Scully to return for 67th season

Scully to return for 67th season

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have a personnel decision greeted with unanimous support on Friday, as Vin Scully will return for a 67th season as the club's announcer.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said in a release. "There's no place like home ... and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends."  

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Kiermaier literally left hanging on catwalk HR

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Kiermaier literally left hanging on catwalk HR

On Friday, the Rays' catwalk reared its head again. In the top of the third inning, the Royals' Kendrys Morales drove another ball high off the catwalk, though this time the blast was ruled a home run. Which is a good call --- the projected distance was an absurd 442.64 feet. 

More importantly though, we got to see Kevin Kiermaier show off some Michael Jordan-esque hangtime as he hung on the wall waiting for it to come down -- only to watch the ball land roughly 50 feet away from him. 

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Donaldson HR reaches facing of fifth deck

Third baseman's blast hits facing of upper deck at Rogers Centre

Donaldson HR reaches facing of fifth deck

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays put their potent power on the display in the third inning of Friday's 5-3 win over the Tigers, swatting back-to-back homers for the eighth time this season.

After Troy Tulowitzki took Tigers starter Matt Boyd deep to left field, Josh Donaldson absolutely crushed a solo shot off the facing of the fifth deck four pitches later to spot the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.

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Puig placed on DL; Dodgers call up Peraza

Puig placed on DL; Dodgers call up Peraza

LOS ANGELES -- For the second time in less than two weeks, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig injured his hamstring, although this injury forced him to the 15-day disabled list on Friday. To replace Puig, Los Angeles called up infielder Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Manager Don Mattingly believes the 24-year-old Puig will be sidelined for more than 10 days, so the club opted to put Puig on the disabled list.

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Inside-the-parker helps Red Sox halt Mets

Inside-the-parker helps Red Sox halt Mets

NEW YORK -- Jog or sprint, it really didn't matter. Blake Swihart's go-ahead inside-the-park homer off Carlos Torres in the 10th inning appeared to clear the orange marker along the center-field wall at Citi Field. But nobody saw that in real time except Juan Lagares, who watched the ball carom past him while Swihart chugged around the bases as the Red Sox cooled off the red-hot Mets with a 6-4 win on Friday at Citi Field.

Boston barely survived a 12-walk effort from its pitching staff, which twice issued bases-loaded free passes -- the second of which from Junichi Tazawa, who walked four straight in the 10th to make it 6-4. That forced the Red Sox to bring on lefty Craig Breslow to face righty slugger Yoenis Cespedes with the winning run aboard. Cespedes flew out to deep center, officially ending the Mets' winning streak at seven and spoiling the returns of two stars.

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Mariners dismiss Zduriencik from GM post

Mariners dismiss Zduriencik from GM post

Jack Zduriencik, who has been unable to get the Seattle Mariners into the playoffs during his seven years as their general manager, was relieved of his duties on Friday, and a search will begin immediately for his replacement.

Jeff Kingston, who has been the team's assistant general manager since 2009, will handle the GM duties for the remainder of the season.

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McCann back where it all started in Atlanta

Catcher takes on Braves for first time since joining Yankees

McCann back where it all started in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Throughout his high school years in suburban Atlanta, Brian McCann routinely visited Turner Field without any reason to believe he would end up playing more games in this stadium than anybody not named Chipper Jones or Andruw Jones.

Yet, when McCann returned to this familiar setting on Friday afternoon, it felt much different than it had at any previous point of his life. For the first time, the Yankees catcher was entering as a visitor and preparing himself for the odd experience to spend this weekend doing whatever it took to beat that Braves organization that will forever hold a special place in his heart.

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R.B.I., Derby games a hit with Little Leaguers

LLWS Family Fun Zone gives players, fans a chance to play

R.B.I., Derby games a hit with Little Leaguers

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Even kids who aren't playing in this year's Little League World Series are getting into the game in Williamsport. In the Family Fun Zone, an area in the Little League complex behind Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums, fans of all ages are immersed in all things baseball, particularly through MLB's R.B.I. Baseball 15 and Home Run Derby 2015 games.

"I did really well in the last round; I had like 12 home runs," boasted Branden Settnek of his performance in Home Run Derby, in which players attempt to launch as many dingers as possible before time runs out. "It's fun; you get to be a player in MLB."

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Allison Duffy is an associate editor for Major League Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Redus leads Play Ball festivities in Birmingham

Redus leads Play Ball festivities in Birmingham

The city of Birmingham looked to the future and celebrated its past Friday, when more than 200 local students came out for the latest events in the Play Ball initative. Former big leaguer Gary Redus greeted the kids, and he signed autographs and participated in an instructional clinic at Railroad Park.

The students, all of whom came from Birmingham City Schools, also got to be among the first citizens in town to tour the Birmingham Negro Southern League Museum. That museum, built to honor the city's role in the development of the game, opened to the public for the first time on Friday.

