Left hamstring keeps Puig out of starting lineup

Ethier gets the call in right field against the Padres

Left hamstring keeps Puig out of starting lineup

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was out of the starting lineup Saturday night after leaving Friday night's game with an aggravation of a strained left hamstring.

Puig originally injured the leg last week and missed four of five games. He returned to the lineup for the series in San Francisco, but reinjured the leg on a ground out in the sixth inning Friday night.

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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.

4 Royals, 2 White Sox suspended for fracas

Ventura (7 games), Volquez, Samardzija, Sale (5 each), Cain and Herrera (2 each) were punished

4 Royals, 2 White Sox suspended for fracas

CHICAGO -- Seven players were disciplined by Major League Baseball for their roles in Thursday's on-field incident in the bottom of the seventh inning between the Royals and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was suspended seven games, Edinson Volquez received five games, while outfielder Lorenzo Cain and righty Kelvin Herrera were each suspended two games. Herrera is already appealing a five-game suspension levied for throwing at A's third baseman Brett Lawrie on April 18.

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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.

Zobrist to undergo left knee surgery

Do-it-all man likely out four to six weeks, Vogt to take No. 3 spot in lineup

Zobrist to undergo left knee surgery

OAKLAND -- Ben Zobrist, the A's do-it-all man, has a medial meniscus tear in his left knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery that's expected to keep him out four to six weeks.

Zobrist tried to play through the injury with a start at designated hitter on Friday against the Astros after missing four straight games, but he was noticeably uncomfortable.

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

Simon, V-Mart get Tigers back on track

Simon, V-Mart get Tigers back on track

DETROIT -- Alfredo Simon became the first Tigers pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Frank Tanana in 1988, delivering 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to help the Tigers end a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

On a day when Miguel Cabrera walked four times in a game for the first time in his career, Detroit didn't need much offensive output to put Simon ahead for good. With a pair of run-scoring singles, Victor Martinez drove in three, one more run than the entire Tigers lineup produced over the previous two games combined. Two of those runs were scored by Rajai Davis, who added an insurance tally in the fourth when he hit a two-out single, stole second base and scored on Ian Kinsler's double.

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

Today's starting lineups: April 25

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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White Sox place Albers on DL, may need Rodon to start

Right-handed reliever fractured finger during Thursday night's fracas

White Sox place Albers on DL, may need Rodon to start

CHICAGO -- The White Sox lost Thursday night's contest to the Royals by a 3-2 margin in 13 innings.

They potentially could lose starting pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija for five games each, which represent two of six overall suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball on Saturday coming from the melee in the bottom of the seventh of that same Thursday game.

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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.

Nats being careful with Span; Scherzer on mend

Outfielder rests after four straight games; righty could make next start

Nats being careful with Span; Scherzer on mend

MIAMI -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span was given the day off Saturday against the Marlins. After playing four consecutive games, Span's legs "were really heavy. But's that's part of the process," according to manager Matt Williams.

With Span out of the lineup, Bryce Harper moved from right to center field, while Reed Johnson received a start in right field.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. 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.

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back

Outfielder confident he'll return from DL by early May

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back

MIAMI -- An MRI revealed Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has a bulging disk in his lower back. The 23-year-old is undergoing treatment, and remains confident he can be reinstated from the disabled list in early May.

Miami placed Yelich on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a low back strain, retroactive to April 20. The earliest he can be activated is May 5.

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

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton's tumultuous stint in Southern California is nearing a resolution, one that would save the Angels some money and send the embattled outfielder back to the place he once thrived.

The Rangers are closing in on a deal to acquire Hamilton from the Angels, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Neither club has confirmed the trade, which still needs to clear several logistical hurdles before it's completed. But a source said the Angels would be receiving about $15 million in cash considerations, and no players, for a contract that will pay Hamilton about $90 million through the 2017 season.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bauer a late scratch in Detroit due to illness

Bauer a late scratch in Detroit due to illness

DETROIT -- The Indians were forced to make a last-minute adjustment to their rotation on Saturday after right-hander Trevor Bauer was unable to get through his warmup routine.

Shortly before Cleveland's 4-1 loss to the Tigers, the Indians announced that Bauer was scratched from his scheduled start due to illness. The right-hander attempted to work through his pregame long-toss program, but had to stop after he continued to feel sick.

