Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion drove in nine runs and Russell Martin added a solo shot, as the Blue Jays racked up 18 hits -- five during a six-run seventh inning -- to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. For the Tigers, it meant their eighth loss in their last nine games. Buck Farmer took the loss, going four innings while allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The right-hander ran into trouble early when he surrendered a three-run shot to Encarnacion in a four-run first inning. Farmer went on to allow a run in each of his next three innings before getting the hook.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Scully says 2016 will be his last season

Dodgers broadcaster has been advised by friends, doctor

Scully says 2016 will be his last season

LOS ANGELES -- Discussing his decision to return for the 2016 season on Saturday, Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said he expects next year to be his last one.

Scully, 87, had Jimmy Kimmel announce to the Dodger Stadium crowd Friday night that he will return for a 67th season with a series of cue cards on the Dodger Stadium message board.

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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.

Mariners to skip Felix's start on Monday

McClendon to give starters a break to stay fresh

Mariners to skip Felix's start on Monday

CHICAGO -- As the Mariners sit fourth in the American League West with just over a month remaining, manager Lloyd McClendon is looking to the future with his rotation.

Which is why McClendon will skip ace Felix Hernandez's next start in favor of leaving Hernandez fresh for September. He also plans to skip a start for Mike Montgomery on Sunday and Taijuan Walker in the upcoming future.

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

Today's starting lineups: Aug. 29

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Kelly outduels deGrom as Red Sox clip Mets

Kelly outduels deGrom as Red Sox clip Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets had all the ingredients in place for a picture-perfect Saturday at Citi Field: a sellout crowd, a sun-splashed afternoon and a dominant Jacob deGrom on the mound. But it was Joe Kelly and the Red Sox who scored an opportunistic 3-1 victory, sending the Mets to their fifth consecutive home loss.

Pablo Sandoval cracked a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth, Mookie Betts homered and Kelly reeled off his sixth consecutive victory, dropping his ERA below 5.00 for the first time since April. He pitched into the eighth, finishing August a perfect 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. 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.

Source: Mets get reliever Reed from D-backs

Source: Mets get reliever Reed from D-backs

NEW YORK -- The Mets made a move to shore up their bullpen on Saturday, acquiring right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-backs, according to a source. The acquisition is pending a medical review and has not been confirmed by either team.

Reed, 26, posted a 4.20 ERA in 40 2/3 innings for the D-backs, striking out 34 and walking 14. He is under team control for two more seasons, and is owed approximately $800,000 for the rest of this one.

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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.

Lynn sprains ankle in eighth inning vs. Giants

Lynn sprains ankle in eighth inning vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- A mild right ankle sprain kept Lance Lynn from pursuing his first shutout of the season in the Cardinals' 6-0 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park on Saturday. Now, they will hold their breath that the injury doesn't keep him from much more.

Lynn went down after fielding a ground ball to his right, spinning and trying to throw out pinch-hitter Juan Perez at first to open the eighth inning. Perez reached safely, and Lynn remained on the grass for some time while manager Mike Matheny accompanied head athletic trainer Greg Hauck, who raced out to check on him. Lynn was eventually able to walk off the field without assistance, and the Cardinals said he would be re-evaluated Sunday.

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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.

Pennsylvania walks off to reach LLWS final

Top U.S. team to face Japan, which edged Mexico

Pennsylvania walks off to reach LLWS final

Chayton Krauss delivered a walk-off single in the sixth inning to propel Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania) to a 3-2 victory over Southwest (Texas) in the United States Championship on Saturday afternoon in Williamsport, Pa.

Pennsylvania advances to its first final since 1990 and will face Japan (Tokyo) in the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

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

Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins scored all the way from second on a two-base sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of the Blue Jays' 15-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson flied out to Detroit center fielder Anthony Gose, who hauled in what he thought was the third out of the inning and began trotting off the field. Unfortunately for him, it was only the second out.

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Hal Bodley

Yost's use of superb 'pen changing baseball

Yost's use of superb 'pen changing baseball

ST. PETERSBURG -- It's not exactly revolutionary, but the high-flying Kansas City Royals are changing the face of baseball with the way manager Ned Yost uses his talented bullpen.

Other teams are adopting the successful formula, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if in seasons to come, it becomes the accepted way, just like today's widely used defensive shifts.

