Sale scratched after 'clubhouse incident'

Sale scratched after 'clubhouse incident'

CHICAGO -- White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale was scratched from his start against the Tigers on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field and sent home after a pregame incident in the clubhouse.

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the incident stemmed in part from Sale protesting the use of throwback jerseys in Saturday's game. The club has not confirmed that detail, which was first reported by Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports.

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Barry M. Bloom

For Griffey and Piazza, both roads led to Cooperstown

No. 1 Draft pick, 62nd-rounder ready to be inducted into Hall of Fame

For Griffey and Piazza, both roads led to Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Mariners made Ken Griffey Jr. the first overall pick in the 1987 Draft. The following year, the Dodgers selected Mike Piazza with the 1,390th pick, in the 62nd round.

From those vastly different starting points -- Griffey as the highest Draft pick and Piazza the lowest to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- the two have arrived at the same place at the same time: in the Class of 2016.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton pelts scoreboard with majestic blast

Marlins slugger connects on fourth hardest-hit homer of season at 115.8 mph

Stanton pelts scoreboard with majestic blast

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton tested the stability of the auxiliary scoreboard in the third inning on Saturday night. Not only did the slugger connect on another impressive home run, he clanked his drive high off the Marlins Park scoreboard.

Stanton's two-run homer off Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was his first blast since he won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego on July 11.

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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.

Trumbo becomes 1st to 30 HRs this season

Trumbo becomes 1st to 30 HRs this season

BALTIMORE -- Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo blasted his 30th home run in the first inning of Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians to become the first player in the Majors to accomplish the feat this season. The two-run shot gave the O's a 3-0 lead.

"For a guy we were all about talking about how he does this in July, does this in June, does this in April; it's almost August," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "So he's putting together a year worthy of a lot of consideration."

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Alyson Footer

Hall of Fame induction weekend FAQ

Jam-packed schedule of events on tap for celebration in Cooperstown

Hall of Fame induction weekend FAQ

Thousands travel to Cooperstown every year for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and for just about everyone who doesn't already live in the upstate New York area, the trek can be time-consuming. The good news is that it's well worth the effort, as this annual celebration is jam-packed with much more than just the ceremony.

The Hall of Fame induction event is a weekend-long festival, turning the tiny, charming village into the world's greatest block party. The streets leading up to the Hall of Fame are lined with restaurants, tourist sites and baseball memorabilia shops -- with the odds of running into a Hall of Famer at an all-time high, given the volume of legends who return and the small dimensions of the town.

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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.

Griffey ready to accept place in baseball history

Electee soaking up experience in Cooperstown ahead of Sunday's induction

Griffey ready to accept place in baseball history

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For Ken Griffey Jr., reality sank in as he walked into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time on Friday night for a personal tour.

Until that moment, Griffey had never visited the historic museum, wanting to wait until he was a member of baseball's most exclusive club. But on the cusp of Sunday's induction, Junior and his family checked out the Hall after it closed to the public, and the impression was profound.

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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.

Piazza embracing Cooperstown experience

Electee grateful to spend time with Hall of Famers before Sunday's induction

Piazza embracing Cooperstown experience

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Set off from Cooperstown's main drag by a cluster of picturesque streets on one side, from Otsego Lake by a rich green lawn on the other, Otesaga Hotel is this weekend's social center for Baseball Hall of Famers. That includes Hall of Fame-elect Mike Piazza, who has just hours to go before his induction into Cooperstown at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, with coverage beginning on MLB Network and MLB.com at 11 a.m.

Piazza was whiling away some hours at the hotel lounge on Thursday night when a group of Hall of Famers in attendance told him he had to perform. Piazza picked up a pair of drumsticks and started playing with the band. No, the Hall of Famers told him. Sing. So Piazza attempted to channel his inner Jon Bon Jovi.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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 go on Cruz control vs. Blue Jays

Designated hitter homers twice, drives in seven runs

Mariners go on Cruz control vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO -- With hitting coach Edgar Martinez away in Cooperstown for Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame induction, Nelson Cruz joked the Mariners wanted to show the coach how much he was missed.

Seattle hitters combined to match a season-high 19 hits on Saturday, and Cruz led the way with seven RBIs and a pair of home runs, as the Mariners thumped the Blue Jays 14-5.

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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.

Story hits 2 HRs in record-setting game

Rockies phenom extends NL mark for homers by rookie SS

Story hits 2 HRs in record-setting game

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story didn't wait long to break the National League record for home runs by a rookie shortstop, and he doesn't seem to be slowing down.

