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'Happy to get the call,' Lourdes has 3 RBIs in debut (Today)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. became the fourth player in Blue Jays history to record at least three RBIs in his Major League debut. He finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and played a big role in the Blue Jays' 8-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday night.

Nats' aggressive approach sets the tone (Today)
The Nationals entered Friday night's marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer and helped give them an early edge in a 5-2 victory.

Rosario socks 3rd career grand slam (Today)
Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario said he was sitting on a slider. He guessed correctly and it produced one of the biggest hits of his career. Rosario collected a two-out, two-strike, game-tying grand slam off Rays reliever Sergio Romo. However, it eventually became a footnote in the Rays' 8-7 victory in 10 innings at Tropicana Field.

D-backs honor former GM with 'Kevin's Tower' (Today)
The enduring legacy of Kevin "KT" Towers was immortalized on Friday by the D-backs as managing general partner Ken Kendrick was joined by team president & CEO Derrick Hall and Towers' widow, Kelley, to permanently name the suite in which he used to sit as "Kevin's Tower."

Giants erupt at plate as Samardzija wins debut (Today)
The Giants used a fresh face and a night with the designated hitter to get the kind of offense they have been yearning for in an 8-1 victory Friday over the Angels. In his first game with the Giants this season, after replacing an injured Hunter Pence (thumb) on the roster, Mac Williamson blistered a two-run home run to get things rolling in a six-run fifth inning.

Kershaw drops duel with Nats' Scherzer (Today)
Two of the best pitchers of their generation dueled at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, with Max Scherzer and the Nationals besting Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, 5-2.

Friday's top prospect performers (Today)
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Trout crushes AL-leading seventh homer (Today)
Mike Trout launched his American League-leading seventh home run of the season in the eighth inning of the Angels' series opener against the Giants on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

Red-hot Baez fuels Cubs' 7-run 6th, rout of Rox (Today)
Javier Baez collected four hits and four RBIs, and the Cubs broke open a close game with a seven-run outburst in the sixth inning en route to a 16-5 win over the Rockies in the series opener at Coors Field on Friday night.

Scherzer fans 9, outduels Kershaw in LA (Today)
Max Scherzer outdueled Clayton Kershaw in a matchup between three-time Cy Young Award winners, with Bryce Harper leading a two-run first inning to give the Nationals' ace a lead he would not relinquish. Scherzer held the Dodgers to one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over six innings, while Kershaw went seven, allowing four runs on nine hits.

Red Sox now 17-2, thanks to Moreland's slam (Today)
Boston's historic start continued with a 7-3 win in Oakland in Friday night's series opener behind a three-run homer from Jackie Bradley Jr. and a Mitch Moreland grand slam. The Red Sox improved to 17-2, becoming the fifth team in the live-ball era to win 17 of its first 19 games, and the first to do so since the 1987 Brewers.

Padres lose no-hitter in 8th, win game in 9th (Today)
Tyson Ross took a no-hitter into the eighth, but couldn't get the third out to send it to the ninth. The Padres scored three runs in the ninth on their way to a 4-1 victory in the series opener.

Boston righty Wright exits rehab start with stiff back (Friday, April 20)
Veteran knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is recovering from left knee surgery that he underwent in May, was removed from his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night after experiencing stiffness in his back.

Mancini day to day with knee injury (Friday, April 20)
Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini exited Friday night's 3-1 win over the Indians in the top of the eighth inning with a right knee injury and is day to day.

Albies homers off Thor, but Braves lose in 12 (Friday, April 20)
Once again proving he's quite capable of playing the role of David in a battle against Goliath, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies had no trouble sending Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard's 99.6-mph fastball into the right-center-field seats during the first inning of Friday's game at SunTrust Park.

Barria called up to start series finale Sunday (Friday, April 20)
In need of a sixth starter to accommodate Shohei Ohtani's once-a-week pitching schedule, the Angels will call up pitching prospect Jaime Barria to start against the Giants on Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia announced Friday.

Athletic Suzuki makes diving tag at home (Friday, April 20)
Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki displayed his athleticism as he made a diving tag to prevent the Mets from adding to their lead during the sixth inning of Friday night's game at SunTrust Park.

Royals break through in G2 with rally in 9th (Friday, April 20)
Trailing by one run entering the ninth inning, the Royals got a bloop RBI single by Abraham Almonte to tie it, then took the lead when Tigers first baseman Niko Goodrum botched a routine grounder by Jon Jay, and overthrew the pitcher covering the bag, allowing Alcides Escobar to score in Game 2 of the doubleheader. JaCoby Jones, the walk-off hero in Game 1, had put the Tigers in front with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jakob Junis went eight strong innings in a no-decision for Kansas City, which snapped a nine-game skid.

Herrera's RBI triple in 8th lifts Phillies over Bucs (Friday, April 20)
Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera combined for the big hits Friday night in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park.

Suspension over, Arenado homers in 1st AB (Friday, April 20)
Having watched way more baseball than he wanted to during a five-game suspension, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado swatted the first pitch he saw from Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks for a two-run homer Friday night.

Springer's Little League HR caps 5-run frame (Friday, April 20)
Houston broke through against the White Sox on Friday night with a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by an inside-the-park home run from George Springer, who began the play with a two-run double to left.

Dozier's hitting streak at 14 to start season (Friday, April 20)
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has hit safely in all 14 of the Twins' games this year (and 21 games overall, dating to the close of last season) with a sharp sixth-inning single to left field against the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field. Saturday night, Dozier can tie the club's all-time record for a hitting streak to start a season (15 straight games, achieved by Kirby Puckett in 1994 and Josh Willingham in 2012).

Hustling Span helps Rays walk off in 10th (Friday, April 20)
Denard Span beat out a two-out ground ball to first base, and pinch-runner Johnny Field raced home from second with the winning run as the Rays defeated the Twins, 8-7, in 10 innings Friday night at Tropicana Field. A 2 minute,16 second replay review to see whether pitcher Zach Duke's foot touched the base before Span's ensued, but the call on the field was upheld. Duke was given an error on the play, and the walk-off win stood.

Bundy dazzles vs. Tribe with 9-K gem (Friday, April 20)
Dylan Bundy struck out nine and held the Indians to one run over six innings to pick up his first win of the season and help the O's snap a six-game skid with a series-opening 3-1 win over the Indians at Camden Yards. Manny Machado hit his sixth homer of the season while Trevor Bauer, who allowed the long ball, fanned six over seven solid innings.

Arcia exits after injuring ankle against Marlins (Friday, April 20)
Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia was helped to the dugout by a member of Milwaukee's athletic training staff after rolling his right ankle Friday night in the eighth inning of an 8-0 win over the Marlins at Miller Park.

Mariners erupt with 4-run 9th to end slide (Today)
At long last, the Mariners got that third run that eluded them in each of the past five games -- and for good measure, they tacked on three more in a 6-2 victory over the Rangers in their series opener Friday night.

Brewers go 3B, HR, HR on 3 pitches in victory (Today)
On three pitches in the fourth inning, Christian Yelich tripled and Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back-to-back home runs. The five-run frame powered the Brewers to a fourth straight win, which was Jhoulys Chacin's first for the club. Trevor Richards struggled for Miami, allowing five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings while walking six.

Baez homers, then fuels Cubs' 7-run 6th (Friday, April 20)
The Cubs broke open a close game with a seven-run outburst in the sixth inning as Javier Baez collected his fourth hit and fourth RBI to pace the inning and give the Cubs a 12-3 lead over the Rockies.

Hungry? MLB FoodFest is every fan's dream (Friday, April 20)
Mariano Rivera spent his entire two-decade career pitching in ballparks around the Majors, but until Friday night, the legendary closer didn't realize just how much he missed over the years. Rivera was among the celebrities in attendance at Opening Night of the MLB FoodFest, a weekend-long event on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan that features one signature concession item from each of the league's 30 teams.

Tigers make young fan's day with ASG tickets (Friday, April 20)
Kyle Van Houten thought he was headed to Comerica Park to catch a Friday night game with his parents. He had no idea Michael Fulmer would be receiving his ceremonial first pitch, or that nearly two dozen family and friends would be with him for it.

Wacha in the park: Righty masterful vs. Reds (Friday, April 20)
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha continued his dominance of the Reds with 6 2/3 strong innings to help St. Louis to a 4-2 win on Friday night at Busch Stadium.

Hernandez, Solarte, Gurriel Jr. lift Jays over Yanks (Friday, April 20)
Toronto's offense stole the show again on Friday night as Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte each homered while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in three runs during his Major League debut.

Farquhar faints in dugout, taken to hospital (Friday, April 20)
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing the top of the 6th inning of Friday's contest against the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field. He regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Rush University Medical Center, where he's receiving treatment and undergoing further testing.

JV, bats sizzle as Astros cruise past White Sox (Friday, April 20)
Justin Verlander tossed six scoreless innings to win his 10th consecutive regular-season decision and George Springer drove in four runs to lead the Astros to their fourth consecutive victory, 10-0, over the White Sox in the series opener Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Slumping Yo comes through clutch in 12th (Friday, April 20)
Yoenis Cespedes' struggles at the plate have not dissipated much, but the Mets continue plugging him in their lineup. They know he'll bust out of his slump eventually. And they also know he continues to come up with key hits in spite of it.

Ohtani bounces back quickly after 3-K game (Friday, April 20)
After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox, Shohei Ohtani delivered a two-out single to center field off right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second inning of Friday's series opener between the Angels and Giants at Angel Stadium. It was the Angels' first hit of the night.

Bryce keys 2-run first vs. Kershaw to back Max (Friday, April 20)
The Nationals entered Friday night's marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer.

SD's Franchy obliterates 489-foot homer (Friday, April 20)
Franchy Cordero blasted a 489-foot solo shot -- the longest in the Major Leagues this year -- off the center-field scoreboard at Chase Field. It put the Padres up 1-0 in the fourth inning.

BREAKING: Padres fall 4 outs shy of no-hitter (Today)
Tyson Ross and the Padres came tantalizingly close to completing the first no-hitter in franchise history on Friday night against the D-backs. On his 127th and final pitch, Ross allowed a two-out double to pinch-hitter Christian Walker that tied the game at 1 and chased Ross from the game.

Nats select Torres' contract, designate Cole (Friday, April 20)
The Nationals on Friday selected the contract of Carlos Torres and designated A.J. Cole for assignment.

Cubs place Butler on DL, recall Farrell (Friday, April 20)
Eddie Butler's homecoming to Colorado -- the team he came up with before a February 2017 trade to the Cubs -- started inauspiciously, as the right-handed pitcher went on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain Friday. The Cubs recalled right-hander Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

Profar returns, Andrus rejoins club while on DL (Friday, April 20)
Jurickson Profar was back in the Rangers lineup on Friday after missing two games while going through the concussion protocol. Elvis Andrus, on the disabled list with a fractured right elbow, is expected to be out until at least early June but will start traveling with the team again.

Hurdle has faith in Cervelli's use of mound visits (Friday, April 20)
On the right-field scoreboard directly across from manager Clint Hurdle's perch in the visitors' dugout at Citizens Bank Park, there's the new counter listing how many mound visits a team can make in a game.

Marlins lose reliever Despaigne to DL (Friday, April 20)
For the second straight day, a Marlins reliever has been placed on the disabled list. On Friday, Odrisamer Despaigne was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, and right-hander Nick Wittgren was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Schebler's return gives Reds a power bat (Friday, April 20)
The Reds regained a power bat on Friday, when they activated Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the roster, they optioned Cody Reed to Triple-A Louisville.

Weather has been Twins' biggest hurdle (Friday, April 20)
Given the frigid, uncertain and start-and-stop nature of the Twins' early season schedule, the team was especially grateful for one aspect of Friday night's game against the Rays. The roof at Tropicana Field.

Reds players express gratitude for Price's role (Friday, April 20)
The mood in the Reds' clubhouse was subdued prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals as the players gathered for the first time since manager Bryan Price was dismissed.

Miller activated from disabled list, Snyder DFA'd (Friday, April 20)
Brad Miller returned to the Rays Friday night as the Rays activated him from the 10-day disabled list. In the corresponding roster move, the Rays designated infielder Brandon Snyder for assignment.

Pollock, Owings get day off following collision (Friday, April 20)
Outfielders A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings were both out of the lineup on Friday after colliding with each other on the warning track during Thursday night's game.

Riggleman thankful for managerial opportunity (Friday, April 20)
Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman is not exactly planning on reinventing the wheel in an attempt to turn the team's fortunes around.

Aguilar's hot bat puts Braun at 1B on hold (Friday, April 20)
The Ryan Braun-at-first base idea isn't exactly dead, but it is on hold while the Brewers ride Jesus Aguilar's productive April.

Aggressive Wisler earns another start (Friday, April 20)
Matt Wisler has earned the chance to make at least one more start. How he fits within the Braves' future plans will depend on whether he can prove the gem he produced against the Mets on Thursday night was not a fluke.

Salazar among Indians making rehab progress (Friday, April 20)
The Indians' collection of injured players all remain on the shelf for now, but there has been enough progress made during their rehab work that manager Terry Francona has a positive outlook about their return, especially in the case of starter Danny Salazar.

Yuli might not be the best Gurriel we'll see in '18 (Friday, April 20)
Yuli Gurriel's younger brother, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., made his Major League debut on Friday for the Blue Jays, and the elder Gurriel couldn't have been happier.

D-backs help launch food pantry at local school (Friday, April 20)
The Arizona Diamondbacks were leaders both in the National League West and the community on Friday as they joined forces with St. Mary's Food Bank to inaugurate a food pantry for kids in need at William Jack Elementary School in Glendale, Ariz. D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside D-backs president & CEO Derrick Hall and St. Mary's president & CEO Tom Kertis.

Padres activate Myers from disabled list (Friday, April 20)
The Padres reinstated outfielder Wil Myers from the 10-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to Triple-A El Paso.

Sanchez on passed balls: 'I'm not perfect' (Friday, April 20)
While Gary Sanchez waited for his swings to produce rewards, the Yankees catcher took pride in his work behind the plate, sensing improvement after scoring mixed results last season. That belief remains intact, despite seeing his first three passed balls of the season skip away this week.

Giants place Pence on DL with sprained thumb (Friday, April 20)
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain before Friday's game against the Angels, recalling outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento to take Pence's roster spot.

Callup O'Neill soaking in big league experience (Friday, April 20)
When outfielder Tyler O'Neill was informed that he was going to be called up by the Cardinals on Wednesday, the first person he notified was his mother, Marilyn. The phone call was a brief one. O'Neill barely finished his first sentence when mom broke out in tears.

Royals rookie Hill thriving after beating cancer (Friday, April 20)
Royals rookie left-hander Tim Hill looked in the mirror and hardly recognized himself. A skeleton, he thought. He needed to take a photo, perhaps just to remind himself one day of this trying time in his life. It was the fall of 2015, and Hill was near completion of eight months of chemotherapy. Incredibly, he had lost 70 pounds during the treatment. He stood 6-foot-1, 150 pounds.

Mets have yet to decide on struggling Harvey (Friday, April 20)
A day after Matt Harvey submitted his worst start of the young season, declaring afterward that he is "a starting pitcher" and declining to answer if he would accept a Minor League assignment, the Mets spent significant time on Friday discussing what to do with him.

