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.

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.

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.

Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

'Dead arm' sidelines Peralta; Baker, Frias recalled to bolster pitching depth

Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers on Sunday placed All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig and their leader in saves, righty Joel Peralta, on the 15-day disabled list, replacing them with Sunday's starting pitcher, Scott Baker, and swing man Carlos Frias.

Puig is sidelined by a strained left hamstring, while Peralta said he has a "dead arm," probably from a pinched nerve near his neck. Reliever Brandon League was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Baker.

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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.

Diverted by storm, Mariners endure bumpy flight to Texas

Club's players, staff thankful to arrive safely

Diverted by storm, Mariners endure bumpy flight to Texas

ARLINGTON -- After a turbulent flight and a late-night diversion to San Antonio due to heavy thunderstorms in Texas, the Mariners' charter plane from Seattle arrived at Love Field in Dallas at about 3:30 a.m. CT on Monday.

The Mariners were scheduled to arrive in Dallas around midnight CT after losing an 11-inning, 4-2 game to the Twins at Safeco Field on Sunday afternoon, but one attempt at landing was aborted and the plane was sent to San Antonio -- about 280 miles to the south -- to refuel and wait for the weather to clear.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees' attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers took two of three games in the weekend set as Niese was thumped for six runs (four earned) and eight hits over five innings, including a four-run second inning in which the Yankees stroked four doubles. The Mets didn't help their cause defensively, committing four errors in the field.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With 659 career homers, A-Rod one shy of Mays

With 659 career homers, A-Rod one shy of Mays

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez pumped his fist as he approached second base on Sunday, having watched the 659th home run of his career strike the top of the wall and bounce into the Yankees' bullpen.

Rodriguez stands one home run shy of tying Willie Mays (660) for fourth place on the home run list, swatting his fifth homer of the season off the Mets' Jon Niese in the first inning of the Yankees' 6-4 Subway Series victory on Sunday. Equaling Mays' total would be meaningful, Rodriguez said.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

What to watch for in today's games

Russell set to make Wrigley debut; Dodgers seek redemption vs. Giants

What to watch for in today's games

A new week brings new series in Major League Baseball on Monday, as teams begin the final showdowns of April.

A young phenom makes his first home start, an old rivalry continues and a couple aces look to earn a 'W.'

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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.

Power Rankings: Mets continue surge

Power Rankings: Mets continue surge

Week three is in the books, and while the usual suspects are still taking up residency in the top five of the MLB.com Power Rankings presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, some mild surprises are hanging around the middle of the pack.

While we're still fairly certain the Nationals and their absurdly deep rotation will be deep in a division race come September, so far, the Mets have given us no reason to knock them from the top spot. Also, the Yankees, after a not-so-hot first week, have settled in nicely -- in the middle of the pack in the AL East, and also in our rankings.

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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.

Hamilton deal expected to be official today

Team anticipates sending slugger to Arizona to continue recovery from surgery

Hamilton deal expected to be official today

ANAHEIM -- The obvious has not yet been stated.

There is still no official announcement that the Rangers have acquired outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels. The deal has been agreed to, but the entire process has not been completed to the point where an announcement can be made.

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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.

Wainwright to DL with Achilles injury; MRI to come

Wainwright to DL with Achilles injury; MRI to come

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals won't know until Monday exactly how long they'll be without ace Adam Wainwright, but the muted reaction to a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday spoke louder than any preliminary diagnosis.

On Sunday morning, Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left Achilles and left ankle injury, which he sustained after breaking from the batter's box Saturday on a fifth-inning popup. Limping around in a walking boot after Saturday's game, Wainwright confirmed that the injury is in the back of his ankle -- or, as manager Mike Matheny described it, "a bad spot."

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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.

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Phil Rogers

Cards need to prepare for life without Wainwright

Onus on Mozeliak to find a way to replace ace's productivity

Cards need to prepare for life without Wainwright

Talk about a body blow. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost Adam Wainwright to a left Achilles tendon injury. They won't know the extent of that injury until Monday, but they must prepare for a worst-case scenario: playing without him for the remainder of the season.

What a buzzkill -- not just for the Cardinals but for all of us. Wainwright's competitive spirit and skill on the mound are traits you hope to find in every pitcher but only get in the very best. He's a leader who understands how he connects with fans and everyone around the game, which adds value that can't be measured.

