Indians manager Terry Francona says he won’t use an out clause in his contract if Cleveland President Mark Shapiro takes a job elsewhere. Shapiro reportedly is a candidate to succeed Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Shapiro has declined to comment on the report. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Yovani Gallardo collected his 100th career victory while Texas capitalised on an error by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista to score three times in the seventh inning in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Rangers (65-61) drew level with the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot in the American League behind the New York Yankees, who are 1-1/2 games behind the Blue Jays (71-56) in the AL East. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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(The Sports Xchange) – Yovani Gallardo collected his 100th career victory while Texas capitalized on an error by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista to score three times in the seventh inning in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Rangers (65-61) drew level with the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot in the American League behind the New York Yankees, who are 1-1/2 games behind the Blue Jays (71-56) in the AL East. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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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. Look out, American League. The Minnesota Twins are charging hard and looking to snap their four-year postseason drought. After being swept by the Yankees in New York last week, the Twins have rattled off six straight road victories against AL wild-card contenders. It started with a dominant four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. It’s continuing now at Tropicana Field, where they won for the second straight day, 5-3. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Twins had to overcome one of the AL’s most dominant pitchers, Chris Archer, in order to claim victory. Archer was coming off a one-hit, 11-strikeout shutout of the Houston Astros. Here, he struck out 12 over six-plus innings, but the Twins mixed in four runs on nine hits. Eduardo Escobar was the offensive star, homering off Archer in the sixth and reliever Brandon Gomes in the eighth. He has seven on the season. Joe Mauer also had a big game, collecting three hits. Rookies Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano were a combined 3-for-10. The Twins are now 6-0 with them in the same lineup. With the win, the Twins moved one-half game ahead of the Texas Rangers for the second wild-card spot. They’ll go for the series sweep on Thursday night before returning home to host the first-place Astros.  SLUGGING METS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT Meanwhile, in the National League, the New York Mets are the hottest team around thanks largely to back-to-back series against the Rockies and Phillies. Granted, the Mets have still had to take care of business. They’ve done just that winning six straight of their own after Wednesday’s 9-4 victory in Philadelphia. During that stretch, the Mets have outscored their opponents 64-35. That’s about a month’s worth of offense, or so it seemed earlier in the season, in a span of six games. The long ball has been a big part of the Mets hot streak. They hit a franchise record eight in Monday’s win, but settled for one on Wednesday. Michael Cuddyer launched a two-run shot off reliever Hector Neris in the sixth inning. Cuddyer finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Yoenis Cespedes cooled off with two hits, including a mere triple. He had homered five times over his last five games. Bartolo Colon was the beneficiary of the latest barrage, though he didn’t need much help. Colon tossed seven scoreless innings while improving to 11-11 on the season. The Mets now own a commanding 6 1/2 game lead in the NL East after the Nationals fell 6-5 to San Diego. BLUE JAYS UPDATE: STILL RAKING Justin Verlander stole the headlines with his dominant one-hitter , but Wednesday had some good offensive performances as we’ve already noted. Right at the top? The Toronto Blue Jays, who else? They rolled to another victory, 12-4 over the Rangers. All of the usual suspects were involved, though for the most part it was for their patience, not their slugging. Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista combined to go 2-for-11 with six walks and six runs scored. Bautista drew four of those walks, though each scored twice. Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak did the cleaning up, each homering and combining to drive in seven runs. That’s just what a well-oiled offensive machine does. It keeps the parts moving and the production flowing.  David Price pitched six innings of two-run ball to earn his fourth win since joining the Blue Jays. He has 13 overall. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have 71 wins and a two game lead over the Yankees. DODGERS WIN BEHIND THREE-HOMER INNING After losing five staight in Oakland and Houston, the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting healthy again at the expense of the Cincinnati Reds. Just prior to the unsuccessful start of their road trip. the Dodgers won three straight against Cincinnati at home. Now they’ve won two straight at Great American Ball Park following Wednesday’s 7-4 decision.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] After jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, the Dodgers broke things open with a five-run, three-homer fourth inning. Scott Van Slyke started it with a solo shot. A.J. Ellis followed with a two-run blast. Then Yasiel Puig capped it with a two-run tater and bat flip.   