Royals marvel at Infante-Escobar flip play

Royals marvel at Infante-Escobar flip play

CLEVELAND -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas couldn't quite decide which play he enjoyed more: The Eric Hosmer snag of a hot grounder by Michael Brantley to save a run in the seventh, or the circus-act Omar Infante /Alcides Escobar play to get the first out in the ninth of the Royals' 2-1 win on Tuesday night over the Indians.

"Based solely on degree of sickness," Moustakas said, "probably the Omar/Esky play."

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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.

Correa, Altuve help pull Astros into tie for first

Correa, Altuve help pull Astros into tie for first

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve drove in a career-high five runs, and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter went deep as the Astros rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Angels, 10-5. The two clubs now sit tied atop the AL West.

Houston broke open the back-and-forth affair in the sixth, padding its tenuous 6-5 lead with four extra-base hits and four runs -- highlighted by Altuve's two-run double and Evan Gattis' seventh triple of the season.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

CHICAGO -- Red-hot outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could be slugging his way elsewhere. And although the Rockies are speaking in welcoming tones for their new shortstop, Jose Reyes, speculation is that he may not be around long either.

On Tuesday, one day after the Rockies dealt veteran star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, along with righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins, to the Blue Jays for Reyes and three righty pitching prospects, speculation centers on Gonzalez leading up to Friday's 2 p.m. MT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

BOSTON -- What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run homer for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Worse for Boston, Betts had to leave the game after being shaken up on the play.

In the sixth inning, Abreu smacked a first-pitch fastball to right-center field that Betts gathered in his glove just before leaping into the short wall and tumbling into the Boston bullpen. Although originally ruled an out, replay showed the ball rolling out of Betts' glove as he went to the ground, which led to a White Sox challenge and the call being overturned following a lengthy review.

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

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Club gives up prospect Pivetta, signs veteran for 2016 as well; Storen now a setup man

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

MIAMI -- A team already in first place, with designs on playing deep into October, has traded for a pitcher who has reached baseball's ultimate summit. The Nationals acquired Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday night in exchange for prospect Nick Pivetta. The Nats also agreed to terms with Papelbon on a revised contract for 2016.

A six-time All-Star, Papelbon strengthens the back end of the Washington bullpen, which includes Drew Storen and Casey Janssen. All three pitchers have pitched the ninth inning during their careers. But Papelbon has done more than that, with a 1.00 lifetime postseason ERA highlighted by a save in the final game of the 2007 World Series with Boston. He immediately becomes the man in the ninth for Washington.

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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.

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

Rangers, Dodgers remain frontrunners, with Giants reportedly intensifying efforts

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Nationals, but what about Cole Hamels?

Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that Hamels is expected to be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, although nothing is imminent. But the Phillies moved Hamels' scheduled start from Thursday to Friday, which erases any risk of a freak injury and allows the acquiring team to pitch him almost immediately.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Top 5 trade destinations for Price

Top 5 trade destinations for Price

David Price makes every single contender better. There's some risk, because he's a pending free agent, and that's the only one.

On the other hand, what's a World Series worth to a franchise? Any general manager would happily weaken his farm system in exchange for a championship.

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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.

Yanks rally, score 21 runs in rout of Rangers

Yanks rally, score 21 runs in rout of Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees, down five runs after the first, scored 11 runs in the top of the second inning and went on to a 21-5 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night. The Yankees' 19 hits included Chris Young's second grand slam of the year.

It was the most runs the Yankees have scored in a game since they scored 22 vs. the A's on Aug. 25, 2011. Diego Moreno picked up the win with 5 1/3 no-hit innings, and Adam Warren contributed three no-hit frames for the save.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. 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.

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Anthony Castrovince

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

It has been a season of change in the prospect world.

The sheer number of elite-level prospects who have gone on to bigger and better things at the Major League level may seem astounding. But one thing hasn't changed: Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is still our No. 1 prospect.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels acquire outfielders DeJesus, Murphy

Angels acquire outfielders DeJesus, Murphy

HOUSTON -- The Angels acquired a couple of left-handed-hitting outfielders on Tuesday, getting David Murphy from the Indians and David DeJesus from the Rays.

