deGrom dominates Padres with a capital D

deGrom dominates Padres with a capital D

SAN DIEGO -- Daniel Murphy had four hits and knocked in three runs and starting pitcher Jacob deGrom didn't allow a baserunner until the sixth inning on Monday as the Mets coasted to a 7-0 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

deGrom (6-4) retired the first 15 batters he faced before Clint Barmes punched a single into the hole between first and second base to start the sixth inning. deGrom allowed two hits in eight innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.

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

Kershaw, Dodgers use 18-hit attack to clip Rockies

Kershaw, Dodgers use 18-hit attack to clip Rockies

DENVER -- The Dodgers broke loose with a six-run sixth inning, and starter Clayton Kershaw continued his pitching dominance, helping Los Angeles to an 11-4 victory over the Rockies in Monday's series opener at Coors Field.

Tied at 2, the Dodgers sent 12 men to the plate and banged out seven hits in the sixth -- the most emphatic coming on Joc Pederson's three-run homer off reliever Christian Friedrich. That gave Los Angeles a 7-2 lead and was more than enough cushion for Kershaw (4-3), who yielded just five hits and two runs over seven innings.

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Miggy-Hosmer battle among AL All-Star races

Five Royals continue to be in position to start in Midsummer Classic

Miggy-Hosmer battle among AL All-Star races

The Royals are in a very good place when it comes to the 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot voting for the American League's starting position players in next month's All-Star Game. But there is plenty of time for players from other teams to make their moves.

As of the second update of the voting released Monday, three Kansas City players -- catcher Salvador Perez (2,681,063 votes), outfielder Lorenzo Cain (2,506,859) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (2,385,024) -- lead the entire AL pack, with two of their teammates, shortstop Alcides Escobar (2,269,046) and outfielder Alex Gordon (1,917,834), also in line for starting spots.

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AL All-Star Game ballot update: June 1

AL All-Star Game ballot update: June 1

At the second update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the American League, the Royals continue to have five players in position to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez remains the leading vote-getter in the AL, receiving 2,681,063 votes. The closest race is at first base, where the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has just a 70,515-vote lead on Kansas City's Eric Hosmer.

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Son of fallen Houston officer throws 1st pitch

Tyler Martin, who dreams of playing in the Majors, delivers strike to Altuve

Son of fallen Houston officer throws 1st pitch

HOUSTON -- They lined up standing shoulder to shoulder in unity along the foul lines and behind the pitcher's mound. Uniform-clad Houston police officers rallied by the dozens to show support for the son of one of their fallen brothers.

Tyler Martin, the youngest son of Houston police officer Richard Martin, threw out an emotional ceremonial first pitch prior to Monday's 5-2 win by the Astros over the Orioles at Minute Maid Park. The 11-year-old, a starting pitcher for his Little League team in Cy-Fair in northwest Houston, fittingly threw a strike that would have made his father proud.

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

Cole cruises to victory over Giants

Cole cruises to victory over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the National League's Pitcher of the Month for April, performed Monday night as if he turned the calendar backward instead of forward.

Cole allowed a pair of unearned first-inning runs before shutting down the San Francisco Giants for the remainder of his seven-inning outing as the Pirates held on for a 4-3 triumph. Cole improved to 3-0 lifetime against the Giants, who vanquished Pittsburgh in last year's Wild Card Game en route to their World Series triumph.

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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. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCutchen denied by Giants' 2 superb catches

Pagan, Pence make dazzling grabs to rob Pirates star of multiple RBIs

McCutchen denied by Giants' 2 superb catches

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen should have accumulated a huge total of RBIs Monday at AT&T Park. But center fielder Angel Pagan and right fielder Hunter Pence of the Giants denied McCutchen his big night by taking turns robbing him of extra-base hits that would have scored multiple runs in the third and fifth innings.

