Yanks strike back, even up series with Sox

Yanks strike back, even up series with Sox

BOSTON -- Stephen Drew drove in two runs and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees spoiled Rick Porcello's 13-strikeout performance with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Porcello established a new career high in punchouts, but he was ticketed for the loss by the two big hits; Drew's two-run double in the fifth inning and Gardner's two-out solo shot in the eighth. Only one of the runs was earned.

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

Stanton return in doubt following first rehab game

Club targeted Friday for All-Star OF to rejoin roster before setback

Stanton return in doubt following first rehab game

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, playing in his first rehab assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter, tested his left hand and wrist to less than stellar results on Tuesday.

Stanton -- who broke a bone in his left hand on June 26 and hadn't played in a game since -- went 0-for-2 with a walk, saying his hand and wrist "just felt OK" and "not 100 percent."

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

O's celebrate Ripken's Iron Man anniversary

Twenty years ago this month, Baltimore legend broke Gehrig's consecutive games played mark

O's celebrate Ripken's Iron Man anniversary

BALTIMORE -- For Cal Ripken Jr., Tuesday was yet another opportunity to take the field at Camden Yards, despite whatever was physically ailing him.

Ripken -- on hand for the ceremonial first pitch as the Orioles paid tribute to his iconic moment in playing in his Major League-record 2,131st consecutive game -- had a biking accident earlier in the day and flipped over his handle bars, jamming his right shoulder. As he relayed the story to the large group of media on hand for the 20th anniversary celebration of Sept. 6, 1995, the Iron Man couldn't help but quip: "I still would have played."

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

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

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

When C.J. Cron cruised into home on Monday night in Oakland, the Angels designated hitter not only extended his club's lead, but also lightened one lucky fan's monthly bill payments.

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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.

Rios, Herrera sidelined with chickenpox virus

Rios, Herrera sidelined with chickenpox virus

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right fielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera both contracted the chickenpox virus on the team's weekend trip to play the Tampa Bay Rays, and both were sent home separately by private jet back to Kansas City where they are recovering in their homes.

Rios began showing small blister-like symptoms on his chest on Saturday and reported to Royals trainer Nick Kenney, who sought out a Tampa internist who confirmed the chickenpox diagnosis. Herrera began showing symptoms on Sunday.

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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.

Spieth: Fenway 'greatest ballpark' in world

Spieth: Fenway 'greatest ballpark' in world

BOSTON -- The Red Sox rang in their first game of September with a star golfer recalling his pitching days and a soulful take on the national anthem before their game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

The Tuesday night pregame ceremony featured 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, as well as a duet performance by former Tower Of Power lead singer Ellis Hall and Berklee College of Music graduate Shea Rose.

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

On crutches, Teixeira out at least 2 weeks

On crutches, Teixeira out at least 2 weeks

BOSTON -- The deep bone bruise that has hobbled Mark Teixeira for more than two weeks is not improving, and while the Yankees slugger has been placed on crutches in an attempt to speed his healing, he is not expected to return to the lineup for at least two weeks.

Teixeira was examined on Tuesday by team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York, where a new MRI revealed that the bone bruise was more significant than initially thought. General manager Brian Cashman said that the tests showed no stress fracture and that the Yankees do expect Teixeira to return this season.

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

Rox turn triple play on Goldschmidt, D-backs

Rox turn triple play on Goldschmidt, D-backs

DENVER -- The Rockies completed one of baseball's rarest feats in their 6-4 loss to Arizona on Tuesday afternoon, turning a 6-4-3 triple play in the top of the ninth inning at Coors Field.

After Ender Inciarte doubled and Phil Gosselin walked against left-hander Jason Gurka, Paul Goldschmidt struck a hard liner to shortstop Jose Reyes with the runners in motion. After making the catch, Reyes tossed to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who threw to Ben Paulsen at first.

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

Phillies not in rush to discuss Amaro Jr.'s future

Phillies not in rush to discuss Amaro Jr.'s future

NEW YORK -- The Phillies have turned one of the weakest Minor League systems in baseball into arguably one of the best in a little less than nine months.

They traded Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Marlon Byrd, Jake Diekman and Antonio Bastardo for a combined 14 prospects, including three that rank among the top 64 in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. They have three other prospects in the Top 100, which is why MLBPipeline says the Phillies have the No. 7 system in baseball.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Fall League rosters packed with elite prospects

Phillies' Crawford, Cardinals' Reyes among Top 100 Prospects headed to desert

Fall League rosters packed with elite prospects

Teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros are hoping to play deep into October. Regardless of their big league postseason fortunes, however, a group of select players from those organizations, as well as the other 28 in baseball, are guaranteed to be playing this fall.

