Rodriguez baffles Rangers in sparkling MLB debut

Rodriguez baffles Rangers in sparkling MLB debut

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez made a terrific Major League debut, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez beat Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who suffered his first loss of the season. Martinez, who entered the game third in the league with a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka could start for Yankees next week

Following second rehab outing, righty meeting club in California, might get call in Seattle

Tanaka could start for Yankees next week

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka's next start could come at the big league level, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday.

Tanaka is en route to meet the club following his second Minor League rehabilitation start on Wednesday at Pawtucket for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the right-hander could be slotted to start on Tuesday or Wednesday against the Mariners in Seattle.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

ASG debate: Rizzo or A-Gone at first in NL?

ASG debate: Rizzo or A-Gone at first in NL?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game 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! ***

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked the other day if he'd ever seen a hitter with as effective of a two-strike approach as Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

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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.

A-Rod ties Bonds for 2nd on RBI list

Yankees DH drives in 1,996th run on sacrifice fly

A-Rod ties Bonds for 2nd on RBI list

OAKLAND -- Alex Rodriguez drove in the 1,996th run of his career on Thursday, tying Barry Bonds for second place on baseball's all-time RBI list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rodriguez lifted a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to center field off Athletics starter Kendall Graveman, driving home Brett Gardner with the Yankees' third run of the evening.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander set for first rehab start on Sunday

Verlander set for first rehab start on Sunday

ANAHEIM -- Justin Verlander got his first-ever look at Oracle Arena and NBA playoff basketball Wednesday night, joining teammate Miguel Cabrera to watch the Golden State Warriors advance to the NBA Finals. Come Sunday, he'll get his first taste of Triple-A baseball.

Clearly, he's hoping his start for Toledo on Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis will be a quick pit stop on his way back to the Tigers' rotation. The team, for its part, hasn't committed to one start or more, preferring to wait and see how his arm responds over 80-85 pitches.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A look inside new Top 200 Draft Prospects list

With less than two weeks remaining, rankings shift to highlight premier talent

A look inside new Top 200 Draft Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com has just unveiled an updated and expanded First-Year Player Draft Top 200 Prospects list. While Lake Mary (Fla.) High shortstop Brendan Rodgers remains the top-rated talent, much has changed since our previous installment last month.

Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi has made the biggest move up the list, going from No. 63 in April to No. 8 with less than two weeks remaining before the Draft. The Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Benintendi is one of two NCAA Division I players with at least 15 homers and 20 stolen bases. The other is North Florida outfielder Donnie Dewees, who is also trending upward from No. 51 to 35.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

Injured by May 15 HBP, Nationals outfielder unlikely to return before August

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

NEW YORK -- A CT scan of Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday revealed two small fractures, according to a baseball source. The Nationals have not confirmed the news.

Dr. Richard Berger, who operated on Werth's wrist in 2012, is convinced that the veteran outfielder will return to full strength. If Werth's rehabilitation goes according to plan, he could return as early as August.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers open doors to 'Selig Experience'

Miller Park multimedia exhibit honors feats of former owner, Commissioner

Brewers open doors to 'Selig Experience'

MILWAUKEE -- Part history lesson, part homage to the man who brought Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee, the "Selig Experience" opened at Miller Park on Thursday with a pair of Alan H. "Bud" Seligs in attendance -- one in the flesh, another in hologram.

And while he's no expert on the technology that makes the latter work, Hall of Famer Robin Yount offered a glowing 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.

How to see the 'Selig Experience'

Free exhibit inside Miller Park delivers story of former owner, Commissioner

How to see the 'Selig Experience'

MILWAUKEE -- The "Selig Experience" is a new attraction on Miller Park's loge level that tells the story of club founder Allan H. "Bud" Selig. Here's how to experience it for yourself:

• The attraction will be open to the general public during all Brewers home games from the time that gates open until the seventh inning. Admission is free for those with tickets to the game, including two reserved showings each day. Fans can register in advance to see the Selig Experience at Miller Park for no charge by visiting brewers.com/SeligExperience.

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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.

Bogaerts exits with bruised left forearm after HBP

Bogaerts exits with bruised left forearm after HBP

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Thursday's game against the Rangers two innings after he was hit on the left wrist by an 0-2 pitch from Nick Martinez in the second. The Red Sox announced that Bogaerts has a bruised left forearm.