With the bases loaded and one out in the third, McCutchen clobbered a Ryan Vogelsong pitch to the warning track in left-center field. The ball appeared destined to fall safely, which would have given the Pirates two or possibly three runs. But Pagan lunged for the ball and snared it, rendering McCutchen's drive a mere sacrifice fly and narrowing the Giants' advantage to 2-1.

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Tex's slam helps Yanks, Pineda topple Felix

Tex's slam helps Yanks, Pineda topple Felix

SEATTLE -- Michael Pineda shut down his former Mariners teammates with a strong performance Monday as the Yankees drubbed Felix Hernandez in a 7-2 win in the series opener at Safeco Field.

Pineda, an All-Star as a rookie with the Mariners in 2011 before being traded to the Yankees, improved to 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA as he held Seattle to two runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in six-plus innings.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs' bats back Hammel's 11 K's to top Marlins

Cubs' bats back Hammel's 11 K's to top Marlins

MIAMI -- Jason Hammel established a career-high 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each collected RBI doubles on Monday night in the Cubs' 5-1 win over Miami at Marlins Park. Starlin Castro provided insurance in the eighth inning with a two-out solo home run off Bryan Morris.

Marlins rookie Jose Urena, making his second MLB start, was victimized by some early-count swinging by the Cubs in the first inning, giving up two runs. Rizzo opened the scoring with an RBI double. Urena did settle down, and he made it through six innings, giving up three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

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

Angels crush four homers to sink Rays

Angels crush four homers to sink Rays

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols homered twice, and David Freese and Mike Trout also went deep, leading the Angels and their suddenly surging offense to a 7-3 victory over the Rays in Southern California on Monday night.

The Angels, coming off a four-game sweep of the Tigers, have won a season-high five straight games to put them a season-best four games above .500 at 28-24. The Rays have dropped seven of their last nine and are now 26-26.

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Rangers to call up prospect Gallo; Beltre to DL

Rangers to call up prospect Gallo; Beltre to DL

Either way, Joey Gallo was getting a promotion on Tuesday.

The Rangers had been planning to send Gallo, their top prospect, to Reno, Nev., to join Triple-A Round Rock. Instead he is heading to Arlington to make his Major League debut.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros rally past Orioles with 4-run seventh

Astros rally past Orioles with 4-run seventh

HOUSTON -- The Astros rallied for four runs in the seventh inning, including bases-loaded hits by George Springer and Evan Gattis, to beat the Orioles, 5-2, in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight in six-plus innings, allowing two runs and four hits, including a leadoff single by Chris Carter that sparked the Astros' seventh-inning rally. The other three runs were charged to reliever Brad Brach.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fiers, Crew shut out Cardinals in opener

Fiers, Crew shut out Cardinals in opener

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Fiers delivered six scoreless innings for a Brewers team that needed every one of them, and Francisco Rodriguez endured a harrowing ninth inning for a 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

It was a matchup of teams with the best and worst records in baseball, yet it was the 18-34 Brewers who came out on top despite a strong start for Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia. He carved through 17 consecutive Brewers batters without allowing a hit in one stretch, but only after Carlos Gomez's RBI single in the first inning gave Milwaukee a lead it wouldn't let go.

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David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Marlins option Cishek to Double-A Jacksonville

Manager Jennings believes reliever's stint in Minors will be short-term

Marlins option Cishek to Double-A Jacksonville

MIAMI -- Marlins reliever Steve Cishek, mired in the worst slump of his big league career, was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on Monday night. Miami will make a corresponding move on Tuesday.

The Marlins announced the move shortly after losing, 5-1, to the Cubs at Marlins Park. Cishek, 1-5 with a 6.98 ERA, was removed from the closer role in mid-May.

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

Hammel's slider helping fuel great season

Career-high 11 strikeouts gives Cubs' veteran 69/7 K/BB

Hammel's slider helping fuel great season

Last July's huge trade between the Cubs and A's is often remembered as "Jeff Samardzija for Addison Russell," but that tends to leave out a player who has ended up being pretty important on the North Side. (Not you, Billy McKinney. Yet, anyway.) Jason Hammel, who also went with Samardzija to Oakland, has proven to have been very useful to the Cubs in a few different ways.

