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Jon Paul Morosi

New FA rules add twist to Trade Deadline strategy

New FA rules add twist to Trade Deadline strategy

At this time each year, baseball observers commence the ritual of separating the sport into "buyers" and "sellers" ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

In 2017, additional terminology is required. Major League Baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement has transformed the selling side of the equation, because Draft-pick compensation now varies according to a team's economic circumstances.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale aims to make history on MLB.TV

Lefty can be 1st in Modern Era to fan at least 10 in 9 straight starts.

Sale aims to make history on MLB.TV

Boston left-hander Chris Sale will look to make history today when the Rangers and Red Sox play the second game of a three-game set in Boston at 7:10 p.m. ET. Sale will try to become the first pitcher in the Modern Era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight starts.

Sale has struck out 10 or more in each of his last eight starts, sharing that feat with former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, who did it in 1999. Over the eight games, Sale has struck out a total of 88 batters.

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

Can you tell which baseball terms these emojis represent?

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Can you tell which baseball terms these emojis represent?

You know your baseball vocabulary -- we're pretty confident about that. You know where the hot corner is and that the bullpen isn't full of actual bulls. But can you decode the baseball slang below? The twist -- it's all in emojis. Just click the picture when you're ready to see the answer.

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Today's starting lineups: May 24

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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Statcast of the Day: Schwarber's 470-foot HR

Statcast of the Day: Schwarber's 470-foot HR

CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber's home run Tuesday night boldly went where none have gone before -- at least this year.

The Cubs slugger launched a home run onto Sheffield Avenue behind the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field with one out in the first inning off the Giants' Johnny Cueto to spark a 4-1 victory, prompting manager Joe Maddon to have a flashback.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Throw-hio! Robertson at heart of Indians' win

Outfielder triples, makes 2 sparkling defensive plays, including game-saving assist

Throw-hio! Robertson at heart of Indians' win

CINCINNATI -- Daniel Robertson slammed hard enough into Great American Ball Park's center-field wall that his hat popped off and dropped to the warning track. In one quick burst, the outfielder shuffled to his feet, plucked his cap from the ground and sprinted off the field.

That running, bruising catch robbed Reds shortstop Zack Cozart of an extra-base hit, ended the fourth inning and was just one of Robertson's contributions in a wild 8-7 victory for the Indians on Tuesday night. The journeyman outfielder also tripled, made a game-saving throw in the eighth inning and was in the batter's box when the game's decisive run scored on a wild pitch.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin showed off her skills with a flipping windup on her first pitch

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Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin showed off her skills with a flipping windup on her first pitch

The same rules that govern pitching in a regulation baseball game do not apply to ceremonial first pitches. Balk rules in particular do not apply to ceremonial first pitchers. They don't need to even pitch from the mound, let alone maintain contact with the rubber during delivery.

Olympic gold medialist in gymnastics Nastia Liukin took advantage of that relaxation of the rules during her first pitch prior to the Cubs' 4-1 win Tuesday night against the Giants.

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30 Rox: Colorado first in NL to victory mark

30 Rox: Colorado first in NL to victory mark

PHILADELPHIA -- It's still early, but it's a little less early every day. With Memorial Day -- one of baseball's traditional milestones -- rapidly approaching, the Rockies hit a milestone of their own on Tuesday night.

A convincing 8-2 victory -- the Rockies' 12th in the last 17 games -- made Colorado the first 30-game winner in the National League. It's the first time in franchise history that the Rockies have been the first NL team to 30 wins.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Philles Tuesday.

Ben Harris is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies Tuesday.

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

LA wins in 13th after epic Lynn-Kershaw duel

LA wins in 13th after epic Lynn-Kershaw duel

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe, who returned from the disabled list with strikeouts in his first four at-bats, doubled home Enrique Hernandez with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night as the Dodgers walked off with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals, after a classic pitchers' duel between Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn.

"Once it happens, after that fourth one, I was like, 'OK, well something needs to change,'" said Forsythe. "But that was even the case after the first one. I was like, 'All right, make an adjustment.' Sometimes it takes a little bit or a couple more at bats to find it. Luckily, I was able to get the barrel and make a play."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks play 'God Save the Queen' for victims

Yanks play 'God Save the Queen' for victims

NEW YORK -- The Yankees remembered the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester, England, standing in solidarity and unity with the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain by playing "God Save the Queen" prior to Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Public address announcer Paul Olden called for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Monday's "heinous and cowardly" attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people and injured dozens when a suicide bomber detonated a device at Manchester Arena following a performance by pop singer Ariana Grande.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

David Ross' magical run to the 'Dancing with the Stars' finals ended with a second-place finish

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David Ross' magical run to the 'Dancing with the Stars' finals ended with a second-place finish

Usually a Tuesday night in May doesn't matter much to a baseball player. Sure, they may want to win the game, but it's not a do-or-die situation.

