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 on Monday night at Fenway Park. When Xander Bogaerts scored to end the game, it marked the first time Boston had the lead.

"Yeah, we've seen it here a couple of times, where even when we get down to our final at-bat, guys don't give away at-bats," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "They put up tough innings, build an inning. Tonight that was the case again."

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Toronto sending Reyes to DL, recalling Diaz

Shortstop has been playing through pain with rib injury

Toronto sending Reyes to DL, recalling Diaz

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays placed shortstop Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked rib late Monday night, and they will purchase the contract of infielder Jonathan Diaz from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

Reyes recently suffered a cracked rib, and after missing a three-game series against the Braves, he had been attempting to play through the pain. He returned to the lineup on April 21 and hit exclusively from the right side, where the rib caused less discomfort in the batter's box.

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Orioles postpone game; city enacts curfew

Orioles postpone game; city enacts curfew

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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Mets stun Fish in ninth on Murphy's homer

Mets stun Fish in ninth on Murphy's homer

MIAMI -- On a night that 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.

"We're tired," manager Terry Collins said of a Mets team that did not land in Miami until nearly 4 a.m. ET on Monday. "Make no mistake about it, we're stinkin' beat. So when you can have that surge of energy, that's a huge pick-me-up."

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Tigers pounce early and hold off Twins in opener

Tigers pounce early and hold off Twins in opener

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Price tossed 6 1/3 effective innings and was backed by early home runs from Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes to help lead the Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Monday night at Target Field.

Price gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, but needed 108 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings. He allowed a run in the first on an RBI single from Trevor Plouffe after Brian Dozier reached on a double that was originally ruled a foul ball. The Twins didn't score again until the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Dozier, and knocked Price from the game on an RBI single from Danny Santana.

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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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Paul Hagen

MLB historically sensitive to outside turmoil

MLB historically sensitive to 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.

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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.

Yankees cool off Rays behind McCann's blast

Yankees cool off Rays behind McCann's blast

NEW YORK -- The Yankees (12-8) took sole possession of first place in the American League East on Monday night with a 4-1 win over the Rays (11-9) at Yankee Stadium. It snapped Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak and pushed the Yankees' record to 4-0 against the Rays this season.

Brian McCann's solo home run off Brandon Gomes in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie. Carlos Beltran followed with a double to center and scored one out later when Stephen Drew doubled to right off Everett Teaford.

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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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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.

Hamels gets late support as Phillies top Cardinals

Hamels gets late support as Phillies top Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ace Cole Hamels is getting plenty of attention this season because of his availability in a trade. He showed Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium why he should have plenty of pursuers before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Hamels allowed four hits, one run, four walks and struck out nine in seven innings as he improved to 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA.

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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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Richard Justice

In time of unrest, Angelos speaks from the heart

In time of unrest, Angelos speaks from the heart

They couldn't play baseball in Baltimore at a time like this. Not with sections of a great American city so shaken.
 
This is where real life intrudes on the games we love, and Baltimore could use a baseball game right about now, and then some.
 
However, at this point -- and for the foreseeable future -- Baltimore must focus its manpower and resources on restoring calm.
 
That alone looks daunting right now.
 
What began as protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody, escalated into looting and violence.
 
Even as the family of the victim, Freddie Gray, pleaded for peace, dozens of clashes took place.
 
With the chaos a few miles away from Camden Yards, the Orioles and White Sox postponed their game Monday night.
 
Suddenly, in Baltimore, similar scenes that played out in Ferguson, Mo., and New York became a terrifying reality.
 
Tensions have increased steadily since Gray, 25, died of a spinal injury apparently suffered after his arrest on April 12. Six Baltimore police officers have been suspended, pending an investigation.
 
When protesters noisily filled the streets around Camden Yards before and during a Red Sox-Orioles game on Saturday, Orioles executive vice president John Angelos unleashed a flood of perspective via Twitter.
 
His words were passionate, his anger palpable. One awful moment for his city was symbolic of something else, and by the time he was done, he'd referenced Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the Bill of Rights and "innocent working families."
 
Sports executives simply do not speak the way Angelos did. They just don't. They see it as too risky, too polarizing. They play it down the middle, saying something without really saying anything.
 
And so this was the exception. Baseball has long prided itself on being a social institution, on standing for the right thing and attempting to do the right thing. Against this backdrop, Angelos spoke.
 
When a Baltimore sportscaster, Brett Hollander, used Twitter to complain that the protesters were a nuisance to people attempting to go about their business, Angelos responded, quickly and unfiltered.
 
He said, protests aside, that the death of Gray was symbolic of a different kind of injustice, that of jobs being shipped abroad, the loss of civil rights protections and the hardships inflicted on those who are voiceless.
 
