Most Red Sox fans may not be happy with Pablo Sandoval’s overall play this season, but they can’t question his effort on this specific play from Tuesday night. With Boston on the road at U.S. Cellular Field to take on the Chicago White Sox, Sandoval conquered all obstacles – in this case a rolled up tarp – to make a spectacular grab on the run in foul ground. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] In the second inning, Chicago’s Adam LaRoche hit a lazy fly ball near the seats down the third base line. From his position at third, Sandoval ranged over quickly and went smashing over the top of the tarp to catch the ball and retire a stunned LaRoche. Not exactly the most graceful display of athleticism, but these action shots sure are glorious:

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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 Toronto Blue Jays run may have thrust them into the spotlight recently, but the New York Yankees are still very much a threat in the American League East. They proved as much Monday, beating the Houston Astros 1-0. [ On this week's StewPod: Should adults bring gloves to baseball games? ] With the win, New York pulled into a tie with the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. Both teams are currently 69-55 on the year. The Yankees were led by Nathan Eovaldi during the contest. Eovaldi tossed eight scoreless frames, giving up just four hits. He struck out seven and walked three.  If you did your research prior to the game, Eovaldi’s success against Houston shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The #Astros face Nathan Eovaldi tonight. They have the lowest BA in MLB vs pitches 95 MPH+, .176 (51 for 290). 84% of Eovaldi FBs 95 MPH+. — Daren Willman (@darenw) August 24, 2015 There was one problem for Eovaldi, however. Houston starter Scott Feldman was just as good. Feldman also tossed eight scoreless frames. Because of that, both pitchers received no-decisions despite their stellar efforts. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Beltran struck. With the bases loaded, Beltran managed a sacrifice fly, plating home the only run of the contest.  The Yankees will continue their series against the Astros on Tuesday. The Blue Jays will begin a series at Texas. REDS EXPLODE FOR 10-RUN INNING The Cincinnati Reds haven’t had a ton to celebrate this season. That changed Monday, as the team registered a 10-run inning in a 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.  Things looked bleak early, as the club actually trailed by five runs. That changed in the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez kicked things off with a solo home run. After Joey Votto walked, Brandon Phillips got in on the act, adding a two-run shot. A single by Todd Frazier was followed up with a Jay Bruce double, making it a one-run game. The Reds didn’t stop there. The club loaded the bases for Skip Schumaker, who promptly singled in two more runs. Suarez came up again, and plated two more runs with a double.  Votto was intentionally walked, putting two men on base. Phillips came up again, and smashed a triple, scoring two more runs.  When the dust cleared, the Reds had plated 10 runs during the inning. that’s what a 10-run inning looks like #Reds https://t.co/iiusC1rnhg — C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 25, 2015 With the win, the Reds improved to 52-71 on the season. RED SOX SURVIVE LATE WHITE SOX RALLY The Boston Red Sox looked to have Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox in hand until the ninth inning. The club held on for the 5-4 victory, but it wasn’t easy.  Boston went into the frame holding a three-run lead. Jean Machi came in to shut things down, but ran into trouble almost immediately.  Jose Abreu doubled to lead things off. After a groundout, he was driven in by an Avisail Garcia single. Adam LaRoche followed that up with a single, putting the tying run on first.  Alexei Ramirez grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Garcia from third. With the tying still at first, Carlos Sanchez flew out to left to end the game.  Boston improved to 57-68 with the win. J.A. HAPP IS LOVING HIS NEW CLUB The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a lot of success turning around pitchers in recent years. J.A. Happ might just be the team’s latest reclamation project. Happ was fantastic during the club’s 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday. Happ’s first start with his new club didn’t go as planned, but he’s been fantastic since.  J.A. Happ has given up one earned run in 17.1 innings over his last three starts. A week working with Ray Searage will do amazing things. — Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) August 25, 2015 That was the case Monday. Happ tossed six scoreless frames, giving up just four hits. He walked one and struck out six during the contest. Pitching coach Ray Searage obviously deserves credit if Happ has turned a corner. Searage has turned around a number of pitchers recently, including Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett and Edinson Volquez, among others. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] With the win, the Pirates improved to 75-48 on the year. Want to see more from Monday’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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SEATTLE (AP) — This time around, the Seattle Mariners didn't let their lead slip away. Almost, but not quite.

