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.

MLB remembers fallen heroes on Memorial Day

In addition to National Moment of Remembrance, clubs will hold events at each park

MLB remembers fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

Ballparks and beaches will be crowded with happy people. Swimming pools await their first official cannonballs. The barbecue grills will be fired up in backyards and at community parks. Families will gather and memories will be made. And most of all, we'll remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make so much of this enjoyment possible.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

What's Next: History favors division leaders

For contenders such as Royals, Astros, Memorial Day an important benchmark

What's Next: History favors division leaders

Memorial Day is full of somber remembrance but also seasonal celebration. We honor those who gave their lives protecting the United States and its freedoms while serving in the military, but we find time to cut loose at backyard barbecues and fete the coming of June and summer proper.

And so it goes that during the course of this very American holiday, we can't escape the increasingly intriguing storylines of the summer game, which will steam right into its third month by the end of the week.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: May 25

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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Anthony Castrovince

ASG debate: McCutchen or Marte in NL OF?

Both Pirates are worthy of All-Star consideration

ASG debate: McCutchen or Marte in NL OF?

*** 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! ***

The most difficult All-Star ballot decisions often come down to established commodities vs. hot hands. These choices are all the more interesting when they involve two guys on the same team. Or more directly, in the same outfield.

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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.

Liriano caps historic stretch for Pirates' rotation

Bucs get three straight double-digit K games from starters for first time since 1969

Liriano caps historic stretch for Pirates' rotation

PITTSBURGH -- When his pitchers are piling up strikeouts, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle likes to say they're just playing catch. There might as well be nobody else on the field -- just the pitcher and catcher, throwing the ball back and forth as opposing hitters walk to and from the dugout.

This weekend, the Pirates swept the Mets behind three pretty good games of catch.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

What to watch for in today's games

A host of afternoon games are on Major League Baseball's Memorial Day schedule.

The early leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award toes the rubber in Baltimore, the best team in the Majors opens a series in the Bronx and two of the National League's best collide in our nation's capital.

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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.

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Alyson Footer

Power Rankings: Royals are rolling

Power Rankings: Royals are rolling

The two New York teams really don't have much in common in terms of roster composition or strengths and weaknesses, but there is one glaring similarity between the two -- it's not been a lot of fun for either in the last week or so.

The Yankees, dominant in the American League East for much of the first month, are close to being a .500 team heading into their home series with the Royals (and their MLB-best .651 winning percentage). And the Mets, who we all knew couldn't keep up the frenetic pace that catapulted them through April, are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Pirates in Pittsburgh that dropped their road record to 7-15.

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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.

Wacha improves to 7-0 with gem for Cards

Wacha improves to 7-0 with gem for Cards

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha and Matt Carpenter have been models of stability all season for the Cardinals.

So, when the club hit its first real bump in the road with a three-game losing streak, it figured that Wacha and Carpenter would be two of the main guys to help put St. Louis back on a smooth course.

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

Hamilton to return today, start in LF for Texas

Banister expects 'seamless transition' for outfielder in Rangers' season debut

Hamilton to return today, start in LF for Texas

NEW YORK -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister has a plan ready for outfielder Josh Hamilton when he joins the team in Cleveland on Monday.

"Shake his hand, say hello, make sure he is in a batting practice group, put him in the lineup, sit back and watch him play," Banister said.

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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.

Yankees retire No. 51 for Bernie Williams

Four-time World Series champion has No. 51 retired, Monument Park plaque unveiled

Yankees retire No. 51 for Bernie Williams

NEW YORK -- This was the celebration that Bernie Williams put off for nine years, unsure about embracing what it would represent. To join the past Yankees greats in Monument Park and take his uniform number out of circulation demanded an acknowledgement that his playing days were over, and that was a difficult dream to part with.

Yet as Williams stood at a podium Sunday, delivering 10 minutes of heartfelt remarks in the center of a Yankee Stadium where he never played, he was surprised to discover that it was not bittersweet at all to say goodbye. In a geographical sense, now Williams and his No. 51 will always reside in center field for Yankees home games.