In exchange for DeJesus, the Angels sent low-level Minor League right-hander Eduar Lopez to the Rays, while Double-A shortstop Eric Stamets went to the Indians for Murphy.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", 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.

Royals make another splash with Zobrist deal

Oakland receives two pitchers, including highly regarded lefty Manaea

Royals make another splash with Zobrist deal

CLEVELAND -- If there was any doubt of Royals general manager Dayton Moore's conviction about returning his team to the World Series, that should have been removed with his second major trade in three days.

On Sunday, the Royals acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto from the Reds to solidify the rotation. On Tuesday, Moore dealt for Oakland's super utility player Ben Zobrist in exchange for pitching prospects Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.

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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.

D-backs inquired about Hamels, Chapman

D-backs inquired about Hamels, Chapman

PHOENIX -- D-backs general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged that the team has recently checked in on the availability of Phillies ace Cole Hamels and Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Arizona is looking to fortify its bullpen as well as add a top-of-the-rotation starter that is controllable beyond this season.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Paul Hagen

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With the final cheers still ringing in the ears of the newest Hall of Famers -- Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz -- and the last fans filtering out of town after another successful Induction Weekend, speculation inevitably turns to who might receive baseball's ultimate honor next July.

With a group of first-time eligibles led by Ken Griffey Jr. and holdovers Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all on the ballot again after receiving more than half the votes (but less than the required 75 percent) in last year's election, there's a chance the Class of 2016 could be impressive as well.

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

Nearly perfect, Syndergaard dominates Padres

Nearly perfect, Syndergaard dominates Padres

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday at Citi Field, continuing his emergence as one of the game's brightest young pitchers in a 4-0 win over the Padres. Combined with a Nationals loss, the win moved the Mets within a game of first place for the first time since June 20.

Dominant from the start, Syndergaard struck out six of the first 13 batters he faced, keeping the basepaths clean until Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh with consecutive singles. The rookie improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in seven starts at Citi Field, beating a Padres team that handed him his worst loss of the season earlier this year in San Diego.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers scout trade targets Price, Leake

Club looks to upgrade rotation behind Kershaw, Greinke

Dodgers scout trade targets Price, Leake

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had scouts at games Tuesday night started by David Price and Mike Leake, two of their rumored trade targets with the Trade Deadline coming Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

Price's availability is uncertain because of Detroit's status on the fringe of contention, while Leake is presumed very available because of the Reds' status. Both will be free agents after the season.

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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.

Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

BOSTON -- To the right of the other seven Red Sox players who have had their numbers retired on the right-field facade at Fenway Park, there is finally the number of a pitcher -- arguably the best in the history of a baseball-crazed city.

Pedro Martinez, fresh off being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, was back at Fenway Park on Tuesday for a ceremony that brought back the unique energy that always existed on days he pitched.

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Ian Browne is the Red Sox beat reporter for MLB.com. He has been covering the club since 2002.

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Alyson Footer

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

Poll of media members would send Griffey, Bagwell, Piazza to Cooperstown

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Spirited debates about the Hall of Fame are as much a part of our everyday baseball-loving lives as 7:05 starts and rain delays. So we figure, with the recent conclusion of induction weekend, why not keep the conversation going?

Let's take a look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class, which will consist of one first-ballot no-doubter and several others who may gain enough traction for entry in 2016. We polled dozen of reporters, experts and analysts from MLB.com and MLB Network -- some of whom do have voting privileges through the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and others who are non-voters but nonetheless experts -- to give us their hypothetical 2016 HOF class.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs edge Twins on Kang's HR in ninth

Bucs edge Twins on Kang's HR in ninth

MINNEAPOLIS -- After the Twins rallied to tie the game with four runs in the eighth inning, Jung Ho Kang delivered a go-ahead solo homer off closer Glen Perkins in the ninth to lift the Pirates to an 8-7 win Tuesday night at Target Field.

Kang's game-winning blast came on a 1-2 slider from Perkins, who left the pitch up in the zone. It was another rough outing for Minnesota's All-Star closer, who has blown two saves with a 14.73 ERA since the All-Star break.

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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. 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.

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

Mets reliever missed 80 games earlier this season because of PEDs

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

NEW YORK -- In a "shock" that could spell the end of his Mets career, relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for a second positive performance-enhancing drug test, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday prior to New York's 4-0 victory over San Diego. His suspension is effective immediately.

