Hamilton deal to Rangers made official

Hamilton deal to Rangers made official

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers completed the acquisition of outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels on Monday. Los Angeles will receive either cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Hamilton is currently on the disabled list while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery but is in Arlington for a 3:30 p.m. CT news conference. The Rangers are expected to send him to Surprise, Ariz., to continue his injury rehab program at their Spring Training facility.

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

GIBBYs watch: Top 5 plays of the week

GIBBYs watch: Top 5 plays of the week

When you see some of the best plays of the entire season all in one week, it makes you wonder what the rest of the year has in store.

From slick shortstops to outstanding outfielders, there were incredible plays all over the diamond this week -- the kind of moments that could garner GIBBY Award nominations later this year.

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

Gordon catapults into crowd for amazing grab

Yost gushes about Gold Glover's acrobatic play

Gordon catapults into crowd for amazing grab

CHICAGO -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a 5-3 loss to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, but his most impressive "hit" came in the sixth inning when the left fielder made a leaping catch before crashing into the stands at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I thought it was phenomenal," manager Ned Yost said. "That's the type of player Alex is."

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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.

Today's starting lineups: April 27

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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Forget jerseys, check out Stanton suit jacket

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Forget jerseys, check out Stanton suit jacket

As a fan, it's important to show off your love for your team and your favorite players at all times. But not every job includes shirseys in the dress code. Or, what if you have to go to a restaurant that requires formalwear?

Luckily, this Marlins fan found a pretty good solution. 

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After big hit, Russell ready for Wrigley debut

After big hit, Russell ready for Wrigley debut

CINCINNATI -- Addison Russell will finally get to play at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs' No. 2 ranked prospect will make his home debut Monday night, and he arrives feeling a little better after hitting a key three-run double in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Reds.

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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.

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Megan Zahneis

Russell's rise to Cubs a wild ride

Part of club's youth movement, 21-year-old showing moves at new position

Russell's rise to Cubs a wild ride

"It's crazy," is how Addison Russell describes it.

Three years ago this weekend, Russell donned a suit and tie, and now he's suited up in a Chicago Cubs uniform.

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

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension and will begin serving the suspension Monday.

Volquez was suspended for Thursday's on-field incident in which he threw a punch intended for White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija -- the punch missed badly.

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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.

Guerrero's hot bat forcing Dodgers' hands

Cuban slugger hits fifth homer in fourth start of season

Guerrero's hot bat forcing Dodgers' hands

SAN DIEGO -- Labels can be hard to shake, but Alex Guerrero is rewriting an early reputation that might have been unfair to begin with.

"The spurt I'm going through, I think it is impressive and I hope it impresses everybody and I want it to continue," Guerrero said after belting his fifth home run of the season in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Padres in only his fourth start.

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

What's Next: Giants-Dodgers, Yanks-Red Sox rivalries heat up

A-Rod may tie Mays with No. 660; top White Sox prospect Rodon could get first start

What's Next: Giants-Dodgers, Yanks-Red Sox rivalries heat up

The calendar will change from April to May later this week, and the long season keeps steaming forward.

Friday brings May Day, Saturday brings the Kentucky Derby, and the second month of the six-month horse race called Major League Baseball continues on the bumpy road to October. But starting Monday, the week ahead is jam-packed with sizzling storylines.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

Russell set to make Wrigley debut; Dodgers seek redemption vs. Giants

What to watch for in today's games

A new week brings new series in Major League Baseball on Monday, as teams begin the final showdowns of April.

A young phenom makes his first home start, an old rivalry continues and a couple aces look to earn a 'W.'

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

Defensive gems: Executives pick best outfielders

Lagares, Heyward, Cain headline selections made by general managers, assistant GMs

Defensive gems: Executives pick best outfielders

Virtually every day of the season we watch a Major League outfielder somewhere on the landscape make a breathtaking belief-defying play by scaling a wall to snatch away a home run, diving headlong across the turf or unleashing an implausible throw.

MLB Network gives us every angle accompanied by animated commentary, and now Statcast is available to shed more light on the brilliance with its marvelous new measurements and insights.

