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New York Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge left Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers to begin the fifth inning with a right oblique strain, the team announced.

He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday, however, manager Joe Girardi isn't optimistic about the slugging right fielder returning anytime soon, telling reporters postgame it's "possible" Judge is done for the season with the injury.

Judge appeared to injure himself in the bottom of the fourth while connecting on a foul ball. The 24-year-old looked to be in serious discomfort after the swing, eliciting a quick visit from a trainer and Girardi, but stayed in the game to earn a six-pitch walk.

He was replaced in the outfield by Jacoby Ellsbury.

Judge has struggled with strikeouts this season since he was called up from Triple-A by the Bronx Bombers in August. Though he's hit four home runs in 26 games since then, he's also slashing .181/.258/.349 with 41 punchouts in 83 at-bats in the big leagues.

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Robbie Ray's breakout season just put him in special company.

With his 200th strikeout Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to reach the mark, joining Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Dan Haren.

Johnson did it in five of his six seasons with the D-Backs, eclipsing the 300-strikeouts plateau four times. In four seasons with Arizona, Schilling hit 200 strikeouts twice, while Haren did it in his only two seasons with the club.

Ross owned a 4.46 ERA in 28 games coming into Tuesday during his second full-time big-league season. Last year, he struck out 119 batters over 127 2/3 innings of work.

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The Toronto Blue Jays added a major piece to their front office Wednesday, hiring former Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington as their new vice president of baseball operations, the team announced.

In a statement, the club said Cherington will report to general manager Ross Atkins and impact every aspect of the baseball operations department, with an emphasis on player development.

Cherington - who, at the outset of his career, worked as an advance scout for the Cleveland Indians under current Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro - joined the Red Sox in 1999, and took over as general manager twelve years later, helping the club to a 2013 World Series championship. Last August, however, with the Red Sox mired in fifth place, the club hired Dave Dombrowski to oversee baseball operations, prompting Cherington to resign.

Upon taking over in Boston, Dombrowski credited Cherington for infusing the organisation with young talent - including, but not limited, to Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Yoan Moncada.

"The Red Sox baseball operations group and Ben Cherington deserve extraordinary credit for the young, talented players that have broken through at the major league level, and I see outstanding potential in the talent still developing in our minor leagues," Dombrowski said, according to the Boston Herald.

After stepping down from his position with the Red Sox, Cherington took a teaching gig at Columbia University, serving as an executive-in-residence for the sports management masters program.

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After sitting out a third straight game, the Toronto Blue Jays are proceeding cautiously with their All-Star third baseman, as Josh Donaldson will undergo an MRI on his ailing hip, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters prior to Wednesday's tilt with the Tampa Bay Rays.

"He's more miserable than any player right now that exists, that we're in this hunt and he can't contribute," Atkins told John Lott of VICE Sports. Atkins added that Donaldson's hip hasn't "significantly" responded to treatment, and that while there is no timetable for return, he is expected to travel with the team when they begin their seven-game road trip on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels.

The 30-year-old reigning MVP is currently in his worst slump of the season - going hitless in his last 23 at-bats - possibly in part because of the hip injury and other minor ailments. Despite his recent struggles, Donaldson has posted another MVP-like season, hitting .284/.400/.552 with 34 home runs and 92 RBIs.

Donaldson has been extremely durable in recent years, missing only 19 games since 2013, appearing in 158 games each of the past three seasons. He will fall short of that mark this year, having played in only 138 games entering Wednesday, with just 17 remaining.

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A losing season hasn't stopped the Tampa Bay Rays from breaking a franchise record.

After Corey Dickerson smashed a two-run home run in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, the Rays set a new franchise record with the team's 200th home run of the season. The previous high of 199 was set in 2009.

The Rays' power has been quite significant of late. The team has hit 28 home runs over their past 15 games, and 53 big flies since Aug. 13. Heading into Wednesday's game, the Rays were fifth in the majors in home runs. The Baltimore Orioles lead all teams this year with 231.

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Marco Estrada racked up the strikeouts early and often Wednesday.

Estrada became the first pitcher in Toronto Blue Jays history to start the game with five straight strikeouts as they played their series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. He initiated 12 swinging strikes in his first three innings, compared to 13 combined in his previous three starts heading into Wednesday.

