Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

No. 2 prospect sustained sprain while running bases; Hernandez recalled

Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- Andrew Benintendi was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with a sprained left knee. Marco Hernandez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his spot on the roster.

Benintendi was injured in Boston's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night while running the bases. He was on second base with no outs and broke for third on a chopper to short. The runner at third didn't run, and Benintendi had to turn back. That's when the injury occurred, and he was tagged out before being assisted off the field by trainers.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rzepczynski traded to Nats; A's get 2B prospect

Rzepczynski traded to Nats; A's get 2B prospect

The Nationals acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and cash in a trade with the A's for Minor League infielder Max Schrock on Thursday, the teams announced.

Rzepczynski posted a 3.00 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the A's this season. The 30-year-old struck out 37 batters in 36 innings. His 70.5 percent ground-ball rate in 2016 is the second best in the Major Leagues behind Orioles closer Zach Britton.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: Aug. 25

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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Dodger Stadium will host 2017 World Baseball Classic final

San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico, announced as other North American sites

Dodger Stadium will host 2017 World Baseball Classic final

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were announced on Thursday, with host cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dodger Stadium will host the WBC semifinals and final, which will take place on March 20-22, 2017. It will be the second time the Dodgers' ballpark plays host to the tournament's final rounds, the first having been in 2009.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Which starter has the best pitch in Majors?

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Which starter has the best pitch in Majors?

We began Wednesday morning with eight pitchers and one goal: to find the starter with the nastiest pitch in Major League Baseball. The competition was divided into four categories -- fastball, curveball, slider, changeup -- each with two nominees. And now, after 24 hours of voting, we're down to four -- the very best of each offering, now going head-to-head.

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Rangers, Indians play for AL's best record on MLB.TV

Mets try to close gap on Cardinals; Scherzer starts for Nationals

Rangers, Indians play for AL's best record on MLB.TV

The two teams with the best records in the American League, the Rangers and Indians, open a four-game series tonight in Texas, with ace Cole Hamels set to take the mound for the Rangers.

Meanwhile, the Mets wrap up their key three-game series with the Cardinals, who lead New York by 4 1/2 games for the second National League Wild Card.

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

Confidence, consistency key to Russell's success

Maddon: Shortstop 'in the conversation' for NL Gold Glove Award

Confidence, consistency key to Russell's success

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs did not take batting practice on Tuesday at Petco Park -- they rarely do, because manager Joe Maddon feels it's overrated -- but Addison Russell was on the field prior to the game to do his early work. His extra effort is one of the reasons the shortstop is a leading candidate for a 2016 National League Gold Glove Award.

"He wants to be good, and he is good," Cubs third-base and infield coach Gary Jones said. "He wants to be better. He's one of those guys who comes every day and wants to get better every day."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Yu was due: Darvish HR a 1st! Beltre brilliant

Yu was due: Darvish HR a 1st! Beltre brilliant

CINCINNATI -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner on a night Yu Darvish's first career homer stole the show.

Beltre's two-out double in the eighth inning Wednesday drove home Ian Desmond with the go-ahead run, and the Rangers held on for a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Park.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greene leads top 25 high school prospects for 2017 Draft

Greene leads top 25 high school prospects for 2017 Draft

With the high school summer showcase season wrapped up, it's time to put a bow on it with an early ranking of the top 25 prep prospects for the 2017 MLB Draft.

For Draft fans, there were two main takeaways from the showcase circuit, which includes Perfect Game National, USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars, East Coast Pro, the Area Code Games and a couple of high school all-American games. The first was the consistent pitching dominance of two-way star Hunter Greene (Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.), who cemented himself as the industry consensus top high school prospect. The second was the emerging depth of position players, a speedier group than prep classes of the past.

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

Ledecky brings pool's gold; O's hold on in DC

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Ledecky brings pool's gold; O's hold on in DC

Some people get nervous before throwing out a first pitch. Katie Ledecky is not some people.

Fresh off winning five medals, including four golds, at the Rio Olympics, Ledecky came back home to kick off Wednesday's O's-Nats game at Nationals Park. It's hard to throw a baseball with all of that hardware around your neck, though, so she decided to seek some help -- from Bryce Harper.

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To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced

AL Wild Card Game opens playoffs on Oct. 4; World Series begins Oct. 25

To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced

Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in an AL city to be determined.

While the 10 participants and eventual matchups are gradually being determined, the full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.

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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.

Upton's production up after time off

Outfielder notches 4 straight multihit games upon return

Upton's production up after time off

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's only been five games since his return, but it sure looks like a three-day break to work on his swing and clear his head was exactly what Justin Upton needed to find his groove again.

