Gibbons, Sanchez tossed in Royals-Jays tilt

Gibbons, Sanchez tossed in Royals-Jays tilt

TORONTO -- Benches cleared during the eighth inning of the Blue Jays' 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday at Rogers Centre after a series of hit batters and inside pitches led to the ejections of Toronto manager John Gibbons, right-hander Aaron Sanchez and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Tension had been building throughout the afternoon after Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson in the first inning and nearly plunked him again in the third. Both dugouts received a warning after Donaldson's hit by pitch in the first.

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Syndergaard, Mets look to join Nats atop NL East

Syndergaard, Mets look to join Nats atop NL East

Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard and Nationals righty Jordan Zimmermann face off Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET at Citi Field, where the new-look Mets look to earn a share of the National League East lead in the finale of a pivotal three-game series.

Strong starting pitching, good defense and a flair for the dramatic fueled the first two games of this series, both of which the Mets took by one run. Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer didn't just lead New York to a storybook win in extras Friday, it ensured they didn't waste a brilliant start by Matt Harvey.

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Benches empty after Phillips gets hit by Watson

Benches empty after Phillips gets hit by Watson

CINCINNATI -- Tempers are never far below the surface when the Pirates, the Reds and the National League Central rivals' mutual philosophies of pitching inside clash. Those emotions boiled above the surface in the eighth inning of Sunday's game with the Reds.

Left-handed reliever Tony Watson's first pitch to Brandon Phillips hit the Reds second baseman on the upper left arm. Maybe it was retaliation for Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen being plunked by Pedro Villarreal in the top of the eighth. Maybe it wasn't. For sure, however, it led to three separate on-field incidents that slowed down the Bucs' 3-0 victory, and drew ejections for Sean Rodriguez and Mark Melancon of the Pirates and Marlon Byrd and Joey Votto of the Reds.

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Burnett awaits fate on ailing elbow

Veteran righty on 15-day DL, says he wouldn't get surgery

Burnett awaits fate on ailing elbow

CINCINNATI -- A.J. Burnett returned to Pittsburgh for his final season because he wanted to write a triumphant ending to a 17-year career. He may have unwittingly written a legendary exit.

Placed on the disabled list following a Thursday night outing when the pain in his right elbow became "a little more than I expected, and more than I could tolerate," Burnett has an appointment with Pirates team doctors on Monday in Pittsburgh. He expects the diagnosis to be one of two things.

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Moss delivers to send Cardinals past Rockies

Moss delivers to send Cardinals past Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- New acquisition Brandon Moss delivered his first big hit with the Cardinals -- an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to deliver a 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium before 44,743.

Jason Heyward doubled to right with one out against Scott Oberg (2-2), and Randal Grichuk barely beat Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes' throw to first base to put runners at first and third. Moss' hit made a winner of reliever of Trevor Rosenthal (2-2), who struck out Drew Stubbs after Carlos Gonzalez doubled with two out in the top of the ninth. The Cards won three out of four in the series.

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Today's starting lineups: Aug. 2

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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Haren indicates Cubs stint may be swan song

Pitcher excited to join contender in what may be his final season

Haren indicates Cubs stint may be swan song

MILWAUKEE -- This may be Dan Haren's last big league season, and if it is, the right-hander wants to go out with a winner.

Acquired on Friday from the Marlins, Haren will make his Cubs debut Wednesday in the series finale against the Pirates. When the trade was finalized, Haren posted on his Twitter account that he would be wearing No. 50.

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Yankees in total control in Chicago finale

Yankees in total control in Chicago finale

CHICAGO -- Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered and Ivan Nova allowed one run over six innings as the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. New York outscored the White Sox, 27-17, in the three-game series, taking two of three.

Ellsbury led off with a home run on the second pitch of the game before the Yankees blew the game open with a five-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Stephen Drew supplied four RBIs, while Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Ellsbury each added two RBIs. White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija threw fewer than five innings for the first time this season, giving up nine runs over 4 2/3.

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Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

TORONTO -- Right-hander R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and Chris Colabello smashed a two-run homer as the Blue Jays earned a 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday to win three of the four games in the series at Rogers Centre.

Dickey gave up just two hits and struck out six.

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Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton shattered the offensive silence Sunday at Globe Life Park with a sixth-inning home run that complemented Martin Perez's dominant performance as the Texas Rangers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Perez limited San Francisco, which entered the afternoon ranked second in the National League in batting, to one hit in eight innings -- Justin Maxwell's infield single with two outs in the fifth -- and exited after allowing a one-out double to Angel Pagan in the ninth. The Giants loaded the bases against Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson and got a run on Buster Posey's RBI single before Hunter Pence hit into a game-ending double play.

