Zeroic: Harper feat not seen in 100 years!

Nats' star first in modern history to do so with four walks, one RBI

Zeroic: Harper feat not seen in 100 years!

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper's bat is one of baseball's most feared weapons, but on Thursday night at Nationals Park, the slugger's lumber was just one more observer.

Harper put together a performance unlike any other in Major League history in the Nationals' 15-1 win over the Braves, reaching base four times and scoring four runs, all without an official at-bat.

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

Reel deal: Salvy, Colon thwart Tigers in KC

Reel deal: Salvy, Colon thwart Tigers in KC

KANSAS CITY -- No lead was safe through the early going of the Royals' 15-7 marathon win over the Tigers on Thursday night.

The Tigers spit back a 3-0 lead. The Royals spit back a 6-3 lead.

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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.

Seager makes quick impact in Dodgers debut

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

Seager makes quick impact in Dodgers debut

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Corey Seager was locked in before Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Padres, his focus on third base coach Ron Roenicke.

"Now if I touch here, the bunt is off,'' Roenicke said, getting Seager up to speed on the Dodgers' signs.

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

Vintage CarGo racking up the hits

Vintage CarGo racking up the hits

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez claims there's no better feeling, saying, "I don't think it can get any better than that when you go foul pole to foul pole."

He did just that with his four hits -- including two homers -- on Thursday night, peppering three hits to left field and tacking on a blast to right for good measure. His borderline insane tear in the season's second half reached new levels in the Rockies' 11-3 win over the Giants at Coors Field, where he drove in another four runs.

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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.

Statcast: Shortstops shine with cannons, quickness

Segura, Colon range into hole and put arms on display

Statcast: Shortstops shine with cannons, quickness

Both shortstops had to extend to their right and launch quick throws that spanned nearly the whole way across the infield. They had to do so in a hurry, with runners sprinting toward first base. And they had to do so accurately, as an off-line throw would have been worse than no throw at all.

As Statcast™ showed, the Brewers' Jean Segura and the Royals' Christian Colon were up to the task. Segura stayed on both feet and beat the runner by a full step, while Colon leapt and forced a replay review. But they made similar highlight-reel throws from deep in the hole Thursday night.

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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.

Braun makes history with fourth 20/20 season

Brewers slugger 31st Major Leaguer to achieve feat

Braun makes history with fourth 20/20 season

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun made some history, and helped the Brewers win a ballgame in the process.

Braun became the 31st player in Major League history to post at least four seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases when he swiped second in the fifth inning of Thursday night's 5-3 win over the Pirates. It put him in scoring position for Khris Davis' go-ahead double, and the Brewers held that lead to finish their second three-game sweep of the postseason-bound Pirates since the All-Star break.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals roll on and lower magic number to 18

Royals roll on and lower magic number to 18

Thursday was light on baseball with just 12 teams in play, but the six-game slate still packed plenty of playoff implications. Each of the games featured a club vying for a playoff spot, three division leaders among them.

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Angels to step up GM search

Team hopes to have position filled by end of season

Angels to step up GM search

ANAHEIM -- The Angels face a potential season-defining homestand over these next 10 days, with nine games against the Rangers, Dodgers and Astros, three teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today. In the meantime, owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino are expected to accelerate a franchise-altering search for a new general manager, a reality thrust upon them when Jerry Dipoto resigned on the first of July.

The search is still believed to be in its embryonic stages, but the Angels are nonetheless hopeful of a resolution before season's end. Moreno and Carpino conducted an extensive search just four years ago -- a search that led to Dipoto -- and already have a good feel for most of the candidates.

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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.

Jennings, Marlins meet to discuss role

Jennings, Marlins meet to discuss role

MIAMI -- Dan Jennings met with upper management on Thursday at Marlins Park. While no specifics were announced, the Marlins intend to retain Jennings as manager, at least for now.

The Marlins are in the process of making widespread changes throughout the organization. And indications are Jennings will eventually transition from the dugout back to general manager.

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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.

The Week Ahead: Crowded AL Wild Card race heats up

Twins, Angels, Rays on heels of Yanks, Rangers

The Week Ahead: Crowded AL Wild Card race heats up

It might only be early September, but little by little, inning by inning, the postseason is starting to take shape. And in the American League, while some clubs appear to be on cruise control to October, there's still more than enough intrigue to make this a month to remember.