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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 Houston Astros continue to win, and are doing so in the most dramatic fashion. The club picked up another walk-off victory during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In order to pick up that walk-off, the team had to mount a comeback against Kenley Jansen. With the club trailing by one run in the bottom of the ninth, they did just that. Carlos Correa led off the frame with a single, starting the rally. Jansen was able to get the next two outs, but Correa managed to steal second with Evan Gattis at the plate. It all came down to Marwin Gonzalez. With two outs, Gonzalez singled to right, scoring Correa and sending the game into extras. That’s when Jason Castro struck. With Chris Hatcher on the mound, Castro belted a 96 mph fastball out to left for the walk-off blast. The play was reviewed, but eventually upheld, giving Houston the win. The team continued to show a flair for dramatic, as they’ve now picked up a walk-off victory in four of their last eight games.  Amazing homestand for the Astros — four walkoff wins and a no-hitter. — Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) August 23, 2015 With the win, Houston improved to 69-56 on the season. They lead the American League West by 4.0 games over the Texas Rangers. BLUE JAYS CONTINUE TO PUNISH PITCHERS The Astros can breath a little easier due to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays completed a sweep over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, picking up the 12-5 victory in the finale.  The Angels couldn’t quiet the Jays’ bats throughout the entire series. Toronto scored a franchise record 36 runs in a three-game series. They also set a franchise record for most hits in a three-game series, picking up 48 knocks over the weekend. The win was even more impressive considering the Blue Jays fell behind 5-1 after the first inning. They were able to claw their way back into the contest, scoring 11 unanswered runs.  Pitcher Marcus Stroman didn’t seem all that concerned about the early deficit, and he was right. Little deficit doesn’t phase the boys though. @BlueJays — Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) August 23, 2015 Toronto has now scored 10 runs or more in 19 games this season. That figured ties a club record set in 2003.  With the win, Toronto moved into first place in the American League East. They are now 69-55 on the year.  ROYALS ERUPT IN THE NINTH Things were looking grim for the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning, but they managed to come through. The team picked up an 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox after a late charge Sunday. The magic started with the Royals trailing by two runs in the ninth inning. Junichi Tazawa came on to pick up the save, and found himself in a weird situation almost immediately. Omar Infante tripled to lead things off, but was thrown out while trying to advance home. The out didn’t seem to settle Tazawa down at all, though. He gave up singles to three of the next four batters he faced. With the bases loaded, Eric Hosmer tied things up with a two-run single to left. Kendrys Morales would walk to load the bases again, and Mike Moustakas would deliver the knock out punch. Moustakas doubled in two runs, giving the team the 8-6 lead. Wade Davis would come on to close things out, and managed to shut the door. With the win, Kansas City improved to 75-48 on the season. PIRATES CONTINUE CHARGE IN THE CENTRAL The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their late season charge Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. The Pirates picked up a 5-2 win against the defending champs. The usual suspects struck for Pittsburgh. Jung-Ho Kang continued his hot season, taking a walk to pick up the first run of the game. Neil Walker plated a run with a single, and Pedro Alvarez hit a sac fly. By the time the first inning ended, Pittsburgh had a 3-0 lead. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The Giants would claw back into the contest, making it a one-run game, but that changed in the bottom of the sixth. Andrew McCutchen added his 19th home run of the year, putting the Pirates ahead by two. They would not relinquish that lead, and even managed to add an insurance run in the seventh. With the win, the Pirates improved to 74-48 on the year. Want to see more from Sunday’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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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have recalled right-hander Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket for Sunday's series finale against the Kansas City Royals.

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Perez pitched six effective innings, helping the AL Central-leading Royals beat the Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night, ending Boston’s four-game winning streak. Perez hit a three-run homer, Kendrys Morales added a two-run double and Alex Rios had three singles and an RBI for Kansas City. Following losses the first two nights, the Royals can earn a split of the four-game series Sunday.

