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Defending champ Giants get on roll while facing contenders (The Associated Press)

Posted on 17 August 2015

In one quirky scheduling stretch, the San Francisco Giants are playing each of the three National League opponents they beat on the way to winning an NL pennant and eventually another World Series last fall. After an impressive four-game sweep against the Nationals in a rematch of the division series, San Francisco hits the road for three games at St. Louis in what has emerged as a rivalry from the NLCS in 2012 and ’14, then four more games at Pittsburgh after the Giants beat the Pirates in the one-game wild card. San Francisco returned from being swept in four games by the Cubs at Wrigley Field from Aug. 6-9 by splitting a two-game series with Houston then outscoring the Nationals 28-12.

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Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke help teams win on the mound, at the plate (Big League Stew)

Posted on 17 August 2015

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting  stats. No player did more to help his team win Sunday than San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. But Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers did come close . Bumgarner and Greinke, already regarded as two of the best pitchers in the National League, showed that they’re mighty dangerous at the plate too. Each starting pitcher homered to lead their teams to victory Sunday. Have we mentioned we love pitcher dingers? Because we totally love pitcher dingers. We’ll start with Bumgarner, whose contributions at the plate didn’t begin and end with the homer. He actually had an RBI double in the fifth inning before homering in the seventh. It was Bumgarner’s fourth homer of the season, the most among MLB pitchers.  The Giants won 5-0 and Bumgarner was immaculate on the mound too. He threw a three-hit shutout, striking out 14 Washington Nationals hitters. Hello, postseason form. The Nats, meanwhile, are a mess and moving further away from the postseason by the day. It was their sixth straight loss, moving the once-World Series favorites a game under .500. Ouch. Need more pitcher dingers, obviously — among other things.     Meanwhile, down in L.A., the Dodgers edged the Cincinnati Reds by the score of 2-1 . The difference? A solo homer by Greinke that came as the second of back-to-backs with Joc Pederson in the fifth inning. Point to Greinke for impeccable timing. On the mound, Greinke pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and one run. He struck out eight and lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.58. His homer was his second of the season, which puts him second behind Bumgarner for the most in baseball by a pitcher. At the very least, someone in baseball needs to set up a 1-on-1 home run derby between these two the next time the Dodgers and Giants play. ROYALS GET OFF WALK-OFF WIN OVER ANGELS The Kansas City Royals pulled off an extra-innings, come-from-behind, walk-off win in the Sunday night game against the Los Angeles Angels. Like Bumgarner, K.C. was pulling off its best October tricks too. The Royals were down 3-2 in the ninth, but tied up the game on an Alex Rios sac fly that sent this one to extra innings. With Kauffman Stadium rocking for the national TV audience, K.C. then pounced in the tenth. Ben Zobrist singled, advanced to second when Eric Hosmer walked and darted around to score when Kendrys Morales singled. It was a 4-3 win for the Royals, who have won three straight and now own a 12-game lead in the AL Central.  SHELBY MILLER FLIRTS WITH NO-NO, GETS NO DECISION INSTEAD Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the eighth for the Atlanta Braves, losing it when Nick Ahmed of the Arizona Diamondbacks singled to lead off the inning. That’s when Miller’s ongoing tough luck continued to show itself. Ahmed would come around to score on a fielder’s choice later in the inning, tying the game and turning Miller’s near no-no into a no decision. The Braves won 2-1 in 10 innings on a Cameron Maybin walk-off homer. That might be enough on the surface to mask that Miller pitched well again and didn’t get a win, even though the 24-year-old struck out 10 batters and allowed two hits in seven innings.  This was the 16th straight start in which Miller hasn’t earned a W. What’s odd about that is he has a 2.43 ERA, which is fifth best in the National League, so he’s obviously been pitching really well. At least the Braves won Sunday. Before that, they’d lost 10 straight games Miller started, including five of them where he gave up two runs or fewer.  Want to see more from Sunday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – – – – – – – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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White Sox-Angels Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 17 August 2015

Out of playoff position for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks after a miserable road trip, the slumping Los Angeles Angels will try to get back in the groove at home. The Angels could find some motivation in facing a Chicago White Sox team that swept them last week, and they’ll also get another look at highly touted rookie Carlos Rodon, who seeks another scoreless outing against Los Angeles on Monday night. Los Angeles (60-57) dropped a half-game behind Baltimore for the AL’s second wild card with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings Sunday night in Kansas City.