Here's a pre-Labor Day primer for all of the drama that's yet to come over the next month in the Junior Circuit:

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

Missouri farm creates Royals vs Cardinals corn maze

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Missouri farm creates Royals vs Cardinals corn maze

he Royals and Cardinals have played against each other 93 times throughout their history. The Cards hold a 50-36 advantage during the regular season while the Royals, as you may remember, defeated their crosstown rivals in the 1985 World Series. And this season, the competition along I-70 feels hotter than a stack of ribs and spicy sausage served with garlic powder on a steaming hot day at Sweetwater Bar-B-Que. Both teams lead their respective leagues in wins, while St. Louis took home the 2015 season series, 3-2. And now, Missouri, before October gets underway, a local corn maze is asking you which side you stand on.

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Jungmann again bests Bucs in Crew's sweep

Jungmann again bests Bucs in Crew's sweep

MILWAUKEE -- All good things must come to an end. Especially for the Pirates at Miller Park. Thus the Bucs' 11-game winning streak in Francisco Liriano starts came to a crashing halt Thursday night, when Hernan Perez drove in two runs and Taylor Jungmann cast his usual spell over Pittsburgh as the Brewers held on for a 5-3 win.

On the eve of a crucial series in St. Louis, the loss dropped the Pirates 6 1/2 games behind the National League Central-leading Cardinals, who were idle. The Bucs have suffered their only two sweeps since the All-Star break in Milwaukee, and otherwise have gone 26-12 in the season's second half. Since 2007, the Brewers are 61-17 at home against the Pirates.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on 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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Phil Rogers

Simple plan, hard to execute: Score more vs. Cards

Bucs, Cubs at Busch next six days to try to figure out how to attack St. Louis

Simple plan, hard to execute: Score more vs. Cards

The Pirates have gone 23-12 since July 26, and all it has gained them against the Cardinals is one-half game in the standings. Perhaps the recent trend -- losing four in a row, including being swept in Milwaukee -- is somewhat understandable, as it must be draining to play so well and get so little out of it.

As for as the NL Central goes, the Cubs can certainly relate. They've gone 23-10 since July 29, and while it has established them as favorites for the second Wild Card spot, all it has gotten them in the division race is one game. They have gone from 11 1/2 back to 10 1/2 back.

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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.

Solarte serves as catalyst, flirts with cycle

Solarte serves as catalyst, flirts with cycle

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte was a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday night, as the Padres had a come-from-behind, 10-7 win in the first of a four-game series against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

In his last at-bat of the game, Solarte hit the ball down the left field-line, which looked like it maybe could have clinched him the cycle.

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Beth Maiman is an associate 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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Giants looking for familiar 'late-season magic'

Giants looking for familiar 'late-season magic'

DENVER -- On the Giants' bus, en route from Dodger Stadium to LAX as Wednesday turned into Thursday, there was an admission that the Giants had a major challenge ahead of them to return to the postseason this year.

"And," one of the veterans proclaimed, "we have the talent to get the job done."

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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.

Royals log 20 hits to win slugfest with Tigers

Royals log 20 hits to win slugfest with Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- After scoring 12 runs the previous night, the Royals came back to batter the Tigers' pitching staff again on Thursday in a marathon 15-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.

Kendrys Morales had four hits and four RBIs, Lorenzo Cain homered and had three RBIs, Paulo Orlando cracked a two-run homer, and Ben Zobrist had four hits for the Royals, who overcame a 3-0 deficit, and then gave up a 6-3 lead before a six-run seventh put the game out of reach.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. 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.

Zimmerman, Nationals jump out early, drub Braves

Zimmerman, Nationals jump out early, drub Braves

WASHINGTON -- Led by the planet's hottest hitter in Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals hammered their way to within six games of the Mets in the National League East with a 15-1 win over the Braves on Thursday night.

The Nats chased Braves starter Matt Wisler after 1 2/3 innings and seven runs, but they kept on slugging. By the end, the Nationals collected 17 hits, drew eight walks (four by Bryce Harper alone) and clubbed five doubles, which tied a season high.

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

Rays' Powell among 10 top prospect performers Thursday

Tampa Bay's No. 13 prospect homers and drives in four runs for Triple-A Durham

Rays' Powell among 10 top prospect performers Thursday

Boog Powell doesn't hit many home runs, but that's not to say he's without power.

