Statcast primer: Baseball will never be the same

MLB Network to debut revolutionary real-time tracking tonight

Statcast primer: Baseball will never be the same

Baseball fans will have an opportunity to view a live game like never before when Statcast makes its television debut during today's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET. If you've ever wondered how fast the ball comes off of Bryce Harper's bat, or just how much ground Jason Heyward can cover in the outfield, your chance to get definitive answers is finally here.

Statcast is already being utilized by Major League front offices, while fans have had the chance to see its ground breaking abilities in breakdowns of last year's All-Star Game and postseason, as well as on a few highlight clips this season. Beginning with tonight's Cards-Nats clash, the groundbreaking technology will be incorporated into every MLB Network Showcase game, and is expected to be available through additional broadcasts this season.

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

White Sox topple Tribe with four-run ninth

White Sox topple Tribe with four-run ninth

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for four runs with one out in the ninth off of Cleveland closer Cody Allen to claim an improbable 4-3 victory on Monday night.

Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs on a smash to center that was playable for Mike Aviles, but the ball sailed over his head. Tyler Flowers followed with a single to left and Gordon Beckham singled home the tying run on the next pitch. Adam Eaton singled to load the bases and Melky Cabrera singled to left against a drawn-in outfield on a 3-2 fastball to bring in the game-winner. Seven straight hitters reached base against Allen after Adam LaRoche struck out.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

5 debates we can't wait for Statcast to settle

All aspects of the game under microscope as technology debuts tonight

5 debates we can't wait for Statcast to settle

Statcast makes its 2015 debut on tonight's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals, and the technology is going to arm fans, scouts, executives and coaches alike with a deluge of data that helps them better understand and evaluate what is taking place on the field.

It's even going to help settle some arguments.

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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.

Bryant plates three to lead Cubs past Pirates

Bryant plates three to lead Cubs past Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Kris Bryant drove in three runs and hustled to score another on an error, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Pirates on Monday night at PNC Park.

Once Jake Arrieta escaped a first-inning jam thanks to some sharp fielding, including his own, he didn't allow another baserunner until a two-out double in the sixth inning by Andrew McCutchen -- who also hit an RBI single in the first. Arrieta struck out seven without issuing a walk.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Cubs calling up prospect Russell

Sources: Cubs calling up prospect Russell

PITTSBURGH -- First it was Kris Bryant. Now Addison Russell, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, will join the big league team.

Major League sources told MLB.com Monday night that Russell will join the Cubs in Pittsburgh, and he is expected to start Tuesday. Russell moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa, which put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues. The club did not confirm the move.

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

Navy grad Harris gets first callup to bigs with Cardinals

Reliever would be first Naval Academy grad in 94 years to appear in MLB game

Navy grad Harris gets first callup to bigs with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- When the Cardinals open a three-game series in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, they'll do so with a Lieutenant in the bullpen. How fitting a setting for Mitch Harris' first big league callup.

Nearly seven years after graduating from the United States Naval Academy and a little more than two years removed from wrapping up five years of service in the US Navy, Harris received a new summons. This one was to the Majors.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast hits home run replays out of the park

Statcast hits home run replays out of the park

Broadcasters and fans alike often marvel at how quickly a home run ball jumps off the bat or exits the stadium, but they've never been able to precisely quantify such aspects -- until now, that is.

Thanks to Statcast, a revolutionary player- and ball-tracking technology, it's now possible to evaluate exactly how fast and at what angle a ball comes off a player's bat on any given swing. So now, instead of simply relying on phrases such as, "He smoked that one" or "That ball got out of here in a hurry," broadcasters will have the capability of sharing exactly how hard a player hit a ball or how long it took the ball to travel to its ultimate landing spot.

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

Simon grants mom's birthday wish in latest victory

Tigers starter fulfills request to strike out A-Rod, win game as he improved to 3-0

Simon grants mom's birthday wish in latest victory

DETROIT -- Alfredo Simon has never been 3-0 in his career until Monday. The third one, he said, was pretty important.

It was his mother's birthday, he said, and she had a specific request.

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

9 things we wish Statcast would illustrate

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9 things we wish Statcast would illustrate

Get ready technophiles and everyone who has ever enjoyed the movie "Tron." Because Major League Baseball, already at the forefront of streaming technology with MLB.TV and the leading purveyor of the game of baseball (#humblebrag) has unveiled the greatest of technological marvels to ever reach the field: Statcast.

Though Statcast was slowly rolled out last season, making major appearances during the All-Star Game and the postseason, it is now featured in all 30 Major League parks and will make its 2015 debut during Tuesday night's MLB Network Showcase game, between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 pm ET.

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Brewers send Lucroy to DL with fractured toe

Maldonado expected to fill in at catcher; Centeno recalled from Triple-A

Brewers send Lucroy to DL with fractured toe

MILWAUKEE -- A bad day got much worse for the Brewers when a club spokesperson delivered word moments after Monday's 6-1 loss to the Reds that catcher Jonathan Lucroy was bound for the disabled list with a broken left big toe. He suffered the injury on a foul tip, something neither Lucroy nor backup catcher Martin Maldonado had ever seen before.