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

Teixeira's offensive tear earns him AL Player of Week nod

Yanks first baseman tallies five HRs, 10 RBIs

Teixeira's offensive tear earns him AL Player of Week nod

Mark Teixeira is on a tear, and the baseball world has taken notice. Teixeira, the Yankees' first baseman, was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday for a performance that saw him hit .333 (8-for-24) with five home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored over his past seven games.

Teixeira, who has won the award on five previous occasions, led all Major League hitters in slugging percentage (1.000) last week. He also ranked first among AL hitters in RBIs, and he tied for first in total bases (24) and for second among his AL peers in runs scored.

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

Hechavarria garners first NL Player of Week honors

Marlins shortstop hit .500 with 10 RBIs

Hechavarria garners first NL Player of Week honors

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has been named the National League Player of the Week for the first time in his career after a stellar performance last week.

Hechavarria led the NL with a .500 batting average (12-for-24), 10 RBIs and eight runs. With him leading the way, the Marlins went 5-1 in six games.

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

Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

'Dead arm' sidelines Peralta; Baker, Frias recalled to bolster pitching depth

Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers on Sunday placed All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig and their leader in saves, righty Joel Peralta, on the 15-day disabled list, replacing them with Sunday's starting pitcher, Scott Baker, and swing man Carlos Frias.

Puig is sidelined by a strained left hamstring, while Peralta said he has a "dead arm," probably from a pinched nerve near his neck. Reliever Brandon League was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Baker.

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

Diverted by storm, Mariners endure bumpy flight to Texas

Club's players, staff thankful to arrive safely

Diverted by storm, Mariners endure bumpy flight to Texas

ARLINGTON -- After a turbulent flight and a late-night diversion to San Antonio due to heavy thunderstorms in Texas, the Mariners' charter plane from Seattle arrived at Love Field in Dallas at about 3:30 a.m. CT on Monday.

The Mariners were scheduled to arrive in Dallas around midnight CT after losing an 11-inning, 4-2 game to the Twins at Safeco Field on Sunday afternoon, but one attempt at landing was aborted and the plane was sent to San Antonio -- about 280 miles to the south -- to refuel and wait for the weather to clear.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds' involvement helping amateur baseball thrive

Reds' involvement helping amateur baseball thrive

CINCINNATI -- Not only is Cincinnati the birthplace of professional baseball, it has cultivated generations of amateur baseball talent that has risen through the ranks to become Major Leaguers. Local legends like Pete Rose, Don Zimmer, Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. are just some examples.

While most aspiring players won't reach legendary status, there is no shortage of avenues of teams and places to play. Regardless of the level of team, the Reds have a large presence in amateur baseball in the area.

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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.

Trade complete, Hamilton's Angels tenure ends

Slugger returning to Rangers after financial details of deal get ironed out

Trade complete, Hamilton's Angels tenure ends

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton's tumultuous stint in Southern California is over.

On Monday afternoon, the Angels and Rangers completed a trade that sent Hamilton back to Arlington and gave his most recent employers some salary relief. The deal was first reported on Friday, but the financial complexities that came with it -- the Rangers sent money to the Angels and Hamilton agreed to give up some of his earnings -- created some lag.

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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.

Rays acquire reliever Cedeno, move Jaso to 60-day DL

Rays acquire reliever Cedeno, move Jaso to 60-day DL

Xavier Cedeno is on the move again.

Cedeno, acquired by the Dodgers last week from Washington for cash considerations, has been sold again. Tampa Bay sent cash considerations to Los Angeles on Monday to acquire Cedeno, and the Rays made room for him on the 40-man roster by placing catcher John Jaso on the 60-day disabled list.

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

A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees' attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers took two of three games in the weekend set as Niese was thumped for six runs (four earned) and eight hits over five innings, including a four-run second inning in which the Yankees stroked four doubles. The Mets didn't help their cause defensively, committing four errors in the field.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. 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.

With 659 career homers, A-Rod one shy of Mays

With 659 career homers, A-Rod one shy of Mays

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez pumped his fist as he approached second base on Sunday, having watched the 659th home run of his career strike the top of the wall and bounce into the Yankees' bullpen.