Mejia, 25, had not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this season, almost exclusively in a setup role. He returned July 7 after missing 80 games for his first positive PED test.

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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.

Davis homers twice as O's cruise past Braves

Davis homers twice as O's cruise past Braves

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Orioles to their fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night, a 7-3 series win over the Braves at Camden Yards.

Davis, who has 24 homers on the year, went deep both times off Atlanta starter Julio Teheran, who lasted just four innings as the righty's road problems continued.

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

Shutout puts spotlight on Cards acquiring bat

Shutout puts spotlight on Cards acquiring bat

ST. LOUIS -- Three days before baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals watched another quality start go to waste because of an absence of offense to support it.

Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Reds served as another reminder as to why the organization continues to peruse the market for a potential lineup jolt. It was the seventh time the Cards have been shut out during a season in which they've actually scored three or fewer runs in half of the 100 games already played.

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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 and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hosmer's homer in ninth helps Royals sink Tribe

Hosmer's homer in ninth helps Royals sink Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning off Indians starter Trevor Bauer as the Royals secured a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

The homer spoiled an otherwise impressive night for Bauer (8-8, 4.13 ERA), who threw the first complete game of his career. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk, striking out six.

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

Wacha threatens to knock over Martinez's cup pyramid

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Wacha threatens to knock over Martinez's cup pyramid

You may think that Carlos Martinez is merely one of the best pitchers in the National League. But no, Carlos Martinez is much more than that. Carlos Martinez is an artist, and the world is his canvas. Where others see the mundane, he sees beauty and inspiration -- behold his latest masterpiece, "Paper Cup Pyramid," cups in dugout, 2015.

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Mujica anointed A's new closer

Manager Melvin names right-hander as Clippard's replacement

Mujica anointed A's new closer

LOS ANGELES -- A's manager Bob Melvin appointed right-hander Edward Mujica as his new closer Tuesday, one day after the trade of Tyler Clippard to the Mets.

"He's got the most experience doing it," Melvin said.

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

Stellar effort by Leake leads Reds past Cards

Stellar effort by Leake leads Reds past Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Making what may have been his final start for the Reds, Mike Leake dazzled in front of a collection of scouts on hand for one more evaluation before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Backed by Joey Votto's three-run blast, Leake threw eight scoreless innings to help the Reds even a series at Busch Stadium with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Amid rumors that he might be headed elsewhere before the end of the week, Leake continued a string of sensational starts. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning on Tuesday and gave up only four in all. Over his last four outings, Leake is 4-0 with an 0.60 ERA (two runs/30 innings).

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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 and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox back Shark for sixth straight win

White Sox back Shark for sixth straight win

BOSTON -- Melky Cabrera tallied four hits, Jose Abreu went deep and a solid Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning on Tuesday night as the surging White Sox cruised to a 9-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

"It's outstanding," said Samardzija of the White Sox sixth straight victory. "The way these guys have been playing behind us pitchers is impressive, not only the runs, but the defense has been outstanding. [Tyler] Saladino had some great plays for me out there. Even our video staff was getting in on the action having a great day, [Mike] Kashirsky showed up today finally. Only took him about 85 games."

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Casali's pair of HRs leads Rays past Tigers

Casali's pair of HRs leads Rays past Tigers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali homered twice for the Rays again Tuesday to propel Tampa Bay to a 10-2 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

Casali's first home run of the night was a two-run shot in the fourth that extended the Rays' lead to 4-1 after an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI double broke a 1-1 tie the at-bat before. Two innings later, the catcher accomplished a rare feat by smacking a solo home run to give him back-to-back multi-home run games. Evan Longoria added a home run of his own in the eighth to spark a five-run inning.

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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. Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crush in midst of timely power surge

Crush in midst of timely power surge

BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles push forward to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline trying to improve their club enough to get back into the postseason, Tuesday offered another reason why Baltimore has a chance to be in October. And Chris Davis was right at the heart of it.

Davis homered twice off Braves starter Julio Teheran, tying a career high with five RBIs to highlight Baltimore's 7-3 series win over Atlanta, its fourth consecutive victory.

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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.