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Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers, is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bridgeport leaders happy to see kids Play Ball

Senator Blumenthal, Mayor Finch and ex-big leaguer Echevarria speak at camp

Bridgeport leaders happy to see kids Play Ball

BRIDGEPORT, CT -- The Play Ball initiative wound its way to one of its final cities on Saturday, when Bridgeport went above and beyond the call of participation. Bridgeport, the largest city in Connecticut, staged free instructional clinics at four area fields to celebrate youth participation in baseball.

One of the clinics -- the one held at Freedom Park -- brought some distinguished guests to be part of the proceedings. Senator Richard Blumenthal attended the clinic and spoke briefly to the kids, as did Mayor Bill Finch and Angel Echevarria, a former big leaguer who grew up in Bridgeport decades ago.

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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.

Papi, Hanley out of lineup with nagging injuries

Red Sox catcher Hanigan a late scratch with sore right calf

Papi, Hanley out of lineup with nagging injuries

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox had a lineup on Saturday that didn't include David Ortiz or Hanley Ramirez. Both players are nursing nagging injuries.

Ortiz exited Friday's game in the bottom of the eighth with left heel soreness. Ramirez has missed the first two games of this series with right shoulder soreness.

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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.

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.

Statcast tracks Polanco's arm, Swihart's legs

Ellsbury, Turner also star on D while quartet of sluggers hit crushing blasts

Statcast tracks Polanco's arm, Swihart's legs

Though Statcast™ was busy tracking its usual dose of home runs on Friday, it was defense that reigned supreme on this night.

From a potentially game-saving double play in Pittsburgh to a near-perfectly executed sliding catch on the warning track to a rookie flashing his elite speed, there was no shortage of defensive gems in Friday's action. There was, of course, also a trio of towering home runs from some of the game's top sluggers, as well as an unusual "inside-the-park" homer in Queens.

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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.

Mets sticking to the plan with Wright

Third baseman rests Saturday as expected, should return to lineup Sunday

Mets sticking to the plan with Wright

NEW YORK -- There will be no surprises in David Wright's routine the rest of this season if the Mets can help it. As expected, Wright sat out Saturday's game against the Red Sox after playing all 23 innings of the Mets' previous two games. Manager Terry Collins noted that Wright was feeling "a little stiff" on Saturday morning, particularly in his shoulders.

But Wright should be back at third base Sunday, with Collins going as far as to map out a rough schedule for him in the coming weeks. The idea is to give Wright as much notice as possible regarding when he will play and when he will rest. Even on days such as Saturday when Wright is not in the starting lineup, Collins added, he will be available to pinch-hit. But he will require more advance notice than a normal hitter, considering he is less than four months removed from his spinal stenosis diagnosis.

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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.

Report: Indians push to find minority owner

Dolan contacts investment bank to shop roughly 30 percent of club

Report: Indians push to find minority owner

CLEVELAND -- Indians owner Paul Dolan has been open to adding a minority partner for several years, and he continues to explore possible investors. Cleveland's ownership has now sought the help of a firm in the search.

According to a report in the New York Post, Dolan has been working with Allen & Co. -- a boutique investment bank -- for several months in order to shop roughly 30 percent of the team. The Indians had no comment on the article, but a source noted that Dolan has long been willing to bring in a minority owner.

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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.

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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LA's Win, Vin situation: 15 K's, Scully in '16

LA's Win, Vin situation: 15 K's, Scully in '16

LOS ANGELES -- On the night Vin Scully announced he will return to the broadcast booth next season, Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 and the Dodgers put up a three-run sixth inning to beat the Cubs, 4-1, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete a 15-K night for Dodgers pitchers.

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Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Encarnacion homers three times, extends hit streak to 24

Encarnacion homers three times, extends hit streak to 24

TORONTO -- If the the dome wasn't already open at Rogers Centre on Saturday, the applause for Edwin Encarnacion would've blown the roof clean off. The Blue Jays cleanup man had a momentous afternoon, belting three home runs while tying Roy Howell for the single-game club record for RBIs with nine in the Blue Jays' 15-1 victory over the Tigers.

In hitting his third homer of the season in the seventh inning, Encarnacion matched another club mark: He tied Carlos Delgado (1997) and Darrin Fletcher (2000) as the only players to have hit three grand slams in a Blue Jays season.

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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.

