Statcast primer: Baseball will never be the same

MLB Network to debut revolutionary real-time tracking on Tuesday night

Statcast primer: Baseball will never be the same

Baseball fans will have an opportunity to view a live game like never before when Statcast makes its television debut during Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET. If you've ever wondered how fast the ball comes off of Bryce Harper's bat, or just how much ground Jason Heyward can cover in the outfield, your chance to get definitive answers is finally here.

Statcast is already being utilized by Major League front offices, while fans have had the chance to see its ground breaking abilities in breakdowns of last year's All-Star Game and postseason, as well as on a few highlight clips this season. Beginning with Tuesday night's Cards-Nats clash, the groundbreaking technology will be incorporated into every MLB Network Showcase game, and is expected to be available through additional broadcasts this season.

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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.

White Sox topple Tribe with four-run ninth

White Sox topple Tribe with four-run ninth

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for four runs with one out in the ninth off of Cleveland closer Cody Allen to claim an improbable 4-3 come-from-behind victory on Monday night.

Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs on a smash to center that was playable for Mike Aviles, but the ball sailed over his head. Tyler Flowers followed with a single to left and Gordon Beckham singled home the tying run on the next pitch. Adam Eaton singled to load the bases and Melky Cabrera singled to left to bring in the game-winner. Seven straight hitters reached base against Allen after Adam LaRoche struck out.

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Anthony Castrovince

5 debates we can't wait for Statcast to settle

All aspects of the game under microscope as technology debuts Tuesday

5 debates we can't wait for Statcast to settle

Statcast makes its 2015 debut on Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals, and the technology is going to arm fans, scouts, executives and coaches alike with a deluge of data that helps them better understand and evaluate what is taking place on the field.

It's even going to help settle some arguments.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant showed he can hustle in the seventh.

With two on and two outs in the seventh and the Cubs tied at 1 with the Pirates, Bryant lofted a double to the base of the outfield wall in left-center field. Both runs scored and Bryant advanced to third on the throw home.

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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.

Brewers send Lucroy to DL with fractured toe

Maldonado expected to fill in at catcher; Centeno recalled from Triple-A

Brewers send Lucroy to DL with fractured toe

MILWAUKEE -- A bad day got much worse for the Brewers when a club spokesperson delivered word moments after Monday's 6-1 loss to the Reds that catcher Jonathan Lucroy was bound for the disabled list with a broken left big toe. He suffered the injury on a foul tip, something neither Lucroy nor backup catcher Martin Maldonado had ever seen before.

"I've been hit a million times on my feet," Lucroy said. "I was just talking to 'Maldy' about it and he said the same thing: That's the first time I've ever seen a catcher break their toe. It had to be me. It's about par for the course right now."

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

Statcast hits home run replays out of the park

Statcast hits home run replays out of the park

Broadcasters and fans alike often marvel at how quickly a home run ball jumps off the bat or exits the stadium, but they've never been able to precisely quantify such aspects -- until now, that is.

Thanks to Statcast, a revolutionary player- and ball-tracking technology, it's now possible to evaluate exactly how fast and at what angle a ball comes off a player's bat on any given swing. So now, instead of simply relying on phrases such as, "He smoked that one" or "That ball got out of here in a hurry," broadcasters will have the capability of sharing exactly how hard a player hit a ball or how long it took the ball to travel to its ultimate landing spot.

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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.

Simon, Tigers win pitching duel as CC falters late

Simon, Tigers win pitching duel as CC falters late

DETROIT -- On a night when the wind was gusting out to left field at Comerica Park, Alfredo Simon and CC Sabathia put on a pitchers' duel for most of Monday's series opener between the Tigers and Yankees. Mark Teixeira's home run to right field stood as the lone scoring until back-to-back RBI singles from J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes swung the game to Detroit in the seventh inning for a 2-1 Tigers victory.

The win improved the Tigers' record to 11-2, continuing the Tigers' best start since 1984. Six of those wins have come in starts by Simon and Shane Greene, who went into the season as the perceived back end of Detroit's rotation.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. 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.

9 things we wish Statcast would illustrate

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9 things we wish Statcast would illustrate

Get ready technophiles and everyone who has ever enjoyed the movie "Tron." Because Major League Baseball, already at the forefront of streaming technology with MLB.TV and the leading purveyor of the game of baseball (#humblebrag) has unveiled the greatest of technological marvels to ever reach the field: Statcast.

Though Statcast was slowly rolled out last season, making major appearances during the All-Star Game and the postseason, it is now featured in all 30 Major League parks and will make its 2015 debut during Tuesday night's MLB Network Showcase game, between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 pm ET.

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Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

BOSTON -- Fueled by a four-run inning and solid pitching from Justin Masterson, the Red Sox ousted the Orioles in a 7-1 Patriots' Day victory in a rain-shortened game at Fenway Park.

