Tigers-Orioles Preview (The Associated Press)

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled against the Detroit Tigers in his first start after the All-Star break but a return to Camden Yards - where he's often performed well - helped quickly put an end to his second-half funk. After giving up one run in 20 innings in his final three starts before the break, Jimenez (8-6, 3.73 ERA) allowed seven in 4 2-3 innings in a 7-3 loss in Detroit on July 17. Baltimore (53-50) has five wins in its past six home contests and is one game behind Minnesota for the AL's second wild card.

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Clayton Kershaw extends scoreless streak to 37 innings in Dodgers win (Big League Stew)

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. It seems we've been down this road before. As a matter of fact, it was just last Sunday that Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke had his 45 2/3 inning scoreless streak snapped two starts short of equaling or surpassing Orel Hershiser's MLB record. Now it's the big lefty's turn. Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is on a streak of his own that is now approaching that same historical mark. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Dodgers ace tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting the Angels to two hits and a walk in the a 3-1 victory on Saturday. That extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 37, which means he could surpass Greinke's streak next Friday in Pittsburgh. Greinke's streak, by the way, rankes sixth all-time.  Kershaw allowed no runs in eight innings, with seven strikeouts and a walk. It was his worst start in a month. — Daniel Brim (@DanielBrim) August 1, 2015 That's weird too, but it's pretty much true because that pesky walk was Kershaw's first since July 3. There was also an interesting underlying story here, as Kershaw and Mike Trout became the pair of reigning MVP to face-off against each other. It went about like this for Trout. MVP-on-MVP crime. pic.twitter.com/aZTw1Rvcsv — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 1, 2015 Trout finished the game 0-for-4, including a ninth-inning strikeout against Kenley Jansen. Advantage, Kershaw. Advantage, Dodgers.  DUDA DESTROYS THE NATS The New York Mets have some shiny new offensive toys with Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in town. On Saturday, though, it was one of their old toys who stepped up to carry the offense. First baseman Lucas Duda homered twice and doubled home the game-winner in the eighth inning as New York topped the Washington Nationals 3-2. For Duda, the home runs were his 19th and 20th of the season and his seventh and eighth over the last seven games. In fact, until the double, Duda's most recent eight hits were all big flys. That's called a power surge, and it couldn't have come at a better time for New York. Oh the hill, Jacob deGrom did his thing, holding Washington to two runs over six innings. Honestly, the way he's been throwing lately, that almost sounds like step back. But it was good enough to keep the Mets alive in a big game. With Saturday's victory they're only one game behind Washington in the NL East. They're also making up ground quickly in the wild-card hunt, which would be their fallback option if the division doesn't work out. With Matt Harvey, Noah Syndegaard and deGrom holding down that rotation, they definitely won't be going away. PHILLIES STAY HOT, CLOBBER BRAVES Break up the Philadelphia Phillies. Is too late or too soon to make that joke? That's the question, because despite trading away Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies remain the hottest team in the National League. With their 12-2 blowout victory against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies have now won 12 of 14 games since the All-Star break. That would be a pretty remarkable stretch for baseball's best teams. It's even more so for Philadelphia, which entered the break at 29-62. It was the young Phillies setting the pace atop their lineup. Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco combined for seven hits and fives run scored, including a Herrera home run. Veterans Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis cleaned up right after, combining for six hits and six runs driven in. It wss a balanced attacked in support of rookie Aaron Nola, who picked up his second career victory. The Phillies will now go for the four-game weekend sweep on Sunday. ASTROS DOMINATE BEHIND KEUCHEL, CORREA AND CONGER The Houston Astros were led by a three-man band in Saturday's 9-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  All-Star and potential Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel was lights out again on the hill, tossing six innings of two-run ball to pick up his ALbest 13th victory. In doing so, he made Astros franchise history by pitching at least six innings in his 33rd consecutive start. That covers a lot of ground and some terrific pitchers. He's also been really good at Minute Maid Park all season.  #Astros win 9-2. @kidkeuchy moves to 10-0 at home w/ 1.26 ERA. (13-5, 2.35 ERA overall this season). Lead Angels by 3 games in AL West — Adam Wexler (@awexler) August 2, 2015 Meanwhile, Carlos Correa continued his stellar rookie campaign with book end home runs. He started the scoring a with a solo home run in the first, then he capped it with a two-run homer in the eighth scoring new Astro Carlos Gomez. The multi-homer game was the first in Correa's young career, but certainly not the last.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] That brings us to back up catcher Hank Conger, who was actually the star of the game. Conger homered twice, including a fourth-inning grand slam, and drove in five.  As noted in the above tweet, the Astros now lead the AL West by three games.  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