Yadi becomes RBI leader at Busch Stadium III (Friday, April 20)
Yadier Molina took over the all-time RBI lead at Busch Stadium with a two-run double off Cincinnati lefty Brandon Finnegan in the first inning of Friday's game against the Reds.

Thome has plenty to say about Hoskins' swing (Friday, April 20)
Rhys Hoskins hopped onto MLB Network late Thursday night to talk about the Phillies, but unexpectedly found himself watching the monitor in front of him as Jim Thome dissected his swing.

Buehler? Dodgers need a replacement for Hill (Friday, April 20)
Manager Dave Roberts wasn't ready to name Walker Buehler, Brock Stewart or anybody else to replace Rich Hill as Monday night's starting pitcher for the Dodgers against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium.

LoMo hits 1st Twins HR in return to The Trop (Friday, April 20)
Logan Morrison was Friday night's homecoming king, picking a perfect spot to hit his first home run for the Twins. He launched a solo shot into the right-field bleachers at Tropicana Field, where he played for the Rays during the 2016-17 seasons.

Lourdes' first big league hit is a two-run single (Friday, April 20)
First game, first big league hit for Blue Jays prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Machado connects off Bauer for 6th homer (Friday, April 20)
Red-hot Manny Machado extended his team lead in homers to six, going deep for the third time in two games with a solo blast in the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday vs. the Indians.

Suspension over, Arenado homers in 1st AB (Friday, April 20)
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado spent much of his five-game suspension for charging the mound feeling his age after celebrating his 27th birthday on Monday. It didn't take Arenado long to regain his rhythm at the plate, though; the third baseman hit a two-run homer off Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks in the first inning of Friday night's game at Coors Field, turning an early one-run deficit into a one-run lead.

Albies homers off Thor's 99.6-mph fastball (Friday, April 20)
Once again proving he's quite capable of playing the role of David in a battle against Goliath, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies had no trouble sending Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard's 99.6-mph fastball into the right-center-field seats during the first inning of Friday's game at SunTrust Park.

Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought (Friday, April 20)
Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about on Friday, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada.

Blue Jays activate Morales ... and keep Teoscar (Friday, April 20)
The Blue Jays on Friday activated first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the 10-day disabled list and recalled infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from Double-A New Hampshire.

Angels prospects rake as Burlington scores 28 (Friday, April 20)
Runs were overflowing Friday in Burlington, Iowa, as the Class A Advanced Bees, powered by top Angels prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, enjoyed a 28-7 victory over the Quad City River Bandits at Community Field.

Cubs place Butler on DL, recall Farrell (Friday, April 20)
The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

Oioles add prospect Scott to bullpen (Friday, April 20)
The Orioles announced Friday that they have called up left-hander Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned infielder Engelb Vielma to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Profar cleared to return to Rangers lineup (Friday, April 20)
Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar was back in the Rangers lineup on Friday after being cleared from Major League Baseball's concussion protocol.

Tigers walk off in 10th on JaCoby's 1st homer (Friday, April 20)
JaCoby Jones powered the Tigers to their fourth straight win with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending Detroit to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Friday afternoon to open a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park. He also recorded an RBI double and starter Michael Fulmer delivered seven strong frames, while Kansas City's Jason Hammel went nine. Mike Moustakas extended his hit streak to 11 games with a solo homer, and Jon Jay drove in the Royals' other run on a single.

Blue Jays add Gurriel, activate Morales (Friday, April 20)
The Blue Jays on Friday activated first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the 10-day disabled list and recalled infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from Double-A New Hampshire.

Earliest managerial firings in recent history (Thursday, April 19)
The Reds on Thursday parted ways with manager Bryan Price just 18 games into the 2018 season, a somewhat rare move in a 162-game-per-season sport and in an era where rebuilds, such as the one Cincinnati remains in, can be a multiyear process.

Perez, Gordon close to returning to Royals (Friday, April 20)
The Royals could get two valuable American League Gold Glove Award-winning reinforcements back in their lineup as early as Tuesday.

MLB legends comprise exclusive 3,000-hit club (Friday, April 20)
MLB.com looks at each of the members of Major League Baseball's 3,000-hit club.

Time for these division favorites to wake up (Friday, April 20)
This was going to be the season of inevitability. Everybody thought so … and was depressed by the realization. One of the wonderful things about baseball is that it resists predictability. No team has repeated as champion in almost two decades. Surprising and disappointing teams always come along to give the season some buzz.

10 prospects on verge of helping fantasy teams (Friday, April 20)
Here are our updated rankings of the top 10 fantasy prospects. As always, we're considering only expected 2018 fantasy production in the big leagues, while our Top 100 Prospects list reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

Moose's 5th HR extends hit streak to 11 games (Friday, April 20)
Royals designated hitter Mike Moustakas left no doubt about how he would extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Napoli to have season-ending knee surgery (Friday, April 20)
Mike Napoli sustained a serious right knee injury while playing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, creating questions about where the first baseman's career will go from here. The Indians announced prior to Thursday's game in Baltimore that Napoli will require season-ending surgery.

What should the Yankees do with Betances? (Friday, April 20)
The Yankees have several options to consider as they attempt to weather Dellin Betances' struggles.

Mariners activate slugging catcher Zunino (Friday, April 20)
The Mariners on Friday recalled catcher Mike Zunino from his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Modesto and activated him from the 10-day disabled list. Catcher Mike Marjama was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Marvelous Mookie: Betts an underrated star (Friday, April 20)
Mookie Betts is not included nearly often enough in the conversation about the best young players in the deepest and best crop of young players in all of baseball history.

Here are 7 future managerial candidates (Friday, April 20)
As we saw this past winter, teams are routinely looking for the next big thing, with five of the six new managers -- Aaron Boone, Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora, Gabe Kapler and Dave Martinez -- all landing their first managerial jobs this season. Here are seven candidates that could find themselves in contention for a managerial job in the coming months.

These 11 additions are making huge impacts (Friday, April 20)
Looking at the recent acquisitions that have had the greatest influence on MLB's races in the first few weeks of 2018.

10 amazing facts from Red Sox's historic start (Friday, April 20)
The Red Sox improved to 16-2 with Thursday night's win over the Angels. Here are 10 impressive facts and figures from their historic start to the season.

Home-plate umpire Layne hit by foul ball, exits (Friday, April 20)
Home-plate umpire Jerry Layne left Thursday's Red Sox-Angels game with an apparent injury after a Mike Trout foul ball hit his right arm in the first inning.

There's no friendly rivalry quite like Beltre-Felix (Friday, April 20)
Among the many thousands of possible batter-pitcher matchups, there may not be a more entertaining one than Adrian Beltre vs. Felix Hernandez. Merely calling it a matchup feels insufficient. It's a friendly rivalry between former teammates, a battle of wits between two intense competitors, and frequently, a comedy act surpassing any between-innings mascot hijinks.

Injury updates: Owings, Ohtani, Bumgarner (Friday, April 20)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Vintage Greinke fuels D-backs' latest series win (Friday, April 20)
Zack Greinke threw seven outstanding innings and was backed by a pair of home runs as the D-backs beat the Giants, 3-1, on Thursday night at Chase Field and captured yet another series.

Weekend plans? How about a Max-Kershaw duel (Friday, April 20)
Perhaps this will be the weekend in which Mother Nature's icy grip on the schedule relents. We sure hope so, because there are plenty of storylines to settle in a season that so far has been devoid of real rhythm.

Mookie, Red Sox off to MLB's best start since '87 (Friday, April 20)
The Red Sox's historic march through April continued Thursday with an 8-2 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium, as they completed a three-game sweep. Boston improved to 16-2, joining rare company in MLB history.

A's trade Thompson, option Trivino to Triple-A (Thursday, April 19)
The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville.

Here's how Andrelton Simmons is raking (Thursday, April 19)
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons has had one of his best career starts at the plate, but he's been outshined by Shohei Ohtani, the young phenom who is the first full-time two-way player since Babe Ruth, and two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner Mike Trout.

Pomeranz set for return to Red Sox rotation (Thursday, April 19)
The Red Sox will add to their strong rotation Friday, when Drew Pomeranz returns to a staff that already has some of the best left-handers in the Majors.

Crew acquires infielder Saladino from Sox (Thursday, April 19)
The Brewers sent cash to the White Sox on Thursday for versatile infielder Tyler Saladino and optioned the 28-year-old to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Crew's bats score a dozen for 3rd straight win (Thursday, April 19)
Lorenzo Cain had a homer and scored four times, while Jesus Aguilar had three RBIs and Ryan Braun hit a pinch-hit three-run homer. Former Brewers outfielder Lewis Brinson hit two home runs in his first Miller Park appearance since the January trade that saw Christian Yelich go to Milwaukee. Chase Anderson got the win for the Brewers.

Belt HRs again, a night after hitting his 100th (Thursday, April 19)

Harvey scuffles in Atlanta, putting role in doubt (Friday, April 20)
An unquestioned member of the team's rotation heading into the season, Matt Harvey has since started four games, struggled thrice and, on Thursday, pitched poorly enough at SunTrust Park that the Braves effectively iced their 12-4 win before sunset.

Brinson's first 2 Marlins HRs come vs. former club (Thursday, April 19)
A couple of days off to work on his swing produced immediate results for Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson.

Didi, Judge lead Yanks to win in CC's return (Thursday, April 19)
Aaron Judge connected for another historic homer, Didi Gregorius added his team-leading 17th RBI and the bullpen fired 4 2/3 effective innings in support of CC Sabathia's return from the disabled list, helping to lead the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Bochy reveals earliest Bumgarner could return (Thursday, April 19)
If all proceeds well for Madison Bumgarner, the Giants ace could be back in the club's starting rotation by late May.

Braun notches 1,000th career RBI on 3-run HR (Thursday, April 19)
Ryan Braun came off the Brewers' bench Thursday to notch his 1,000th career RBI.

Arrieta (10 K's) dominant in win against Pirates (Thursday, April 19)
Jake Arrieta dominated the Pirates Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 as the Phillies won, 7-0.

Owings crashes into Pollock making great grab (Friday, April 20)
D-backs outfielders A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings collided with each other on the warning track in right-center attempting to catch Joe Panik's fly ball during the third inning of Thursday night's 3-1 win against the Giants.

Wisler stifles Mets as Braves hammer Harvey (Thursday, April 19)
Freshly called up from Triple-A, Matt Wisler led the Braves to a 12-4 victory with seven sharp innings, holding the Mets to one run and two hits with eight strikeouts. Atlanta's offense pounced on Matt Harvey for six runs in the series opener, with Kurt Suzuki homering the first inning and Preston Tucker racking up a career-high five RBIs on two doubles. One night after a scary hit-by-pitch on his left wrist, Freddie Freeman had two hits and an RBI to ease any concerns for the Braves.

Betts extends his record for Red Sox leadoff HRs (Thursday, April 19)
Mookie Betts hit his 13th career leadoff home run on Thursday night against the Angels, extending his Red Sox record.

Kendrys' pending return creates roster crunch (Thursday, April 19)
Teoscar Hernandez has been the Blue Jays' hottest hitter, which means he is no longer the obvious choice to be removed from the roster when Kendrys Morales comes off the disabled list on Friday.

Perdomo optioned to Triple-A to work out kinks (Thursday, April 19)
The Padres optioned 24-year-old right-hander Luis Perdomo to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday afternoon, reinstating righty set-up man Kirby Yates (right ankle tendinitis) from the 10-day disabled list.

Walker opens up about elbow injury, surgery (Thursday, April 19)
When he learned that an MRI of his right elbow showed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament, D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker was surprised.

MLB, clubs plan special events for Earth Day (Thursday, April 19)
With Earth Day approaching on Sunday, Major League Baseball is celebrating with several league-wide and club-specific initiatives in 2018.

Suzuki takes Harvey deep to extend HR surge (Thursday, April 19)
Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki extended his unexpected power surge from last season in the first inning Thursday night, homering off the Mets' Matt Harvey at SunTrust Park.

Crew acquires Saladino; Braun nears return (Thursday, April 19)
The Brewers sent cash to the White Sox on Thursday for versatile infielder Tyler Saladino and optioned the 28-year-old to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Freeman back in lineup, drives in a run (Thursday, April 19)
Freddie Freeman received the confirmation he was seeking regarding his left wrist and then successfully lobbied to be in the Braves' lineup for Thursday night's series opener against the Mets at SunTrust Park.

5 skipper switches that led to playoffs (Thursday, April 19)
The Reds on Thursday became the first team in 2018 to replace their manager by dismissing Bryan Price in his fifth season at the helm and naming bench coach Jim Riggleman interim manager. Here's a look at the last five teams that made the postseason after replacing their manager during the season.

Morton, Astros' rotation continue to sizzle in win (Thursday, April 19)
Charlie Morton pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits and no walks while striking out eight, as the Astros defeated the Mariners, 9-2, on Thursday afternoon at Safeco Field. Seattle turned a triple play on Evan Gattis in the fourth, but Jose Altuve added four RBIs, including a three-run double, while Max Stassi and Josh Reddick homered as Houston pulled away for the series win.

Another night, another historic HR for Judge (Thursday, April 19)
Aaron Judge connected for another historic home run on Thursday, becoming the fastest player to reach 61 career blasts in terms of games played.

5 reasons why better times are ahead for Reds (Thursday, April 19)
Changing the manager -- as the Reds did Thursday -- doesn't mean instant improvement for a 3-15 club. Progress is up to the players -- both those already on the roster and perhaps others who could be arriving in the future. It's also up to the front office to put the next manager in position to develop a winning culture.

Back tightness keeping Giles out of action (Thursday, April 19)
Astros manager AJ Hinch said reliever Ken Giles hasn't pitched since Saturday because of a problem with his back. "He's been battling a little bit of back tightness and had been unavailable the last couple of days,'' Hinch said before Thursday's series finale against the Mariners.

Baez an immediate spark atop Cubs' lineup (Thursday, April 19)
Manager Joe Maddon was hoping Javier Baez could provide a spark at the top of the lineup, and the Cubs' second baseman did just that in the first inning of Thursday's eventual 8-5 win over the Cardinals.

Top of order sets tone as Tigers outpace O's (Thursday, April 19)
Leonys Martin fell a double shy of the cycle -- including notching his first career grand slam -- and Jeimer Candelario added a two-run homer in his first career four-hit game, powering the Tigers to a three-game series sweep of the Orioles with a 13-8 win Thursday at Comerica Park.

Here are some candidates to be Reds' next skipper (Thursday, April 19)
After the Reds dismissed manager Bryan Price and installed Jim Riggleman as his interim replacement on Thursday, they appeared in no rush to immediately hire a new full-time skipper.

Giancarlo dropped to cleanup for Jays opener (Thursday, April 19)
Giancarlo Stanton's slow start to his Yankees tenure has prompted the smallest of lineup demotions, with the slugger dropped to the cleanup spot for Thursday's series opener against the Blue Jays.

Baez's flash, J-Hey's bash propel Cubs (Thursday, April 19)
Javier Baez provided the spark and Jason Heyward the power with a two-run homer to back Jon Lester and lead the Cubs to an 8-5 victory on Thursday at Wrigley Field, snapping the Cardinals' winning streak at five.

Ohtani returns at DH to face Red Sox (Thursday, April 19)
Shohei Ohtani returns to the Angels lineup as designated hitter in the No. 6 hole against the Red Sox.

That's one way to turn a triple play, Mariners (Thursday, April 19)
In a scoreless game during the fourth inning between the Astros and Mariners in Seattle on Thursday, Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis grounded into a triple play after appearing to lose track of the number of outs.