At first, it was simply turning a mere $6 million one-year investment by Chicago into 108 2/3 innings of very good work, leaving Chicago with a 2.98 ERA. Then, it was helping to bring back the top prospect Russell, because he was so highly regarded that it took the Cubs two good starting pitchers to get him. Now, having returned to Wrigley Field on a two-year contract this past winter, all Hammel has done is pitch like one of the best pitchers in baseball, ranking eighth in the Majors in Wins Above Replacement.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman backs Wood's gem in desert

Freeman backs Wood's gem in desert

PHOENIX -- Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs and Alex Wood pitched eight innings of one-run ball, leading the Braves to an 8-1 win over the D-backs in Monday night's series opener at Chase Field.

The Braves rattled off 13 hits, using a three-run second inning to take an early lead. Freeman's two-run blast to right-center field in the fifth put the Braves ahead, 5-0. Meanwhile, Wood scattered seven hits and won his third straight start. He has a 1.23 ERA in that stretch.

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Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

What to expect when Gallo joins Rangers

With Beltre injured, baseball's No. 9 prospect to be called up Tuesday

What to expect when Gallo joins Rangers

After just 34 games and 146 plate appearances in Double-A this season, the Joey Gallo era in Texas is set to begin, thanks to Adrian Beltre's thumb injury.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect, got a late start to his 2015 campaign because of minor ankle surgery, making his debut with Frisco in the Texas League on April 25. It hasn't taken him long to get his power stroke going, with nine homers in just 34 games.

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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.

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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Richard Justice

Though young, Gallo may hit ground running

Leap from Double-A a tall order, but slugger has natural ability to learn quickly

Though young, Gallo may hit ground running

When the Texas Rangers summoned 23-year-old right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to the Major Leagues last week, they did so reluctantly. He was pitching at Class A Advanced at this time last year, and his resume included just 14 starts at Double-A and eight at Triple-A.

In a perfect world, the Rangers would have preferred to see him pitch more in the Minor Leagues, to let him polish his stuff, build up arm strength and continue to figure things out.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marwin spins, unleashes 2-bouncer for out

Astros shortstop robs O's Machado of hit to end fifth inning

Marwin spins, unleashes 2-bouncer for out

HOUSTON -- Even after watching a replay his friend texted to him after Monday's game, Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez couldn't explain it.

He ranged to his left to snag Baltimore leadoff hitter Manny Machado's sharp grounder in the fifth inning, spun and two-hopped a throw to first baseman Chris Carter to record the third out with the Astros trailing, 1-0. Houston would go on to win the game, 5-2.

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

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL

D-backs catcher will undergo surgery this week

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL

PHOENIX -- D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday's 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Gosewisch met with the club's chief orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gary Waslewski, on Monday night, who determined it was torn. Gosewisch said he will likely have the surgery later this week and the recovery will take six to eight months.

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Alyson Footer

Power Rankings: AL-best Twins moving up

Power Rankings: AL-best Twins moving up

The Minnesota Twins weren't on a lot of preseason radars, but as we enter Week 9 of the MLB Power Rankings presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, it's time to acknowledge them as legitimate residents in our top 10. They're not just playing sort of well for Twins standards. They absolutely mowed through their May schedule, going 20-7 and winning nine series. Their only series loss was to the Tigers, more than two weeks ago.

Through Sunday's games, the Twins had amassed the best record in the American League and the second best of all 30 teams, behind only St. Louis.

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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.

Phillies players, staff team up to fight ALS

At annual Phestival, Asche among those vocal in efforts to advance research

Phillies players, staff team up to fight ALS

PHILADELPHIA -- After boarding a plane, Cody Asche felt afraid.