Masterson gave his bullpen some much-needed rest, spinning five innings of one-run baseball in a contest that was called due to inclement weather in the seventh inning. The lanky sinkerballer recorded six strikeouts and benefited from a particularly effective slider as Boston earned a split in the four-game series.

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

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

BOSTON -- Even with cloudy skies and rain overhead, the Red Sox were still able to produce a fitting tribute on Monday for Patriots' Day.

Before the Red Sox took the field against the Orioles for their traditional 11:05 a.m. ET start time, Boston police officer Stephen McNulty belted a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers then threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @qlr5001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DeSclafani stellar as Reds power past Crew

DeSclafani stellar as Reds power past Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Zack Cozart's three-run home run capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning, Joey Votto added a two-run shot in the seventh, and Anthony DeSclafani pitched an eight-inning gem to give the Reds a 6-1 win Monday night over the Brewers.

The Reds entered the night 12th of 15 NL teams in runs and on-base percentage, while the Brewers were last in both categories. For five scoreless innings, those trends held true, but the game turned after Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta popped a bunt for a rally-killing double play in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the Reds capitalized in the top of the sixth.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kendrys' clutch double backs Volquez in win over Twins

Kendrys' clutch double backs Volquez in win over Twins

KANSAS CITY -- Newest Royals Edinson Volquez and Kendrys Morales continued their strong starts in keying a 7-1 win over the Twins on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez turned in seven strong innings, allowing just five hits and one run while lowering his ERA to 1.99.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. 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.

Fan OK after being struck by foul into net

Fan OK after being struck by foul into net

PITTSBURGH -- A fan injured on a foul ball into the protective net behind home plate during the second inning of Monday night's Cubs-Pirates game was alert and gave a "thumbs up" to nearby fans as she was taken for medical care.

Play was halted for about 20 minutes after Chicago's Starlin Castro fouled back a pitch from A.J. Burnett into the netting during the second inning. The net flexed with the impact of the ball, which then struck the fan in the head area as she stood with her back to the field. She fell and immediately was tended to by ballpark and medical crews.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Protective pad in cap gives McHugh peace of mind

Protective pad in cap gives McHugh peace of mind

SEATTLE -- You can hardly tell when he's on the mound, but right-hander Collin McHugh is one of the few pitchers in the Major Leagues who wears protective head gear. About halfway through last season, McHugh started wearing a protective pad inside his cap that can't be seen from the outside and protects the right side of his head if a ball is hit back at him.

The pad, a rectangular piece of Kevlar with some padding on the inside, was developed by SST Baseball, which is owned by McHugh's high school teammate, Matt Meier. It fits inside the cap and goes across the front panel.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast showcases Cespedes' strong swing

Statcast showcases Cespedes' strong swing

Yoenis Cespedes is an imposing player on a baseball field, known for his tape-measure home runs.

Now, Statcast provides some further insight into the slugger's skills.

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

Yanks outfielders go extra mile to rob extra bases

Gardner, Ellsbury frustrate V-Mart, while club turns three DP's, but late chances missed

Yanks outfielders go extra mile to rob extra bases

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez led off the fifth inning Monday night with a deep fly ball into the gap in right-center field -- a drive that looked like an obvious extra-base hit for the Tigers' designated hitter. Even Jacoby Ellsbury thought so.

"But, you know, I always go for everything like I can catch it," Ellsbury said.

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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.

Bryant plates three to lead Cubs past Pirates

Bryant plates three to lead Cubs past Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Kris Bryant drove in three runs and hustled to score another on an error, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Pirates on Monday night at PNC Park.

Once Jake Arrieta escaped a first-inning jam thanks to some sharp fielding, including his own, he didn't allow another baserunner until a two-out double in the sixth inning by Andrew McCutchen -- who also hit an RBI single in the first. Arrieta struck out seven without issuing a walk.

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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. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zobrist out with cartilage damage in knee, hopes to avoid DL

Zobrist out with cartilage damage in knee, hopes to avoid DL

ANAHEIM -- Ben Zobrist will receive a cortisone shot in his sore left knee Monday evening and could miss the A's four-game series in Anaheim this week.

The veteran infielder/outfielder underwent an MRI exam on the knee Monday morning and was relieved to learn there's no ligament damage. The exam did, however, show existing cartilage damage that's accumulated over the years, which Zobrist attributes to his sliding technique.

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Star prospect Bryant stars in commercial

Star prospect Bryant stars in commercial

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant wasn't quite sure what to do when the goat he was paired with for a commercial wanted to run around, and he also needed some guidance on how to milk a cow.

"I had no clue what I was doing," Bryant said Monday. "They had an umbrella over [the goat] because it was raining. The goat wanted to run around. It was hard to keep him by my side. I've never been around them -- I'm not a farm boy, I'm a city boy."

