Mookie, Red Sox stun Blue Jays with rally, walk-off

Mookie, Red Sox stun Blue Jays with rally, walk-off

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts laced a walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. When Xander Bogaerts scored to end the game, it marked the first lead Boston had the whole game.

It was Bogaerts who jump-started the winning rally with a one-out single to left. Ryan Hanigan followed with a single up the middle. Blue Jays reliever Miguel Castro then uncorked a wild pitch to put the winning run at third base.

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Ian Browne 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.

McCarthy has torn UCL, likely needs Tommy John surgery

McCarthy has torn UCL, likely needs Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES -- When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly got to the ballpark Monday, he said he got some news he wasn't expecting.

Bad news.

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

Protests force O's-White Sox postponement

Protests force O's-White Sox postponement

BALTIMORE -- As violent protests for Freddie Gray moved through Baltimore, and closer to Camden Yards, the Orioles postponed Monday night's game against the White Sox.

The team made the announcement on their JumboTron, after consultation with the Baltimore City Police Department. As riots moved downtown, all but two gates at Camden Yards were shut down.

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

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Paul Hagen

MLB has long chosen path of caution during outside turmoil

MLB has long chosen path of caution during outside turmoil

BALTIMORE -- It was the middle of the afternoon in Los Angeles on the afternoon on April 29, 1992. A small black-and-white television was on in the near-empty press box at Dodger Stadium. Suddenly, a breaking-news alert interrupted the regularly scheduled programming. The police accused of beating a civilian named Rodney King had been found not guilty.

That night's game between the Phillies and Dodgers was surreal. Police helicopters flew back and forth across the darkened sky, searchlights flashing. The acrid smell of South Central Los Angeles burning scented the air.

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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.

Mets stun Marlins in ninth on Murphy's homer

Mets stun Marlins in ninth on Murphy's homer

MIAMI -- On a night starting pitching stood out, Daniel Murphy struck for the big blow off Marlins closer Steve Cishek. Murphy blasted a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to rally the Mets to a 3-1 victory in one hour and 58 minutes, snapping Miami's winning streak at five.

The Mets improved to 5-0 this season against the Marlins. Until the late rally, Miami's Jarred Cosart and New York's Dillon Gee stole the show. The Marlins were able to break through with two outs in the eighth inning on Martin Prado's single to right field off Gee.

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

Late flurry lifts Royals over Kluber, Indians

Late flurry lifts Royals over Kluber, Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Royals took advantage of an off night for reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and a rough showing from Cleveland's defense to claim a 6-2 victory over the Tribe on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas combined for six hits and three RBIs for Kansas City, which turned in enough offense to support an effective effort from lefty Jason Vargas. The Royals' starter issued five walks in his five innings, but sidestepped a handful of jams and limited the Indians to just two runs (on a fifth-inning homer by Mike Aviles).

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. 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.

Hamilton deal to Rangers made official

Texas hopes outfielder can be ready to join lineup in mid-to-late May

Hamilton deal to Rangers made official

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton is back with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Angels and is about a month away from being back in their lineup.

The Rangers are hoping he can be playing for them by mid-to-late May after he spends time in extended Spring Training in Arizona and on a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

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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.

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Lyle Spencer

Angels doing Hamilton a favor with trade to Rangers

Texas best place for slugger to work on restoring reputation and finding peace of mind

Angels doing Hamilton a favor with trade to Rangers

The return of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers, where he found himself and became a superstar after a long, hard road through substance addiction, is a swap unlike any other that comes to mind.

The Angels are picking up an enormous tab on what's left of the outfielder's $125 million contract to get it done, and the prevailing reaction is that they are doing it simply to get rid of a problem.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

Wainwright has torn Achilles, out 9-12 months

ST. LOUIS -- Two days after Adam Wainwright hobbled off the field at Miller Park, an MRI confirmed that the Cardinals' ace suffered a torn left Achilles and will miss the rest of the 2015 season.

Wainwright, who was not at the ballpark on Monday, gathered multiple doctors' opinions earlier in the day before accepting the news that he won't pitch again this year. He's likely to undergo surgery on Thursday, and general manager John Mozeliak estimated that a rehab and recovery time of 9-12 months will follow.

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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

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.

Freeman ejected for arguing checked swing

Freeman ejected for arguing checked swing

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was ejected following his strikeout to end the fifth inning of Monday night's series opener with Washington.