That opportunity comes courtesy of the Arizona Fall League, which on Tuesday announced its preliminary rosters for the 2015 season. The campaign, the league's 24th, begins on Oct. 13 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 21. With all 30 organizations sending players to fill the six AFL teams' rosters, the league is once again providing one-stop shopping for prospect fans.

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

Uganda Little League team ends journey

Scrimmage in Trenton, contribution to 'Play Ball' initiative precedes trip to Africa

Uganda Little League team ends journey

TRENTON, N.J. -- It was their last day in the U.S., the close of an unforgettable journey during which Uganda's darlings charmed crowds at the Little League World Series. They raised their own baseball and geography IQs; met new friends; enjoyed air, coach bus and luxury hotel life for the first time; spent two nights at Trenton Thunder Double-A games and even helped with Major League Baseball's new "Play Ball" initiative for youth inclusion.

Oh, and these impressive 11- and 12-year-old boys, who beat the Dominican Republic before bowing out against Venezuela and Chinese Taipei, said goodbye to their American hosts by crushing some more home runs, executing more double steals, making more barehanded plays, beating out more sure outs and blazing more fastballs.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

September is crunch time for teams on the bubble

Wild Card races in full swing as contenders ready for final month

September is crunch time for teams on the bubble

DENVER -- A year ago, the Milwaukee Brewers woke up the morning of Sept. 1 tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for both the National League Central lead, and the second spot in the NL Wild Card race, two games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A month later, the Brewers were at home, watching the postseason, having finished eight games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central, six games behind of the Giants and Pirates, the two NL Wild Card teams.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

Which managers have the greatest team influence?

Which managers have the greatest team influence?

Nothing's more difficult than evaluating the impact managers have on their teams. To quantify it is probably impossible. But one way it can be done is through the Pythagorean standings.

Bill James developed the formula long ago, looking at a team's statistics to determine how many games it should have won. Then, you compare that to the total that a team does win.

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

Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz's electric but brief introduction to the big leagues is finally ready for a sequel.

The Mets activated Matz from the disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he delivered 5 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Binghamton in his final rehab start, with plans to insert him into their rotation this weekend in Miami. The team will skip Noah Syndergaard's next turn in the rotation, according to a person with knowledge of the plan, shifting Matz into that slot before moving to a six-man rotation the following week.

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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.

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.

Strasburg plays catch, with next start up in air

Span undergoes season-ending surgery; Barrett opts for Tommy John procedure

Strasburg plays catch, with next start up in air

ST. LOUIS -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (back tightness) played catch at Busch Stadium on Tuesday afternoon without feeling any pain. But that does not necessarily mean he will make his next start, which is scheduled for Friday against the Braves at Nationals Park.

The Nationals want to see how Strasburg feels on Wednesday. If he is feeling fine, Strasburg will then throw a bullpen session.

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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.

After two-year absence, Bailey in bigs

After two-year absence, Bailey in bigs

BOSTON -- Andrew Bailey's long journey back from career-threatening labrum and capsule surgery delivered him to the doorstep of his most recent big league employer, as the former All-Star closer suited up in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

Bailey, 31, has not appeared in the Majors since 2013 with the Red Sox. The right-hander fought long odds to earn a September callup with the Yankees, having posted a 1.80 ERA in 28 Minor League appearances this year.

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

Craig resurfaces with Red Sox as September callup

Craig resurfaces with Red Sox as September callup

BOSTON -- More than three months after Allen Craig was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, he finally returned to the Red Sox on Tuesday as a September callup.

A top run producer for the Cardinals from 2011-13, Craig struggled mightily last season as he got over a left foot injury and had trouble adapting to a utility role earlier this season with Boston.

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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.

Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

Norris, Anibal take field during catch sessions

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers starter Daniel Norris' right oblique injury was bad enough when he first suffered it last road trip that sneezing was a painful experience.

"The first couple days, I would sneeze and it hurt so bad I wanted to cry," the left-hander said. "I came in one day and I was like, 'OK, I sneezed today and I didn't feel it.'"

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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.

Robertson undeterred by waiver claim reports

Closer remains on South Side with three years left on deal

Robertson undeterred by waiver claim reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Robertson received a few texts Monday afternoon after national reports broke that the Yankees had been awarded a waiver claim on the White Sox closer.