Breaking Barriers essay winners announced (Thursday, April 19)
At baseball's biggest jewel events this year, there will be stars of sport -- and also stars of a different sort. The names Selihom Kidane and Jesse Quist don't resonate the way those of baseball's signature stars do, but they will be recognized at the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at National Park on July 17 and the 2018 World Series, respectively, because of the essays they wrote that capture the spirit of the trailblazing Jackie Robinson.

Trea Turner shoots up new speed leaderboard (Thursday, April 19)
When we first introduced "Sprint Speed" last year, it was the first time directly measured data on the top speed of runners was available. Byron Buxton and Billy Hamilton were at the top, well ahead of the league average. The main surprise was that Trea Turner wasn't at the top with Buxton and Hamilton.

Price's removal exemplifies modern managing (Thursday, April 19)
When you look around baseball, and particularly the sorts of managers the new breed of management is hiring, it becomes more apparent that a manager like Bryan Price -- a fiery "leader" who made his bones as a specialist in one specific aspect of the game -- is not the direction baseball is going.

Freeman cleared after MRI on left wrist (Thursday, April 19)
A MRI exam performed on Thursday revealed Freddie Freeman did not incur any structural damage when his left wrist was hit by a Hoby Milner pitch during the eighth inning of Wednesday night's win over the Phillies.

Rolling Red Sox emulating last year's champs (Thursday, April 19)
Last year's Red Sox famously had the fewest home runs in baseball, and the addition of J.D. Martinez was expected to help. He has, but Boston's best-in-baseball lineup has benefited from a lot more than just that. They've improved from within.

How Sparky Lyle launched the tradition of closer entrance music (Wednesday, April 18)
Here was Sparky Lyle arriving to save the moment, to save the day, a gunslinger coming to clean up the town, a pro wrestler coming to clear out the ring, a cavalryman coming to take the hill, a rock and roll band taking the stage. This needed music.

Inbox: Who will the Tigers draft No. 1 overall? (Thursday, April 19)
There have been some outstanding performances across the country by prospects, from the big leagues all the way down to this year's Draft class. This week's Inbox tries to reflect that.

AL Central: Checking in on the new guys (Thursday, April 19)
New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. Let's go around the horn in the division and check out the new guys.

NL Central: Checking in on the new guys (Thursday, April 19)
There are new faces all around the National League Central in 2018. Let's take a spin around the division and check out the new guys.

AL East: Checking in on the new guys (Thursday, April 19)
In April, everything is magnified, and this is particularly true for the key newcomers for each team. Here is a look at how it is going for five newbies in the American League East.

PR's 1995 Dream Team has lasting legacy (Thursday, April 19)
In a stirring pregame ceremony Tuesday to honor heroes of the Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, Puerto Rico's baseball icons -- Roberto Alomar, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Baerga and Juan Gonzalez among them -- walked alongside fellow Puerto Ricans amid appreciative applause. When those luminaries are in the company of one another, the conversation returns to one of the proudest periods in the lineage of Puerto Rican baseball: the 1995 Caribbean Series, and the Dream Team assembled for it.

Reds dismiss Price, Riggleman named interim (Thursday, April 19)
Bryan Price is out as Reds manager, along with pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Bench coach Jim Riggleman will be interim manager, with Double-A Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin joining the coaching staff. Pat Kelly, who was manager of Triple-A Louisville, will be the bench coach.

Despacito's Daddy Yankee throws 1st pitch (Wednesday, April 18)
One of the biggest names in the music industry delivered once again. Puerto Rico's own Daddy Yankee threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of a star-studded program before the final game between the Twins and the Indians in the Puerto Rico Series on Wednesday night.

Edwin, Sano exchange 14th-inning HRs in PR (Thursday, April 19)
After trading zeros deep into the night, it looked like the Indians would finally bring an end to what developed into the longest regular-season game in Hiram Bithorn Stadium history. That was until the Twins matched the Tribe's go-ahead homer with an impressive blast of their own.

MadBum could learn recovery rate today (Thursday, April 19)
Madison Bumgarner and the Giants could learn more Thursday about the left-hander's recovery rate from his fractured throwing hand.

How Sparky Lyle launched the tradition of closer entrance music (Wednesday, April 18)
Here was Sparky Lyle arriving to save the moment, to save the day, a gunslinger coming to clean up the town, a pro wrestler coming to clear out the ring, a cavalryman coming to take the hill, a rock and roll band taking the stage. This needed music.

Belt's 10th-inning blast lifts Giants to win (Thursday, April 19)
Brandon Belt made his 100th career homer a true milestone, delivering it in Wednesday night's 10th inning, to lift the Giants past the D-backs at Chase Field, 4-3. Chris Stratton struck out eight in seven innings on the mound.

Everything clicks for Dodgers in sweep of Padres (Thursday, April 19)
The Dodgers arrived in San Diego in the NL West cellar, wondering when their talent-laden roster would get in gear. After beating the Padres, 13-4, on Wednesday night, it's clear the Dodgers are hitting on most, if not all, cylinders.

Cole sharp again; Astros' 6-run 7th seals win (Thursday, April 19)
That explosive offense that almost everyone expects of the Astros finally showed up Wednesday night. It was a one-inning volcano eruption. A six-run seventh inning when Houston sent 11 hitters to the plate ended a pitching duel and propelled the Astros to a 7-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Sox improve to 15-2 behind hot bats, Porcello (Thursday, April 19)
Rick Porcello tossed six scoreless innings Wednesday and received a wealth of offensive support, including a grand slam from Rafael Devers, as the Red Sox rolled to a 9-0 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium. The Sox have outscored the Halos, 19-1, over the first two games of the series.

Sons of Puerto Rico help Twins top Tribe in 16 (Thursday, April 19)
Puerto Rico natives Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario thrilled their home crowd in the longest Major League game ever held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, a 2-1 win for the Twins in 16 innings. Berrios dueled Indians starter Carlos Carrasco over seven scoreless innings, long before Edwin Encarnacion and Miguel Sano each swatted home runs in the 14th frame of the 5-hour, 13-minute Puerto Rico Series finale.

Zimmerman breaks through with 2 HRs, triple (Wednesday, April 18)
Ryan Zimmerman's batting average has looked rather small to the naked eye in these early days of the season, but Nationals manager Dave Martinez has raved about how well his primary cleanup hitter has been swinging. In the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field, there was really something to rave about.

Teoscar making roster case with 4-hit day (Wednesday, April 18)
Teoscar Hernandez is letting his bat do most of the talking, and he won't have to wait much longer before he finds out whether the Blue Jays have been listening.

Red Sox RHP Wright set to make first rehab start (Wednesday, April 18)
Red Sox starter Steven Wright will move on to the next phase in his recovery from surgery to repair his left knee when he takes the mound Friday for a rehab outing at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Berrios thrills PR fans with 7 dominant innings (Wednesday, April 18)
Feeding off the energy of his home crowd, Puerto Rico native Jose Berrios continued his incredible start to the season with seven scoreless innings in a dominant outing against the Indians on Wednesday night at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Olson walks off for A's in wild 14-inning affair (Wednesday, April 18)
In a marathon affair that featured plenty of pitching changes and dramatics, the A's walked off with a Matt Olson RBI to top the White Sox, 12-11, on Wednesday in 14 innings and claim a series sweep.

Flaherty states case with HR in Braves' win (Wednesday, April 18)
Adding to the splendor of his sizzling and surprising start, Ryan Flaherty showed there's some thunder in his bat when he drilled a three-run homer that proved decisive in the Braves' 7-3 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

Muncy launches his first Dodgers home run (Wednesday, April 18)
Muncy, who was called up earlier in the week from Triple-A Oklahoma City, hit his first home in 20 months when he took Luis Perdomo deep in the Dodgers' five-run third inning on Wednesday night. It gave Muncy a single, walk and a solo roundtripper in his first three plate appearances since joining the Dodgers.

Halos still optimistic Ohtani will make next start (Wednesday, April 18)
One day after Shohei Ohtani exited his start against the Red Sox with a blister on his right hand, the Angels remained optimistic that the 23-year-old two-way phenom will be able to make his next start on the mound.

Freeman exits in 8th after HBP on left wrist (Wednesday, April 18)
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday night's game against the Phillies after his previously left wrist was once again hit by a pitch.

Longoria hammers HR coming off ankle injury (Wednesday, April 18)
Evan Longoria continued to show signs of his offensive thaw during Wednesday night's Giants-Diamondbacks encounter, clobbering a sixth-inning, two-run homer to open the scoring.

Fisher robs HR in most casual way possible (Wednesday, April 18)
With the Astros and Mariners tied at 1 in the fifth inning, Astros left fielder Derek Fisher kept the Mariners from taking the lead when he reached over the wall to rob Seattle shortstop Jean Segura of a home run.

Devers delivers 1st career slam for red-hot Sox (Wednesday, April 18)
The Red Sox had another offensive outburst in Southern California on Wednesday night, as Rafael Devers belted his first career grand slam to cap a five-run third inning against the Angels.

Yo's slam caps Mets' 9-run 8th, comeback win (Wednesday, April 18)
The Mets entered the eighth inning staring at the possibility of a sweep at home at the hands of the rival Nationals, but the lineup erupted for nine runs in the eighth inning to win the finale of a three-game set. Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam capped the outburst. Ryan Zimmerman hit two homers and tripled for the Nationals.

Edwin, Sano exchange 14th-inning HRs in PR (Wednesday, April 18)
After trading zeros deep into the night, it looked like the Indians would finally bring an end to what developed into the longest regular-season game in Hiram Bithorn Stadium history. That was until the Twins matched the Tribe's go-ahead homer with an impressive blast of their own.

Anibal injures leg; Braves activate Camargo (Wednesday, April 18)
Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez suffered what appeared to be a significant leg injury as he was running in SunTrust Park's outfield grass before Wednesday night's game against the Phillies.

Discomfort slowing Swarzak's rehab timeline (Wednesday, April 18)
Lingering oblique discomfort has prompted Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak to pause his throwing program, also putting a trip to Florida on hold.

Podcast: Welker's hot start, looking ahead to Draft (Wednesday, April 18)
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster interview Rockies No. 4 prospect Colton Welker about his hot start with Class A Advanced Lancaster. They trio also discuss the slow the start to the season for Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna, look ahead to the Draft and more on this week's Pipeline Podcast.

Top prospect Jimenez to rejoin Double-A (Wednesday, April 18)
The White Sox announced Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 4 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline and the top prospect in the White Sox system, will rejoin Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

Yankees sign Lind to Minor League contract (Wednesday, April 18)
The Yankees continue to add more power as they signed first baseman Adam Lind to a Minor League contract Wednesday. Lind is scheduled to report to extended spring training at the Yankees' Player Development Complex in Tampa on Thursday.

Evaluating Holland's early struggles (Wednesday, April 18)
With the Cardinals and Cubs postponed for the second time in three days, now is as good a time as any to tackle your most pressing Cardinals questions. In this edition of the Inbox, fans inquire about Greg Holland, Kolten Wong, Jack Flaherty and Luke Voit.

Gamel activated; Miranda optioned to Triple-A (Wednesday, April 18)
Left fielder Ben Gamel, who had been sidelined for six weeks with a strained right oblique muscle, was activated off the 10-day disabled list by the Mariners on Wednesday. Left-hander Ariel Miranda was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.

Murphy starts playing in extended spring games (Wednesday, April 18)
Nats manager Dave Martinez said before Wednesday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field that second baseman Daniel Murphy has begun playing extended spring training games in West Palm Beach, Fla., in his comeback from microfracture surgery on his right knee in October.

Zimmerman breaks through with 3-run homer (Wednesday, April 18)
Ryan Zimmerman's batting average has looked rather small to the naked eye in these early days of the season, but Nationals manager Dave Martinez has raved about how well his primary cleanup hitter has been swinging. In the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field, there was really something to rave about.

'Bebo' feels blessed to play for mom in PR (Wednesday, April 18)
It was "Bebo Day" on Wednesday night at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, where Roberto Perez was playing in Puerto Rico for the first time with a Major League team. His mother, whom he briefly lost touch with after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September, was among his loved ones in the stands.

Buxton headed to DL with migraines (Wednesday, April 18)
After missing Tuesday's Puerto Rico Series opener with a migraine, the Twins placed center fielder Byron Buxton on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, retroactive to Sunday. He'll be eligible to come off the DL on April 25.

Braves taking time with Acuna's path to bigs (Wednesday, April 18)
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has closely monitored Ronald Acuna's results and the reports he gets from staff members on a daily basis. Thus far, he has not seen enough to get the sense the highly touted prospect is ready to make the jump to the Major League level.

Walker to undergo Tommy John surgery (Wednesday, April 18)
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo announced on Wednesday that right-hander Taijuan Walker will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Dodgers place Hill on DL, call up Liberatore (Wednesday, April 18)
The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed left-hander Rich Hill (left third digit inflammation) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15.

Despacito's Daddy Yankee throws 1st pitch (Wednesday, April 18)
One of the biggest names in the music industry delivered once again. Puerto Rico's own Daddy Yankee threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of a star-studded program before the final game between the Twins and the Indians in the Puerto Rico Series on Wednesday night.

Blue Jays put up 15, complete Royal sweep (Wednesday, April 18)
Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte homered, while Curtis Granderson added the ninth grand slam of his career as Toronto extended its winning streak to four games with a 15-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays improved to 12-5 for just the sixth time in franchise history, but the Royals dropped their eighth game in a row. Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler homered for Kansas City, and Mike Moustakas knocked an RBI double.

Ender goes over the wall, makes snowcone grab (Wednesday, April 18)
Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte displayed both his range and athleticism when he robbed Phillies left fielder Scott Kingery of a home run during the first inning of Wednesday night's game at SunTrust Park.

Blackmon proves to be capable No. 3 hitter (Wednesday, April 18)
The experiment with Charlie Blackmon batting third in the Rockies' order may not last beyond Wednesday, but Blackmon has shown he can handle it if the club decides to move him back there in the future. Wednesday's game with the Pirates will mark the end of regular No. 3 hitter Nolan Arenado's suspension for his involvement in last Wednesday's fight vs. the Padres. In his first four games in the spot, Blackmon -- the usual leadoff hitter -- batted .375 (6-for-16) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

Biddle called up by Braves; Ramirez hits DL (Wednesday, April 18)
The Braves promoted Jesse Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday and placed right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Donaldson still not ready to return to lineup (Wednesday, April 18)
The Blue Jays will have to survive without Josh Donaldson for a little while longer. Toronto manager John Gibbons announced on Wednesday afternoon that Donaldson will not be activated off the disabled list when the minimum 10-day requirement expires on Saturday. The Blue Jays can't say for sure when Donaldson will return, but it won't be until at least early next week.

Anibal injures left leg during warmups (Wednesday, April 18)
Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez suffered what appeared to be a significant leg injury as he was running in SunTrust Park's outfield grass before Wednesday night's game against the Phillies.

Inbox: Will Torres be called to Bronx soon? (Wednesday, April 18)
How soon will the Yankees summon Gleyber Torres? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

Miggy lasers a home run on 35th birthday (Wednesday, April 18)
Miguel Cabrera tends to hit especially well on his birthday. The Tigers slugger celebrated turning 35 on Wednesday with his 464th career home run, a sixth-inning solo homer to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead on the Orioles at Comerica Park.

