Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC

Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings and Matt Carpenter delivered a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, preventing Kansas City from sweeping the three-game I-70 Series.

Wacha, 7-0, was given a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI hits by Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams. An RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fifth chipped the Kansas City deficit to 2-1, but Carpenter then gave Wacha some breathing room with his two-run blast in the sixth off Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who allowed four runs on five hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

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Liriano whiffs 12 as Pirates sweep away Mets

Liriano whiffs 12 as Pirates sweep away Mets

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano bounced back from his worst start of the season, completing a trio of dominant starting-pitching performances as the Pirates swept the Mets with a 9-1 win at PNC Park on Sunday.

Picking up where Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett left off, Liriano racked up 12 strikeouts, the most for any Pirates pitcher this season, and held the Mets to one run over six innings. It was a return to form for the Bucs' Opening Day starter, who allowed seven runs in two innings on Tuesday against the Twins.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians win 6th in a row, defeat Reds

Indians win 6th in a row, defeat Reds

CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. 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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Anthony Castrovince

ASG debate: McCutchen or Marte in NL OF?

Both Pirates are worthy of All-Star consideration

ASG debate: McCutchen or Marte in NL OF?

*** 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! ***

The most difficult All-Star ballot decisions often come down to established commodities vs. hot hands. These choices are all the more interesting when they involve two guys on the same team. Or more directly, in the same outfield.

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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.

Gray takes liner off ankle; X-rays negative

Righty pitches scoreless five innings before exiting with injury

Gray takes liner off ankle; X-rays negative

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Sonny Gray stood near his locker following the Athletics' 7-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, there was a mix of disappointment and relief.

The right-hander was hit in the right ankle by a line drive off the bat of Rays' first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning, and he continued to finish off the fourth and fifth innings before being pulled at the start of the sixth.

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Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tucker, Castro power Astros past Tigers

Tucker, Castro power Astros past Tigers

DETROIT -- Preston Tucker's second game-tying homer in four days and Jason Castro's go-ahead two-run single powered six unanswered Astros runs off Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bullpen, salvaging a four-game series split for Houston with a 10-8 win in Sunday's finale at Comerica Park.

A game that began with a 36-minute, eight-run opening inning seemingly had settled down with the help of Sanchez, who struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced. With a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning, however, Sanchez alternated hits and strikeouts -- including Evan Gattis' leadoff homer -- until Tucker pinch-hit for Jake Marisnick as the potential tying run and sent a drive deep to right.

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Bryant eager to catch up with boyhood rival Harper

Cubs rookie, Nats star played with and against each other in Vegas

Bryant eager to catch up with boyhood rival Harper

PHOENIX -- They played against each other and were teammates, starting when the pair were about 8 years old growing up in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Nationals' Bryce Harper will compete against each other at Wrigley Field in the first game of a three-game series.

"The thing that stands out to me is just how good he was and how much better he was than the competition," Bryant said Sunday of Harper, who starred at Las Vegas High School. "He was 11 years old and throwing 80 miles an hour off the mound. It was special to see that from a guy that young. He's obviously younger than I am, but watching him play, I was amazed. I knew he'd be doing what he's doing at this level someday."

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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.

Timely hits, strong Gio lift Nats over Phillies

Timely hits, strong Gio lift Nats over Phillies

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper continues to be a game-changer for the Nationals as he drove in two runs in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. The Nationals improved their record to 26-18.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez had a better outing than he did against the Yankees earlier in the week. He picked up his fourth victory of the season by allowing a run in 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli supports strong Miley to down Angels

Napoli supports strong Miley to down Angels

BOSTON -- The Red Sox finished a disjointed homestand in sound fashion, riding a strong performance by Wade Miley and yet another big game by Mike Napoli to a 6-1 victory over the Angels in Sunday afternoon's rubber match of a three-game series.

Miley pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings until a single by C.J. Cron.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

Blue Jays slugger has been unable to throw, limited to DH for past month

Bautista gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Mariners after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista has assumed the everyday designated-hitter role for nearly a month as he recovers from a strain in his throwing shoulder. The injury has prevented him from playing the field but not from swinging.