Bogaerts was in visible pain after getting hit, but trainers tended to him and he ended up staying in the game until the fourth inning. New acquisition Carlos Peguero hit for Bogaerts and moved into left field, with Brock Holt taking Bogaerts' place at short.

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

Cano misses 1st game this season with illness

Seattle second baseman scratched from opener with Indians

Cano misses 1st game this season with illness

SEATTLE -- It isn't just a Mariners rarity when Robinson Cano isn't in the lineup. He hadn't missed a game this season, missed only five last year, and had averaged 160 games for the previous seven seasons with the Yankees.

So even though Cano entered Thursday night's series and homestand opener against the Indians at Safeco Field with a very un-Cano-like .253/.296/.333 line, one home run and 13 RBIs, it didn't take long for Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon to explain why the second baseman's name didn't appear on the card for the first time in 2015.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kazmir may miss just one start

MRI shows no structural damage to shoulder

Kazmir may miss just one start

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Scott Kazmir could potentially miss just one start, after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no structural damage.

"Just a little bit of a weak shoulder at this point," said A's manager Bob Melvin.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shakeup atop Top International Prospects list

Shakeup atop Top International Prospects list

Three top prospects have officially changed the landscape of the international market.

Cuban outfield prospect Eddy Julio Martinez, who some have compared to a young Andruw Jones, infielder Lucius Fox, who is from the Bahamas, and Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez have emerged as the top three eligible players for the international signing period that begins on July 2.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dominant Sale sets up win as Sox hold off O's

Dominant Sale sets up win as Sox hold off O's

BALTIMORE -- Chicago ace Chris Sale was dominant, spoiling Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson's impressive first Major League start and striking out 12 in the White Sox 3-2 Game 1 win over Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, tallying a season high in strikeouts and holding the O's to just four singles. Baltimore didn't get on the board until Chris Davis' two-run homer -- his third in two games -- off reliever Zach Duke in the ninth.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her 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.

Orioles pepper Sox in Game 2 to split twin bill

Orioles pepper Sox in Game 2 to split twin bill

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles tallied 13 hits and capitalized on some sloppy White Sox defense to pave the way for a 6-3 win and a doubleheader split at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

Baltimore scored five runs (four earned) over six innings off rookie starter Chris Beck, who was making his Major League debut.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her 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.

Santana on paternity list; Sands gets callup

Santana on paternity list; Sands gets callup

SEATTLE -- The Indians will be without first baseman Carlos Santana for a handful of days at the start of their seven-game road trip through Seattle and Kansas City.

Prior to Thursday's game against the Mariners, Cleveland placed Santana on Major League Baseball's paternity list, which allows a player to be away from the team for a maximum of three days. Santana and his wife, Brittany, welcomed a daughter on Thursday morning back in Cleveland.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. 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.

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Mike Bauman

Interactive exhibit captures Selig's legacy

Story of baseball in Milwaukee relived in multimedia experience at Miller Park

Interactive exhibit captures Selig's legacy

MILWAUKEE -- "The Selig Experience at Miller Park" is the story of one city, one sport and one very determined man. It is a compelling story that has the added virtue of being true.

Allan H. "Bud" Selig's life in baseball is now a multimedia presentation. It is a story that takes us from 1937 to the present. There is a lot of ground to cover, starting with the time when Selig's mother, Marie, took him to his first baseball game at Borchert Field, to watch the Minor League Brewers.

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

Dodgers' No. 1 prospect Seager with 6-for-6 barrage

Rated No. 6 in all of MLB, shortstop continues Triple-A dominance with homer, 6-RBI game

Dodgers' No. 1 prospect Seager with 6-for-6 barrage

The Dodgers' top prospect has caught fire at the plate. Shortstop Corey Seager, MLBPipeline.com's No. 6 overall prospect, went a perfect 6-for-6 for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon.

Seager, 21, hit his third homer and added a pair of doubles as he drove in six runs in the Dodgers' 14-11 win over the Salt Lake Bees. Seager's feat -- at least six hits with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs -- has never been accomplished in a Major League game.

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

Red Sox hoping Papi can regroup with some rest

Red Sox hoping Papi can regroup with some rest

ARLINGTON -- David Ortiz wasn't in the Red Sox's lineup Thursday against the Rangers, and it might be more than a one-day rest.

Manager John Farrell said he spoke with Ortiz after Wednesday's game and decided it was best to give Ortiz the chance to step back and reconfigure his game. Ortiz is hitting only .216 this season and is 1-for-20 in his past five games. He has six home runs and only a .377 slugging percentage.

