Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Japan tops US in slugfest to claim LLWS title

Teams combine for 7 homers in highest-scoring championship game

Japan tops US in slugfest to claim LLWS title

In the highest-scoring championship game in history, Japan (Tokyo) defeated Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania), 18-11, on Sunday to win the Little League World Series.

The teams combined to hit seven home runs and plate 29 runs, breaking the previous record for most runs in a championship game, 23, set in the first Little League World Series title game in 1947.

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Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered to support Nathan Eovaldi's career-high ninth straight win, leading the Yankees to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field that completed a series sweep.

Eovaldi worked five-plus innings and was charged with five runs, but he remained unbeaten in his last 13 starts as the Yanks boosted him to a team-leading 14th victory. New York broke out the bats early in an eight-run pounding of Atlanta starter Julio Teheran, who lasted just 4 1/3 frames.

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Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

ARLINGTON -- Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.

The Rangers have won four in a row and 13 of their last 17 to move within three games of the AL West-division lead held by Houston since early May; they are now seven games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. The Orioles have lost 10 of their last 11 games and wrap the road trip just 1-6, 5 1/2 games back in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two contests.

David Ortiz moved into 27th place all time with his 494th career homer, temporarily spoiling Noah Syndergaard's day on the mound. But the Mets also rapped out four runs against Red Sox starter Wade Miley, including two on a Juan Uribe double in the sixth.

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Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

Red Sox slugger moves into sole possession of 27th place on all-time list

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz is hardly just padding his numbers as he closes in on home run No. 500. At the age of 39, he continues to take tremendous cuts at the offerings of the best young pitchers in the game.

Take, for example, the top of the sixth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, where the slugger clocked home run No. 494 to move past the legendary Lou Gehrig, as well as Fred McGriff, for sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.

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Today's starting lineups: Aug. 30

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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Minor League team throws retirement party for bat dog

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Minor League team throws retirement party for bat dog

Miss Babe Ruth, the bat dog for the Marlins' Class A affiliate the Greensboro Grasshoppers, has been in the baseball business a long, long time. She started ferrying game balls to umpires and retrieving bats when she was just 10 months old. When she retires at the end of this season, she will have appeared in 649 consecutive games from 2006-15.

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Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

Team thinking of families, witnesses day after fan falls to death at Turner Field

Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

ATLANTA -- Flags flew at half-staff at Turner Field, and while the players, coaches and management did their best to go about their usual pregame routine, Sunday morning simply was unusual.

Everyone was still trying to make sense of the tragic death of 60-year-old Greg Murrey, the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck during the seventh inning of Saturday night's game between the Braves and the New York Yankees. It cast a pall on the Braves drawing a season-high crowd of 49,243.

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LLWS stars who grew up to be MLB players

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LLWS stars who grew up to be MLB players

Nothing puts the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on display quite like letting a bunch of 12-year-old kids play baseball on national television.

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Santana's gem fuels Twins' Wild Card hunt

Santana's gem fuels Twins' Wild Card hunt

MINNEAPOLIS -- After struggling throughout August, Ervin Santana returned to form to throw seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and the Twins got home runs from Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano to earn a 7-5 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

Santana's gem and the 7-0 lead the homers gave the Twins through eight innings helped Minnesota survive Houston's five-run ninth. With their eighth win in their last 10 games, the Twins kept pace with the Rangers, who also won Sunday to maintain their 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card slot.

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Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

Blue Jays slugger follows three-HR performance with solo shot in first

Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion maintained his power stroke on Sunday, and in doing so, he extended his Major League-best hitting streak to 25 games in the Blue Jays' 9-2 win over the Tigers.

A day after going deep three times for nine RBIs, Encarnacion went yard in the first inning of the series finale against the Tigers at Rogers Centre, matching the fourth-longest hitting streak in club history and the longest in the American League since 2011.

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Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte launched a grand slam, Carlos Santana drove in three runs with a little help from the sun and Josh Tomlin spun seven-plus strong innings to lead the Indians to a 9-2 rout over the Angels on Sunday at Progressive Field.