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

Red Sox place Victorino on 15-day DL

Boston adds Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill roster spot

Red Sox place Victorino on 15-day DL

BOSTON -- When Shane Victorino is healthy, he's a spark plug for the Red Sox on offense and is capable of handling Fenway Park's sprawling right field on defense. However, the 34-year-old has rarely been at full strength this season.

Victorino's injury woes continued on Sunday, when Boston placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain. He had exited the previous night's game with left calf tightness after aggravating the muscle on a catch at the warning track during the third inning.

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

Gallardo, Rangers eye sweep of Capuano, Yanks

Gallardo, Rangers eye sweep of Capuano, Yanks

The first two months of the season could have gone better for both Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano and Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo. They will both try to get headed in the right direction when they face off Sunday night in the Bronx as Texas tries to complete a three-game sweep.

Capuano is making his second start of the season. He was sidelined for two months after suffering a strained right quad muscle in Spring Training. He made his first start last Sunday against the Royals in Kauffman Stadium and allowed three runs in three-plus innings. He threw just 63 pitches.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler, Prado lift Marlins past Orioles

Koehler, Prado lift Marlins past Orioles

MIAMI -- The Marlins capped one of their most agonizing homestands in years with a 5-2 victory over the Orioles on Sunday, which enabled them to take two of three in the series at Marlins Park. Miami went 2-10 on its homestand.

Tom Koehler gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings, and Martin Prado, the day after delivering a walk-off single in the 13th inning in Saturday's 1-0 win, connected on a home run off Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj 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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Jim Duquette

Constructing the perfect Cubs-Mets trade

Constructing the perfect Cubs-Mets trade

Many evaluators -- myself included -- can see a good trade fit between two rising organizations, the Cubs and Mets.

In fact, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer recently acknowledged that the two sides have had ongoing dialogue to see if there is a good fit. The Cubs have stocked their system primarily with high-end position players -- including a number of shortstops -- but lack high-end pitching prospects. Meanwhile, the Mets have a plethora of elite young power arms but a hole at short.

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dozier's 2 HRs power Twins past White Sox

Dozier's 2 HRs power Twins past White Sox

CHICAGO -- A four-run fourth inning was more than enough support for starter Kyle Gibson, as the Twins defeated the White Sox on Sunday, 8-1. Gibson worked eight innings and struck out eight -- tying a career high -- without a walk to cruise to the win.

Second baseman Brian Dozier hit two home runs and drove in four runs to pace the Twins, and right fielder Eddie Rosario added two hits and two RBIs.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Home runs power A's to top Rays

Home runs power A's to top Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sonny Gray brought the good stuff, and the A's offense gave their ace the needed run support in a 7-2 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Gray, who had to leave the game with a right ankle contusion compliments of a James Loney liner in the fourth, allowed no runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez's strong start, 2 HRs lift Toronto over Seattle

Sanchez's strong start, 2 HRs lift Toronto over Seattle

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion and Ryan Goins homered while Aaron Sanchez tossed 6 2/3 strong innings in the Blue Jays' 8-2 victory over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Chris Colabello reached base three times, and Justin Smoak added an RBI single as Toronto avoided falling eight games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. The combined efforts also allowed the Blue Jays to avoid getting swept for the second time in their last three series.

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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. 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.

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.

Souza sprains wrist on collision at plate

Souza sprains wrist on collision at plate

ST. PETERSBURG -- Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and first baseman James Loney all left Sunday's game dinged up.

Souza left the game with a sprained left wrist, Cabrera suffered a mild left groin strain, and Loney incurred a left hand injury.

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

Today's starting lineups: May 24

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Folty outduels Nelson as Braves take series

Folty outduels Nelson as Braves take series

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

Foltynewicz's 7 2/3 innings were the deepest he has gone in a game this season, and he limited the Brewers to one run on three hits, striking out seven batters for the fourth straight game. He ran into trouble only in the seventh inning, after a long stretch on the bench during Atlanta's two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. The win lifted the Braves above .500 (22-21) for the first time since April 27.

