Harper scores four without hit, at-bat

Harper scores four without hit, at-bat

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper put together a performance unlike any other in Major League history Thursday night at Nationals Park, all without a hit or an official at-bat in Washington's 15-1 victory.

Harper exited the Nationals' game against the Braves during the sixth inning and finished with an unusual batting line: no at-bats, no hits, four runs, an RBI and four walks. It's the first time in modern history that a hitter has drawn at least four walks and scored four runs and driven in a run without a hit or an at-bat.

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

Angels to step up GM search

Team hopes to have position filled by end of season

Angels to step up GM search

ANAHEIM -- The Angels face a potential season-defining homestand over these next 10 days, with nine games against the Rangers, Dodgers and Astros, three teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today. In the meantime, owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino are expected to accelerate a franchise-altering search for a new general manager, a reality thrust upon them when Jerry Dipoto resigned on the first of July.

The search is still believed to be in its embryonic stages, but the Angels are nonetheless hopeful of a resolution before season's end. Moreno and Carpino conducted an extensive search just four years ago -- a search that led to Dipoto -- and already have a good feel for most of the candidates.

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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.

Young escapes jam with Salvy's sliding grab

Young escapes jam with Salvy's sliding grab

KANSAS CITY -- No lead was safe through the early going of the Royals-Tigers marathon on Thursday night.

The Tigers spit back a 3-0 lead. The Royals spit back a 6-3 lead.

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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.

Iglesias exits after being struck on right hand

Iglesias exits after being struck on right hand

KANSAS CITY -- Jose Iglesias' comeback season might be at a halt after the slick-fielding Tigers shortstop took an Edinson Volquez pitch off his right hand while trying to bunt on Thursday night.

Iglesias was diagnosed with a bruised right middle finger, the team announced. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday once the Tigers return home to Detroit, where they'll begin a six-game homestand Friday night against Cleveland.

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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.

Seager makes Dodgers debut vs. Padres

Shortstop is ranked as the second-best prospect in all of baseball

Seager makes Dodgers debut vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers infielder Corey Seager made his Major League debut on Thursday, but it wasn't his first go-around at Petco Park.

Los Angeles' top prospect, now all of 21, was a peach-fuzz teenager when playing here in the 2011 Perfect Game for high school all-stars.

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

Jennings, Marlins meet to discuss role

Jennings, Marlins meet to discuss role

MIAMI -- Dan Jennings met with upper management on Thursday at Marlins Park. While no specifics were announced, the Marlins intend to retain Jennings as manager, at least for now.

The Marlins are in the process of making widespread changes throughout the organization. And indications are Jennings will eventually transition from the dugout back to general manager.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jungman again bests Bucs in Brewers sweep

Jungman again bests Bucs in Brewers sweep

MILWAUKEE -- All good things must come to an end. Especially for the Pirates at Miller Park. Thus the Bucs' 11-game winning streak in Francisco Liriano starts came to a crashing halt Thursday night, when Hernan Perez drove in two runs and Taylor Jungmann cast his usual spell over Pittsburgh as the Brewers held on for a 5-3 win.

On the eve of a crucial series in St. Louis, the loss dropped the Pirates 6 1/2 games behind the National League Central-leading Cardinals, who were idle. The Bucs have suffered their only two sweeps since the All-Star break in Milwaukee, and otherwise have gone 26-12 in the season's second half. Since 2007, the Brewers are 61-17 at home against the Pirates.

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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. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Giants looking for familiar 'late-season magic'

Giants looking for familiar 'late-season magic'

DENVER -- On the Giants' bus, en route from Dodger Stadium to LAX as Wednesday turned into Thursday, there was an admission that the Giants had a major challenge ahead of them to return to the postseason this year.

"And," one of the veterans proclaimed, "we have the talent to get the job done."

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

Missouri farm creates Royals vs Cardinals corn maze

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Missouri farm creates Royals vs Cardinals corn maze

The Royals and Cardinals have played against each other 96 times throughout their history. The Cards hold a 50-36 advantage during the regular season while the Royals, as you may remember, defeated their crosstown rivals in the 1985 World Series. And this season, the competition along I-70 feels hotter than a stack of ribs and spicy sausage served with spicy garlic powder on a steaming hot day at Sweetwater Bar-B-Que Restaurant. Both teams lead their respective leagues in wins, while St. Louis took home the 2015 season series, 3-2. And now, Missouri, before October gets underway, a local corn maze is asking you which side you stand on.

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Zimmerman, Nationals jump out early, drub Braves

Zimmerman, Nationals jump out early, drub Braves

WASHINGTON -- Led by the planet's hottest hitter in Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals hammered their way to within six games of the Mets in the National League East with a 15-1 win over the Braves on Thursday night.

The Nats chased Braves starter Matt Wisler after 1 2/3 innings and seven runs, but they kept on slugging. By the end, the Nationals collected 17 hits, drew eight walks (four by Bryce Harper alone) and clubbed five doubles, which tied a season high.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vogelsong hits 1st HR in 11 MLB seasons

Vogelsong hits 1st HR in 11 MLB seasons

DENVER -- Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong found poetic justice at Coors Field on Thursday night. He entered the game with an ERA of 7.14 as a starter (six starts) and in the first inning, yielded a two-run shot to Carlos Gonzalez that nearly hit the concourse in left field.