The 33-year-old lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs with three walks and seven strikeouts.

After starting the year on a tear posting a 2.36 ERA in his first 10 starts, Estrada has struggled immensely recently, going 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP, and has allowed eight home runs in his past seven appearances.

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There's no easy way to put it.

With the postseason around the corner, the Toronto Blue Jays have only managed to win three games in September. After Wednesday's 8-1 beatdown at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, manager John Gibbons didn't know how else to frame Toronto's September slide.

"I've got to believe we're at rock bottom," Gibbons told reporters. "I don't see how much lower it could go."

The last winning streak the Blue Jays put together was four games at the end of August - a sweep of the Minnesota Twins at home and a win against the Baltimore Orioles. In September, Toronto has yet to win consecutive games.

On Aug. 29, Toronto sat two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox for the division lead. As of Wednesday, the Blue Jays are 2 1/2 games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox, but still in a playoff spot, owning a share of the Wild Card spot with the Orioles.

To make matters worse, Josh Donaldson missed his third consecutive game. What started out as being sidelined after being "banged up" quickly translated into the reigning AL MVP undergoing an MRI on his hip during Wednesday's contest.

But although he's been unable to help the club in any way this week, he's still optimistic Toronto is in a good position to make the playoffs.

"We still control our own destiny," Donaldson said. "We believe in each other."

If there's a saving grace for the Blue Jays it's that the remaining schedule in September will give them an opportunity to regain ground.

Toronto will travel to the West Coast where they take on the Los Angeles Angels (63-81) in a four-game series. Then to end the season, the Blue Jays take on the powerhouses of the AL East with three series against the New York Yankees, Orioles, and Red Sox.

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The back problems plaguing Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada - which, in July, forced him to the disabled list for about three weeks - are reportedly more serious than the club and its ailing 33-year-old have led on.

Estrada, who owns a 5.47 ERA in 10 starts since returning from the disabled list July 22, has been pitching with a herniated disk in his back, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network - the same injury that sent Clayton Kershaw to the disabled list for more than two months earlier this year.

Though his second-half slide continued in Wednesday's 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays (his auspicious start notwithstanding), Estrada didn't note any back discomfort after coughing up four runs on four hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings at Rogers Centre.

"I still felt like I threw the ball really well," Estrada told MLB.com. "Obviously, it didn't look all that great out there, but it's basically just one inning. I've just got to put it past me. I like where I'm at, I like where my pitches are. It's just a little bit of bad luck, I guess."

Still, while bad luck may have contributed some to Estrada's recent woes - over his last six starts, for instance, his batting average on balls in play is .333 - his peripheral numbers have tailed off dramatically since the All-Star break, too.

Before Wednesday's start, incidentally, Dioner Navarro - Estrada's recently repatriated personal catcher - was confident his batterymate would be able to get back on track.

"He's going to be fine," Navarro told Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star. "He's been here before. He knows how to deal with it."

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Two players connected to one of the most infamous moments in World Series history are back in the spotlight.
Former New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson and Boston Red Sox infielder Bill Buckner are featured in a new commercial for MLB Network promoting the postseason which starts in a few weeks.
In it, the two former players "catch up" as a narrator can be heard towards the end of the commercial saying "You can’t rewrite history, but every October new history is made" referring to the 1986 World Series, when Buckner notoriously misplayed a ground ball hit by Wilson, leading to the Mets winning it all.










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Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes will undergo an MRI after he was hit by a pitch in the right hand during his final rehab game on Wednesday.

"He got hit in the hand pretty good," manager Terry Francona told Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com.

Gomes was hit in the fifth inning but stayed in the game briefly before exiting in the sixth for precautionary reasons.

The 29-year-old has been sidelined since mid-July after suffering a separated right shoulder. He was expected to rejoin the Indians on Friday, though that could be delayed depending on the diagnosis.

In 71 games this season, the former Silver Slugger is hitting .165/.198/.313 with eight home runs, 11 doubles, and 69 strikeouts.

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HOUSTON - Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman both left with injuries, but George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez homered and the Houston Astros helped their fading playoff hopes with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Altuve exited after the fourth with right oblique discomfort, and Bregman was pulled in the sixth with right hamstring discomfort.