CarGo makes five-star catch, but strains hammy (Wednesday, April 18)
Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez seems to be making five-star catches a common occurrence. He had another in Wednesday afternoon's 10-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park. But Gonzalez paid for this one with a lower right hamstring strain that threatens his availability in the immediate future.

Rays break through in 6th as Faria gets 1st win (Wednesday, April 18)
The Rays claimed a much-needed series win Wednesday afternoon with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers at Tropicana Field.

Buxton to miss PR Series with migraines (Wednesday, April 18)
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was held out of a second straight game with a migraine on Wednesday, forcing him to miss the entirety of the two-game Puerto Rico Series against the Indians.

Tigers' Machado walks off O's in wild finish (Wednesday, April 18)
The weather was chilly at Comerica Park, but the sun and the hitters warmed things up late. Dixon Machado's second Major League home run finally decided a back-and-forth affair in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Orioles Wednesday afternoon.

Thames stays red hot with HR in Brewers win (Wednesday, April 18)
Eric Thames hit his 10th homer against the Reds since last April, while Zach Davies threw 6 1/3 solid innings in a winning effort. Dan Jennings and Jacob Barnes finished the job for the Brewers, with Barnes earning Milwaukee's second two-inning save in as many nights. Tyler Mahle scattered seven hits and four walks over five innings of two-run ball for the Reds.

LIVE: Watch Royals-Blue Jays on Facebook (Wednesday, April 18)
MLB and Facebook's partnership continues today with an afternoon matchup between the Royals and Blue Jays in Toronto, the third of 25 exclusive streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018.

Jansen's continued woes concern Roberts (Wednesday, April 18)
Kenley Jansen has blown two save chances this year in four attempts after blowing just one save in 42 opportunities a year ago.

Bucs' reserves boost offense in all-around win (Wednesday, April 18)
After two nights heavy on snow and light on offense, the sun returned to PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon -- and so did the Pirates' bats. The highest-scoring lineup in the National League returned to form, racking up 13 hits and cruising to a 10-2 win over the Rockies to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Moncada crushes 1st career grand slam (Wednesday, April 18)
On Tuesday night, White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada homered and reached base three times, showing promising signs that he might be breaking out of his prolonged slump to start the season. Less than 24 hours later, Moncada belted a grand slam off A's starter Andrew Triggs in the second inning for his second hit of the afternoon and second homer in as many days to give Chicago an early 6-1 lead.

Guerrero turning heads out of Marlins' bullpen (Wednesday, April 18)
The 6-foot-8 Tayron Guerrero stands out in a crowd. Still, the lanky right-hander was one of the most overlooked pitchers on the Marlins in Spring Training. But people are taking notice now.

Musgrove to throw bullpen session Thursday (Wednesday, April 18)
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove will take a step forward in his rehabilitation on Thursday, when he's scheduled to throw a bullpen session. But the real test will come in the following days. Musgrove is on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his right shoulder. He has not pitched for the Pirates this season, but they hope he'll join their rotation when healthy. Musgrove has been playing catch at low intensity over the past week. Thursday's session will consist of 25-30 fastballs.

Injury updates: Schebler, Mesoraco, 3 hurlers (Wednesday, April 18)
Reds right fielder Scott Schebler is on target for a Friday return from the 10-day disabled list, manager Bryan Price said on Wednesday.

Crew holds out Braun (calf); Miley makes start (Wednesday, April 18)
It's shaping into another injury-addled start to the season for Ryan Braun, who was again confined to bench duty for the Brewers on Wednesday.

Q&A: Bruce talks return to NY, bond with Dusty (Wednesday, April 18)
In a recent sit-down with MLB.com at Citi Field, Mets outfielder Jay Bruce answered 20 questions on subjects ranging from new Mets manager Mickey Callaway to the club's fast start.

Clemente honored with dedication in PR (Wednesday, April 18)
Roberto Clemente's family is sharing a time-honored and private tradition with the world for the island's greater good.

The hottest starts in MLB history (Wednesday, April 18)
MLB.com looks at the teams who put together historically great opening runs. From the 1955 Dodgers to the '84 Tigers to the '98 Yankees, this list is full of some of the best teams to ever step onto a baseball diamond. They were often led by some of the game's most iconic players, from Ted Williams to Rickey Henderson to Ichiro Suzuki. Here are the hottest starts in Major League history.

DeShields (left wrist) to begin rehab at Double-A (Wednesday, April 18)
The Rangers could get outfielder Delino DeShields back sooner than they expected.

Mariners moving on after missing out on Ohtani (Wednesday, April 18)
hile the rest of us are falling all over ourselves attempting to come up with new superlatives to describe Shohei Ohtani, Mariners fans get an extra little punch in the gut every time his name comes up. He could have been theirs.

Most 3-HR games ever? Here's the top 10 (Wednesday, April 18)
Looking at the players who have hit the most three-homer games in MLB history.

Blackmon returning to leadoff spot Friday (Wednesday, April 18)
The experiment with Charlie Blackmon batting third in the Rockies' order may not last beyond Wednesday, but Blackmon has shown he can handle it if the club decides to move him back there in the future. Wednesday's game with the Pirates will mark the end of regular No. 3 hitter Nolan Arenado's suspension for his involvement in last Wednesday's fight vs. the Padres. In his first four games in the spot, Blackmon -- the usual leadoff hitter -- batted .375 (6-for-16) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

Twins, Tribe ready for more PR Series thrills (Wednesday, April 18)
Following one of the most exciting nights of the young season, most in baseball circles are probably sharing a collective "Let's do that again."

Braves ink Joey Bats to be 3B on Minors deal (Wednesday, April 18)
The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with free-agent José Bautista on a one-year minor-league contract for the 2018 season, and he has reported to Atlanta's extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He will play third base.

Yelich makes sliding snag via Perez deflection (Wednesday, April 18)
Hernan Perez's first outfield assist of 2018 was a most memorable one.

V-Mart reflects on health scare; hints at retirement (Wednesday, April 18)
Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez actually considered quitting baseball, until somebody explained to him the possibility of having his kids home-schooled so they could go wherever his baseball travels took him.

Wednesday's Cards-Cubs game postponed (Wednesday, April 18)
Wednesday afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.

Top prospect O'Neill expected to join Cardinals (Wednesday, April 18)
Tyler O'Neill's scorching hot start to 2018 has him making his way to the big leagues. The Cardinals' No. 4 prospect is in Chicago and is expected to be promoted to the Major League roster for Thursday's contest vs. the Cubs, a source told MLB.com's Joe Trezza on Wednesday.

Ripken honored with medal from Smithsonian (Wednesday, April 18)
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has another award to add to his treasure trove of honors. On Tuesday night, the "Iron Man" received a gold medal from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Astros option Hoyt ahead of Sipp's return (Wednesday, April 18)
The Astros optioned right-handed pitcher James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Mariners in anticipation of activating lefty reliever Tony Sipp from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.

Bogaerts has 'great day' in injury recovery (Wednesday, April 18)
Red Sox manager Alex Cora called Tuesday "a great day" when it came to the recovery of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a small crack in the talus bone in his left ankle.

Mariners silenced after Cano's early homer (Wednesday, April 18)
Outside of a first-inning home run by Robinson Cano, Lance McCullers Jr. put the clamps on the Mariners' offense Tuesday night, as the Astros snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory at Safeco Field.

Hosmer homer sparks 2-run rally vs. Jansen (Wednesday, April 18)
When the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to a franchise-record eight-year deal during the offseason, they surely envisioned him hitting majestic home runs into the San Diego night.

Holland's struggles open door for Norris (Wednesday, April 18)
The Cardinals are calling what Greg Holland is going through a "Spring Training phase." Meanwhile, Bud Norris appears to be in midseason form.

Red Sox smash 6 HRs in rout of Ohtani, Angels (Wednesday, April 18)
In good weather or bad, on the West Coast or East Coast, the Red Sox keep crushing the baseball, as they opened their three-city, nine-game road trip with a 10-1 win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Tuesday's top prospect performers (Wednesday, April 18)
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Pitchers with 4 strikeouts in one inning (Wednesday, April 18)
The number of four-strikeout frames -- made possible when a hitter takes first base after a third strike is dropped by the catcher plus either first is vacant or there are two outs -- has grown exponentially in the 21st century. While there were no such achievements by a pitcher in nearly four decades from 1917-55, there were four in 2017 alone, and six the year before that.

Nifty at 50: A's rout White Sox on anniversary (Wednesday, April 18)
Celebrating their 50th anniversary with a lively group of fans who were treated to a free game at the Coliseum, the A's kept them entertained, lighting up the scoreboard in a 10-2 drubbing of the White Sox on Tuesday night. Trevor Cahill, fittingly, was on the mound for this throwback scene, which featured the A's and White Sox adorned in their 1968 uniforms. Making his first start for Oakland since 2011, Cahill twirled seven shutout innings and struck out eight in his season debut. He was the benefactor of a bevy of run support.

Carp ensures 1st round of rivalry won by Cards (Wednesday, April 18)
Matt Carpenter's three RBIs proved to be the difference as the 116th year of play between the Cardinals and Cubs began on a frigid night at Wrigley Field. Carpenter's RBI double opened the scoring in the second, and his two-run single in the eighth provided St. Louis much-needed insurance in a 5-3 win.

McCullers' 11-K gem gets Astros off the mat (Wednesday, April 18)
Lance McCullers Jr. gave up a solo homer to Robinson Cano in the first, then held the Mariners hitless for the rest of his seven innings while striking out a career-high-tying 11. Ariel Miranda held the Astros to one run over five innings in his 2018 debut, but a Brian McCann homer off Seattle reliever Dan Altavilla broke a 1-1 tie and sent Houston to its first win in four games.

Grandal picks up Jansen with 12th-inning rally (Wednesday, April 18)
Yasmani Grandal's two-run double off Tyler Webb fueled a four-run 12th inning as the Dodgers beat the Padres, 7-3, on Tuesday night after Kenley Jansen scuffled again.

Yankees may drop struggling Stanton in order (Wednesday, April 18)
As he rides out a slow start in pinstripes, Giancarlo Stanton said that he understands why boos continue to rain down upon him at Yankee Stadium, adding that it has been "pretty simple" to tune out the negativity.

Betts homers three times in return to lineup (Wednesday, April 18)
A relieved Mookie Betts returned to the leadoff spot in the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday and slugged three home runs against the Angels.

Dodgers acquire RHP Hernandez from Reds (Tuesday, April 17)
The Dodgers acquired Minor League right-hander Ariel Hernandez from the Reds in exchange for Minor League right-hander Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel on Tuesday.

Shoemaker feeling 'really good,' eager to throw (Tuesday, April 17)
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who made one start before going on the disabled list April 3, has been making progress on the forearm strain that has kept him sidelined.

Sloppy defense, missed chances cost Yanks (Tuesday, April 17)
Masahiro Tanaka received little support from his defense while enduring a sloppy all-around performance for the Yankees, who absorbed a 9-1 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

PR Series opens with celebration of heroes (Tuesday, April 17)
The island's heroes stood side by side in front of the pitcher's mound and spirit of Puerto Rico was on display in front of a sold-out crowd at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday. The thunderous applause confirmed it.

X-rays negative on Mesoraco's bruised wrist (Tuesday, April 17)
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco left Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Brewers in the sixth inning due to a bruised right wrist. X-rays were negative.

Astros offer condolences to Bush family (Tuesday, April 17)
Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan released a statement regarding the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday.

Thames smacks 6th April HR in return to lineup (Tuesday, April 17)
There's something about Eric Thames in April. Especially when he gets to swing the bat against the Cincinnati Reds. Returning from a minor groin injury to face his favorite opponent, Thames put the Brewers on the board in the sixth inning Tuesday with a two-run home run.

Baez's bat not enough to bail out Chatwood (Tuesday, April 17)
Javier Baez finished a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough to help Tyler Chatwood on Tuesday night. In his first two games with the Cubs, Chatwood issued seven walks over 11 innings. On Tuesday night the right-hander walked that many in 4 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Big hit proves elusive for Mets vs. Nationals (Tuesday, April 17)
The situation was precisely what the Mets desired: hitter's count, runners at the corners, one out in a one-run game. This was their chance to break through against the Nationals, to wash away the residue of a particularly stinging loss on Monday, to prevent one defeat from becoming something more.

Kluber stymies Twins as Tribe hit four homers (Tuesday, April 17)
Amidst all the noise within Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday night, Corey Kluber put his intense focus on full display for the raucous crowd. The Indians' ace ignored the tambourines and thundersticks and whistles and horns and chants, and delivered another strong performance.

Liriano sharp, V-Mart resurgent in win over O's (Tuesday, April 17)
Despite bone-chilling temperatures, the Tigers had just enough heat to outlast the Orioles on Tuesday night. Backed by a solid start from Francisco Liriano and a two-run home run from Victor Martinez on his three-hit night, Detroit won, 4-2, to take the first game in a three-game series over Baltimore. Jeimer Candelario added an RBI triple for the Tigers, while the O's only offense came on a Trey Mancini homer and an RBI single from Adam Jones. Orioles starter posted a quality start, yielding three runs in six innings.

Bettis twirls gem as Rockies shut out Bucs (Tuesday, April 17)
The Pirates gave their fans "thank you" vouchers for sitting through bitter weather at PNC Park on Tuesday night. But the Rockies received the biggest gift -- the cold efficiency of right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis. Needing just 85 pitches to work 7 1/3 innings, Bettis lifted the the Rockies to their sixth victory in seven games -- and their first shutout, 2-0.

Guerra, Hader dominant in shutout of Reds (Tuesday, April 17)
Junior Guerra delivered the scoreless start and Eric Thames hit the decisive home run. But it might be Josh Hader people are talking about around the water cooler in the morning. Continuing his jaw-dropping start to the season, Hader struck out three more batters for another two-inning save in the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Reds at Miller Park. Hader has faced 41 batters this season and recorded 35 outs, with 25 strikeouts. Reds starter Sal Romano allowed two runs in five-plus innings and took the loss for Cincinnati.

Hoskins' two-out double lifts Phillies in 10 (Tuesday, April 17)
After striking out three times in the game, Rhys Hoskins redeemed himself in the top of the 10th inning, ripping a two-out double to the right-field wall to drive in two runs in the Phillies' 5-1 win over the Braves in 10 innings. Starter Nick Pivetta allowed one run in five innings for the Phillies, while Hector Neris picked up the win in relief. Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed one run in six innings and struck out eight. Ender Inciarte had three hits and Dansby Swanson had two for Atlanta.

Kiner-Falefa backs Moore's winning Trop return (Tuesday, April 17)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa's four hits and stellar defense and Shin-Soo Choo's mammoth home run helped make Matt Moore (7 IP, 1 unearned run) a winner in his first start as a visitor to Tropicana Field as the Rangers defeated the Rays on Tuesday night.

Napoli carted off field after injury in Triple-A (Tuesday, April 17)
Mike Napoli appeared to suffer a serious knee injury during Triple-A Columbus' game against Pawtucket on Tuesday night, and he had to be carted off the field according to the Boston Globe. He will reportedly undergo an MRI on Wednesday morning.

Birthday boy Lowrie's homer sparks A's rally (Tuesday, April 17)
Jed Lowrie's American League-leading 25th hit was launched for a solo home run in the first inning Tuesday, stoking a lively Coliseum crowd at the A's free game against the White Sox.

