Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

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Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

Mike Trout has a lot of tools. He hits home runs, he makes unbelievable catches, he gives really nice Mother's Day presents ...

And during Friday's Angels-Red Sox game, he showed off another outstanding skillset: Sliding.

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Max takes over after Bryce's HR as Nats edge Phils

Max takes over after Bryce's HR as Nats edge Phils

WASHINGTON -- Nationals starter Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound yet again, and it was his leadoff single in the sixth and run scored from first base on Ian Desmond's double that decided Washington's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night at Nationals Park.

On the bump, Scherzer outdueled Sean O'Sullivan, lasting eight innings and allowing only a second-inning run. Now 5-3 on the season, after winning his fourth straight start, Scherzer recorded his sixth consecutive outing of at least seven innings pitched.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

I've got you Babe: Slugger's records take hit

Ichiro passes Hall of Famer on all-time hits list; A-Rod ties him for RBIs

I've got you Babe: Slugger's records take hit

One week shy of the 80th anniversary of Babe Ruth's final Major League game, the Hall of Famer was either matched or surpassed in two different categories in the all-time record books on Friday night.

Starting in Miami's 8-5 loss to Baltimore, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki collected the 2,874th hit of his Major League career, passing Ruth on the all-time hits list. Meanwhile, in the Bronx, Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez drove in the 1,992nd run of his career in New York's 10-9 loss to the Rangers, matching Ruth for fourth place on the all-time RBIs list.

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Cruz homers to back Felix vs. Jays

Cruz homers to back Felix vs. Jays

TORONTO -- Felix Hernandez had another dominating performance while Nelson Cruz homered and Logan Morrison added a two-run triple in the Mariners' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Hernandez surrendered a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, but was borderline flawless from that point on. He faced the minimum from the second inning through the fifth and allowed only two baserunners to reach scoring position.

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Gregor Chisholm and Greg Johns are reporters 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.

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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.

Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

DENVER -- Those who witnessed Brandon Belt's long-distance home run Friday probably described it in superlatives, logically enough. "Awesome," they might say. "Crushed." Not to mention "spectacular, titanic, gargantuan."

But only Belt really knew how it felt to drive a baseball into Coors Field's upper deck, a feat that San Francisco's first baseman accomplished in Friday's sixth inning as the Giants outscored the Colorado Rockies, 11-8.

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

Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

Technology precisely monitors location and movements of ball, players

Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

FOX's primetime games on Saturday night will take on an entirely new look this weekend as the network plans to incorporate Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology will be available during the games between the Cardinals and Royals, as well as the Angels and Red Sox, each set to begin at 7:15 p.m ET. Check your local listings for the game available in your area.

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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.

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Alyson Footer

Drake makes a hit with charity softball event

Athletes, musicians gather to start Houston Appreciation Weekend

Drake makes a hit with charity softball event

HOUSTON -- Grammy Award-winning musician Drake is from Toronto, but if he had to name an unofficial second home, he may just pick Houston.

The rap star spent Memorial Day weekend in the Bayou City, celebrating his second annual Houston Appreciation Weekend. The jam-packed visit kicked off with him hosting a celebrity softball game at the University of Houston baseball field on Friday, benefiting the Astros Urban Youth Academy.

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

Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

Kendrys' homers help deck Cardinals in I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Chris Young continued his amazing stretch as a fill-in starter with six shutout innings, and Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Royals cruised to a 5-0 win over the cross-state rival Cardinals in the I-70 Series opener on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals now have won four straight and six of seven, and they also now own the best record in baseball at 27-14.

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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.

Joc backs Zack's attack vs. Padres

Joc backs Zack's attack vs. Padres

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson hit a tiebreaking homer on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning and Zack Greinke spun a gem on Friday night as the Dodgers edged the Padres, 2-1. It was Pederson's 11th home run.

Earlier in the game, the Dodgers finally ended an historic scoring drought with a fifth-inning run. Justin Turner singled off Andrew Cashner, advanced to second on center fielder Will Venable's fielding error and was doubled home by Andre Ethier to snap a Dodgers scoreless streak of 35 consecutive innings, matching the record set in 1962 for the longest in Los Angeles history. 