With Atlanta leading, 2-1, Freeman, who already had two hits in the game, started toward first base believing he had checked his swing and drawn a walk on a 3-2 pitch from Nationals starter Doug Fister. But home-plate umpire Bill Welke appealed to third-base umpire John Hirschbeck, who ruled Freeman had gone too far, ending the inning and stranding runner Andrelton Simmons at third.

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

Panda's big night ends with neck soreness

Third baseman hits two-run single, solo homer, makes diving catch

Panda's big night ends with neck soreness

BOSTON -- What was shaping up as Pablo Sandoval's breakout night in a Red Sox uniform came to a halt when the third baseman had to exit Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the top of the sixth inning with neck soreness.

Sandoval ripped a two-run single to the base of the Green Monster in the bottom of the first and smashed a laser beam over the bullpen wall in right-center for a solo homer in the fourth.

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

What's the plan for rotation without Waino?

Gonzales or Garcia could fill spot if they return to full health

What's the plan for rotation without Waino?

ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals are forced to face the reality of playing out the rest of the 2015 season without Adam Wainwright, attention now turns to filling his vacant spot in the rotation.

Internally, the two most attractive candidates are lefties Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia, though neither is ready to fill in immediately. Garcia, who had to stop throwing in late March due to shoulder tightness, is scheduled to throw his second simulated game on Thursday. If all goes well, he'll be in line to pitch in an extended spring game next.

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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.

Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

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Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

Sure, you've read through MLB.com's fantasy notes. You've followed MLB.com/fantasy's Twitter handle, @Fantasy411, for years. But you still need that edge over your competition. What do you do?

Ask the expert. Of course, the answer is that easy.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander's MRI shows less inflammation in right triceps

Long road ahead remains for ailing veteran

Verlander's MRI shows less inflammation in right triceps

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Verlander's rehabilitation from a strained triceps muscle in his pitching arm continues to take baby steps forward.

The Tigers confirmed on Monday that Verlander, who started the season on the disabled list and has not thrown a ball since April 15, had a second MRI on Friday, and the results showed less inflammation in his right triceps.

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

Yadier returns to Cardinals' lineup; Heyward out

Yadier returns to Cardinals' lineup; Heyward out

ST. LOUIS -- After missing two games while nursing soreness in his right knee, Yadier Molina returned behind the plate for the Cardinals on Monday. Right fielder Jason Heyward, who suffered a left groin strain on Sunday, did not join him on the field, though Heyward's absence is also expected to be brief.

Heyward had a consultation with the team's medical staff on Monday and was cleared for all on-field activity. Manager Mike Matheny said he intended to give Heyward a day off amid this stretch of 20 games in 20 days anyway, which made it an easy decision to make Monday that day.

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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.

Kluber rings up Cain for 500th career strikeout

Kluber rings up Cain for 500th career strikeout

CLEVELAND -- Lorenzo Cain stood and watched as a 94-mph sinking fastball from Corey Kluber caught the outside corner of the plate for strike three. The sixth-inning strikeout marked Kluber's fifth of the game on Monday, but a milestone in the bigger picture.

It was Kluber's 500th career strikeout, in just his 80th game. In Indians history, only Herb Score, who pitched from 1955-62, reached 500 strikeouts faster than Kluber. Score needed just 68 games.

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

Escobar leaves game vs. Braves with apparent injury

Escobar leaves game vs. Braves with apparent injury

ATLANTA -- Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar, the hottest hitter on a stone-cold Washington team, was apparently injured on a play at third Monday night against the Braves and had to leave the game.

Escobar, who was riding an eight-game hitting streak and an on-base streak of 16 games, was hurt when Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons slid hard into third in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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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.

Baltimore enacts citywide curfew starting Tuesday

Baltimore enacts citywide curfew starting Tuesday

BALTIMORE -- Just a few hours after players huddled around clubhouse televisions, watching the Freddie Gray protests move through Baltimore, the Orioles postponed Monday night's game against the White Sox after consulting with the Baltimore City Police Department. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide curfew from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. ET starting Tuesday and running for the rest of the week.

