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 he 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.

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

The Cardinals will be without their ace for the rest of the season.

General manager John Mozeliak confirmed on Monday that Adam Wainwright has a torn left Achilles and will likely miss 9-12 months.

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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.

Protests force O's-White Sox postponement

BALTIMORE -- As violent protests for Freddie Gray moved through Baltimore, and closer to Camden Yards, the Orioles postponed Monday night's game against the White Sox.

The team made the announcement on their JumboTron, after consultation with the Baltimore City Police Department. As riots moved downtown, all but two gates at Camden Yards were shut down.

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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.

Thumb injury pushes Scherzer's scheduled start back

Right-hander throws off flat ground, may return to mound in a few days

Thumb injury pushes Scherzer's scheduled start back

ATLANTA -- Max Scherzer continued down his path back into the Nationals' rotation on Monday, but the star right-hander will miss his start on Tuesday, and is still at least a few days away from a return to the mound.

Scherzer, the team's $210 million offseason pitching prize, is making his way back from a strained thumb on his pitching hand that he jammed during an at-bat in his last start on Thursday.

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John Donovan is a contributor to MLB.com. 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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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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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.

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.

High fashion: Check this Stanton suit jacket

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High fashion: Check this 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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Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

Right-hander likely to start Saturday vs. Detroit; Young could make spot start Friday

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension, and began serving the suspension Monday. Volquez received the suspension on Thursday for an on-field incident in which he threw a punch intended for White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija during a bench-clearing fracas. The blow did not come close to connecting.

"I think it was the right time to do it," Volquez said of dropping the appeal. "I think it was a good time."

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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.

Bautista returns, but limited to DH duties

Blue Jays outfielder injured right shoulder on April 21, missed five games

Bautista returns, but limited to DH duties

BOSTON -- Jose Bautista made his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Monday night following a five-game absence with a strained right shoulder.

Bautista was considered questionable going into the day, but he passed a series of tests and was eventually approved to start as the designated hitter. The afternoon began with hitting in a cage, and he progressed to batting practice on the field.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

Zinkie hosting live Twitter chat @Fantasy411; submit now using #Fantasy411

Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

Sure, you've read through MLB.com's fantasy notes. You've followed MLB.com/fantasy's Twitter handle, @Fantasy411, for years. But you still need that edge over your competition. What do you do?

Ask the expert. Of course, the answer is that easy.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor 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.

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.

Marlins designate Salty for assignment

Signed through '16, veteran struggled at and behind plate, while prospect Realmuto emerged

Marlins designate Salty for assignment

MIAMI -- When the Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year contract after the 2013 season, they envisioned the veteran solidifying the catcher position. But less than one month into his second season with the organization, Miami is cutting ties with the West Palm Beach, Fla., native.

The Marlins designated Saltalamacchia for assignment on Monday, giving the club 10 days to either trade of release the catcher, who is off to a rough 2-for-29 (.069) start.

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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. 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.

Rizzo, Bryant in path of racing mascots

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Rizzo, Bryant in path of racing mascots

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and super prospect Kris Bryant almost suffered the same fate as Simba's dad last weekend when he was nearly trampled by the mascot race at Great American Ball Park. 

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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 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 a 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.