Dominant Sale K's 12 as Sox hold off O's

Dominant Sale K's 12 as Sox hold off O's

BALTIMORE -- Chicago ace Chris Sale was dominant, spoiling Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson's impressive first Major League start and striking out 12 in the White Sox 3-2 Game 1 win over Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, tallying a season high in strikeouts and holding the O's to just four singles. Baltimore didn't get on the board until Chris Davis' two-run homer -- his third in two games -- off reliever Zach Duke in the ninth.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

Injured by May 15 HBP, Nationals outfielder unlikely to return before August

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

NEW YORK -- A CT scan of Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday revealed two small fractures, according to a baseball source. The Nationals have not confirmed the news.

Dr. Richard Berger, who operated on Werth's wrist in 2012, is convinced that the veteran outfielder will return to full strength. If Werth's rehabilitation goes according to plan, he could return as early as August.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

ASG debate: Rizzo or A-Gone at first in NL?

ASG debate: Rizzo or A-Gone at first in NL?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game 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! ***

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked the other day if he'd ever seen a hitter with as effective of a two-strike approach as Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: May 28

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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Illness won't delay Hamilton's homecoming

Rangers outfielder felt 'sick as all get out' before Thursday's return to Arlington

Illness won't delay Hamilton's homecoming

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was in the Rangers' lineup on Thursday, even though he was feeling "sick as all get out," before the game.

Hamilton said that might be a blessing in disguise as he prepared to play his first game in Arlington since being acquired by the Rangers on April 27.

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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.

#TBT: Bonds is intentionally walked with bases loaded

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#TBT: Bonds is intentionally walked with bases loaded

On the night of May 28, 1998, Arizona manager Buck Showalter -- emblazoned in that lovely Diamondbacks' purple and teal -- had a decision to make: The D-backs led 8-6 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Giants had the bases loaded and Barry Bonds at the plate.

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Fred Zinkie

Waiver-wire wisdom: 10 players to target

Fantasy owners can grab options like Aybar, Kang to strengthen roster

Waiver-wire wisdom: 10 players to target

The waiver wire is full of gems right now, as several viable hitter and pitcher options have emerged in recent days. Those who need a lineup boost or a complete overhaul should strongly consider the 10 players listed below.

Erick Aybar, shortstop (Angels): Aybar -- who is hitting .313 this month -- was recently promoted to the leadoff spot when manager Mike Scioscia decided to shake up his struggling lineup. The 31-year-old has compiled a career .277 batting average and he possesses enough speed to swipe some bases. Hitting in front of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun should give Aybar plenty of chances to score runs.

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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.

Top Rockies prospect Dahl injured in collision

Top Rockies prospect Dahl injured in collision

Rockies No. 2 prospect David Dahl reportedly was sent to the hospital after sustaining several serious injuries during a collision in the outfield during a game Thursday.

During the sixth inning of Double-A New Britain's game against the Altoona Curve, Dahl ran in from center field to snag a shallow fly ball. Shortstop Trevor Story and second baseman Juan Ciriaco also headed toward the ball.

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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.

Montreal mayor shares ideas with Manfred

Commissioner 'not closed' to possibility of returning game to city

Montreal mayor shares ideas with Manfred

NEW YORK -- Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre would like to see Major League Baseball return to his city. To that end, he met with Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday to begin a dialogue.

"The message I tried to send is that the [exhibition games] we've had in Montreal were not just about nostalgia -- it was clearly about our baseball DNA," Coderre said. "As the Mayor of Montreal, I wanted to show the seriousness of our city to gain back a team eventually. But we needed to open a channel. We needed to have that first meeting, face-to-face, so I can show our love for baseball."

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Paul Hagen 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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Jim Callis

Pipeline Inbox: White Sox eyeing arm at No. 8?

Reporter Jim Callis answers prospect questions from fans

Pipeline Inbox: White Sox eyeing arm at No. 8?

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft may be 11 days away, but you don't have to wait that long for detailed discussion and video of the best players available. Jonathan Mayo and I spent Wednesday recording an hour-long MLB Network special that counts down the top 50 Draft prospects. It will air Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET.