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

Felix finishes off Twins in shutout; Cruz crushes 9th homer

Felix finishes off Twins in shutout; Cruz crushes 9th homer

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez continued his long-running dominance of the Twins and Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison backed The King up with home runs as the Mariners topped Minnesota, 2-0, on Friday at Safeco Field.

Hernandez threw his 10th career shutout, allowing five hits and no walks and striking out nine as he improved to 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA on the year. The 29-year-old has now thrown six straight starts of eight-plus innings with two or less runs against the Twins.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. 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.

How fast was Tex's 2nd homer? Statcast knows

How fast was Tex's 2nd homer? Statcast knows

When Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira took right-hander Jacob deGrom deep in the third inning of Friday night's 6-1 win over the Mets at Yankee Stadium, it was his second home run of the night, his seventh of the season and the third of the night for the Bronx Bombers.

But thanks to Statcast data, which was part of the national broadcast on MLB Network, those aren't the only numbers we know.

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

Facing hitters next on Fernandez's agenda

Facing hitters next on Fernandez's agenda

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's progression is reaching the point that the Marlins' ace is on the verge of facing hitters for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery last May 16.

Fernandez is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, and if that goes as planned, the next step is a 15-pitch batting-practice session on Thursday. That will be the first time he goes up against hitters.

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

Muncy spells banged-up Lawrie

Infielder impressed at camp, makes big league debut at third

Muncy spells banged-up Lawrie

OAKLAND -- A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who jammed his knee into the bullpen mound during Friday's game, was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's middle matchup with the Astros, despite texting his manager at 1 a.m. that he was good to go.

"We needed to get Brett Lawrie a day off here," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "He's as banged up as anyone we have here. Not DL-banged up, but banged up."

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

Maddon content to bat pitcher in No. 8 slot

Maddon content to bat pitcher in No. 8 slot

CINCINNATI -- So far, Cubs manager Joe Maddon's preference for having the pitcher bat eighth seems to be working, and he plans on sticking with it.

The starting pitcher has batted eighth in each of the Cubs' 17 games this season, and the group is batting .141 collectively. However, where the pitcher bats is not Maddon's concern.

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

Blue Jays release rehabbing Romero

Club didn't expect starter would recover in time to contribute

Blue Jays release rehabbing Romero

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Ricky Romero era with the Blue Jays has officially come to an end after the club's former No. 1 starter was granted his release on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos met with Romero at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla. to deliver the news. The organization felt it was in Romero's best interest to be released because the Blue Jays didn't think he would be ready to return this season.

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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.

Astros using caution with Marisnick's return

Astros using caution with Marisnick's return

OAKLAND -- Houston manager A.J. Hinch continues to take a cautious approach to outfielder Jake Marisnick and his sore right leg, which kept him out of Friday night's series opener against the Oakland Athletics.

Marisnick, who has hit safely in 10 of his past 12 games, appears to be healthy and could be used if needed. Hinch wants to give him at least one more day.

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

Reds fete '90 champions in pregame ceremony

Reds fete '90 champions in pregame ceremony

CINCINNATI -- Rain fell on the field, but the party went on, as the Reds continued their weekend-long celebration of their 1990 World Series champions on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

Heavy showers descended upon the ballpark in the hours leading up to the Reds-Cubs afternoon tilt, delaying the start of the game and eliminating the possibility of the pregame ceremony taking place on the field. So the Reds simply turned to Plan B, staging the 1990 reunion from the Handlebar Club in right field, with the players sitting out on the balcony area in plain view of the fans in the stands.

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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.

Puig's status uncertain after hamstring flareup

Puig's status uncertain after hamstring flareup

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was non-committal whether outfielder Yasiel Puig will wind up on the disabled list after reinjuring his left hamstring muscle in Friday night's 3-0 win over the Padres.

"The DL is always on the table" when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. "As of right now, there's not much more we can do tonight."

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of the Dodgers @kengurnick on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

SAN DIEGO -- Zack Greinke continued his mastery of the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park, allowing four hits in seven innings as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 victory in an early season showdown between the top two teams in the National League West.

Greinke (3-0), who struck out seven while walking three, is 4-0 with 1.41 ERA against the Padres dating back to 2013.