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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.

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

Top prospect expected to follow similar paths of Buehrle, Sale

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon was hanging out with his girlfriend and another good friend this past weekend, sitting on the couch watching YouTube videos, when a call came in from someone he didn't recognize via caller ID.

"That was it," said Rodon with a broad smile, addressing the media prior to Monday night's series opener between the White Sox and Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.

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

Gennett sidelined after cutting hand in shower

Second baseman receives 5 stitches; trip to 15-day DL a possibility

MILWAUKEE -- You can add it to the list of weird injuries in Brewers history, alongside Steve Sparks and the phone book, Matt Wise and the salad tongs, Doug Melvin and the scorpion, and Francisco Rodriguez and the cactus:

Scooter Gennett and the shower caddie.

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

MRI confirms right triceps strain for Verlander

Tigers ace in holding pattern as lingering soreness followed shortened simulated game

MRI confirms right triceps strain for Verlander

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander's lingering soreness after his simulated game last week was enough of a concern that he underwent an MRI exam. Results confirmed the standing diagnosis of a right triceps strain, according to Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

The MRI exam took place Thursday, among other tests. The Tigers had avoided an MRI previously because the triceps strain wasn't in an area that concerned them about possible structural damage.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reddick says Herrera 'not professional'

A's outfielder not buying Royals RP's postgame excuse, believes he, Ventura should be suspended

Reddick says Herrera 'not professional'

While the A's and Royals were each preparing for new opponents on Monday, there was still a focus on their intense weekend series that saw numerous ejections and pitches flying at and behind hitters.

A's outfielder Josh Reddick offered his thoughts Monday on MLB Network Radio regarding Sunday's series finale in Kansas City that saw five Royals ejections and verbal exchanges between both clubs.

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

Plays of the Week: Pillar, Arenado, more

Plays of the Week: Pillar, Arenado, more

You may not be able to win the Gold Glove on a single play, but you can certainly serve notice. The first two weeks of the regular season have brought an amazing collection of highlight-caliber plays, from infielders making incredible diving catches to outfielders climbing the walls to save home runs.

Both leagues have had their share of standouts so far, with defenders going all out to back up their pitchers. Some have risked bodily harm to make sure they made the catch, and others have turned in superhuman efforts that not even their teammates could believe.

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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.

Meet White Sox pitching phenom Carlos Rodon

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Meet White Sox pitching phenom Carlos Rodon

With all of the brouhaha surrounding the highly anticipated Major League debut of Kris Bryant, many of baseball's other exciting prospects might have gotten lost in the shuffle last week. 

In an effort to get back to the hype, we put 10 talented prospects on your radar, and one of them is set to make his MLB debut with the White Sox sometime this week. Ladies and gentlemen, meet pitcher Carlos Rodon:

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Rockies go with shorter 'pen after sending down Oberg

Long man Bergman makes Weiss comfortable with seven relievers

Rockies go with shorter 'pen after sending down Oberg

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies began a seven-game homestand Monday with seven relievers in their bullpen, down one after Scott Oberg was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for Jorge De La Rosa.

De La Rosa began the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain, and after making two rehab starts, he was activated to start Monday vs. the Padres. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) in two innings.

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

Statcast shows off endless array of capabilities

Statcast shows off endless array of capabilities

Statcast, an innovative player-tracking technology that produces revolutionary data, will be making its 2015 television debut during Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET.

As a quick primer to some of Statcast's seemingly endless capabilities, here's a look at some standout plays on the young season, analyzed Statcast-style:

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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.

Yahoo makes being a GM real-life fantasy

Yahoo makes being a GM real-life fantasy

We're in the midst of April baseball, one of the most exciting times of the year.

And, boy, aren't you glad that baseball is back in full swing? Five months without meaningful games can leave one feeling hungry.

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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.

Gomez takes BP, aiming for minimum stay on DL

Center fielder sidelined by hamstring injury

Gomez takes BP, aiming for minimum stay on DL

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez took swings in the batting cage Monday and expressed hope this stint on the disabled list will expire after the minimum 15 days. Gomez was placed on the DL retroactive to Wednesday with a right hamstring injury and is eligible to return May 1.

"Right now it is so far, so good," Gomez said in his first comments since the DL move. "I'm going to do everything that I'm supposed to do, like hitting [batting practice] and throwing. The last thing is going to be running.

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

Russell moved from SS to 2B at Triple-A Iowa

'It's just a matter of expanding his infield horizons,' says Maddon

Russell moved from SS to 2B at Triple-A Iowa

PITTSBURGH -- Addison Russell, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, has moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa, part of the team's effort to have players be more versatile and also to possibly put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .135 (5-for-37) entering Monday, which was lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

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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.