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St. Louis Cardinals remove interim manager tag from Mike Shildt’s title

The St. Louis Cardinals have removed the interim tag from Mike Shildt’s title, promoting him to manager after he led the team into postseason contention since taking over for the fired Mike Matheny. Shildt has guided the Cardinals to a 26-12 record since July 15 and they now hold the top spot in the National League wild card standings. The Cardinals were 47-46 when Matheny was fired.

MLB Notebook: First-place Astros dented by pitching injuries

With four-fifths of their rotation on the disabled list, the first-place Astros are relying on two rookies, a second-year player, one who has bounced between the bullpen and starting and Mike Fiers, who was supposed to be their fifth starter, to keep the rotation afloat until the ailing starters return.

MLB notes: Dodgers sweep Cubs as aces for both teams struggle

Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez led an offensive outburst with three-run homers that upstaged the anticipated duel between aces Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 9-4 on Sunday to sweep the Cubs in three games at home for the first time since August 2012.

MLB notes: Washington National suspend closer Jonathan Papelbon for dugout fight

The Washington Nationals have suspended closer Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with star slugger Bryce Harper, which will end the pitcher’s season. General manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement Monday that Papelbon’s actions Sunday during a game against Philadelphia are “not acceptable.” Rizzo adds, they are “not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way.”

Mariners trade Jackson to Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners on Monday, boosting their depth for their run at a possible playoff spot. Chicago sent a player to be named and money for an international draft slot to the Mariners.

Questions linger for Mariners rotation

When it comes to the Seattle Mariners rotation, there are just two certainties over the final six weeks: Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will, barring injuries, make their scheduled starts. Everything else is up in the air.

Cards to promote their top prospect

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed Monday that outfielder Stephen Piscotty is being promoted to the Cardinals. But Mozeliak said no official roster move will be announced until today, when the Cardinals play the first of two interleague games in Chicago against the White Sox. Piscotty, an outfielder who recently was given some first-base assignments at Triple-A Memphis, is hitting .272 with 11 home runs and 41 runs batted in for the Redbirds. He hit .288 with nine homers and 69 runs batted in last year for Memphis.