A night after tying former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki's 2007 mark, Story launched his 25th homer, a two-run shot off Braves right-hander Matt Wisler in the second inning, his first at-bat Saturday night. In the eighth inning, he cracked No. 26 off Jim Johnson, extending the Rockies' lead to 8-4 with his fifth RBI of the game.

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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.

Pirates shake off shaky Glasnow, erupt vs. Phillies

Pirates shake off shaky Glasnow, erupt vs. Phillies

PITTSBURGH -- With two hit batsmen, three walks and five stolen bases allowed in three-plus innings, it's safe to say Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow struggled in his home debut. The Bucs' offense compensated, erupting for a five-run fifth inning and holding on to beat the Phillies, 7-4, on Saturday.

Down, 3-2, in the fifth inning, a single by Jordy Mercer and back-to-back Aaron Nola walks to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce and John Jaso loaded the bases. Gregory Polanco delivered a go-ahead two-run single, David Freese followed with a two-run single of his own, and a sacrifice fly by catcher Francisco Cervelli made it 7-3.

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A's homer twice, KO Colome, Rays in 9th

A's homer twice, KO Colome, Rays in 9th

OAKLAND -- Jake Smolinski and Ryon Healy homered in the ninth to hand Alex Colome his first blown save of the season as the A's stunned the Rays with a 4-3 win Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

Colome entered the game riding a streak of 21 consecutive saves. One more would have tied him with Fernando Rodney, who converted a club-record 22 straight in 2012. 

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Gattis' two homers power Astros past Angels

Gattis' two homers power Astros past Angels

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis homered twice, Carlos Correa added another and the Astros beat the division-rival Angels once again, torching Jered Weaver through the first four innings en route to a 7-2 victory at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.

The Astros have won 10 consecutive games against the Angels and are a Major League-best 36-16 since May 23.

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Twins outslug Red Sox in wild, windy affair

Twins outslug Red Sox in wild, windy affair

BOSTON -- Undeterred by squandering an early lead, the Twins came storming back for an impressive 11-9 victory over the Red Sox on a gusty Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Down 8-5 after six, the Twins came up with a five-spot in the seventh. Eduardo Nunez's two-out, two-run single up the middle snapped an 8-8 tie.

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2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2016 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. Of the 316 players selected during the first 10 rounds, only two of them did not sign:

41. Pirates: Nick Lodolo, LHP
217. Astros: Tyler Buffett, RHP

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Rookie's 12th-inning hit snaps Giants' skid

Rookie's 12th-inning hit snaps Giants' skid

NEW YORK -- Presented with a second chance to give the San Francisco Giants an extra-inning lead Saturday, Mac Williamson treated it like a pitch down the middle. He wouldn't let it pass him by.

Williamson drove in both Giants runs, including the go-ahead tally with a 12th-inning single that hastened San Francisco's 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The decision ended the Giants' season-high, six game losing streak and kept them four games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the National League West.

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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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Dodgers get back on track against Cardinals

Dodgers get back on track against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- One night after letting a plethora of scoring chances go untapped, the Dodgers capitalized against Mike Leake early on Saturday and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The win kept the Dodgers ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race and halted St. Louis' winning streak at five.

The Dodgers recovered from an exhausting, 16-inning loss quickly enough to even the three-game series at Busch Stadium. All nine players in L.A.'s starting lineup had at least one hit off Leake, who allowed a career-high 12 over his six innings. Five of those came in the third, when the Dodgers utilized three infield hits to generate some momentum before Justin Turner punctuated the four-run frame with a two-run double.

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Nieuwenhuis powers Brewers' win vs. Cubs

Nieuwenhuis powers Brewers' win vs. Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Montgomery won't want to remember his Cubs debut. Kirk Nieuwenhuis greeted the left-hander with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, his second home run of the game and first off a southpaw this season, to lead the Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night. Chicago acquired Montgomery from the Mariners on Wednesday.

"For Montgomery, that's just unfortunate," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I hope he just files that very quickly because it looked like his stuff was outstanding. They beat us, they just beat us. Give them credit."

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Bruce's blast leads Reds past D-backs

Bruce's blast leads Reds past D-backs

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs were wise to what the Reds were thinking in the first inning on Saturday night with Billy Hamilton on third base. They stopped a double-steal attempt and even caught Hamilton in a rundown as Joey Votto broke from first base to steal second base. However, Hamilton was fast enough to scamper back and that opened the door for trouble.

The Reds went on to score three runs in that inning, on the road for a 6-1 victory over the D-backs, assuring them of their third-straight series win. More >

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Hamels wins battle as Rangers push past Royals

Hamels wins battle as Rangers push past Royals

KANSAS CITY -- No. 1 starter Cole Hamels is doing his part to keep the Rangers afloat while they try to figure out about the rest of the rotation.

