Tuesday brings us a full 15-game slate of big league action, including important games with postseason implications in Houston, Milwaukee, and Queens. 
On Monday, the Cardinals routed the Brewers to extend their division lead over Milwaukee to 5 ½ games. On Tuesday, St. Louis won again — this time in relatively nail-biting fashion — to widen the gap to 6 ½ games.
The Cubs entered Tuesday having lost three in a row and sitting just two up on the Mets for the second wild card spot in the National League. Chicago can rest a little easier after defeating the Mets on Tuesday, thus extending the lead to three games.
Here’s a shocker: the Royals might soon be sold to John Sherman, the vice president of the Cleveland franchise. The price tag? How about an even billion? You can read more about that news here.
Josh Donaldson, now with the Braves, made his first appearance in Toronto since the trade that sent him packing last August. The Blue Jays franchise and fan base welcomed him with a video tribute and standing ovation that you can read about by clicking here.

Baseball schedule/scores for Tuesday, August 27


Darvish spins gem as Cubs top Mets

Keep it here throughout the night for all the latest news, notes, and scores from around the league.
Good people, we can tell you about Matt Chapman‘s wicked defense or we can show you. Which would you prefer? Yes, yes, us, too. Here’s the latest example of Chapman being a brilliant glovesperson: And what of that, you might ask? Well, Miles Mikolas threw six innings of one-run ball, yielding four hits and no walks while fanning 10 and dropping his seasonal ERA to 4.32.  Pete Alonso seems to hit a home run every other game. On Tuesday, he homered for the 42nd time, breaking the Mets’ single-season record. What’s next for Alonso? Click here to read about the other record that he could top before the year is out.

Cardinals take another from Brewers

At minimum, Reyes is in the midst of a solid little stretch. Including Tuesday, he’s now 6 for his last 15 with four home runs, two doubles, and two walks. That’s more like it. 
The Cardinals have now won six games in a row. The Brewers, conversely, have dropped their last three. Cleveland sure hopes Tuesday is a sign of things to come, as Reyes had himself a big ballgame in a win against the Tigers.
Morton’s ERA ballooned all the way to 3.11 as a result of his outing. 

Astros give Morton unkind welcome in return to Houston

Reyes went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double as well as two walks. That’s four times on base, for the mathematically challenged. Previously, Reyes had reached base no more than two times in any single game with Cleveland. A sign of progress, perhaps?
Yadier Molina, who homered in Monday’s contest, again played a pivotal role in the win. He homered twice more on Tuesday, giving him seven on the year. He also doubled and presumably played some part in the pitching performance on the mound.
Worth noting that Darvish was apparently throwing a new pitch — a knuckle-curve he learned from Craig Kimbrel:

Franimal has big game for Cleveland

Considering that this time last year Giolito was one of the worst starters in baseball, you have to admire his turnaround and tip your cap to his hard work and progress. 
Beautiful, ain’t it? As for the offensive side of things, the Cubs saw Javier Baez go 3 for 3 with a home run, two doubles, and three runs driven in. Baez also walked.
Morton failed to record more than 12 outs in a start for the first time since mid-May, as he permitted seven hits and six earned runs in four innings. He walked two and struck out just four. Of those seven hits, five were of the extra-base variety — and of those five, four came in the fourth inning.

Alonso sets Mets franchise record

Although Franmil Reyes lacks of the name-brand power that Yasiel Puig has, he was nonetheless supposed to be a big boost for Cleveland when they acquired him at the trade deadline. Entering Tuesday, however, he hadn’t been anything of the nature. Rather, Reyes had hit .182/.217/.416 with five homers and 26 more strikeouts than walks in 23 games.

Judge hits 100th homer

Lucas Giolito is having himself a heck of a season. On Tuesday, he recorded his 200th strikeout of the year, joining a small group of White Sox right-handed pitchers to accomplish the feat:

Donaldson returns to Toronto

The top storylines entering play were the Mets and Cubs beginning an important three-game series; the Cardinals and Brewers continuing their match-up; and Charlie Morton and Josh Donaldson returning to their old haunts.

Royals to be sold?

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Highlight of the day: Chapman is golden

Everyone knows Charlie Morton spent the last two seasons with the Astros before leaving over the winter to sign a two-year deal with the Rays. Morton has been quite good this season, too, posting a 2.85 ERA (159 ERA+) over his first 27 starts. Yet you wouldn’t know it based on Tuesday, when he pitched in Houston for the first time this year. Select games can be streamed regionally via fuboTV (Try for free). For more on what channel each game is on, click here.

Stat of the day: Giolito records 200th strikeout

The Cubs can thank Yu Darvish for his contribution to the victory. Darvish, who had a rough outing against the Giants last time out, rebounded in a big way. He permitted just five hits and a run across eight innings of work, fanning seven and allowing just a walk. It’s the sixth time in 10 starts since the beginning of July that Darvish has yielded two runs or fewer in a start. Aaron Judge hit home run No. 100 on Tuesday, making him the third-quickest ever to that mark. You can read about which teammate beat him there by clicking here.


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