Upton had been mired in a 1-for-31 slump in the nine games before his break, but he has recorded four straight two-hit games following his return to the lineup, collecting four runs scored, three homers and nine RBIs in the process. He went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Tigers' 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mauer held out of lineup with sore quads

Molitor says injury 'a little bit more problematic' than originally thought

Mauer held out of lineup with sore quads

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was held out of the lineup for a second straight game with sore quads, and manager Paul Molitor said the injury is a bit more serious than originally thought.

Mauer was also out of the starting lineup on Sunday (he pinch-hit in the ninth) before playing on Tuesday after the Twins' off-day on Monday.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

Gray humbled by Cherokee Nation roots

Right-hander passionate about preserving Native American language, culture

Gray humbled by Cherokee Nation roots

DENVER -- Rockies pitcher Jon Gray's grandfather, who is of Cherokee descent, had some fun teaching Gray a few basics of the Native American tribe's language, like frequently used words and animal names.

"He's always been kind of a goofball -- he'll throw Spanish, Cherokee and English together, thinks it's pretty funny," Gray said.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' up-Hill climb vs. LA gets steeper

Giants' up-Hill climb vs. LA gets steeper

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill proved to be worth the wait, beating out Johnny Cueto in a pitchers' duel and handing the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday night. Los Angeles now holds a season-high three-game lead in the National League West.

Sidelined with a blister since his acquisition from Oakland at the Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, Hill threw 81 pitches before getting pulled following the sixth inning. The veteran lefty struck out three and allowed five baserunners, all reaching on singles. Justin Turner's fourth-inning home run and three scoreless innings from the L.A. bullpen, culminating with Kenley Jansen's perfect ninth for save No. 37, assured that Hill would walk away with a win.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Pujols, Papi HRs remind us of their greatness

Albert moves into 10th on all-time list; Ortiz oldest player to reach 30 blasts

Pujols, Papi HRs remind us of their greatness

First Albert Pujols, then David Ortiz. Two majestic home runs, two moments to savor and celebrate, eight minutes apart Wednesday night. Two opportunities to be reminded how lucky we've been to watch these guys play baseball. Sometimes, the baseball gods deliver more than we deserve.

We see them now, Ortiz, 40, and Pujols, 36, and are awash in memories of postseason heroics and times when they held their cities -- and their sport -- in the palm of their hands.

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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.

Paxton comes off DL to start vs. White Sox

Paxton comes off DL to start vs. White Sox

CHICAGO -- The Mariners activated left-hander James Paxton off the 15-day disabled list to start Thursday night's game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, and lefty Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 25-man roster.

Paxton will start the 5:10 p.m. PT series opener against the White Sox after sitting out two weeks with a bruised left elbow. The 27-year-old had a 1.59 ERA over his last four starts before being hit with a line drive off the bat of the Angels' Andrelton Simmons on Aug. 7.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Graveman gleaning wisdom from early struggles

Young righty is Oakland's most consistent member of rotation

Graveman gleaning wisdom from early struggles

OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman returned to Target Field's visiting dugout after a scoreless 20-pitch first inning, having worked around a walk to Minnesota's Joe Mauer and a tighter-than-usual strike zone from home-plate umpire Manny Gonzalez, and he turned to his close friend Sonny Gray.

They began to discuss what felt like a conversation more than a year in the making, even if he didn't realize at the time.

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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins acquire Francoeur in 3-team trade

Veteran outfielder provides right-handed bat with Stanton on DL; Minors C Foley sent to Braves

Marlins acquire Francoeur in 3-team trade

MIAMI -- The Marlins didn't necessarily find a replacement for Giancarlo Stanton, but the club on Wednesday night acquired a veteran who presents a right-handed-hitting threat in Jeff Francoeur from the Braves as part of a three-team trade that also included the Rangers.

Miami announced the deal shortly after a 3-0 win over Kansas City at Marlins Park. The Rangers sent Minor League shortstop Dylan Moore to the Braves, while Texas also received three international signing slots, one from Atlanta and two from Miami.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Longo sets Rays record with 4th 30-HR year

Veteran credits yoga, weightlifting and positive approach for resurgence

Longo sets Rays record with 4th 30-HR year

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria hit his 30th home run of the season in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Red Sox in 11 innings Wednesday night.