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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.

The LLWS players pick their favorite MLB stars

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The LLWS players pick their favorite MLB stars

By the end of the Little League World Series on Sunday, we'll all have picked out our favorite young players. Think Mo'ne Davis in 2014, or the pitcher this year who was just as amped about giving up a grand slam as the kid who hit it. Actually, if we're being honest, there are too many to pick a favorite.

But who do the Little Leaguers name as their favorite baseball players? Which Major Leaguers are most popular among the talent in Williamsport?

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Yankees erupt for 15 runs to rout Braves

Yankees erupt for 15 runs to rout Braves

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and collected a career-high six RBIs, Brian McCann celebrated his return to Atlanta with a three-run shot of his own and the Yankees rolled to a 15-4 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.

Gregorius' seventh homer of the year highlighted New York's eight-run pounding of right-hander Williams Perez, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Chase Headley also drove in three runs for the Yankees, who remain 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the American League East lead.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona discusses contract's opt-out clause

Manager clears some speculation, says he would not use clause as leverage

Francona discusses contract's opt-out clause

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona wanted to end some of the speculation about his contract situation on Friday. With team president Mark Shapiro reportedly on the Blue Jays' radar for their pending presidential vacancy, Francona's future has been a hot topic of late.

Francona's contract includes a clause that allows the manager to opt out of his deal in the event that Shapiro or general manager Chris Antonetti are no longer a part of Cleveland's front-office structure. Francona said Friday that he would not use that clause as leverage if Shapiro were to depart the Indians for another job opportunity.

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

RBI World Series documentaries to honor youth baseball

RBI World Series documentaries to honor youth baseball

MLB Network and MLB.com will air two documentaries on Sunday that offer a look inside the 2015 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series from Texas earlier this month, with inside-look footage focusing on several participants from across the U.S.

The two specials, entitled "Building Dreams," will air at 11 and 11:30 a.m. ET. They feature commentary from various RBI World Series players, coaches and family members; Major League Baseball and Rangers executives; MLB educational programming consultant Sharon Robinson; Major Leaguers Yovani Gallardo and Chris Archer; former big leaguer Ivan Rodriguez; and former UCLA softball player Jen Schroeder.

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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.

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.

Texas holds steady in WC with win over O's

Texas holds steady in WC with win over O's

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels had one shaky inning of control issues but was otherwise brilliant, holding the Orioles to two hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory on Friday night.

The Rangers' victory was their 11th in their last 15 games, and they remain a half-game ahead of the Twins in the American League Wild Card race. The Orioles have lost eight of their last nine and are now 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers.

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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. 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.

Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins scored four runs in the first four innings off Max Scherzer on Friday night, then held on tight, earning a 4-3 win over the Nationals in the series opener.

Scherzer's counterpart, rookie Adam Conley, limited the Nats to three runs on six hits over five-plus innings in his fifth career start. Washington squandered its best chance to erase the deficit when it loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, but managed only one run.

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Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

NEW YORK -- Sometime around 4 p.m. each day, Mets third-base coach Tim Teufel circles the clubhouse with printouts in hand. The papers outline New York's intended defensive positioning for the coming game, and Teufel drops one at the locker of each position player, couriering only to subscribers. Friday, for the first time in 136 days, Teufel's route extended to the extreme southwest corner of the room. A delivery to Michael Cuddyer, then a hard left to the locker of the man who convinced Cuddyer to come here, and vanished shortly after.

David Wright hasn't played at Citi Field since leaving with a hamstring pull in the eighth inning on April 14. So much has changed since Teufel last dropped pregame notes into Wright's home locker -- the roster was overhauled, spring promise morphed into October expectations, news conferences grew into standing-room-only affairs -- yet the Captain's return came paired with a semblance of normalcy. There was Wright, smiling, batting fourth and playing third base in the opener vs. the Red Sox.

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Volquez, Morales send Royals past Rays

Volquez, Morales send Royals past Rays

 ST. PETERSBURG -- Kendrys Morales' two-run home run off the catwalk in center field and a quality start by Edinson Volquez were all the Royals needed to take a 3-2 win over the Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Royals (79-49) lead the American League Central Division with the best record in the AL, while the Rays (63-65) fell to 1-3 on the current homestand, making the possibility of earning the second AL Wild Card spot appear more remote.

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Gibson outduels Kazmir as Twins blank Astros

Gibson outduels Kazmir as Twins blank Astros

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson tossed 5 1/3 innings to get his first win since July 12 while helping the Twins earn a 3-0 victory over the Astros on Friday night at Target Field.

The Twins have won seven of eight and remain a half-game behind the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card spot, while the Astros remain five games ahead of the Angels in the AL West.

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Correa day to day due to sore left hamstring

Correa day to day due to sore left hamstring

MINNEAPOLIS -- An anticipated matchup between two of the American League's top rookies will have to wait. On Friday, Carlos Correa was out of the Astros' lineup for the second straight game while nursing a sore left hamstring and Twins slugger Miguel Sano also did not start the series opener due to his own sore hamstring.

