6/23/2014 | Girardi: Injuries will be key to deciding AL East race
Being in the midst of a 13-game stretch against division rivals, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his club is well positioned as the gap between the Blue Jays and the rest of the pack in the American League East closes.
6/23/2014 | Stroman quiets Yanks as Lind powers Blue Jays in win
Marcus Stroman worked a career-high eight innings, while Adam Lind homered during a six-run second inning to power the Blue Jays to an 8-3, series-opening victory over the Yankees at Rogers Centre on Monday night.
6/23/2014 | McGehee's early knock helps shut door on Phils
Casey McGehee belted a two-run double in the first and Nathan Eovaldi fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Marlins cruised to a 4-0 win over the Phillies on Monday night.
6/23/2014 | Bryant continues home run tear at Triple-A
Kris Bryant hit his fourth home run in five games with Triple-A Iowa on Monday, and now is 4-for-18. That's right -- all of his hits have been home runs.
6/23/2014 | Top prospect Baez delivering after tough April
Top prospect Javier Baez could have pouted and gone into a funk when he batted .172 in April at Triple-A Iowa. But hitting coach Brian Harper said what's impressed him is that the shortstop hasn't quit. On Monday, Baez went 2-for-4 in Iowa's win over Albuquerque, and was 7-for-20 in his last five games.
6/23/2014 | Severity of Phillips' bruised heel unclear
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was held out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs with a bruise on his heel he sustained in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. A trip to the disabled list doesn't appear imminent, however.
6/23/2014 | Mesoraco's slam in ninth seals win over Cubs
With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Devin Mesoraco cranked a Hector Rondon pitch into the basket in left-center for his third career grand slam, lifting the Reds to a 6-1 victory on Monday at Wrigley Field. Mesoraco has now homered in four straight games, becoming the first red to do so since Jay Bruce did it June 19-22, 2013.
6/23/2014 | Bautista, Tulo named captains for reformatted Derby
Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies have been named captains for the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby, which will feature a new bracketed format after the first round.
6/23/2014 | Blue Jays hope Bautista will only miss few games
The Blue Jays appear to have dodged a bullet. MRI results on four-time All-Star Jose Bautista's left hamstring revealed a Grade 1 strain, the mildest form, and the club is hopeful the right fielder can return to the lineup in some capacity during Toronto's pivotal three-game set at Rogers Centre against the division-rival Yankees.
6/23/2014 | Understanding the nuances of weather in fantasy play
By becoming an amateur meteorologist when you play in the Official Mini Fantasy Game of MLB.com on DraftKings, you'll generate small advantages that could lead to a big jump in the standings.
6/23/2014 | Martinez named American League Player of the Week
Outfielder J.D. Martinez's unexpected contributions to the Tigers' lineup have been valuable, and he was rewarded for his efforts on Monday by being named the American League Player of the Week.
6/23/2014 | Milone emerging as Mr. Reliable of A's rotation
In his Major League debut, Tommy Milone had a homer, three RBIs and a no-hitter through two innings. It is nothing short of miraculous, then, that the best time to be Milone is right now. While he maintains he should have stuck with hitting, at 27, the lefty is establishing himself as the A's Mr. Reliable.
6/23/2014 | Service held for ESPN Dallas reporter Durrett
Durrett, who covered the Rangers for the past five years for ESPN Dallas amid his other versatile duties, was remembered and eulogized by family, friends and hundreds of others as a great father, husband and person, and as a journalist whose considerable talents allowed him to cover multiple sports, including baseball, hockey, golf, auto racing and college sports.
6/23/2014 | Mills-for-$1 can't touch Wares-for-rent as oddity
Brad Mills isn't the first player swapped for a dollar, and teams have traded skippers, but baseball is littered with players being bartered for inanimate objects -- including food and equipment.
6/23/2014 | Nearly cast away, Chisenhall crafting feel-good story
When Lonnie Chisenhall's name does appear among the league's top hitters -- expect to see it listed at or near the top of the chart -- it will be an official acknowledgement of what has been a special season. Once a top prospect, and more recently an afterthought, Chisenhall has seemingly revived his career and provided Cleveland with one of the game's best first-half stories.
6/23/2014 | Boomer Broadway softball event benefits charity
Yankee Stadium was the host of the Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic on Monday. The fourth annual event features a doubleheader of games with Broadway stars playing each other in the first game and a team put together by Boomer Esiason to face some Yankees alumni and members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in the second game.
6/23/2014 | Lawrie hits DL as Blue Jays recall Gose, Pillar
The Blue Jays expect to be without third baseman Brett Lawrie for three to six weeks. Lawrie, who fractured his right index finger after getting hit by a pitch from Reds starter Johnny Cueto in Toronto's 4-3 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
6/23/2014 | Amid Halos' stars, Aybar quietly having his best year
Surrounded by superstars Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton, Erick Aybar doesn't draw much attention. That suits him fine. Brilliant with the glove and a versatile weapon offensively, the 30-year-old athlete from the land of shortstops -- the Dominican Republic -- is by most accounts enjoying his finest of nine seasons.
6/23/2014 | Brewers steadily climbing up Rankings
Oakland maintains its hold on the No. 1 spot in the MLB.com Power Rankings this week, but the Brewers are in second place instead of the A's Bay Area neighbors. The Giants fell to No. 3 after losing seven of 10, and a new pair of neighbors -- the Angels and the Dodgers -- round out the top five.
6/23/2014 | Pipeline Prospects of the Week
Shortstop Deven Marrero's efforts on offense and Zach Davies' string of zeros have netted them this week's honors.
6/23/2014 | Perspective helps La Stella reach ultimate goal
These days, you'll find Tommy La Stella at the top of the Atlanta Braves' batting order, anchoring second base in the stead of the struggling platoon of Dan Uggla, Tyler Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena, and La Stella is grateful for every second of the chance he's been given.
6/23/2014 | Nola, Phils' top pick, poised for pro debut
Phillies top Draft pick Aaron Nola has been assigned to Class A Advanced Clearwater, and the right-hander is scheduled to make his professional debut on Monday night.
6/23/2014 | Hughes' move working out -- for him and Twins
According to the numbers, Minnesota's signing of Phil Hughes was one of the best values of the offseason.
6/23/2014 | Crew surge tightens NL All-Star races at 3B, OF
Just as Milwaukee has taken the largest first-place lead in baseball -- 5 1/2 games over the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central -- some of the team's stars have emerged as leading vote-getters among the candidates to start for the NL in this year's All-Star Game.
6/23/2014 | MLB Notebook: Rays en route to historic K's
The Rays defeated the Astros, 5-2, on Sunday to take three of four in the series and -- with 13 K's by their pitching staff in this win -- conclude the set with 48 strikeouts. It's a run that's special for the team and a part of what could be a historic month for the club.
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