In doing so, the Rays' slugger moved past Carlos Pena to become the only player in team history to log four 30 home run seasons. Longoria spoke about reaching 30 prior to Thursday afternoon's game, and clearly the milestone felt special.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's keep bullpen fresh, recall Ondrusek

O's keep bullpen fresh, recall Ondrusek

The Orioles' reliever carousel continued Thursday, when Parker Bridwell was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk as the team recalled Logan Ondrusek from Double-A Bowie. Bridwell becomes the third reliever sent down since Friday as the O's try to keep fresh arms in the 'pen.

The O's signed Ondrusek on July 29, and he has appeared in six games with the club. Ondrusek has allowed four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez turning heads with impressive start

Catcher socks ninth homer in Yankees win over Mariners

Sanchez turning heads with impressive start

SEATTLE -- As if the monstrous upper-deck home run on the first pitch he saw or the scalded double down the left-field line, or the two homers in the first game of this series weren't enough, the first thing the traveling band of Yankees reporters wanted to hear about was how a 23-year-old catcher with 21 games of Major League experience could get walked intentionally twice in one game.

Add another chapter to the story of the Gary Sanchez joy ride, which continued unabated Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Mariners. The prospect who has become a phenom in a few short weeks made his mark on yet another big league game, and now the history books, and he's done it all in a hurry.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halos Minor Leaguer flips over wall to rob HR

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Halos Minor Leaguer flips over wall to rob HR

The phrase "catch of the year" gets thrown around a lot. It's understandable, really: Baseball players make the amazing look routine on an almost daily basis, and it's only natural to pronounce the latest play to be the most amazing of them all.

But we feel fairly confident that Arkansas Travelers right fielder Zach Welz's grab against the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday will go down as one of the catches of this or any year. Because he didn't just chase a ball down in the gap or rob a homer or stand on top of a ledge -- he flipped over the outfield wall.

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Jose shows way as Marlins halt KC's streak

Jose shows way as Marlins halt KC's streak

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven dominant innings while striking out nine in the Marlins' 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

With his nine strikeouts, Fernandez became Miami's single-season strikeout leader, now with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster's mark of 209 in 2000. But Fernandez's 111-pitch outing ended with some caution as he limped off the mound with a cramp after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Wednesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Papi tops 2 lists, but Sox drop the ball

Red Sox DH also records 100 RBIs for 10th time with Red Sox, passing Williams

Papi tops 2 lists, but Sox drop the ball

ST. PETERSBURG -- In the final season of one of the great careers in the history of the Red Sox, David Ortiz has shown that age is but a number. He continued to do so on Wednesday night.

Ortiz rocked the first pitch he saw from Matt Andriese in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Rays for a home run to right-center field, his 30th of the season. And with Dustin Pedroia on second base, he also recorded his 100th RBI of the year to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Ortiz became the oldest player to reach 30 home runs in a season at 40 years, nine months and six days old.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

Angels' slugger takes over sole possession of 10th on all-time list

Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols moved his name up the record books on Wednesday night belting his 584th career home run in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, passing former teammate Mark McGwire into sole possession of 10th on the all-time list.

Pujols drove Marco Estrada's 0-1 cutter over the fence in left-center, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead in the first inning and going back-to-back with Mike Trout.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

We can thank Frank Thomas for getting Ken Griffey Jr. to flip his cap backwards at the HOF

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We can thank Frank Thomas for getting Ken Griffey Jr. to flip his cap backwards at the HOF

Remember when Ken Griffey Jr. ended his Hall of Fame induction speech by putting on his cap backwards and recreating the iconic look from his playing days? 

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Correa's dazzling diving grab helps seal win

Correa's dazzling diving grab helps seal win

PITTSBURGH -- Perhaps the biggest sigh of relief for Astros pitcher Ken Giles wasn't that the laser hit back up the middle by Matt Joyce in the ninth inning Wednesday didn't take his head off. It was that shortstop Carlos Correa was in just the right spot.

Correa, lined up on the right side of second base, made a diving grab behind the bag to snag the Joyce liner for the first out in the ninth inning. Giles struck out the next two batters to close out the Astros' 5-4 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This cat just wanted to chill and watch a Pirates game at PNC Park

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This cat just wanted to chill and watch a Pirates game at PNC Park

The Pirates took on the Astros at PNC Park for an early game Wednesday, and everyone with the afternoon off in Pittsburgh surely headed over for some good Interleague baseball. Everyone, including this very chill ballpark cat.

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Which team should you cheer for in the Little League World Series?

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Which team should you cheer for in the Little League World Series?

During the month of August, baseball teams from all over the globe gather in Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The championship game will be played on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m., ET (you can watch it on ABC), and you need to know who you'll be cheering for. Teams will play in elimination games up until Sunday, so make sure you hitch your wagon to the right star. Take our quiz below to determine which team to choose.

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