"I've been hit a million times on my feet," Lucroy said. "I was just talking to 'Maldy' about it and he said the same thing: That's the first time I've ever seen a catcher break their toe. It had to be me. It's about par for the course right now."

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

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Jim Callis

What to expect: Russell gets callup to Cubs

Shortstop prospect joins Chicago just days after fellow stud Bryant

What to expect: Russell gets callup to Cubs

Another day, another elite prospect called up in Chicago.

The Cubs promoted third baseman Kris Bryant on Friday, and the White Sox followed by summoning left-hander Carlos Rodon on Monday. Now it's Addison Russell's turn, as he'll join the Cubs on Tuesday and is expected to start at second base against the Pirates.

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Mike Bauman

Rookie stopper? DeSclafani coming up big for Reds

Right-hander extends scoreless-innings streak to snap Cincy's slide

Rookie stopper? DeSclafani coming up big for Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Anointing a pitcher as a stopper when he has made eight Major League starts would generally be a shaky proposition. But the evidence is pointing toward Anthony DeSclafani as a pitcher who can be relied upon by the Cincinnati Reds.

In his last two starts, DeSclafani has halted three-game and four-game Cincinnati losing streaks. The four-game skid came to a halt Monday night at Miller Park. DeSclafani pitched eight shutout innings, eight terrific innings, leading the Reds to a 6-1 victory over the 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.

Fan OK after being struck by foul into net

Fan OK after being struck by foul into net

PITTSBURGH -- A fan injured on a foul ball into the protective net behind home plate during the second inning of Monday night's 5-2 Cubs win over the Pirates was alert and gave a "thumbs up" to nearby fans as she was taken for medical care.

Play was halted for about 20 minutes after Chicago's Starlin Castro fouled back a pitch from A.J. Burnett into the netting during the second inning. The net flexed with the impact of the ball, which then struck the fan in the head area as she stood with her back to the field. She fell and immediately was tended to by ballpark and medical crews.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

BOSTON -- Fueled by a four-run inning and solid pitching from Justin Masterson, the Red Sox ousted the Orioles in a 7-1 Patriots' Day victory in a rain-shortened game at Fenway Park.

Masterson gave his bullpen some much-needed rest, spinning five innings of one-run baseball in a contest that was called due to inclement weather in the seventh inning. The lanky sinkerballer recorded six strikeouts and benefited from a particularly effective slider as Boston earned a split in the four-game series.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

BOSTON -- Even with cloudy skies and rain overhead, the Red Sox were still able to produce a fitting tribute on Monday for Patriots' Day.

Before the Red Sox took the field against the Orioles for their traditional 11:05 a.m. ET start time, Boston police officer Stephen McNulty belted a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers then threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @qlr5001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Bauer drawing success from hard work, curious mind

Bauer drawing success from hard work, curious mind

CHICAGO -- You never know what's going to happen in baseball, at least not if you keep an open mind and a sense of humor. You can even give up three consecutive home runs and have it be a good thing.

Trevor Bauer did that this spring, and it's starting to look like a turning point of his career.

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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.

No way, Jose! Jaws drop over shortstop's play

Tigers infielder leaves Yankees' speedy Gardner in disbelief with plant, throw across body

No way, Jose! Jaws drop over shortstop's play

DETROIT -- Omar Vizquel was on his way out of the clubhouse when someone informed the Tigers' infield coach that he has a pretty good shortstop. Vizquel, one of the greatest defensive shortstops of his generation, and others, joked about Jose Iglesias learning tricks from him.

Not even Vizquel might be able to teach Iglesias tricks like Monday.

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

Royals' Orlando makes triples history with 5th in 7 games

Royals' Orlando makes triples history with 5th in 7 games

KANSAS CITY -- Just as Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando was about to do yet another postgame session with reporters, left-hander Danny Duffy walked by shaking his head.

"Fastest man alive," Duffy said.

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

Valiant battle in Seattle goes Astros' way thanks to Valbuena

Valiant battle in Seattle goes Astros' way thanks to Valbuena

SEATTLE -- Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena slugged two home runs, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning off Seattle reliever Danny Farquhar, and the Astros won their third straight with a 7-5 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

"We showed a lot of character tonight," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I love the way we battled back on both sides. We had a chance to implode when they had a lot of traffic on and we didn't. We tacked on a few runs to tie the game and got a little momentum, and obviously Valbuena came through with some big hits."

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reddick says Herrera 'not professional'

A's outfielder not buying Royals RP's postgame excuse, believes he, Ventura should be suspended

Reddick says Herrera 'not professional'

While the A's and Royals were each preparing for new opponents on Monday, there was still a focus on their intense weekend series that saw numerous ejections and pitches flying at and behind hitters.