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Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top prospect Schwarber progresses at plate

Cubs catcher still needs work on defense

Top prospect Schwarber progresses at plate

PHOENIX -- Kyle Schwarber may not be ready to catch in the big leagues, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon feels the youngster could help with his bat.

Schwarber, 22, ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's list of top Cubs prospects, was batting .296 at Double-A Tennessee with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs this season leading into Sunday. Maddon sees the catcher's offensive exploits when they're posted on the new video board at Wrigley Field.

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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.

Rangers ink Burton, assign him to Triple-A

Right-handed reliever has appeared in 367 career Major League games

Rangers ink Burton, assign him to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Rangers have signed right-handed reliever Jared Burton to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He was released by the Yankees on May 16 after pitching in just four games at in the Minors.

Burton has pitched in 367 Major League games with the Reds and Twins, compiling a career record of 18-19 with a 3.44 ERA and 10 saves. He was 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA and three saves in 68 appearances with the Twins in 2014.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Already-thin Cards scratch Holliday

Already-thin Cards scratch Holliday

KANSAS CITY -- Matt Holliday was a game-time scratch from the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday due to a left forearm contusion. Holliday suffered the contusion Saturday night in the fifth inning when he was hit by a Edinson Volquez pitch.

With Jason Heyward dealing with some tightness in his left hip, Jon Jay battling back from left wrist tendinitis and now Holliday's forearm contusion, the Cardinals have some moving parts to consider as they contemplate their outfield picture moving forward.

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

Morrow eyes return after encouraging BP session

Padres starter on DL since May 3 with shoulder inflammation

Morrow eyes return after encouraging BP session

LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Morrow, on the disabled list since May 3 with inflammation of his right shoulder, is closing in on a simulated game after an encouraging bullpen session on Sunday.

Morrow threw 45 pitches before the Padres faced the Dodgers in the series finale at Dodger Stadium. He threw all of his pitches and worked out of the windup and the stretch.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blanco strikes out, advances to third on error

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Blanco strikes out, advances to third on error

Generally, pitchers can safely regard a strikeout as a positive outcome for an at-bat -- worst case scenario, the batter ends up on first base after a wild pitch, but a K removes 99 percent of possible defensive/fluky baseball shenanigans. We say "99 percent" because, as the Rockies proved Saturday against the Giants, one should never underestimate the power of baseball shenanigans:

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Astros' triple play the turning point vs. Tigers

Astros' triple play the turning point vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- When Jonathan Villar has children, the Astros' utility infielder is looking forward to telling them about the Saturday afternoon he started a triple play in a 3-2 win at Comerica Park.

He imagines describing the scene: runners on first and second in the fifth inning with no outs, and Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler at the plate. Maybe Villar will remember how, in the moment before Kinsler swung at the 2-1 offering from Lance McCullers, he was itching for a ground ball to be hit to him.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez's injury resurfaces at Triple-A

Gonzalez's injury resurfaces at Triple-A

ST. LOUIS -- Left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss Monday's scheduled start with Triple-A Memphis after again feeling tightness around his left pectoral muscle while throwing on flat ground Saturday.

It's the same issue that sidelined Gonzales after his April 20 start, though the lefty was back on the mound by May 9 and has made three starts since. In his most recent outing on Tuesday, Gonzales struck out seven and allowed one run in six innings. He did not report feeling any discomfort in that start.

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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, 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.

Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

Cards reliever, fan favorite excited for opportunity in bigs with Memorial Day on deck

Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

NEW YORK -- Mitch Harris expected the attention. He welcomed it really, since it would shine attention on the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. What he didn't anticipate, however, was how much his story would resonate.

Since joining the Cardinals one month ago, the 29-year-old rookie reliever has been the most sought after interview in the clubhouse. His unprecedented journey from US Naval Academy graduate to Navy Lieutenant to Major League pitcher has captivated more than just fans of his team.

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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, 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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Linecum freakishly good again after reboot

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner successful despite diminished stuff

Linecum freakishly good again after reboot

DENVER -- Reality finally settled in.

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has made the transition from overpowering hitters to understanding the art of pitching. He is again combining with lefty Madison Bumgarner to give the Giants a top-flight 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation.

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