You won't believe the play Joe Panik made last night

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You won't believe the play Joe Panik made last night

We already knew that Joe Panik is a wizard. His incredible diving play and subsequent glove flip helped the Giants win their third World Series in five years:

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Four HRs, 8-run frame fuel Cubs' rout vs. D-backs

Four HRs, 8-run frame fuel Cubs' rout vs. D-backs

CHICAGO -- Addison Russell connected on two home runs and Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam to power the Cubs' offense in a 14-5 win over the D-backs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Rookie Javier Baez added his first home run of the season during an eight-run fifth inning in which 11 Cubs came to the plate.

Baez finished 3-for-4 on the day, Russell went 2-for-3 and scored three runs while Rizzo finished 2-for-3 in a game in which every batter in the Cubs' starting lineup scored. The offense backed starter Jon Lester, who allowed two runs over five innings and struck out three.

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

Mendoza to continue on ESPN broadcasts

Former Olympic softball medalist will work remainder of Sunday night games

Mendoza to continue on ESPN broadcasts

Jessica Mendoza has already made history in the broadcast booth. Now she'll make more regular appearances.

Mendoza, a former United States softball Olympic gold and silver medalist, became the first woman to work a Major League Baseball game for ESPN in a Monday night D-backs-Cardinals game two weeks ago, and she followed it up with a Sunday Night Baseball debut last week that just happened to feature a no-hitter by Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta.

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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.

Report: Mets, agent at odds over Harvey's IP

Report: Mets, agent at odds over Harvey's IP

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey has been healthy throughout his first season back from Tommy John surgery. With the exception of one four-start stretch from late May to early June, he has also been dynamic the entire time, posting a 2.60 ERA in 25 outings thus far in 2015.

But the Mets and Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, are reportedly at odds over how to keep Harvey healthy going forward. A CBS Sports report on Friday quoted Boras as insistent that the Mets keep Harvey under a hard limit of 180 innings including the playoffs -- not the soft regular-season limit the Mets have quoted for him, with an eye toward unleashing him fully in October.

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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.

Stanton unlikely to return to Marlins this weekend

Stanton unlikely to return to Marlins this weekend

MIAMI -- The initial hope was for Giancarlo Stanton to be in the Marlins' lineup on Friday night in the series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park. Those plans changed when Stanton experienced some discomfort swinging the bat in a rehab-assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday. After the setback, the All-Star right fielder is listed as day to day.

Stanton has taken swings in recent days, but he is unlikely to be available for the weekend series against the Mets.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Seager tops list of best September callup fantasy prospects

Seager tops list of best September callup fantasy prospects

Every week, the MLBPipeline.com crew has ranked the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. These rankings are based solely on expected 2015 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to the MLBPipeline Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

All season, we've brought to you a list of the top guys in the Minor Leagues who we thought could have a fantasy impact at the big league level at some point in 2015. With the Minor League season all but over, we figured it was time to wrap up the Fantasy Top 10 prospects list.

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

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 4

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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Dan O'Dowd

5 surprising breakout seasons to believe in

5 surprising breakout seasons to believe in

Baseball is an untimed game, but in at least one way, it operates like clockwork. Every season, without fail, new stars are born before our eyes. For various reasons -- some forced by the emerging stars themselves and others by circumstance -- the game manages to develop fresh talent on a regular basis. And again this year, unsurprisingly, fans have enjoyed the unforeseen ascents of several youngsters.

The following five burgeoning Major Leaguers have broken out in a big way, exceeding their preseason prognostications by Labor Day. And given their skill sets, all have the tools to sustain their success.

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Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

'Ferrell Takes the Field' premieres on Saturday at Petco

Actor expected to be in attendance in San Diego

'Ferrell Takes the Field' premieres on Saturday at Petco

When Ron Burgundy burst onto the scene as America's most beloved fictional news anchor, a love affair formed between the somewhat inappropriate, mustachioed protagonist and one of the most beautiful cities in America.

So it should come as no surprise that the actor who made Burgundy kind of a big deal in San Diego more than a decade ago would premiere his first baseball movie in a ballpark located in the very city that he implored to "stay classy" in the cult classic "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

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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.