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Corey Brock and Ken Gurnick are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Defending AL MVP shines with bat, arm, and feet

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, and that shouldn't be a controversial statement. Trout is the defending AL MVP, and there are more than a few people who think he should be on a streak of three in a row. In the entire history of the game, only three players -- inner-circle legends in Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Mel Ott -- have compiled more WAR through their age-23 season, and remember that Trout still has more than four months of that season to go. By the end of the year, he could conceivably be No. 1 on that list.

It's difficult to overstate just how impressive Trout is, but it doesn't mean we can't try. In Friday night's 12-5 Angels victory in Boston, we saw all of the tools that make Trout the best player on earth.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Angels, who have struggled to score runs as much as the team they faced on Friday night, put a 12-5 thumping on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Most of the damage was done during a nine-run top of the fifth that lasted 39 minutes and included two errors by Boston.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. 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.

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Phil Rogers

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

Statistics alone cannot begin to measure why slugger touched hearts of fans

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

His tools were a first baseman's mitt and a bat, not a sledgehammer or a wrench. But Paul Konerko was the first person you wanted to see after clocking in on the job. Any job.

He wasn't ever just another guy, just another baseball player, but he carried himself like he could have been your mailman or auto mechanic -- not the guy facing Mariano Rivera with the game on the line. The deep connection that developed between Konerko and White Sox fans is the way baseball should be.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings Picks: Beltre, Cruz, Kluber

DraftKings Picks: Beltre, Cruz, Kluber

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 Saturday.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

Plethora of stellar pitching matchups across Major League Baseball

What to watch for in today's games

A full slate of games -- and then some -- is on tap today across Major League Baseball, and there's no doubt pitching should rule the day.

Top starters clash in Pittsburgh and Washington, Indians right-hander Corey Kluber looks to continue his ridiculous strikeout pace and Braves righty Shelby Miller goes for his third "Maddux" in four games.

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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.

Prince parks pair as Rangers outslug Yanks

Prince parks pair as Rangers outslug Yanks

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder connected for a pair of long home runs, driving in a season-high four runs while helping the Rangers hold on for a 10-9 victory over the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Texas hung a seven-run third inning on New York starter Michael Pineda, who contributed to the jam with a throwing error. Fielder and Mitch Moreland slugged homers in the big frame, while Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo also drove in runs against Pineda, who was charged with four earned runs on eight hits over six innings.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. 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.

Martinez, Simon keep Tigers rolling vs. Astros

Martinez, Simon keep Tigers rolling vs. Astros

DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's three-run home run helped power Alfredo Simon through seven strong innings, sending the Tigers to their second straight win over the American League West-leading Astros -- and third straight overall -- with a 6-2 victory Friday night at Comerica Park.

Martinez's ninth home run of the year was a two-out shot that salvaged a third-inning scoring chance created by back-to-back singles from Jose Iglesias and Anthony Gose, the latter coming on a well-placed bunt to the right side. Astros starter Collin McHugh (5-2) overcame it to last seven innings, but Houston's high-power, low-average offense couldn't get him the lead back.

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Ahmed's walk-off single in 13th downs Cubs

Ahmed's walk-off single in 13th downs Cubs

PHOENIX -- Nick Ahmed's one-out single to left scored Tuffy Gosewisch to give the D-backs a 5-4 walk-off win over the Cubs in 13 innings Friday night at Chase Field.

The win was the fifth in a row for the D-backs, who got a one-out double by Gosewisch before Ahmed came through off Chicago reliever Zac Rosscup. The D-backs used eight relievers in the game, while the Cubs used seven in the longest game of the season for them.

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Alvarez joins Latos for second stint on DL

Marlins expected to promote Rienzo, Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans

Alvarez joins Latos for second stint on DL

MIAMI -- Henderson Alvarez has fought through injuries over the last two seasons. The 2014 All-Star is back on the disabled list after throwing five innings in the Marlins' 8-5 loss to Baltimore on Friday. Right shoulder inflammation is the nagging injury that has him back on the shelf just two starts from his last DL stint.

Alvarez was one of two starting pitchers placed on the DL following Friday's loss, the eighth consecutive on the current 10-game homestand. Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) was also sidelined.

