Napoli blasts 2 HRs as Red Sox top Angels

Napoli blasts 2 HRs as Red Sox top Angels

BOSTON -- Coming off perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, the Red Sox responded with their most well-rounded game in weeks en route to an 8-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday at Fenway Park.

A two-homer effort by Mike Napoli led the offense, while knuckleballer Steven Wright notched his first career win as a starter. This was the best scoring output for the Red Sox since April 28, when they scored eight times in a loss to the Blue Jays.

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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.

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.

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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Phil Rogers

ASG debate: Donaldson or Moustakas at 3B?

Both worthy of serious consideration on AL roster for Midsummer Classic

ASG debate: Donaldson or Moustakas at 3B?

*** 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! ***

Trading for Josh Donaldson was good business for the Blue Jays. But you've also got to appreciate how the Royals upgraded at third base. They did it without having to go out and get a new player.

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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.

Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm

Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm

MIAMI -- After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the 12th inning on Saturday night, Orioles reliever Brian Matusz had his arm checked by umpires for a foreign substance and was ejected from Baltimore's 13-inning, 1-0 loss.

"We're not going to address the issue right now," Matusz said. "Obviously I have my own personal opinions about the issue, but right now with emotions running high, we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time."

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

Choo drives in four in Rangers' 10-run third

Texas outfielder hits RBI single, three-run HR

Choo drives in four in Rangers' 10-run third

NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo had his first four-RBI game of the season Saturday afternoon and only his second in the past four years.

He did it all in one inning with a run-scoring single and a three-run home run. Those were two of the big hits in a 10-run inning that helped carry the Rangers to a 15-4 victory over the Yankees.

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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.

Hamilton plans to rejoin Rangers on Monday

Outfielder expects be activated for Texas' series opener in Cleveland

Hamilton plans to rejoin Rangers on Monday

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- A rain cancellation prevented Josh Hamilton from stepping onto the field for the Triple-A Round Rock Express on Saturday, but it didn't stop him from making some big news.

The former American League Most Valuable Player announced an end to his Minor League stint and expects to join the Rangers for their series against the Cleveland Indians. Hamilton will fly to Cleveland on Sunday and plans to be on the active roster on Monday.

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

Price ejected before game starts on Saturday

Price ejected before game starts on Saturday

CLEVELAND -- There was a nice duel between starting pitchers and a tight game played Saturday that the Reds ultimately lost by a 2-1 score to the Indians for their seventh-straight loss. And Reds manager Bryan Price was not in the dugout for any of it.

Price missed all of the game because he was ejected during the exchange of lineup cards at home plate just before first pitch.

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

The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

Data tracks Royals' key inning-ending double play, second of Napoli's two homers

The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

FOX's primetime games on Saturday took on an entirely new look as the network incorporated Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology was available during the Royals' rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 5 1/2 innings, as well as the Red Sox's 8-3 win over the Angels.

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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.

Joey Votto's ridiculous throw completes slick DP

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Joey Votto's ridiculous throw completes slick DP

Good infield defense is pretty hard. It's so difficult that we're pretty sure it was one of Hercules' 12 Labors. Even though it's rarely published, right after killing the Nemean lion, the Greek warrior had to go join some Athenian pick-up game and turn a double play to prevent Sparta from scoring. It's history, we swear. 

But we bet even Hercules' double play wasn't as good as Joey Votto's in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Indians.

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Bolsinger retires 23 straight; Dodgers take series

Bolsinger retires 23 straight; Dodgers take series

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger pitched one-hit ball over a career-high eight innings and rookie Joc Pederson homered again as the Dodgers blanked the Padres Saturday night, 2-0.

"He was really spinning it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Bolsinger's curveball.

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

Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

Gordon's HR aids Royals in rain-shortened I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez pitched six strong innings as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings.

Rain began shortly after the game started and stayed steady throughout. Then with the Royals about to bat in the sixth, crew chief Brian Gorman signaled for the tarp. The forecast was for rain to continue steadily throughout the night and through Sunday.

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

What to watch for in today's games

Cards-Royals series closes out; Rangers-Yankees in night action

What to watch for in today's games

An exhilarating and entertaining series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will come to a close on Sunday afternoon when the two clubs finish out their three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

The interstate rivals find themselves at the top of their respective divisions and among the early favorites to make it to the Fall Classic.

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Quinn Roberts is a 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

DraftKings picks: Seager, Cano, Sanchez

DraftKings picks: Seager, Cano, Sanchez

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Sunday.

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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.

Descalso's rare homer snaps Giants' streak

Descalso's rare homer snaps Giants' streak

DENVER -- Daniel Descalso's two-run homer in Saturday night's sixth inning enabled the Colorado Rockies to inch ahead and helped them claim a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending the defending World Series champions' eight-game winning streak.

"It was a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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

Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

Mets third baseman has been experiencing lower back pain for a few weeks

Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

PITTSBURGH -- The Mets have once again put third baseman David Wright's rehab on hiatus after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

Wright will cease baseball activities and take medication for the next week, while continuing a program of core strengthening and back stabilization exercises. The Mets believe it will be enough to eliminate the flare-ups of lower back tightness that Wright has recently been experiencing. They do not consider Wright's condition degenerative, according to assistant general manager John Ricco.

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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.

Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

Rookie second baseman locks up win with first-pitch single in 11th

Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

ATLANTA -- Exactly one week after hitting his first career grand slam, Braves second baseman Jace Peterson tallied his first walk-off hit, sending Atlanta to a 3-2 victory over the Brewers in the 11th inning with a single to left-center field.

"I was trying to be aggressive," Peterson said. "Trying to get a fastball, and he threw it first pitch, so I was just trying to get a base hit and trying to get the run in."