That wasn't the case for David Ross. The former Cubs catcher-turned-pop culture icon used his quickly improving dance skills and a ravenous Cubs fanbase to reach the "Dancing With the Stars" finals. 

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Ervin shuts out Orioles on 2 hits

Ervin shuts out Orioles on 2 hits

BALTIMORE -- The Twins used a dominating shutout effort from road warrior Ervin Santana to keep rolling, edging the Orioles, 2-0, in Tuesday's series-clinching win at Camden Yards for their fifth win in six games.

Minnesota, which improved to 13-5 on the road this season and entered the day trailing only Houston for the best road winning percentage in baseball, ensured it would remain alone atop the American League Central with the win. The O's -- who entered the day with an MLB-best .750 home winning percentage -- suffered their third consecutive loss at Camden Yards.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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

Harper, Rendon #ASGWorthy in 8-run 4th

Sluggers, Werth all homer in Nats' big frame; infielder finishes with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs

Harper, Rendon #ASGWorthy in 8-run 4th

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals entered Tuesday night's game in a brief slumber, averaging just 2.8 runs in the previous five games, but their Major League-leading offense has shown to be capable of outbursts at any point.

In a rain-soaked fourth inning of this 10-1 victory against the Mariners, the Nats scored eight runs and hammered nine hits, none louder or more voracious than a mammoth homer from Bryce Harper.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners acquire outfielder Aplin from Astros

Mariners acquire outfielder Aplin from Astros

SEATTLE -- Andrew Aplin, a 26-year-old outfielder who spent the past six years in the Astros' Minor League organization, acquired by the Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash.

Aplin had been designated for assignment on Monday by Houston after hitting .250/.375/.345 in 32 games for Triple-A Fresno.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros pounce as McCullers extends streak

Astros pounce as McCullers extends streak

HOUSTON -- Yuli Gurriel and Juan Centeno rocketed solo home runs off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, and Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. eased through another scoreless outing, paving the way in Houston's 6-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Between Gurriel and Centeno's homers in the second and fourth innings, respectively -- traveling a combined 822 feet, according to Statcast™ -- Josh Reddick scored on Detroit third baseman Nicholas Castellanos' eighth error of the season. Castellanos added another error in the eighth, tying his season total from last year.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Astros on Tuesday.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Joc Pederson caught the first pitch from his brother Champ on his bobblehead night

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Joc Pederson caught the first pitch from his brother Champ on his bobblehead night

It's hard to find a pair of brothers closer than Joc and Champ Pederson. The 25-year-old Dodgers outfielder has a huge fan in his older brother, and Champ has been a frequent presence around the team, too, from home run derbies to clinching celebrations.

So before the Dodgers faced the Cardinals on Joc Pederson Bobblehead Night, who would be better to throw the first pitch than Champ? They made it a moment to remember, with Champ throwing a strike in to Joc behind the plate.

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Lester goes distance with 4-hitter, 10 K's

Lester goes distance with 4-hitter, 10 K's

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester heard the talk about Johnny Cueto. The Cubs left-hander wasn't leaving Wrigley Field without reminding everyone he's just as lethal.

"I'm not too shabby, right?" Lester joked after a 4-1 Cubs win Tuesday. "I've had a decent career."

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves' Adams hits walk-off to end marathon

Braves' Adams hits walk-off to end marathon

ATLANTA -- This might not have been as wacky as the 19-inning game these same two teams played in 2011. But a long rain delay combined with an exchange of ninth-inning rallies certainly made things interesting as the Braves completed a 6-5 win over the Pirates during the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Nick Markakis gave the Braves life when he delivered a game-tying, two-out double off Tony Watson, and Matt Adams further endeared himself to his new teammates when he laced an opposite-field, walk-off single against the Pirates' closer at 1:52 a.m. ET.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

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Red Sox swing hot bats, cool off Rangers

Red Sox swing hot bats, cool off Rangers

BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand for the 23-21 Red Sox. Texas had won 11 of 12 while outscoring its opponents, 72-38, over that span.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Richard Justice

Manfred a proponent of games in Mexico

MLB Commissioner also addresses ballpark security in news conference

Manfred a proponent of games in Mexico

HOUSTON -- Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the time had come to play regular-season games in Mexico City as Major League Baseball weighs international expansion.

