Ichiro moves past Babe on all-time hits list

Ichiro moves past Babe on all-time hits list

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list in his first at-bat, going the other way on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the second inning with a single to left-center.

With the hit, the 41-year-old Suzuki moves into 38th place since 1900 with hit No. 2,874. It also sparked a two-run rally that extended the Marlins' lead to 3-0.

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

Hanley exits game due to left hand soreness

Red Sox left fielder was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning

Hanley exits game due to left hand soreness

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez exited Friday's game against the Angels in the top of the sixth inning with left hand soreness.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ramirez was plunked on that hand by a pitch from Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Looking at Big picture: Johnson to capture Rush

Looking at Big picture: Johnson to capture Rush

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.

ASG debate: Prince or Hosmer at first in AL?

Rusurging Ranger, emerging Royals star clash on Midsummer Classic ballot

ASG debate: Prince or Hosmer at first in AL?

*** 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! ***

You want a head-to-head All-Star ballot matchup? Last week, the Royals and Rangers split a four-game series at Globe Life Park. Prince Fielder homered in Games 1 and 3, and Texas won those. Eric Hosmer homered in Games 2 and 4, and Kansas City won those.

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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.

Konerko honored to have No. 14 retired

Konerko honored to have No. 14 retired

CHICAGO -- The sendoff given to Paul Konerko last September on the night before the end of his 16-year-career with the White Sox and 18-year career overall would have been sufficient closure for the White Sox captain.

Konerko received a concourse statue and the baseball he hit for a grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series sweep of Houston among the many gifts and honors. But having his jersey No. 14 retired, as announced during his retirement ceremony at the end of 2014 and taking place on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, truly brings the consummate White Sox professional full circle.

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

Big leaguers teach fundamentals at Hall

Big leaguers teach fundamentals at Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- There's no cheating the basics. The path to the Hall of Fame begins on anonymous fields and involves learning the basic fundamentals, and 150 local area kids got the benefit of a lesson from some of baseball's best on Friday afternoon. Seven former big leaguers suited up and got involved at Doubleday Field on Friday, running the kids through their paces and helping them brush up on each of the game's disparate skills.

Former Atlanta southpaw Steve Avery was on hand to teach the basics of pitching, and big league catchers Bengie Molina and Ed Taubensee tutored their young charges in catching and hitting, respectively. Jack Wilson, a former All-Star with the Pirates, taught the basic of infield play, and Jim Eisenreich was on hand to teach basic fundamentals in the outfield. There were also stations devoted to baserunning and bunting for the three-hour clinic.

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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.

Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

In aftermath of Smith's ejection, many OK with pitchers improving grip

Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

ATLANTA -- Count Braves right fielder Nick Markakis among the Major League hitters who are comforted by the trend of pitchers using a hidden foreign substance to improve their grip of the baseball.

But when that substance is clearly visible -- like it was Thursday night when Brewers left-hander Will Smith was caught with a mixture of sunscreen and rosin on his right forearm -- umpires really have no option other than to abide by the rules.

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

Mariano's son among Draft's family ties

Kin of current, former Major Leaguers ready to take game to professional level

Mariano's son among Draft's family ties

Hearing their name called during next month's First-Year Player Draft would be a dream come true for many hopeful future big leaguers, some of whom will be trying to build upon their already strong family legacy within the game.

More than a thousand names will be called over the 40-round affair from June 8-10, and many could have a familiar ring to them. In fact, eight of MLB.com's Top 100 Draft prospects alone have family ties to Major League Baseball.

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

Quicken, Pollock can help you 'Steal A Home'

Fans can win free mortgage payment up to $1,500 after speedster swipes plate

Quicken, Pollock can help you 'Steal A Home'

There was big news on the U.S. mortgage lending front in recent hours, as the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.84 percent and A.J. Pollock stole home.

While real estate buyers and sellers digest the news of Freddie Mac's key figures released on Thursday, the real upside here for Major League Baseball fans is the chance to win a free mortgage payment of up to $1,500 from Quicken Loans thanks to one of those club-record-tying seven stolen bases by the D-backs in their 6-1 victory a night earlier in Miami.

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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.

Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

Cuban outfielder plays right field, bats eighth in 2015 debut

Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in desperate need of a spark to their struggling offense, summoned Rusney Castillo to Fenway Park for Friday's game against the Angels. The right-handed hitter was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and immediately placed in Boston's lineup in the eighth spot and in right field for the opener of a three-game series.

"Well, he's someone who has got the ability to impact the baseball," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Puig still sidelined with tight hamstring

Left leg bothered Dodgers outfielder while trying to jog this week

Puig still sidelined with tight hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig felt continued left hamstring tightness trying to jog this week and remains sidelined indefinitely, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

Puig, an All-Star last year, has played only 11 of the Dodgers' 40 games this year. He has two home runs and four RBIs. He was originally injured April 13, then reinjured April 24. He hurt it for a third time during a Minor League rehab game May 8.