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Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Jennings wins first as Marlins top Orioles in 13

Jennings wins first as Marlins top Orioles in 13

MIAMI -- The Orioles opted to avoid Giancarlo Stanton in the 13th inning Saturday night, intentionally walking the slugger to load the bases. Martin Prado made them pay with a two-out RBI single off lefty T.J. McFarland, lifting the Marlins to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles in 13 innings at Marlins Park.

Prado's heroics snapped Miami's eight-game losing streak and gave manager Dan Jennings his first victory after five losses. Each team left 10 on base. Carter Capps struck out six in three innings of relief to collect the win in a game that lasted three hours and 51 minutes.

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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.

Rizzo drives in six as Cubs snap D-backs' streak

Rizzo drives in six as Cubs snap D-backs' streak

PHOENIX -- Anthony Rizzo drove in six runs, including three on a game-winning home run with one out in the ninth inning to power the Cubs to a 9-6 win over the D-backs on Saturday night at Chase Field.

Rizzo also hit a three-run double in the fifth, and the six RBIs matched his career high, set Sept. 16, 2012, against the Pirates. He delivered the tie-breaking homer off of D-backs reliever Enrique Burgos, launching a slider to right field.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can listen to her podcast. Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks use position player in relief vs. Texas

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Yanks use position player in relief vs. Texas

Major League Baseball has officially cut down on the average elapsed time it takes to complete a game, thanks in part to some pace-of-play measures that have been put in place for the 2015 season. 

But, America's pastime is still boundless as it does not adhere to the confines of a clock. This means that some games can take a while, be they back-and-forth extra inning affairs or lopsided contests that got out of hand early. Regardless of how the game came to take forever, baseball's marathons share a common silver lining: POSITION PLAYERS PITCHING!

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Coming off bench, Betts wows again for Sox

Center fielder collects two RBI singles, makes leaping catch at the wall

Coming off bench, Betts wows again for Sox

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell preached the importance of preparation to Mookie Betts before Saturday's 8-3 win over the Angels. And when Shane Victorino left the game with an injury in the third inning, forcing Betts to play on his scheduled day off, that advice seemed more prescient than ever.

"When I have days off, he never says it's just a full day off," Betts said. "You're not starting, but be ready to go at any given time."

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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.

Hamels continues outstanding run in win

After eight innings of one-run ball, left-hander extends personal win streak to four

Hamels continues outstanding run in win

WASHINGTON -- The Phillies' front office loves this.

Cole Hamels pitched beautifully in Saturday's 8-1 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. He allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out five in eight innings to improve to 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his 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.

Konerko's No. 14 retired on South Side

Captain thanks fans, organization for opportunity to play 16 seasons

Konerko's No. 14 retired on South Side

CHICAGO -- The No. 14 already had been unveiled at U.S. Cellular Field, sitting in the pantheon of the 10 previously retired White Sox numbers (including Jackie Robinson), and located between Luis Aparicio (No. 11) and Ted Lyons (No. 16).

Then Paul Konerko, the man who so capably owned the number for 16 seasons on the South Side, stepped to the microphone.

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

VCU's CF makes amazing catch to win A-10 championship

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VCU's CF makes amazing catch to win A-10 championship

Up 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning, VCU was just looking to close off its victory in the Atlantic 10 championship. Only problem: Rhode Island wasn't interested in making it easy. With only one out to go, Rhode Island's Chris Hess hit a liner to the left-center gap that was surely going to land for extra bases. 

Only problem: VCU's freshman center fielder Logan Farrar was in the same zip code as the ball and came sprinting into the frame. With a full, Michael-Jordan-in-Space-Jam-like extension, he was able to make the grab. 

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Former stars show their stuff in HOF Classic

Recently retired big leaguers gather in Cooperstown for annual exhibition

Former stars show their stuff in HOF Classic

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- Someday, Pudge Rodriguez might be here in an entirely different capacity.

Rodriguez, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, took on the role of goodwill ambassador at Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic. Six Hall of Famers showed up to serve as coaches in the annual exhibition game at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field, and Rodriguez led a contingent of recent retirees. Rodriguez, of course, was here to enjoy the moment, but he couldn't help but flash forward to his own potential Hall of Fame candidacy two years down the line.

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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.

Phils shake off Nats' batting practice tunes

Philadelphia to use 'silent treatment' at Citizens Bank Park

Phils shake off Nats' batting practice tunes

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military bombarded Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega with heavy metal music to force him from his compound and surrender in 1989. Britney Spears' music has blared from merchant ships to scare away pirates off the horn of Africa.

The Nationals have chosen "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, seemingly to annoy their opponents.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maddon sticking with struggling Rondon

Cubs closer has had rough month, but has support of manager

Maddon sticking with struggling Rondon

PHOENIX -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon may use a different pitcher as the closer Saturday, but it has nothing to do with a lack of support for Hector Rondon.

Rondon blew his third save Friday, giving up a game-tying, two-run homer to the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt with two outs in the 10th inning. Arizona eventually won the game, 5-4, in 13 innings. Rondon was upset not just about Goldschmidt's homer but also A.J. Pollock's double, which set up the home run.

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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.

Bolsinger rides 'roller coaster' curve in gem

Dodgers starter retires 23 straight over 8 dominant innings

Bolsinger rides 'roller coaster' curve in gem

LOS ANGELES -- In a contest in which a Dodgers starting pitcher would throw the season's first masterpiece, even Mike Bolsinger wouldn't have guessed Mike Bolsinger.

But there he was Saturday night, surrounded by media asking for details on the curveball (he taught himself) that had the Padres flailing and fumbling and, in Justin Upton's case, complaining enough with plate umpire Clint Fagan to be ejected.

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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.