The Reds would make things interesting late, scoring three unearned runs against Brett Anderson in the seventh, but five relievers, including closer Kenley Jansen, got Los Angeles to the finish line. They’ll now aim for a three-game sweep Thursday afternoon with Zack Greinke on the hill.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Toronto Blue Jays have been winning plenty of games since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki, even while the standout shortstop struggled a bit at the plate. Now Tulowitzki is starting to heat up, and the Blue Jays are alone atop the American League East standings. Tulowitzki had three hits, including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning before the go-ahead run scored on an error, as the Blue Jays rallied for a 6-5 victory at the wild card-contending Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday: – - – - ATHLETICS World championships, Beijing (to 30) Rudisha back on top of the world, Dibaba dominant BEIJING – David Rudisha strained every sinew to win gold, Genzebe Dibaba dominated in the way the Kenyan once did and Usain Bolt's second sprint showdown with Justin Gatlin moved a step closer at the world athletics championships. … View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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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. The Toronto Blue Jays run may have thrust them into the spotlight recently, but the New York Yankees are still very much a threat in the American League East. They proved as much Monday, beating the Houston Astros 1-0. [ On this week's StewPod: Should adults bring gloves to baseball games? ] With the win, New York pulled into a tie with the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. Both teams are currently 69-55 on the year. The Yankees were led by Nathan Eovaldi during the contest. Eovaldi tossed eight scoreless frames, giving up just four hits. He struck out seven and walked three.  If you did your research prior to the game, Eovaldi’s success against Houston shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The #Astros face Nathan Eovaldi tonight. They have the lowest BA in MLB vs pitches 95 MPH+, .176 (51 for 290). 84% of Eovaldi FBs 95 MPH+. — Daren Willman (@darenw) August 24, 2015 There was one problem for Eovaldi, however. Houston starter Scott Feldman was just as good. Feldman also tossed eight scoreless frames. Because of that, both pitchers received no-decisions despite their stellar efforts. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Beltran struck. With the bases loaded, Beltran managed a sacrifice fly, plating home the only run of the contest.  The Yankees will continue their series against the Astros on Tuesday. The Blue Jays will begin a series at Texas. REDS EXPLODE FOR 10-RUN INNING The Cincinnati Reds haven’t had a ton to celebrate this season. That changed Monday, as the team registered a 10-run inning in a 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.  Things looked bleak early, as the club actually trailed by five runs. That changed in the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez kicked things off with a solo home run. After Joey Votto walked, Brandon Phillips got in on the act, adding a two-run shot. A single by Todd Frazier was followed up with a Jay Bruce double, making it a one-run game. The Reds didn’t stop there. The club loaded the bases for Skip Schumaker, who promptly singled in two more runs. Suarez came up again, and plated two more runs with a double.  Votto was intentionally walked, putting two men on base. Phillips came up again, and smashed a triple, scoring two more runs.  When the dust cleared, the Reds had plated 10 runs during the inning. that’s what a 10-run inning looks like #Reds https://t.co/iiusC1rnhg — C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 25, 2015 With the win, the Reds improved to 52-71 on the season. RED SOX SURVIVE LATE WHITE SOX RALLY The Boston Red Sox looked to have Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox in hand until the ninth inning. The club held on for the 5-4 victory, but it wasn’t easy.  Boston went into the frame holding a three-run lead. Jean Machi came in to shut things down, but ran into trouble almost immediately.  Jose Abreu doubled to lead things off. After a groundout, he was driven in by an Avisail Garcia single. Adam LaRoche followed that up with a single, putting the tying run on first.  Alexei Ramirez grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Garcia from third. With the tying still at first, Carlos Sanchez flew out to left to end the game.  Boston improved to 57-68 with the win. J.A. HAPP IS LOVING HIS NEW CLUB The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a lot of success turning around pitchers in recent years. J.A. Happ might just be the team’s latest reclamation project. Happ was fantastic during the club’s 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday. Happ’s first start with his new club didn’t go as planned, but he’s been fantastic since.  J.A. Happ has given up one earned run in 17.1 innings over his last three starts. A week working with Ray Searage will do amazing things. — Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) August 25, 2015 That was the case Monday. Happ tossed six scoreless frames, giving up just four hits. He walked one and struck out six during the contest. Pitching coach Ray Searage obviously deserves credit if Happ has turned a corner. Searage has turned around a number of pitchers recently, including Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett and Edinson Volquez, among others. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] With the win, the Pirates improved to 75-48 on the year. Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard .  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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In this week’s Degrees, Jeff Passan tackles why RBIs shouldn’t be everything. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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