Bryant drives in run on first career hit

Top prospect singles to center off Ross to tie ballgame

Bryant drives in run on first career hit

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant got his first Major League hit and RBI, and the Cubs fans gave him a standing ovation.

Bryant struck a bloop single into shallow center field off Tyson Ross to tie the game at 2 in the fifth inning against the Padres on Saturday afternoon. He moved to second on the throw.

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Starlin's single lifts Cubs past Padres in 11

Starlin's single lifts Cubs past Padres in 11

Starlin Castro knocked in the game-winning run in the 11th inning with a bases-loaded single on Saturday as the Cubs edged the Padres, 7-6, before a crowd of 33,958 at Wrigley Field.

"Last year and the year before, we lost a lot of games like that," Castro said. "We played a lot of extra-inning games and lost. We play more than nine and we keep fighting and try to win."

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Donaldson's walk-off homer caps Blue Jays' comeback over Braves

Donaldson's walk-off homer caps Blue Jays' comeback over Braves

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson played the hero as the Blue Jays staged a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the Braves at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. With the game knotted at 5 in the 10th, Donaldson swatted a homer off Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon over the left-field wall for a walk-off win.

It looked like the Braves were on the road to victory until starter Alex Wood stumbled in the seventh. The lefty had cruised until that point, but allowed three runs before he was yanked from game during a big Blue Jays inning. Danny Valencia sparked the rally with a one-out double off the left-field wall before Russell Martin scored him with a single. An RBI triple from Steve Tolleson made it a two-run game before Dalton Pompey beat out an infield single to score Tolleson and shave the Braves' lead to a single run.

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Today's starting lineups: April 18

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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Bryant's versatility presents Cubs with many options

Bryant's versatility presents Cubs with many options

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant begins his career as a third baseman. He's likely to end it as an outfielder.

But what is really fascinating to consider is this: Could he spend much of it as an almost one-of-a-kind weapon -- a cleanup hitter who is strong enough in the field to move with ease between third base and the corner-outfield spots, allowing manager Joe Maddon tremendous flexibility?

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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.

Seeking spark, Brewers bat Braun leadoff

Slugger welcomes lineup move for struggling Brewers

Seeking spark, Brewers bat Braun leadoff

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Braun walked into PNC Park on Saturday and found his name in an unfamiliar spot: atop the lineup card.

Looking to shake things up amid a poor offensive start for Braun and the Brewers, manager Ron Roenicke slotted Braun into the leadoff spot for Saturday night's game against the Pirates.

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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.

Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer, chugs

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Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer, chugs

There are some who bring baseball gloves to the ballgame, hoping that the addition of some leather and padding will help them make a great play on a foul ball or home run.

Others are a little more ingenious. Like this Cubs fan at Saturday's game against the Padres. Armed simply with a cup of beer, she managed to both snag the lucky souvenir, and as befits such a prize, she ritualistically chugged the sudsy beverage in celebration. 

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Hamilton legs out single, suffers sore groin

Hamilton legs out single, suffers sore groin

ST. LOUIS -- The Reds' lineup could be shorthanded some more after leadoff hitter and center fielder Billy Hamilton left Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Cardinals with a sore right groin muscle.

In the top of the eighth inning, Hamilton snapped an 0-for-14 skid by beating out a ground ball hit behind second base. He appeared to overextend his right leg while jumping over the leg of first baseman Matt Adams.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lawrie, Escobar have different takes on text apology

A's third baseman says he sent message to KC shortstop, who says he never got it

Lawrie, Escobar have different takes on text apology

KANSAS CITY -- Before the A's and Royals returned to the field for the second game of a three-game series Saturday, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses.

On one end, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar claimed he had yet to hear from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who slid into Escobar while attempting to break up what he thought could be a double play in the seventh inning of Friday's opener, causing a mild strain and contusion to Escobar's left knee.

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Kemp launches first homer with Padres

Kemp launches first homer with Padres

CHICAGO -- Matt Kemp has been coming to Wrigley Field since 2006 and it's taken him this long to finally figure out the place.

"I've hit a lot of balls here in my career where they didn't go anywhere," Kemp said Saturday, after the Cubs pinned a 7-6 loss on the Padres in 11 innings. "You never know here."

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

Tillman outduels Buchholz as Orioles clip Red Sox

Tillman outduels Buchholz as Orioles clip Red Sox

BOSTON -- Backed by a dominant performance from their bullpen and a solid start by Chris Tillman, the Orioles downed the Red Sox, 4-1, on Saturday at Fenway Park.

A tight game for most of the contest, Chris Davis gave the O's some breathing room when he hammered a two-run homer to left against Robbie Ross Jr. in the ninth.