If you can't last three more days without some Draft analysis, you've come to the right place. We're dedicating this installment of the Pipeline Inbox to Draft questions. I'll also try to get to more of your Draft queries via Twitter at @jimcallisMLB, so try me there as well.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

5 things to know about Prince's scorching start

5 things to know about Prince's scorching start

The hottest hitter on the planet has what he considers to be the best job on the planet. Prince Fielder is loving life as baseball's newest and most productive full-time designated hitter.

"You really can't complain about this job, you know?" he said. "You get to lift weights and hit!"

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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.

Struggles behind him, Moose can let loose

Royals' third baseman garnering attention for success at plate 1 year after demotion

Struggles behind him, Moose can let loose

CHICAGO -- It's been an incredible turnaround from last year for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

Consider that a year ago at this time, Moustakas was toiling in the Minor Leagues after having been demoted. Fans were frustrated with him. The organization's faith in Moustakas was shaken, at least enough that it had sent him down in hopes he could reboot mentally.

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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.

Inbox: Reynolds ready for chance with Mets?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers fans' questions

Inbox: Reynolds ready for chance with Mets?

A return to National League East play has done wonders for the Mets, following a tough 3-11 mid-May stretch that saw them fall out of first place. The Mets have three more games scheduled against an NL East foe, the Marlins, at Citi Field this weekend, before heading out West for a seven-game swing.

But first, an off-day provides a chance for some questions and answers:

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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.

2nd video board set to enhance Great American Ball Park

Reds partnering with Procter & Gamble to install LED screen before All-Star Game

2nd video board set to enhance Great American Ball Park

The Reds will add a second LED video board to Great American Ball Park in time for the All-Star Game.

The new Daktronics LED screen will measure 90 feet by 30 feet. About 7,500 seats with limited or obstructed views of the existing scoreboard will benefit from the new video display.

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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.

Dodgers' No. 1 prospect Seager with 6-for-6 barrage

Rated No. 6 in all of MLB, shortstop continues Triple-A dominance with homer, 6-RBI game

The Dodgers' top prospect has caught fire at the plate.

Shortstop Corey Seager, MLBPipeline.com's No. 6 overall prospect, went a perfect 6-for-6 for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon.

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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.

No sweat: Sale sizzles to stifle O's in Sox win

Ace fans 12 over 7 2/3 in steamy Baltimore, beats Orioles for first time in career

No sweat: Sale sizzles to stifle O's in Sox win

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale admitted to reporters after his Thursday start that he has been terrible against the Orioles in his career.

The left-hander entered the first game of Thursday's doubleheader with an 0-2 record and 5.06 ERA lifetime against Baltimore. He left, however, with his first win against the club and a season-high 12 strikeouts in the White Sox 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

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

All-Star FanFest to feature legends like Larkin

Hall of Famer will be joined by fellow all-time greats during four-day event

All-Star FanFest to feature legends like Larkin

It's not just the 2015 All-Stars who will be in Cincinnati. Major League Baseball and the Reds announced on Thursday plans for T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, an event that will give fans the chance to meet some of the greatest players in baseball history.

At least 11 Hall of Famers and a host of Cincinnati stars will be on hand to sign autographs and to participate in question-and-answer sessions over the course of the four-day festival.

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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.

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.

Phoenix to host '16 Diversity Business Summit

Chase Field, Salt River Fields will serve as joint home of event next March

Phoenix to host '16 Diversity Business Summit

The Diversity Business Summit is coming back after a year's hiatus.

Major League Baseball announced plans on Thursday to bring back the groundbreaking event, which seeks to connect attendees with exclusive access to executives from all 30 big league clubs and the league's central office, in addition to representatives of MLB Network and MLB Advanced Media.

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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.

'Pen putting signature on Astros' campaign

Chemistry of unit a factor, but talent and depth going a long way for Houston

'Pen putting signature on Astros' campaign

HOUSTON -- Despite having the best record in the American League, the Astros aren't a team without flaws. They strike out too often, they probably rely on home runs too much and their starting rotation isn't as deep as you'd like for a contender.

