Greinke cruises as Dodgers sweep Reds

Greinke cruises as Dodgers sweep Reds

CINCINNATI -- Zack Greinke fired a four-hitter for seven scoreless innings to outduel Anthony DeSclafani as the Dodgers edged the Reds on Thursday afternoon, 1-0, for their first series sweep at Great American Ball Park since 2008.

Greinke struck out nine, raised his record to 14-3 and lowered his MLB-leading ERA to 1.61. This was his 10th scoreless start of at least six innings this year, matching Don Sutton and Clayton Kershaw for second-most in Dodgers history behind Sandy Koufax (12 in 1963). He's 7-2 lifetime against the Reds, 4-1 at GABP and has won nine of his past 10 decisions.

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

Fowler day to day; Bryant makes 1st RF start

Cubs outfielder sore after bearing brunt of multiple foul balls, questionable for LA series

Fowler day to day; Bryant makes 1st RF start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler said he may borrow catcher Miguel Montero's gear to protect himself in his next at-bat. In three games over three days, Fowler has taken a foul ball off his right hand, his left elbow and his right shin, and he did not start Thursday in the series finale against the Giants.

X-rays of Fowler's shin on Wednesday were negative, and his status for the upcoming series against the Dodgers is questionable.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: Aug. 27

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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Jim Callis

Top young talent on deck with September callups

Top young talent on deck with September callups

In what already has been (Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant) an amazing year (Byron Buxton, Francisco Lindor) for transcendent talent (Addison Russell, Miguel Sano) arriving in the big leagues (Kyle Schwarber, Noah Syndergaard), we're not done yet.

With active rosters set to expand from 25 to 40 on Tuesday, more blue-chip prospects will come up for the season's final month. Some already have appeared in the Majors earlier this year, while others will be making their debuts. Here are 10 of the best prospects we're likely to see in September:

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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.

Shoemaker leads Angels over hometown Tigers

Shoemaker leads Angels over hometown Tigers

DETROIT -- Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with an assortment of friends and family in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.

With that, the Angels -- losers of 22 of their previous 32 games -- won their first series on the road since July 7-8 in Colorado.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Venable makes leaping grab to save run

Venable makes leaping grab to save run

ARLINGTON -- Rangers left fielder Will Venable made his first start in five games with a right-hander on the mound for the Blue Jays and made a terrific defensive play in the second inning to save a run.

The Blue Jays had Ben Revere on first with two outs when Cliff Pennington sliced a drive to left field. The ball was not hit deep, but Venable was playing shallow and had to race straight back to catch up. At the last moment, he made a diving catch going away from home plate. If he doesn't catch the ball, Revere would have scored easily.

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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.

Adrian bruises right knee on foul ball

Dodgers first baseman day to day; Van Slyke fills in

Adrian bruises right knee on foul ball

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Thursday's game against the Reds in the fifth inning with a right knee bruise suffered two innings earlier when he fouled a pitch off his leg. He is day to day, according to the club.

Gonzalez struck out in that at-bat and played two more innings, but Scott Van Slyke took over at first base in the bottom of the fifth.

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

Puig exits after appearing to reinjure hamstring

Puig exits after appearing to reinjure hamstring

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig left Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Reds after appearing to reinjure a tender right hamstring legging out an infield single in the top of the ninth inning.

Puig, who earlier in the game extended his hitting streak to 10 games, pulled up as he hit the first-base bag, favoring the right leg that he injured Aug. 18, missing two more starts afterward.

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

Jeter just Rickrolled everyone in his new Q&A

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Jeter just Rickrolled everyone in his new Q&A

Derek Jeter is a notoriously private guy. He's not active on social media and has never posted any Dubsmash videos of himself singing songs from "Minions."

But on Thursday, he debuted a mailbag feature on his website, The Players' Tribune, in which he answered questions from fans like, "Do you like cilantro?" The Captain, it turns out, does not.

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Lack of RBI chances limiting Trout's production

Slugger getting fewer opportunities with runners in scoring position

Lack of RBI chances limiting Trout's production

DETROIT -- Heading into Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park, Mike Trout -- the consensus best all-around player in the game -- had come to bat with runners in scoring position only 102 times. One-hundred and thirty-one Major League hitters had more plate appearances in that situation.

It is perhaps the Angels' biggest hindrance this season, a flaw that could cost Trout the American League's Most Valuable Player Award.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Inbox: Could Newcomb be on mound for Angels in 2016?

