New York Mets' Wilmer Flores, center right, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff solo home run during the twelfth inning of a baseball game to defeat the Washington Nationals 2-1, Friday, July 31, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Wilmer Flores gave Mets fans one more reason to fall for him - this time with his bat as well as his heart. The new favorite at Citi Field hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to lift New York over the Washington Nationals 2-1 Friday night in the opener of a pivotal series between the top teams in the NL East. Two nights after endearing himself to Mets rooters when they saw him wiping away tears at shortstop after he thought he'd been traded, Flores received four standing ovations on an invigorating day for the Mets.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 6:21 am

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Even with pitchers like Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly understands pitching to an Angels lineup that includes Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is a daunting task. ''Every time you go through there, it's kind of like going through Boardwalk and Park Place when they've got hotels on them,'' Mattingly said after the Dodgers won Friday night's Freeway Series opener 5-3. Greinke won his fifth straight decision after Kershaw was pushed back a day in the Dodgers' rotation.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 6:12 am

Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche (25) delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago, on Friday, July 31, 2015. LaRoche came into to pitch the ninth inning giving up no runs. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Mark Teixeira is on a hot streak, and it doesn't seem to matter whether he's swinging right- or left-handed. Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the record 14th time, hitting his 10th grand slam and a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 13-6 Friday night. ''It's been good since the All-Star break,'' Teixeira said.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 5:51 am

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, left, congratulates Adrian Beltre, right, on his two run home run that scored Andrus in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Friday, July 31, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields flipped his bat away in frustration after an inning-ending popup. Then he realized he was caught in the middle of shouting between San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and Texas teammate Adrian Beltre. ... I didn't really get it,'' DeShields said after the Rangers' 6-3 victory Friday night.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 4:13 am

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, right reacts with first base coach Tim Leiper, left, after hitting a RBI single to defeat the Kansas City Royals during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 31, 2015 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

David Price was pleased with the popcorn waiting in his locker when he finally arrived in Toronto. Hours later, Josh Donaldson gave Price something even better: a dramatic win for his new team. Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Johnny Cueto a no-decision in his Royals debut.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 4:07 am

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

A tough season forced the Seattle Mariners to become sellers at the trade deadline. Taijuan Walker then showed why the future looks promising. Walker pitched a one-hitter for his first career complete game in 29 major league starts, and Nelson Cruz and Jesus Montero homered to lift the Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Friday night.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 3:42 am

Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte (6) celebrates with teammate Neil Walker (18) after a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Pirates won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 3:28 am

How will Cespedes's bat play in New York? (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the Home Run Derby two years ago. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs. Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday's trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they so desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers.


Posted: August 1, 2015, 3:06 am

FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels collects himself on the mound during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs - in 2015 and beyond. Texas obtained the Phillies left-hander in an eight-player deal completed before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline after being agreed on earlier in the week. Lefty Matt Harrison and five prospects are going to Philadelphia.


Posted: July 31, 2015, 11:26 pm

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Dan Haren throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins. As part of Friday's deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren's $11 million salary. Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-best 21 starts for the Marlins this season.


Posted: July 31, 2015, 8:27 pm

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