Dodgers reportedly promote Seager

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

Dodgers reportedly promote Seager

Make way for another of the best young players in baseball. The Dodgers have reportedly promoted Corey Seager, their top prospect and the No. 2 prospect in the game according to MLB Pipeline, to the big leagues on Thursday. Seager batted .293 with 18 home runs combined this season in stops with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to his promotion.

The Dodgers have not confirmed the promotion.

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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.

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

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

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

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Today's starting lineups: Sept. 3

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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Votto in vintage form with evolved swing

Big second half pushing Reds star into NL MVP conversation

Votto in vintage form with evolved swing

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

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

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Six prospects we'd like to see called up

Six prospects we'd like to see called up

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

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

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

Lincecum reportedly done for the season

Lincecum reportedly done for the season

Tim Lincecum's season is reportedly over. Lincecum, San Francisco's two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, has been sidelined by a hip injury, and Giants general manager Bobby Evans told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday that the right-hander will not pitch again this season.

The club has not confirmed the report.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Lyle Spencer

Ker-show: 132 pitches, 15 K's, 1 sweep

Another masterpiece from ace lifts Dodgers to 6 1/2-game lead in NL West

Ker-show: 132 pitches, 15 K's, 1 sweep

LOS ANGELES -- From his observation point roughly 75 feet away, Jimmy Rollins saw nothing of concern with Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning Wednesday as the pitch count rose along with pulse rates at Dodger Stadium. The Giants were threatening, but the big lefty was still dealing.

"If the velocity starts dropping and he's not as sharp, that's when you know he's getting tired," Rollins said in the afterglow of a 2-1 Dodgers triumph completing a three-game sweep and knocking the Giants 6 1/2 games off their National League West lead.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aggressive Donaldson races home on popout

Aggressive Donaldson races home on popout

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson is one of the frontrunners for the American League MVP Award because of his bat and glove, but in Wednesday night's 5-1 win over the Indians, it was his legs that had the fans at Rogers Centre in a frenzy.

Donaldson scored from third on a sacrifice popup to shallow right-center field and later stretched a single into a double by taking advantage of a lackadaisical Michael Brantley in left field. Donaldson finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2 fans get to sleep over, take BP at Fenway

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2 fans get to sleep over, take BP at Fenway

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

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Holland focused on Rangers' playoff push

Quirky southpaw has returned strong after injury-riddled year

Holland focused on Rangers' playoff push

SAN DIEGO -- Rangers pitcher Derek Holland can be a goofball, with his wild hairdos, Harry Caray impressions for national television and the Jobu statue from the movie "Major League" sitting in his locker.

Holland is also a devoted philanthropist involved in multiple charities and community events. He formed his own 60 Feet 6 Foundation to raise awareness in the fight against leukemia.

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

Perkins won't join Twins on road after setback

Hughes takes step forward with bullpen session

Perkins won't join Twins on road after setback

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitchers Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes are both dealing with back injuries, but Perkins suffered a setback in his bout with back spasms, while Hughes took a step forward by throwing a bullpen session without any issues on Thursday.

Perkins, who has been dealing with lower back spasms since Aug. 23, made one-inning appearances on Friday and Tuesday, but woke up with the back issues returning on Wednesday. He won't go on the club's road trip that starts Friday in Houston, as he'll remain in Minnesota to receive treatment.

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

Tejada's blooper turns into HR for Mets

Tejada's blooper turns into HR for Mets

NEW YORK -- From his vantage point at second base, Kelly Johnson went through the same sequence of emotions as nearly everyone else in Citi Field: disbelief that Ruben Tejada's hit skipped past Domonic Brown, concern for Brown as he flipped over the outfield wall and onto the concrete below, then a blaze of excitement as he watched Tejada race around the bases for the Mets' first inside-the-park home run in a half-decade.

For the Mets, it was a defining moment in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Phillies, another machine-like demonstration of their newfound offensive capabilities. For Brown, who left the park with concussion-like symptoms, it could have lasting repercussions. For Tejada, it was the lead highlight of what has quietly been a solid season in a previously disappointing career.

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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.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

There are only six games around the Major Leagues on Thursday, but the Padres and Dodgers still provide a marquee matchup. San Diego and Los Angeles will kick off a four-game set, and the Dodgers lead 8-4 in the season series despite outscoring the Padres by just three runs (47-44).

The Dodgers went 15-12 in August and solidified their grip on the NL West, and they've managed to stay afloat despite a 28-36 record on the road. Los Angeles is scoring 4.08 runs per game, slightly below the league average (4.10), and has the fourth-best ERA (3.39) of any NL team.

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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.

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.

Andrus' thievery can help fans steal a home

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

Andrus' thievery can help fans steal a home

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

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

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

Statcast: O's stand out in all facets

Davis homers twice; Jones displays rocket arm with run-saving throw to plate

Statcast: O's stand out in all facets

The Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak in style on Wednesday night. They hit a few home runs, robbed one at the wall and watched their star center fielder cut down another run at the plate.

Adam Jones' assist from center field leads off Wednesday's highlights, which also include a defensive robbery by Steve Pearce, a pair of Chris Davis homers, an inside-the-park round-tripper in New York and a pair of prodigious homers in Missouri.

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

Red-hot Sano living in the line-drive zone

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

Red-hot Sano living in the line-drive zone

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

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

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Johnson to start Sunday as Sale pushed back

Johnson to start Sunday as Sale pushed back

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erik Johnson will start for the White Sox in Sunday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium, while Chris Sale moves back to a Labor Day afternoon home start against the Indians as announced by manager Robin Ventura on Thursday.