The Rays No. 13 prospect enjoyed arguably the best offensive performance of his career Thursday, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs in Triple-A Durham's loss to Charlotte. His three extra-base hits and nine total bases both were career-highs for the 22-year-old outfielder.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. 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

The Cardinals and the Pirates have the two best records in the National League, and they'll be eyeing each other warily down the stretch. The two contenders will get a close look at each other this weekend, and All-Star Carlos Martinez will be matched against Pittsburgh's J.A. Happ in tonight's 8:15 p.m. ET series opener.

Martinez has gone 13-6 with a 2.91 ERA during his breakout season, but his latest start was pushed back a few days due to discomfort in his back. Martinez will be working on eight days' rest. The right-hander has been better on the road (7-3, 2.68 ERA) than at home (6-3, 3.14 ERA) this season.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

Brewers, Reds could pound each other at plate

Brewers, Reds could pound each other at plate

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 Friday.

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

Kendrys pushes toward century mark in RBIs

Kendrys pushes toward century mark in RBIs

KANSAS CITY -- Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales was one of several offensive stars in a 15-7 slugfest win over the Tigers on Thursday night, collecting four hits and four RBIs.

The RBIs pushed Morales' season total to 98, within a breath of 100. The last time Morales had 100-plus RBIs came in 2009 when he had 108 for the Angels.

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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.

Padres ride 15-hit parade, rally past Dodgers

Padres ride 15-hit parade, rally past Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- Jedd Gyorko's go-ahead home run sparked a Padres' four-run rally in the eighth inning, as San Diego beat the Dodgers, 10-7, on Thursday night at Petco Park.

Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson allowed a leadoff walk to Justin Upton before Gyorko smashed a 380-foot, two-run homer to center field. Juan Nicasio later allowed a triple to Melvin Upton Jr. , which scored Derek Norris. Yangervis Solarte, who went 4-for-5, added an RBI double.

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Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hurdle undeterred by Bucs' Central woes

Manager: 'Our focus needs to be on playing better' entering huge series in St. Louis

Hurdle undeterred by Bucs' Central woes

MILWAUKEE -- And now the Bucs get to go from the horseshoe to the whole darned horse.

That was Andrew McCutchen's take of Miller Park, where the Pirates felt the broom whiskers of another sweep with Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Brewers.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iglesias sustains bruised right finger on bunt

Iglesias sustains bruised right finger on bunt

KANSAS CITY -- Jose Iglesias would rather be hit by a ball anywhere than on his hands, he said after the Tigers' 15-7 loss to the Royals on Thursday night.

They're that important.

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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.

With 3 HRs, Rox roll over reeling Giants

With 3 HRs, Rox roll over reeling Giants

DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez stayed scorching hot with a two-homer, four-hit night, helping propel the Rockies to an 11-3 win over the Giants in Thursday's series opener at Coors Field.

"I just go up to the plate with no worries," Gonzalez said. "Just try to get a good pitch to hit and use the whole field."

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

Swanson swats a career-high five hits for Hops

D-backs No. 1 prospect is 10-for-20 in his past five games for Class A Short Season Hillsboro

Swanson swats a career-high five hits for Hops

2015 No. 1 overall Draft pick Dansby Swanson can now add a five-hit performance to his already impressive professional resume.

After collecting two hits in seven of his first 18 professional games, the Diamondbacks' No. 1 prospect went 5-for-6 with a triple and three runs scored on Thursday in Short Season Hillsboro's 12-0 rout over Boise.

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

Vogelsong has tough time savoring 1st HR

Vogelsong has tough time savoring 1st HR

DENVER -- Though he eventually took the loss when the Giants fell, 11-3, to the Rockies on Thursday night, starter Ryan Vogelsong found poetic justice. He entered the game with an ERA of 7.14 at Coors Field as a starter (six starts), and in the first inning he yielded a two-run shot to Carlos Gonzalez that nearly hit the concourse in left field.

Then, with his team down, 4-0, in the top of the third, Vogelsong drove the first pitch he saw from Chris Rusin into the Rockies' bullpen for his own two-run, 391-foot shot, notching his first career home run in parts of 11 big league seasons over 16 years and cutting the lead in half.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to 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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Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

Hurdle expects Pirates center fielder back vs. Cards

Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

MILWAUKEE -- Annoyed for a few days by tightness in his left Achilles, Andrew McCutchen rested on the Pirates' bench -- and on his laurels -- Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers. The National League's August Player of the Month was out of the starting lineup, but called it a "healthy scratch."

"My Achilles has been tight, and it's been nagging me. I wouldn't call it an injury, just something I've dealt with," McCutchen said.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.