• Rays middle reliever Adam Russell may not be a Major League superstar, but he's doing everything he can to support his sister, Tracy, who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer, and raise awareness for the fight against cancer. "My sister and I have an amazing relationship. She's a mother first and a cancer patient second. With the amount of cancer she had in her to the point where she is now, it's nothing short of a miracle," Russell said. "Right now, I'm at a point where I want to do whatever I can to help her be as happy and healthy as possible. The main thing when you're going through cancer is staying positive. In times like this, I wish I had Evan Longoria or David Price status, but I'll do what I can to raise awareness." (Tampa Tribune)

• On a milestone day in the Majors, Mark Teixeira collected his 300th home run faster than anyone else in Major League history (MLB.com), Matt Cain notched the 1,000th strikeout of his career (MLB.com) and Rockies veteran Todd Helton played in his 2,000th big game (MLB.com). Helton's reaction to his achievement: "Wow." (FOXSports.com)

• Red Sox veterans Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis want struggling teens everywhere to know that "It Gets Better." (Boston Globe)

• For many young Latin American baseball players, everyday tasks like grocery shopping, banking, learning American meal etiquette and even knowing which buttons to push in a hotel elevator can seem nearly impossible without the help of introductory English classes and caring cultural educators. "It was tough times," says Royals pitcher Bruce Chen in crystal-clear English, recalling his adjustment from life in Panama to life as a big leaguer in the United States. "I wasn't pitching very well, and my family was not there. I couldn't go cry to my teammates. [My teacher] was the one I could talk to. She understood how hard it is. I'm not the only one she helped. She helped a lot of guys." (Los Angeles Times)

• The Rangers may have some mean southern claw moves, but Jose Reyes is the East Coast expert. So, Jose, who does the worst claw in the Mets dugout? "There are some bad ones, but it's gotta be [Daniel] Murphy," laughed Reyes. Busted! (New York Daily News)

• Felix Hernandez is the king of Seattle, and he's inspiring his fans to hold court at Safeco Field. All hail the king! (Seattle Times)

Tweet of the Day: "I am honored to be presented with the #goldengroomeraward for the month of June. I have more #staching up my sleeve, beware! #beeasy" -- Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sam LeCure, whose mustache 'Cornelius' was crowned best in the bigs. (@mrLeCure)

Quote of the Day: "It's a game. It's our job, but you've still got to know it's a game. What makes me feel like that is thinking about the way we played when we were kids. You wouldn't worry about going 0-for-3, 0-for-4 or whatever. First thing you worried about was whose mom brought the orange slices or the Twinkies. Basically, I just try to have that attitude about it. Sometimes you don't have the night or do something that you want to, but all in all, it's still a game." -- Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan on being an entertainer on the field and always remembering to have fun between the lines. Morgan is known for wearing argyle socks under his game socks, his colorful Twitter dialogues with fans and his alter ego "Tony Plush." (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)