The New York Yankees are about to start a homestand that features more difficult opposition than the two lowly teams they just pounded on the road. New York (74-58) completed a 5-1 trip through Atlanta and Boston with Wednesday’s 13-8 win over the Red Sox. The Yankees scored 57 runs and hit 12 homers in the six games.

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Robert Redford is back on the silver screen this week, starring in the adventure/comedy “A Walk in the Woods .” But if you’re a sports fan, then there’s one iconic role that hearing Redford’s name will always bring to mind — Roy Hobbs in “The Natural.” [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Redford, now 79, sat down with Yahoo Movies recently , to discuss some of his favorite roles as part of the  Role Recall series . “The Natural” was certainly in the starting lineup for Redford. Since we dig baseball and we dig baseball movies here at The Stew, we thought it was a good share for our readers too. Like us, Redford is a baseball fan, so one of his favorite parts about making “The Natural” was that he really got to play baseball for the movie. He took pride in that. Redford also told Yahoo Movies about his struggle getting the film made and why he believed in changing the ending of the 1952 Bernard Malamud novel upon which the film was based. [Elsewhere: MLB pitcher Derek Holland has a Jobu doll and a "Major League" haircut ] Redford says he loves the Boston Red Sox and Ted Williams and wished he could have played baseball for a living. His acting career turned out pretty darn good, in making “The Natural,” he left his mark on baseball too. That’s not a bad consolation. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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With pitching reinforcements and some hitting surprises, things are clicking for Texas.

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Los Angeles turned the tables by finishing off a narrow three-game sweep of San Francisco.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the twins worlds of closers and base runners.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The St. Louis Cardinals showed why they have the best record in baseball Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. The club pulled off an incredible come from behind victory, beating Washington 8-5. It didn’t come easy. The Cardinals entered the eighth inning down two runs, but managed to come back. Washington’s bullpen certainly aided in that comeback. After putting two men on base to start the inning, reliever Drew Storen made a costly throwing error, allowing one run to score. Another run would cross the plate on a double play, tying things up. In order to hold the lead in the ninth, manager Matt Williams called upon Casey Janssen. Janssen could not get the job done. Though he managed to pick up two outs quickly, Janssen couldn’t keep the Cardinals from rallying. Cody Stanley would double with two outs. That was followed up by a Tommy Pham walk. With two men on, Brandon Moss stepped to the plate.  On the second pitch Moss saw from Janssen, he clobbered an 87 mph fastball out to center for the three-run walk-off blast. With the win, St. Louis improved to 86-46 on the year. The Nationals fell to 66-65. Washington remains 6.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East. TORONTO GETS WALK-OFF HOMER FROM UNLIKELY SOURCE The Toronto Blue Jays bats came through once again Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. This time, however, an unlikely candidate helped lead them to a 5-3 win. Toronto was all set to wrap things up in nine innings, but the Indians had other plans. Yan Gomes hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, tying the game 3-3. The Blue Jays were unable to score in the bottom of the frame, sending the game to extras. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Brett Cecil tossed a scoreless 10th for Toronto, leaving the Blue Jays’ bats to do their usual work. The middle of the order had batted during the previous inning, however, meaning the bottom of the order would have to get things done. They came through. Ryan Goins belted a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to give Toronto the 5-3 victory. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 75-57. The club holds a 1.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East. YANKEES KEEP PACE IN THE EAST The New York Yankees continued to keep pace in the AL East on Tuesday, defeating their long-time rival. New York bullpen made sure to keep the Boston Red Sox off the board during the club’s 3-1 win. Starter Michael Pineda did a pretty good job of that as well. Pineda allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. He did not issue any walks and struck out seven during the contest.  Unsurprisingly, the Yankees bullpen was able to close things out from there. Dellin Betances did give up three hits during his 1 1/3 innings pitched, but was able to work out of trouble. Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth, preserving the victory. With the win, New York improved to 73-58 on the year. SCHWARBER’S BLAST KEEPS CUBS ON TOP The Chicago Cubs have relied on their young hitters all season, and Tuesday was no different. Kyle Schwarber played the hero during the club’s 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. With the Cubs trailing by one, Schwarber stepped to the plate with a man on in the seventh inning. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Schwarber belted an 84 mph splitter for the go-ahead two-run blast.  The rookie has been pretty locked in lately. 9 National Leaguers have 30+ RBI since the All-Star Break. 3 of them are #Cubs 32 Schwarber 31 Bryant 30 Rizzo — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 2, 2015 With the win, Chicago improved to 75-56. They hold a 6.5 game over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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In this week's Fantasy Roundtable, members of the Rotoworld Baseball crew identify some intriguing September storylines.

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Mark Shapiro couldn’t have picked a better time to come to Toronto. Hired Monday by the Blue Jays to replace retiring team president Paul Beeston, the longtime Cleveland Indians executive will have the power to make an already promising situation even more appealing. In terms of their place in baseball, the Blue Jays have been a sleeping giant for years. By itself Toronto is a growing market of over six million people, and every game they play is broadcast to a national audience on Sportsnet. Owned by Rogers Communications – a gigantic Canadian telecommunications and media company – Shapiro can expect to be handed a larger budget than what he had in Cleveland. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Landing Shapiro gives Toronto much-needed stability at the top of the organization and by every indication he’s in it for the long haul. After ownership whiffed on Dan Duquette and Kenny Williams in the offseason and just watched Dave Dombrowski take over baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, they still managed to attract an experienced executive who might even be a better fit than the three other candidates anyway. Having joined the Indians in 1991, he worked his way up from player development director to general manager in 2001. During his time as GM he was twice named Sporting News’ Executive of the Year and his success saw him promoted to team president in 2010. Shapiro won’t officially take over in Toronto until the season ends, but that certainly won’t stop him from thinking about what he’s going to do next. His first major decision will be whether or not to retain Alex Anthopoulos as GM. Shapiro shouldn’t really have to think long and hard about it. Anthopoulos’ contract expires Oct. 31, and based on his recent moves – he acquired Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin last offseason and made trades for Troy Tulowitzki and David Price before the deadline – he’s absolutely earned himself an extension. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports , that’s how Shapiro is believed to be leaning. Anthopoulos’ job with Shapiro in charge might differ slightly from what it was like Beeston with at the helm. Rosenthal writes that Shapiro will want “more structure” and “more systematic decision-making,” and ultimately that could end up being a significant positive for the franchise going forward. The work won’t stop there either. With grass scheduled to replace the much maligned turf at Rogers Centre for the 2018 season and the stadium needing a bit of a facelift, Shapiro’s going to be busy right from the get-go. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] This past month has shown just how big the Blue Jays can be. Their talented roster is winning games at a record pace and in turn, captivating a large audience across Canada . They currently lead the AL East, and their first postseason appearance since they won the World Series back in 1993 is in sight. Taking into account what he brings and where he’s going, Shapiro is in a terrific postion to elevate the Blue Jays to the next level as a business and a baseball team and make sure they stay there for the foreseeable future. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at israelfehr@yahoo.ca or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr

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Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball’s third no-hitter in less than three weeks. Astros right-hander Mike Fiers blanked the NL West-leading Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21.

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