Rob Segedin sprinted from the outfield to the dugout, got frenzied high-fives from teammates and flew down the stairs toward the clubhouse. ''I don't even know if he showered,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Innings after getting his second major league home run - off ace Madison Bumgarner, no less - Segedin left to meet his wife, Robin, at the hospital for the birth of their first child, missing the end of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Jake Arrieta might be starting a late-season push for an NL Cy Young Award. Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball to become the NL's first 16-game winner and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night. ''The story line is Jake,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
The Athletics used a steady stream of big hits from three rookies and one big blast from a veteran slugger to end their latest losing skid. It's not enough to take the sting out of Oakland's worst season in nearly 20 years, not by any stretch. Given all that's gone on over the week with his ballclub, manager Bob Melvin gladly welcomed it.
It was a night of firsts for Robert Gsellman, who made his major league debut for the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4. Gsellman, pressed into action after starter Jonathon Niese left with an injury in the first inning, pitched 3 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
Carlos Rodon was so disgusted with a start earlier in the season he tossed his glove into the stands. After missing nearly a month, Rodon is starting to show why he was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft with hopes of joining fellow lefty starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana atop the White Sox rotation. Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game and Chicago beat the slumping Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Tuesday night.
Just when it appeared as if the Baltimore Orioles had righted themselves, bad news arrived in the form of an unfavorable medical report. Soon after the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Tuesday night, manager Buck Showalter confirmed that ace Chris Tillman is likely to be sidelined with a sore right shoulder. ''I think he's going to be on the disabled list,'' Showalter said.
Clay Buchholz had a strong performance in what might have been his final start before returning to the bullpen. Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning, David Ortiz had a run-scoring single and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Tuesday night to remain tied atop the AL East. ''Was never really challenged in terms of a long pitch count inside of one given inning,'' Boston manager John Farrell said.
Ivan Nova has developed a pre-game ritual since coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees in a trade on Aug. 1. The right-hander walks up to right fielder Gregory Polanco in the dugout just before the first pitch and asks him to hit a home run. ''He hit two for me today,'' Nova said with a smile.
Yordano Ventura escaped two threats before turning the game over to the bullpen with a 1-0 lead, and for the Kansas City Royals, that meant another victory. Ventura pitched six innings and the Royals extended their winning streak to nine games Tuesday by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0. The longest winning streak since June 2014 by the Royals (65-60) has gotten them back in the mix in the AL wild-card race.
A rare chance to pitch with a lead gave R.A. Dickey the opportunity to be more than just a knuckleballer. Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Tuesday night. Toronto remained tied with Boston for first place in the AL East.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers have placed left-handers Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the major league record with 27 players on the DL this season.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dan Straily extended his surge since the All-Star break by pitching six innings and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from the New York Yankees in an Aug. 1 trade. Pittsburgh snapped its four-game losing streak and stopped Houston's four-game winning streak.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mets starter Jon Niese left in the first inning of a game Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals with left knee pain.
Bryce Harper's many talents now include hat designer. The Washington Nationals outfielder has created a limited edition baseball cap that will go on sale Wednesday. ''I wanted it to be an old-style cap, kind of like the old L.A. Dodgers hat and the old New York Yankees hat that celebrities wear.
The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, though they hope his surgically rebuilt left knee is healthy enough to allow him to try for a spot with the team next season. Texas activated Hamilton off the 60-day disabled list and put him on waivers, a move that was expected. It was Hamilton's third operation on the knee since September.