Rox turn triple play on Goldschmidt, D-backs

Rox turn triple play on Goldschmidt, D-backs

DENVER -- D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt lined into a triple play in the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday afternoon's 6-4 Arizona win over the Rockies at Coors Field.

Thanks to head starts by Ender Inciarte at second and Phili Gosselin at first, Colorado's triple play was turned relatively easily. Shortstop Jose Reyes threw to DJ LeMahieu at second, and the throw to first completed the rare feat, the fourth in Rockies history and the fourth in the big leagues this season.

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

Rios, Herrera sidelined with chicken pox

Rios, Herrera sidelined with chicken pox

Two Royals players have come down with a case of the chicken pox. Outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera have both been infected with the disease that could sideline them for up to two weeks.

Manager Ned Yost confirmed the report before Tuesday night's game against the Tigers, but he said the rest of the clubhouse should be fine as Rios and Herrera were sent home.

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

Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz's electric but brief introduction to the big leagues is finally ready for a sequel.

The Mets activated Matz from the disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he delivered 5 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Binghamton in his final rehab start, with plans to insert him into their rotation this weekend in Miami. The team will skip Noah Syndergaard's next turn in the rotation, according to a person with knowledge of the plan, shifting Matz into that slot before moving to a six-man rotation the following week.

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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.

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at up to $1,500

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

When C.J. Cron cruised into home on Monday night in Oakland, the Angels designated hitter not only extended his club's lead, but also lightened one lucky fan's monthly bill payments.

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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.

Teixeira on crutches; no timetable for return

Teixeira on crutches; no timetable for return

BOSTON -- The deep bone bruise that has hobbled Mark Teixeira for more than two weeks is not improving, and the Yankees slugger has been placed on crutches in an attempt to speed his healing, said manager Joe Girardi.

Teixeira was examined on Tuesday by team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York, where a new MRI revealed that the bone bruise was more significant than initially thought. Girardi said that the Yankees do expect to get Teixeira back in the lineup this season.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: Sept. 1

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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Uganda Little League team ends journey

Scrimmage in Trenton, contribution to 'Play Ball' initiative precedes trip to Africa

Uganda Little League team ends journey

TRENTON, N.J. -- It was their last day in the U.S., the close of an unforgettable journey during which Uganda's darlings charmed crowds at the Little League World Series. They raised their own baseball and geography IQs; met new friends; enjoyed air, coach bus and luxury hotel life for the first time; spent two nights at Trenton Thunder Double-A games and even helped with Major League Baseball's new "Play Ball" initiative for youth inclusion.

Oh, and these impressive 11- and 12-year-old boys, who beat the Dominican Republic before bowing out against Venezuela and Chinese Taipei, said goodbye to their American hosts by crushing some more home runs, executing more double steals, making more barehanded plays, beating out more sure outs and blazing more fastballs.

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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.

Corbin flashes top form as D-backs deny Rox

Corbin flashes top form as D-backs deny Rox

Phil Gosselin went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run homer, while Patrick Corbin (4-3) allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win as the D-backs held off the Rockies, 6-4, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Coors Field on Tuesday.

While the D-backs prevailed, the Rockies nabbed the highlight of the game when they turned a 6-4-3 triple play in the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who in turn threw to first to complete the triple play.

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

Aces MadBum, Greinke clash in Los Angeles

Aces MadBum, Greinke clash in Los Angeles

In the middle game of three at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers and Giants will have their aces on the mound in a matchup of two of the best pitchers in the Majors.

For the Giants, Madison Bumgarner won all five of his August starts, compiling a 1.43 ERA in those outings while striking out 53 hitters in 37 2/3 innings. Bumgarner has reached double-digit strikeouts in three of his last four starts, including fanning 12 in six innings against the Cubs in his last start.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Fall League rosters packed with elite prospects

Phillies' Crawford, Cardinals' Reyes among Top 100 Prospects headed to desert

Fall League rosters packed with elite prospects

Teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros are hoping to play deep into October. Regardless of their big league postseason fortunes, however, a group of select players from those organizations, as well as the other 28 in baseball, are guaranteed to be playing this fall.

That opportunity comes courtesy of the Arizona Fall League, which on Tuesday announced its preliminary rosters for the 2015 season. The campaign, the league's 24th, begins on Oct. 13 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 21. With all 30 organizations sending players to fill the six AFL teams' rosters, the league is once again providing one-stop shopping for prospect fans.