Johnson was named the International League Most Valuable Pitcher after putting together an impressive bounce-back campaign following up his 2014 struggles for both the White Sox and Triple-A Charlotte. The 25-year-old right-hander finished at 11-8 with a 2.37 ERA for the Knights and would have been with the big league team earlier if not for a healthy White Sox rotation and the team deciding not to pursue a trade for impending free agent Jeff Samardzija around the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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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.

Rays hope September surge aids playoff push

After encouraging stretch, Tampa Bay eyeing AL Wild Card spot

Rays hope September surge aids playoff push

BALTIMORE -- Funny how a good stretch can change one's perspective, especially where the baseball standings are concerned.

Translation: The Rays still have hope to earn a spot in the playoffs as the American League's second Wild Card team.

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Bill Chastain 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.

No letting up for Jays, Yanks in airtight East

No letting up for Jays, Yanks in airtight East

Although no team is eligible to clinch a playoff berth quite yet, the postseason picture is starting to take shape.

With several intra-division series throughout September, there will be no shortage of meaningful games as the season winds down and the field is narrowed to 10.

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

Wright marveling at Citi Field buzz

Excitement of fans reminding veteran of earlier Mets years

Wright marveling at Citi Field buzz

NEW YORK -- Two hundred eighteen thousand, three hundred ninety-five fans packed into Citi Field for six games on the Mets' most recent homestand against the Red Sox and Phillies. That meant 218,395 bits of nostalgia for David Wright.

Over the past seven years, Wright has often referenced the 2006-08 seasons as benchmarks for what he hoped to see again at Citi. Nothing could have prepared him for what he experienced as a 23-year-old down the stretch in '06, back when 218,395-fan homestands were customary. Then again, Wright admits now that nothing could have prepared him for what he experienced afterward, either: consecutive collapses followed by six straight losing seasons. And that was just for the team. For Wright, that stretch coincided with serious injury after serious injury, culminating in this year's 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.

Molitor rests Sano due to balky hamstring

Molitor rests Sano due to balky hamstring

MINNEAPOLIS -- If it were April, Miguel Sano might have landed on the disabled list. If the Twins were out of contention, they might have the option to rest their prized rookie for more than just a day. But with the calendar having flipped to September and the Twins in hot pursuit of the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card spot, Sano has proven too valuable to take out for an extended period of time, despite a nagging right hamstring strain.

Sano has been noticeably hampered on the basepaths the past few days. He had three hits on Tuesday, but a day later, answered bluntly when asked how his hamstring felt: "Bad."

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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.

Let's relive Serena Williams' Yankees first pitch

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Let's relive Serena Williams' Yankees first pitch

Serena Williams is amazing. This sentence is indisputable. Go ahead and engrave it on a pyramid, because it will be true forever. She has the most major singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles of any tennis player active today. 

Right now, she's on a quest to accomplish a calendar Grand Slam, which would mean winning the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open all in the same year. She's already conquered the first three -- now all she has to do is triumph in Queens.

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Lobstein activated, will start opener vs. Tribe

Lobstein activated, will start opener vs. Tribe

KANSAS CITY -- Four months after filling in for Justin Verlander in the Tigers' rotation, Kyle Lobstein is back for another shot as a starter. The left-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday after missing half of the season recovering from a left shoulder injury.

Lobstein will make his return Friday night against Cleveland at Comerica Park. He takes the rotation spot previously occupied by Buck Farmer, who returned to the bullpen Wednesday night.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Rox, Giants hitters primed for big night

Rox, Giants hitters primed for big night

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 Thursday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

No one is as nice as Bryce in NL MVP chase

Harper's outstanding season shouldn't be hurt by Nationals' struggles as team

No one is as nice as Bryce in NL MVP chase

If I were writing a column about the National League MVP Award race a month ago, I would have just typed "Bryce Harper should win it," maybe tossed in a few Harper stats and a line about his hair, then moved on. I could have used the rest of my day to catch up on errands or take my dog for a walk. Thing is, I don't even have a dog, so I would have had time to pick out and purchase a dog and taken him for a walk. That's how much free time I would have had.

But those were simpler times, friends.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ump deserves Gold Glove for this barehand catch

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Ump deserves Gold Glove for this barehand catch

Back in 2010, Manny Gonzalez became the first Venezuelan MLB umpire. Since then, he's built a bit of a reputation for himself with his cat-like reflexes

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Jim Callis

Pipeline Inbox: Which AFL squad has the best roster?

Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about baseball's future stars

Pipeline Inbox: Which AFL squad has the best roster?

While he was recuperating from Tommy John surgery in 2014, Miguel Sano got overshadowed by Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo in the discussion of the game's best third-base and power prospects. Not any longer. Sano hit his 15th home run in 51 big league games Wednesday night, and he is now hitting .296/.405/.620 with 34 walks and 42 RBIs.

Sano's 1.025 OPS would tie Joey Votto for third in the Majors behind Bryce Harper and Miguel Cabrera if he had enough at-bats to qualify. He and Byron Buxton should bring a lot of joy to Target Field in the next several years.

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

Rockies 2015 Draft pick makes unreal diving catch

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Rockies 2015 Draft pick makes unreal diving catch

The Rockies drafted outfielder Bobby Stahel in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of the University of Southern California. Go Trojans?

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