Arrieta earns no-no in LA after E4 ruling

Arrieta earns no-no in LA after E4 ruling

LOS ANGELES -- Seven times in his final 18 starts of 2014, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it wasn't until Sunday night against the Dodgers that the Cubs right-hander finished the job. And it was deja vu for the Dodgers.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter to win his Major League-leading 17th game, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer to power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers, snapping a four-game Chicago losing streak. Arrieta struck out 12 in his 14th consecutive quality start and finished the month of August with a perfect 6-0 mark.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

'Probably the best moment of his career,' A's manager Melvin says

V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

PHOENIX -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte picked up his first Major League victory Sunday afternoon in Arizona, returning from a scoreless, two-inning outing to a beer shower that was "cold, but well worth it," he said, smiling, after the A's 7-4, 11-inning win.

"It was nice to be able to experience that first win with this group of guys," said Venditte, who also had his first career at-bat. "Things haven't really gone our way as of late, so to come back and get that one today, it's very special."

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Statcast: E4 in no-no was a bullet

Statcast: E4 in no-no was a bullet

On a Sunday dominated by afternoon baseball, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta provided a thrilling nightcap by twirling a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

Statcast™ was there to help document that feat, as well as for the rest of the day's action, which also included some excellence from Mike Trout, as well as great catches, big home runs and more. Here are six plays that stand out, starting with the no-no.

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Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Japan outslugs US in record LLWS title game

Teams combine for 7 homers in highest-scoring championship contest

Japan outslugs US in record LLWS title game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Even as records fell and unfamiliar teams showed their worth during the 2015 Little League World Series, it was a recent powerhouse that emerged as champion. Tokyo took home Japan's fourth championship in six years in a record-setting final, defeating Pennsylvania's Red Land Little League, 18-11, on Sunday in the highest-scoring championship game in history.

The teams combined to hit seven home runs and plate 29 runs, breaking the previous record for most runs in a championship game, 23, set in the first Little League World Series title game in 1947.

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Jake Schwartzstein is an editor for Major League Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.

Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.

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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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Shapiro reportedly to be named Jays president

Indians president will take over for retiring Beeston

Shapiro reportedly to be named Jays president

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new president appears to be over with multiple reports suggesting veteran Indians front-office executive Mark Shapiro is on the verge of being named the successor to Paul Beeston.

Rogers Communications is expected to make the official announcement Monday morning, but neither organization has publicly commented on the situation. News of the agreement was first reported by CBS' Jon Heyman and later reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.

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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.

Cards, Royals, Bucs rule atop Power Rankings

Cards, Royals, Bucs rule atop Power Rankings

It's getting to be that time of year, when a lot of articles you'll read will include a section that begins with "If the playoffs started today ..."

And now it's our turn to play along. While there are plenty of races still to be decided -- everything but the AL Central is realistically available to more than one team -- it is fun to at least envision what the playoff landscape would look like if we were to skip over the next 30-some days and land on Oct. 6.

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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.

Week Ahead: Final month looms large

Week Ahead: Final month looms large

Here comes September.

After Monday's August finales around the Major Leagues, we leap right into the final month of baseball's regular season, the one that will end with postseason pairings and champagne parties in joyous clubhouses. You know, the one that never lets us down, with excitement right down to when the last out is recorded.

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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.

No-hit Arrieta 'pitching on another level'

No-hit Arrieta 'pitching on another level'

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Arrieta remembers his grandfather telling him about watching Nolan Ryan throw one of his no-hitters.

"That's something he'll always remember and relish and really be grateful that he was a part of," Arrieta said.

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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.

Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

Holland shuts out Orioles to complete sweep

ARLINGTON -- Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.

"He was terrific," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said of Holland. "He was spotting his fastball in and out, his breaking ball was absolutely magnificent, he was making the guys chase, he was ahead in the count the whole game. It was huge for us."

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Phil Rogers

No-hitter cements Arrieta's status among elite

No-hitter cements Arrieta's status among elite

They've got the biggest payroll in baseball history, acquired through so many complicated financial transactions that it's difficult to even add it all up. The total is somewhere around $315 million, and on Sunday night that allowed the Dodgers to load their lineup with seven All-Stars, including three hitters who were in Cincinnati for this year's All-Star Game.

Those seven hitters, with more than 100 World Series at-bats among them, all batted left-handed in a lineup that had been put together carefully. Enrique Hernandez, who hit eighth, and pitcher Alex Wood were the only right-handed hitters.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist 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.

Maddon has Cubs wear onesies on trip home

Maddon has Cubs wear onesies on trip home

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant found a Ninja Turtle onesie. Addison Russell has a bright green one. Starlin Castro was wearing a Mario Bros. pajama top and pants that match his son's. Dexter Fowler had a matching navy print top and bottom. A few players found camouflage-colored fleece onesies.

It's all part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "onesies" trip home. Players were encouraged to wear onesies or pajamas on the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Sunday night, and Maddon guessed he had 100 percent participation. Naturally, Maddon is prepared, too.

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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.

'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

Mets closer gets high praise from Red Sox, hasn't allowed run in last 16 innings

'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

NEW YORK -- Rarely does Jeurys Familia allow emotion to escape him. One of the National League's most effective closers also tends to be one of the quietest.