For Astros manager A.J. Hinch, the decision to sit Correa was a no-brainer with his club entering Friday with a five-game lead in the AL West.

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Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

Ace said Tigers' trade was 'probably best move' at non-waiver Deadline

Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price saw his former Tigers teammates Friday afternoon, and it was like he never left. He said hello to defensive coordinator Matt Martin and staff in the dugout long before batting practice. He made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre and hugged just about everybody.

"One of the best people in the game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Wish he wasn't wearing a Blue Jay hat, though."

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Span to undergo season-ending hip surgery

Span to undergo season-ending hip surgery

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span will not play another game this season, as he is expected to have surgery on his left hip labrum Tuesday, manager Matt Williams confirmed.

According to a baseball source, the hip started bothering Span after he received a cortisone shot for his back several weeks ago. It's not known how long Span will be out of commission after having the surgery.

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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.

Rally in 7th pushes Tribe past Angels

Rally in 7th pushes Tribe past Angels

CLEVELAND -- Trailing by a run with eight outs left, the Indians rallied against rookie reliever Trevor Gott, getting run-scoring hits by Abraham Almonte, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to beat the Angels, 3-1, at Progressive Field on Friday night.

Trevor Bauer notched his 10th win by holding a floundering Angels offense to just one run -- an RBI single by Kaleb Cowart -- in eight innings, scattering five hits, walking three and striking out seven to lower his ERA to 4.31.

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

A-Rod playing the field in Atlanta unlikely

Yankees DH expects better performances from club, himself moving forward

A-Rod playing the field in Atlanta unlikely

ATLANTA -- Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez needed to check the bottom of his locker to see if his infielder's glove made the trip to Turner Field, finding it buried under a pair of gray road pants. He may no longer play the field, but in a broad view, the designated hitter seems to understand plenty about the importance of positions.

"I think you just have to look at the season, and it's hard not to get emotional," Rodriguez said. "You look at what's happening in the stock market this week -- up, down, people can't even sleep. In many ways, we've been like that this week. But long term, I'm very bullish on the Yankees.

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Rodney happy to be reunited with Maddon

Cubs will ease newly acquired reliever into the mix

Rodney happy to be reunited with Maddon

LOS ANGELES -- Fernando Rodney admitted he didn't know many of the Cubs players, but he is familiar with the team. He's just like any other fan in that he has seen the highlights.

"I'm happy to be part of the team," said Rodney, whom the Cubs acquired from the Mariners Thursday for a player to be named or cash considerations. "I think it's a good team. There's a lot of talent. Every time you turn on the TV, you see the Cubs in the highlights. I think it's a good idea to be here and be a part of it."

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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.

Scioscia has thought of flipping Trout, Pujols

Lineup switch could give Angels' best hitter more opportunities with RISP

Scioscia has thought of flipping Trout, Pujols

CLEVELAND -- Mike Trout hasn't had nearly enough opportunities to drive runners in this season. So how about batting him behind Albert Pujols, a lineup combination Angels manager Mike Scioscia has never deployed?

"We've talked about it, sure," Scioscia said. "We've talked about it for a long time."

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Find out which MLB ballpark you are with our quiz

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Find out which MLB ballpark you are with our quiz

Young children often say ridiculous things like, "There is a monster under the bed," "I have an imaginary friend without eyes who visits me at night," and "It's okay to wear flip-flops in public." 

They also tend to have bizarre career aspirations. For every doctor and actor, there is the child that wants to be a fire truck or the summer breeze. And while we laugh at them and assume they'll grow out of it, you know there are a few people out there still harboring that dream. 

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Lyle Spencer

Despite injuries, Giants are time-tested champs

Veterans' mental toughness, newcomers' energy a boon in season's final five weeks

Despite injuries, Giants are time-tested champs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Every now and then, it's not a bad idea to recall the immortal words of former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich: "Never underestimate the heart of a champion."

Rudy T. was referring to his back-to-back kings of the NBA in 1994 and '95, but his sentiments also apply to the three-time World Series champion Giants. Fans in San Francisco and its environs know never to underestimate these guys, even as their faith repeatedly is tested in odd-numbered years such as 2015.

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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.

Pair of solo homers boost Mariners in Chicago

Pair of solo homers boost Mariners in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Taijuan Walker limited the White Sox to three hits over 6 1/3 innings and the Seattle bullpen held the rest of the way during a 2-0 Mariners victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Walker exited on a 3-2 count to Adam LaRoche in the seventh with what was diagnosed as a cramp in his right hip flexor.

The White Sox eventually loaded the bases in the seventh against reliever Carson Smith, but pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck grounded into an inning-ending double play, from third baseman Kyle Seager to catcher Jesus Sucre to first baseman Logan Morrison.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.