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

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

Suspended game to be resumed before Sunday's finale

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

CHICAGO -- The conclusion of Friday night's game, which was suspended after eight innings with the game tied at 2-2, and Saturday's regularly scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field were postponed due to a forecast of continuing rain and inclement weather throughout Saturday.

A makeup date for Saturday's 1:10 p.m. CT start has not been determined. Fans should keep their tickets and parking coupons for the April 25 game until a rescheduled date and time have been announced.

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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.

For Gardner, Yanks, it's not a 'stache decision

For Gardner, Yanks, it's not a 'stache decision

NEW YORK -- The fuel for the Yankees' recent winning streak can be traced to a moment of inspiration in a bathroom mirror at Tropicana Field. At least, that's how Brett Gardner tells the story.

Gardner is leading the charge behind a sprouting band of mustaches in the Yankees' clubhouse, most of which have been permitted to take root while the team has reeled off seven wins in eight games going into Saturday's Subway Series game against the Mets.

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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.

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NL West no match for Greinke, Kershaw

NL West no match for Greinke, Kershaw

Zack Greinke has been a difference-maker for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have won back-to-back National League West titles since signing Greinke as a free agent. He has teamed with Clayton Kershaw to give the Dodgers a dominate 1-2 punch, bringing back memories of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

Day after benches-clearing incident, lefty and fellow Sox hurler Samardzija say they've moved on

White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

CHICAGO -- White Sox left-hander Chris Sale went to the Royals' clubhouse Thursday night after the on-field fracas in the bottom of the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field had been settled, but cooler heads prevailed before anything escalated.

One source said that Alex Rios, a friend and former teammate of Sale with the White Sox who is now with the Royals, helped defuse the situation. Edinson Volquez, the Kansas City hurler who joined Sale as part of the five players ejected, said somebody told him that Sale was knocking on the clubhouse door during the eighth inning. Sale didn't confirm nor deny the reported action, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura all but acknowledged it took place.

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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.

Gose sits amongst spate of strikeouts

Gose sits amongst spate of strikeouts

DETROIT -- The good news for Anthony Gose is that his production hasn't plummeted from his torrid Spring Training, batting .333 (15-for-45). However, his strikeouts have flared up, leading manager Brad Ausmus to give him a break from the starting lineup on Saturday.

After sitting back-to-back games against lefty starters, Gose is 4-for-17 over his last four games. More to the point, he has struck out 10 times in that stretch, more than doubling his total for the season. He went 1-for-5 with a single and four strikeouts Friday night against Danny Salazar and Anthony Swarzak.

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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.

Teixeira swats pair off deGrom as Yanks snap Mets' win streak

Teixeira swats pair off deGrom as Yanks snap Mets' win streak

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Michael Pineda pitched effectively into the eighth inning in Friday night's Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets' 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

"Home runs are always good," said Teixeira, who leads the Yankees with seven homers. "They're not easy to come by, especially against a good pitcher. It was a good night."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. 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.

Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

CHICAGO -- With three bench-clearing incidents so far this month -- including Thursday night's fracas with the White Sox -- the Royals are gaining a reputation around Major League Baseball as a feisty bunch looking for trouble.

But the viewpoint inside the Royals' clubhouse is quite different. They're not looking for trouble, they say. Trouble is finding them -- probably because the opponents are struggling to find other ways to beat them.

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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.

Hamilton steals three bases to up MLB-best total

Speedster steals three vs. Lester, but Cincinnati 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position

Hamilton steals three bases to up MLB-best total

CINCINNATI -- Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was more than willing to exploit Cubs ace Jon Lester's weakness at holding runners, and he seemed poised early to be a one-man run-manufacturing machine. When push came to shove in the later innings, however, runs that were begging to be scored were left uncollected.

Hence, the Reds gave away a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings as they went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 16 times in the game, including 10 against Lester.

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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.

A-Gon defends honor, races radio host

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A-Gon defends honor, races radio host

We're all familiar with "The Tortoise and the Hare," right? The tortoise gets sick of hearing the hare talk about how fast he is all the time and tells him to put up or shut up. Well, this fable is called "The Dodgers First Baseman and the Radio Host" and the ending is a little different than you might expect.

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