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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.

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Alyson Footer

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Contributions to charities will give bidders chance to play with Los Angeles stars

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Their teams are crosstown rivals on the field, but away from the ballpark, Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw have more in common beyond their obvious baseball ability.

They are two of the most charitable players in the Major Leagues, and soon, they'll band together to raise funds for their respective foundations through a fan-friendly, interactive event.

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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.

Banuelos activated; Braves promote Olivera

Castro also called up, all three in starting lineup Tuesday vs. Marlins

Banuelos activated; Braves promote Olivera

ATLANTA --   The Braves did not wait long to throw some of their September roster additions into the fire. Third baseman Hector Olivera, left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos and shortstop Daniel Castro were all in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins at Turner Field.

Along with Olivera, Banuelos and Castro, the Braves promoted right-handed relievers Brandon Cunniff and Danny Burawa from Triple-A Gwinnett when Major League rosters expanded on Monday. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said recently-demoted Williams Perez might be the only other addition to his roster over the remainder of this season.

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Richard Justice

5 intriguing storylines for September

5 intriguing storylines for September

Everything the Kansas City Royals did last season had the feel of a magical ride. Remember that eight-game playoff winning streak? That surely didn't feel real, did it? Did all that 2014 magic mean the Royals would be a one-hit wonder? Some wondered.

How would the Royals handle success and expectations? Turns out, they've handled it just fine. So as September begins, we offer a tip of the hat to Kansas City and its 13-game lead in the American League Central.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie bats make home run history in August

Rookie bats make home run history in August

The month of August wrapped up as the most prolific home run-hitting month for rookies in Major League history.

The current influx of talented, young hitters was on full display throughout the month, as rookie hitters combined to rack up 155 home runs. That total is the most ever by a rookie class in any single month, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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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.

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.

Gordon activated; Royals promote 6 to Majors

Colon, Cuthbert and Pena recalled from Triple-A Omaha

Gordon activated; Royals promote 6 to Majors

The Royals activated outfielder Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in one of several roster moves in conjunction with September roster expansion.

Gordon, who played in 78 games before straining his left groin, is set to return to the lineup batting sixth and playing left field in Tuesday night's game against the Tigers. He was arguably Kansas City's must productive player before the injury, batting .279/.394/.457 in 78 games while playing exceptional defense.

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

Three keys to rebuilt Rangers' playoff push

26-16 second-half record is the third-best mark in American League

Three keys to rebuilt Rangers' playoff push

As late as July 15, the Texas Rangers sat next to last in the American League in MLB.com's postseason probabilities, ahead of only the White Sox. Though they weren't in last place in the traditional standings, it wasn't difficult to see why a team that had lost 95 games in 2014, had lost seven of eight headed into the All-Star break and had sustained such a brutal run of injuries that they used 10 starting pitchers in the first half wouldn't be looked upon with confidence.

That was six weeks ago. Since then, the seemingly buried Rangers have gone 26-16, the third-best record in the AL in that time. They've gone from six games behind the then-leading Angels to 3 1/2 games ahead of them in the AL West, and only four games behind the Astros for the division lead. Texas' playoff odds have shot from 7.2 percent on July 15 to 53.8 percent, even after losing 7-0 in San Diego on Monday night, and if the season ended today, the Rangers would be traveling to New York for the AL Wild Card Game.

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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.

Clubs #GoGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Clubs #GoGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so Major League Baseball clubs will #GoGold in their own unique ways over coming days -- starting with some dramatic examples on Tuesday, from Fenway Park to Dodger Stadium to Tropicana Field to Citi Field. Here are some of the plans:

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Phil Rogers

5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

CHICAGO -- A no-hitter at Dodger Stadium? Then a flight home on an airplane full of pajama-wearing ballplayers?

"As perfect nights go," Joe Maddon said, "it's hard to beat.''

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Fred Zinkie

Fantasy chat: Where does Piscotty rank?

Fantasy chat: Where does Piscotty rank?

MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. Check out the chat transcript below and check out the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle and MLB.com's fantasy home. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.

@Beldingsbrother: Please rank these players for rest-of-season production: Stephen Piscotty, Cameron Maybin, Nick Markakis, Avisail Garcia, Franklin Gutierrez and Austin Jackson.

