Seager to make MLB debut tonight vs. Padres

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

Seager to make MLB debut tonight vs. Padres

Make way for another of the best young players in baseball. The Dodgers have promoted Corey Seager, their top prospect and the No. 2 prospect in the game according to MLB Pipeline, to the big leagues on Thursday. He'll make his Major League debut tonight against the Padres, playing shortstop and batting eighth.

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.

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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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Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

Hurdle expects Pirates center fielder back Friday

Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

MILWAUKEE -- Annoyed for a few days by tightness in his left Achilles, Andrew McCutchen rested on the Pirate' bench -- and on his laurels -- Thursday. The National League's August Player of the Month was out of the starting lineup against the Brewers 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.

Rios, Herrera on the mend from chickenpox

Rios, Herrera on the mend from chickenpox

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right fielder Alex Rios and right-hander Kelvin Herrera, both of whom contracted chickenpox when the team played the Rays last weekend, are improving, manager Ned Yost said on Thursday.

"Both are getting better," Yost said. "[Trainer] Nick [Kenney] went to see Herrera yesterday and Rios today. We might try to get them in here tomorrow about 11 [a.m. CT] and then get them out. Just have them do their baseball activities here."

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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.

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 Award conversation

Votto in vintage form with evolved swing

CHICAGO -- Joey Votto has been producing for the Reds at the impressive level that allowed him to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2010. He should garner top five NL MVP Award 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.

White Sox rally to thwart Twins from sweep

White Sox rally to thwart Twins from sweep

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario connected on his first career grand slam, but the Twins couldn't complete a sweep of the White Sox as J.B. Shuck came through with a go-ahead two-run triple in the seventh to lift Chicago to a 6-4 win on Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

The White Sox rallied with a three-run seventh against reliever Casey Fien, keyed by Shuck's pinch-hit two-run triple with one out. Shuck scored on a sacrifice fly from Adam Eaton to give Chicago an insurance run. It snapped Minnesota's three-game win streak, as the Twins now trail the Rangers by 1 1/2 games in the chase for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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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. 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.

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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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.

Lincecum out for season after surgery on left hip

Lincecum out for season after surgery on left hip

Tim Lincecum's season is over after the Giants right-hander underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Thursday on his left hip in Vail, Colo., and he's set to begin rehab in a few days.

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts this year. The 31-year-old hasn't taken the mound since late June. The four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion visited specialist Marc Phillippon on Wednesday to determine the severity of his injury and whether he needs surgery.

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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.

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.

Anibal won't risk setback to return this season

Anibal won't risk setback to return this season

KANSAS CITY -- Baby steps, Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez says. When they're steps in recovery from a rotator cuff strain, taken by a pitcher who has had shoulder surgery in his career, they're still pretty big.

Though it remains iffy whether Sanchez will pitch again this season, he said he has been throwing pain free this week while he has been playing catch. Sanchez threw out to 90 feet on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium, part of a slow progression designed to cautiously stretch him toward being ready to pitch, whether or not he pitches again before season's end.

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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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Jonathan Mayo

What to expect from Seager in Major Leagues

Game's No. 2 prospect will finally get his chance with the Dodgers

What to expect from Seager in Major Leagues

For the greater part of the second half of the season, the question was asked repeatedly: When will Corey Seager get called up?

The first whispers may have started way back when Kris Bryant got called up by the Cubs in April. When the Dodgers promoted Seager, who is now the No. 2 prospect in baseball, to Triple-A Oklahoma City in early May, those murmurs got louder. When Carlos Correa came up to the Astros in early June, and the Twins' Byron Buxton followed a week later, it reached a fever pitch.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. 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.

Arrieta settles back into routine after no-no

Arrieta settles back into routine after no-no

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta planned to take part in a "spoxing" charity event at Wrigley Field on Thursday, then do his regular workout and maybe go for a bike ride along the lakefront with his wife, Brittany, and their two children. It's back to routine for the Cubs right-hander after the best pitching performance of his career.