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Kennedy to replace Lucchino as Red Sox president

Kennedy to replace Lucchino as Red Sox president

BOSTON -- Larry Lucchino's impactful run as president/CEO of the Red Sox will come to an end following the 2015 season.

In a statement released on Sunday morning, Lucchino said that he would stay with the club in a new role, and that Sam Kennedy, who grew up just a couple of miles from Fenway Park in Brookline, Mass., will be the team's next president.

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After duel, Mariners top Twins in 11 innings

After duel, Mariners top Twins in 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a wild ninth inning that saw both teams exchange solo homers to send the game to extra innings, Logan Morrison connected on a go-ahead RBI double in the 11th to help lift the Mariners to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen, who was acquired from the Rays shortly before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, gave up back-to-back walks to Ketel Marte and Kyle Seager to open the 11th. He struck out Nelson Cruz, and lefty Brian Duensing was brought in to face Morrison. But Morrison hit the first pitch from Duensing to right-center for a double to give Seattle the lead. Austin Jackson gave the Mariners a pair of insurance runs with a two-run single to left off righty Casey Fien.

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Simmons to have MRI on right thumb Monday

Shortstop is expected to miss at least a few days; hopes to avoid going on DL

Simmons to have MRI on right thumb Monday

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrelton Simmons felt fortunate that he did not fracture his right thumb during Saturday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies. But the significance of the Braves shortstop's injury will not be known until he undergoes an MRI exam on Monday in Atlanta.

"Our medical people are calling it a sprain," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. " There is no timetable. We're on top of it. We'll get him some ice and treatment and see how quickly we can get him back on the field."

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Marlins lose lead, win on walk-off HR in ninth

Marlins lose lead, win on walk-off HR in ninth

MIAMI -- After watching a two-run lead slip away on Alexi Amarista's homer in the top of the ninth, the Marlins responded with Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Hechavarria blistered a drive out to left-center off Brandon Maurer to lift Miami to a 5-2 win over the Padres on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Padres tied it on Amarista's two-run shot off A.J. Ramos with one out.

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Norris cools Orioles in stellar Tigers debut

Norris cools Orioles in stellar Tigers debut

BALTIMORE -- Daniel Norris made his Tiger debut with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, supported by an outburst off Ubaldo Jimenez, as Detroit split a four-game series against the Orioles with a 6-1 win Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Norris, the centerpiece of the prospect package the Tigers received from Toronto for David Price three days earlier, displayed a Price-like efficiency that belied his early-season stint in Toronto. The 22-year-old left-hander retired 12 batters in a row after Chris Davis' fourth-inning solo homer and needed just 79 pitches to get through seven innings. A Jonathan Schoop single in the eighth ended Norris' afternoon with four hits allowed, a walk and five strikeouts.

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Kershaw's scoreless streak hits 37 innings

Dodgers ace allows two hits over eight frames in shutdown start vs. Angels

Kershaw's scoreless streak hits 37 innings

LOS ANGELES -- Scratched from starts Wednesday and Friday nights with a sore right hip, Clayton Kershaw finally took the mound Saturday and was his usual, dominating self. He allowed two hits in a 3-1 win over the Angels and added eight scoreless innings to a streak that is now 37 and counting.

About the only thing Kershaw likes to talk about less than how well he pitches is how much he's hurting, so his postgame session was even shorter than normal, even after another Superman performance. He ignored reporters' questions about his health, as if even acknowledging an injury is a sign of weakness.

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Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

PHILADELPHIA -- Jace Peterson's three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Braves the lead and they never looked back in Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, preventing the sweep and ending Atlanta's six-game losing streak.

Peterson's home run came two at-bats after Chris Johnson tied the score, 1-1, with a single that scored Cameron Maybin. The four runs in the fifth inning provided enough cushion for starting pitcher Julio Teheran to silence the hot offense of the Phillies. Teheran allowed two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking none. The effort was good enough to provide him his first road win since Opening Day.

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Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox

Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Rays staged a late-game comeback to avoid a weekend sweep by defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

As Tampa Bay trailed, 3-2, with one out in the eighth, Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI ground-rule double off Junichi Tazawa tied the score. James Loney, who had an RBI double earlier, followed with a single to center to give the Rays the lead.

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Mets cut gap to just 1 game: Duda, Duda

Mets cut gap to just 1 game: Duda, Duda

NEW YORK -- A billboard greeted fans coming off the Grand Central Parkway on Saturday, trumpeting Yoenis Cespedes' arrival in Queens. But it was an old face, Lucas Duda, who almost single-handedly lifted the Mets to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Nationals, moving New York within a game of first place in the National League East.

Before the second-largest regular-season crowd in Citi Field history, Duda hit a pair of solo homers to make up a two-run deficit, then laced a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth. He now has eight home runs in his last seven games, including two off Nationals starter Joe Ross.