Springer in Astros' lineup, won't hold back

Outfielder will have 'no hesitations' on field, basepaths

Springer in Astros' lineup, won't hold back

HOUSTON -- More than two months after he fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch, Astros outfielder George Springer returned to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Twins at Minute Maid Park, batting first and playing left field in manager A.J. Hinch's lineup.

Springer said his wait to return to action has been "brutal."

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CC moving toward potential Wednesday return

CC moving toward potential Wednesday return

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's injured right knee has continued to progress to the Yankees' liking, which is why they are tentatively planning to have him rejoin the rotation Wednesday when the Orioles come to town.

Sabathia threw about 60 pitches in a simulated game on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia won't be replacing anyone in the current rotation when he returns, but will instead slot in to give the staff an extra day's rest.

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

Making sense of wild AL postseason picture

Twins, Angels, Rays on heels of Yanks, Rangers

Making sense of wild AL postseason picture

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.

Pedroia expected to return next week

Red Sox second baseman 'hitting all his check points'

Pedroia expected to return next week

BOSTON -- Look for Dustin Pedroia to make his return to the Red Sox's lineup at some point next week. The second baseman continues to make progress from the right hamstring injury that has put him on the disabled list twice and limited him to six games since June 24.

"Dustin is hitting all his check points aggressively," said interim manager Torey Lovullo. "It's getting close for him and we're all in it with him. We're all excited by what we're seeing and what we're hearing. He's putting on spikes. He's aggressively running the bases. He's continuing to run flat to build up some endurance in the outfield, pole to pole. He walks in after his work day and is really, really excited. That's nice to see."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Injured Schwarber may miss up to five games

Right rib strain will sideline rookie at least through series vs. D-backs

Injured Schwarber may miss up to five games

CHICAGO -- The Cubs will be without rookie Kyle Schwarber for three to five days while he is treated for a mild right rib strain he sustained prior to Wednesday's 14-5 win, the team announced. Recently acquired outfielder Austin Jackson took his spot in the order Friday against the D-backs as Chris Coghlan filled the void in left field.

Schwarber, who has seen time at catcher and in left field, will miss this weekend's series against Arizona before being re-evaluated for Chicago's next series in St. Louis, where he could have a chance to play. Manager Joe Maddon said he didn't "feel like it's very severe," but also wasn't willing to take any chances with a month left in the season.

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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.

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.

Tex placed on DL, but vows to return this year

First baseman hopes crutches accelerate healing; reliever Rumbelow recalled

Tex placed on DL, but vows to return this year

NEW YORK -- The Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a right shin bone bruise, but the club leader in home runs says there is a "100 percent" certainty that he will return to the lineup this season.

"There's no permanent damage," Teixeira said. "It's just a really bad bone bruise, worse than we first expected. It's unfortunate, but hopefully we have two months of the season left, so there's plenty of time for me to get healthy and come back."

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

Zeroic: Harper feat not seen in 100 years!

Nats' star first in modern history to score 4 runs with 4 walks, 1 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.

Remembering Jim Abbott's magical no-hitter

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Remembering Jim Abbott's magical no-hitter

Jim Abbott's story is a remarkable one. Despite being born without a right hand, he was a star at the University of Michigan, pitched the U.S. to an unofficial gold medal in the Olympics (back when baseball was merely a show sport) and became a first-round Draft pick of the Angels in 1988.

But that perserverance shouldn't be the only thing we remember about him. Abbott wasn't just "that pitcher with one hand," he was a good pitcher with one hand -- he entered California's rotation as a rookie without making a single Minor League start, and in his second major-league season he finished third in Cy Young Award voting with a 2.89 ERA. And on September 4, 1993, as a member of the Yankees, he etched his name into baseball history by firing a no-hitter.

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Mum on meeting, Jennings likely to return as GM

Mum on meeting, Jennings likely to return as GM

MIAMI -- Dan Jennings, known for being personable, usually isn't at a loss for words. But when asked on Friday about his future with the organization, the Marlins' manager was pretty tight-lipped.

On Miami's off-day on Thursday, Jennings met at Marlins Park with president of baseball operations Michael Hill, team president David Samson and owner Jeffrey Loria.

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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.