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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.

Go fish? Trout hits homer against Bass

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Go fish? Trout hits homer against Bass

Catch a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll probably be too busy watching Mike Trout highlights to put his new skill to use.

On Sunday, the reigning AL MVP did his thang, launching a two-run homer to center field.

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Phil Rogers

With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

CHICAGO -- With apologies to John Mozeliak and Rick Hahn, there's a possible trade sitting on the tee like a brand new Titleist.

Maybe they're talking about it, but probably they're not. So here goes. Let's give it a rip and get the ball rolling.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Werth, Kluber, Kelly

DraftKings picks: Werth, Kluber, Kelly

With several aces on the schedule, DraftKings owners may be wise to spend heavily at the pitcher position Monday. Stacking hitters against the few back-end rotation members who are opposing skilled lineups may also be a sound strategy. The following players could lead to winning DraftKings lineups.

Wilson Ramos (Nationals): Productive catchers are sometimes hard for DraftKings participants to find, but Ramos could put together a multi-hit effort Monday, when he brings a career .828 OPS against left-handers (.718 vs. righties) into a matchup with Braves southpaw Eric Stults.

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Fred Zinkie is a senior 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.

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Fred Zinkie

Buy low, sell high as fantasy trade market heats up

Buy low, sell high as fantasy trade market heats up

Late April is a terrific time for fantasy owners to plunge into trade talks. League mates are likely frustrated by players experiencing early-season struggles, and they could also be enamored by the productive players on opposing rosters. With acknowledgement that fantasy baseball is a marathon and not a sprint, here are fantasy trade rankings to use as a guide for discussions.

Buy low

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Fred Zinkie is a senior 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.

MLB.com's Andrade teams for Champions win

Golfer rides partner's hole-in-one for victory on ages-50-and-older tour

MLB.com's Andrade teams for Champions win

MLB.com-sponsored golfer Billy Andrade teamed with Joe Durant to win the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf on Sunday at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.

Andrade and Durant, who had a hole-in-one, closed with a 9-under-par 45. Durant's ace came on the second nine, using a 7-iron on the 167-yard hole.

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O's make history with 18 runs vs. Red Sox

O's make history with 18 runs vs. Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards.

Baltimore, which stopped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's walk-off win, was led by a five-RBI performance from Delmon Young, who went 3-for-6 out of the cleanup spot. Chris Davis, who homered in the sixth, and Steve Pearce each drove in three runs. Red-hot Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his season average to .429.

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

Subway Series heats up with Mets-Yanks Twitter feud

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Subway Series heats up with Mets-Yanks Twitter feud

It was bad enough that the Mets lost the latest Subway Series to the Yankees on Sunday night, dropping a 6-4 rubber game in the Bronx. Then they also had to suffer the indignity of a loss on social media.

It began when the Mets' official account tweeted out an in-game update, referring to the Yankees not by name, but as "NY (AL)."

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Is Giancarlo Stanton made of vapor?

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Is Giancarlo Stanton made of vapor?

Giancarlo Stanton can send balls into orbit with a single swing, and he can make diving catches that turn into double plays and make us question the limits of physical ability. It's pretty impressive, really, considering Stanton's body might actually be made of vapor.

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Collins hoping to have Wright back on Saturday

Collins hoping to have Wright back on Saturday

NEW YORK -- Rather than watch Sunday night's Subway Series finale from the dugout, where he had spent each of the previous two games, Mets third baseman David Wright caught a flight down to Florida. There, he plans to begin participating in baseball activities Monday for the first time since straining his right hamstring on April 14.

Though Wright is eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday, manager Terry Collins called that not "realistic." If Wright can return by Saturday, Collins said, that would be "really good."

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

R.B.I. 15 on iOS -- a match made in baseball heaven

Download the iconic arcade game from the App Store for just $4.99

R.B.I. 15 on iOS -- a match made in baseball heaven

Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced on Thursday that R.B.I. Baseball 15 is now available for iPhone and iPad. Zach Small was waiting for it like a batter with a control pad in hand.

The 35-year-old personal software trainer from Hanover, Pa., first played R.B.I. a quarter-century ago as a 10-year-old boy, when it was on the Nintendo Entertainment System. He got the new release when it first appeared this spring, routinely playing on Xbox One.

