Source: Braves trade Gomes to Royals

Source: Braves trade Gomes to Royals

ATLANTA -- The Braves were nearing completion of a deal that will send Jonny Gomes and cash considerations to the Royals, a Major League source confirmed Monday night. In exchange, Atlanta will get Luis Valenzuela, a 21-year-old Minor League shortstop.

Gomes is hitting .221 with seven doubles, seven homers and 22 RBIs through 83 games this season. The Royals would be Gomes' sixth Major League club. The 34-year-old veteran signed with the Braves as a free agent this past winter.

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Kiermaier exits after robbing Machado at wall

Kiermaier exits after robbing Machado at wall

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Kiermaier turned a negative into a positive from the leadoff spot for the Rays on Monday night.

Only the Rays' center fielder did not hit first. Instead, he led off the night for the Rays' defense by stealing a sure 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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Cubs add depth, land Jackson from Mariners

Cubs add depth, land Jackson from Mariners

CHICAGO -- Looking for bench help for their postseason push, the Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Mariners for a player to be named later and international signing bonus slot No. 4, worth about $210,000. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.

A right-handed hitter, Jackson was batting .272 in 107 games with the Mariners and had 15 stolen bases. The five-year veteran has heated up over the last month, hitting .314 with a .339 on-base percentage across August. After finishing a double shy of the cycle in his last game on Sunday, Jackson now has 16 hits over his nine-game hitting streak.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He can be reached on Twitter: @G_Garno. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

BOSTON -- The Yankees allowed David Robertson to walk as a free agent in the offseason, deciding that they preferred the package of Andrew Miller and the compensatory Draft pick they would obtain as a result of the closer's departure.

At the time, the Yankees spoke highly of Robertson. General manager Brian Cashman even admitted to feigning interest so as to drive up Robertson's asking price on the open market, helping him score a four-year, $48 million deal from the White Sox.

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Papi goes deep, five homers from 500

Papi goes deep, five homers from 500

BOSTON -- David Ortiz's race to 500 homers keeps churning forward, and the Red Sox slugger is so close that Fenway Park already sports a banner above the Green Monster tracking his career home runs.

In the fourth inning of Monday night's series opener against the Yankees, Ortiz changed the display from 494 to 495 when he smacked a 1-1 changeup from Ivan Nova that just cleared the padded wall atop the Monster. The blast gave Ortiz 29 homers for the season, with nine of those coming in August.

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Felix to make next start Saturday vs. A's

Felix to make next start Saturday vs. A's

HOUSTON -- Felix Hernandez will make his next start Saturday in Oakland after the Mariners' ace was skipped from his normal start on Monday against the Astros as manager Lloyd McClendon looks to freshen Hernandez up for the final month of the season.

The 29-year-old right-hander has been one of baseball's most durable pitchers over most of his career and is on pace for his eighth consecutive season of 200-plus innings, and 10th straight of more than 190 innings.

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Teixeira undergoing tests, will miss Sox series

Girardi considering playing A-Rod at first, but Cashman views him as DH

Teixeira undergoing tests, will miss Sox series

BOSTON -- Mark Teixeira is still unable to run due to what was diagnosed as a deep bone bruise on his right leg, and the Yankees' first baseman is expected to miss this entire series against the Red Sox after being sent back to New York for additional tests.

As a result, Girardi said that he is considering playing Alex Rodriguez at first base on Wednesday when the Yankees face Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens. However, general manager Brian Cashman said that he would prefer to view Rodriguez only as a designated hitter.

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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.

Dodgers welcome Giants for big NL West clash

Dodgers welcome Giants for big NL West clash

Division rivals fighting for the top spot in the National League West go head-to-head for a three-game series when the Giants and Dodgers meet in Los Angeles starting Monday night. The Dodgers lead the division by 3 1/2 games, but this series has the potential to alter both team's playoff chances.

The Giants have an opportunity to get within a half-game of first place, but the Dodgers, who were no-hit for the second time in nine days Sunday, could put a serious dent in San Francisco's postseason hopes with a sweep.

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

Hamstring better, Correa back in Astros' lineup

Springer's rehab games continue at Double-A

Hamstring better, Correa back in Astros' lineup

HOUSTON -- After missing four consecutive games with a sore left hamstring, shortstop Carlos Correa returned to the Astros' starting lineup on Monday, batting in his usual three-hole for the series opener against the Mariners.

"It feels great, really good," Correa said. "I'm ready to go, so we're going to be out there playing today. Really exciting."