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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.

10 bizarre rules you won't believe existed

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10 bizarre rules you won't believe existed

Baseball has been played roughly the same way for so long that its rules have become sacred institutions. The numbers are spoken of in hushed tones, and even thinking about touching them is akin to heresy: Of course there are 90 feet between bases, because it just feels right, and has for generations.

But the path the game took to get here was more trial and error than divine intervention, the game's founding fathers throwing all kinds of stuff against the wall to see what stuck. It was a long and winding road, full of detours and dead ends and pegging innocent baserunners (no, really). To appreciate just how far we've come, behold, we give you nine incredibly weird rules that we swear actually existed.

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Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

Brewers' clubhouse calmer day after heated exchange in Atlanta

Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

ATLANTA -- Brewers reliever Will Smith is not trying to dodge justice in his appeal of the eight-game suspension Major League Baseball handed down Friday. He knows, technically, that he broke a longstanding rule that prohibits pitchers from using foreign substances. He admits it.

Smith just thinks his particular crime doesn't fit that kind of time.

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

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Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

Statistics alone cannot begin to measure why slugger touched hearts of fans

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

His tools were a first baseman's mitt and a bat, not a sledgehammer or a wrench. But Paul Konerko was the first person you wanted to see after clocking in on the job. Any job.

He wasn't ever just another guy, just another baseball player, but he carried himself like he could have been your mailman or auto mechanic -- not the guy facing Mariano Rivera with the game on the line. The deep connection that developed between Konerko and White Sox fans is the way baseball should be.

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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.

'Tough as they come' Pujols back for Angels

First baseman was hit on left hand/wrist by pitch in Toronto

'Tough as they come' Pujols back for Angels

BOSTON -- Albert Pujols returned to the Angels' lineup for Friday's series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, two days after a fastball hit him on the left hand/wrist.

Pujols thought he was headed for the disabled list while in Toronto on Wednesday night, but a CT scan revealed only a bruise and the swelling on the bottom of his left hand subsided significantly by Thursday afternoon. The 35-year-old first baseman will initially have to hit through a little bit of pain, but he believes it's manageable.

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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.

Trying next step, Verlander to throw sim game

Rehabbing righty scheduled to face Tigers hitters Tuesday in Oakland

Trying next step, Verlander to throw sim game

DETROIT -- Six weeks after Justin Verlander threw a simulated game and fell short of his goal, he's scheduled to throw another one. He'll face a group of Tigers hitters Tuesday afternoon in Oakland, where Detroit faces the A's next week, as he tries the next step in his rehab process.

Verlander threw an extended bullpen session Thursday at Comerica Park, sitting down and getting back up to simulate innings breaks in his start. He threw his regular pregame warmup routine in the bullpen, about 45 pitches by manager Brad Ausmus' estimation, then two innings of 15 pitches each, with eight warmup pitches beforehand.

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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.

Jay nearing return from left wrist tendinitis

Jay nearing return from left wrist tendinitis

KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Jon Jay was in an upbeat mood as he relaxed in the Cardinals' clubhouse on Friday afternoon.

"I'm going to hit with the club on the field today and that's good news for me," Jay said.

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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.

Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

Top prospect has struggled with command in Majors

Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon's previous start for the White Sox came on Wednesday night against the Indians, when the rookie southpaw walked five over six innings and allowed one run.

His next start takes place on … .

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

Herzog honored before renewal of I-70 Series

Herzog honored before renewal of I-70 Series

KANSAS CITY -- While the Royals and the Cardinals entered Friday night's I-70 Series opener leading their respective divisions for the first time in 18 years of Interleague Play, the history runs deeper for one man cherished by both clubs.

Whitey Herzog, the Hall of Fame manager who led Kansas City to three straight playoff appearances from 1976-78 and guided St. Louis to a World Series win in '82, was honored during a pregame ceremony on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Padres seek leadoff hitter with Myers out

Padres seek leadoff hitter with Myers out

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres continue to audition leadoff hitters as they attempt to fill the void left when Wil Myers landed on the disabled list last week with tendinitis in his left wrist.

On Friday, the first game of a three-game series against the Dodgers, first baseman Yangervis Solarte got his first start of the season atop the lineup.

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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.

Konerko embraces passion for hockey in retirement

Konerko embraces passion for hockey in retirement

CHICAGO -- When the Blackhawks take the ice Saturday night for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks, Paul Konerko and his wife, Jennifer, will be present at the United Center.