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Daily Dose: Ace Bumgarner (Rotoworld)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Seth Trachtman breaks down Madison Bumgarner's great start, Adam Jones' big day and more in Monday's Daily Dose.

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10 Degrees: Buster Posey headlines baseball’s best seasons no one is noticing (Yahoo Sports)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Buster Posey is having one of the best seasons ever by a catcher, and yet his performance is among those that have gone under the radar.

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Baseball results (Reuters)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Aug 17 (Infostrada Sports) – Results from the MLB games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) TORONTO 3 NY Yankees 1 Pittsburgh 8 NY METS 1 BALTIMORE 18 Oakland 2 ATLANTA 2 Arizona 1 (10 innings) Seattle 10 BOSTON 8 (12 innings) CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 Chicago Cubs 1 HOUSTON 6 Detroit 5 MILWAUKEE 6 Philadelphia 1 MINNESOTA 4 Cleveland 1 Miami 6 ST. LOUIS 4 TEXAS 5 Tampa Bay 3 SAN FRANCISCO 5 Washington 0 LA DODGERS 2 Cincinnati 1 COLORADO 5 San Diego 0 KANSAS CITY 4 LA Angels 3 (10 innings)

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Baseball standings (Reuters)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Aug 17 (Infostrada Sports) – Standings from the MLB on Sunday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. NY Yankees 64 52 .552 – 2. Toronto 65 54 .546 0 1/2 3. Baltimore 60 56 .517 4 4. Tampa Bay 58 59 .496 6 1/2 5. Boston 52 65 .444 12 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Kansas City 71 46 .607 – 2. Minnesota 59 58 .504 12 3. Detroit 56 61 .479 15 4. Chicago White Sox 55 60 .478 15 5. Cleveland 54 62 .466 16 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Houston 64 54 .542 – 2. LA Angels 60 57 .513 3 1/2 3. Texas 59 57 .509 4 4. Seattle 55 63 .466 9 5. Oakland 51 68 . …

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games (Reuters)

Posted on 16 August 2015

(Adds late game) Aug 16 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Sunday: – – – – Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1 Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer while Drew Hutchison pitched into the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays (65-54) moved back to within 1/2 a game of the first-place Yankees (64-52) in the American League East. Hutchison (12-2) allowed three hits, one walk and one run in 6-2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out five. …

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Braves-Padres Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

A winner in his major league debut, Colin Rea will try to extend the San Diego Padres’ home dominance over the Atlanta Braves in his encore. The Padres right-hander will also get to face a team that’s struggled on the road for much of the last two months Monday night. Rea will try to follow by adding to the Padres’ franchise-best seven consecutive home wins against Atlanta.

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Morales' RBI single in 10th lifts Royals past Angels (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Morales had an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night. ”I feel good in those type of situations and I’m full concentration and I’m looking for a good pitch to hit,” Morales said with coach Pedro Grifol acting as his interpreter. Ben Zobrist singled with one out in the 10th, the Royals’ first hit since Eric Hosmer’s RBI single in the first inning.

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Pederson, Greinke homer to lift Dodgers past Reds (Reuters)

Posted on 16 August 2015

(The Sports Xchange) – With center fielder Joc Pederson providing the expected and right-hander Zack Greinke contributing the unexpected the Los Angeles Dodgers maintained their distance from their closest divisional pursuer. Pederson and Greinke hit successive solo home runs to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in front of 47,388 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers retained their 2-1/2 game lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Milwaukee Brewers prospect David Denson has come out as the first openly gay active player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Denson said he told his teammates on the rookie-level Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League about a month ago. Denson, with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story.

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Giants-Cardinals Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

The San Francisco Giants defeated St. Louis in last year’s NLCS en route to another World Series title, and they could use more wins over the Cardinals to boost their chances of making this postseason. Within striking distance in the NL West and wild card, the Giants are in the midst of a challenging slate that includes six matchups against the team with the best record in the majors. San Francisco took five games to dispatch St. Louis before claiming its third championship in five seasons but has some work to do to make this year’s playoffs.

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Baseball-Pederson, Greinke homer to lift Dodgers past Reds (Reuters)

Posted on 16 August 2015

With center fielder Joc Pederson providing the expected and right-hander Zack Greinke contributing the unexpected the Los Angeles Dodgers maintained their distance from their closest divisional pursuer. Pederson and Greinke hit successive solo home runs to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in front of 47,388 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers retained their 2-1/2 game lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

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Joba Chamberlain, Wandy Rodriguez to Royals: Contract Details and Reaction

Posted on 16 August 2015

The defending American League champion Kansas City Royals have their eyes on a World Series title this season, and they added some experienced pitching depth Sunday that could help them accomplish their goal.

The team announced that it agreed to terms on minor league contracts with left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

Rodriguez pitched for the Texas Rangers earlier this season before he was designated for assignment in July. He boasts a 6-4 record, 4.90 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 15 starts and allowed 10 home runs in 86.1 innings.

While the numbers don’t jump off the page, Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors thinks the Royals could use Rodriguez for depth purposes:

Though he’ll currently be slated as minor league depth, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rodriguez promoted to Kansas City’s rotation. Rodriguez’s modest 1.0 fWAR for 2015 tops every Royals starter except for Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez, so the lefty could be an option if the Royals want a change from the inconsistent Yordano Ventura or the struggling Jeremy Guthrie.

As for Chamberlain, he is primarily remembered for his seven seasons with the New York Yankees. In 2008, he struck out 118 batters in only 100.1 innings and helped solidify the back end of the bullpen.

Despite his impressive peak in pinstripes, Chamberlain finished with an ERA north of 4.30 in four of his eight seasons and has a 4.09 ERA this year in 30 appearances for the Detroit Tigers. His strikeout numbers are also down (15 in 22 innings this year and 59 in 63 innings last year), and lefties have given him particular trouble in 2015 with a .419 batting average against.

If the Royals do eventually use him at the major league level, expect it to be primarily against right-handers in specified roles. They already have Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland and Wade Davis anchoring the bullpen, so Chamberlain won’t be counted on in high-leverage situations too often.

The cliche that a team can never have too much pitching is true in a pennant race, and Kansas City likely had that in mind with these signings. If there is an injury or unexpected poor performance in the near future, the Royals have some insurance in these two pitchers. 

Rodriguez and Chamberlain also both have postseason appearances on their resumes, so they should be comfortable pitching in a pennant race. 

Read more Kansas City Royals news on BleacherReport.com

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Rays-Astros Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

The Houston Astros have been a dominant home team over the past six-plus weeks. Scott Kazmir’s only start there since joining them could also be described that way. Kazmir tries to avoid his first three-start losing streak in five years Monday night when the Astros open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Royals sign Chamberlain, Rodriguez to minor league contracts (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Veteran pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez agreed to minor league contracts Sunday with the Kansas City Royals, the American League Central leaders, and will report to Triple-A Omaha.

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LEADING OFF: Wacha, Cole try for 15th wins, A's ace Gray set (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:

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Indians-Red Sox Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 16 August 2015

Danny Salazar hadn’t put together more than two straight quality starts prior to the All-Star break before his current hot stretch helped bring his ERA to its lowest point since April. The Cleveland Indians right-hander looks to cool Boston’s surging offense in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at Fenway Park. Salazar (10-6, 3.26 ERA) ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.24, but he’d had some trouble with consistency until recently.

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4 Prospects the Washington Nationals Will Promote in September

Posted on 16 August 2015

With the Washington Nationals currently 4.5 games behind the New York Mets in the division, now seems like an apt time to talk about next year and the prospects who could get their feet wet with a September call-up.

Primarily due to injury, the Nationals have thrown a number of their top prospects into the MLB fire this season. So most of the team’s late-season promotions will have already made their big league debuts. 

But we could see second-year pro and scourge of Triple-A International League pitchers, Trea Turner, earn his first call-up once the rosters expand from 25 men to 40. 

That, coupled with the possibility of an open spot in Washington’s rotation next season, makes for an intriguing September. 

The following are four minor leaguers who could feature in storylines like those next month. 

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