The win was the eighth in the past 10 games for Cleveland (63-66), which still has a pulse in the American League Wild Card race. The Indians entered the day five back of the second Wild Card spot with five teams, including the Angels (65-65), ahead of them. Los Angeles, which was 6 1/2 games out of first in the AL West and 2 1/2 back of a Wild Card spot, has lost eight of 10 and 25 of 36.

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Lincecum's hip condition still troubling him

Lincecum's hip condition still troubling him

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum, who was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition earlier this season, has not made the progress the Giants had hoped and plans to seek a second doctor's opinion, manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.

Lincecum, who has not pitched since June 27, when he took a line drive to his right forearm, could be activated when rosters expand Tuesday. However, he is far away from returning to the mound, Bochy said.

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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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Nats rally to take rubber game from Marlins

Nats rally to take rubber game from Marlins

WASHINGTON -- A combination of long balls and long rallies paced the Nationals on Sunday as they clinched their fourth consecutive series victory with a 7-4 win over the Marlins at Nationals Park. Washington remains 5 1/2 games back of the Mets, who beat the Red Sox, 5-4.

"We've got a long way to go," outfielder Jayson Werth said. "We've got a tough three-game road trip in St. Louis. We need to keep winning series and keep winning ballgames to give ourselves a chance. I don't think anybody in here has given up. I think everyone believes in each other and believes in this team. We've got a long way to go."

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Correa's injury postpones matchup vs. Twins' phenoms

Correa's injury postpones matchup vs. Twins' phenoms

MINNEAPOLIS -- The long-anticipated matchup between Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft and likely favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton -- the No. 2 pick that year -- and third baseman Miguel Sano -- another Rookie of the Year candidate -- will have to wait until the Twins visit Houston next weekend.

Correa was out of the Astros' lineup with a sore hamstring for the fourth consecutive game in Sunday's series finale against the Twins. He ran on Saturday and will again on Monday. Manager A.J. Hinch said Correa would stick to working out on a treadmill or stationary bike on Sunday.

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Miley goes behind back to snare grounder

Miley goes behind back to snare grounder

NEW YORK -- Red Sox lefty Wade Miley helped his cause in the fifth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Mets when he made a nifty behind-the-back snag on a ground ball by David Wright.

With a runner at first and two outs, Wright spun one back up the middle and Miley deftly wrapped his glove around to his left side and snared it, firing to first for the out.

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Statcast: Goins' gallop on sac fly gaffe

Technology tracks Blue Jays' second baseman scoring all the way from second

Statcast: Goins' gallop on sac fly gaffe

Saturday's full slate of games featured a number of defensive gems across the Majors -- and one less-than-stellar effort.

The one thing they all had in common was Statcast™ was there to track every aspect of each play. From potential run-saving catches with the game in the balance to one of the stranger sacrifice flies of the season, the following is an in-depth look, courtesy of Statcast™, at some of Saturday's top plays, as well as a pair of the top home runs on the night.

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Lynn shrugs off ankle injury, plans on next start

Lynn shrugs off ankle injury, plans on next start

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after being forced out of his start due to a mild right ankle sprain, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, while walking around the AT&T Park visiting clubhouse without issue Sunday, reaffirmed his intentions to make his next scheduled start. That would come Friday, when the Cardinals open a critical three-game home series against the Pirates.

"Everything feels good," Lynn said before Sunday's series finale. "Everything should be fine. John Lackey says it's a long way from your heart, so I should be fine. I'll be good to go on Friday."

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Rays edge Royals on homer by Kiermaier

Rays edge Royals on homer by Kiermaier

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier hit his second home run in as many days and the bullpen backed a solid start by Nathan Karns with four innings of scoreless relief to power the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Kiermaier's home run was his seventh of the season and came with two outs in the sixth off Luke Hochevar, who had relieved starter Danny Duffy to open the frame.