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

O's break out late, extend Marlins' skid to 8

O's break out late, extend Marlins' skid to 8

MIAMI -- After a slow start, the Orioles scored eight runs from the fifth inning on as they defeated Miami, 8-5, in the series opener at Marlins Park on Friday. It was the eighth straight loss for the Marlins, while Baltimore has won four of its last five.

The Marlins jumped ahead early thanks to RBI singles from Giancarlo Stanton and starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, but Baltimore began its comeback in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Delmon Young's double brought home two runs, and Caleb Joseph delivered two more on a single after the O's capitalized on an error by Alvarez in a four-run sixth inning. More >

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Bucs' Cole fans 10 Mets, outduels Thor

Bucs' Cole fans 10 Mets, outduels Thor

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole emerged victorious in a battle of electric young right arms Friday night, outdueling Noah Syndergaard and looking like one of the National League's top pitchers as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-1, at PNC Park.

"It's the best performance I've seen him throw so far," Pirates catcher Chris Stewart said. "He just keeps getting better and better. The sky's the limit for him right now."

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Padres' Renfroe among top performers in Minors Friday

San Diego's No. 1 prospect notches a career-high four hits, including two doubles, for Double-A San Antonio

Padres' Renfroe among top performers in Minors Friday

Padres No. 1 prospect (No. 44 overall) Hunter Renfroe has more than 200 career Minor League hits, but the Double-A San Antonio outfielder had never collected four in one game until Friday night against Frisco.

Renfroe went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a walk for the Missions, and now has a five-game hitting streak. Over that time, he's boosted his season line from .205/.248/.315 to .252/.305/.374.

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

Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Chicago -- Right fielder J.B. Shuck wasn't supposed to start Friday night, but his sacrifice fly to deep center in the eighth inning proved to be the go-ahead run in Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Indians.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura scratched right fielder Avisail Garcia with right knee inflammation after batting practice, replacing him with Shuck at the last minute. Shuck finished with two hits and a run scored on top of his sacrifice fly.

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After Vogey's gem, Giants hang on vs. Rockies

After Vogey's gem, Giants hang on vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong tossed six scoreless innings, and San Francisco poured on enough offense late, helping the Giants to an 11-8 win in Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

Vogelsong (3-2) held the Rockies to two hits and struck out five. The Giants led, 1-0, before Brandon Belt launched a two-run, 475-foot homer into the upper deck in the sixth off Kyle Kendrick (1-6). The Giants had five hits, including Buster Posey's two-run double, in a four-run seventh.

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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. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers end record-tying scoreless drought

Dodgers end record-tying scoreless drought

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers tried something different Friday night. They scored.

Twice, in fact, which was just enough to beat the Padres, 2-1, on Joc Pederson's clutch tiebreaking home run on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Homers power Rays to victory over A's

Homers power Rays to victory over A's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria's three-run homer led the Rays to a 5-2 win over the A's on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria rerouted a 1-2 Scott Kazmir fastball into the left-field stands with two aboard for his fifth home run of the season.

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Indians take opener from Reds, win 4th straight

Indians take opener from Reds, win 4th straight

CLEVELAND -- The Indians offense came alive for 11 hits and eight walks in a 7-3 victory in the series opener against Cincinnati on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Mike Leake struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, five walks and a homer. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Vet, rookie shore up Giants' rotation

Vogelsong, Heston star in filling holes created by injuries to Peavy, Cain

Vet, rookie shore up Giants' rotation

DENVER -- Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum are the headliners in the Giants rotation.

It is the Ryan Vogelsongs and Chris Hestons, however, who are the difference makers.

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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.

Goldy clutch as usual, but Ahmed emerges as unlikely hero

D-backs' key hits come from two very different sources

Goldy clutch as usual, but Ahmed emerges as unlikely hero

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale isn't surprised that Nick Ahmed has started to heat up offensively after a slow start to the season. And he certainly isn't shocked that slugger Paul Goldschmidt continues to come through in key situations.

On Friday night, it took heroics from both Ahmed and Goldschmidt for the D-backs to pull out a 5-4 win over the Cubs in 13 innings.

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