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Friday’s game between the Tigers and Rangers at Comerica Park was delayed seven minutes during the eighth inning after a fan was struck in the face by an Anthony Gose foul ball. The fan was seated behind the Tigers home dugout at Comerica Park, which is located on the third base side. Gose was way behind the pitch from Rangers reliever Keone Kela and sent a line drive into the seats that the fan either didn’t see or didn’t have time to react to.  As evidenced by photos from the scene, the female fan was struck on the right side of her head, near her temple.   A fan was just hit by a foul ball from Anthony Gose of the Tigers – look at that bump on her face pic.twitter.com/yHV9gdPmpo — Blake Harms (@hvillewxman) August 22, 2015 Fans sitting nearby immediately called for help and gestured for ushers to come down. Very soon after, medical personnel arrived on the scene to tend to the fan. She was placed in a neck brace and taken from the stadium by stretcher, but reportedly never lost consciousness.  The Tigers are expected to update the fan’s condition prior to Saturday’s game against Texas.  This was just the latest heart-stopping scene involving fans this season. The most serious incident occurred in Boston, where Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter spent a week in the hospital with a head injury after being hit by the barrel of a broken bat.  At the time, several players and coaches from the Red Sox and their opponents, the Oakland A’s, stood up and said more has to be done to protect fans. Justin Verlander, who started Friday’s game for Detroit, was of the same opinion after the game. He took to his personal Twitter account to encourage baseball to take action now before it’s too late.    More protective measures need to be put in place in all ball parks! Players are sick of seeing injuries that could easily be avoided! — Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2015 I hope the fan tonight is okay! #getwellsoon @MLB should make changes before it’s too late #dontwaittoolate — Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2015 Added Verlander to the media. JV: “Those low liners, they catch us off guard in the dugout and we’re Major League Baseball players. We still get hit.” — Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 22, 2015 Teams aren’t going to move back the seats, so extra netting seems to be the most viable solution. The only question is whether it should go to the near end or far end of both dugouts. Foul pole to foul pole would seem excessive, but around and behind the dugouts is where most of these scary incidents seem to occur.  It’s not something that’s likely to change this season, which is kinda scary. But it’s something that needs to be a priority topic during the offseason.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The New York Yankees aren’t providing Luis Severino with much run support, and facing the present version of Danny Salazar isn’t the ideal scenario to try to change that. The Cleveland Indians right-hander will try to silence a fifth straight opponent Saturday at Yankee Stadium, and New York has already made that list once. Salazar (11-6, 3.16 ERA) is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his last four starts, and the three earned runs he’s allowed have been solo home runs.

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On the very same day in which they each lost thanks to the long ball, two pitchers took shots at the venerable homes of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. First up was Ervin Santana. The Twins starter pitched well into the eighth inning, but he was saddled with the loss thanks to two home runs from Yankees rookie Greg Bird. Bird hit two two-run home runs that were the difference in a 4-3 Yankees win. Santana took out his frustration on Yankee Stadium. “Santana blamed himself for the first blast, saying he left a change up high and over the plate. But the latter? Not so much, Santana said. “The other one was a very good pitch, out and away, and he just hit it very good,” the pitcher said. “I know, probably in another park that’s a double. But here, it’s a joke.” You can judge Bird’s second homer for yourselves above, but it doesn’t look like a “joke” seeing as it landed well into the bullpen. Meanwhile in Boston, reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was getting knocked around by the Red Sox. The Indians lost 6-4 and Kluber gave up four home runs in six innings. Afterward, Kluber called homers hit by Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley “pop ups.” “Bradley hit a pop up that, the nature of this park, it turns into a home run…. It’s the same for both sides. That’s part of playing to your environment, I guess. They’re not home runs in most places, but that doesn’t really matter. They were home runs here…I mean they hit two pop ups that accounted for four runs.” That’s some harsh criticism for two of America’s most beloved ballparks. Santana, especially, has not had much luck pitching in the Bronx. He is 0-4 at new Yankee Stadium and has given up 22 runs in 24 innings for an ERA of 8.18. He’s also surrendered six home runs there, and three more previously at old Yankee Stadium.

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Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley Jr. are making the most of their late-season tryout. Shaw had a pair of hits and Bradley laced an RBI triple to right on Thursday night to help the Boston Red Sox beat Kansas City 4-1 and end the Royals’ five-game winning streak. ”This is a wave that every player wants to get on, and we’re enjoying it,” said bench coach Torey Lovullo, who is filling in for manager John Farrell while he undergoes treatment for lymphoma.

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