Then, with his team down 4-0 in the top of the third, Vogelsong drove the first pitch he saw from Chris Rusin into the Rockies' bullpen for his own two-run shot, notching his first career home run in 11 big league seasons and cutting the lead in half.

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

Manny Ramirez's first MLB hit was a very Manny hit

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Manny Ramirez's first MLB hit was a very Manny hit

Manny Ramirez is Manny Ramirez. Manny Ramirez has always been Manny Ramirez. The phrase "Manny being Manny" is forever -- there was never a time when Manny wasn't Manny, and there will never be a time when he won't be. Case in point: His first MLB hit.

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Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

Hurdle expects Pirates center fielder back Friday

Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

MILWAUKEE -- Annoyed for a few days by tightness in his left Achilles, Andrew McCutchen rested on the Pirates' bench -- and on his laurels -- Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers. The National League's August Player of the Month was out of the starting lineup, but called it a "healthy scratch."

"My Achilles has been tight, and it's been nagging me. I wouldn't call it an injury, just something I've dealt with," McCutchen said.

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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.

Rios, Herrera on the mend from chickenpox

Rios, Herrera on the mend from chickenpox

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right fielder Alex Rios and right-hander Kelvin Herrera, both of whom contracted chickenpox when the team played the Rays last weekend, are improving, manager Ned Yost said on Thursday.

"Both are getting better," Yost said. "[Trainer] Nick [Kenney] went to see Herrera yesterday and Rios today. We might try to get them in here tomorrow about 11 [a.m. CT] and then get them out. Just have them do their baseball activities here."

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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.

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.

Votto in vintage form with evolved swing

Big second half pushing Reds star into NL MVP Award conversation

Votto in vintage form with evolved swing

CHICAGO -- Joey Votto has been producing for the Reds at the impressive level that allowed him to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2010. He should garner top five NL MVP Award votes with his 2015 performance, but the first baseman's tremendous second half has been largely away from the baseball spotlight.

Not caring about attention, Votto just wished his spike in production meant more to his team in the big picture. The 55-77 Reds are last in the NL Central standings and have already been eliminated from the division race.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Six prospects we'd like to see called up

Six prospects we'd like to see called up

Last week, we previewed the 10 best prospects likely to get September callups, three of whom (Rangers third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo, Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey, White Sox right-hander Frankie Montas) were summoned immediately when active rosters expanded from 25 to 40 on Tuesday. We've updated those and all other prominent prospect promotions here as well.

Now it's time to look at a half-dozen prospects we'd like to see get a big league opportunity this month -- but who probably won't, despite being ready for prime time.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox rally to thwart Twins from sweep

White Sox rally to thwart Twins from sweep

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario connected on his first career grand slam, but the Twins couldn't complete a sweep of the White Sox as J.B. Shuck came through with a go-ahead two-run triple in the seventh to lift Chicago to a 6-4 win on Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

The White Sox rallied with a three-run seventh against reliever Casey Fien, keyed by Shuck's pinch-hit two-run triple with one out. Shuck scored on a sacrifice fly from Adam Eaton to give Chicago an insurance run. It snapped Minnesota's three-game win streak, as the Twins now trail the Rangers by 1 1/2 games in the chase for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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

Seager's HS team breaks news of his Dodgers call-up

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Seager's HS team breaks news of his Dodgers call-up

2015 may already be remembered as the Year of the Prospect(s), but amazingly, one of the most coveted of them all remained in the Minor Leagues -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft and MLB.com's current top prospect

But rejoice, for the day has finally come: L.A. has called Seager up to the Show before their series against the Padres. The baseball world has been waiting for this day for a long time now, so naturally the news was broken by the plugged-in reporter known as ... uh, Northwest Cabarrus High School?

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Red-hot Sano living in the line-drive zone

August launch angle of 20.62 degrees was the second highest in baseball

Red-hot Sano living in the line-drive zone

Two months into his Major League career, Miguel Sano holds an all-time Major League record, of sorts. Dating back to 1900, there have been 26,543 player seasons of at least 200 plate appearances. Sano's Batting Average on Balls in Play of .427 so far this year sits atop that list, right above a name you might have heard of: Babe Ruth, in 1923.

That BABIP -- which is certainly a factor in Sano's incredible .296/.405/.620 batting line -- can be taken to mean a few things. First, that nearly anything can happen over a relatively limited sample size, because having just under half of your balls in play turn into hits, well, that just doesn't happen. (Hence the all-time high number, which obviously won't last much longer.) You don't entirely get there by accident, either, and as you would expect, Sano sits fourth on the Statcast™ leaderboards (minimum 80 balls in play) with an average exit velocity of 95 mph.

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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.

Lincecum out for season after surgery on left hip

Lincecum out for season after surgery on left hip

DENVER -- For two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, the satisfaction of returning to form on the mound will have to wait until next year, as he underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Thursday morning. The surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.