"We think it's time to move past exhibition games and play real live 'they-count' games in Mexico," Manfred said. "That is the kind of experiment that puts you in better position to make a judgement as to whether you have a market that could sustain an 81-game season and a Major League team."

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson, Puig walk off after scary collision

Dodgers center fielder exits in 10th with stiff neck

Pederson, Puig walk off after scary collision

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson got the worst of it in a collision with right-field teammate Yasiel Puig and had to leave Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals in the 10th inning with neck stiffness.

Following the Dodgers' thrilling 2-1 win in 13 innings, manager Dave Roberts said Pederson felt like he "got in a car accident," but the player and club were optimistic the disabled list would not be needed. Pederson said he might only miss one or two games.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Watson receives BAT Lifetime Achievement Award

Former player, GM feted for work with assistance program

Watson receives BAT Lifetime Achievement Award

HOUSTON -- Bob Watson's friends came from all over the country on Tuesday to honor his 52 years in baseball and to tell him how much they respect him and how much they care for him.

Teammates remembered him as a ferocious competitor and a great teammate during his 19 seasons in the Major Leagues. Later, as general manager of the Astros and Yankees, Watson was ... Well, let's allow Joe Torre to pick up the story.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

1st quencher: 7-run frame boosts Mets, Harvey

1st quencher: 7-run frame boosts Mets, Harvey

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's struggles this season have been both well-documented and well-defined. And while Harvey did little to boost his fading reputation on Tuesday, his teammates boosted him plenty with a seven-run first inning in the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres at Citi Field.

Michael Conforto homered, singled and drove in three runs in the first inning alone, finishing with his second career multi-homer game -- third, including his 2015 World Series Game 4 performance -- to pace the offense.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Josh Bell responded to an Onion article with a joke of his own

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Josh Bell responded to an Onion article with a joke of his own

The nature of first impressions is that you don't get a second chance to make them. For a rookie first baseman, the anxiety of that logical truth can be crippling. One's reputation for an entire career can be smeared by a bad joke or unintentionally insulting comment.

Luckily for Pirates rookie first baseman Josh Bell, he has a tried-and-true icebreaking joke.

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EE's 2 HRs lead Tribe to wild win in Cincy

EE's 2 HRs lead Tribe to wild win in Cincy

CINCINNATI -- The Indians have been waiting for big offseason acquisition Edwin Encarnacion to let his power emerge. Encarnacion broke it out in a big way on Tuesday as he slugged two home runs in Cleveland's 8-7 win over the Reds to help split the two Ohio Cup games at Great American Ball Park.

"I think he's getting more dangerous," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion. "He's hit a number of balls just foul, but he's barreling them up. I think you're going to see nights like this won't be the only time."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Lamb, Herrmann homers power D-backs to win

Lamb, Herrmann homers power D-backs to win

PHOENIX -- Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run first inning, as the D-backs held on to beat the White Sox, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

It was the 12th homer of the year for Lamb, who was named National League Player of the Week on Monday. Paul Goldschmidt also drove in a run in the first with a triple, and Chris Herrmann added a solo homer in the second.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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The Cubs bullpen has begun a new dancing tradition

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The Cubs bullpen has begun a new dancing tradition

There's a fever going on around Wrigley Field -- a dance fever.

Partially inspired by former teammate David Ross' deep run on "Dancing with the Stars," the Cubs just can't stop grooving. Their bullpen recently had a dance-off with the Brewers' crew during a rain delay. Now, as mentioned in the clip above, the Cubs' relievers have taken to dancing anytime the team does something big on offense or defense.

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Morales' huge HR leads Blue Jays past Crew

Morales' huge HR leads Blue Jays past Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Kendrys Morales hit a booming two-run home run to give the Blue Jays a four-run lead in the fifth, and Toronto's bullpen held on to beat the Brewers, 4-3, in the opener of a two-game Interleague series on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Making his first start as a third baseman in four years, Jose Bautista extended Blue Jays' fifth with a two-out single, before Morales got all of a Jimmy Nelson sinker for a home run to straightaway center. At a projected 447 feet, according to Statcast™, Morales' home run was the second longest by a Blue Jays hitter this season, and it was also their second-hardest-hit home run, leaving the bat at 110.5 mph to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

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Blackmon flashes #ASGWorthy power vs. Phils

Outfielder homers twice in game, among league leaders in RBIs

Blackmon flashes #ASGWorthy power vs. Phils

Go ahead and get excited, Rockies fans, about Charlie Blackmon's productivity in Philadelphia.

Two homers in Tuesday night's 8-2 victory over the Phillies gives him seven in his last five at Citizens Bank Park.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.