Cano takes McCullers deep for first '18 homer (Tuesday, April 17)
Robinson Cano is off to a hot start at the plate this season, but the Mariners' second baseman had yet to hit a home run until the first inning of Tuesday's game, when he drove a Lance McCullers Jr. curveball into the center-field seats for a 1-0 lead over the Astros at Safeco Field.

Kemp goes yard in 2nd straight game vs. Padres (Tuesday, April 17)
Matt Kemp continues to make himself at home in his former digs. Kemp slugged his second home run in three at-bats against the Padres, blasting a two-run shot in the first inning.

Living for the Citi: Gio's Queens run continues (Tuesday, April 17)
Gio Gonzalez improved to 11-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his career at Citi Field, working 5 1/3 innings for the win. The bullpen pitched in with 3 2/3 scoreless frames to help the Nats earn a 5-2 victory, pulling them even at 9-9 and within four games of the Mets. New York finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position despite a solid second start from Zack Wheeler.

Maile delivers as Blue Jays sweep twin bill (Tuesday, April 17)
Luke Maile's walk-off single in the 10th inning gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 win and a sweep of the doubleheader against the Royals on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Jarlin makes history, leading Miami's rout of Yanks (Tuesday, April 17)
After 10 innings covering six days, Jarlin Garcia finally allowed a hit as a starter. The Marlins' left-hander, making his second Major League start, had kept his opponents out of the hit column before Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar's one-out double in the fifth inning on Tuesday night.

Ohtani exits after two innings with blister (Tuesday, April 17)
Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani's toughest test on the mound thus far did not end well.

Betts returns to lineup with pair of home runs (Tuesday, April 17)
A relieved Mookie Betts returned to the leadoff spot in the Red Sox lineup Tuesday, three days after a foot injury caused him to get precautionary X-rays.

Corbin 1-hits Giants after 7 2/3 no-hit innings (Tuesday, April 17)
Patrick Corbin flirted with a no-hitter, while David Peralta delivered the game's only run as the D-backs beat the Giants, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

Rangers place Barnette on DL, recall Rua (Tuesday, April 17)
The Rangers have placed reliever Tony Barnette on the 10-day disabled list with tightness and inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. That allowed the club to recall Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock, after optioning him on Monday.

Miranda recalled; Gamel, Zunino near return (Tuesday, April 17)
The promotion of Ariel Miranda to start Tuesday night's game against the Astros kick-started what figures to be a series of roster moves over the coming days, with manager Scott Servais indicating left fielder Ben Gamel will likely rejoin the team in the next day or two as well.

Nats put Goodwin on DL, recall Stevenson (Tuesday, April 17)
The Nationals placed Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday. Let's just say the outfielder plans on returning the moment his time on the list is up.

Rays place Duffy on DL with hamstring strain (Tuesday, April 17)
The Rays have placed third baseman Matt Duffy on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. To take Duffy's place, the Rays selected Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Durham. Kevin Kiermaier (torn right thumb ligament) was moved from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL to create a spot for Snyder on the 40-man roster.

Bosio back to work, happy to be with Tigers (Tuesday, April 17)
Tigers pitchers weren't the only ones getting restless from all the time away from the field. So was their pitching coach. Chris Bosio had been away from the team since being hospitalized for a personal medical issue last Monday in Cleveland. But when the Tigers opened their three-game series against the Orioles Tuesday at Comerica Park, Bosio was there, back to work.

Reds injury updates: Suarez, Schebler (Tuesday, April 17)
Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez's fractured right thumb is making continued progress, and he could join the club on its road trip this week. Suarez has started some baseball activity. He's able to take ground balls, swing with just his left hand and do his running.

Embrace of analytics paying dividends in OF (Tuesday, April 17)
As the first few weeks of this season have elapsed, Braves manager Brian Snitker has become even more appreciative of how the adoption of a much heavier analytical approach has aided his team's defense, primarily in the outfield.

Harrison won't change approach after injury (Tuesday, April 17)
History repeated itself on Tuesday afternoon. There stood Josh Harrison in front of his locker in the Pirates clubhouse, talking about the exact same fracture to the exact same part of the exact same bone in his left hand that sidelined him only 7 1/2 months ago.

Kapler eyes balance for Crawford vs. lefties (Tuesday, April 17)
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler made an interesting decision in the eighth inning Monday night at SunTrust Park.

Perez out to become catching legend in PR (Tuesday, April 17)
Inside the main concourse of Hiram Bithorn Stadium is a colorful mural stretching across a long wall. Fans who walk through the main entrance are greeted by paintings of Ivan Rodriguez, Benito Santiago, Yadier Molina and other great catchers who hail from Puerto Rico.

Reds acquire Minor Leaguers Neal, Isabel (Tuesday, April 17)
The Reds made a trade Tuesday, sending right-handed pitcher Ariel Hernandez to the Dodgers for Minor League pitcher Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel.

Zobrist a late scratch with tightness in back (Tuesday, April 17)
The Cubs got Anthony Rizzo back on Tuesday, but Ben Zobrist was scratched prior to the game against the Cardinals because of tightness in his back.

Matheny says rotation swap is strategic (Tuesday, April 17)
The Cardinals made the choice following Monday's postponement to switch their starting pitching plans for the final game of this truncated series, swapping Luke Weaver and Michael Wacha in the rotation.

Longoria (ankle) scratched; Sandoval at 3B (Tuesday, April 17)
Evan Longoria was scratched for Tuesday's game against the D-backs after he re-injured the ankle he hurt in Spring Training. Pablo Sandoval will start at third.

MLB donates $1M, vehicles for PR recovery (Tuesday, April 17)
Prior to the opener of the two-game Puerto Rico Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was joined by former Major Leaguer Bernie Williams, members of the Indians and Twins' front office and a group of Puerto Rico-born players to announce the donation of $1 million to Habitat for Humanity. Two vehicles were gifted, along with supplies, to continue to aid mobile response teams for the island's ongoing recovery.

5 eye-catching April performances (Tuesday, April 17)
It's true that it's only mid-April and there's a lot of unexpected early-season numbers that won't last, because they simply can't. That doesn't mean they don't hold some interest, however. At the very least, it's interesting enough to see some names you might not have thought about carrying some massive numbers. There's five in particular that stood out to us. Which ones will last?

Alomar catches up with family in Puerto Rico (Tuesday, April 17)
When the Indians arrived in Puerto Rico, Sandy Alomar Jr.'s first priority was to plan a trip to the southern section of the island to visit his parents. He had not been home to Salinas since Hurricane Maria to see the damage inflicted on their home.

Jarlin's hitless innings streak snapped at 10 (Tuesday, April 17)
After 10 innings covering six days, Jarlin Garcia finally allowed a hit as a starter. The Marlins' left-hander, making his second Major League start, had kept his opponents out of the hit column before Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar's one-out double in the fifth inning on Tuesday night.

V-Mart mashes first homer of 2018 (Tuesday, April 17)
After the rough season that Victor Martinez went through in 2017, Tuesday night was a refreshing change. In the second inning of a scoreless game, Martinez walloped his first home run of the season, a two-run dinger that nearly cleared the bullpens.

MRI indicates UCL injury in Walker's elbow (Tuesday, April 17)
An MRI taken of Taijuan Walker's elbow shows that the D-backs right-hander has an "ulnar collateral ligament injury" according to Arizona manager Torey Lovullo.

Acuna cracks first homer of season in Minors (Tuesday, April 17)
As Braves fans continue to anticipate Ronald Acuna Jr.'s arrival, the young outfielder enhanced their excitement by homering during the fifth inning of Triple-A Gwinnett's game against Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.

Homecoming homer: Lindor lifts 2-run HR in PR Series (Tuesday, April 17)
Francisco Lindor opened the scoring in his native home of Puerto Rico, hitting a two-run home run in the 5th inning with two outs.

Fantasy411: 5 guys to buy low in Week 3 (Tuesday, April 17)
Savvy fantasy owners can capitalize on slumps and injuries by buying low. See which players might be had at a discount.

A's recall Cahill, Trivino from Triple-A (Tuesday, April 17)
The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitchers Trevor Cahill and Lou Trivino from Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. The A's also designated outfielder Trayce Thompson for assignment and placed right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit on the family medical emergency list.

Rangers place Barnette on DL, recall Rua (Tuesday, April 17)
The Rangers have placed pitcher Tony Barnette on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and have recalled utility player Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock.

Mariners recall Miranda to start vs. Astros (Tuesday, April 17)
Ariel Miranda will make his 2018 Mariners debut tonight against the Astros after Seattle recalled the left-handler from Triple-A, optioning Taylor Motter.

Goodwin placed on 10-day DL; Nats recall Stevenson (Tuesday, April 17)
The Washington Nationals recalled outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse and placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Monday) with a left wrist contusion on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

O's add infielder Sardinas with Schoop out (Tuesday, April 17)
The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, penciling him in second baseman Jonathan Schoop's stead for Tuesday's series opener in Detroit.

Rays place Duffy on DL with hamstring injury (Tuesday, April 17)
The Rays have placed third baseman Matt Duffy on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Boys & Girls Club reopens in Puerto Rico (Tuesday, April 17)
While the Puerto Rico series between the Twins and the Indians is the main event on the island, Major League Baseball has been active in the local community, including hosting a charity event at the Boys & Girls Club in Rio Piedras, San Jose on Tuesday.

Yankees place Kahnle on DL, recall Cessa (Tuesday, April 17)
The Yankees have placed right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 16) with right shoulder tendinitis and recalled right-hander Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cubs activate Rizzo to face Cardinals (Tuesday, April 17)
First baseman Anthony Rizzo is expected back in the Cubs' lineup on Tuesday, when they will face the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Moose, Duda homers aren't enough vs. Jays (Tuesday, April 17)
The Royals grabbed an early lead with back-to-back home runs, but starter Eric Skoglund and the bullpen couldn't hold it, as they dropped an 11-3 decision to the Blue Jays on Tuesday in the opener of a doubleheader at Rogers Centre.

Brewers activate Yelich from disabled list (Tuesday, April 17)
All of a sudden, the banged-up Brewers look a whole lot healthier. While he did not start against the Reds on Tuesday night, Christian Yelich was activated from the 10-day disabled list at about the same time the team posted a lineup that included Eric Thames and Ryan Braun.

Grichuk, Solarte pave way in G1 thumping (Tuesday, April 17)
Randal Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs as the Blue Jays secured an 11-3 victory over the Royals in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader at Rogers Centre. Yangervis Solarte also homered while Steve Pearce chipped in with a pair of hits as Toronto picked up its 10th victory of the season.

CarGo develops five-star forte in right field (Tuesday, April 17)
With the advent of Statcast™, a new dimension of detail has been added to our understanding of stellar defensive plays in the outfield. Interestingly, Carlos Gonzalez has become a master of a specific type of five-star catch, which has accounted for three of his past four five-star plays in right field.

Free game tonight celebrates A's 50th at Coliseum (Tuesday, April 17)
Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the A's inaugural game at the Coliseum, and the team will celebrate by hosting a free-admission game for fans.

Wednesday's O's-Tigers game moved to 1 ET (Tuesday, April 17)
The start of Wednesday's game between the Orioles and Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit has been changed to 1:10 p.m. ET due to impending inclement weather on Wednesday night.

Righty Bautista joins Mets; Robles optioned (Tuesday, April 17)
The Mets announced on Tuesday that they have recalled flame-throwing right-hander Gerson Bautista from Double-A Binghamton, which will give manager Mickey Callaway a fresh arm for a taxed bullpen following Monday's 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

Marlins activate Realmuto from disabled list (Tuesday, April 17)
The Marlins reinstated catcher J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day disabled list and optioned catcher Chad Wallach to Triple-A New Orleans. ‬

Solving Ohtani? Here's what Red Sox can do (Tuesday, April 17)
Shohei Ohtani and the Angels welcome the Red Sox to town on Tuesday night in Anaheim, giving Ohtani what will clearly be his most difficult test on the mound. How can Boston's hitters plan? Let's help.

Guthrie to step into booth for broadcasting debut (Tuesday, April 17)
Chances are, Jeremy Guthrie will be just fine as he works in the booth for Wednesday's 3:07 p.m. CT game in Toronto. Guthrie will be working with MLB Network play-by-play announcer Scott Braun and former Expo Cliff Floyd. Alexa Datt will serve as the in-game reporter for the Facebook-exclusive Royals-Blue Jays game.

Play Beat the Streak for a chance at $5.6 million (Tuesday, April 17)
Time to start swinging for $5.6 million! It's easy to play: Get a hit, and your streak continues. If not, try again the next day.

Complete history of MLB games played abroad (Monday, April 16)
MLB.com breaks down the Major League Baseball games and series to take place outside the continental United States and Canada, beginning with the Mets and Padres' 1996 series in Mexico.

Castillo shows off potent changeup in win (Tuesday, April 17)
Luis Castillo already had three starts this season, but Monday vs. the Brewers marked the return of the electric pitcher the Reds valued so much as a rookie in 2017. With a changeup that helped pile up swings and misses, Castillo struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings at Miller Park.

Lopez's strong start vs. A's gets no backing (Tuesday, April 17)
Not even a trip to California did much to heat up the White Sox bats, as A's starter Daniel Mengden all but silenced them in a 8-1 Chicago loss in Monday night's series opener. The hitting struggles spoiled a third straight quality start from right-hander Reynaldo Lopez.

Springer HR, Keuchel CG aren't enough vs. M's (Tuesday, April 17)
George Springer started the Astros' road trip with a leadoff homer and Dallas Keuchel went the distance on Monday night, but James Paxton and the Mariners scratched out a 2-1 victory at Safeco Field.

Cruz launches first homer since coming off DL (Tuesday, April 17)
Nelson Cruz still isn't running very well after returning from a sprained right ankle over the weekend, but the Mariners' slugger wasn't worried about sprint speed as he launched his first home run since coming off the disabled list -- a solo shot off the Astros' Dallas Keuchel -- during Monday night's 2-1 win at Safeco Field.

Monday's top prospect performers (Tuesday, April 17)
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Mengden spins gem to earn 1st home win (Tuesday, April 17)
The A's have badly needed more from their starting pitchers. More innings, more efficiency. And better results. Right-hander Daniel Mengden gave them just that Monday night, twirling an eight-plus inning gem against the White Sox in an 8-1 series-opening victory at the Coliseum.

Ryu spins gem backed by Kemp, Grandal HRs (Tuesday, April 17)
Hyun-Jin Ryu gave the Dodgers their second two-game winning streak on the season by keeping San Diego at bay on Monday. He was backed by a couple of homers by former Padres: Matt Kemp's three-run home run in the third, and Yasmani Grandal's grand slam in the ninth.

Gregorius finally developing into elite hitter (Tuesday, April 17)
You might remember this: Didi Gregorius couldn't hit. That was his distinguishing feature. He could field, but he couldn't hit.

Executive Access talks success with Sabean (Tuesday, April 17)
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand recently sat down with Brian Sabean in his office to discuss dealing with criticism, the Barry Bonds era, his successful run with manager Bruce Bochy and much more.

These are most exciting players on each team (Tuesday, April 17)
What a baseball fan finds "exciting" is, in many cases, a matter of taste, but there's no question that some plays, and some players, stand out more than others.

Nats' Robles won't need surgery on elbow (Tuesday, April 17)
Monday marked a good night for the Nationals, as the club erased a five-run deficit to defeat the rival Mets, 8-6. while also getting encouraging news on Victor Robles. Manager Dave Martinez announced postgame that Washington's top prospect does not have any tears in his left elbow and will not require surgery.

