Oh my Josh! Donaldson hits walk-off HR

Oh my Josh! Donaldson hits walk-off HR

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson had a game for the ages on Tuesday night, and a walk-off homer off of David Robertson was just one of the many reasons this performance won't be forgotten any time soon.

Donaldson went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two homers, four RBIs, five runs scored, and a walk in Toronto's 10-9 victory against the White Sox. He became the first player in franchise history to record at least four hits, four RBIs and five runs scored in a single game.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryant's 477-foot home run hits scoreboard

Third baseman hits 477-foot blast to tie Tuesday's game vs. Nats

Bryant's 477-foot home run hits scoreboard

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant hit some long home runs at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas and his father, Mike, will tell you that he launched one 600 feet over a light tower at Fowler Field in San Diego. On Tuesday, Bryant belted a game-tying home run that left the 30,440 at Wrigley Field stirring and may have dented the left-field video board.

Bryant hit a game-tying home run leading off the eighth inning, and Addison Russell delivered a walk-off RBI double with two outs in the ninth in the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Nationals.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 Royals reign in 1st All-Star ballot update

5 Royals reign in 1st All-Star ballot update

Your votes are being counted, and the early results point toward a potential changing of the guard in the American League at the 2015 Midsummer Classic. The first 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released on Tuesday, revealing an AL landscape that has a distinct Kansas City flavor.

The league's top two vote-getters, three of the top six and four of the top eight play for the reigning AL champs and first-place Royals, with Salvador Perez (1,447,753) leading the league's catchers, Lorenzo Cain (1,376,217) leading the outfielders, Mike Moustakas (1,261,769) leading at third base and Alcides Escobar (1,191,268) leading at shortstop.

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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.

AL All-Star Game ballot update: May 26

AL All-Star Game ballot update: May 26

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the American League, the Royals have five players in position to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all AL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes.

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Four clubs walk the walk with walk-offs

Russell, Flores, Schumaker make it season-high 4 game-ending hits on one day

Four clubs walk the walk with walk-offs

Tuesday's action marked perhaps the most dramatic night yet in 2015, with a season-high four games ending in walk-off fashion.

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson led the way with a three-run homer to lift Toronto to a 10-9 win over the White Sox. The blast capped an historic night for Donaldson, who went 4-for-4 with two homers, five runs scored and four RBIs.

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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.

Trout robbed of home run for a change

Trout robbed of home run for a change

ANAHEIM -- There was once a time when Will Venable put his 6-foot-3 frame to good use playing basketball at Princeton.

On Tuesday, though, the Padres' center fielder used it to make an over-the-fence catch, robbing the Angels' Mike Trout of a two-run home run in the third inning. That catch loomed big, as the game remained scoreless until the 10th inning when the Padres plated got four runs for a 4-0 victory over the Angels.

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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.

Astros first in AL to 30 wins after beating O's

Astros first in AL to 30 wins after beating O's

BALTIMORE -- The Astros have won 30 games and May isn't over yet.

Houston, off to the best start in franchise history, used a solid start from Scott Feldman and two RBIs from Luis Valbuena to record a 4-1 series-evening win over the Orioles Tuesday night.

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Brittany Ghiroli and Brian McTaggart are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards hold off D-backs after early outburst

Cards hold off D-backs after early outburst

ST. LOUIS -- An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season.

In his second start of the year, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) to the D-backs over the first three innings before settling in to shut them out during his final three frames.

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David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB Draft prospect ties Trout's HR mark

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MLB Draft prospect ties Trout's HR mark

Imagine if you could be like Mike Trout? Imagine being mentioned in the same sentence as him? Well, Ashton Bardzell, a senior at New Jersey's Ramsey High, tied the former NJ high school standout's home run record on Tuesday. Check out the clip below: 

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Kershaw finds form with 10 K's vs. Braves

Kershaw finds form with 10 K's vs. Braves

LOS ANGELES -- For everyone saying there's something wrong with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner proved he can still be dominant in Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.

His ERA of 3.86 is much more mortal than the 1.77 and 1.83 he posted in 2014 and '13, respectively, and at 3-3 he's already lost as many games as he did last season.

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

What to watch for in today's games

Matinee baseball to rule schedule; Scherzer vs. Lester at night at Wrigley

What to watch for in today's games

There are 11 day games today, but the main event is a nighttime contest involving a pair of transplanted aces.

Max Scherzer and Jon Lester both signed lucrative free-agent contracts to move from the American League to the National League in the offseason, and they're both thriving in their transition. They'll match up at Wrigley Field at 8:05 p.m. ET. 

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Kipnis, Votto, Scherzer

DraftKings picks: Kipnis, Votto, Scherzer

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Wednesday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top prospect Correa crushes ball out of stadium

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Top prospect Correa crushes ball out of stadium

According to MLB.com, Astros Minor Leaguer Carlos Correa is the No. 2 prospect in baseball. And according to this mammoth home run on Tuesday night, that ranking is very accurate.

Yes, completely out of the stadium, across the street and off of a building next door. That is some excellent power. 

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Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.

Gomez screamed to himself after fouling off an 0-1 fastball, loud enough to be picked up on the television broadcast of the game. Bumgarner appeared to take issue and gave Gomez a stare, then threw another fastball inside for ball one. The two looked at each other again before Bumgarner again came inside with a fastball, which Gomez hit for an inning-ending flyout to left field.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jose Bautista ignores balk call, hits a double

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Jose Bautista ignores balk call, hits a double

Baseball can be a brutally difficult game. You know the old adage: Fail six or seven times out of 10, you're still an All-Star, and even then there are plenty of 0-for-4's along the way. Hits don't come easy, even for the greats. 