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

Bryce connects on longest homer of career

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Bryce connects on longest homer of career

With arms as thick as a nest of snakes that have become horribly tangled and a swing as powerful as, I dunno, 18 magically powered oxen (not sure how to measure that exactly), it's tough to remember that Bryce Harper is still only 22 years old. Which means that every time he hits a home run, there's a chance for a personal milestone to be set. 

The right fielder did just that on Saturday afternoon. Facing Aaron Harang in the fifth inning, Harper bounced the 89-mph two-seam offering off the wall behind the fence in center field.

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Upton day to day after straining left quad

Upton day to day after straining left quad

CHICAGO -- Padres left fielder Justin Upton left Saturday's 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs with a slight strain of his left quad, said manager Bud Black, and Upton is day to day.

Black said Upton suffered the injury in the 10th inning after he doubled with two outs. Upton finished the inning, but he was replaced by pinch-runner Will Venable, who took over in left.

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

Andrelton to Jays: I'll tumble for you

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Andrelton to Jays: I'll tumble for you

With a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday's Blue Jays-Braves game, Dalton Pompey thwacked a single to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. It was a close play at first -- it even went under review -- but Pompey just beat Simmons' throw. Steve Tolleson scored.

Simmons does not particularly enjoy giving up runs. He was not happy. 

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Who's next? Following in Bryant's footsteps

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Who's next? Following in Bryant's footsteps

Kris Bryant Day has officially come and gone. The much-ballyhooed, power-hitting, third-base (left-field?) prospect made his debut for the Cubs on Friday and went 0-for-4 (Don't worry: small sample size. The kid's still got it. Trust us.).

With all the chaos of Bryant's promotion behind us, we immediately refocused our anticipation on these 10 super prospects primed to get everyone on their feet and turning their phones horizontally (please) to film video when they finally reach the bigs.

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Statcast showcases Simmons' ability to anticipate

Braves shortstop's great plays against Mets' d'Arnaud provide an interesting study

Statcast showcases Simmons' ability to anticipate

It's no secret by now that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has seemingly made a habit out of taking hits away from opposing batters -- specifically Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Simmons made an outstanding play on April 10 to rob d'Arnaud of a base hit and, while it may have appeared at the time to be a near-mirror image of a play Simmons made against d'Arnaud last Aug. 27, Statcast shows everyone why this year's version was even better.

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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.

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

Huge innings, Abreu's slam lift White Sox over Tigers

Huge innings, Abreu's slam lift White Sox over Tigers

DETROIT -- Take Chris Sale and mix in the White Sox biggest offensive output of the 2015 season by a long shot and what do you have? A 12-3 victory for the South Siders on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park and a long day for the Tigers and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

The trio of Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche combined to go 10-for-16 with three doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and six runs scored. Cabrera tied a career-high with four hits, done for the 13th time overall by the left fielder, while LaRoche and Abreu went deep. Abreu launched his second career grand slam to key a seven-run fourth and end the afternoon for Sanchez.

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

Cardinals club Bailey, claim another set vs. Reds

Cardinals club Bailey, claim another set vs. Reds

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals continued their recent dominance of the Reds on Saturday, this time spoiling Homer Bailey's season debut with a steady offensive attack that lifted them to a 5-2 win in front of a sellout Busch Stadium crowd. The victory assures the Cardinals of also claiming a series win, making this the 14th straight three-game series between these two clubs that has gone St. Louis' way.

Bailey, whose start to the season was delayed as he finished his recovery from torn flexor mass tendon surgery, likely would have preferred to draw another opponent in his first appearance since Aug. 7, 2014. Saturday's loss was his 11th against the Cardinals, who have scored at least four runs off him 11 times. This time, he was charged with five. More >

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Donaldson wasting no time making mark on Blue Jays

Third baseman's walk-off vs. Braves just latest act for Toronto newcomer

Donaldson wasting no time making mark on Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Whether it's batting out of the two-hole, swinging for a game-winning hit, or adjusting to an offspeed pitch, Josh Donaldson keeps the same approach every at-bat. It just so happens this one ended with a dramatic walk-off blast.

Donaldson made it rain inside Rogers Centre on Saturday, collecting three more hits, a pair of runs and his third homer of the season to power the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

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Drew's 100th homer puts him, brother in elite group

Stephen, J.D. become 8th pair of siblings to each reach century mark

Drew's 100th homer puts him, brother in elite group

ST. PETERSBURG -- Growing up in Valdosta, Ga., Stephen Drew used to chase his older brothers around the front yard, trying to keep up in their neighborhood pickup baseball and football games. All these years later, he's still catching up.

