Tonight's White Sox-Orioles game in Baltimore postponed

Second game affected in as many days by unrest in city

Tonight's White Sox-Orioles game in Baltimore postponed

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles, after consulting with Major League Baseball and state and local officials, postponed Tuesday night's game against the White Sox.

It is the second consecutive postponement in Baltimore, which has captivated national news as protests that started over the weekend regarding the death of Freddie Gray have grown violent in pockets of the city. Baltimore was declared to be in a state of emergency late Monday night and the National Guard has been summoned to help restore peace.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

What to watch for in today's games

The season is nearly a month old, and the dust continues to settle around the league. All 30 teams are in action today, so here are five things to watch for:

Gray-Weaver rematch: LAA @ OAK, 10:05 p.m. ET

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Injuries impact newly expanded Top Draft Prospects list

Injuries impact newly expanded Top Draft Prospects list

There are always several variables scouts have to deal with when evaluating a Draft class and deciding who to pick. As the 2015 First-Year Player Draft rapidly approaches (June 8-10), and MLB.com launches its Top 100 Draft Prospects list, it has become painfully obvious, pardon the pun, what the biggest wrench in Draft plans has been: injuries.

"All the injuries have things muddled up," an American League scouting director said. "Guys at the top don't have a sense of what it looks like. If you pick at the bottom, you have to start considering those guys you thought you wouldn't have to consider."

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Rodgers stands out, but top Draft pick isn't settled

Though toolsy prep shortstop 'checks all the boxes,' other candidates could go No. 1

Rodgers stands out, but top Draft pick isn't settled

In some First-Year Player Drafts, the No. 1 overall pick is a fait accompli well before the selection actually happens. David Price was like that in 2007 and Stephen Strasburg, arguably the best Draft prospect in history, was even more of a lock two years later. Carlos Rodon entered 2014 with similar momentum, though he lasted until the No. 3 choice in June.

The 2015 Draft lacks that type of clear-cut top selection. St. Mary's (Fla.) High shortstop Brendan Rodgers began the year as MLBPipeline.com's No. 1 prospect and maintains that position on our updated Top 100 list released today, but he's not a slam dunk.

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Gibson reveals diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

Former NL MVP and manager to resume analyst job with Tigers as health permits

Gibson reveals diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

DETROIT -- Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The former Tigers great revealed the news Tuesday in a statement released through Fox Sports Detroit, which hired him this spring as an analyst.

"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles," Gibson said in the statement. "While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible."

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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.

Statcast may have key to fantasy fortunes

Exit velocity just one example of how advanced statistics can help you win

Statcast may have key to fantasy fortunes

With the advent of Statcast, teams, media and fans -- particularly those who play fantasy baseball -- will have at their disposal new tools through which to assess the true talent level of Major League Baseball's players.

And thanks to batted-ball data in the form of launch angle and exit velocity, we may now be better equipped to predict the game's next breakout sluggers.

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Steve Adams is a fantasy writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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 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.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Carpenter, Votto, Wacha

DraftKings picks: Carpenter, Votto, Wacha

DraftKings participants will have a handful of appealing mound options today, as several contests will feature staff aces in pitching-friendly venues. Wise DraftKings participants should at least consider the following bats and arms when setting their lineups.

Matt Carpenter (Cardinals): Carpenter should maximize his opportunities to contribute by hitting leadoff against Phillies righty Severino Gonzalez, who will be making his Major League debut. With a career .840 OPS against righties (.781 mark against lefties), the third baseman could reach base and score on multiple occasions.

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Fred Zinkie is a senior 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.

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.

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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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.

Sims a man of many hats in broadcasting business

Mariners broadcaster has enjoyed a plethora of roles in sports media

Sims a man of many hats in broadcasting business

SEATTLE -- First, let's talk about the hats.

Dave Sims said he's got at least 30: Kangol vent caps, newsboy caps, golf caps, baseball caps, pork pies, Panamas and more. The veteran broadcaster, who is the television voice of the Seattle Mariners when he's not traveling across the country doing NFL football or college basketball, even has his own "D. Sims" hat line. In 2010, the Mariners, buoyed by fan interest, hosted Dave Sims Hat Club Night.

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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.

Three MiLB teams wear Star Wars jerseys for May 4

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Three MiLB teams wear Star Wars jerseys for May 4

In an ideal world, all Minor League teams would schedule a "Star Wars" promotion on the unofficial holiday that is "May the Forth Be With You." But we do not live in an ideal world; we live in a world in which May 4 has fallen on a Monday.

