McCarthy has torn UCL, likely needs Tommy John surgery

McCarthy has torn UCL, likely needs Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES -- When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly got to the ballpark Monday, he said he got some news he wasn't expecting.

Bad news.

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

Protests force O's-White Sox postponement

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.

Hamilton deal to Rangers made official

Texas hopes outfielder can be ready to join lineup in mid-to-late May

Hamilton deal to Rangers made official

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton is back with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Angels and is about a month away from being back in their lineup.

The Rangers are hoping he can be playing for them by mid-to-late May after he spends time in extended Spring Training in Arizona and on a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

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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.

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Lyle Spencer

Angels doing Hamilton a favor with trade to Rangers

Texas best place for slugger to work on restoring reputation and finding peace of mind

Angels doing Hamilton a favor with trade to Rangers

The return of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers, where he found himself and became a superstar after a long, hard road through substance addiction, is a swap unlike any other that comes to mind.

The Angels are picking up an enormous tab on what's left of the outfielder's $125 million contract to get it done, and the prevailing reaction is that they are doing it simply to get rid of a problem.

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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.

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

ST. LOUIS -- Two days after Adam Wainwright hobbled off the field at Miller Park, an MRI confirmed that the Cardinals' ace suffered a torn left Achilles and will miss the rest of the 2015 season.

Wainwright, who was not at the ballpark on Monday, gathered multiple doctors' opinions earlier in the day before accepting the news that he won't pitch again this year. He's likely to undergo surgery on Thursday, and general manager John Mozeliak estimated that a rehab and recovery time of 9-12 months will follow.

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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.

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.

Rendon scratched from rehab start due to fatigue

Rendon scratched from rehab start due to fatigue

ATLANTA -- Washington infielder Anthony Rendon was scratched from his rehab start Monday in Double-A Harrisburg because of fatigue, the Nationals announced. Rendon is recovering from a sprain in the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

The Nationals are being extra cautious with their third baseman, who hit .287 with 21 home runs and 83 RBIs in his first full season in the bigs last year. He finished fifth in the National League MVP voting.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bailey placed on 15-day DL with right elbow sprain

Bailey placed on 15-day DL with right elbow sprain

CINCINNATI -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey's recovery and rehabilitation from September surgery that repaired a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow had been a smooth process. That was until news broke Monday that Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right elbow ligament sprain.

Reliever Carlos Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey's spot on the roster. The Reds will have to name a starting pitcher to take Bailey's turn on Thursday vs. the Braves at Turner Field.

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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.

Pirates stepping up during McCutchen's slump

Walker, others carrying the early load

Pirates stepping up during McCutchen's slump

CHICAGO -- Andrew McCutchen began Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field with only one hit in his last 17 at-bats. He owned the lowest batting average of the Pirates' eight everyday players.

And in a weird way, the Pirates have found solace in those numbers.

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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.

Rays playing it safe with Jennings' ailing knee

Outfielder considered day to day; DL stint not expected

Rays playing it safe with Jennings' ailing knee

NEW YORK -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said the club intends to be careful with Desmond Jennings and his left knee.

"I think he's feeling better," Cash said. "He's a big part of what we're doing, and we need to get him healthy and back in the lineup. We don't want to rush anything right now."

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

Perez opts out of Minors contract, becomes free agent

Perez opts out of Minors contract, becomes free agent

CINCINNATI -- Former All-Star closer Chris Perez opted out of his Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Monday and became a free agent.

The 29-year-old Perez signed with the Brewers on Feb. 4. He recorded a 2.70 ERA during 10 Spring Training appearances, but he was reassigned at the end of camp.

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

Polanco pulled from Pirates lineup with groin tightness

Lambo takes over in right, bats second vs. Cubs

Polanco pulled from Pirates lineup with groin tightness

CHICAGO -- The Pirates scratched Gregory Polanco from their starting lineup about an hour before Monday's series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field because of tightness in his left groin.

Polanco was set to receive treatment and be evaluated during the game, according to the club.

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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.

Swisher set to ramp up rehab assignment

Swisher set to ramp up rehab assignment

CLEVELAND -- Nick Swisher is almost ready to rejoin the Indians. And believe it or not, the energetic outfielder is excited.

On Monday, Swisher was on hand at Progressive Field to go through a workout and meet with manager Terry Francona, general manager Chris Antonetti and the team's training staff to formulate a plan for the coming week. The veteran outfielder played a pair of Minor League rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend, going 3-for-5 on Friday and 2-for-4 on Sunday.

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

Ortiz Children's Fund Gala slated for June 22

Slugger's charity provides health care for kids in New England, Dominican Republic

Ortiz Children's Fund Gala slated for June 22

BOSTON -- Many fans have watched David Ortiz in action at Fenway Park. Far fewer have eaten dinner with the Red Sox slugger, but those who are able to support a charitable cause this summer have the opportunity to do just that.

On June 22, Ortiz will preside over the third annual David Ortiz Children's Fund Gala, which benefits the David Ortiz Children's Fund. The event features a Dominican-inspired three-course dinner and a guest list that includes Red Sox teammates Clay Buchholz, Shane Victorino and Koji Uehara, along with former Red Sox Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.

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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.

Tape not as good as experience against Cubs' young talent

Even a small sample size helps pitchers devise game plan

Tape not as good as experience against Cubs' young talent

CHICAGO -- The Pirates could have worn out all the tape on Kris Bryant at their disposal before last week's series against the Cubs at PNC Park. They could have pored over scouting reports like they were cramming for final exams.

The truth is, none of that prepared the Bucs to face Bryant like, well, actually facing Bryant.

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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.

With 'pen thriving, Parnell taking his time in rehab

With 'pen thriving, Parnell taking his time in rehab

MIAMI -- Most nights in Port St. Lucie, Fla., once he is finished with his daily rehab, Bobby Parnell fires up the Mets broadcast on his phone. In that manner, he has taken notice of a bullpen that entered Monday's play second in the National League in ERA, despite the absences of Parnell, Vic Black, Josh Edgin and Jenrry Mejia. Jeurys Familia in particular has thrived in the closer's role that used to belong to Parnell.

"Like I said from the beginning, we've got a good bullpen," Parnell said Monday, making the short drive down to Marlins Park to reunite with teammates. "We've got good arms down there. It really benefits me from a selfish standpoint, because I know these guys can do it. I can take my time and be 100 percent when I get here. If they were struggling and I had to come up here early, it would be detrimental to me. But they're pitching their butts off. Familia's throwing outstanding. It's fun to watch."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Price disappointed Waino out for season

Although division rivals, Reds manager doesn't like to see talented player injured

Price disappointed Waino out for season

CINCINNATI -- Cardinals rotation ace Adam Wainwright has often been a thorn in the Reds' side, including as recently as April 19 when he outdueled Mike Leake's 86-pitch complete-game performance for a 2-1 victory. However, Reds manager Bryan Price took no joy from the past weekend's developments.

Wainwright will miss the rest of the season, out for 9-12 months after tearing his left Achilles while hitting on Saturday. First-place St. Louis is the defending National League Central champion and a team that has repeatedly beaten the Reds in head-to-head play, but this could potentially change the fortunes of the division.

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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.

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.

Pitching prospect Colome likely to start in Orioles series

Right-hander posted 2.66 ERA in 5 games with Rays last season

Pitching prospect Colome likely to start in Orioles series

NEW YORK -- Alex Colome is with the Rays on the road trip, and the right-hander is expected to make his first start of the season against the Orioles this weekend.

"The only thing I know is I'm pitching in the Baltimore series, but I don't know what day exactly," Colome said.

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Bill Chastain 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.