Houston snapped a three-game losing streak and closed within 3 1/2 games of Toronto for the second AL wild card.

The Astros got just their fourth win in 19 games against the Rangers this season.

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The Yankees added designated hitter Billy Butler to their active roster on Thursday, with Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reporting of the signing on Wednesday. Butler was released by the Athletics earlier this week, so the Yankees will only have to pay him the pro-rated portion of the league minimum.
New York made the move for one reason: to improve their lineup against lefties in the wake of Aaron Judge's hamstring injury. The Yankees started backup catcher Austin Romine at DH against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, so there's a clear path to playing time for Butler.
Not coincidentally, the Yankees are scheduled to face three left-handed starters during their four-game series this weekend at Boston. In all, they're tentatively scheduled to see seven lefty starters during their upcoming 11-game road trip.

Butler, 30, was released by the A's after hitting .276/.331/.403 (102 OPS+) with four home runs in 85 games. He put up a .262/.319/.369 (86 OPS+) against southpaws this season, so obviously the Yankees are hoping Butler hits closer to his career .299/.381/.491 (119 OPS+) line against lefties.
Because he was signed after Aug. 31, Butler would not be eligible for the Yankees postseason roster should the team qualify for the playoffs. They're currently two games back of the second wild-card spot with 17 games to play.
Butler was let go by Oakland a few weeks after an altercation with teammate, reportedly over a shoe endorsement deal. Butler later apologized for his role in the incident.

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Major League Baseball announced Thursday that San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been suspended 30 days without pay after an investigation into the July 14 trade involving left-hander Drew Pomeranz and the Boston Red Sox.

Padres athletic trainers were instructed to maintain two separate medical files on their players to give them an advantage in potential trades, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Thursday, citing sources. Representatives from the Red Sox, Miami Marlins, and Chicago White Sox - all involved in trades with San Diego throughout the season - were reportedly enraged by the team's deception.

The league issued the following statement:

Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. MLB's Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both clubs. The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr.

As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that A.J. Preller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Padres, has received a 30-day suspension without pay.

MLB considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.

Preller won't be fired or receive further discipline from the Padres, a high-ranking club official told USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

"I accept full responsibility for issues related to the oversight of our medical administration and record keeping," Preller said in a statement. I want to emphasize that there was no malicious intent on the part of me, or anyone on my staff, to conceal information or disregard MLB's recommended guidelines. This has been a learning process for me. I will serve my punishment and look forward to being back on the job in 30 days."

The Padres traded the 27-year-old Pomeranz to the Red Sox for Boston's top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza.

In early August, a separate report from Olney stated a trade involving pitcher Colin Rea - who was sent to the Marlins and later returned to the Padres after experiencing elbow trouble - was under investigation as well.

It's Preller's second MLB suspension. His first, a three-month ban that was later reduced to one month, came in 2010, when he was head of the Texas Rangers' international operations.

Preller was hired as the Padres' GM on Aug. 5, 2014.

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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took down a legend Thursday with career home run No. 537, passing New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle on the all-time list.

Pending an extreme scenario over the remaining 16 games, Ortiz is likely to finish his career ranked 17th all time. Mike Schmidt is next on the list, though he sits at 548 home runs.

The blast off Yankees reliever Adam Warren traveled an estimated 442 feet, tied for his longest homer of the season. It was Ortiz's 34th of the season, which also tied Darrell Evans for the most homers for a player aged 40 or over.

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With 17 games left on their schedule and being in the midst of a close playoff race in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals are making a switch to their starting rotation.

The Cardinals will move struggling left-hander Jaime Garcia to the bullpen and replace him in the rotation with young flame-thrower Alex Reyes.

Reyes will start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

The 30-year-old Garcia owns a 7.15 ERA in September, including seven walks and three home runs in 11 1/3 innings. Reyes - the team's top prospect coming into the season - has pitched to a 1.29 ERA, including 34 strikeouts in nine appearances, two of which have been starts.

St. Louis sits a half-game back of the New York Mets, and one game back of the Giants for the two NL wild-card spots, so this weekend's series in San Francisco is critical.

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