D like Mike: Kiermaier's catch tops Trout's?

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D like Mike: Kiermaier's catch tops Trout's?

 Last year, center fielder extraordinaire and all-around destroyer of worlds Mike Trout set the bar for home run thievery by treating the Camden Yards fence like a jungle gym.

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Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez, who homered eight innings earlier, lofted a single to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 5-4 walk-off Dodgers win over the Giants in their showdown series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 4 1/2 games, the largest margin since July 16.

No-hit the night before by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs, the Dodgers rallied from behind on sixth-inning home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier off Jake Peavy, but the Giants tied the game on a Marlon Byrd eighth-inning double for his third RBI of the game and 17th in 14 games with San Francisco.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

Righty outduels Price, holds Blue Jays to 2 runs in 7 innings

Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

TORONTO -- After tossing seven strong innings in a victory over the red-hot Blue Jays on Monday night, Danny Salazar was ready to crawl into bed and hit the hay.

"I just want to go home and sleep right now," the right-hander said following the Indians' 4-2 series-opening victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Salazar, who lost six pounds in two days after falling ill late last week, missed his scheduled start on Friday and took the mound on eight days of rest in Toronto. He said he was exhausted after he turned in a quality start against the formidable Blue Jays, whom he limited to six hits, two runs and a walk.

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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.

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.

Statcast: Kiermaier, Butler cover lot of ground in outfield

Statcast: Kiermaier, Butler cover lot of ground in outfield

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.

Altuve's record tear helps Keuchel to 16th W

Altuve's record tear helps Keuchel to 16th W

HOUSTON -- There is nothing more automatic in baseball these days than Dallas Keuchel winning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros' All-Star left-hander remained unbeaten at home and became the American League's first 16-game winner by throwing seven strong innings and benefiting from three home runs to beat the Mariners, 8-3, on Monday night.

Keuchel (16-6) held the Mariners to six hits and one run -- a second-inning homer by Mark Trumbo -- to improve to 12-0 at Minute Maid Park this season. He also extended his club record by throwing at least six innings in his 38th consecutive start while throwing a season-high 121 pitches.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. 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.

Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

NEW YORK -- Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.

The Mets finished August with 20 wins, achieving that for the first time in any month since August 2000. They also set a franchise record with 45 home runs in the month, including a pair on Monday from Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. 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.

Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Heyward smashed a two-run double off of the left-field wall to highlight a five-run seventh as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 8-5, on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

Heyward's double was the only extra-base hit of the night for the Cardinals. All eight position players reached base, and Heyward, Kolten Wong, Mark Reynolds, Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta each had a pair of hits.

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Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. 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.

Play Ball initiative proves to be huge success

Play Ball initiative proves to be huge success

The grand old game just got a little bit younger. Baseball wound its way through more than 100 cities around the country in August as part of the Play Ball initative, which was enacted by Commissioner Rob Manfred in order to inspire children to stay active and fall in love with the National Pastime.

Cities as far apart as Bridgeport, Conn., and Anaheim, Calif., participated in Play Ball, and mayors from everywhere in between signed on to get their cities involved. The United States Conference of Mayors enthusiastically supported Play Ball, and their communities benefited in ways large and small.

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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.

Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

LOS ANGELES -- As Monday's slugfest between the Giants and Dodgers dragged on into extra innings, Los Angeles was forced to turn to unlikely hitters.

Clayton Kershaw came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the 11th with a runner on first, two out and the score tied, 4-4, as the Dodgers were out of position players. Kershaw, a career .153 hitter, came to the plate with a standing ovation and "M-V-P" chants from those remaining at Dodger Stadium.

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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.

Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Monday night acquired right-handed hitter Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela, a move that could bolster Kansas City's offensive effectiveness against left-handed pitching.

Gomes, 34, immediately was added to the 40-man roster and is eligible for the postseason roster.

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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.

Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

Center fielder wows with highlight-reel catch, recreating Trout's great play

Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Kiermaier turned a negative into a positive from the leadoff spot for the Rays in Monday night's 6-3 win over the Orioles.

Only the Rays' center fielder did not hit first in the order. Instead, he led off the night for the Rays' defense by stealing a would-be home run from Manny Machado, who led off the bottom of the first for the Orioles by hitting a drive deep to center field.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Angels begin GM search

OAKLAND -- The Angels have begun their search for a general manager, a source told MLB.com on Monday night, though it's hard to narrow down their list of candidates at this point.

The Angels have some internal candidates in assistant GMs Matt Klentak and Scott Servais, and potentially director of pro scouting Hal Morris, but owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino will be interviewing outside candidates as well.

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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.

A's score 9 unanswered to top Halos

A's score 9 unanswered to top Halos

OAKLAND -- Danny Valencia and Jake Smolinski contributed to a five-run third inning and Mark Canha provided the dagger in the sixth, launching a three-run homer to help the A's beat the American League West-rival Angels, 11-5, at the Coliseum on Monday night.

