The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that assistant general manager Al Avila will take over as general manager and vice president of baseball operations from Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski had served as GM since 2002 and put together clubs that made five playoff appearances and won two American League titles. "I've decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities," Tigers owner Mike Illitch said.
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. When the New York Mets traded for Yoenis Cespedes, the expectations were obvious: He'd invigorate the team's sluggish offense. He'd lead them back to first place. Well, that didn't take long. The Mets pounded the Miami Marlins on Monday night, winning 12-1 as Cespedes went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs. The win put the Mets in sole possession of first place in the NL East, a place they sat earlier in the season. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] It had been six weeks since the Mets had been overthrown by the Washington Nationals. The way their offense was playing — worst in MLB by a number of metrics — it didn't seem likely that New York would ever be able to take it back. But they swept the Nats over the weekend to tie the division and kept that hot streak going right into Monday to re-claim first place. Manager Terry Collins told Marc Carig of Newsday after the game: "They've earned it. They belong there," said Collins, whose team showed no signs of a letdown. "And hopefully we stay there for a while ... Everybody goes through down times. We went through ours. We held together. And we're back." The Mets' pitching was solid once again. This time Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings, scattering seven hits and just letting in the one run. They have the third-best team ERA in MLB at 3.24. Here's one more advantage seemingly in the Mets' corner. They have the easiest schedule in baseball from here on out . D-BACKS SUBDUE NATS Now onto the team the Mets will joust with in the standings the next two months. That's the Nats, of course, and they didn't have a great time playing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. Rookie Zack Godley pitched six shutout innings, giving up only three hits and striking out six. Nick Ahmed, meanwhile, was 4-for-4 at the plate. [ELSEWHERE : David Price's first start with Blue Jays was exceptional. ] The Nats were down 6-0 in the ninth and tried to mount a comeback. They scored four and had Jayson Werth up as the tying run. He grounded out, Yunel Escobar fouled out and that was that. Final score: D-backs 6, Nats 4 . GIANTS BLOW SIX-RUN LEAD, LOSE IN EXTRA INNINGS The San Francisco Giants hit four homers by the fourth inning, holding a 6-0 lead against the Atlanta Braves. Good enough, right? Wrap that baby up, listen to some Outkast at the hotel and come back tomorrow. Wait, not so fast. The Braves weren't ready to give up. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Atlanta scored four runs in the sixth inning, tacked on another in the seventh and eventually tied the game when loathed-ex-Giant A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run, two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth. To extra innings, they went. The Giants scored one in the 12th, but the Braves still didn't submit. Adonis Garcia hit a two-run, walk-off homer to secure the 9-8 win . ANGELS SNAP SIX-GAME LOSING STREAK The Los Angeles Angels had lost six straight games heading into Monday night and the Cleveland Indians looked about ready to make that seven. With reigning Cy Young Corey Kluber on the mound, the Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead. But the Angels came back, powered by newcomer Conor Gillaspie, who hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] The Angels eventually won 5-4 , as Garrett Richards overcame the early trouble to strikeout 11 in 7.1 innings. He improved to 11-8 on the season. Want to see more from Monday's slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz
Matt Shoemaker had an impressive string of performances in late August last season and has gotten an earlier start this year. Shoemaker (5-7, 4.24 ERA) was the first Angels pitcher to register three scoreless starts of seven innings or longer since Nolan Ryan in 1976 and 1977 with a stretch that lasted Aug. 21-31. Shoemaker is working on another such streak after back-to-back scoreless starts and didn't get a decision while the Angels lost 3-0 in Houston on Thursday.
(adds late games) Aug 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Blue Jays 5, Twins 1 David Price struck out 11 in his Blue Jays debut, and Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, as Toronto defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-1. Price (10-4) was cheered loudly as he warmed up before his first start since he was obtained from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
For the third time in four days, the Los Angeles Angels faced a Cy Young award winner. Unlike Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in their series with the Dodgers, they found many of Corey Kluber's pitches quite hittable. Conor Gillaspie slugged a go-ahead home run off the Cleveland Indians' right-hander, and Los Angeles snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.
Tyler Wilson returns to the majors trying to prove a capable replacement for one of the AL's most reliable starters of late. The Baltimore Orioles prospect will also try to kick off his playoff-contending club's West Coast trip with a strong performance Monday night against the Oakland Athletics. Wilson is being recalled for the fifth time this season because Chris Tillman injured his left ankle in a 2-0 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.
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Matthew Pouliot breaks down the August first baseman and designated hitter rankings.
Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Mets 5, Nationals 2 Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda all belted homers in a five-run, five-pitch sequence in the second inning as New York rolled past Washington 5-2 on Sunday. By completing a three-game sweep in front of an electrified crowd of 35,374 at Citi Field, the Mets moved into a virtual tie for first place with the Nationals in the National League East.
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