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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.

A's make flurry of moves as rosters expand

A's make flurry of moves as rosters expand

In a large wave of September callups, the A's recalled right-handers R.J. Alvarez, Arnold Leon, Cody Martin and Dan Otero, as well as infielder Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.

They also selected right-hander Ryan Dull, catcher Carson Blair and outfielder Jason Pridie from Nashville.

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

Tribe, Cards, Dodgers make statements as races heat up

Tribe, Cards, Dodgers make statements as races heat up

The penultimate month of the regular season is in the books, and the race to the postseason has arrived.

As we head into head into September, the Cardinals remain the team to beat with the best record in the Majors at 85-46. St. Louis needs to go just 15-16 in the final 31 games to become the first 100-win team since the 2011 Phillies.

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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.

Statcast: Kiermaier, Butler cover lot of OF ground

Statcast: Kiermaier, Butler cover lot of OF ground

One of the game's best defensive outfielders -- and thus, a frequent subject of Statcast™ -- was at it again on a highlight-filled Monday night.

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier's latest gem came when he robbed a home run just shortly after the first pitch against the Orioles. As the night went on, one of his own teammates added an impressive catch, while some of the top plays elsewhere included a strong throw to complete a double play, a runner scoring all the way from second on an infield single and another towering home run from one of the game's top rookies.

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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.

MLB raises awareness, money with Ice Bucket Challenge

MLB raises awareness, money with Ice Bucket Challenge

Last summer's biggest charitable trend struck Major League Baseball again this August, as the Ice Bucket Challenge made its rounds at big league ballparks.

A month-long initiative by MLB in support of ALS awareness concluded Monday at Fenway Park, the same place it began.

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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.

Twins call up 5, including Santana and Vargas

Catcher Fryer, right-handers Achter, Tonkin also promoted to Majors

Twins call up 5, including Santana and Vargas

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have recalled infielder Danny Santana, first baseman Kennys Vargas and right-handed pitchers A.J. Achter and Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota also selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer.

Santana, who was on the Opening Day roster, played in 74 games for the Twins this season, batting .218 with 10 doubles, five triples and 20 RBIs. In 35 games for Rochester, he hit .322 with 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 15 RBIs.

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Drury's audition gives D-backs a good problem

Adding to glut of infielders, organization's No. 7 prospect vying for time in '16

Drury's audition gives D-backs a good problem

DENVER -- How the final four weeks of the regular season play out could go a long way toward determining how the D-backs' infield looks heading into 2016.

The first wave of September callups began on Tuesday with right-handers Matt Stites and Enrique Burgos being recalled to bolster the bullpen. The team also brought up infielder Brandon Drury, who made his Major League debut in the opener of Tuesday's doubleheader at Coors Field and has the most to gain from the audition.

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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.

Padres bolster 'pen with Mateo, Vincent

Club makes moves as rosters expand; Myers set for rehab assignment

Padres bolster 'pen with Mateo, Vincent

The Padres made a few moves to help strengthen their bullpen Tuesday, the day that rosters expanded. Right-hander Marcos Mateo was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and the team recalled right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso.

The team also announced Wil Myers will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Tuesday night. Myers has been on the DL since June 15 with left wrist tendinitis and played in just 35 games this season, his first with the Padres.

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

Ramirez, Zych among Mariners' callups

Ramirez, Zych among Mariners' callups

HOUSTON -- Right-handed relievers Jose Ramirez and Tony Zych, infielder Shawn O'Malley and outfielder Stefen Romero were called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday as the Mariners took advantage of rosters expanding to begin their September callups.

Zych will be making his Major League debut, while the other three all have previously had brief stints in the Majors.

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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.

Rox activate Kendrick; Castro among callups

Logan back from DL; Adames, Brothers, Rosario up from Triple-A

Rox activate Kendrick; Castro among callups

DENVER -- With rosters expanding on Tuesday, the Rockies made a flurry of moves, which included recalling a fresh face and some familiar ones.

Reliever Miguel Castro -- the first prospect in the Troy Tulowitzki deal to appear with Colorado -- was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, along with first baseman Wilin Rosario, reliever Rex Brothers and infielder Cristhian Adames. Boone Logan and Kyle Kendrick were both activated from the 15-day disabled list.

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