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Baseball standings (Reuters)

Aug 2 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Saturday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. NY Yankees 58 45 .563 - 2. Baltimore 53 50 .515 5 3. Toronto 53 52 .505 6 4. Tampa Bay 51 54 .486 8 5. Boston 47 58 .448 12 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Kansas City 62 41 .602 - 2. Minnesota 54 49 .524 8 3. Chicago White Sox 50 52 .490 11 1/2 4. Detroit 50 54 .481 12 1/2 5. Cleveland 48 55 .466 14 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Houston 59 46 .562 - 2. LA Angels 55 48 .534 3 3. Texas 50 53 .485 8 4. Seattle 47 58 .448 12 5. Oakland 46 59 . ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 2, 2015 at 12:15 am



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Nationals-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

Superb pitching has been the New York Mets' calling card but clutch hitting has them on the verge of gaining a share of the NL East lead. Noah Syndergaard looks to continue his home dominance and help the Mets sweep a three-game set with the Washington Nationals on Sunday night. New York (54-50) has one of the best staffs in baseball with a 3.25 ERA, making up for the offense's .234 average that is lowest in the majors.

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Padres-Marlins Preview (The Associated Press)

Jose Fernandez's performance in his first month back from Tommy John surgery has made the Miami Marlins' miserable season somewhat tolerable. Looking to remain unbeaten at home for his career, the right-hander tries to help the lowly Marlins prevent the San Diego Padres from matching a season high with a fifth straight win Sunday. It was good enough for him to improve to 15-0 with 1.19 ERA in 23 starts at Marlins Park.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 1, 2015 at 11:01 pm



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LEADING OFF: Latos debuts for Dodgers, Leake with Giants (The Associated Press)

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

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm



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Duda helps make Cespedes a winner in Mets debut (The Associated Press)

When the Washington Nationals took the bat out of Yoenis Cespedes' hands in the eighth inning, Lucas Duda let the rest of the National League know how tough it's going to be now to get through the middle of the new Mets' lineup. Duda hit a tiebreaking double after Cespedes was walked intentionally, leading New York to a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night in front of the second largest crowd ever for a Mets game at Citi Field. ''That's exactly what we're hoping to do, put some guys in the middle of that lineup, where you have bats throughout that can produce some runs,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said.

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Baseball results (Reuters)

Aug 2 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the MLB games on Saturday (home team in CAPS) Kansas City 7 TORONTO 6 BOSTON 11 Tampa Bay 7 LA DODGERS 3 LA Angels 1 BALTIMORE 6 Detroit 2 PHILADELPHIA 12 Atlanta 2 Chicago Cubs 4 MILWAUKEE 2 NY METS 3 Washington 2 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 8 NY Yankees 2 MINNESOTA 3 Seattle 2 CINCINNATI 4 Pittsburgh 3 HOUSTON 9 Arizona 2 San Diego 5 MIAMI 3 Colorado 6 ST. LOUIS 2 San Francisco 9 TEXAS 7 (11 innings) OAKLAND 5 Cleveland 1

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Bam! Ever cool Cespedes makes Mets debut (The Associated Press)

If Yoenis Cespedes is feeling the pressure to lead the New York Mets to their first trip to the playoffs in nine years, he's certainly not showing it. The slugging outfielder, acquired from Detroit in a trade-deadline deal Friday afternoon, was the model of cool Saturday before his first game with New York. To make room for Cespedes, the Mets sent top prospect Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Matt Williams expresses frustration after Bryce Harper’s third ejection (Big League Stew)

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper plays baseball with a passion that constantly drives him to be the best player on the field. But there's also a growing concern that Harper's passion too often manifests itself into rage, which has proven detrimental to the Washington Nationals cause.  The latest example came during the 11th inning of Washington's 2-1 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night.  With the score then tied at 1, Harper was called out on strikes against New York reliever  Hansel Robles . After the out was registered, Harper immediately confronted home-plate umpire Jerry Meals, giving him an earful and briefly getting in his face. And just that quickly, Ha rper was ejected for the third time this season for  arguing balls and strikes . [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Granted, Harper seemed to have a legitimate beef about Meals' called third strike. It's also believed he wasn't thrilled with an earlier pitch in the at-bat. "I was sticking up for my team and myself at the same time," Harper explained after the game. "He was bad all night."

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on August 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm



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