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12:20 AM ET, September 2, 2015


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Andy McCullough / Kansas City Star:
Chickenpox hits Royals clubhouse; Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected … As he pondered how to handle a health crisis facing his baseball team, Ned Yost reached out this past weekend to his mother.  Several Royals also contacted their families, all asking some version of a question …
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Sano Sparks Twins in Rally Past White Sox 8-6  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Sano's towering home run tied the game for Minnesota in the seventh inning, and two Chicago errors aided the go-ahead rally in the eighth for the Twins in an 8-6 victory Tuesday night over the White Sox.
Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago:
White Sox call up Erik Johnson, Montas, Brantly, Garcia  —  The White Sox expanded their September roster to 29 by recalling right-hander Erik Johnson, catcher Rob Brantly and infielder Leury Garcia from Class AAA Charlotte and right-hander Frankie Montas from Class AA Birmingham Tuesday.
Discussion: South Side Sox
Danny Abriano / Metsblog:
Niese, bullpen hit hard as Mets are shellacked by Phillies  —  Jon Niese and the bullpen struggled mightily as the Mets lost to the Phillies, 14-8, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.  —  With the Mets trailing by the score of 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning, Bobby Parnell, Eric O'Flaherty …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Bartolo Colon's eight shutout innings, HRs by Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson lift Mets
Matt Eisenberg / Metsblog:
Colon pitches eight scoreless, Mets hang on to beat Phillies
Discussion: The Good Phight and Yahoo Sports
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Designate Russell, Soriano; Select Contracts Of Cahill, Berry; Recall Baez  —  The Cubs have designated left-hander James Russell for assignment and also activated right-hander Rafael Soriano from the disabled list and designated him for assignment as well, the team announced.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Designate Hak-Ju Lee For Assignment  —  The Rays have designated minor league shortstop and former top prospect Hak-Ju Lee for assignment, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune tweets that the move creates 40-man roster space for minor league catcher/first baseman Luke Maile.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Designate Tyler Austin And Cole Figueroa, Call Up Andrew Bailey  —  The Yankees have designated outfielder Tyler Austin and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment, the club announced.  Those moves were made as part of a flurry of roster activity to clear 40-man space for September call-ups …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Associated Press:
Ripken Honored by Orioles in Celebration of 2131 Game  —  BALTIMORE — Instead of taking another lap around Camden Yards, Cal Ripken Jr. marked the 20th anniversary of his 2,131st consecutive game by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles hosted Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Camden Chat and CBS DC
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Designate Roman Mendez For Assignment  —  The Rangers have designated right-hander Roman Mendez for assignment, tweets Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.  Additionally, left-hander Alex Claudio has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and placed on the Major League 60-day disabled list to clear another 40-man roster spot.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:
Dodgers Beat Giants 5-4 in 14 Innings on Gonzalez's Single  —  LOS ANGELES — Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West's top two teams.
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
West Notes: Zduriencik, Profar, Morneau, Angels  —  Over at Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan takes a look at the just-ended tenure of former Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik.  Seattle changed course in the middle of his tenure, says Sullivan, with the organization moving from a focus on finding value …
Michael Kelly / Associated Press:
Gosselin slugs Diamondbacks past Rockies, 6-4  —  DENVER (AP) Phil Gosselin atoned for his hitless debut with a big day at the plate.  —  Gosselin homered and drove in four runs, Patrick Corbin pitched into the seventh inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Adams suffers setback; Grichuk resumes hitting  —  Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who was thought to be making progress in his rehabilitation from right quadriceps surgery, said he had a minor setback during drills in Jupiter, Fla., last week, and is back in St. Louis to be treated and to continue his rehabilitation.
Discussion: HardballTalk
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