Red Sox have variety of options for '16 outfield

Betts, Bradley, Castillo athletic enough to play all three spots

Red Sox have variety of options for '16 outfield

NEW YORK -- When it comes to aligning their young outfield for 2016, the Red Sox are considering a variety of factors. Before Saturday's game against the Mets, interim manager Torey Lovullo provided a glimpse into some of the inner-workings that are being discussed with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and the rest of the staff.

Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are all athletic enough to play all three outfield spots. The question is this: How do they best fit together, particularly with the complex outfield dimensions at Fenway Park?

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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.

Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

Right fielder nabs Reyes at home to preserve 8th-inning tie

Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

PITTSBURGH -- Right fielder Gregory Polanco saved the bacon for the Pirates in the eighth inning of their 5-3 victory over Colorado on Friday night.

With the game tied, 3-3, Polanco caught a one-out line drive from Nolan Arenado and gunned down Jose Reyes at home plate, completing an inning-ending double play.

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

Japan walks off with ticket to LLWS final

Outstanding outing by Verdugo not enough to propel Mexico to victory

Japan walks off with ticket to LLWS final

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA -- With chants of "Me-ji-co" ringing down from the stands at Lamade Stadium, Mexico's Armando Verdugo reared back and delivered a high fastball that breezed by Nobuyuki Kawashima for the pitcher's 10th strikeout of the game. Temporarily keeping the powerful Japan squad at bay, Verdugo pounded his chest in excitement.

With the bases loaded and just one out, however, the next batter -- Koki Jo -- hit a slow bouncer up the middle to plate the game-winning run in a 1-0, seven-inning nail biter. But even as Japan celebrated, it was apparent that Mexico had shown plenty of championship mettle in what may have been the best game of the tournament thus far.

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

Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

TORONTO -- Victor Martinez started at first base on Saturday for the fourth time in nine games, this time on the spongy artificial surface at Rogers Centre, a sign that his troublesome left knee isn't bothering him. That doesn't mean it's at full strength.

Given Martinez's struggles at the plate, manager Brad Ausmus isn't sure he's fully recovered from the meniscus tear, which required surgery in February. He has recovered enough to play without trouble, but probably not enough to play the way he or the Tigers expect.

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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.

Papi ties Gehrig, McGriff with 493rd homer

Papi ties Gehrig, McGriff with 493rd homer

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz continued his push toward home run No. 500 on Friday night at Citi Field, rejuvenating his team's offense in the process.

The Red Sox had been shut out by Matt Harvey for six innings and were down 2-0 when Ortiz dug in to lead off the seventh. On the first pitch he saw from Mets reliever Logan Verrett, Ortiz pummeled a solo shot over the wall in center. It was the first strike back for the Red Sox in a 6-4, 10-inning victory over the Mets.

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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 -- By now, everyone knows Josh Donaldson can hit the long ball. But his towering solo homer in the third inning of the Blue Jays' victory over the Tigers was impressive by even the loftiest of standards.

Donaldson sent a 1-2 fastball from Tigers starter Matt Boyd off the facing of the fifth deck -- a projected 454 feet, according to Statcast™ -- to help the Blue Jays to a 5-3 win in the series opener on Friday at Rogers Centre.

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Inside-the-park HR or not, Red Sox nip Mets

Catcher's go-ahead inside-the-park shot in 10th cleared line at top of fence

Inside-the-park HR or not, Red Sox nip Mets

NEW YORK -- Blake Swihart absolutely crushed the ball that turned Friday night's game in favor of the Red Sox. But when you haven't hit a home run in 134 at-bats, you don't assume anything.

With a mad dash around the bases in the top of the 10th inning, Swihart collected his second career homer -- and first inside-the-parker. At least it goes into the books as an inside-the-park home run in a game the Red Sox won over the Mets, 6-4, at Citi Field.

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

Tomlinson, Giants walk off against Cards

Tomlinson, Giants walk off against Cards

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kelby Tomlinson delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning and Marlon Byrd smacked a grand slam in the third to power the San Francisco Giants to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at AT&T Park.

After hitting his first career home run Thursday, Tomlinson one-upped himself Friday, lining a 2-2 fastball to center field off the Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist with the bases loaded to pull the Giants to 4 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second National League Wild Card spot and keep them 2 1/2 behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

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

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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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.