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11:45 AM ET, August 4, 2015


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Associated Press:
Godley's Fine Start Continues, D'backs Beat Nats 6-4  —  WASHINGTON — Rookie Zack Godley pitched six scoreless innings to continue a stellar start to his career, and the Arizona Diamondbacks homered four times in a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
New York Daily News:
Nationals star Bryce Harper doesn't ‘give a crap’ about new NL East-leading Mets
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Matthew Cerrone / Metsblog:
‘This is not a fan base you want to wake up...’ Too late, Curt!
Associated Press:
Price Dominant in Toronto Debut, Jays Beat Twins 5-1  —  TORONTO — David Price struck out 11 over eight innings to win his Blue Jays debut, Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking home run and Toronto beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 in the opener of a four-game series between AL wild-card contenders.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Claim Ben Rowen From Cubs
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Andy McCullough / Kansas City Star:
‘He was crying like a baby’: Tempers flare as Royals lose to Blue Jays 5-2
Associated Press:
Beltre Has 3rd Career Cycle for Rangers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre had his third career cycle Monday night, becoming the first major league player since the 1930s to accomplish that feat.  —  Beltre homered in the fifth inning for the Texas Rangers to complete the cycle, doing so against three different Houston pitchers.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and Yahoo Sports
Associated Press:
Beltre's 3rd Career Cycle in Rangers' 12-9 Win Over Astros  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre became the first major leaguer since the 1930s to hit for his third career cycle and the Texas Rangers held on for a wild 12-9 victory over the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Monday night.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Associated Press:
Cruz Hits 30th Homer, Mariners Beat Rockies 8-7  —  DENVER — Felix Hernandez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nelson Cruz homered in a fourth consecutive game to reach 30 for the season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7 on Monday night.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies fans have been waiting for Gray's debut all season  —  The Denver Post  —  Pitcher Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Diego Padres during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Peoria, Ariz. (Christian Petersen, Getty Images)
Associated Press:
Morrison's RBI Double in 11th Pushes Mariners Past Twins 4-1
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Associated Press:
Braves Keep Rallying, Garcia HR in 12th Beats Giants 9-8  —  ATLANTA — Adonis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning off Ryan Vogelsong and the Atlanta Braves completed their final comeback of the game, beating the San Francisco Giants 9-8 Monday night.
Mets win, 12-1, alone in first as Cespedes leads rout in Miami  —  Yoenis Cespedes tied a franchise record with three doubles, and Michael Conforto hit his first major-league home run as the Mets pounded the Marlins, 12-1, Monday in Miami.  —  The Mets reclaimed sole possession of first place …
Associated Press:
Chris Davis, Caleb Joseph Homer as Orioles Beat A's 9-2  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Baltimore rookie Tyler Wilson is accustomed to bouncing between the big leagues and the minors by now.  —  He is determined to make a case to stay put — and Monday night's outing certainly didn't hurt.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Associated Press:
Hessman Sets Minor League HR Record With No. 433  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Call him the real-life Crash Davis.  —  Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers' system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game against Lehigh Valley.
Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago:
Third base coach McEwing takes blame after Rays tip White Sox 5-4  —  The White Sox have lost 54 games in all sorts of ways this season.  —  Bad defense.  —  Poor baserunning.  —  Inept hitting.  —  Even the admitted failure to challenge an umpire's call.
Discussion: DRaysBay and South Side Sox
Associated Press:
Solarte's Two Homers Lift Padres to 13-5 Rout of Brewers  —  MILWAUKEE — Yangervis Solarte hit two home runs and Tyson Ross pitched six effective innings to help the San Diego Padres rout the Milwaukee Brewers 13-5 on Monday night.  —  Solarte hit a solo home run in the first and connected for a three-run shot in the seventh.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago:
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