The Chicago Cubs have added infield prospect Javier Baez and three others from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. With rosters expanding, Chicago recalled pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada and selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry and reliever Trevor Cahill from Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated relievers James Russell and Rafael Soriano for assignment.
In what is shaping up as their worst season since 1990, the Atlanta Braves at least have a little something to be excited about in the final month of the season. Cuban defector Hector Olivera was called up for Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins, looking to show he was worth the steep price the Braves paid to land him just before the deadline for non-waiver trades. ''This is the first step, so there are some nerves,'' Olivera said through a translator, sitting in the dugout at Turner Field during batting practice.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt lined into a triple play in the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday afternoon's game against the Rockies at Coors Field. Thanks to head starts by Ender Inciarte at second and Phili Gosselin at first, Colorado's triple play was turned relatively easily. Shortstop Jose Reyes threw to DJ LeMahieu at second, and the throw to first completed the rare feat, the fourth in Rockies history and the fourth in the big leagues this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations in a minor league deal.
Two Royals players have come down with a case of the chicken pox. Outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera have both been infected with the disease that could sideline them for up to two weeks.
MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. Check out the chat transcript below and check out the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle and MLB.com's fantasy home. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.
The Rockies reinstated both right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the D-backs, and left-hander Boone Logan from the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon. With rosters expanding, Colorado also recalled infielder Cristhian Adames, left-hander Rex Brothers, right-hander Miguel Castro and first baseman Wilin Rosario from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Padres made a few moves to help strengthen their bullpen Tuesday, the day that rosters expanded. Right-hander Marcos Mateo was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and the team recalled right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso. The team also announced Wil Myers will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Tuesday night.
The Royals activated outfielder Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in one of several roster moves in conjunction with September roster expansion.
Right-handed relievers Jose Ramirez and Tony Zych, infielder Shawn O'Malley and outfielder Stefen Romero were called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday as the Mariners took advantage of rosters expanding to begin their September callups.
In a large wave of September callups, the A's recalled right-handers R.J. Alvarez, Arnold Leon, Cody Martin and Dan Otero, as well as infielder Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. They also selected right-hander Ryan Dull, catcher Carson Blair and outfielder Jason Pridie from Nashville.
How the final four weeks of the regular season play out could go a long way toward determining how the D-backs' infield looks heading into 2016. The first wave of September callups began on Tuesday with right-handers Matt Stites and Enrique Burgos being recalled to bolster the bullpen. The team also brought up infielder Brandon Drury, who made his Major League debut in the opener of Tuesday's doubleheader at Coors Field and has the most to gain from the audition.
The Twins have recalled infielder Danny Santana, first baseman Kennys Vargas and right-handed pitchers A.J. Achter and Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota also selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer.
Zack Greinke remains undefeated against the San Francisco Giants with wins in six straight outings, and while nearly all of them have come against big-name pitchers, it's almost always been true that the opponent was past his prime. Madison Bumgarner was the lone exception and will start opposite Greinke on Tuesday night in one of the season's best pitching matchups. While Greinke is the leading NL Cy Young candidate, Bumgarner has heated up with a stronger August, and each pitcher's present form figures to raise the bar even higher.
The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.
Philadelphia's J.P. Crawford, St. Louis' Alex Reyes and Pittsburgh's Austin Meadows are among nine Top 100 Prospects on the preliminary 2015 rosters released by the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday.
The stretch run is upon us, with teams fighting for division titles and postseason berths. It also gives players a chance to wipe the slate clean from August and start anew.
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have reinstated right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan from the 15-day disabled list.
Toronto recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki, outfielder Dalton Pompey, left-hander Aaron Loup and right-hander Ryan Tepera, and it selected the contract of lefty Jeff Francis to help aid the club for the final month.