Jonathan Mayo responds to fans' questions about baseball's future stars

Pipeline Inbox: Could Newcomb be on mound for Angels in 2016?

With the end of August approaching, that means the completion of Minor League regular seasons is quickly arriving.

That also means September callups will be trickling in. Rosters expand Tuesday, and the floodgates might open once most Minor League regular seasons end (around Sept. 7). Until that time, here's a selection of your questions to keep you entertained.

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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.

Jose Bautista trades shirt for fan's Messi jersey

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Jose Bautista trades shirt for fan's Messi jersey

Two things you need to know about Jose Bautista:

1. He really likes Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander has been here enough times that he's starting to know the club by heart.

"Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan," Verlander said after throwing a one-hit shutout against the Angels in a 5-0 Tigers win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, starting down the list before struggling to remember the others with at least three no-hitters.

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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.

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.

Statcast on Cespedes, other big moments

From homers to glove work, highlight reels examined

Statcast on Cespedes, other big moments

Postseason races continued to heat up across the Majors on Wednesday, a day that seemed to have a little bit of everything.

From multiple no-doubter home runs to highlight-reel defensive plays to a well-struck line drive that ended one player's bid for history, there was no shortage of dramatic moments on Wednesday -- and Statcast™ was there to track them all.

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

Dodgers may use sixth starter to rest rotation

Bolsinger, Lee, Wieland and Thomas among candidates when rosters expand

Dodgers may use sixth starter to rest rotation

CINCINNATI -- Manager Don Mattingly said he's considering using a sixth starter at some point after rosters expand Tuesday to give the Dodgers' rotation an extra day of rest.

Among the candidates now with Triple-A Oklahoma City and already on the 40-man roster are Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee, Joe Wieland and Ian Thomas.

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

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Lyle Spencer

Cubs have terrific tandem in Bryant, Russell

Left side of infield brings plenty of promise to Chicago's North Side

Cubs have terrific tandem in Bryant, Russell

SAN FRANCISCO -- The best left-side infield in the Majors came together at the non-waiver Trade Deadline when the Blue Jays acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies and put him next to Josh Donaldson, a third baseman with few peers. Toronto has been ablaze ever since.

Looking down the road, it's hard to imagine a more exciting and productive tandem than what the Cubs have with Kris Bryant at third and Addison Russell at shortstop. Those of a certain age in Chicago might see shades of Ron Santo and Ernie Banks, basking in the North Side sun.

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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.

Red Land boosted by home fans in LLWS

Crowd of nearly 35,000 dominated by Pennsylvania team supporters

Red Land boosted by home fans in LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- They say in sports that the home team has an advantage, and Red Land Little League has certainly made the most of that edge in its first three games at the 2015 Little League World Series.

The Mid-Atlantic Region champions from Lewisberry, Pa., traveled just 96 miles north on Route 15 to reach Little League's promised land, where they collected back-to-back victories to force a showdown with Texas on Wednesday night. In front of a friendly crowd estimated at 35,100, Red Land reserved a spot in the United States Championship game with a 3-0 victory.

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Allison Duffy is an associate editor for Major League Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

PHILADELPHIA -- For the third time this season, the Mets own a winning streak of at least half a dozen games. They grabbed their sixth straight win with a 9-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, extending their National League East lead over the Nationals to 6 1/2 games -- their largest since leading the Phillies by seven games with 17 to go in 2007 -- and putting themselves on pace for exactly 90 wins.

"You've got to win games you're supposed to win, there's no question about it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Right now, we'll take it."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lighting rod: Gomez an electric presence

Lighting rod: Gomez an electric presence

HOUSTON -- It's been nearly a month since the Astros pulled off a trade to acquire outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers from the Brewers, and both have found themselves making big headlines.

Fiers, of course, pitched the 11th no-hitter in Astros history on Friday, while Gomez -- who has struggled mightily at the plate since coming to Houston -- was in a firestorm of controversy Tuesday when the Yankees took exception to his flashy gestures and bat slamming, igniting a benches-clearing incident.

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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.

Blue Jays rout Rangers, fly higher in East

Blue Jays rout Rangers, fly higher in East

ARLINGTON -- Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run in the fifth to put the Blue Jays ahead for good and Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the sixth in a 12-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night. The score was 2-2 when Smoak connected off Rangers starter Colby Lewis for his 13th home run of the season.

The Blue Jays, with their fifth straight win, now lead the Yankees by two games in the American League East. The Rangers, with their second straight loss to the Blue Jays, fell a half-game behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Twins beat Rays, take over 2nd Wild Card spot

Twins beat Rays, take over 2nd Wild Card spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- Minnesota continued to roll on Wednesday night with a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field to claim its sixth consecutive victory and move into the top spot for the second American League Wild Card.

