successor to Paul Beeston.

Rogers Communications is expected to make the official announcement Monday morning, but neither organization has publicly commented on the situation. News of the agreement was first reported by CBS' Jon Heyman and later reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.

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Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

ARLINGTON -- Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.

"He was terrific," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said of Holland. "He was spotting his fastball in and out, his breaking ball was absolutely magnificent, he was making the guys chase, he was ahead in the count the whole game. It was huge for us."

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Cards expand division lead with 3 HRs in SF

Cards expand division lead with 3 HRs in SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cardinals' 10-game road trip came to an end Sunday in San Francisco, where they capped it with a 7-5 victory over the Giants that featured the team's sixth three-homer game of the year.

St. Louis ambushed opposing starter Chris Heston, who allowed three runs before retiring his first batter. Matt Carpenter's leadoff homer preceded later solo shots from Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds as the Cardinals padded their lead. The Cardinals scored in five innings to keep the Giants from pecking away at the deficit.

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'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

Mets closer gets high praise from Red Sox, hasn't allowed run in last 16 innings

'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

NEW YORK -- Rarely does Jeurys Familia allow emotion to escape him. One of the National League's most effective closers also tends to be one of the quietest.

But something stirred within Familia after he unleashed the final pitch of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, a 100-mph fastball that fled past Mookie Betts, zoomed through the upper third of the strike zone and popped into Anthony Recker's mitt. Familia pumped his fist and unleashed a whoop, slapping Recker's hand with a force that could have knocked him to the ground. After Recker walked past him, Familia sought his catcher out again for a second, equally thunderous high-five.

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A look back at Cubs' no-hitter history

A look back at Cubs' no-hitter history

Jake Arrieta delivered the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history on Sunday night, beating the Dodgers, 2-0, to continue a magical season for the pitcher -- and possibly his team.

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Maddon has Cubs wear onesies on trip home

Maddon has Cubs wear onesies on trip home

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant found a Ninja Turtle onesie. Addison Russell has a bright green one. Starlin Castro was wearing a Mario Bros. pajama top and pants that match his son's. Dexter Fowler had a matching navy print top and bottom. A few players found camouflage-colored fleece onesies.

It's all part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "onesies" trip home. Players were encouraged to wear onesies or pajamas on the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Sunday night, and Maddon guessed he had 100 percent participation. Naturally, Maddon is prepared, too.

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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.

Stanton to begin rehab stint, may return Friday

Slugger on track to take field for Class A Jupiter on Tuesday, weather permitting

Stanton to begin rehab stint, may return Friday

WASHINGTON -- Marlins All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is primed to see his first game action since he broke the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26. What may sidetrack Stanton's return to the field is inclement weather at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

"We should know something once we get to Atlanta," manager Dan Jennings said after Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Nationals.

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Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two.

"This was a big game for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've been flat the last couple nights. To come out today and get tremendous crowd support again, fan support, it was a good win for us."

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2015 Postseason Schedule

Wild Card Games to begin playoffs on Oct. 6-7; World Series to start on Oct. 27

The 2015 postseason schedule will begin on Oct. 6, with the 111th Fall Classic to open on Oct. 27 in an American League ballpark, thanks to the AL's 6-3 victory in last month's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. The full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.

Following the scheduled regular-season finales on Sunday, Oct. 4, potentially necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN the next day. Then the postseason will begin that Tuesday, with the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on ESPN. The National League equivalent is scheduled for Oct. 7, televised exclusively by TBS.

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Mattingly: Tip cap to Arrieta, and move on

Mattingly: Tip cap to Arrieta, and move on

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added two games to their lead between no-hitters. Analytically speaking, if they keep getting no-hit every nine days, they should run away with the division.

OK, that's not necessarily foolproof. But the Dodgers, with this drill fresh in their minds, were philosophical after losing to the Cubs, 2-0, on Sunday night, on Jake Arrieta's no-hitter only nine days after Mike Fiers mesmerized them with a no-hitter in Houston.

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Giants face another big battle vs. Dodgers

Defending champs have had their way against LA so far in '15

Giants face another big battle vs. Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Giants and Dodgers get together at any stage of the season, it's big. When it is August merging with September and they're within shouting distance of each other atop the National League West, it's bigger than big.

"We're in the hunt," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said following Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals, who took two of three in the weekend series at AT&T Park. "We're not where we want to be, but there's baseball left.

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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.

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

Red Sox slugger moves into sole possession of 27th place on all-time list

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz is hardly just padding his numbers as he closes in on home run No. 500. At the age of 39, he continues to take tremendous cuts at the offerings of the best young pitchers in the game.

Take, for example, the top of the sixth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, where the slugger clocked home run No. 494 to move past the legendary Lou Gehrig, as well as Fred McGriff, for sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.

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

Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

TORONTO -- After three games, four home runs and 11 RBIs, the Tigers finally found a pitch that Edwin Encarnacion couldn't hit. The problem was, the pitch hit him.

Or to be more accurate, it tapped him. Getting struck by a 47-mph pitch would seem to test the definition of hit-by-pitch. Whether or not the "hit" part was accidental, the pitch was something Detroit starter Alfredo Simon meant to throw in the Tigers' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

Team thinking of families, witnesses day after fan falls to death at Turner Field

Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

ATLANTA -- Flags flew at half-staff at Turner Field, and while the players, coaches and management did their best to go about their usual pregame routine, Sunday morning simply was unusual.