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Cody Stavenhagen 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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Fred Zinkie

Waiver-wire wisdom: 10 players to target

Fantasy owners can grab options like Aybar, Kang to strengthen roster

Waiver-wire wisdom: 10 players to target

The waiver wire is full of gems right now, as several viable hitter and pitcher options have emerged in recent days. Those who need a lineup boost or a complete overhaul should strongly consider the 10 players listed below.

Erick Aybar, shortstop (Angels): Aybar -- who is hitting .313 this month -- was recently promoted to the leadoff spot when manager Mike Scioscia decided to shake up his struggling lineup. The 31-year-old has compiled a career .277 batting average and he possesses enough speed to swipe some bases. Hitting in front of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun should give Aybar plenty of chances to score runs.

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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.

Top Rockies prospect Dahl injured in on-field collision

Top Rockies prospect Dahl injured in on-field collision

PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies outfield prospect and former top Draft pick David Dahl suffered multiple injuries, including a lacerated spleen, in a collision with a teammate while playing for Double-A New Britain on Thursday in New Britain, Conn.

AL.com, a newspaper Web site that includes stories from the Birmingham News, Dahl's hometown newspaper, quoted Dahl's father as saying doctors are working to save Dahl's spleen.

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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.

Hudson all business for start against Braves

Hudson all business for start against Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Leaving the Atlanta Braves was difficult for Tim Hudson. Facing them on Friday will be much easier.

Hudson, who pitched for Atlanta from 2005-13, will confront his former team for the first time since joining the Giants as a free agent before the '14 season. He made an Interleague start against the Braves in '03 as a member of the A's.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: Bonds is intentionally walked with bases loaded

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#TBT: Bonds is intentionally walked with bases loaded

On the night of May 28, 1998, Arizona manager Buck Showalter -- emblazoned in that lovely Diamondbacks' purple and teal -- had a decision to make: The D-backs led 8-6 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Giants had the bases loaded and Barry Bonds at the plate.

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Montreal mayor shares ideas with Manfred

Commissioner 'not closed' to possibility of returning game to city

Montreal mayor shares ideas with Manfred

NEW YORK -- Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre would like to see Major League Baseball return to his city. To that end, he met with Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday to begin a dialogue.

"The message I tried to send is that the [exhibition games] we've had in Montreal were not just about nostalgia -- it was clearly about our baseball DNA," Coderre said. "As the Mayor of Montreal, I wanted to show the seriousness of our city to gain back a team eventually. But we needed to open a channel. We needed to have that first meeting, face-to-face, so I can show our love for baseball."

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

Feeling better, Iglesias back in starting lineup

Tigers send down prospect Machado to make room for Farmer

Feeling better, Iglesias back in starting lineup

ANAHEIM -- The Tigers came to a crossroads on Jose Iglesias and his bruised left knee on Thursday. Not only did the shortstop return to the lineup after four days out, the team sent down the extra shortstop it had called up to fill in.

With No. 10 prospect Dixon Machado optioned back to Triple-A Toledo to make room for spot starter Buck Farmer, the Tigers are back to their previous setup of Iglesias and two utility infielders. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated they're confident Iglesias is good to go after the time off.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Atchison placed on DL with ankle injury

Indians call up Adams from Triple-A to join bullpen

Atchison placed on DL with ankle injury

SEATTLE -- Scott Atchison was one of the Indians' most reliable relief arms a season ago, but the veteran right-hander has dealt with uncharacteristic struggles through two months this season. An injury issue is going to give the laboring reliever a chance to regroup.

On Thursday, Cleveland placed Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle, and promoted right-hander Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus to take his place in the bullpen for the time being.

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

With command comes success for Hendricks

Guidance from Hammel helping cerebral Cubs right-hander settle into groove

With command comes success for Hendricks

CHICAGO -- Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel knows how confident he felt after his first career shutout.

"I walked away from that, and I had a real big chest and was feeling really good about myself," said Hammel, whose only shutout came in his sixth season, on June 16, 2012, against the Braves. "It's what you work for. The starter wants to finish every time."

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This KBO bat flip will rock your world

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This KBO bat flip will rock your world

Home runs feel good, but not all players actually reveal HOW good. This is generally not a problem in the Korean Baseball Organization. And during Thursday's game between the Lotte Giants and SK Wyverns, that was definitely not a problem for Lotte's Jung Hoon.

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