With the Angels' loss to the Tigers and Rangers falling to the Blue Jays, the Twins (65-61) have leapfrogged past them and now have a half-game lead over Texas and a one-game lead over Los Angeles in the AL Wild Card race.

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Core, contracts create optimism in Cleveland

While Indians haven't lived up to hype, they could be preseason darlings again in '16

Core, contracts create optimism in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- It's not yet clear how the Indians' season will end. It might never be forgotten how it began.

It started with lofty expectations. They were the predicted Cinderella story of seemingly every media outlet. Sports Illustrated took it a step further with a regional cover and World Series expectations.

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

Revere robs DeShields with amazing catch

Revere robs DeShields with amazing catch

ARLINGTON -- Ben Revere is known throughout baseball as an elite defender, and he put on another clinic on Wednesday night with a sensational catch to rob the Rangers' Delino DeShields of extra bases.

Revere showed off his impressive vertical by soaring into the air to make a leaping catch at the left-field wall. Toronto won the game, 12-4, but the outcome was still in doubt when the timely grab saved ace David Price from getting into a jam.

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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.

Stephenson could be among Reds' callups

Club's top pitching prospect activated off DL at Triple-A

Stephenson could be among Reds' callups

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have yet to finalize or reveal who their September callups might be, but it seems possible that top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson would be among them.

"Those are conversations I'll have with Walt [Jocketty, the Reds' general manager] when we finalize the roster of guys that are coming up," Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday. "I just don't have the ability or the right to tell you guys who would be coming up because we haven't had that final conversation. There's a chance he could be a part of that September conversation."

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Tigers righty was 3 outs away from becoming 6th hurler with 3 no-hitters

Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday …

• Bidding to become the sixth pitcher in big league history with at least three no-hitters, Justin Verlander didn't allow a knock until Chris Iannetta lined a single just fair to left field to begin the ninth. Verlander settled for a one-hit shutout as the Tigers blanked the Angels, 5-0. Verlander has four career shutouts on one hit or no hits, tying Virgil Trucks for the most for any Tiger since 1914. Like Verlander, Trucks had a pair of no-hitters, both coming in '52. Verlander's line -- which included nine strikeouts and two walks -- left him with a game score of 92. The right-hander has six career games with scores of at least 90 -- the most among active pitchers. His 1,901 career K's rank third in franchise history behind Mickey Lolich's 2,679 and Jack Morris' 1,980.

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

Gattis (2 HRs), Astros win set in Bronx

Gattis (2 HRs), Astros win set in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Collin McHugh pitched well into the seventh inning and Evan Gattis homered twice as the Astros defeated the Yankees, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, taking the rubber contest of a three-game set.

McHugh took advantage of a Yankees lineup that was outscored, 21-4, in the series, limiting New York to two runs and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander snapped a three-start losing streak and earned his 14th victory as the Astros notched consecutive road victories for the first time since June 17-18 at Coors Field. Houston's won 10 of its past 14 games.

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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. 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.

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Fred Zinkie

Dodgers stack could dominate against Reds

Dodgers stack could dominate against Reds

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.

Lorenzen may come up to start Monday

Reds righty excelling in Minors, could replace struggling Holmberg vs. Cubs

Lorenzen may come up to start Monday

CINCINNATI -- As starter David Holmberg struggled again for the Reds against the Dodgers on Wednesday, Michael Lorenzen had a third straight excellent performance for Triple-A Louisville. With Holmberg's next turn scheduled for Monday vs. the Cubs, it's possible it could go to Lorenzen instead.

Since Lorenzen was sent back to Louisville on Aug. 13, he is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and one complete game in three starts over 24 innings. In a 3-0 victory on Wednesday, he pitched eight scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and four strikeouts. Holmberg is 0-3 with a 15.19 ERA in his past three starts, and he allowed six earned runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings vs. Los Angeles.

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MLB.TV on sale: Rest of season just $9.99

MLB.TV on sale: Rest of season just $9.99

Carlos Correa was 7 years old when the first live video stream of a Major League Baseball game was presented online to about 30,000 daytime viewers on Aug. 26, 2002.

Wednesday marked the 13th anniversary of that streaming service that became known to millions as MLB.TV, and to celebrate the occasion, MLB Advanced Media announced a sale of MLB.TV Premium yearly for only $9.99.

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