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

Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday

Slugger will take field for Class A Advanced Jupiter, weather permitting

Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Weather permitting, Giancarlo Stanton will be back on the field Tuesday in a rehab assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Initially, the plan was to get the three-time All-Star into a game on Monday, but the storm system that has impacted South Florida caused that game to be postponed. On Tuesday, the Hammerheads will be playing a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. ET, and the Marlins are still deciding if the slugger will play in one or parts of both games.

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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.

Strasburg to ease back into throwing program

Barrett evaluating options on elbow; Uggla to be activated

Strasburg to ease back into throwing program

ST. LOUIS -- A day after hurting his back against the Marlins, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg didn't do any baseball activities before the team faced the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

The Nationals want medication to take effect in Strasburg's back before he does anything on the field, according to manager Matt Williams.

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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.

Machado begins DP in first start at SS

Showalter thinks sometimes 'you're in need of a different look'; all three catchers also in lineup

Machado begins DP in first start at SS

BALTIMORE -- It was not too much of a stretch (literally) for Manny Machado to make his first Major League start at shortstop Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Machado typically moves to that spot from third base on an infield shift. With regular shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a left groin strain, it provided the perfect opportunity to move Machado to his natural position -- even if it is short term.

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How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Blue Jays are playing a three-game series in Toronto this week, because that's just odd and happenstance enough to make total sense in the odd and often happenstance industry of professional sports.

This is a strange series because Mark Shapiro is leaving one organization for another. We all know that now. As announced by both clubs on Monday, the president of the Indians will be leaving to become president and CEO of the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays on cusp of historically great month

Blue Jays on cusp of historically great month

Anybody who's seen the Blue Jays play this month can recognize that they've been impressive. But just how impressive?

Facing the Indians on Monday night, Toronto is going for its 22nd win of August, a feat that's rarely been accomplished. The last club to win 22 games in a month was the 2013 Dodgers, who won 23 in August that year. Before that, it was last done in 2005, by the Astros (in July, even with the All-Star break) and the Padres (in May).

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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.

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.

ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

History seems to be following Jessica Mendoza around.

Mendoza had already become the first female broadcaster to call a Major League Baseball game on ESPN when she did it last Monday night for D-backs vs. Cardinals. Then, during her debut alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk for the Sunday night game between the Cubs and Dodgers, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Matz wraps up rehab with scoreless outing

Matz wraps up rehab with scoreless outing

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz threw 5 1/3 more shutout innings on Monday in his final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. The Mets plan to recall Matz once rosters expand on Tuesday, with an eye toward inserting him into a six-man rotation as soon as this weekend.

Matz finished his rehab assignment at Binghamton with 11 1/3 scoreless innings after giving up two runs in 3 2/3 innings with Class A St. Lucie. He has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a strained left lat.

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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.

Shapiro to become Blue Jays president

Indians president will take over for retiring Beeston at season's end

Shapiro to become Blue Jays president

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new president is over, as it was revealed on Monday that veteran Indians front-office executive Mark Shapiro will be the successor to Paul Beeston.

Ownership group Rogers Communications and the Indians acknowledged the move in public statements issued Monday morning. Shapiro will take over at season's end for Beeston, who previously announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

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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.

Hinch: Astros' roster expansion to be gradual

Hinch: Astros' roster expansion to be gradual

HOUSTON -- Right-handed reliever Josh Fields is one of the pitchers expected to join the Astros on Tuesday, the first day rosters can be expanded to 40 players. The Astros won't call up enough to grow the roster from 25 to 40, but they'll have a wave of players coming up from the Minor Leagues.

Fields was sent down in a roster crunch on Aug. 20 despite going 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 games, and Tuesday is the first day he's eligible to rejoin the Major League club. Outfielder Preston Tucker, who like Fields was the victim of a numbers game and sent down Aug. 22, can rejoin the club as early as Wednesday.

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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.

No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

NEW YORK -- The Mets will not discuss manager Terry Collins' contract status until after the season, general manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday during a visit to the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn.

The Mets hold a 2016 club option for the 66-year-old Collins but could offer him a contract extension based on what will almost certainly become his first winning season at the helm. He entered Monday's series opener against the Phillies with a 72-58 record after going 79-82 last 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.

Boston fans take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

Boston fans take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

BOSTON -- As he sat on an overturned bucket, Rob Daigle knew what was coming. Hanley Ramirez had a bucket of icy water in his hands, and it was about to end up all over him.