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Correa continues ascent with first 2-HR effort

Rookie phenom sets Astros record with 12 dingers in first 46 games

Correa continues ascent with first 2-HR effort

HOUSTON -- As Astros manager A.J. Hinch put it after Saturday's 9-2 win over the D-backs, it takes a man to go opposite field.

Carlos Correa is a man.

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Giants' rally spoils Hamels' Rangers debut

Left-hander pitches into eighth inning before bullpen blows lead

Giants' rally spoils Hamels' Rangers debut

ARLINGTON -- The Cole Hamels era in Texas began Saturday with high expectations, plenty of publicity and even some history on the line. Could he immediately prove to be the Rangers' saving grace? Could he become only the second pitcher in Major League history to throw back-to-back no-hitters?

Well, not exactly. In a 9-7 loss against the Giants, Hamels delivered a workman-like 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. He was efficient, and he was good. He left the game in line for the win before the Rangers' bullpen blew the lead.

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Zobrist pleased to contribute with pair of jacks

Zobrist pleased to contribute with pair of jacks

TORONTO -- Ben Zobrist certainly didn't have anything to prove to his new teammates.

But after two tough losses in a Kansas City uniform, Zobrist was eager to do something to chip in. And he did just that on Saturday with two homers and a double in the Royals' pulsating 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.

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Suzuki's walk-off caps wild ninth for Twins

Suzuki's walk-off caps wild ninth for Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Considering the Twins had scored just two runs on five hits over their previous 17 innings, with one of those runs coming on a wild pitch, there wasn't reason for much optimism heading into the ninth inning on Saturday.

But the Twins showed their resiliency against Mariners closer Carson Smith, scoring twice with two outs in the ninth, including a walk-off RBI single from Kurt Suzuki in a much-needed 3-2 win in front of a frenzied crowd at Target Field.

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Top trade candidates for August

Top trade candidates for August

The non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone. But that doesn't mean the window for contenders to get help has completely closed.

Trades will be made in August -- the only difference is general managers now have to get a player through waivers before wheeling and dealing. There are going to be many players -- including some top names -- who slide through waivers for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at a few who could still be traded:

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Rays place Souza on DL; Mahtook recalled

Outfielder out four to six weeks with fractured left hand after HBP

Rays place Souza on DL; Mahtook recalled

BOSTON -- Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after suffering a fractured left hand in Tampa Bay's 11-7 loss to Boston on Saturday. Outfielder Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

"Certainly wasn't [the best news on Saturday]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We got a phone call [after Souza's hand was X-rayed] that it is a fractured hand. Four to six weeks. Obviously not an ideal thing for us or him, because his at-bats are crucial right now. But he's going to go back to Tampa, probably get re-evaluated there in two or three weeks and we'll go from there."

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Milone hits DL with mild left elbow strain

Prospect Duffey to get call, make MLB debut in Toronto

Milone hits DL with mild left elbow strain

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins placed left-hander Tommy Milone on the 15-day disabled list with a mild left elbow strain on Sunday, and will select the contract of right-hander Tyler Duffey from Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

Duffey, ranked as Minnesota's No. 15 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, will make his Major League debut in Toronto on Wednesday to start on Milone's absence. Additionally, the Twins moved right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly to the 60-day DL to make room for Duffey on the 40-man roster.

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Red Sox place Porcello on DL, add Cook to 'pen

With righty dealing with right triceps strain, Tuesday starter TBD; reliever acquired Friday

Red Sox place Porcello on DL, add Cook to 'pen

BOSTON -- Rick Porcello's first season with the Red Sox has not gone smoothly. On Sunday, the struggling right-hander suffered another setback as the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a right triceps strain.

Porcello, who signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension in April, is 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA through 20 starts. The 26-year-old's last outing was an especially rocky one -- the White Sox tagged him for six runs (five earned) and 10 hits over two-plus innings on Wednesday -- and manager John Farrell revealed that Porcello began experiencing discomfort in the arm during that game.

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Betts' concussion symptoms much improved

Red Sox outfielder could begin baseball activities Friday; return depends on MLB protocol

Betts' concussion symptoms much improved

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts' tumble into the bullpen on Jose Abreu's wild catch-turned-homer may have wowed fans on the highlight reels last week, but the Boston center fielder's fall on that play also sent him to the seven-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, Betts has shown significant improvement in recent days -- enough that they expect him to travel with them to Detroit next weekend and possibly begin baseball activities as early as Friday.

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Maddon ejected after losing challenge

Play at first confirmed after Cubs asked for replay

Maddon ejected after losing challenge

MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs not only lost a challenge Sunday, but they lost manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected in the third inning of the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Brewers.

Maddon was tossed after he questioned crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt following the review of a call.

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