The free-falling Angels (65-66) have dropped 26 of their last 37 games and are below .500 for the first time since June 10. They finished August with 19 losses, their highest total that month since 1999, but remained 3 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Alden Gonzalez and Jane Lee are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza

Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants gained balance on their bench Monday by acquiring outfielder Alejandro De Aza, a much-needed left-handed batter, along with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Boston Red Sox for Minor League left-hander Luis Ysla.

The deal was engineered before midnight ET Monday, making De Aza eligible for the postseason if the Giants qualify.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reacquired Minor League outfielder Justin Ruggiano and received cash from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or cash.

Ruggiano, 33, was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 Draft and was traded in 2006 with Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo to Tampa Bay for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson. Ruggiano played for current Dodgers president Andrew Friedman at Tampa Bay.

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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.

Trio of homers powers Rays past Orioles

Trio of homers powers Rays past Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Rays hitters backed Chris Archer's quality start with three home runs to lead a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.

The win widened the Rays' (65-66) lead over the Orioles (63-68) in the race to claim the second American League Wild Card spot, though both teams still have a tall mountain of teams to climb to earn the spot.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blackburn among 10 top prospect performers Monday

Giants No. 21 prospect does not allow a hit until the sixth inning for River Cats

Blackburn among 10 top prospect performers Monday

Clayton Blackburn picked a perfect night for his best start of the season.

The Giants' No. 21 prospect allowed only two hits and struck out nine while working a season-high 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday as Triple-A Sacramento edged Reno, 1-0.

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

'Amazing' Altuve has August to remember

'Amazing' Altuve has August to remember

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve had exited from the Astros' clubhouse following Monday's 8-3 win over the Mariners before he had a chance to talk to the media, which gave his teammates a chance to tell reporters how incredible he's been playing lately.

Altuve, the reigning Major League batting champion, capped off his terrific August by going 3-for-5 to extend his career-long on-base streak to 28 games, meaning he reached base in every game in the month. He finished August with 45 hits, which ties the club record for hits in the month (Jesus Alou, 1970).

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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.

A's-Angels tilt pauses for 'broken fence delay'

A's-Angels tilt pauses for 'broken fence delay'

OAKLAND -- Evan Scribner and his bullpen mates set an over/under. Danny Valencia considered it another shenanigan in his short stint with the A's. Manager Bob Melvin joked that the grounds crew used double-sided tape to fix it.

They were all referring to the left-field wall at the Coliseum, a sizable chunk of which fell down and caused a 10-minute delay in the fifth inning of the A's 11-5 win over the Angels on Monday night.

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

Keuchel's glove work key to earning 16th win

Keuchel's glove work key to earning 16th win

HOUSTON -- The remains of Franklin Gutierrez's shattered bat flung straight in the air, coming dangerously close to landing on Dallas Keuchel, who was too busy navigating the bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning of a tie game to notice where the wood would land.

"If it stuck me in the neck, it was going to stick me in the neck," Keuchel said. "I was going to try to get the out."

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

Rox rally for four runs, walk off in ninth

Rox rally for four runs, walk off in ninth

DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Monday night at Coors Field.

"We had a lot of missed opportunities throughout," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss, whose Rockies still finished 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. "But guys kept fighting."

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

Ichiro scores his 2,000th professional run

Outfielder scores his 1,342nd run in Majors, had 658 in nine seasons in Japan

Ichiro scores his 2,000th professional run

ATLANTA -- Ichiro Suzuki provided more than an important insurance run in the eighth inning of the Marlins' 4-0 win on Monday night over the Braves at Turner Field. The 41-year-old reached another impressive milestone.

The run was the 2,000th of his professional career, including 1,342 in the big leagues and 658 during his nine seasons in Japan.

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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.

Cron defies odds with steal of home

Cron defies odds with steal of home

OAKLAND -- Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron may not be the fleetest of foot, but he can now add a steal of home plate to his baseball resume.

Cron got it with a little misdirection in Monday night's series opener against the A's. With runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the third, teammate Shane Victorino broke to second and beat the throw from catcher Josh Phegley. Cron broke for home as soon as the ball left Phegley's hand, scoring without a throw and drawing some smiles from his teammates as he jogged back into the dugout.

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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.

Springer continues rehab games, goes 1-for-4

Springer continues rehab games, goes 1-for-4

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Astros outfielder George Springer had his third straight 1-for-4 rehab performance with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in the club's 11-9 loss to the San Antonio Missions on Monday night.

Springer opened the game by drawing three straight low fastballs from San Antonio starter Dennis O'Grady, then took a called strike at the waist before grounding out hard to second base.

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

Ice Bucket Challenge wraps at Fenway Park

Ice Bucket Challenge wraps at Fenway Park

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

A month-long initiative by MLB in support of ALS awareness concluded on 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.

On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

NEW YORK -- There Bartolo Colon stood on Aug. 21, owning a 4.90 ERA and an expiring contract. At the time it was nearly impossible to envision him taking the ball for the Mets in October.

And maybe it's still difficult. But with eight shutout innings in Monday's 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon ran his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and has at least wedged his foot in the door of playoff consideration.

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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.