Rodriguez stands one home run shy of tying Willie Mays (660) for fourth place on the home run list, swatting his fifth homer of the season off the Mets' Jon Niese in the first inning of the Yankees' 6-4 Subway Series victory on Sunday. Equaling Mays' total would be meaningful, Rodriguez said.

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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.

Power Rankings: Mets continue surge

Power Rankings: Mets continue surge

Week three is in the books, and while the usual suspects are still taking up residency in the top five of the MLB.com Power Rankings presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, some mild surprises are hanging around the middle of the pack.

While we're still fairly certain the Nationals and their absurdly deep rotation will be deep in a division race come September, so far, the Mets have given us no reason to knock them from the top spot. Also, the Yankees, after a not-so-hot first week, have settled in nicely -- in the middle of the pack in the AL East, and also in our rankings.

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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.

Hamilton deal expected to be official today

Team anticipates sending slugger to Arizona to continue recovery from surgery

Hamilton deal expected to be official today

ANAHEIM -- The obvious has not yet been stated.

There is still no official announcement that the Rangers have acquired outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels. The deal has been agreed to, but the entire process has not been completed to the point where an announcement can be made.

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

Wainwright to DL with Achilles injury; MRI to come

Wainwright to DL with Achilles injury; MRI to come

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals won't know until Monday exactly how long they'll be without ace Adam Wainwright, but the muted reaction to a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday spoke louder than any preliminary diagnosis.

On Sunday morning, Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left Achilles and left ankle injury, which he sustained after breaking from the batter's box Saturday on a fifth-inning popup. Limping around in a walking boot after Saturday's game, Wainwright confirmed that the injury is in the back of his ankle -- or, as manager Mike Matheny described it, "a bad spot."

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Phil Rogers

Cards need to prepare for life without Wainwright

Onus on Mozeliak to find a way to replace ace's productivity

Cards need to prepare for life without Wainwright

Talk about a body blow. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost Adam Wainwright to a left Achilles tendon injury. They won't know the extent of that injury until Monday, but they must prepare for a worst-case scenario: playing without him for the remainder of the season.

What a buzzkill -- not just for the Cardinals but for all of us. Wainwright's competitive spirit and skill on the mound are traits you hope to find in every pitcher but only get in the very best. He's a leader who understands how he connects with fans and everyone around the game, which adds value that can't be measured.

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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.

Go fish? Trout hits homer against Bass

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Go fish? Trout hits homer against Bass

Catch a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll probably be too busy watching Mike Trout highlights to put his new skill to use.

On Sunday, the reigning AL MVP did his thang, launching a two-run homer to center field.

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Phil Rogers

With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

CHICAGO -- With apologies to John Mozeliak and Rick Hahn, there's a possible trade sitting on the tee like a brand new Titleist.

Maybe they're talking about it, but probably they're not. So here goes. Let's give it a rip and get the ball rolling.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Werth, Kluber, Kelly

DraftKings picks: Werth, Kluber, Kelly

With several aces on the schedule, DraftKings owners may be wise to spend heavily at the pitcher position Monday. Stacking hitters against the few back-end rotation members who are opposing skilled lineups may also be a sound strategy. The following players could lead to winning DraftKings lineups.

Wilson Ramos (Nationals): Productive catchers are sometimes hard for DraftKings participants to find, but Ramos could put together a multi-hit effort Monday, when he brings a career .828 OPS against left-handers (.718 vs. righties) into a matchup with Braves southpaw Eric Stults.

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Fred Zinkie is a senior 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.

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Fred Zinkie

Buy low, sell high as fantasy trade market heats up

Buy low, sell high as fantasy trade market heats up

Late April is a terrific time for fantasy owners to plunge into trade talks. League mates are likely frustrated by players experiencing early-season struggles, and they could also be enamored by the productive players on opposing rosters. With acknowledgement that fantasy baseball is a marathon and not a sprint, here are fantasy trade rankings to use as a guide for discussions.

Buy low

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Fred Zinkie is a senior 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.