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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.

Arrieta, Russell lead way as Cubs top Reds

Arrieta, Russell lead way as Cubs top Reds

CINCINNATI -- Big hits from Miguel Montero and Addison Russell were enough to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago took both games of the rain-shortened series.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead with one out in the second inning against Anthony DeSclafani when Montero hit an 84-mph 1-1 changeup to the seats in left field for a home run. The Cubs added four unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning following third baseman Todd Frazier's fielding error.

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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. 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.

Archer dominates Jays to keep Rays rolling

Archer dominates Jays to keep Rays rolling

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays completed a three-game weekend sweep of the Blue Jays with a 5-1 win Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Chris Archer led the way with another stellar start for the Rays, holding the Blue Jays scoreless on two hits for seven innings to earn his third win of the season. Mark Buehrle took the loss for the Blue Jays, moving him to 3-1 for the season.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Top White Sox prospect Rodon may get start

White Sox top prospect a candidate to fill in, as is recent callup Carroll

Top White Sox prospect Rodon may get start

CHICAGO -- Losing your No. 1 and No. 2 starters never would be considered anything near a plus for any team, under any circumstance. That scenario could play out for the White Sox, with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija receiving five-game suspensions for their part in Thursday's bench-clearing, bullpen-emptying fracas with the Royals.

Sale and Samardzija, who both declined comment Sunday, appealed those suspensions. But even if their five-game exits aren't staggered, the White Sox are ready to handle the short-term ramifications.

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

Scherzer could miss start with thumb injury

Hurt while batting, like Cards ace Wainwright, Nats righty advocates DH use

Scherzer could miss start with thumb injury

MIAMI -- Max Scherzer played catch on Sunday at Marlins Park, and the Nationals right-hander said his right thumb is still sore. After Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Marlins, manager Matt Williams indicated that Scherzer would not take his next turn in the rotation Tuesday. 

"We probably have to make an adjustment. We don't know who that is yet," Williams said. "We'll get through [Monday's] game and see where we are at. There are options for us. I don't know if Max is going to make this one."

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

Ellsbury sits out finale with tight right hip

Yankees hope center fielder can return to lineup vs. Rays

Ellsbury sits out finale with tight right hip

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury spent Sunday afternoon receiving treatment on his tight right hip and will watch the final game of the Subway Series from the bench, but manager Joe Girardi hopes to have the center fielder's services Monday against the Rays.

"He was better. He was going to try today, he went through treatment and he was getting loose and I just said, 'You know what? I was going to give you a day off one of these next few days anyway, the next four,'" Girardi said. "I think it's kind of silly if he would have to leave in the middle of the game so shut him down."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ailing Verlander remains in holding pattern

Injured relievers Rondon, Alburquerque progressing

Ailing Verlander remains in holding pattern

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander will travel with the Tigers on their upcoming three-city, 10-game road trip. How much he can do while he's with them is anyone's guess at this point.

"He'll go because he may be able to throw at some point on the trip," manager Brad Ausmus said.

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

Gattis leads Astros as they sweep A's

Gattis leads Astros as they sweep A's

OAKLAND -- Designated hitter Evan Gattis drove in four runs, including two in the ninth against closer Tyler Clippard, to guide the Astros to a series-sweeping 7-6 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Clippard offered up a leadoff single to Jake Marisnick, and Jose Altuve reached on a fielder's choice groundball to A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who instinctively threw to second, even though Marisnick was already there. Following the Astros' double steal, Clippard struck out George Springer for the first out and intentionally walked Jed Lowrie, setting up Gattis' liner on a neck-high fastball to center field that went over the head of Sam Fuld, who slightly stumbled as he chased after the drive.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins roll to 5th straight win with sweep of Nats

Marlins roll to 5th straight win with sweep of Nats

MIAMI -- The Nationals created an opening in the fourth inning, botching a rundown play, and the Marlins made them pay. Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a three-run triple, Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI triple, and Miami rolled to a 6-2 victory on Sunday at Marlins Park.

Hechavarria put Miami in front with a bases-clearing triple with two outs in the fourth inning. The hit came after Washington was unable to tag out Stanton in a rundown at third.

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