Very few teams are about to squander one of their premier theme night promotions on a Monday, that most dreary of weeknights. But many are keeping with the "May the Forth" spirit by staging "Star Wars" promotions over the preceding weekend. The Force Awakens in the Minor Leagues, in other words. From now through the end of August, "Star Wars" theme nights will be happening across the country at a fast and furious clip (sorry, wrong movie franchise).  

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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.

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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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.

Pablo Sandoval belly flops to make diving catch

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Pablo Sandoval belly flops to make diving catch

If someone asked a representative sample population of baseball fans, hypothetically, which MLB players they most want to see belly flop to make a diving grab, who would receive votes?

Yasiel Puig, yes. Bartolo Colon, sure. Pablo Sandoval: definitely.

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Inbox: What's next for Angels after Hamilton deal?

Beat reporter Alden Gonzalez answers fans' questions

Inbox: What's next for Angels after Hamilton deal?

The Angels boarded their flight to the Bay Area on Monday afternoon with a little closure. Hours earlier, they officially ended the Josh Hamilton era, sending the troubled outfielder back to the Rangers. Below, in the first Inbox of the regular season, I tackled some of your lingering questions about the situation.

What's your opinion on the Hamilton saga?
-- @Migui_Chingon

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers keep home mojo working with win vs. Giants

Dodgers keep home mojo working with win vs. Giants

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sustained a four-run outburst in Monday night's third inning and held on to extend their home winning streak to eight games with an 8-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

With one out, runners at the corners and a run in, the Dodgers accelerated their rally with three consecutive hits off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Carl Crawford singled to set up Juan Uribe's RBI single before Joc Pederson drilled a run-scoring double.

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Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

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

Tigers pounce early for Price, then hold off Twins

Tigers pounce early for Price, then hold off Twins

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

Omni Hotel planned as part of SunTrust Park development

Omni Hotel planned as part of SunTrust Park development

ATLANTA -- When the Braves open SunTrust Park at the start of the 2017 season, the mixed-use development surrounding the stadium will include a 16-floor Omni Hotel that will be situated directly behind the left-center-field stands.

"This will fit hand and glove with our fan plaza and everything that we're going to be doing," Braves chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk said. "When [Omni Hotels] showed interest, we were with them 100 percent."

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

Bauer wears boxing gloves in dugout vs. Royals

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Bauer wears boxing gloves in dugout vs. Royals

The Indians were hosting the Royals at Progressive Field on Monday when starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, who has been straight filthy for the Tribe to start 2015, appeared in the dugout wearing a pair of boxing gloves.

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Shields does his part with 12 strikeouts against Astros

Shields does his part with 12 strikeouts against Astros

SAN DIEGO -- James Shields wasn't impressed much with the season-high 12 strikeouts he compiled in six innings Monday night against the Astros.

"I'm not too worried about strikeouts in my game, I'm worried about winning," he said. "It's my job to keep us in a game and give us a chance to win every night."

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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.

Simmons slide injures Yunel; Nats take exception

Third baseman exits loss to Braves with injured left hand

Simmons slide injures Yunel; Nats take exception

ATLANTA -- What began with a harmless throwing error in the fifth inning of Monday's 8-4 Braves win over the Nationals snowballed into a hard slide, an injury, a pitch behind the slider two innings later, an ejection of someone not even in the game and plenty of harsh words after the game.

The reason for the hard feelings in the Nationals clubhouse is the left hand injury to third baseman Yunel Escobar, the hottest hitter on a slumping Washington team, who was hurt on a play at third in the fifth inning and had to leave the game.

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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.

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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.

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 the visiting White Sox. He had some business to discuss with O's owner Peter Angelos. And, on top of all that, Manfred 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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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lowrie leaves Astros to have MRI on thumb

Lowrie leaves Astros to have MRI on thumb

SAN DIEGO -- Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is scheduled to fly to Houston on Tuesday to undergo an MRI exam on his right thumb, which he injured while sliding home in the eighth inning of Monday night's 9-4 win over the Padres at Petco Park.

Lowrie said the thumb was sore and swollen, but cautioned he wasn't going to overreact until he got the results. Lowrie was on second base when he raced home on a single by Colby Rasmus, saying his knee stuck in the dirt and caused him to land awkwardly on his thumb as he crossed the plate.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson's pop, defense lead Dodgers to win

Center fielder robs Giants to start double play, drives in two runs

Pederson's pop, defense lead Dodgers to win

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson had the biggest moments Monday night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers finally won in their fourth try against the Giants this season, 8-3.

The Dodgers' 23-year-old center fielder drove in two runs, with a home run and a double, scored twice and took an extra-base hit and RBI away from Angel Pagan with a spectacular catch in the first inning that turned into a double play.

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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.