Cole Hamels and a pair of Philadelphia Phillies relievers are pitching a combined no-hitter through eight innings against the Atlanta Braves. Hamels was pulled after six innings. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Reliever Jake Diekman struck out two in the seventh and Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth.
The Royals made a flurry of roster moves Monday as they begin a September march toward the playoffs, activating first baseman Eric Hosmer from the disabled list and promoting first-round draft pick Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Hosmer fractured a bone in his right hand when he was hit by a pitch from Jon Lester on July 20. He tried to play through the injury before the Royals ultimately shut him down, hoping that an extended period of rest would allow him to return for the final stretch. Hosmer began swinging a bat just last week.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have promoted infielder Cory Spangenberg, their first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft, as part of their September callups.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have activated veteran slugger Jason Giambi from the disabled list after he was sidelined for nearly three months.
MIAMI (AP) -- Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has exited Monday's game because of a side injury, slamming the ball into his manager's hand as he left the mound.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have put first baseman-designated hitter Jesus Montero on the suspended list.
PHOENIX (AP) -- - The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated Daniel Hudson from the disabled list, and the right-hander will likely work in relief in his return from two Tommy John operations.
The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for ''new direction'' and a ''united message throughout the entire organization.'' Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels. Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go. Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Washington Nationals.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for the second straight game because of concussion-like symptoms. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Monday's game against Tampa Bay that Pedroia is feeling a little better but still experiencing symptoms. Farrell is not optimistic about Pedroia playing in a three-game series with the New York Yankees that begins Tuesday night. Pedroia left Saturday night's 7-0 loss to the Rays in the second inning.
Ichiro Suzuki, as he has done his whole career, has found a place for himself within the Yankees' roster. He no longer competes for batting titles, but he continues to represent Japan in New York with pride, as Hideki Matsui did a decade ago and Masahiro Tanaka does today.
It's Labor Day, so it's about time to go back to work, go back to school. The lazy days of summer are gone for another year. It's time to get busy again. Major League Baseball seems to be taking that sentiment to the extreme. There's so much going on as September begins and the last month of the regular season revs up that it's almost hard to mention it all in one space. We'll do our best here in The Week Ahead.
August has traditionally been a difficult time to get substantial trades done. But with so many clubs in contention and with several non-contenders in a financially flexible position, that notion was taken to a new extreme this year.
The Brewers' September callups included one new player and a quartet of returning ones, including a starting pitcher for Monday's series opener against the Cubs.
The race for the AL Central title got another wrinkle Sunday night when Cleveland's game at Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning. The Indians grabbed a 4-2 lead on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out, two-run double, but rain prevented the teams from playing the bottom half of the inning. The game will resume on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of the last scheduled series between the teams. ''It's kind of a weird feeling, the game's not over, but I'd rather have the lead,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Indians' attempt at sweeping the Royals will have to wait, as Sunday night's series finale was suspended in the bottom of the 10th with Cleveland leading, 4-2. The game will resume on Sept. 22, prior to the start of the Indians' three-game series with Kansas City in Cleveland.
The Tigers committed three errors in the first two innings, and four total, in Sunday's finale against the White Sox and went down to a 6-2 defeat at U.S. Cellular Field. Starter Rick Porcello gave up six runs, but just three were earned, over 6 2/3 innings.
The A's Scott Kazmir called out crew chief Gerry Davis following Sunday's 8-1 loss in Anaheim, believing to be intentionally squeezed on several calls in a six-run second inning in which the left-hander walked four.
Matt Holliday doesn't get too technical about what he tries to do at the plate for the Cardinals. Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday. ''I just try to hit the ball to the middle of the field,'' said Holliday, who has five homers against the Cubs this season and 20 in his career. ''Trying to hit a single up the middle is a good approach.'' Holliday finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who moved into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.
The Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 15-5 victory at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. The 15 runs were a season high, and the win was their sixth consecutive, which tied their longest streak of the season.
The Phillies made one more trade before Sunday's midnight waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays in exchange for Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre.