Arenado pads already ridiculous highlight reel

Arenado pads already ridiculous highlight reel

CINCINNATI -- After slamming into a roll of tarp to catch a foul ball on April 14 in San Francisco, and feeling the requisite pain, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado swore he'd think twice before charging into the field barriers. ... Then came Monday, and there was no such hesitation.

In the bottom of the eighth with the Rockies and Reds tied at 4 at Great American Ball Park, Arenado raced to foul ground and flipped over the wall to grab Skip Schumaker's popup. As Arenado tumbled to the feet of the fans in the front row, his Adam's apple scraped on the concrete wall behind the padding.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duda drives homer into sea of Navy white

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Duda drives homer into sea of Navy white

It's important to take time on Memorial Day to honor all members of our Armed Services. Perhaps you did it by making a small donation to a charity supporting our veterans. Perhaps you know a military member, and you personally thanked them for their service. There is no wrong way to recognize the troops -- any gesture is appreciated.

And so, when Mets first baseman Lucas Duda came to the plate in the bottom of the third inning of Monday's matchup with the Phillies, he decided to perform a small gesture of thanks by giving a member of the military a home run ball.

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Baseball pays tribute on Memorial Day

Clubs wear special uniforms, participate in National Moment of Remembrance

Baseball pays tribute on Memorial Day

Major League Baseball observed Memorial Day Monday, with clubs finding unique ways to honor those lost while serving in the armed services and recognizing the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. MLB has participated in the tribute since 1997.

Rays pitcher Matt Moore tweeted: "Today we pause to honor and remember the men and women who gave their lives in pursuit of freedom. #MemorialDay"

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton guards wall in right, hits one over it

Slugger slams into fence on run-saving grab in second, then hits opposite-field shot in third

Stanton guards wall in right, hits one over it

PITTSBURGH -- In the bottom of the second inning Monday night, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton found himself crashing into the Clemente Wall.

A frame later, he crushed a ball over it.

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John McGonigal is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

ASG debate: Ethier or Kemp?

Former teammates having different types of seasons so far as All-Star voting continues

ASG debate: Ethier or Kemp?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other great candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think! ***

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier beat Matt Kemp to the big time by 26 days in May 2006, and they played side by side in the Dodgers outfield for nine seasons. Finally parting company over the winter, when Kemp was traded to the Padres, they came into this season with dramatically different expectations, both personally and in the public perception.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis nearly loses HR

After Brewers challenge, replay restores first of outfielder's two dingers

Davis nearly loses HR

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Khris Davis had to wait out a replay review in Monday's 8-4 loss to the Giants after his first-inning home run was nullified because the plate umpire ruled he didn't touch home. Three minutes and 15 seconds later, Davis got his home run back.

Davis had connected against Giants starter Tim Lincecum for a homer to right field that by all appearances gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead at Miller Park. But the Giants appealed at home plate, where umpire Will Little called Davis out, ruling he'd missed home plate after circling the bases. The Brewers challenged that ruling, and the call was overturned after a review.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun's 474-ft. HR

Brewers slugger's shot tracked at 474 feet, clears left-field bleachers

Braun's 474-ft. HR

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's fifth-inning home run vs. the Giants sailed clear out of Miller Park on Monday, conjuring memories of Russell Branyan against Greg Maddux and Sammy Sosa in the All-Star Home Run Derby more than a decade ago.

Braun's two-run homer left the bat at 113 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 474 feet, over the bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines Miller Park. It was the most prodigious home run by a right-handed hitter in the 15-year history of Miller Park and the fourth-longest home run by any batter. Branyan holds the record with his 480-foot shot off future Hall of Famer Maddux on July 27, 2004, and Prince Fielder hit a pair of 475-footers during his Brewers tenure.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Hamilton's return marks new chapter

Outfielder focused on both baseball and life beyond the game

Hamilton's return marks new chapter

CLEVELAND -- Memorial Day marked his proper return to the Rangers and to the game it has so often seemed he was born to play. This is a game that has sustained Josh Hamilton, and this is a team that has, in the past, given him the proper support system, the proper distractions from his demons.

But Hamilton, who turned 34 last week, knows the day is coming when he will no longer be a baseball player, no longer be a Ranger.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peralta's walk-off HR lifts Cards past D-backs

Peralta's walk-off HR lifts Cards past D-backs

ST. LOUIS -- A half-inning after the D-backs squandered a bases-loaded opportunity, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta put a quick end to the Memorial Day matinee at Busch Stadium, launching a walk-off homer to lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

The walk-off victory was the Cardinals' fourth this season and the second to end on a home run. The blast, Peralta's seventh of the year, came off Arizona reliever J.C. Ramirez, who had wiggled out of a mess an inning earlier by striking out the side with two on.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

Eight-run first inning vs. Guthrie sets table for easy victory over Royals

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Donaldson, Price, deGrom

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Tuesday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits

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Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits

Every Aaron Sorkin character ever would insist that if you haven't had the pleasure of watching Bartolo Colon in the batter's box, then you've never seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done.

The thrashing, the contorting, the facial expressions. It isn't just baseball; it's fine performance art.

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Remember when? Harper, Bryant meet again

Nats, Cubs rising stars played ball together growing up; 'Silk' immediately sets bar with homer

Remember when? Harper, Bryant meet again

CHICAGO -- Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and traveled in many of the same baseball circles as young players. But personality-wise, the two Major League rising stars almost appear as if they're from different planets. Bryant is mostly quiet and reserved, while Harper is not.

On Monday, before the Nationals beat the Cubs, 2-1, to open a three-game series at Wrigley Field, someone asked Harper if he had checked the flags on the center-field scoreboard to see if the wind was blowing in or out.

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John Jackson and Sarah Trotto are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Andrew McCutchen's walk-up song is 'Bad Blood'

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Andrew McCutchen's walk-up song is 'Bad Blood'

Andrew McCutchen is one of baseball's most exciting, entertaining and all-around talented players. And, in this writer's humble opinion, he might have the best taste in music of anyone in MLB.

That's because during Monday's game against the Marlins, it was reported that McCutchen has begun using Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" as his walk-up song.

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Dodgers' three homers in eighth down Braves

Dodgers' three homers in eighth down Braves

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers launched three home runs off reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Trailing, 2-1, at the seventh-inning stretch, Los Angeles tied the game on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout in the seventh and Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the the lead the following inning with a solo shot to right-center field. Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins followed suit with homers of their own.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prince, Elvis rock Tribe, keep Rangers rolling

Prince, Elvis rock Tribe, keep Rangers rolling

CLEVELAND -- Something had to give when the Indians and Rangers -- two of baseball's hottest teams -- opened a three-game set on Monday at Progressive Field. Behind an outpouring of offense, Texas claimed a 10-8 victory over Cleveland to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Indians saw their season-high winning streak snapped at six.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

In Nats, Cubs catch glimpse of own future

Following path blazed by childhood friend Harper, Bryant has hopes high in Chicago

In Nats, Cubs catch glimpse of own future

CHICAGO -- Monday was a special day for baseball fans, especially those in Chicago. Despite a 2-1 loss to the Nationals, it marked the first Memorial Day game at Wrigley Field since 2009 that the ballpark was a gathering place for fans looking toward the summer with genuine excitement about their team for both this season and those ahead.

Washington fans had to know the feeling. It happened at Nationals Park in 2012, with Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg on the roster for the first time. And as the schedule makers had it, the Nationals were at Wrigley on Monday to start a stretch in which the Cubs will play 12 of 15 games against the Royals, Tigers and Nats (including four games in Washington).

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

Base to bass: Hall of Famers are friends, and Big Unit rocks as a photographer

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

AUSTIN, Texas -- Amid the lights, video boards, shooting sparklers and other elaborate props that are commonplace on stage at a rock concert stands a quiet and very tall figure, dressed in blue jeans and an unassuming T-shirt, holding a camera.

He needs to be close to action, but he also has to stay out of the way of the main attraction, all the while capturing the poignant moments that will eventually document this particular moment in the band's history.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aggressive approach fueling Howard

Resurgent Phillies slugger attacking more on the first pitch

Aggressive approach fueling Howard

To say that it's been a tough few seasons for Ryan Howard is something of an obvious understatement. Once one of the most feared sluggers in the game, a combination of injuries (he played fewer than half the games in 2012-13) and underperformance (he was worth nearly a win under replacement level from 2012-14) made his bloated contract an anchor weighing down the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted as much over the winter, telling local media that "it would probably be better for the organization not with him, but without him."

Unsurprisingly, the Phillies never were able to move Howard and the $60 million he's owed from 2015-17. But while most expected him to ride the bench and produce little when he played, Howard has been shockingly productive. By Weighted Runs Created Plus, an all-inclusive offensive metric that adjusts for park and league, Howard has been a better offensive player than stars like Andrew McCutchen, Jose Bautista, Jose Abreu, and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prince Fielder thwarts pickoff attempt, laughs

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Prince Fielder thwarts pickoff attempt, laughs

Right now there's nothing Prince Fielder can't do. After torturing the Yankees in a weeekend series to the tune of 8-for-14 with three home runs, a double, a walk and nine RBIs, Fielder and the Rangers traveled to Cleveland to set their sights on an Indians team that had won eight of their last 10 games.