Red Sox rise to top in latest Power Rankings (Tuesday, April 17)
It's hard to argue with the Red Sox taking over as baseball's best team. Their rainout on Monday didn't change the fact that they started the day tops in the AL with a 2.06 rotation ERA.

Kemp, Grandal go deep vs. former team (Tuesday, April 17)
Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal -- once traded for each other, now teammates -- both went yard in a 10-3 Dodgers victory over the Padres, their former team.

These broken-bat HRs from history boggle the mind (Tuesday, April 17)
Hitting a home run off a Major League pitcher is one of the hardest things an athlete can do. But hitting a homer while your bat shatters in half? That's a whole new definition of strength.

Paxton outduels Keuchel as Mariners stay hot (Tuesday, April 17)
James Paxton gave up a homer to George Springer leading off the game, but the big left-hander settled in and blanked the Astros for the rest of his six innings, outdueling Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel went the distance for Houston, but the world champs still dropped their third straight. Seattle, meanwhile, won for the fifth time in six games, thanks in part to Nelson Cruz's first home run since coming off the DL.

Rookies Villanueva, Lucchesi impressing early (Monday, April 16)
The Padres' Christian Villanueva and Joey Lucchesi have been the National League's top hitting and pitching rookies, respectively, through the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season.

Cahill set to face White Sox in return to A's (Monday, April 16)
Trevor Cahill's Coliseum return is set for Tuesday. The veteran right-hander, who will take the stage against the White Sox, will be back in an A's uniform for the first time since 2011.

Cubs, Cards to renew rivalry after 1-day delay (Monday, April 16)
Who's the favorite to win the National League Central? The Cubs and Cardinals will square off Tuesday night, and each will be trying to gain an edge in the division.

White Sox ready for 'new start' after time off (Monday, April 16)
Fortunately for the White Sox, the weather in Oakland cleared up in time for a clear -- albeit rather chilly -- series opener against the A's on Monday night, and designated hitter Matt Davidson managed to keep a good sense of humor about it.

Mets squander lead, deGrom as 'pen unravels (Monday, April 16)
The Mets were never under any delusions that their bullpen, which ranked 29th in the Majors last season, would transform overnight into baseball's best. But they did see real improvement in the group that entered Monday's play sporting a 1.51 ERA, lowest in the Majors. Even if no bullpen can be that steady over a six-month season, the Mets hardly expected their statistical correction to happen in a single inning.

Altuve humbled by 1,000-game benchmark (Monday, April 16)
The top items on Jose Altuve's professional resume include World Series champion, American League Most Valuable Player, five-time All-Star and three-time batting champion. Now the Astros' second baseman is poised to add another achievement -- 1,000 games with the Astros.

Dodgers won't use off-day to move up Kershaw (Monday, April 16)
When an off-day looming on Thursday, the Dodgers' starters are going to get some additional time off. Manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that Clayton Kershaw, who started on Sunday, won't pitch again until Saturday against the visiting Washington Nationals.

Profar in concussion protocol after hard slide (Monday, April 16)
Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar is being evaluated in Major League Baseball's concussion protocol after getting upended by a baserunner and landing on the right side of his face during Monday's 8-4 loss against the Rays.

deGrom fans 12 in Mets' deepest start of 2018 (Monday, April 16)
Unhappy with his results despite a 3.06 ERA over his first three starts, Jacob deGrom took time following the last one to review his mechanics. Almost immediately, deGrom noticed that his arm was dropping when he swung it behind him to begin his delivery.

Castillo impressive, strikes out 8 Brewers (Monday, April 16)
Luis Castillo already had three starts this season, but Monday vs. the Brewers marked the return of the electric pitcher the Reds coveted so much as a rookie in 2017. With a changeup that helped pile up swings and misses, Castillo struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings at Miller Park.

Robertson, Smith back Snell's gem vs. Texas (Monday, April 16)
The Rays had a much-needed feel-good game Monday night in an 8-4 win over the Rangers at Tropicana Field. Daniel Robertson and C.J. Cron homered and Mallex Smith went 4-for-4 to back Blake Snell, who allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine.

Hit parade backs Castillo as Reds snap skid (Monday, April 16)
The Reds' offense -- wayward through a rough start to 2018 -- not only opened a lead Monday vs. the Brewers, it tacked on runs greedily for a team that was badly in need of a victory. Although it wasn't a game without twists and turns, Cincinnati emerged with a 10-4 win. As Luis Castillo pitched 6 2/3 innings, the offense that came in with the fewest runs scored in the National League came alive with a season-high 14 hits, with Adam Duvall's three knocks pacing the attack.

Long ball aids Marquez as Rox romp Bucs (Monday, April 16)
Braving light snow and a 27-degree game-time wind chill on Monday night, Marquez held the Pirates hitless until the fifth as the Rockies defeated the Pirates, 6-2, at PNC Park -- their fifth victory in the last six games.

Teheran (9 K's) helps cool Phillies in opener (Monday, April 16)
Julio Teheran proved he can find some comfort at home and Ozzie Albies continued to be a valuable catalyst as the Braves snapped the Phillies' six-game winning streak with Monday night's 2-1 win at SunTrust Park.

Yankees prospect Torres exits with stiffness (Monday, April 16)
Gleyber Torres was removed after two at-bats in Monday's game at Gwinnett, prompting speculation of a possible promotion for the standout infielder. It was later learned that Torres was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, having reported stiffness on a 48-degree evening.

RBI game serves as prelude to PR Series (Monday, April 16)
Roberto Perez dreamed of playing in Hiram Bithorn Stadium when he was a kid. The Indians catcher grew up in Mayaguez, on the western coast of Puerto Rico, and he never had the opportunity to travel across the island to take the field at San Juan's famous ballpark in his youth.

Villanueva homers in third straight game (Monday, April 16)
Christian Villanueva has homered in three consecutive games, bringing his total to six on the season, the most among all rookies.

Springer hits another leadoff homer vs. Mariners (Monday, April 16)
George Springer opened Monday's game against the Mariners with his fourth home run of the season, a 455-foot home run against James Paxton. It was Springer's fourth leadoff homer against Seattle in the last two years, and his third leadoff homer overall this season.

Kemp homers in 3rd, exits in 5th; appears OK (Monday, April 16)
Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp exited the game in the fifth inning when Joc Pedersen pinch-hit for him. Kemp, who was 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, was likely replaced for defensive purposes.

Cruz launches first homer since coming off DL (Monday, April 16)
Nelson Cruz still isn't running very well after returning from a sprained right ankle over the weekend, but the Mariners' slugger wasn't worried about sprint speed as he launched his first home run since coming off the disabled list -- a solo shot off the Astros' Dallas Keuchel on Monday night at Safeco Field.

Severino dominates, Didi homers twice in rout (Monday, April 16)
Didi Gregorius homered twice and Aaron Judge visited the right-field seats for a historic dinger in support of Luis Severino's dominant effort, as the Yankees rolled past the Marlins, 12-1, on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Nats rally for 6 runs in 8th to crack Mets (Monday, April 16)
The Nationals overcame a dominant, 12-strikeout performance from Jacob deGrom, using a six-run eighth inning to rally from five runs down and beat the Mets at Citi Field. Bryce Harper, who broke his bat on his MLB-leading eighth home run in the first inning, started the comeback with a two-run single.

Pitching in PR exciting, significant to Odorizzi (Monday, April 16)
Jose Berrios would have been a strong candidate to start the Twins' season opener, but this week's Puerto Rico Series took precedent. The Opening Day honor instead belonged to Jake Odorizzi, who had arrived from the Rays in a trade only six weeks before.

Royals safe in Toronto after scary bus ride (Monday, April 16)
The Royals are relieved the bad weather, which caused ice and snow damage to the roof at Rogers Centre, didn't lead to something much more serious after their arrival on Sunday night. One of the club's two buses was struck with a large piece of ice en route from Toronto's Pearson Airport just after 10 p.m. CT.

O'Neill leads outburst by Cardinals prospects (Monday, April 16)
Few hitters in professional baseball are having a better start to the season than Cardinals No. 4 prospect Tyler O'Neill, who highlighted an offensive outburst by St. Louis Minor Leaguers on Monday afternoon.

Who will fill in for Taijuan Walker in Arizona? (Monday, April 16)
D-backs beat reporter Steve Gilbert discusses Taijuan Walker's replacement until he returns from the DL and the team's prospects.

Flourishing Garrett to remain in Reds' bullpen (Monday, April 16)
On a pitching staff that ranks last in the Majors in ERA, reliever Amir Garrett has been a shining beacon of success out of the bullpen. But the Reds have no plans to shift Garrett back to his previous role as a starter.

Phils starters adept at inducing weak contact (Monday, April 16)
One of the most encouraging things early this season for Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is that his pitchers are keeping hitters' barrels off the ball.

Miranda's return comes with roster decisions (Monday, April 16)
With Ariel Miranda needing to be promoted to the 25-man roster on Tuesday so he can start that night's game against the Astros, the Mariners are going to need to start doing some juggling soon.

When will reliever Will Smith return to Giants? (Monday, April 16)
What's the latest on reliever Will Smith's comeback from Tommy John surgery? Giants beat reporter Chris Haft answers this question and more in this week's Inbox.

Drury awaits neurological results, takes BP (Monday, April 16)
Currently on the 10-day disabled list with severe migraines, Brandon Drury continues to wait for a definitive diagnosis after submitting to a battery of neurological tests one week ago, but the Yankees' infielder senses that he is making progress.

LeMahieu consistently attacking lefties' offerings (Monday, April 16)
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu insists he hasn't fundamentally changed how he hits, even if the ball has been flying over the fence at a pace he has never seen. LeMahieu said there is no secret beyond studying his spray charts against pitches he was receiving, and applying the lessons.

Bucs hoping Romero bolsters bullpen (Monday, April 16)
Reliever Enny Romero officially joined the Pirates on Monday, bringing a powerful left arm that the Bucs hope will bolster their bullpen.

Bruce sits as plantar fasciitis flares up (Monday, April 16)
An old injury reemerged this weekend for Mets outfielder Jay Bruce, who was out of Monday's starting lineup due to a recurrence of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Bruce missed time early this spring with the issue, but believed he had taken the proper steps to prevent it from sidelining him during the season.

Blue Jays hoping extra rest benefits rotation (Monday, April 16)
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is hoping the abundance of rest his rotation has received won't throw off the group's timing. On Monday, for a third straight day, the club had a game postponed due to weather and will play a traditional doubleheader against the Royals at 3:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

'A lot of emotion': Rosario visits his PR school (Monday, April 16)
As Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario stepped out of a black SUV onto familiar ground at his old high school on Monday, he was greeted by those who helped shape him as a youngster growing up in Puerto Rico. Rosario, visiting Escuela Dr. Rafael Lopez Landron for the first time in seven years as part of Major League Baseball's "Players Going Home" initiative, immediately gave a big hug to the school's principal, Edna Rodriguez Alvarez, who served as his English teacher in summer school.

Reds not ready to call up top prospect Senzel (Monday, April 16)
Nick Senzel is the Reds' top prospect, and there is a temporary opening at his natural position of third base while Eugenio Suarez is on the disabled list with a fractured right thumb. But for now, Senzel remains at Triple-A Louisville.

Duffy exits early with right hamstring tightness (Monday, April 16)
Matt Duffy had to leave Monday's contest against the Rangers shortly after reaching third base in the first inning. The Rays have not yet announced the extent of the injury.

Royals-Jays on Wednesday only on Facebook (Monday, April 16)
MLB's digital-only national broadcasts continue Wednesday with the Royals-Blue Jays matchup at Rogers Centre airing live in the United States exclusively on Facebook.

Nats injury updates: Eaton, Rendon, Murphy (Monday, April 16)
Dave Martinez sat behind the desk in the visiting manager's office at Citi Field and gave the updates on the injured Big Three -- Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy. But the Nationals' skipper made it clear that his team's inconsistency hasn't just been about marquee names missing from his lineup card.

Twins bring smiles to PR children's hospital (Monday, April 16)
Just a few hours after landing late Sunday night, Jose Berrios and several of his Twins teammates spent the bulk of Monday afternoon visiting patients at San Jorge Children's Hospital in San Juan.

Indians donate full playoff share to PR recovery (Monday, April 16)
When the Indians received their playoff shares after last season, the players decided to put one aside to aid hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Cleveland officially announced the plans for the donations during its current trip to the United States territory.

Profar in concussion protocol after hard slide (Monday, April 16)
Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar is being evaluated in Major League Baseball's concussion protocol after getting upended by a baserunner and landing on the right side of his face during Monday's game with the Rays.

Alomar lends hand to PR kids at Play Ball event (Monday, April 16)
The latest edition of Play Ball featured more than 450 participants from all over Puerto Rico at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Monday. In addition to hitting and fielding drills, activities included baserunning and agility workouts.

Snitker: Talented Acuna 'trying too hard' (Monday, April 16)
Braves manager Brian Snitker would have liked to have already gained the opportunity to put Ronald Acuna in his lineup on a daily basis. But he recognizes the need to allow the top prospect to first work his way through an early slump, which might be a product of trying to do too much.

Twins, Tribe take pride in playing in Puerto Rico (Monday, April 16)
The Indians and Twins both have Puerto Rican stars on their teams and now is their time to shine on their native island in a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium that begins Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Judge fastest in MLB history to 60 career HRs (Monday, April 16)
Aaron Judge established a Major League record on Monday, cracking the 60th home run of his career in his 197th game played, becoming the fastest player in history to reach the mark.

Harper's MLB-high 8th HR a broken-bat stunner (Monday, April 16)
File this homer under the category of "amazing," even for Bryce Harper. The Nationals right fielder hit a 96-mph fastball from the Mets' Jacob deGrom over the fence in right-center for a first-inning solo homer Monday night at Citi Field. The thing was, Harper broke his bat. The ball still sailed 406 feet to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Tigers greats recall '68 WS like it was yesterday (Monday, April 16)
The stories were flowing. A half-century after the Tigers' 1968 World Series title, Al Kaline, Willie Horton and Jim Price had memories clear enough that it sounded like last season.

Cubs expected to activate Rizzo on Tuesday (Monday, April 16)
First baseman Anthony Rizzo is expected back in the Cubs' lineup on Tuesday, when they will face the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Lindor receives hero's welcome at school in PR (Monday, April 16)
A group of boys stood near the entrance to Escuela Villa Marina in anticipation of Francisco Lindor's appearance on Monday morning. When a crowd began to form outside the school's metal gate, they craned their necks to see if the Indians star was actually here.

Falling ice at Rogers Centre postpones KC-TOR (Monday, April 16)
The Blue Jays' series opener against the Royals on Monday in Toronto was postponed due to ice falling on Rogers Centre from CN Tower, the club announced about 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of 7:07 p.m. ET. The clubs will play a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3:07 p.m.

Sox-Angels clash begins with Price-Ohtani duel (Monday, April 16)
For April showdowns, it doesn't get any better or more compelling than the Red Sox-Angels matchup that opens on Tuesday night in Anaheim. Take the two hottest teams in American League and mix in the most intriguing early-season storyline in many years (two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani), and you should have riveting drama from the very first pitch of this three-game series.

Gyorko, Gregerson activated, join Cardinals (Monday, April 16)
Two injured veterans have returned to the Cardinals, one in the infield and another in the bullpen. Infielder Jedd Gyorko and reliever Luke Gregerson both rejoined the club Monday in Chicago.

