Bat trick: Jays' EE records 3 HRs, 9 RBIs

Bat trick: Jays' EE records 3 HRs, 9 RBIs

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. Toronto's 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 game 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 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.

LLWS stars who grew up to be MLB players

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LLWS stars who grew up to be MLB players

Nothing puts the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on display quite like letting a bunch of 12-year-old kids play baseball on national television.

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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 in the broadcast booth.

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.

Statcast: Goins' gallop on sac fly gaffe

Technology tracks Blue Jays' second baseman scoring all the way from second

Statcast: Goins' gallop on sac fly gaffe

Saturday's full slate of games featured a number of defensive gems across the Majors -- and one less-than-stellar effort.

The one thing they all had in common was Statcast™ was there to track every aspect of each play. From potential run-saving catches with the game in the balance to one of the stranger sacrifice flies of the season, the following is an in-depth look, courtesy of Statcast™, at some of Saturday's top plays, as well as a pair of the top home runs on the night.

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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.

Pennsylvania to play for LLWS title today

Pennsylvania to play for LLWS title today

A pair of thrilling walk-off victories on Saturday propelled Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania) and Japan (Tokyo) into the 2015 Little League World Series championship game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.

Lewisberry, Penn., will be seeking the state's first Little League World Series championship since 1960, when Levittown accomplished it. It will have to go through Japan, making its seventh championship game appearance in the past 12 years.

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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.

Beltre turns liner into juggling barehand grab

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Beltre turns liner into juggling barehand grab

As fans, we've become accustomed to routinely marveling at the exploits of pro ballplayers; we're 90 percent sure that's what's powering Twitter right now. For the athletes themselves, though, it's tough to get too worked up about all of the everyday brilliance they make look so routine -- it's quite literally just part of a day's work, after all. 

Which is why Elvis Andrus is so refreshing (you know, plate discipline notwithstanding). Early in Saturday's Orioles-Rangers game, Andrus' partner-in-crime Adrian Beltre made a preposterous grab, deflecting a line drive with his glove before calmly snatching it with his bare hand. It's the kind of play us laypeople couldn't make in a million years, so Andrus took the time to check the Jumbotron and make sure that, yes, he did really just do that.

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Network to highlight RBI World Series today

Network to highlight RBI World Series today

MLB Network and MLB.com will air two documentaries today 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.

Sources: Mets acquire reliever Reed

Ex-Arizona closer could fill much-needed seventh-inning setup role

Sources: Mets acquire reliever Reed

NEW YORK -- With days to spare until the waiver Trade Deadline, the first-place Mets have addressed their most glaring weakness heading into the stretch run. The club is set to acquire right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-backs in exchange for two Minor Leaguers, according to multiple sources, in a move that could bridge a widening gap between their starting pitchers and back-end relievers. Neither team has confirmed the deal, which is pending medical reviews.

Reed, 26, posted a 4.20 ERA in 38 appearances with the D-backs, including a 1.65 ERA with no homers in 16 1/3 innings since returning from a Minor League option in late July. He is a strong candidate to become the go-to seventh-inning setup man the Mets have lacked for most of this season, supplanting Hansel Robles, who gave up a home run in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Red Sox. Beyond their back-end combination of Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia, the Mets have struggled to find consistency lately in their bullpen.

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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.

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.

Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A fan who fell from the upper deck at Turner Field on Saturday night has died.

Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department confirmed that the unidentified man, believed to be in his early 60s, died after being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, located near Turner Field.

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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.

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.

Nationals hit three HRs, gain game on Mets

Nationals hit three HRs, gain game on Mets

WASHINGTON -- Backed by three home runs, including back-to-back blasts from Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond in the sixth inning, Jordan Zimmermann turned in seven strong innings in the Nationals' 5-1 series-tying victory against the Marlins on Saturday night.

Zimmermann, who improved to 11-8 with the win, scattered seven hits. Justin Bour's second-deck home run in the seventh was the only interruption in a string of zeros.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Lynn downplays injury after win over Giants

Cardinals starter laughs off injury, feels next start not in jeopardy

Lynn downplays injury after win over 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. The Cardinals are optimistic, however, that the injury won't keep him from much more.

Lynn stumbled his way around Saturday's seven-inning start, even at one point tripping down the dugout steps. On the field, he took his first visit from the team's head athletic trainer in the fifth inning when his right knee buckled as he tried to field a short ground ball to his left.

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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.

Dodgers rally past Cubs, pad NL West lead

Dodgers rally past Cubs, pad NL West lead

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run single in the seventh inning for Los Angeles' fifth straight win in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night. The win pushed the Dodgers' lead in the NL West to 3 1/2 games over the Giants and the Cubs saw their lead in the Wild Card shrink to 3 1/2 games.

Trailing, 2-1, to start the seventh, the Dodgers put four runs on the board off Cubs starter Jon Lester. Los Angeles started the inning with four straight hits, headlined by Ethier's go-ahead single, which took Lester out of the game. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single later in the inning for insurance. Lester (8-10) lasted six-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five runs.

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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.

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.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

Action continues Sunday around Major League Baseball with many playoff hopes still alive.

Here are four games to watch:

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

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Nationals stack up well against Padres

Nationals stack up well against Padres

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Sunday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.

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Fiers benefits from extra rest in no-no follow-up

Right-hander allows three hits over six-plus in win over Twins

Fiers benefits from extra rest in no-no follow-up

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Fiers tried out his best Johnny Vander Meer impression on Saturday, but it only lasted three innings.