So, when presented with the opportunity for a double during Tuesday's White Sox-Blue Jays game, Jose Bautista was going to let anything get in his way -- not even starter John Danks balking as he delivered the pitch: 

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Cabrera's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

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Cabrera's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

We know Miguel Cabrera, home run slugger. We are well acquainted with Miguel Cabrera, two-time American League MVP. During Tuesday's Tigers-A's matchup, we were introduced to a new friend: Miguel Cabrera, thespian.

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On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

Base to bass: Hall of Famers are friends, and Big Unit rocks as a photographer

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

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.

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Phil Rogers

Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

Ace hurlers face off Wednesday in meeting of big free-agent signings

Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

CHICAGO -- They were the two must-have starting pitchers in last winter's free-agent crop, signing contracts that accounted for almost 56 percent of the money going to the 10 starters who got multi-year deals.

It's going to be a while before economists and baseball historians figure whether Max Scherzer and Jon Lester were worth the investment. But before they meet on Wednesday night, we can draw some early conclusions:

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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.

Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

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

Kris Bryant hits HR off of his scoreboard picture

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Kris Bryant hits HR off of his scoreboard picture

Earlier in Tuesday's Nationals-Cubs game, Kris Bryant looked on as fellow Las Vegan and probable home run cyborg Bryce Harper went yard, a shot across the bow in MLB's Great Wunderkind War of 2015. But Bryce, for seemingly the first time all year, had made a crucial mistake: His home run was too innocuous, simply landing in the bleachers in left. Sensing an opening in this never-ending game of home run H-O-R-S-E, Bryant responded -- specifically, with a round of Pin the Baseball on the Scoreboard.

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Kemp's clutch double leads Padres past Angels

Kemp's clutch double leads Padres past Angels

ANAHEIM -- Matt Kemp, struggling through a nightmarish month of May, came up big Tuesday night, lining a two-out, bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to lead the Padres to a 4-0 win at Angel Stadium.

Both clubs were held scoreless through the first nine frames, and Angels setup man Joe Smith, who pitched two innings the night before, took the ball for the top of the 10th. The Padres (22-25) loaded the bases on back-to-back walks by Yangervis Solarte and Will Venable. Smith struck out Justin Upton swinging, but Kemp turned on a 1-0 sinker and lined it down the left-field line to plate three.

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Corey Brock and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey good to go for next start vs. Marlins

Harvey good to go for next start vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey threw his routine between-starts bullpen session as scheduled on Tuesday, quieting any remaining speculation about his right arm.

Harvey, who will start Friday against the Marlins, gave up a career-high seven earned runs in a career-low four innings last time out in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Manager Terry Collins speculated afterward that Harvey could be going through a bit of dead arm, or fatigue.

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

Cubs walk off after Harper, Bryant trade HRs

Cubs walk off after Harper, Bryant trade HRs

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Herrera scored on a walk-off double by Addison Russell with two outs in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Nationals and even the series. It was Chicago's 23rd one-run game and fifth walk-off win, both tops in the Major Leagues.

With the game tied at 2 and one out against Matt Grace, Chris Coghlan singled to center, but was forced at second on Herrera's grounder. Herrera was safe as shortstop Ian Desmond threw the ball high for an error. Russell then doubled into the gap in right-center.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

OAKLAND -- David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Oakland catcher Josh Phegley committed a throwing error trying to nab Anthony Gose on a steal attempt at second base after he singled to lead off the game. Gose came around to score when Rajai Davis lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center field the next at-bat.

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Alex Espinoza and Rick Eymer are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sweeney dedicates Irish Baseball Hall induction to ailing father

McKeon, Wakamatsu, Mets' Forde, broadcaster O'Brien, Bill Murray also honored

Sweeney dedicates Irish Baseball Hall induction to ailing father

Former big leaguer Mike Sweeney believes there are four loves every Irish-American should share in life: faith, family, baseball and smiling.

Sweeney touched on all four Tuesday during his induction to the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame at Foley's Pub in New York City. Sweeney was inducted alongside former big league manager Jack McKeon, Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, broadcaster Dave O'Brien, Mets executive Shannon Forde and legendary comedian/actor -- and part owner of five Minor League teams -- Bill Murray.

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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.

Ebb and Flo: Wilmer wins it for Mets in 10th

Ebb and Flo: Wilmer wins it for Mets in 10th

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single Tuesday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings.

Juan Lagares sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Jeanmar Gomez in the 10th, moving into scoring position when Lucas Duda drew a walk off Elvis Araujo. After Daniel Murphy hit into a double play and Michael Cuddyer walked, Flores then served a single into left-center field to plate Lagares.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain's crazy catch blows Teixeira's mind

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Cain's crazy catch blows Teixeira's mind

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a giant human-sized fly swatter slapped an MLB center fielder against the outfield wall? Well, lucky for you, Lorenzo Cain demonstrated just that in the fifth inning of the Royals' game against the Yankees on Tuesday.

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DYK: 10 facts from Donaldson's big night

DYK: 10 facts from Donaldson's big night

Even a quick look at the box score from Toronto's 10-9 walk-off win over the White Sox on Tuesday would be enough to indicate that Josh Donaldson had a pretty incredible night.

The Blue Jays third baseman went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, five runs scored, two home runs and a walk. That type of line is already special, even before factoring in that the second of those two home runs was a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth.

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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.

Homers help Bumgarner beat Brewers

Homers help Bumgarner beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt homered to back Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who fought through a long sixth inning to preserve his fifth win in six starts, 6-3 over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Bumgarner did not allow a hit through three innings and carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth, when the Brewers worked Bumgarner for 32 pitches and knocked two runs off the deficit. But a defensive gem from shortstop Brandon Crawford ended Milwaukee's rally, and San Francisco's bullpen finished the victory.

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