Cards-Cubs postponed; makeup on July 21 (Monday, April 16)
The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry will have to wait one day. Monday's game between the two National League Central teams was postponed because of the cold, and it will be made up a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, July 21.

Harrison out for 6 weeks with left hand fracture (Monday, April 16)
Josh Harrison will be out approximately six weeks, the Pirates announced on Monday, after he was diagnosed with a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.

Verlander, Scherzer win Players of the Week (Monday, April 16)
Dominant pitching performances by the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Nationals' Max Scherzer over the weekend helped seal the pair's claim to Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honors on Monday.

A-Rod's nephew on Pipeline Team of the Week (Monday, April 16)
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the first 11 days of the Minor League season. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Kiermaier needs thumb surgery, out 3 months (Monday, April 16)
Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb and will need surgery, the Rays announced on Monday, when they placed him on the 10-day disabled list.

Source: Crew to call up prospect Nottingham (Monday, April 16)
After limping home from New York with primary catcher Manny Pina among the players battling day-to-day injuries, the Brewers are calling up catching prospect Jacob Nottingham for the start of a weeklong homestand Monday, according to a baseball source.

Cubs, Cardinals ready to renew rivalry (Sunday, April 15)
Who's the favorite to win the National League Central? The Cubs and Cardinals will square off Monday night, and each will try to gain an edge in the division.

Facts, stats from epic Colon-Verlander duel (Monday, April 16)
With two former Cy Young Award winners taking the mound at Minute Maid Park on Sunday night, a pitching duel could have reasonably been expected between the Rangers and Astros. But in this case, two veteran right-handers were dueling, one of whom is 9 years older than the other.

Bullpen of the Week: Padres (Monday, April 16)
The Padres' bullpen was called upon often over the past week, and it rose to the occasion, posting a 1.55 ERA with 35 strikeouts and nine walks in 29 innings. The impressive performance translated into a 5-2 record for San Diego during the week, and the club's relief corps earned "Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford" honors for the week of April 9-15.

Eight top moments from 2018 Trailblazer Series (Monday, April 16)
On a weekend that celebrated baseball's most revered trailblazer, Jackie Robinson, 100 girls gathered at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton for a two-day baseball tournament that featured camaraderie, talent and fierce competition. Countless highlights emerged during the second Trailblazer Series. Here's a glance at the best of the best.

Sunday's top prospect performers (Sunday, April 15)
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Trailblazer Norris hopes to reach MLB as umpire (Sunday, April 15)
Maria Norris had just completed the requirements needed to graduate from the Wendelstedt Umpire School in February when she received her first offer for a paying gig. Norris wasn't familiar with the Trailblazer Series, but after a quick Google search, she was enthused about the opportunity to serve as one of the tournament's umpires.

Update on all of today's postponements (Sunday, April 15)
Cold temperatures and inclement weather throughout the Midwest canceled a number of contests on Jackie Robinson Day. Six of the day's 16 matchups -- including a doubleheader in Detroit -- were postponed, while another in Cincinnati was delayed.

Tribe, Twins set for MLB return to Puerto Rico (Sunday, April 15)
Carlos Beltran will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the two-game Puerto Rico Series between the Indians and the Twins at the historic Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, which begins Tuesday.

These are the best games each day this week (Monday, April 16)
When the Mets and Nationals played each other eight days ago, it was the first indication that the National League East might end up being a far different race than it was projected to be.

Colon retires first 21 before Rangers win in 10 (Sunday, April 15)
Bartolo Colon took a perfect game into the eighth inning before a Carlos Correa walk and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid and sent the series finale toward extra innings. Colon and Astros ace Justin Verlander were both masterful, but settled for no-decisions, as Robinson Chirinos' two-run double off Hector Rondon in the 10th gave the Rangers a win.

Kiermaier to have MRI on injured right thumb (Sunday, April 15)
Kevin Kiermaier left Sunday's 10-4 loss to the Phillies at Tropicana Field after the first inning due to a right thumb sprain, and the prognosis is not good.

Lucchesi fans 9, looks at home in Majors (Sunday, April 15)
The Padres' rotation of the future still has all five of its places available. Four starts into his big league career, Joey Lucchesi is making a rather impressive case for one of those spots.

A's edge Mariners as Manaea outduels Felix (Sunday, April 15)
A's lefty Sean Manaea was on cruise control against the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, working seven innings opposite Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and propelling the A's to a 2-1 victory at Safeco Field with help from a two-run homer from Jed Lowrie in the first inning. Manaea allowed just two hits in chilly temps, his lone blemish a solo home run to Taylor Motter in the fifth. Hernandez went 6 1/3 innings for the Mariners, allowing two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts.

Hot-hitting Padres cruise to win over Giants (Sunday, April 15)
The Padres rode another homer from Christian Villanueva and three more hits from Jose Pirela -- the Major League leader -- to a 10-1 victory over the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

C-Mart dominant with 11 Ks; Cards sweep Reds (Sunday, April 15)
Carlon Martinez's 11 strikeouts highlighted a 3-2 win over the Reds that capped a four-game sweep and sent St. Louis to Chicago on a bit of a roll headed into its first series of the year against the Cubs.

Where it began: Jackie celebrated in NYC, beyond (Sunday, April 15)
Sunday marked the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, and for the 10th straight season, players throughout the game donned Robinson's iconic No. 42. At Citi Field, steps from where fans passed through the Ebbets Field-inspired Jackie Robinson Rotunda on the way to their seats, bearers of '42' included Brewers left-hander Brent Suter, who grew up a white kid in suburban Cincinnati but said he participated proudly because, "he wasn't just an impetus for change for baseball, but society as a whole."

Kershaw K's 12 as LA ends skid vs. D-backs (Sunday, April 15)
Through six innings on Sunday against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw had 12 strikeouts, the 59th time in his career he has reached double-digit strikeouts in a start. Chris Taylor had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, while Yasiel Puig added a two-run single. Paul Goldschmidt provided the offensive highlight for the D-backs with his fourth home run.

Forsythe hits DL with shoulder inflammation (Sunday, April 15)
The Dodgers placed infielder Logan Forsythe on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with right shoulder inflammation and recalled infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gyorko, Gregerson close to returning (Sunday, April 15)
Two injured veterans are nearing return to the Cardinals, one in the infield and another in the bullpen. Infielder Jedd Gyorko and reliever Luke Gregerson could both rejoin the club as early as this week in Chicago, when the Cardinals play a three-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Robinson, Cessa sent to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Sunday, April 15)
The Yankees optioned right-hander Luis Cessa and outrighted outfielder Shane Robinson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

Zunino to begin rehab; Iwakuma progresses (Sunday, April 15)
Plans call for catcher Mike Zunino to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Modesto. It's the next step in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle that surfaced just prior to Opening Day.

Dozier, Twins eager to reach warm Puerto Rico (Sunday, April 15)
Brian Dozier couldn't help but check this week's weather forecast for the Twins' upcoming games in Puerto Rico.

Rangers claim Nunez; Lincecum to 60-day DL (Sunday, April 15)
The Rangers have claimed utility player Renato Nunez off waivers from the Athletics and transferred pitcher Tim Lincecum to the 60-day disabled list.

Kiermaier to miss time with right thumb injury (Sunday, April 15)
Kevin Kiermaier left Sunday's 10-4 loss to the Phillies at Tropicana Field after the first inning due to a right thumb sprain, and the prognosis is not good.

Thames exits with left groin strain vs. Mets (Sunday, April 15)
Minor injuries continued to mount for the Brewers on Sunday, when first baseman Eric Thames left the 3-2 loss against the Mets in the middle of the third inning with what the club characterized as a mild left hip strain.

D-backs place Walker (forearm) on 10-day DL (Sunday, April 15)
After departing Saturday's start against the Dodgers before the third inning with forearm tightness, D-backs starter Taijuan Walker was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday. Right-hander Silvino Bracho was recalled from Triple-A Reno.

Harrison exits after taking pitch off forearm (Sunday, April 15)
Josh Harrison was hit on the left forearm area while leading off the third inning for the Pirates, and left the game for precautionary measures. Adam Frazier was inserted to pinch-run for Harrison.

Jackie's impact felt on field, in LA community (Sunday, April 15)
No team is linked closer to Jackie Robinson than the Dodgers, and on Jackie Robinson Day, Matt Kemp celebrated the Hall of Fame trailblazer in a personal way.

Cueto set to return; Shark will continue rehab (Sunday, April 15)
Johnny Cueto's season will begin again Tuesday. That night, Cueto will officially rejoin the Giants and face the D-backs, against whom he has posted an 11-3 record in 15 career starts.

Frigid weather in KC postpones Sho-time (Sunday, April 15)
With temperatures hovering in the 30s and a biting wind billowing through Kauffman Stadium, Sunday's series finale between the Angels and Royals was postponed due to frigid weather. Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, who was slated to pitch Sunday, will have his third start on the mound pushed to Tuesday against the Red Sox at Angel Stadium.

Thor fans 8 straight Brewers en route to 11 (Sunday, April 15)
Noah Syndergaard, who has a history of success against the Brewers, recorded nine strikeouts through four innings on Sunday, and 11 total. Even more impressively, he struck out eight straight, two shy of tying Tom Seaver's record for the most consecutive strikeouts by a single pitcher.

Acuna unlikely to be called until play improves (Sunday, April 15)
Though the Braves recognize that Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of the best prospects baseball has seen over the past decade, they are not going to provide him any special privileges nor ignore signs that he could benefit from a little more time at the Minor League level.

Sale fans 8 in gutsy outing at frigid Fenway (Sunday, April 15)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale came out with no long sleeves under his jersey on Sunday afternoon while pitching in the coldest game-time temperature (34 degrees) at Fenway Park since April 17, 2003.

Patriots' Day O's-Red Sox game postponed (Sunday, April 15)
Due to a rainy forecast with no signs of letup, there will be no baseball at Fenway Park this year on Patriots' Day.

Update on today's postponed games (Sunday, April 15)
Cold temperatures and inclement weather throughout the Midwest canceled a number of contests on Jackie Robinson Day. Six of the day's 16 matchups -- including a doubleheader in Detroit -- were postponed, while another in Cincinnati was delayed.

Blackmon, Desmond power wild win over Nats (Sunday, April 15)
Ian Desmond came back to haunt his former team with a game-winning solo homer in the ninth inning that gave the Colorado Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg retired 11 in a row before allowing the homer to Charlie Blackmon that tied the game 1-1 in the fourth. Blackmon, who finished with three RBIs, also homered against Max Scherzer the previous night, and he now has six on the year.

Kingery's hit streak at 6 as Phils win 6th straight (Sunday, April 15)
Scott Kingery stretched his hitting streak to six games to lead the Phillies to a 10-4 win and a series sweep over the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday. It was the second consecutive sweep for Philadelphia and eighth win in their last nine games.

Marte's 5-hit day, HR carry Nova, Pirates (Sunday, April 15)
The Pirates delivered a 7-3 win on Jackie Robinson Day at Marlins Park, as they finished their road trip with four wins in six games. Starling Marte homered as part of a 5-for-5 day at the plate, Josh Bell drove in three runs and Ivan Nova struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings in the victory.

Searing Sox top O's in icy temps, move to 13-2 (Sunday, April 15)
There is no cooling off the Red Sox these days, not even the frigid temperatures they played in on Sunday at Fenway Park. With a 3-1 victory over the Orioles, Boston remains red-hot, extending its franchise-best start to 13-2.

Wilmer walks Mets off with HR vs. Crew (Sunday, April 15)
Noah Syndergaard's strikeouts were the early story for the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field, but it was Wilmer Flores' ninth-inning home run that gave them a 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers. Flores connected off Matt Albers to give the Mets their 10th win in the last 11 games and their first walk-off win of the season. The Mets bounced back after having their nine-game winning streak stopped by the Brewers on Saturday night, and won their fifth straight series to start the season.

Rays, Phillies celebrate Jackie Robinson Day (Sunday, April 15)
Sunday at Tropicana Field, the Rays and Phillies commemorated the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947.

Maybin, Bell reflect on Jackie's impact (Sunday, April 15)
From the time he was eight years old through his early teens, Cameron Maybin wore the No. 42 jersey for his youth baseball travel team in North Carolina. He will be proudly wearing that same number today, as will the rest of his Marlins teammates.

Jackie's legacy personal for daughter Sharon (Sunday, April 15)
Sunday marked the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, and for the 10th straight season, players throughout the game donned Robinson's iconic No. 42. At Citi Field, steps from where fans passed through the Ebbets Field-inspired Jackie Robinson Rotunda on the way to their seats, bearers of '42' included Brewers left-hander Brent Suter, who grew up a white kid in suburban Cincinnati but said he participated proudly because, "he wasn't just an impetus for change for baseball, but society as a whole."

No timetable for Schoop, but O's optimistic (Sunday, April 15)
In the face of his first disabled list stint since 2015, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is trying to remain optimistic about his right oblique strain, in light of the results from an MRI on Saturday.

Yanks-Tigers twin bill postponed until June 4 (Sunday, April 15)
For the second consecutive day, the Tigers and Yankees lost out to the weather. This time, an ice storm forced the postponement of both halves of their doubleheader at Comerica Park. The games will be made up on June 4 in a split doubleheader.

Realmuto could return during upcoming road trip (Sunday, April 15)
Realmuto, who has been on the disabled list because of a bone bruise in his lower back that he sustained on March 11, went 3-for-3 -- including a home run and a double -- in a rehab start with Class A Advanced Jupiter on Saturday.

D-backs put righty Walker on 10-day DL (Sunday, April 15)
After departing Saturday's start against the Dodgers before the third inning with forearm tightness, D-backs starter Taijuan Walker was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday. Right-hander Silvino Bracho was recalled from Triple-A Reno.

Halos-KC postponed; Ohtani pitches Tuesday (Sunday, April 15)
The series finale between the Angels and Royals on Sunday was postponed by cold temperatures. The game will be made up on June 25.

Harper hammers MLB-leading 7th homer (Sunday, April 15)
Bryce Harper added to his amazing start to the season, crushing the first pitch he saw on Sunday afternoon, launching a long ball over the right-center-field wall at Nationals Stadium.

Indians-Blue Jays finale postponed by rain (Sunday, April 15)
The Indians and Blue Jays have been postponed due to inclement weather for a second straight day. Sunday's scheduled series finale in Cleveland will now be played on May 3 -- the same day as the makeup for Saturday's rainout.

First game of Yanks-Tigers twin bill postponed (Sunday, April 15)
The first game of today's split doubleheader between the Tigers and Yankees at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be rescheduled at a later date. The second game of the split doubleheader is still scheduled for tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Braves-Cubs postponed; makeup on May 14 (Sunday, April 15)
This afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.

Berrios' emergence a boon for Twins, P.R. (Sunday, April 15)

Forsythe awaits MRI results for shoulder injury (Sunday, April 15)
Third baseman Logan Forsythe left in the top of the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 9-1 loss to the D-backs on Saturday night and underwent an MRI of his right shoulder after the game. Results are expected on Sunday.

Homer-happy Mariners outslug Athletics (Sunday, April 15)
Daniel Vogelbach launched a 433-foot homer Saturday night that highlighted the Mariners' 10-8 slugfest victory over the Athletics at Safeco Field. It was his second homer in as many nights. The Mariners also got homers from Jean Segura, Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger in extending their winning streak to four games. They built leads of 3-0, 5-3 and 9-4 before the Athletics stormed back against the Mariners' bullpen.