With trade rumors flying everywhere, the Rangers' big acquisition from last season won for the second time since the All-Star break in a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Saturday night. Hamels had to battle the heat to get through 5 1/3 innings, but he gave up just one run and now has the only two wins for the club since the break.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton, Fernandez too much for Mets to handle

Stanton, Fernandez too much for Mets to handle

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez on Saturday continued to dominate at Marlins Park, and Giancarlo Stanton nearly damaged the stadium's accessories in Miami's 7-2 victory over the Mets.

Fernandez struck out seven and allowed two runs over seven innings, while Stanton smacked a two-run homer off the auxiliary scoreboard in left field among his four hits and three RBIs on a night the Marlins rebounded from Friday's 5-3 loss to even their three-game series. With the win, Miami moved 1 1/2 games ahead of New York for second place in the National League East.

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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.

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Trumbo's 30th backs strong Gausman in win

Trumbo's 30th backs strong Gausman in win

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles have spent the past two nights showing off their power against the Indians' highly touted pitching staff. In a 5-2 win over the Tribe on Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mark Trumbo became the first Major Leaguer to reach 30 home runs, backing up a stellar performance by right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Orioles closer Zach Britton recorded the final out to notch his American League-leading 32nd save of the season.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

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Astros sign Cuban free-agent SS Sierra

Club also adds four international pitchers

Astros sign Cuban free-agent SS Sierra

HOUSTON -- The Astros announced the signing of Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra, as well as four other international prospects, on Saturday evening.

"Anibal stood out to me after my first look in November 2015 in the Dominican Republic," Astros senior scouting adviser Charlie Gonzalez said. "Offensively, Anibal has an aggressive hitting approach with a quick leveraged swing, high contact ability, and average to solid-average raw power."

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Aaron Nola used a Rube Goldberg device to strike out Josh Harrison on this bizarre play

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Aaron Nola used a Rube Goldberg device to strike out Josh Harrison on this bizarre play

While ballplayers routinely head out to the ballpark hours before gametime, Aaron Nola must have arrived at PNC Park under the cover of darkness to get everything in place for his complex Rube Goldberg machine. How else can you explain what happened when he struck out Josh Harrison? Coincidence? Luck? Bah. 

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Betts, Sox optimistic about speedy recovery

Right fielder receiving treatment on right knee, remains day to day; MRI shows no structural damage

Betts, Sox optimistic about speedy recovery

BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts was out of the starting lineup against the Twins in Saturday's 11-9 loss for precautionary reasons involving soreness in his right knee. Betts is getting treatment and is day to day, but the club is optimistic about a speedy recovery.

Betts' MRI came back negative and there is no structural damage to his knee.

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

Rupp hit in head by pitch, but dodges serious injury

Rupp hit in head by pitch, but dodges serious injury

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left in the third inning of Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Pirates after being hit in the head by a pitch, but manager Pete Mackanin said it appears Rupp hasn't sustained any significant injury.

Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow hit Rupp with a 91-mph fastball toward the back of his batting helmet. Rupp's helmet came off as he crumpled to the ground, but he was able to walk off the field.

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Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz's slam, 7 RBIs leads Mariners in rout

Cruz's slam, 7 RBIs leads Mariners in rout

TORONTO -- Nelson Cruz brought the big bat on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, slamming a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and driving in seven to help the Mariners clinch their weekend series with the Blue Jays and earn a 14-5 victory.

Cruz recorded the 20th multi-homer game of his career, belting his ninth career grand slam in the second inning and a smashing a three-run home run for good measure in the eighth inning.

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Sights and sounds from HOF Weekend

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Sights and sounds from HOF Weekend

Since their impending induction was announced on January 6, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr. and their thousands (millions? billions?) of fans have been counting down the days until Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Well, guess what?

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Arcia exits vs. A's with right elbow strain

OAKLAND -- Rays right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had to leave the Rays-A's game due to a mild right elbow strain.

According to the Rays, Arcia is day to day.

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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.

Castro's hot bat a direct boost for Yankees

Castro's hot bat a direct boost for Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have made their formula for success in 2016 clear: Get the starter through six innings with a lead, then give the game over to the bullpen.

But it might be time to make a slight amendment to the formula. That strategy is well and good, but there might be a shortcut. Just get Starlin Castro a hit.

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Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor roundup: Rays seeking big return for starters

White Sox want huge haul for Sale; Yankees reportedly near deal to trade Chapman

Rumor roundup: Rays seeking big return for starters

Less than 10 days now remain until the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and talks are shifting into high gear as teams search for stretch-run upgrades.

While no major deals went down on Saturday, there was no shortage of rumors to be found. Here is a look at the latest:

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Washington metro area. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.