He finished with:
 
We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don't have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.
 
Angelos is a son of Baltimore, a lifelong resident who appreciates its beauty and admires its grit and tenacity. He loves it deeply and cares about it profoundly. And so this latest incident was personal.
 
Baltimore is unique in countless ways, but it begins with an attitude. There's pride among Baltimore's citizens in how it rose from the crime and near despair of the 1960s into a thriving, beautiful city of picturesque neighborhoods, libraries, museums and restaurants.
 
Perhaps it's because Baltimore is tucked on the I-95 corridor between Washington and Philadelphia that it sometimes gets overlooked. Maybe that contributes to the warmth locals feel for it.
 
Baltimore is not perfect. It has crime and poverty and blight, just like every other major American city. That fight is ongoing. Yet Baltimore has come so far in three decades, especially around its beautiful inner harbor and in the renaissance that spread into the adjoining neighborhoods. That part of Baltimore is bustling with activity, with people of all ages dining and shopping and working.
 
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which opened in 1992, played a huge role in the rebirth of Baltimore in giving life to an area of the city that had little.
 
Here's the other thing that's important to know about Baltimore. Sports matters. Always has. It's also personal. Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson weren't just stars. They arrived in Baltimore to begin their careers and made it their homes. They were both everymen, living and shopping and dining alongside their fans.
 
Cal Ripken Jr. was like that, too. His dad was an Orioles legend, one of the architects of what became known as "the Oriole way." Ripken grew up dreaming of playing for his hometown team, and when he made history by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game, Baltimore saw him as its own.
 
When Buck Showalter became Orioles manager in 2010, he wanted to be sure his players understood why it was special to be part of the franchise. So he lined the clubhouse hallways with the franchise's important figures, from Earl Weaver and Frank Robinson to Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray.
 
When statues of the five Oriole Hall of Famers were unveiled at Camden Yards during the 2011 season, Showalter encouraged his players to attend and to perhaps get a better understanding of both the city and team.
 
And so Gray's death was troubling to Angelos on more than one level. He used Twitter to caution that the investigation was ongoing. Still, whatever it unearths won't change the things he said on Saturday.
 
His father, Peter Angelos, bought the Orioles in 1993. Peter is the son of Greek immigrants and a self-made man in every way imaginable. He was raised in the Highlandtown area of East Baltimore, a gritty working-class area.
 
Peter graduated from Patterson Park High School and was valdectorian of his class at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has practiced law in Baltimore for 44 years and prides himself on speaking for those unable to speak for themselves.
 
He has taken on asbestos manufacturers, tobacco companies and pharmaceuticals. He's also a former member of the Baltimore City Council and has been involved in dozens of development projects in the city.
 
Once during a conversation with a reporter, Peter began talking about the beauty of the American judicial system and its power to right wrongs. As he spoke, tears welled in his eyes.
 
John Angelos, also a law school grad, understands these same emotions and felt them bubble to the surface on Saturday night. He knows that we'll return to playing baseball at some point soon.
 
He believes this isn't that time. Rather, it's a moment to speak up for the right thing. In that way at least, he's very much his father's son.

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

Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

Zinkie hosting live Twitter chat @Fantasy411; submit now using #Fantasy411

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.

Stults, Johnson lead Braves past Nationals

Stults, Johnson lead Braves past Nationals

ATLANTA -- Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4, with three RBIs, including a two-run homer that fueled a three-run sixth, and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of sloppy defense by the Washington Nationals, who committed four errors, to take the first game of a three-game series, 8-4, Monday night at Turner Field.

Starter Eric Stults (1-1) got the win for the Braves, who had lost five of six, limiting the Nationals to two runs and four hits in a season-high 6 1/3 innings. Stults threw 59 of his 96 pitches for strikes. In the seventh, reliever Cody Martin got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by inducing a sacrifice fly from Denard Span then catching Ryan Zimmerman looking at a fastball down the middle to end the inning.

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Amid protests, Manfred addresses Orioles, White Sox

Amid protests, Manfred addresses Orioles, White Sox

BALTIMORE -- Commissioner Rob Manfred has been making an effort to meet with as many teams as possible during his first year in office, which is why he flew to Baltimore on Monday.