Arrieta capped a stellar August with a no-hitter Sunday night against the Dodgers, striking out 12 to help the Cubs post a 2-0 win. He finished the month 6-0 with an 0.43 ERA in six starts, giving up two earned runs over 42 1/3 innings. Arrieta struck out 43, walked 10 and held batters to a .130 average. On Thursday, he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August.

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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.

Right knee remains issue for Nats' Taylor

Right knee remains issue for Nats' Taylor

WASHINGTON -- Michael Taylor was left out of Matt Williams' starting lineup on Thursday, the second straight start the Nationals' rookie outfielder has missed since reaggravating his injured right knee.

Taylor crashed into the center-field wall last Thursday against San Diego, and his right leg received the majority of the blow. Tests revealed no structural damage, and he returned on Saturday. He played the next three games, but injured the same knee when he fell to the ground after making a throw on Tuesday.

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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.

Banuelos could continue to start down the stretch

Banuelos could continue to start down the stretch

WASHINGTON -- Manny Banuelos had legitimate reason to be concerned when he experienced some left elbow discomfort near the end of July. But a little more than a month later, the rookie southpaw finds himself with a chance to collect valuable innings that could benefit him as he bids to become a mainstay in Atlanta's rotation.

"I'm really happy to be here and I'm very excited to get experience," Banuelos said. "That's what everybody wants to get here. I just want to compete and help my team win."

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. 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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Dehydration not likely to keep Harvey from start

Righty skips Wednesday night's flight due to symptoms, but Mets expect him to join club this weekend

Dehydration not likely to keep Harvey from start

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's dehydration symptoms, which had him confined to the Citi Field trainer's room for at least an hour after Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Phillies, were severe enough to prevent him from boarding the team plane to Miami later that night. The Mets, however, expect Harvey to join them in Florida later this weekend and make his next start as scheduled Tuesday in Washington.

Harvey pitched into the seventh inning of Wednesday's victory, alerting the team to his symptoms during the game. He allowed four earned runs in the win, matching his second-highest total of the season.

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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.

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.

Cards chasing team, individual milestones

In season's final month, club eyeing record win total, most Rosenthal saves and more

Cards chasing team, individual milestones

ST. LOUIS -- With one month remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Cardinals sit comfortably ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central and are poised to advance to the postseason for the fifth straight season. Their sights are set on winning a third straight NL Central division title and wrapping up home-field advantage through the NL Championship Series, though there are some less obvious marks of which the club also remains in pursuit.

To set up the season's final weeks and what is at stake, here is a look at eight figures/records -- four related to the team and four on the individual side -- that the Cardinals seem poised to challenge.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 burning questions as Toronto makes playoff push

5 burning questions as Toronto makes playoff push

TORONTO -- Life couldn't be much better for the Blue Jays right now, but there's still a full month left in the regular season, so the road to the postseason is far from over.

Toronto has become a front-runner in the American League thanks to a 31-11 record since the All-Star break, which is the best in baseball. It has been mostly smooth sailing for the past six weeks, but with this much time left, there is bound to be some adversity and tough decisions ahead.

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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.

Murphy day to day with mild left quad strain

Murphy day to day with mild left quad strain

NEW YORK -- An MRI on Daniel Murphy's left quad Thursday revealed only a "mild strain," according to a team spokesman. Murphy is day-to-day.

Murphy, 30, left Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Phillies due to discomfort in his quad, saying afterward that it felt "just a shade less than 100 percent." The Mets, at the time, termed his removal a precaution.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Bryant named NL's top rookie for August

Cubs' All-Star third baseman also won the award in May

Bryant named NL's top rookie for August

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant continues to collect accolades during his spectacular first season in the Majors. The Cubs third baseman, who was an All-Star in July, has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for August. Bryant also won the award in May.

Bryant, 23, had a slash line of .330/.422/.620 with a 1.042 OPS in 28 August games, launching seven home runs and driving in 20 runs to help the Cubs go 19-9 in August and open a 6 1/2-game lead for the second NL Wild Card spot.

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