Everyone was still trying to make sense of the tragic death of 60-year-old Greg Murrey, the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck during the seventh inning of Saturday night's game between the Braves and the New York Yankees. It cast a pall on the Braves drawing a season-high crowd of 49,243.

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

Japan Little Leaguers hit back-to-back-to-back homers

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Japan Little Leaguers hit back-to-back-to-back homers

Japan entered the second inning of the Little League World Series Championship down by eight, after Pennsylvania put up a 10-spot in the inning prior. Looking at the score, some might've thought the game had gotten out of hand. A comeback of that magnitude is a tall order, especially considering there was no evidence that Pennsylvania wasn't going to score double digits every inning. A lesser team might have been daunted into defeat. Japan, however, simply hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.

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Santana gets back on track with 10-K gem

Santana gets back on track with 10-K gem

MINNEAPOLIS -- During his bullpen session in St. Petersburg on Thursday, Twins right-hander Ervin Santana went back to the basics with pitching coach Neil Allen, having posted a 9.12 ERA over his previous five starts.

Allen had Santana work on a variety of drills aimed to help him regain his fastball command, and it paid immediate dividends, as Santana turned in perhaps his best outing of the season on Sunday against the Astros. He tossed seven scoreless innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts to lead the Twins to a series victory with a 7-5 win at Target Field.

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

Carpenter reaches 'fun' homer milestone

Cardinals third baseman slugs 20th long ball, earns prize from Wainwright

Carpenter reaches 'fun' homer milestone

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adam Wainwright thought Matt Carpenter was getting a little carried away this spring when the Cardinals third baseman started proclaiming his ability to produce a 20-homer season. So Wainwright offered him a bet: Hit 20, Wainwright told Carpenter, and he would buy him a golf cart.

On the second pitch Carpenter saw in the team's 130th game, Carpenter secured himself his first 20-homer campaign and a new mode of transportation to use around his Texas home. His solo shot sparked a three-run first that the Cardinals rode to a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday and left Wainwright, who was watching from the AT&T Park visitor's dugout, to research where he'd buy a purple golf cart for the Texas Christian University graduate.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout notches encouraging 4-for-4 day

Slugger finishes homer shy of cycle with an RBI

Trout notches encouraging 4-for-4 day

CLEVELAND -- Asked if he tried to go deep in Sunday's eighth inning, while needing only a home run for his second career cycle, Mike Trout smiled wide and snickered, offering some rare levity in an otherwise solemn Angels clubhouse.

"When I do that, I get my foot down late and I get jammed," Trout said after a 9-2, sweep-clinching loss to the Indians. "That's what happened."

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Semien's big hit in 11th sends A's to series win

Semien's big hit in 11th sends A's to series win

PHOENIX -- Marcus Semien's two-run base hit off D-backs closer Brad Ziegler in the 11th inning lifted the A's to a series-winning, 7-4 victory at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon.

Ziegler recorded two quick outs to begin the inning but surrendered back-to-back singles to Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt and hit Josh Phegley with a pitch to load the bases for Semien, who singled down the right-field line. Eric Sogard followed with an RBI single.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cleveland's Shapiro appears headed to Toronto

Move likely won't affect roles of Antonetti, Francona

Cleveland's Shapiro appears headed to Toronto

CLEVELAND -- On Monday morning, the Blue Jays are expected to announce that they will name Mark Shapiro their new team president at the conclusion of this season, when current president and CEO Paul Beeston plans to retire, MLB.com has confirmed.

With Shapiro out in Cleveland after 24 years, Tribe owner and CEO Paul Dolan likely will absorb the team's presidential responsibilities at least for the time being. Neither club has confirmed the reports.

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Minor League team throws retirement party for bat dog

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Minor League team throws retirement party for bat dog

Miss Babe Ruth, the bat dog for the Marlins' Class A affiliate the Greensboro Grasshoppers, has been in the baseball business a long, long time. She started ferrying game balls to umpires and retrieving bats when she was just 10 months old. When she retires at the end of this season, she will have appeared in 649 consecutive games from 2006-15.

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Back tightness cuts Strasburg's outing short

Right-hander hopes to make next start after allowing two homers in four innings

Back tightness cuts Strasburg's outing short

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Sunday's game against the Marlins after four innings because of back tightness and was replaced by right-hander Doug Fister in a 7-4 victory.

Strasburg allowed four runs on seven hits. In the first inning, he allowed a three-run homer to Justin Bour, and a solo shot to Derek Dietrich three innings later. The Nationals noticed that Strasburg's velocity on his fastball was down, so they decided he was done for the day.

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

Holland's gem gives Texas hope for stretch run

Starter in vintage form with three-hit shutout of Orioles

Holland's gem gives Texas hope for stretch run

ARLINGTON -- It may be tempting right now for the Rangers to imagine where they'd be in the standings if Derek Holland had been with them the whole season.

Had he been healthy and made another 20-something starts like he did Sunday in a 6-0 victory over the Orioles, the Rangers might well be leading the American League West right now.

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Byrd throws hits party on his birthday

Giants outfielder drives in four runs with two doubles, triple

Byrd throws hits party on his birthday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Marlon Byrd celebrated his birthday in style Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

The 38-year-old collected three extra-base hits and four RBIs, almost single-handedly bringing the Giants back in a battle they ultimately lost to the Cardinals, 7-5.

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