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

Jeter back in Bronx

Yankees icon returns for Bernie Williams Night

Jeter back in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Leading up to his retirement last season, Derek Jeter consistently said he was looking forward to was enjoying a summer without a schedule, offered the flexibility to see what life would be like away from the ballpark after 20 years in the Majors.

Jeter snapped that sabbatical Sunday to be present for Bernie Williams Night at Yankee Stadium, applauding along with his former teammates as Williams' No. 51 was retired and the switch-hitting center fielder was officially enshrined into Monument Park.

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

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Richard Justice

The Astros are a joy, and dangerous

The Astros are a joy, and dangerous

The Astros are an absolute joy to watch. That's surely one part of this season's sweetest and most improbable story. They have youth and energy, resilience and toughness. They have some confidence, too, growing day by day. Is there anything else?

Yes, there is. They're a simple team in a lot of ways. They hit home runs in bunches and play very good defense and hold onto leads when they get them. Isn't that a formula for success right there?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers keep rolling, sweep reeling Yankees

Rangers keep rolling, sweep reeling Yankees

NEW YORK -- Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York's bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Votto, Granderson, Ortiz

DraftKings picks: Votto, Granderson, Ortiz

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 Monday.

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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.

Watch Drake play softball for charity

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Watch Drake play softball for charity

Drake can do anything. He raps, he sings, he plays softball for charity. He brings joy to the world.

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Tucker, Castro power Astros past Tigers

Tucker, Castro power Astros past Tigers

DETROIT -- Preston Tucker's second game-tying homer in four days and Jason Castro's go-ahead two-run single powered six unanswered Astros runs off Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bullpen, salvaging a four-game series split for Houston with a 10-8 win in Sunday's finale at Comerica Park.

A game that began with a 36-minute, eight-run opening inning seemingly had settled down with the help of Sanchez, who struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced. With a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning, however, Sanchez alternated hits and strikeouts -- including Evan Gattis' leadoff homer -- until Tucker pinch-hit for Jake Marisnick as the potential tying run and sent a drive deep to right.

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

Bryant eager to catch up with boyhood rival Harper

Cubs rookie, Nats star played with and against each other in Vegas

Bryant eager to catch up with boyhood rival Harper

PHOENIX -- They played against each other and were teammates, starting when the pair were about 8 years old growing up in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Nationals' Bryce Harper will compete against each other at Wrigley Field in the first game of a three-game series.

"The thing that stands out to me is just how good he was and how much better he was than the competition," Bryant said Sunday of Harper, who starred at Las Vegas High School. "He was 11 years old and throwing 80 miles an hour off the mound. It was special to see that from a guy that young. He's obviously younger than I am, but watching him play, I was amazed. I knew he'd be doing what he's doing at this level someday."

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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.

Upton's slam sets tone as Padres rout Dodgers

Upton's slam sets tone as Padres rout Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- With Justin Upton's six RBIs and seven solid innings from James Shields, the Padres on Sunday avoided a series sweep while coasting to a 11-3 win over the Dodgers.

"He's swinging the bat great. Right from the get-go, he's had good at-bats. He's a threat. He's doing what he does," said Padres manager Bud Black of Upton.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

Five players to trade for today

Why to get Marte, Gattis, V-Mart, Ramos, Betances

Five players to trade for today

The trade market is the fastest way to improve your roster and weaken the competition at the same time. Smart owners should immediately send offers for the five players listed below, and then watch their teams soar up the standings.

Starling Marte, outfielder (Pirates): Some fantasy owners have not yet noticed, but the 26-year-old has become a first-round talent. Conceivably, Marte could finish the season as a 30-30 player, with a .300 batting average and more than 90 runs and RBIs. Because he hits in the heart of the Bucs lineup, the outfielder is in the perfect spot to maximize the production from his diverse skill set. Owners who seek a stud hitter should avoid trade talks for the likes of Giancarlo Stanton or Adam Jones, and target Marte at a lesser cost.

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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.