D-backs power to 11th straight win over LA (Sunday, April 15)
The D-backs overcame an early injury to Taijuan Walker and received an outstanding relief performance from T.J. McFarland as well as two homers by A.J. Pollock and one apiece from Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila to beat the Dodgers, 9-1, on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Realmuto helps set Fla. State League HR record (Sunday, April 15)
The Daytona Tortugas and Jupiter Hammerheads combined to set a new Florida State League record Saturday with 11 home runs in Jupiter's 18-13 win at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Grandy's JRD cleats to honor Jackie, Doby (Saturday, April 14)
Curtis Granderson has an annual tradition of wearing specialty cleats for Jackie Robinson Day to honor baseball's trailblazing icon. He's doing something similar this year, but with a little bit of a twist.

Braun leaves game vs. Mets with back tightness (Saturday, April 14)
Continuing Milwaukee's snake-bitten start to the season, longtime left fielder Ryan Braun exited Saturday's game against the Mets in the middle of the fifth inning with back tightness

DYK: Facts, figures from Cubs' epic comeback (Saturday, April 14)
Saturday's Cubs comeback against the Braves featured plenty of twists and turns, particularly the wild eighth inning. Here are some things you should know about Chicago's shocker.

Forsythe exits with right shoulder discomfort (Saturday, April 14)
Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe left Saturday night's game entering the sixth inning with right shoulder discomfort.

Walker exits with forearm tightness after 2 IP (Saturday, April 14)
D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker left his start against the Dodgers after just two innings Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. The club reported it was because of right forearm tightness.

Renfroe's late HR powers Friars past Giants (Sunday, April 15)
Hunter Renfroe's seventh-inning two-run homer was the difference on Saturday night at Petco Park, helping the Padres to a 5-4 win over the division-rival Giants. Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen homered for San Francisco, while the Friars also got a dinger from Christian Villanueva. Brad Hand struck out all four batters he faced to register the save for San Diego.

Bucs scrounge up W with pair of 9th-inning bunts (Saturday, April 14)
For the second consecutive night, Pittsburgh's hot-hitting lineup was neutralized by Marlins pitching. So the Bucs resorted to two bunt singles in the ninth inning to produce the game's only run in a 1-0 win over the Fish.

Trailblazer girls inspired by Jackie's legacy in LA (Saturday, April 14)
After a full day of games on the fields of the MLB Youth Academy in Compton on Saturday, the Trailblazer Series moved to a fitting venue -- Dodger Stadium, home of the team that produced baseball's original and most revered trailblazer -- Jackie Robinson.

Anderson, Brewers put end to Mets' win streak (Saturday, April 14)
Chase Anderson denied the Mets, baseball's hottest team, a hit until the fifth inning and pitched into the seventh in a 5-1 Brewers win. Jonathan Villar and Jett Bandy homered off the Mets' Matt Harvey and Orlando Arcia added another home run in the ninth to snap New York's nine-game winning streak.

Rookies, Arrieta propel Phils to 5th straight win (Saturday, April 14)
Philadelphia's young phenoms, J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery, keyed a six-run second inning in a 9-4 rout of Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on Saturday. It was the fifth straight victory, and seventh win in the last eight games for the Phillies.

Baserunning gaffe turns HR into 2-run single (Saturday, April 14)
D-backs third baseman Deven Marrero was not given credit for a three-run home run he hit in the fourth inning Saturday night against the Dodgers when, upon a manager's challenge, he was ruled to have passed baserunner Alex Avila after rounding first base.

Grandy's JRD cleats to honor Jackie, Doby (Saturday, April 14)
Curtis Granderson has an annual tradition of wearing specialty cleats for Jackie Robinson Day to honor baseball's trailblazing icon. He's doing something similar this year, but with a little bit of a twist.

Trout crushes HR as Halos win 7th straight (Sunday, April 15)
Battling the elements, Mike Trout crushed a hanging slider from Jakob Junis 439 feet to left field for a two-run home run that gave the Angels a 4-0 lead, en route to their 5-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Sunday's Twins-White Sox tilt postponed (Saturday, April 14)
The Twins have announced that Sunday's 1:10 p.m. game against the White Sox has been postponed due to inclement weather. The rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

Salvy sent out on Double-A rehab assignment (Saturday, April 14)
On Saturday, the Royals sent catcher Salvador Perez out on a rehab assignment to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Betts day to day with left foot contusion (Saturday, April 14)
Mookie Betts left Saturday's 10-3 win over the Orioles before the top of the fourth inning with a left foot contusion. X-rays were negative, the Red Sox announced.

Girls shine on diamond at Trailblazer Series (Saturday, April 14)
Now in its second year, the Trailblazer Series has attracted girls from all over the United States, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. It's part of MLB's ongoing commitment to attract more young people to the game.

Rookie Guzman clutch as Rangers edge Astros (Saturday, April 14)
Rookie first baseman Ronald Guzman, in just his second Major League game, hit the tying home run in the eighth and the go-ahead single in the 10th, lifting the Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Cool temps no worry for Ohtani ahead of 3rd start (Saturday, April 14)
Ohtani is scheduled to make his third start on the mound of his rookie season against the Royals on Sunday, when temperatures are forecasted to reach a high of 38 degrees.

Wind, rain no match for Trout, who crushes HR (Saturday, April 14)
Battling the elements, Trout crushed a hanging slider from Jakob Junis 439 feet to left field for a two-run home run that gave the Angels a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning of their game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Cruz (ankle) back from DL; Lawrence optioned (Saturday, April 14)
Mariners manager Scott Servais' phone rang Friday morning with the familiar voice of Nelson Cruz on the other end. "He let me know where he was at," Servais said with a smile, "and very sternly said he was ready to go."

Mazara has stiff neck; Lincecum progressing (Saturday, April 14)
Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara was out of the lineup on Saturday with stiffness in his neck, although the hope is he will only miss one game.

Wieters hits first homer, then fuels Nats rally (Saturday, April 14)
Matt Wieters spent the spring working on some adjustments to his swing, tweaks he believed would help him bounce back from the worst season of his career. A left oblique injury to start the season hindered that progress, but when Wieters returned from the disabled list this week, he thought the injury was behind him.

Garcia's 2 HRs, Mikolas' gem pace Cards' win (Saturday, April 14)
Greg Garcia had never hit a home run against a left-handed pitcher. He'd never hit two home runs in a game. That all changed Saturday, when the Cardinals ran away with a 6-1 win over the Reds behind a career day from their utility man. The first multi-homer game of Garcia's career came in support of winning pitcher Miles Mikolas, who twirled seven strong innings to put St. Louis a win away from a sweep.

Blue Jays-Indians game PPD by rain (Saturday, April 14)
Saturday's matchup between the Blue Jays and Indians has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on May 3 at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Gurriel's first homer caps Astros' 5-run 4th (Saturday, April 14)
Yuli Gurriel, who made his season debut in Friday's win, crushed his first home run of the season on Saturday against the Rangers with a laser into the left-field seats in the fourth inning. The three-run shot put the Astros ahead, 5-0.

UPDATE: Betts (left foot) day to day (Saturday, April 14)
Mookie Betts was lifted from Saturday's game vs. the Orioles before the top of the fourth inning after suffering a left foot contusion. X-rays were negative and the Red Sox right fielder is listed as day to day.

Scherzer fans 11 as Nats offense comes alive (Saturday, April 14)
The Nationals busted out of their offensive slumber with a four-run sixth inning combined with a dominant performance from Max Scherzer on the mound to catapult them to a 6-2 victory over the Rockies.

JBJ lays out for ridiculous five-star grab in right (Saturday, April 14)
Until Mookie Betts left Saturday's game early, forcing a shuffle in the Boston outfield, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hadn't played right field since 2015.

Hanley lifts Sox to franchise-best 12-2 start (Saturday, April 14)
As he left Fenway Park late Friday night, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was inclined to give Hanley Ramirez one more day to rest. Ramirez had taken a fastball off the wrist on Thursday and didn't play Friday. The veteran slugger smashed a two-run home run in the first inning and an RBI double in the fourth inning to propel Boston to a 10-3 rout of the Orioles on Saturday at Fenway Park. J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run as well for the Red Sox, who improved to 12-2 to start the season -- the best start in franchise history.

BREAKING: Cubs stage amazing comeback (Saturday, April 14)
Down eight after four innings, the Cubs rallied against the Braves, scoring 12 unanswered runs -- including nine in a big eighth -- to win, 14-10, on Saturday. Javier Baez cleared the bases on a double off Atlanta reliever Jose Ramirez, and Chicago went ahead on a bases-loaded walk given up by right-hander Sam Freeman.

Rendon out of lineup day after injuring toe (Saturday, April 14)
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon's left big toe still felt sore when he arrived to Nationals Park on Saturday morning, a night after he fouled a ball off his foot that caused him to leave the game early. He was not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Rockies.

Rizzo likely to return Monday for Cards opener (Saturday, April 14)
Anthony Rizzo has yet to play a game at Wrigley Field this season, but that is expected to change in a matter of days. The Cubs' All-Star first baseman remains on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness, which has prevented him from playing this week against the Pirates and Braves. But with Rizzo eligible to return on Monday against the Cardinals, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Saturday's game against Atlanta that everything continues to point to an on-time return.

MLBPAA puts on free youth clinic at The Trop (Saturday, April 14)
More than 75 youth baseball players were on hand to participate in a baseball clinic hosted by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association with the help of the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Schoop goes on DL with oblique strain (Saturday, April 14)
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who exited Friday's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox in the eighth inning, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a right oblique strain.

Tsunami adds new pitch to evolving arsenal (Saturday, April 14)
What technically became Carlos Martinez's fifth pitch was born on a backfield in Jupiter, Florida, this spring, during an innocent game of catch. That's when Adam Wainwright told Martinez to toy around with the way he grips his fastball.

Garcia has 2-HR day off Finnegan in Cincy (Saturday, April 14)
Greg Garcia celebrated his second start of the season by homering twice in his first two at-bats against Brandon Finnegan, erupting in a way the infielder never had previously in his career.

Wrist fine, Hanley goes deep over Monster (Saturday, April 14)
The Red Sox got a big boost from one star returning from injury in Saturday's first inning -- and appeared to dodge a bullet with another star.

Blackmon back in big way, homers off Scherzer (Saturday, April 14)
It was a good-news, bad-news situation for the Rockies on Saturday, as Charlie Blackmon rejoined the lineup and homered off Nationals starter Max Scherzer after missing four games due to right quad tightness.

Albies drills leadoff homer at wintry Wrigley (Saturday, April 14)
Unfazed by the frigid and wet conditions at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon, Ozzie Albies extended his recent tear by drilling a leadoff home run against Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana. It was the young infielder's second career leadoff homer and his 10th extra-base hit within a span of 31 at-bats dating back to the start of this road trip.

UPDATE: Betts (left foot) day to day (Saturday, April 14)
Mookie Betts was lifted from Saturday's game vs. the Orioles before the top of the fourth inning after suffering a left foot contusion. X-rays were negative and the Red Sox right fielder is listed as day to day.

Jackie's legacy endures on field, in the stands (Saturday, April 14)
This is about an anniversary that really should be a national holiday, not just a big and important day honored by baseball every year.

Schoop goes on DL with oblique strain (Saturday, April 14)
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who exited Friday's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox in the eighth inning, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a right oblique strain.

Q&A: Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter (Saturday, April 14)
Sunday is Jackie Robinson Day all across baseball and for good reason: On April 15, 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. What a player he was. Robinson's grace on and off the field made him one of the greatest sports figures in history.

Today's Yankees-Tigers game postponed (Saturday, April 14)
Today's Yankees-Tigers game at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET and 7:10 p.m. ET.

Taylor sparks Dodgers with another leadoff HR (Saturday, April 14)
For the second time this week, Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor on Friday night against the D-backs led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.

Guzman, Kiner-Falefa collect 1st MLB hits (Saturday, April 14)
Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman got a hit in his first Major League game, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa got his first hit in his first Major League start. The remarkable combination took place in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Astros on Friday night.

Davis homers twice but A's lose lead (Saturday, April 14)
The A's bullpen faltered badly on Friday night, yielding five runs in a critical seventh inning that saw a one-run lead morph into an ugly deficit. Right-hander Chris Hatcher was in the middle of the mayhem at Safeco Field, serving up a pair of home runs that left the A's on the wrong end of a 7-4 series-opening affair and spoiled a two-homer night by Khris Davis.

Friday's best: Padres prospects show big-time power (Saturday, April 14)
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Ross leads Padres to win on mound, at bat (Saturday, April 14)
Tyson Ross was dominant on the mound Friday night, but it was the Padres' offense -- held to one hit over the first 13 innings of the series against San Francisco -- in dire need of a spark. So Ross provided that, too.

Mariners mash past A's in 7th, win 3rd straight (Saturday, April 14)
Even with several of their power bats sidelined by injuries, the Mariners continue getting offensive production, and Friday it was Mitch Haniger and Daniel Vogelbach providing the punch as Seattle won its third straight with a 7-4 victory over the A's at Safeco Field. Haniger's three-run homer in the seventh put the Mariners in the lead and Vogelbach followed with a two-run shot -- the first of his career -- to provide some cushion as Seattle improved to 7-4 on the season.

MLB creates path for girls at Trailblazer Series (Saturday, April 14)
Even if they're still a little too young to fully understand it, the girls participating in this weekend's Trailblazer Series in Los Angeles have already carved out their unique, special place in sports history.

D-backs hold on for 10th straight W vs. Dodgers (Saturday, April 14)
With homers from Daniel Descalso and Nick Ahmed and a gutty start from Zack Greinke, the first-place D-backs extended their regular-season win streak over the Dodgers to 10 games on Friday night, hanging on for an 8-7 victory and their best start in franchise history after 13 games at 10-3.

Cole K's 14, continues record-setting run (Saturday, April 14)
The strikeouts keep coming for Gerrit Cole. Cole became the first pitcher in Astros history to have at least 11 strikeouts in each of his first two starts with the team, and he backed that up Friday night with another double-digit-strikeout game in the series opener against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

Rendon exits early as Nats' bats sputter vs. Rox (Saturday, April 14)
While the Nationals have been mired in an offensive funk, they have insisted there is no reason to panic so early in the season. Yet, in addition with the members of their lineup off to slow starts, the Nationals already have two key hitters on the disabled list and saw third baseman Anthony Rendon exit this game early after fouling a ball off his left big toe in the fifth. X-rays after the game were negative.

Yadi belts 5th HR to back sharp Weaver in win (Saturday, April 14)
Yadier Molina's second-inning home run gave him five already on the young season, and it highlighted a three-RBI night that helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Luke Weaver, who took a no-hitter into the fifth, gave up just a two-run homer over 6-plus innings. Bud Norris notched his second save.

Blue Jays' bats spark comeback win vs. Tribe (Saturday, April 14)
Teoscar Hernandez delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the top of the seventh inning, as the Blue Jays snapped Cleveland's winning streak of five games with an 8-4 victory at Progressive Field.

Frazier's 2 HRs send Mets to 9th straight win (Saturday, April 14)
Todd Frazier bashed his first two home runs in the Mets' 6-5 win over the Brewers at Citi Field, running their winning streak to nine and their Major League-best record to 11-1.

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