Kluber scratched due to hamstring strain

Indians ace to miss a start or two, but is expected to return this season

Kluber scratched due to hamstring strain

DETROIT -- The Indians are already facing a daunting task in terms of staying in the hunt for an American League Wild Card spot. Cleveland's chances took another hit on Friday, when ace Corey Kluber was scratched from his scheduled start against the Tigers.

The Indians announced that Kluber sustained a right hamstring strain, which will likely keep him out of the rotation for at least two turns. The Tribe is optimistic, however, that the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will be able to return to the mound before the end of this season.

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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.

Hamilton takes swings for first time since injury

Hamilton takes swings for first time since injury

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' Minor League affiliates are wrapping up their respective seasons, but injured center fielder Billy Hamilton still has a chance to join one of them for a rehab assignment.

Hamilton took batting practice before Friday night's game against the Brewers at Great American Ball Park, another step forward in his recovery from a sprained capsule in his right shoulder.

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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.

Orioles place Gonzalez on DL, add 3 to roster

Wright reinstated from disabled list, Lake and Rondon promoted from Triple-A

Orioles place Gonzalez on DL, add 3 to roster

TORONTO -- Mike Wright was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and will make the start Saturday when the Orioles take on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Wright's return was among a slew of roster moves the Orioles made ahead of Friday's series opener. The club placed right-hander Miguel Gonazalez on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, and recalled Junior Lake and right-handed pitcher Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk.

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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.

Beimel recalled from Triple-A, activated from DL

Beimel recalled from Triple-A, activated from DL

OAKLAND -- Veteran left-handed reliever Joe Beimel was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma and activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, just in time to join the Mariners for the start of their three-game series against the A's.

Beimel, 38, was placed on the DL on Aug. 21 with inflammation in his left shoulder. He pitched three rehab games with Tacoma, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Beimel threw a scoreless frame on Thursday at Salt Lake City.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brown, Franco may miss rest of season

Phils right fielder has concussion; third baseman (left wrist fracture) will see doctor Tuesday

Brown, Franco may miss rest of season

BOSTON -- There will be no disabled list stint for Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown, but the concussion he suffered during Wednesday's game could be enough to sideline him for longer than seven days -- and perhaps even for much of September.

Brown, who took a hard fall while flipping over the short right-field wall at Citi Field, was diagnosed with a concussion after returning to Philadelphia on Thursday with symptoms. The Phillies will not place him on the seven-day DL with roster expansion in effect, but he needs to clear Major League Baseball's concussion protocol before he can return.

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

Roark activated for start against Braves

Fills in for Strasburg after pair of Minor League starts

Roark activated for start against Braves

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals activated Tanner Roark on Friday afternoon, a few hours before his seventh start of the season against Atlanta.

Roark was optioned to Class A Potomac on Aug. 25 with plans for the right-hander to make two starts and stretch out to a starter's pitch count. Questions about Stephen Strasburg's health arose, however, and Roark's second start of the rehab stint on Aug. 31 was limited to two innings so he would be fresh to take Strasburg's spot on Friday.

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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.

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.

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.

Goldy becomes father, set to return Saturday

Goldy becomes father, set to return Saturday

CHICAGO -- The D-backs expect first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to rejoin the team in time for Saturday afternoon's 14-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Goldschmidt flew from Denver to Phoenix late Tuesday night following the D-backs' day-night doubleheader against the Rockies to be with his wife, Amy, who gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on Wednesday.

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

R.A. Dickey plays 'Top Gun,' sits in fighter jet

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R.A. Dickey plays 'Top Gun,' sits in fighter jet

Ironically, knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey has the need ... the need for speed.

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Brewers call up right-hander Pena from Triple-A

Brewers call up right-hander Pena from Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers' hard-worked bullpen was infused with a fresh arm on Friday, when right-hander Ariel Pena arrived from Triple-A Colorado Springs in time for the team's series opener at Great American Ball Park.

The move came in the wake of Thursday's sweep-clinching win over the Pirates, in which Jeremy Jeffress pitched a high-leverage eighth inning one day after a two-inning outing, and Tyler Thornburg tested his elbow by pitching in back-to-back games for the first time all season.

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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.