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Pillar nearly adds miraculous catch to reel

Blue Jays center fielder unable to finish leaping grab to pair with two-run homer

Pillar nearly adds miraculous catch to reel

TORONTO -- There was a brief moment of concern when Kevin Pillar crashed into the outfield wall while he tracked a deep fly ball in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 9-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

The Toronto center fielder nearly came up with an almost-impossible catch on a Nick Castellanos double, snagging the fly ball as he made contact with the ball but losing it when he hit the ground. Pillar paid the price as he lay sprawled out on the Rogers Centre turf for a few moments, prompting manager John Gibbons to exit the dugout.

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Bucs adjust rotation, lining up Cole vs. Cards

Ace to face Brewers on Tuesday, close series in St. Louis

Bucs adjust rotation, lining up Cole vs. Cards

PITTSBURGH -- With the Pirates' scheduled off-day on Monday, manager Clint Hurdle has adjusted his pitching plans for the next two series against National League Central foes Milwaukee and St. Louis. The moves assure that ace right-hander Gerrit Cole will get a start against the division-leading Cardinals.

Cole will start the series opener in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, followed by lefty Jeff Locke on Wednesday and lefty Francisco Liriano on Thursday.

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Hughes' back injury improving steadily

Hughes' back injury improving steadily

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Phil Hughes continues to progress slowly from lower back inflammation, but he is expected to throw a bullpen session by the middle of the week.

Hughes, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 10, threw without any issues for three straight days before taking Sunday off. He's expected to throw his first bullpen session before the Twins head to Houston on Friday, but he won't join the team on the road trip, as he'll continue to rehab at Target Field.

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Shields, Kemp lead Padres past Phillies

Shields, Kemp lead Padres past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Padres avoided a season sweep to the Phillies on Sunday, thanks to a little star power.

Matt Kemp and Justin Upton homered while James Shields allowed just one run in seven innings in a 9-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. It was the Padres' only victory in six games this season against the Phillies.

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Lovullo expects Hanley to play 1B this season

Lovullo expects Hanley to play 1B this season

NEW YORK -- Though a right shoulder injury has kept Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup the last three days, interim manager Torey Lovullo expects the slugger will have enough time to appear in a game at first base before the season is out.

Ramirez had two workouts at first base earlier this week, and then came down with the sore shoulder on Friday.

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Tribe shows spark in AL Wild Card race

Club sweeps five-game homestand, but taking things one game at time

Tribe shows spark in AL Wild Card race

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are accomplishing goals that have eluded them for much of the season.

Like winning at home, for instance. Before this most recent five-game homestand sandwiched between two long road trips, the Indians had gone just 24-34 at Progressive Field.

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Revere hits leadoff as Tulo drops to No. 5 spot

Each batter reaches base once in Blue Jays' rout to sweep Tigers

Revere hits leadoff as Tulo drops to No. 5 spot

TORONTO -- In spite of a near-record run through August, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons shook up his batting order on Sunday.

Troy Tulowitzki was removed from the leadoff role in place of Ben Revere and hit in the No. 5 spot as Toronto wrapped its three-game series at Rogers Centre against Detroit with a 9-2 victory. He went 1-for-4 with a double, while Revere was hitless with a walk in four at-bats.

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Freese's return could deepen Angels' lineup

Third baseman has been out with fractured finger, could help produce from bottom of order

Freese's return could deepen Angels' lineup

CLEVELAND -- David Freese, out with a fractured right index finger since July 23, was expected to start his third straight game at third base for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, then be activated for Monday's series opener against the A's if all goes well.

He can't come soon enough.
 

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Rockies blank Bucs behind De La Rosa

Rockies blank Bucs behind De La Rosa

PITTSBURGH -- The National League Wild Card-leading Pirates never got to left-hander Jorge De La Rosa -- only home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson did -- as they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park in front of 36,271.

De La Rosa (8-6) pitched six-plus scoreless innings, struck out seven and gave up four hits. Nelson ejected De La Rosa, while manager Walt Weiss was removing him after 93 pitches, for protesting his only walk -- a four-pitch job to Francisco Cervelli to put two on in the seventh.

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