Reyes expected back for opener vs. White Sox

Shortstop has been on DL recovering from cracked left rib

Reyes expected back for opener vs. White Sox

TORONTO -- Jose Reyes is expected to make his return to the lineup on Monday when the Blue Jays open a three-game series against the White Sox at Rogers Centre.

Reyes was in the dugout for Sunday's 8-2 win over the Mariners. The shortstop has been recovering from a cracked left rib, and he is set to come off the 15-day disabled list after completing a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo. He was 4-for-11 with a pair of RBIs in three games with the Bisons.

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

Giants booth enjoys Rockies' mullet cap giveaway

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Giants booth enjoys Rockies' mullet cap giveaway

The mullet remains one of mankind's most deeply misunderstood hairstyles. Sure, it may give off the vague impression that a woodland creature somehow managed to 1) climb on top of your head and 2) promptly die there, but is there not some sort of honor in that? Have we no respect for the man who can stare decency in the face and coolly reply "No, my Ratt records and I are good, thanks"?

Thankfully, the Colorado Rockies realize the brilliance inherent in the mullet (they do have some experience in this department), and have decided to celebrate accordingly during Sunday's game against the Giants. That's right, everybody -- it was Coors Field's Mullet Hat Night, and even the Giants' broadcast booth got in on the action: 

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Gray takes liner off ankle; X-rays negative

Righty pitches scoreless five innings before exiting with injury

Gray takes liner off ankle; X-rays negative

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Sonny Gray stood near his locker following the Athletics' 7-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, there was a mix of disappointment and relief.

The right-hander was hit in the right ankle by a sharp grounder off the bat of Rays first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning, and he continued to finish off the fourth and fifth innings before being pulled at the start of the sixth.

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Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper comes through in clutch to down Phils

Right fielder drives in a pair and throws out runner at second

Harper comes through in clutch to down Phils

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper showed Sunday afternoon that he doesn't have to hit the long ball to look like "The Natural." Harper drove in two runs and made a great defensive play in right field in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies.

After the game, manager Matt Williams revealed the secret to Harper's success this season and it's more than just leading the National League in homers.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli supports strong Miley to down Angels

Napoli supports strong Miley to down Angels

BOSTON -- The Red Sox finished a disjointed homestand in sound fashion, riding a strong performance by Wade Miley and yet another big game by Mike Napoli to a 6-1 victory over the Angels in Sunday afternoon's rubber match of a three-game series.

Miley pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings until a single by C.J. Cron.

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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.

Tanaka takes another positive step

Tanaka takes another positive step

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches in the Yankee Stadium bullpen on Sunday afternoon, and if everything goes well in his second Minor League rehab start this week, he could return to big league duty.

Tanaka's bullpen session served as preparation for his scheduled start on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Pawtucket, during which the right-hander is scheduled to throw approximately 65 pitches. Tanaka said that if the Yanks want to use him in the big leagues after that, he'll be fine.

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

Liriano whiffs 12 as Pirates sweep away Mets

Liriano whiffs 12 as Pirates sweep away Mets

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano bounced back from his worst start of the season, completing a trio of dominant starting-pitching performances as the Pirates swept the Mets with a 9-1 win at PNC Park on Sunday.

Picking up where Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett left off, Liriano racked up 12 strikeouts, the most for any Pirates pitcher this season, and held the Mets to one run over six innings. It was a return to form for the Bucs' Opening Day starter, who allowed seven runs in two innings on Tuesday against the Twins.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. 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.

Shields keeps edge with bats' big backing

Padres ace moves to 6-0, fans 7 in efficient outing

Shields keeps edge with bats' big backing

LOS ANGELES -- Before James Shields threw a single pitch Sunday, he'd already been staked to a 4-0 lead, thanks to Justin Upton's grand slam in the top of the first inning.

Not to be upstaged, Shields got on a good roll of his own, retiring 16 of 17 at one point before he allowed three runs in the seventh inning of the Padres' 11-3 victory over the Dodgers.

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

Indians win 6th in a row, defeat Reds

Indians win 6th in a row, defeat Reds

CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.

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