All those issues might lead to sleepless nights for manager A.J. Hinch, but he can rest his head comfortably each night when he thinks about his bullpen. Houston's relief corps, the source of so much angst the past few years, has lived up to preseason expectations and has emerged as one of the best in the game.

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

NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, a two-time All-Star, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,116,582 total votes.

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Wilson deals, duels in promising first MLB start

Orioles' No. 8 prospect tosses five shutout innings before finding trouble in the sixth

Wilson deals, duels in promising first MLB start

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Tyler Wilson had an impressive first career Major League start.

Wilson -- ranked by MLB.com as the Orioles' No. 8 prospect and recalled from Triple-A before the game -- went six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the White Sox in Thursday's Game 1 of a doubleheader.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Polanco stays positive through growing pains

After bursting onto scene as a rookie, outfielder adjusting through struggles

Polanco stays positive through growing pains

PITTSBURGH -- At the plate with two outs in the eighth inning Wednesday at PNC Park, Gregory Polanco's powerful, looping left-handed swing connected with an 84 mph slider from Marlins reliever Vin Mazzaro and sent the ball crashing high off the Clemente Wall in right field.

After jogging toward first, Polanco broke into a long-striding sprint and sailed into third base for an easy standup triple -- the first of his career.

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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.

Four Cards soaring high in NL All-Star voting

Molina, Peralta, Carpenter and Holliday on pace to start in Midsummer Classic

Four Cards soaring high in NL All-Star voting

The Midsummer Classic may wind up bearing the mark of the Cardinals. The first National League voting update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released on Wednesday, and half of the league's starters were players from St. Louis. The fans have come out in droves to support the Cardinals, yielding leads at catcher, shortstop, third base and in one of the outfield slots.

Complete results: NL All-Star ballot update

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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.

MLB.TV unveils new media player

MLB.TV unveils new media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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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.

Scouting director Correa impressing GM, staff alike

New department head, gearing up for first Draft, prioritizes communication with team

Scouting director Correa impressing GM, staff alike

ST. LOUIS -- Just minutes after general manager John Mozeliak wrapped up a conference call to inform the scouting staff of Chris Correa's promotion, the new director of scouting picked up his own phone and went to work.

For the next two days, Correa made 23 calls, talking one-on-one to every member of his team. There was little introduction needed, as most of the scouts already knew Correa from his previous position as director of baseball development. Instead, Correa wanted to know about them.

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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.

Clutch hitting at center of Twins' emergence

Nearly flawless work from bullpen another key factor in run to AL Central lead

Clutch hitting at center of Twins' emergence

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have been one of the biggest surprises in the Majors this year, 28-18 and tied for the American League Central lead with the Royals after completing a three-game sweep of the Red Sox on Wednesday.

The Twins have won seven of their past eight series, 19 of their past 25 games and 12 of their past 14 home games. They bounced back from a 1-6 record and have been the hottest team in the Majors over the last month, as their 22-8 record since April 25 is the best in the Majors in that span.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs' options for top pick a good problem

No consensus for Draft's No. 1 overall selection, but brass has narrowed list

D-backs' options for top pick a good problem

MILWAUKEE -- On Thursday morning, the D-backs' area scouts and crosscheckers began meeting at Salt River Fields to put together their Draft board, kicking off 10 days of discussions that will culminate with the First-Year Player Draft, taking place from June 8-10.

When the Draft begins at 4 p.m. MST that Monday, all eyes will be on Arizona, which owns the first overall pick for just the second time in franchise history.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

Twelve homers hit in White Sox-Tigers game on May 28, 1995, a big league record

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

A quick glance at the weather conditions in the box score paints a pretty grim picture of what was going on at Tiger Stadium on this particular day.

The field conditions were categorized as "soaked." The weather? Overcast and rain. And the winds were estimated to be blowing out to left field at 10 mph.

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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.

White Sox recall Webb for twin bill coverage

Righty serves as doubleheader 26th man for second time this season

White Sox recall Webb for twin bill coverage

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte as the team's 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Both the White Sox and Orioles are allowed a 26th man for Thursday's games, which were makeups for the pair of games that were postponed due to civil unrest in Baltimore during the late April series.

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