A's outfielder Josh Reddick offered his thoughts Monday on MLB Network Radio regarding Sunday's series finale in Kansas City that saw five Royals ejections and verbal exchanges between both clubs.

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

Homers from Vogt, Semien lead Athletics past Angels

Homers from Vogt, Semien lead Athletics past Angels

ANAHEIM -- The A's got home runs from Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien and relied on a dominant six-inning performance from their bullpen to hold off the Angels, 6-3, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

A's right-hander Dan Otero put together four scoreless innings in relief of starter Kendall Graveman, who lasted just three-plus innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. David Freese singled in two runs off him in the first, and Albert Pujols added an RBI single in the third.

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

Rivera, Torre entertain in Connecticut

Yankees legends talk George Steinbrenner, memories and more at lecture

Rivera, Torre entertain in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- "Mo & Joe." It sounds like the name of a buddy-cop flick, maybe a staged comedy routine lacking a third stooge. Monday night at Southern Connecticut State University, though, those were the nicknames of the headliners at "An Evening of Conversation With Mo & Joe" -- Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre.

The pair of Yankees legends was in town officially as a part of the school's lecture series and unofficially as full-blown showmen, regaling a group of about 1,500 who trucked through a soggy spring night with tales of the Yankees' dynasty folks in this region still recall regularly, willingly and easily.

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

White Sox write unexpected ending to thriller

Offense comes alive with four-run ninth

White Sox write unexpected ending to thriller

CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura had the media in mind when he sat down for his postgame press conference following a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Indians on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Rewriting for you guys?" said Ventura with a smile.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DeSclafani stellar as Reds power past Crew

DeSclafani stellar as Reds power past Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Zack Cozart's three-run home run capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning, Joey Votto added a two-run shot in the seventh, and Anthony DeSclafani pitched an eight-inning gem to give the Reds a 6-1 win Monday night over the Brewers.

The Reds entered the night 12th of 15 NL teams in runs and on-base percentage, while the Brewers were last in both categories. For five scoreless innings, those trends held true, but the game turned after Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta popped a bunt for a rally-killing double play in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the Reds capitalized in the top of the sixth.

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

Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

Two-run double turns into Little League home run for Cubs' top prospect

Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

PITTSBURGH -- In his fourth big league game, the Cubs' Kris Bryant logged his first Little League home run.

With two on and two outs in the seventh Monday night and the Cubs tied at 1 with the Pirates, Bryant lofted a double to the base of the outfield wall in left-center. Both runs scored and Bryant advanced to third on the throw home. But he rounded third, and as the Pirates tried to track him down, the rookie kept going, scampering home and scoring on an error by Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

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

Bourn's absence factors into Indians' loss

Gets first day off; pivotal play in center not made

Bourn's absence factors into Indians' loss

CHICAGO -- One of the key moments, perhaps the key moment, in the Indians' ninth-inning meltdown Monday night was a two-run double to deep center field by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The hit trimmed a seemingly comfortable three-run lead down to a single run and set the stage for the stunning 4-3 Tribe loss.

It also sparked many to wonder why Michael Bourn, the Indians' regular center fielder, wasn't in the game at that point as a defensive replacement for Mike Aviles. With White Sox left-hander John Danks starting on the mound, Indians manager Terry Francona felt it was a good opportunity to give the leadoff hitter, who is 3-for-21 (.143) against left-handers so far this season, his first day off.

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

Gennett sidelined after cutting hand in shower

Second baseman receives 5 stitches; trip to 15-day DL a possibility

MILWAUKEE -- You can add it to the list of weird injuries in Brewers history, alongside Steve Sparks and the phone book, Matt Wise and the salad tongs, Doug Melvin and the scorpion, and Francisco Rodriguez and the cactus:

Scooter Gennett and the shower caddie.

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

Arrieta notches 500th K in 100th start

Cubs righty holds Pirates to one run over seven innings

Arrieta notches 500th K in 100th start

PITTSBURGH -- Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struck out seven Monday night to raise his career K total to 500 in a 5-2 win over the Pirates.

"I've got a couple thousand more to go," Arrieta said.

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

Padres come out swinging, pile up hits in Colorado

Friars score nine runs in first two frames; Despaigne gets first knock

Padres come out swinging, pile up hits in Colorado

DENVER -- It may be a new-look lineup for the Padres, but manager Bud Black came to Coors Field with a batting order stacked with hitters who know the pleasure to be taken from getting in a groove at the Rockies' mile-high ballpark. In Monday's 14-3 victory, the Friars erupted for a season high in runs, pouncing on starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa for nine in the first two innings.

San Diego batted around in the first frame, putting up five runs on six hits. In the second inning, they scored four runs on three hits, an error and a misread drive to center, and in the fifth inning they put up another five-spot on five hits.

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

Shoemaker's wild night costs Angels

Shoemaker's wild night costs Angels

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker had one of those nights that he almost never has.

The Angels right-hander struggled to throw strikes from the start Monday, and when he did, the Athletics launched some of them over the fence en route to a 6-3 Oakland victory at Angel Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

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