Friends were asking Robertson if he was going back to New York, where he pitched the first seven years of his career before joining the White Sox via a four-year, $46 million deal this past offseason. And what was his response to the inquiries?

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

Gordon returns, logs sacrifice fly in first at-bat

Gordon returns, logs sacrifice fly in first at-bat

KANSAS CITY -- One familiar face -- left fielder Alex Gordon -- and one new face -- outfielder Jonny Gomes -- were in the Royals' clubhouse when the team arrived to the ballpark on Tuesday.

Gordon was activated from the disabled list after rehabbing a strained groin at Triple-A Omaha for eight games. Gomes was acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Monday, partly because of the team's concern over right fielder Alex Rios' chickenpox diagnosis.

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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.

Corbin flashes top form as D-backs deny Rox

Corbin flashes top form as D-backs deny Rox

Phil Gosselin hit a three-run homer and a double, while Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and worked into the seventh en route to the win as the D-backs held off the Rockies, 6-4, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Coors Field on Tuesday afternoon.

While the D-backs prevailed, the Rockies nabbed the highlight of the game when they turned a 6-4-3 triple play in the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who in turn threw to first to complete the triple play.

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

Astros' Castro pleased with quad's progress

Astros' Castro pleased with quad's progress

HOUSTON -- Three days after going on the disabled list with a strained right quad, Astros catcher Jason Castro said he was pleasantly surprised at his progress and began rehab treatments on the injury Tuesday.

Castro said his first few days have been spent getting the swelling down and keeping his muscles activated to set the base for the treatments -- including light exercises, light stretching and some range-of-motion work. He strained his quad in Saturday's 4-1 victory against Minnesota when he rounded first base on a double.

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

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Alyson Footer

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Contributions to charities will give bidders chance to play with Los Angeles stars

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Their teams are crosstown rivals on the field, but away from the ballpark, Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw have more in common beyond their obvious baseball ability.

They are two of the most charitable players in the Major Leagues, and soon, they'll band together to raise funds for their respective foundations through a fan-friendly, interactive event.

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

Nationals call up catching prospect Severino

Solis recalled from Triple-A; Uggla activated from disabled list

Nationals call up catching prospect Severino

ST. LOUIS -- The Nationals added to their Major League roster by selecting the contract of catcher Pedro Severino from Double-A Harrisburg and recalling left-hander Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. The team also activated Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list.

Severino, ranked by MLB.com as the Nationals' No. 9 prospect, is considered an above-average defensive catcher, throwing out 38 percent of would-be basestealers in 331 Minor League games.

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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.

Hanley will go to first when he returns

Hanley will go to first when he returns

BOSTON -- When Hanley Ramirez returns from his most recent injury (sore right shoulder), he will report directly to first base, interim manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday.

The experiment of moving Ramirez to left field appears to be officially over, as Lovullo said he won't play out there again in 2015.

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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.

Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase

New York called up seven players with rosters expanding on Tuesday

Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase

NEW YORK -- For the first time in over a year, Eric Young Jr. stepped into Citi Field's home clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. A security guard greeted him with a hug. A team cook beamed at his arrival. The Mets were thrilled to have what Young called his own "brand of energy" back in the clubhouse.

"You try to put the whole puzzle together," Young said. "Hopefully I can help complete that puzzle."

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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.

Banuelos activated; Braves promote Olivera

Castro also called up; all three in starting lineup Tuesday vs. Marlins

Banuelos activated; Braves promote Olivera

ATLANTA --   The Braves did not wait long to throw some of their September roster additions into the fire. Third baseman Hector Olivera, left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos and shortstop Daniel Castro were all in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins at Turner Field.

Along with Olivera, Banuelos and Castro, the Braves promoted right-handed relievers Brandon Cunniff and Danny Burawa from Triple-A Gwinnett as Major League rosters expanded on Monday. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said recently demoted Williams Perez might be the only other addition to his roster over the remainder of this season.

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

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Richard Justice

5 intriguing storylines for September

5 intriguing storylines for September

Everything the Kansas City Royals did last season had the feel of a magical ride. Remember that eight-game playoff winning streak? That surely didn't feel real, did it? Did all that 2014 magic mean the Royals would be a one-hit wonder? Some wondered.

How would the Royals handle success and expectations? Turns out, they've handled it just fine. So as September begins, we offer a tip of the hat to Kansas City and its 13-game lead in the American League Central.

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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.