So when Ramirez decided to douse both himself and Daigle, laughing as the water dripped off his dreads, the 50-year-old Newburyport, Mass., resident was caught off guard.

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

Foltynewicz scratched from start with illness

Foltynewicz scratched from start with illness

ATLANTA -- The Braves' pitching plans for this week were further complicated when Mike Foltynewicz arrived at Turner Field on Monday afternoon with a fever and viral symptoms. They were already planning to use an array of pitchers for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Marlins. Now, it appears they may have to do the same on Tuesday night.

With Foltynewicz unavailable to make his scheduled start on Monday night against the Marlins, Tuesday's scheduled starter, Shelby Miller accepted the assignment on regular rest. Now it appears that Manny Banuelos and Sugar Ray Marimon could start the final two games of this week's series against Miami.

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Francona: Shapiro 'thoughtful' in sharing news

Manager says 'happiness outweighs' how much executive will be missed

Francona: Shapiro 'thoughtful' in sharing news

TORONTO -- Terry Francona says he's sad to see Mark Shapiro go, but he's happy the longtime Indians president has found a new challenge with the Blue Jays.

"He spoke to the coaches yesterday and was really, like Mark always [is], thoughtful," the Indians' manager said ahead of the series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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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.

Jake Arrieta wore PJs to his no-hitter interview

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Jake Arrieta wore PJs to his no-hitter interview

The best way to celebrate throwing a no-hitter is with your teammates on the field in a blur of hugs and pies and Gatorade showers. The second best way to celebrate a no-hitter is by rocking mustache pajamas at the postgame press conference.

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Simmons out with right ankle inflammation

Simmons out with right ankle inflammation

ATLANTA -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was scratched from the starting lineup just before the start of Monday night's game against the Marlins with right ankle inflammation.

Simmons took batting practice and was set to play until the Braves opted to remove him from the lineup approximately four minutes before Shelby Miller threw the game's first pitch. The Braves did not reveal what caused the ankle discomfort, but early indication was that he could return to action as early as Tuesday.

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Right shoulder latest malady to plague Hanley

Right shoulder latest malady to plague Hanley

BOSTON -- Though Hanley Ramirez's right shoulder ailment -- the one that had him out of the lineup again on Monday night -- didn't become public knowledge until a few days ago, it has bothered him for several weeks.

And it perhaps explains why Ramirez has had such limited production since the All-Star break, a span in which he's hit .183 with no homers, seven RBIs and a .449 OPS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urias makes start for Triple-A Oklahoma City

Urias makes start for Triple-A Oklahoma City

LOS ANGELES -- Julio Urias, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Majors, according to MLB Pipeline, made his first start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

His start for Oklahoma City was a rocky one. He lasted just one inning, allowing three runs and four walks while striking out a pair. He threw 44 pitches in the inning before being replaced by Juan Jaime.

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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.

Cash, Rays meet with Torre about replay

Manager says meeting, explanations were 'very informative'

Cash, Rays meet with Torre about replay

BALTIMORE -- Prior to Monday's Rays-Orioles game, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer Joe Torre and MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Peter Woodfork stopped by the Rays' clubhouse to talk about the replay process with Rays manager Kevin Cash, bench coach Tom Foley, and players James Loney, Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, Tim Beckam, and Jake Odorizzi.

"It was great," Cash said. " ... They came in and took their time. ... Very informed. Their goal is to do everything they can to help the process and get it as right as possible. And it goes a long way with the players and all of us involved that they take the time and sit down [with them]."

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Callups on horizon with rosters set to expand

Callups on horizon with rosters set to expand

Tuesday is Sept. 1, which means the end of August waivers and the beginning of September callups in preparation for the stretch run and the look ahead to postseason rosters.

At the outset of September, Major League clubs are able to expand their rosters from the active 25-man roster to the full 40-man roster, allowing teams to carry additional players for big league games. It's an opportunity for young players to provide depth and get big league experience, and it also allows Major League skippers added weapons in their arsenal as games carry additional weight during a pennant race.

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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.

Cards' Gonzales to start for Martinez on Tuesday

Lefty to sub for injured right-hander against Nationals

Cards' Gonzales to start for Martinez on Tuesday

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start for the Cardinals against the Nationals on Tuesday. The team announced that left-hander Marco Gonzales will be called up from Triple-A Memphis to make his first big league start of the season.

"We've been planning this for a few days, really since [Martinez's] last start," manager Mike Matheny said. "We knew about the back being a little tight, but he was doing almost all of his typical work between starts, there wasn't an issue there.

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