Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez, who homered eight innings earlier, lofted a single to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 5-4, walk-off Dodgers win over the Giants in their showdown series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 4 1/2 games, the largest margin since July 16, but manager Don Mattingly's celebration was muted.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

5 intriguing storylines for September

5 intriguing storylines for September

Everything the Kansas City Royals did last season had the feel of a magical ride. Remember that eight-game playoff winning streak? That surely didn't feel real, did it? Did all that 2014 magic mean the Royals would be a one-hit wonder? Some wondered.

How would the Royals handle success and expectations? Turns out, they've handled it just fine. So as September begins, we offer a tip of the hat to Kansas City and its 13-game lead in the American League Central.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at up to $1,500

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

When C.J. Cron cruised into home on Monday night in Oakland, the Angels designated hitter not only extended his club's lead, but also lightened one lucky fan's monthly bill payments.

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

Statcast: Kiermaier, Butler cover lot of OF ground

Statcast: Kiermaier, Butler cover lot of OF ground

One of the game's best defensive outfielders -- and thus, a frequent subject of Statcast™ -- was at it again on a highlight-filled Monday night.

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier's latest gem came when he robbed a home run just shortly after the first pitch against the Orioles. As the night went on, one of his own teammates added an impressive catch, while some of the top plays elsewhere included a strong throw to complete a double play, a runner scoring all the way from second on an infield single and another towering home run from one of the game's top rookies.

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

Clubs #GoGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Clubs #GoGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so Major League Baseball clubs will #GoGold in their own unique ways over coming days -- starting with some dramatic examples on Tuesday, from Fenway Park to Dodger Stadium to Tropicana Field to Citi Field. Here are some of the plans:

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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.

Altuve's record tear helps Keuchel to 16th W

Altuve's record tear helps Keuchel to 16th W

HOUSTON -- There is nothing more automatic in baseball these days than Dallas Keuchel winning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros' All-Star left-hander remained unbeaten at home and became the American League's first 16-game winner by throwing seven strong innings and benefiting from three home runs to beat the Mariners, 8-3, on Monday night.

Keuchel (16-6) held the Mariners to six hits and one run -- a second-inning homer by Mark Trumbo -- to improve to 12-0 at Minute Maid Park this season. He also extended his club record by throwing at least six innings in his 38th consecutive start while throwing a season-high 121 pitches.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Three keys to rebuilt Rangers' playoff push

26-16 second-half record is third-best in American League

Three keys to rebuilt Rangers' playoff push

As late as July 15, the Texas Rangers sat next to last in the American League in MLB.com's postseason probabilities, ahead of only the White Sox. Though they weren't in last place in the traditional standings, it wasn't difficult to see why a team that had lost 95 games in 2014, had lost seven of eight headed into the All-Star break and had sustained such a brutal run of injuries that they used 10 different starting pitchers in the first half wouldn't be looked upon with confidence.

That was six weeks ago. Since then, the seemingly buried Rangers have gone 26-16, the third-best record in the AL in that time. They've gone from six games behind the then-leading Angels to 3 1/2 games ahead of them in the AL West, and only four games behind Houston for the division lead. Texas' playoff odds have shot from 7.2 percent on July 15 to 53.8 percent, even after losing 7-0 in San Diego on Monday night, and if the season ended today, they'd be traveling to New York for the Wild Card Game.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe, Cards, Dodgers make statements as races heat up

Tribe, Cards, Dodgers make statements as races heat up

The penultimate month of the regular season is in the books, and the race to the postseason has arrived.

As we head into head into September, the Cardinals remain the team to beat with the best record in the Majors at 85-46. St. Louis needs to go just 15-16 in the final 31 games to become the first 100-win team since the 2011 Phillies.

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

MLB raises awareness, money with Ice Bucket Challenge

MLB raises awareness, money with Ice Bucket Challenge

Last summer's biggest charitable trend struck Major League Baseball again this August, as the Ice Bucket Challenge made its rounds at big league ballparks.

A month-long initiative by MLB in support of ALS awareness concluded Monday at Fenway Park, the same place it began.

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

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Phil Rogers

5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

CHICAGO -- A no-hitter at Dodger Stadium? Then a flight home on an airplane full of pajama-wearing ballplayers?

"As perfect nights go," Joe Maddon said, "it's hard to beat.''

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

Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

Righty outduels Price, holds Blue Jays to 2 runs in 7 innings

Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

TORONTO -- After tossing seven strong innings in a victory over the red-hot Blue Jays on Monday night, Danny Salazar was ready to crawl into bed and hit the hay.

"I just want to go home and sleep right now," the right-hander said following the Indians' 4-2 series-opening victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Salazar, who lost six pounds in two days after falling ill late last week, missed his scheduled start on Friday and took the mound on eight days of rest in Toronto. He said he was exhausted after he turned in a quality start against the formidable Blue Jays, whom he limited to six hits, two runs and a walk.

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

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: For LA, better late than never

Stats of the Day: For LA, better late than never

Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday …

Adrian Gonzalez's single in the bottom of the 14th gave the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. Since this rivalry moved to the West Coast for the start of the 1958 season, this is the latest a walk-off hit has been produced by a Dodgers player against the Giants. On the other side, the Giants have had three walk-off hits against the Dodgers in the 15th inning or later since 1958. Before Gonzalez's hit, the last walk-off hit in this series to arrive so late came on May 2, 1995, when Matt Williams doubled in Barry Bonds in the 15th to give the Giants a 4-3 victory.

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

Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

NEW YORK -- Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.

The Mets finished August with 20 wins, achieving that for the first time in any month since August 2000. They also set a franchise record with 45 home runs in the month, including a pair on Monday from Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson. New York also extended its division lead to 6 1/2 games as Washington was topped by St. Louis, 8-5.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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.

Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Heyward smashed a two-run double off of the left-field wall to highlight a five-run seventh as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 8-5, on Monday night at Busch Stadium. With the win, the Cards extended their lead in the National League Central to 5 games, while Nats fell to 6 1/2 back in the NL East.

Heyward's double was the only extra-base hit of the night for the Cardinals. All eight position players reached base, and Heyward, Kolten Wong, Mark Reynolds, Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta each had a pair of hits.

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Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

Rookie bats make home run history in August

Rookie bats make home run history in August

The month of August wrapped up as the most prolific home run-hitting month for rookies in Major League history.

The current influx of talented, young hitters was on full display throughout the month, as rookie hitters combined to rack up 155 home runs. That total is the most ever by a rookie class in any single month, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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

Colon notches new season high with seven hits

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Colon notches new season high with seven hits

At the beginning of the season, his 18th, Bartolo Colon was a very happy Major League Baseball player. And why wouldn't he be? He was 41 years old and still playing the game he loves. Look at that grin.

Although he's had an up-and-down year, Colon has experienced newfound success at the plate. And during Monday's start against the Phillies, he set a new season high with his seventh hit -- a hard line drive up the middle:

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Play Ball initiative proves to be huge success

Play Ball initiative proves to be huge success

Baseball wound its way through more than 100 cities around the country in August as part of the Play Ball initative, which was enacted by Commissioner Rob Manfred in order to inspire children to stay active and fall in love with the National Pastime.

Cities as far apart as Bridgeport, Conn., and Anaheim, Calif., participated in Play Ball, and mayors from everywhere in between signed on to get their cities involved. The United States Conference of Mayors enthusiastically supported Play Ball, and their communities benefited in ways large and small.

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

What to watch for in today's games

What to watch for in today's games

September is here, which means fall is close. And that means postseason baseball isn't far away. The stretch run is upon us, with teams fighting for division titles and postseason berths. It also gives players a chance to wipe the slate clean from August and start anew. It can be one of the most exciting and pivotal months of the year, so let's get it going.

Here are five things to watch Tuesday:

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

Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

LOS ANGELES -- As Monday's slugfest between the Giants and Dodgers dragged on into extra innings, Los Angeles was forced to turn to unlikely hitters in its 5-4, walk-off victory.

Clayton Kershaw came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the 11th with a runner on first, two out and the score tied, 4-4, as the Dodgers were out of position players. Kershaw, a career .153 hitter, came to the plate with a standing ovation and "M-V-P" chants from those remaining at Dodger Stadium.

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

Year of the (near) no-no not for faint of heart

Arrieta became 33rd starter to take a no-hitter through at least six innings this season

Year of the (near) no-no not for faint of heart

Jake Arrieta became the latest starter to throw a no-hitter on Sunday night in what is quickly becoming not only the year of the no-hitter, but also the year of the near no-no.

Though Arrieta was the sixth starting pitcher this season to be successful in his no-hit bid, he was the 33rd to not allow a hit through at least six innings. That's already two more than last season -- and only one shy of the highest total over the last 11 seasons.

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

Rangers recalling young slugger Gallo

Rookie provides depth at corner infield, outfield spots; Profar, Martin could join club in September

Rangers recalling young slugger Gallo

SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers are calling up third baseman Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday to serve as a September bench player rather than have him finish out his Minor League season.

The Rangers see Gallo as a pinch-hitter as well as providing depth at the corner infield and outfield spots. Round Rock still has a week left in the regular season, but the Express will also likely win their division and advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Monday night acquired right-handed hitter Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela, a move that could bolster Kansas City's offensive effectiveness against left-handed pitching.

Gomes, 34, immediately was added to the 40-man roster and is eligible for the postseason roster.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

Encarnacion looking to feast in home park

Encarnacion looking to feast in home park

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 Tuesday.

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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.

Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

Center fielder wows with highlight-reel catch, recreating Trout's great play

Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Kiermaier turned a negative into a positive from the leadoff spot for the Rays in Monday night's 6-3 win over the Orioles.

Only the Rays' center fielder did not hit first in the order. Instead, he led off the night for the Rays' defense by stealing a would-be home run from Manny Machado, who led off the bottom of the first for the Orioles by hitting a drive deep to center field.

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

Angels begin GM search

OAKLAND -- The Angels have begun their search for a general manager, a source told MLB.com on Monday night, though it's hard to narrow down their list of candidates at this point.

The Angels have some internal candidates in assistant GMs Matt Klentak and Scott Servais, and potentially director of pro scouting Hal Morris, but owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino will be interviewing outside candidates as well.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's score 9 unanswered to top Halos

A's score 9 unanswered to top Halos

OAKLAND -- Danny Valencia and Jake Smolinski contributed to a five-run third inning and Mark Canha provided the dagger in the sixth, launching a three-run homer to help the A's beat the American League West-rival Angels, 11-5, at the Coliseum on Monday night.

The free-falling Angels (65-66) have dropped 26 of their last 37 games and are below .500 for the first time since June 10. They finished August with 19 losses, their highest total that month since 1999, but remained 3 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Alden Gonzalez and Jane Lee are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza

Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants gained balance on their bench Monday by acquiring outfielder Alejandro De Aza, a much-needed left-handed batter, along with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Boston Red Sox for Minor League left-hander Luis Ysla.

The deal was engineered before midnight ET Monday, making De Aza eligible for the postseason if the Giants qualify.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reacquired Minor League outfielder Justin Ruggiano and received cash from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or cash.

Ruggiano, 33, was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 Draft and was traded in 2006 with Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo to Tampa Bay for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson. Ruggiano played for current Dodgers president Andrew Friedman at Tampa Bay.

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