Fiers, who tossed a no-hitter in his last start against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, held the Twins hitless until the fourth, when Joe Mauer ended the right-hander's attempt to become the second pitcher to throw two consecutive no-hitters during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

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

Daniel Nava befriends 18-year-old cancer patient

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Daniel Nava befriends 18-year-old cancer patient

Just six weeks before her high school graduation, 18-year-old Nava Rodriguez was diagosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lympoma (ALCL), a serious blood cancer that aggressively attacks when found in young people.

However, when she first arrived at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., the teenager took some friendly ribbing from the nurses for her shirsey of choice: A Red Sox shirt with Daniel Nava's name and No. 29 on the back. 

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Rangers feeling Wild with third straight win

Rangers feeling Wild with third straight win

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers maintained their grip on the second Wild Card playoff spot in the American League on Saturday night, while the Orioles continued to slide in the other direction.

Bobby Wilson's RBI double put the Rangers ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and they held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Globe Life Park. The Rangers, with their third straight win, have a 1 1/2-game lead for that second spot; the Orioles, with their ninth loss in the last 10 games, are now 4 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race.

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

Colon gives 'pen a break with inning of relief

Mets righty tosses scoreless frame in first outing out of bullpen since 2011

Colon gives 'pen a break with inning of relief

NEW YORK -- A near-record 43,255 fans piled into Citi Field on Saturday and were treated to a surprise. The second-largest showing in Citi's history left mostly displeased with New York's 3-1 loss to Boston. But many left entertained after beloved starter Bartolo Colon made his first relief appearance in over four years.

With New York's bullpen taxed, Mets manager Terry Collins turned to the 42-year-old Colon to take his normal between-starts bullpen session to the real mound. What resulted was a top of the ninth high on entertainment value and ultimately positive in results. Colon kept a 3-1 score at that by pitching around a one-out David Ortiz double, finishing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. It was his first relief appearance since April 14, 2011, when Colon pitched three shutout innings for the Yankees against the Orioles.

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

Blue Jays fans celebrate Encarnacion's HR hat trick

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Blue Jays fans celebrate Encarnacion's HR hat trick

After Edwin Encarnacion launched his third home run of the game in the seventh inning against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon, the fans in attendance at Rogers Centre feted him by throwing their hats onto the field. 

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Gomes' grand slam caps rally to top Halos

Gomes' grand slam caps rally to top Halos

CLEVELAND -- One night after coming from behind with three runs against seventh-inning reliever Trevor Gott, the Indians went off against Angels setup man Joe Smith in the eighth, getting a go-ahead double by Carlos Santana and a game-breaking grand slam by Yan Gomes to capture an 8-3 win from Progressive Field on Saturday.

Gomes knew the ball was leaving the ballpark right off the bat.

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

Ram shot: Bucs' early HR holds up vs. Rox

Ram shot: Bucs' early HR holds up vs. Rox

PITTSBURGH -- Aramis Ramirez's three-run, first-inning homer and J.A. Happ's solid 5 2/3 innings were all the Pirates needed in a 4-3 victory Saturday night at PNC Park. The second-place Pirates kept pace in the National League Central, remaining 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals.

Ramirez hit his 13th homer of the season, and second since arriving in a trade with the Brewers, after Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen singled with one out. Those were three of the five hits, and all of the runs, Pittsburgh managed against Rockies lefty Chris Rusin (4-7). But they were enough for the Pirates -- leading the NL Wild Card race -- to win their seventh in the last eight games and 10th in the last 12.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Severino, late runs carry Yanks past Braves

Severino, late runs carry Yanks past Braves

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius' seventh-inning double ended Matt Wisler's night and provided sufficient support to Luis Severino, who helped the Yankees claim a 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.

A first-inning wild pitch accounted for the only run Wisler had surrendered until Chase Headley and Gregorius began the seventh inning with consecutive doubles. Brian McCann's eighth-inning double off Edwin Jackson provided an insurance run for the Yankees, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East race.

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

Scioscia, Trout don't blame wrist for slump

Manager doesn't think slugger's injury carried over

Scioscia, Trout don't blame wrist for slump

CLEVELAND -- The worst month of Mike Trout's career has immediately followed an injury to his left wrist, a troubling ailment for any right-handed power hitter.

Trout has previously denied any correlation, but as the slump prolongs, the curiosity increases.

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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.

Moose leads charge as Royals shake off Rays

Moose leads charge as Royals shake off Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Powered by a pair of Mike Moustakas RBI doubles and a solid start by right-hander Kris Medlen, the Royals moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 on Saturday night with a 6-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Medlen, who improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, allowed three earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking two. Eric Hosmer snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a run-scoring double in the fourth for the Royals, who are now 6-0 against the Rays this season.

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Michael Kolligian is a contributor to MLB.com. David Wilson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baez likely to be in first wave of callups

Cubs infielder could join the Major League club on Tuesday

Baez likely to be in first wave of callups

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs will likely call up infielder Javier Baez on Tuesday when Major League teams can expand their rosters. Baez was batting .316 in 67 games at Triple-A Iowa.

"I would say he's probably sooner rather than later, probably a first-wave kind of guy, because there's a lot things he can do to help you win right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Baez, who missed the first month following the death of his sister, and was sidelined for another month because of a finger injury.

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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.

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.