But something stirred within Familia after he unleashed the final pitch of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, a 100-mph fastball that fled past Mookie Betts, zoomed through the upper third of the strike zone and popped into Anthony Recker's mitt. Familia pumped his fist and unleashed a whoop, slapping Recker's hand with a force that could have knocked him to the ground. After Recker walked past him, Familia sought his catcher out again for a second, equally thunderous high-five.

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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.

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.

Castro: No doubt error ruling in no-no correct

Castro: No doubt error ruling in no-no correct

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Arrieta took the end of his no-hitter on Sunday night into his own hands. His fastball touching 96 mph, his breaking balls snapping under the Dodgers' bats, the Cubs right-hander struck out the side in the ninth inning as the sun set on Chavez Ravine.

But for one key moment in the third inning of Arrieta's 2-0 masterpiece, everything depended on the official scorer. With one out, Kiké Hernandez smoked a slider from Arrieta straight at Starlin Castro at second base. The short-hop ate up Castro, and Hernandez reached safely.

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David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards expand division lead with 3 HRs in SF

Cards expand division lead with 3 HRs in SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cardinals' 10-game road trip came to an end Sunday in San Francisco, where they capped it with a 7-5 victory over the Giants that featured the team's sixth three-homer game of the year.

St. Louis ambushed opposing starter Chris Heston, who allowed three runs before retiring his first batter. Matt Carpenter's leadoff homer preceded later solo shots from Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds as the Cardinals padded their lead. The Cardinals scored in five innings to keep the Giants from pecking away at the deficit.

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

Did you know? Arrieta's no-hitter

Facts and figures from historic night for Cubs righty

Did you know? Arrieta's no-hitter

It was a special night for Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Sunday, as the right-hander completed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. It also was an all-too-familiar outcome for the Dodgers, who found themselves on the losing end of such a feat for the second time this month.

Here's a look at some facts and figures from Arrieta's game to remember.

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Stanton to begin rehab stint, may return Friday

Slugger on track to take field for Class A Jupiter on Tuesday, weather permitting

Stanton to begin rehab stint, may return Friday

WASHINGTON -- Marlins All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is primed to see his first game action since he broke the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26. What may sidetrack Stanton's return to the field is inclement weather at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

"We should know something once we get to Atlanta," manager Dan Jennings said after Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Nationals.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

What to watch for in today's games

Monday marks the last day of August, which means the calendars are soon turning to fall. September callups are on the horizon, the trade waiver market closes at midnight and teams can finally start turning their full attention to the postseason race and the hunt for a World Series title.

Here are five things to watch for in Monday's slate of games:

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

Ortiz projected to heat up at the plate

Ortiz projected to heat up at the plate

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Monday.

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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.

Arrieta's teammates 'proud,' 'excited' for righty

Arrieta's teammates 'proud,' 'excited' for righty

LOS ANGELES -- After Jake Arrieta struck out Chase Utley to complete his first career no-hitter, he had just a second to hug his catcher Miguel Montero before being mobbed by a wave of teammates on the infield grass as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 2-0, on Sunday night.

"He was outstanding. I told him I'm proud of him," Montero said. "He worked his butt off and he works harder than anyone in the game. That's his reward right there. Hopefully more to come."

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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.

A look back at Cubs' no-hitter history

A look back at Cubs' no-hitter history

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

Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two.

"This was a big game for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've been flat the last couple nights. To come out today and get tremendous crowd support again, fan support, it was a good win for us."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. 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.

Mattingly: Tip cap to Arrieta, and move on

Mattingly: Tip cap to Arrieta, and move on

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added two games to their lead between no-hitters. Analytically speaking, if they keep getting no-hit every nine days, they should run away with the division.

OK, that's not necessarily foolproof. But the Dodgers, with this drill fresh in their minds, were philosophical after losing to the Cubs, 2-0, on Sunday night, on Jake Arrieta's no-hitter only nine days after Mike Fiers mesmerized them with a no-hitter in Houston.

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Lyle Spencer

Giants face another big battle vs. Dodgers

Defending champs have had their way against LA so far in '15

Giants face another big battle vs. Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Giants and Dodgers get together at any stage of the season, it's big. When it is August merging with September and they're within shouting distance of each other atop the National League West, it's bigger than big.

"We're in the hunt," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said following Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals, who took two of three in the weekend series at AT&T Park. "We're not where we want to be, but there's baseball left.

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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.

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

Red Sox slugger moves into sole possession of 27th place on all-time list

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz is hardly just padding his numbers as he closes in on home run No. 500. At the age of 39, he continues to take tremendous cuts at the offerings of the best young pitchers in the game.

Take, for example, the top of the sixth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, where the slugger clocked home run No. 494 to move past the legendary Lou Gehrig, as well as Fred McGriff, for sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.

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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.

Dodgers in position for rare feat

Look to be one of few teams to make playoffs after suffering multiple no-nos

Dodgers in position for rare feat

The Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers on Sunday night in Los Angeles, only nine days after the Astros' Mike Fiers did the same in Houston. Despite those setbacks, the Dodgers remain in first place in the National League West by 3 1/2 games over the Giants heading into the final day of August.

That combination puts Los Angeles in position for a rare feat. Only two teams since at least 1900 have made the playoffs while also suffering multiple no-hitters: the 1917 White Sox and the 2010 Rays.

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