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Nationals outhomer Cubs in opener at Wrigley

Nationals outhomer Cubs in opener at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will see a lot of each other in the near future, as they play seven games over two weeks. In their first meeting, the Nationals struck first, edging the Cubs, 2-1, on Memorial Day at Wrigley Field.

Denard Span and Wilson Ramos homered for the National League East-leading Nationals, while Tanner Roark started in place of the injured Doug Fister and allowed a run and three hits in five innings. Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada struck out six and allowed a run, four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in his second start after beginning the season on the disabled list. After Wada departed, Ramos hit a go-ahead solo homer off right-hander Justin Grimm in the sixth.

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John Jackson and Sarah Trotto are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

BALTIMORE -- Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce each hit two-run home runs to send Astros ace Dallas Keuchel to his first loss since last August in the Orioles' 4-3 win in the series opener on Monday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Joseph lined a 1-1 pitch in the second inning into the first row of left-field seats to put the Orioles ahead, 2-0, and Pearce sent the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the wall in right-center to put Baltimore on top, 4-3.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners get the best of Rays in opener

Mariners get the best of Rays in opener

ST. PETERSBURG -- Robinson Cano led the Mariners' offense en route to a 4-1 Memorial Day win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Cano and Nelson Cruz hit RBI singles off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the first inning to put the Mariners up, 2-0.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Five players to trade for today

Why to get Marte, Gattis, V-Mart, Ramos, Betances

Five players to trade for today

The trade market is the fastest way to improve your roster and weaken the competition at the same time. Smart owners should immediately send offers for the five players listed below, and then watch their teams soar up the standings.

Starling Marte, outfielder (Pirates): Some fantasy owners have not yet noticed, but the 26-year-old has become a first-round talent. Conceivably, Marte could finish the season as a 30-30 player, with a .300 batting average and more than 90 runs and RBIs. Because he hits in the heart of the Bucs lineup, the outfielder is in the perfect spot to maximize the production from his diverse skill set. Owners who seek a stud hitter should avoid trade talks for the likes of Giancarlo Stanton or Adam Jones, and target Marte at a lesser cost.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nolasco savors career milestone

Twins righty sharp in notching 100th victory

Nolasco savors career milestone

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortly after defeating the Red Sox on Monday, starter Ricky Nolasco was in the Twins' clubhouse dancing for his teammates.

And while Nolasco's dancing skills admittedly might not be up to par, the righty had plenty of success on the mound, giving up just two runs in 7 2/3 innings and securing his 100th career victory in Minnesota's 7-2 win.

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Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wright heading to California to continue rehab

d'Arnaud to begin rehab assignment this week; Lagares, Duda back in lineup

Wright heading to California to continue rehab

NEW YORK -- The next step in David Wright's rehab process is a week of rest and therapy, which he will complete with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins at his facility in California.

Wright had been adhering to Watkins' protocol while rehabbing his spinal stenosis in Florida, but with improvement hard to come by, Wright is hoping a change in proximity can lead to better results, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Growing up: Bryant forces issue in key at-bat

Rookie homers, prompts review which overturns call, giving Cubs fighting chance in ninth

Growing up: Bryant forces issue in key at-bat

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant has settled into the Major Leagues after 36 games with the Chicago Cubs.

Bryant spoke up for himself after home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney initially ruled that he struck out on a foul tip to begin the bottom of the ninth in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday afternoon. Bryant felt closer Drew Storen's pitch grazed his wrist.

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Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes sparks Blue Jays' shutout of White Sox

Reyes sparks Blue Jays' shutout of White Sox

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison picked up the second shutout of his career and Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered in the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Hutchison cruised through most of his outing and faced one batter over the minimum during a stretch that began in the second inning and lasted until the final out. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's to activate Doolittle off DL on Tuesday

A's to activate Doolittle off DL on Tuesday

OAKLAND -- The A's are prepared to reinstate left-hander Sean Doolittle from the disabled list Tuesday, marking the long-awaited return of their All-Star closer.

Doolittle won't close right away, though. Rather, the southpaw will likely see action in a couple of non-save situations in the early going, after missing the club's first 47 games with a shoulder injury.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

Outfielder likely to return as DH to see if pain subsides

Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

TORONTO -- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista missed his second consecutive game on Monday night as he continues to recover from a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista received the cortisone shot on Sunday morning and was expected to miss at least the next two games. He remains questionable to start at designated hitter for Tuesday night's game against the White Sox, but there is no timetable for his return to right field.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.