"I'm glad we did something here," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Thursday afternoon. "It's going to give Timmy a little peace of mind to get this behind him."

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

Andrus' thievery can help fans steal a home

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

Andrus' thievery can help fans steal a home

The deadline from Monday's sweepstakes hadn't even closed before Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus gave fans yet another opportunity to score a free mortgage payment.

In the Rangers' 8-6 win over the Padres, Andrus pulled off the rare straight steal of home, reactivating the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program, barely more than 24 hours after the Angels' C.J. Cron did the same Monday night.

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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.

Anibal won't risk setback to return this season

Anibal won't risk setback to return this season

KANSAS CITY -- Baby steps, Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez says. When they're steps in recovery from a rotator cuff strain, taken by a pitcher who has had shoulder surgery in his career, they're still pretty big.

Though it remains iffy whether Sanchez will pitch again this season, he said he has been throwing pain free this week while he has been playing catch. Sanchez threw out to 90 feet on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium, part of a slow progression designed to cautiously stretch him toward being ready to pitch, whether or not he pitches again before season's end.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

What to expect from Seager in Major Leagues

Game's No. 2 prospect will finally get his chance with the Dodgers

What to expect from Seager in Major Leagues

For the greater part of the second half of the season, the question was asked repeatedly: When will Corey Seager get called up?

The first whispers may have started way back when Kris Bryant got called up by the Cubs in April. When the Dodgers promoted Seager, who is now the No. 2 prospect in baseball, to Triple-A Oklahoma City in early May, those murmurs got louder. When Carlos Correa came up to the Astros in early June, and the Twins' Byron Buxton followed a week later, it reached a fever pitch.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs to rest Kang, use him more at 3B

Hart's season over due to left shoulder impingement

Bucs to rest Kang, use him more at 3B

MILWAUKEE --- Jung Ho Kang played 117 games for Nexen last year, a typical workload in the Korean Baseball Organization's 128-game season.

Wednesday night, Kang played in his 111th game of a maiden Major League season that still has a hard month to go. Seeing Kang draw an error on one wide throw from short and not be able to flag down a couple of other grounders confirmed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's suspicion the Rookie of the Year challenger needs to ramp down.

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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.

Arrieta settles back into routine after no-no

Arrieta settles back into routine after no-no

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta planned to take part in a "spoxing" charity event at Wrigley Field on Thursday, then do his regular workout and maybe go for a bike ride along the lakefront with his wife, Brittany, and their two children. It's back to routine for the Cubs right-hander after the best pitching performance of his career.

Arrieta capped a stellar August with a no-hitter Sunday night against the Dodgers, striking out 12 to help the Cubs post a 2-0 win. He finished the month 6-0 with an 0.43 ERA in six starts, giving up two earned runs over 42 1/3 innings. Arrieta struck out 43, walked 10 and held batters to a .130 average. On Thursday, he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August.

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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.

Right knee remains issue for Nats' Taylor

Right knee remains issue for Nats' Taylor

WASHINGTON -- Michael Taylor was left out of Matt Williams' starting lineup on Thursday, the second straight start the Nationals' rookie outfielder has missed since reaggravating his injured right knee.

Taylor crashed into the center-field wall last Thursday against San Diego, and his right leg received the majority of the blow. Tests revealed no structural damage, and he returned on Saturday. He played the next three games, but injured the same knee when he fell to the ground after making a throw on Tuesday.

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

Banuelos could continue to start down the stretch

Banuelos could continue to start down the stretch

WASHINGTON -- Manny Banuelos had legitimate reason to be concerned when he experienced some left elbow discomfort near the end of July. But a little more than a month later, the rookie southpaw finds himself with a chance to collect valuable innings that could benefit him as he bids to become a mainstay in Atlanta's rotation.

"I'm really happy to be here and I'm very excited to get experience," Banuelos said. "That's what everybody wants to get here. I just want to compete and help my team win."

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

2 fans get to sleep over, take BP at Fenway

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2 fans get to sleep over, take BP at Fenway

Fenway Park has seen a lot over its 103 years in Boston -- from World Series titles to legendary players to a giant ski ramp. But on Wednesday, the old ballpark added something new to its resume: a sleepover. Thanks to Airbnb's "Win a Night at the Home of the Boston Red Sox" contest, two of the luckiest people in New England got to turn the home of Yaz and Teddy Ballgame into their own personal treehouse for a night, complete with some pretty great views from the Green Monster.

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Dehydration not likely to keep Harvey from start

Righty skips Wednesday night's flight due to symptoms, but Mets expect him to join club this weekend

Dehydration not likely to keep Harvey from start

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's dehydration symptoms, which had him confined to the Citi Field trainer's room for at least an hour after Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Phillies, were severe enough to prevent him from boarding the team plane to Miami later that night. The Mets, however, expect Harvey to join them in Florida later this weekend and make his next start as scheduled Tuesday in Washington.

Harvey pitched into the seventh inning of Wednesday's victory, alerting the team to his symptoms during the game. He allowed four earned runs in the win, matching his second-highest total of the season.

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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.