Konerko possibly could have been on that ice as a player at some point in the past decade if not for a decision to stick with baseball when his family moved from Rhode Island to Arizona. Based on his jersey No. 14 being retired by the White Sox Saturday afternoon, Konerko appears to have made the correct call.

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

Machado excited for homecoming in Miami

Third baseman returns to hometown for first time as O's open series with Marlins

Machado excited for homecoming in Miami

MIAMI -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado graduated with a class of 32 students at Brito Miami Private High School in 2010.

As he returned to play in his hometown for the first time when Baltimore opened up a three-game series with Miami at Marlins Park on Friday, the 22-year-old joked that he hopes his former classmates show up. But more importantly, Machado is thrilled to have an opportunity to play in his backyard in front of family.

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

Sore knee keeps Sandoval out of lineup

Red Sox third baseman was hit by a pitch earlier in the week

Sore knee keeps Sandoval out of lineup

BOSTON -- The original plan was for Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval to be back in the lineup on Friday night, three days after he got hit on the left knee by a pitch. However, Sandoval was too sore and remained out of action for the opener of a three-game series against the Angels.

"Well, it doesn't feel like he's ready to go," said manager John Farrell. "There's limitations to the range; there's limitations to him being able to plant that left leg to execute a strong throw. Baserunning was going to be limited. All that adds up to him needing more time."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka slated for 2nd rehab start next week

Yankees put pitch count at 65 after right-hander 'feels good' following outing

Tanaka slated for 2nd rehab start next week

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka reported no issues after a Minor League rehabilitation start this week, and the Yankees plan to send the right-hander back to the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday at Pawtucket.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Tanaka's pitch count will be bumped to 65 for the start in the 12:05 p.m. ET contest, Tanaka's second since being placed on the disabled list April 29 with a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis.

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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.

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

3 reasons why fastball from LA lefty landed in the seats

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

Clayton Kershaw has faced more than 5,700 hitters over his eight-year career, but never once had he allowed an opposing pitcher to hit a home run -- never, that is, until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner crushed a first-pitch third inning fastball into the AT&T Park seats for the first run in what would be a 4-0 Giants win. Let's start by giving fair credit to Bumgarner, who now has seven homers to his name, third among active pitchers behind Yovani Gallardo (12) and Travis Wood (9).

But all due respect to the outstanding Bumgarner, this is the defending NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner we're talking about in Kershaw. How in the world does the best pitcher in baseball give up a homer to his opposite number, even one who can swing the bat like Bumgarner? Let's dig into Statcast™, which calculated the distance of the homer at 415 feet with an exit velocity of 105 mph, and the other tools at our disposal to point out three reasons how that ball ended up in the stands.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Knee X-rays negative, Fields day to day

Reliever sore after getting hit in right knee by comebacker Thursday

Knee X-rays negative, Fields day to day

DETROIT -- Josh Fields said Friday that his right knee is sore after taking a line drive off it Thursday, but X-rays were negative, and it doesn't appear he'll have to miss too much time.

Fields exited Thursday's game against the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning when a comeback line drive hit the outside of his right knee as he finished his follow-through. He began to run toward first base to make a play on the ball, but he started hobbling.

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

Travis disappointed, but understands DL move

Second baseman expects to return on first day eligible

Travis disappointed, but understands DL move

TORONTO -- Devon Travis isn't happy about it, but he understands why he needs to go on the 15-day disabled list.

The Blue Jays placed the their rookie second baseman on the shelf late Thursday night after he missed five straight games because of an injured shoulder sustained in late April. The move is backdated to May 17.

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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.

O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

MIAMI -- Prior to Friday's contest in Miami, the Orioles reinstated infielder Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk.

Cabrera went to the DL on May 7 with a left foot contusion. He recently completed a rehab assignment with Norfolk, which began on May 15, and he said he feels good to go.

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

In midst of skid, Marlins don't appear at event

Fish 'N' Chips Casino Party unattended by players after loss to D-backs

In midst of skid, Marlins don't appear at event

MIAMI -- Marlins players were not exactly in a festive mood on Thursday, hours after bowing to Arizona and extending their skid to seven games.

No players appeared at the annual Fish 'N' Chips Casino Party, a $100 per person ($175 couples) fundraiser benefiting the Marlins Reviving Inner Cities Program (RBI), a youth program designed to promote interest in baseball, academic achievement and social responsibility in underserved and disadvantaged areas of South Florida.

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

'Entourage' star enjoys National Jersey Day

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'Entourage' star enjoys National Jersey Day

In honor of National Jersey Day on May 22, MLB and Majestic turned to the world's foremost expert on proper jersey etiquette: Jerry Ferrara.

Ferrara is mostly known for playing Turtle on "Entourage" -- a character who typically dresses the part of a rabid but transplanted New York sports fanatic:

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