Drew slugged his 100th career home run in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, joining his brother J.D. as the eighth pair of brothers to each hit at least 100 homers in the Major Leagues.

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

Mets' Torres unveils new protective headgear

Mets' Torres unveils new protective headgear

NEW YORK -- Alex Torres was sitting in the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen on June 15, 2013, when Alex Cobb was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Royals' Eric Hosmer and suffered a concussion.

That day, Torres resolved to protect himself from what is a common nightmare for big league pitchers.

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

Statcast takes you inside Pillar's great grab

Revolutionary technology will make '15 debut during Cards-Nats game Tuesday on MLBN

Statcast takes you inside Pillar's great grab

Despite being just two weeks old, the 2015 season has already offered a fair share of catch-of-the-year candidates, with one of the latest coming from Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar.

Pillar entered his name into that discussion Wednesday, when he scaled the left-field wall at Rogers Centre to take a potential home run away from Rays second baseman Tim Beckham. While anyone could immediately tell that Pillar had made an incredible catch, Statcast can show us more specifically what made it so sensational.

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Jansen throws for first time since foot surgery

Jansen throws for first time since foot surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen took another step toward his return on Saturday, when he threw off the bullpen mound for the first time since his left foot surgery in February.

Jansen threw 20 pitches at normal bullpen velocity. He will need several bullpen sessions before he can face hitters, then a Minor League rehab assignment of several games before he's activated.

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Holland on DL with pectoral strain; Royals call up Pino

With Escobar injured on Lawrie slide, club brings in Calixte from Triple-A as protection

Holland on DL with pectoral strain; Royals call up Pino

KANSAS CITY -- There was other news in the Royals' clubhouse besides the Alcides Escobar-Brett Lawrie-did-he-text-an-apology-or-not drama: The Royals have lost their closer for at least 15 days.

Right-hander Greg Holland was placed on the disabled list because of a right pectoral strain, and the Royals recalled right-hander Yohan Pino to take his place.

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Rose joins FOX as guest analyst

Rose joins FOX as guest analyst

Pete Rose is getting back into the business of baseball, but not on the field.

The game's all-time hits leader will join FOX as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show and FOX Sports 1. Rose is also expected to make appearances on a series of other FOX Sports 1 shows, including "MLB Whiparound," "America's Pregame" and "FOX Sports Live."

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Holliday exits early, but move 'completely precautionary'

Cards expect outfielder to return Sunday after feeling back tighten up in first inning

Holliday exits early, but move 'completely precautionary'

ST. LOUIS -- Following the Cardinals' 5-2 win over the Reds on Saturday, manager Mike Matheny said he expects Matt Holliday, who exited the game after one inning due to mid-back tightness, to return to the lineup for Sunday night's series finale.

Holliday was pulled moments after doubling and scoring to give the Cardinals an early lead. He had extended the first inning with a two-out double off Reds starter Homer Bailey, against whom he is now 14-for-43 in his career. The outfielder then hustled home to score on Matt Adams' single to right and was seen clutching his side as he returned to the dugout.

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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.

A-Rod swinging hot bat as he adjusts to DH

Rodriguez working to stay active between at-bats, heeds advice from longtime DH Martinez

A-Rod swinging hot bat as he adjusts to DH

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Rodriguez has repeatedly said he did not know what to expect coming into this season, shaking off the rust following what essentially was a 17-month layoff, but it is difficult to imagine his first 10 games having a greater impact on the field.

Rodriguez entered play on Saturday leading the Yankees with 11 RBIs, batting .344 (11-for-32) with four homers. The rest of the Yankees have combined to bat .209 (67-for-320) to start the season, and Rodriguez said he is surprised how well he has taken to life as a designated hitter.

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

Tigers to slow down Verlander's rehab plan

Fatigue cancels possible Tuesday start as righty recovers from triceps strain

Tigers to slow down Verlander's rehab plan

DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't saying much about Justin Verlander, but his return from a right triceps strain seems to be going slower than expected.

Verlander cut a simulated start short Wednesday in Pittsburgh due to fatigue, and soreness carried into Friday. As a result, he won't pick a ball up until Sunday, and the Tigers will see where things go from there.

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Trout goes deep; youngest to 100 HRs, 100 SBs

Trout goes deep; youngest to 100 HRs, 100 SBs

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout continues to amaze. And it isn't even about what he did on Friday, a two-homer night that saw him carry the Angels to a 6-3 win and become the youngest player ever to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.

It's that he keeps evolving.

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

Trout's homers make history, top Astros

Trout's homers make history, top Astros

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout had his first multi-homer game of the season, became the youngest player with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases and led the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.

The legend keeps growing.

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