The curfew comes while the city of Baltimore is experiencing civil unrest following the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19 from injuries allegedly suffered while in police custody. It is unknown how the curfew will affect the rest of the series, with 7:05 p.m. ET games scheduled for both Tuesday and Wednesday

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

Rockies place Ottavino on disabled list; Axford to close

Rockies place Ottavino on disabled list; Axford to close

PHOENIX -- The Rockies placed Adam Ottavino on the disabled list on Monday and replaced him for the time being with veteran John Axford in the closer's role, manager Walt Weiss said prior to his club's game against the D-backs at Chase Field.

Ottavino is nursing triceps inflammation in his right arm. In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thumb injury pushes Scherzer's scheduled start back

Right-hander throws off flat ground, may return to mound in a few days

Thumb injury pushes Scherzer's scheduled start back

ATLANTA -- Max Scherzer continued down his path back into the Nationals' rotation on Monday, but the star right-hander will miss his start on Tuesday, and is still at least a few days away from a return to the mound.

Scherzer, the team's $210 million offseason pitching prize, is making his way back from a strained thumb on his pitching hand that he jammed during an at-bat in his last start on Thursday.

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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.

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

Right-hander likely to start Saturday vs. Detroit; Young could make spot start Friday

Volquez drops appeal, will serve 5-game suspension

CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension, and began serving the suspension Monday. Volquez received the suspension on Thursday for an on-field incident in which he threw a punch intended for White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija during a bench-clearing fracas. The blow did not come close to connecting.

"I think it was the right time to do it," Volquez said of dropping the appeal. "I think it was a good time."

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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.

White Sox agree with decision to postpone O's opener

White Sox agree with decision to postpone O's opener

BALTIMORE -- Just a few hours after White Sox players huddled around clubhouse televisions, watching the Freddie Gray protests move through Baltimore, police officers were quickly escorting them by foot back to their hotel, a few blocks from Camden Yards.

With the threat of protests -- and potential civil unrest -- near the stadium, the Orioles postponed Monday night's game after consulting with the Baltimore City Police Department. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide curfew from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. starting on Tuesday and running for the rest of the week.

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Jake Kring-Schreifels is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz happy to visit Texas, discusses improvements

Cruz happy to visit Texas, discusses improvements

ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz says it's always good to come back to Texas, where he spent eight seasons with the Rangers and played in two World Series. But the Mariners slugger is more interested in his new club now as Seattle opened a three-game series at Globe Life Park on Monday.

"It's still special," Cruz said. "But last year was a bigger deal."

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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.

Hamilton receives warm welcome from Rangers

Hamilton receives warm welcome from Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers welcomed back Josh Hamilton with open arms on Monday. That was the resounding message coming from his old, and new, teammates.

Hamilton, returning to the team that he helped reach consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, isn't expected to play his first game back with the Rangers until mid-to-late May. He talked to a few of his teammates, including All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre, before the news conference to announce he had been acquired from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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Todd Wills 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.

Rendon scratched from rehab start due to fatigue

Rendon scratched from rehab start due to fatigue

ATLANTA -- Washington infielder Anthony Rendon was scratched from his rehab start Monday in Double-A Harrisburg because of fatigue, the Nationals announced. Rendon is recovering from a sprain in the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

The Nationals are being extra cautious with their third baseman, who hit .287 with 21 home runs and 83 RBIs in his first full season in the bigs last year. He finished fifth in the National League MVP voting.

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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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Megan Zahneis

Russell's rise to Cubs a wild ride

Part of club's youth movement, 21-year-old showing moves at new position

Russell's rise to Cubs a wild ride

"It's crazy," is how Addison Russell describes it.

Three years ago this weekend, Russell donned a suit and tie, and now he's suited up in a Chicago Cubs uniform.

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

Giants won't skip Vogelsong's next turn

Despite rainout, San Francisco taking advantage of extra rest for starters

Giants won't skip Vogelsong's next turn

LOS ANGELES -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy erased any lingering doubt about right-hander Ryan Vogelsong's pitching status: He'll start Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Bochy had cited the possibility of skipping Vogelsong, which Sunday's rainout would have enabled the Giants to do. Instead, Bochy made Vogelsong's assignment official Monday.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kelley faces hitters 5 days into DL stint

Kelley faces hitters 5 days into DL stint

SAN DIEGO -- Shawn Kelley had a good idea when he landed on the disabled list a week ago that his strained left calf wouldn't keep him sidelined long.

As it turns out, the right-handed reliever was right, as he threw a 30-pitch batting-practice session Monday afternoon, facing hitters.

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