Manfred planned to talk to players from the Orioles and visiting White Sox. He had some business to discuss with Orioles owner Peter Angelos. And, on top of all that, he just likes the city. It was here that he was elected to replace Bud Selig last August. Years ago, Manfred was a season-ticket holder at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Bruce homers, backs strong Marquis as Reds top Brewers

Bruce homers, backs strong Marquis as Reds top Brewers

CINCINNATI -- Reds bats emerged from a recent funk Monday against a Brewers team it previously hit hard only a week ago in Milwaukee. Cincinnati chased starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson early but held off a ninth-inning rally to get a 9-6 victory in the three-game series opener at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds sent nine men to the plate in a four-run bottom of the second inning and added three more runs in the third. A two-run home run by Jay Bruce kickstarted the rally against Nelson. Later with runners on first and second and one out, pitcher Jason Marquis chopped an RBI single off third baseman Aramis Ramirez's glove to snap the Reds' 0-for-23 streak with runners in scoring position. A bases-loaded walk to Zack Cozart forced home another run.

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Hammel, Cubs end Pirates' winning streak

Hammel, Cubs end Pirates' winning streak

CHICAGO -- Rookie Kris Bryant smacked a two-run single and Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back Jason Hammel and lead the Cubs to a 4-0 victory Monday night over the Pirates at chilly Wrigley Field.

Hammel held the Pirates to four hits over eight innings, the longest outing by a Cubs starter this year, and struck out a season-high seven. He has walked one and struck out 23 in his four starts this season.

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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.

The Royals came into the series having lost two straight games, and manager Ned Yost was wary of a third against Kluber.

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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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Pence nearing 'big day' of regular batting practice

Pence nearing 'big day' of regular batting practice

LOS ANGELES -- Barring setbacks, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence could resume taking regular batting practice in a week, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.

Bochy admitted that timetable was the roughest of rough estimates. However, Pence has continued to increase the intensity of his baseball-related activity as he continues recovering from a fractured left forearm. Monday, Bochy said Pence hit soft-tossed baseballs (underhanded flips) and swung off a machine spitting tennis balls, besides playing catch.

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'Murphalicious': Mets hero looking like his old self

'Murphalicious': Mets hero looking like his old self

MIAMI -- Because Daniel Murphy is so prone to extreme hot and cold streaks, one scene in the Mets' clubhouse has become almost routine over the past few seasons. Every time Murphy falls into a prolonged slump, as he did early in April, Collins insists that Murphy's numbers will be there at the end of the year.

After all, they always are.

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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.

Koji regains zip on fastball in win over Jays

BOSTON -- Koji Uehara's fastball was nearly invisible from his repertoire during his blown save in Baltimore on Saturday, and when he did throw it, the velocity was in the low to mid-80s. When the closer took the ball for the Red Sox on Monday night, he didn't try to hide the pitch. Instead, he encouraged catcher Ryan Hanigan to call it.

The result was a rebound performance from Uehara, who struck out two en route to a perfect ninth inning that helped set up Boston's 6-5 walk-off victory over the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. In fact, Uehara got the win.

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Kluber no stranger to overcoming April woes

Kluber no stranger to overcoming April woes

CLEVELAND -- Given the incredible ending to Corey Kluber's season a year ago -- a performance that culminated with an unexpected victory in the balloting for the American League's Cy Young Award -- it is easy to forget how his breakout showing began.

Kluber's overpowering 2014 started a lot like this season: unremarkably.

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Gee quick to prove himself in 1:58 Mets win

Righty continues to cement place in rotation, throws 70 pitches in 7 2/3 frames of one-run ball

Gee quick to prove himself in 1:58 Mets win

MIAMI -- It was less than two weeks ago that Dillon Gee grew frustrated enough with his own pitching performances and the Mets' apparent lack of faith in him -- trade rumors throughout the winter, Rafael Montero looming in the bullpen, those sorts of things -- to initiate a private meeting with manager Terry Collins. Gee vented. He felt better.

In the end, of course, only one thing could save Gee's job: pitching well. And just as he did two years ago, when his rotation spot was equally in jeopardy, Gee has pitched well. His ultra-efficient 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Monday's 3-1 Mets win over the Marlins left no doubt in Collins' mind as to his fifth starter's status.

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Blown save can't erase Cosart's improvement

Righty follows up first win of season with eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball

Blown save can't erase Cosart's improvement

MIAMI -- At the rate outs were being recorded, Jarred Cosart didn't have much time to rest, which was perfectly fine for the Marlins' right-hander.

Cosart was masterful on Monday night, matching his career-most eight innings. He scattered two hits and walked three, and he was lined up for a victory until the tide turned in the ninth inning.

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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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Whiplash ends Panda's big night, but he's OK

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

Whiplash ends Panda's big night, but he's OK

BOSTON -- Pablo Sandoval might not have played a complete game for the Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park, but he sure did put on a clinic for the time he was around.

The third baseman exited with whiplash in the top of the sixth inning, but only after producing his best all-around game since joining his new team.

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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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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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