But it wasn't a fear of flying that made the Phillies left fielder uneasy. It was his imagination.

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

Kershaw continues dominance over Rockies

Kershaw continues dominance over Rockies

DENVER -- After a weekend of more whining than winning in St. Louis, the Dodgers had a mood adjustment on Monday night.

They paraded out the heavy hitters -- four of them belting homers -- and even got a career-high three hits from Clayton Kershaw along with seven solid innings in an 11-4 blowout of the Rockies. They scored six runs in the sixth inning, after scoring six runs in their previous six road games.

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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.

Castro day to day after hit-by-pitch

Astros catcher plunked on right knee by fastball from O's Jimenez

Castro day to day after hit-by-pitch

HOUSTON -- Astros catcher Jason Castro is listed as day to day after taking an Ubaldo Jimenez fastball off the side of his right knee -- the same knee that required surgery to fix a torn ACL in 2011 -- during Monday's 5-2 win against the Orioles.

Castro was hit on the second pitch of his at-bat in the fifth inning and immediately fell face-first to the ground. With some assistance from head trainer Nate Lucero, Castro made his way to first base, where he ran up and down the baseline to test the injury.

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

Murphy's law: Daniel will eventually heat up

Mets second baseman continues torrid streak with 4 hits, homer vs. Padres

Murphy's law: Daniel will eventually heat up

SAN DIEGO -- Among Mets manager Terry Collins' favorite phrases -- "cripes!" notwithstanding -- is a truism. Collins likes to say that he seldom worries about Daniel Murphy because he knows that by the end of each season, Murphy's numbers will look like they always do: something close to a .290 average, 10 home runs, a dozen or so steals, and so on and so forth.

That Murphy opened this year in a 9-for-62 funk only seemed to ensure that his inevitable hot streak would be hotter. And it has been. Murphy's four hits in the Mets' 7-0 win over the Padres on Monday raised his average to .286, more than 70 points higher than it stood at this time last month. He hit .330 in May and is averaging .800 in June, at times almost single-handedly covering up the injuries to David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and, on Monday, Lucas Duda.

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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.

Braves' Wood on a roll, shuts down D-backs

Braves lefty stymies D-backs in third straight win

Braves' Wood on a roll, shuts down D-backs

PHOENIX -- Braves starter Alex Wood is starting to repeat himself and it's driving his opponents crazy.

Wood was stellar once again Monday, giving up one run on seven hits in eight innings in an 8-1 victory against the D-backs at Chase Field. The left-hander has pitched at least seven innings and has been charged with only one earned run in each of his last three starts, all wins. He gave up three runs in a 6 2/3-inning effort against the Nationals on May 10.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado working to keep swinging power bat

Arenado working to keep swinging power bat

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado's recent power surge continued in the Rockies' 11-4 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night, and this particular entry wasn't a cheapie.

In the fourth inning, Arenado launched a 95-mph fastball from Clayton Kershaw into the center-field seats for an emphatic two-run homer. The blast was projected by Statcast™ to land 431 feet from home plate and signaled Arenado's sixth homer in his last eight games.

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

deGrom: No walks, no extra-base hits and, almost, no hits

Mets pitcher throws 'probably one of the best games I've seen him pitch,' Collins says

deGrom: No walks, no extra-base hits and, almost, no hits

SAN DIEGO -- If Jacob deGrom was indeed approaching that rarest of athlete zones during  the Mets' 7-0 win over the Padres on Monday night, incapable of thinking about anything other than his next inning, his next batter, his next pitch, his next breath, deGrom snapped out of it as he walked off the field at one point relatively early in the game.

"You have a no-hitter going!" he recalls a fan yelling at him before he reached the dugout steps.

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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.

Cashner's start: 'It was a weird one'

Padres pitcher strikes out career-best 12, also allows 11 hits in only 4 2/3

Cashner's start: 'It was a weird one'

SAN DIEGO -- While the pitching line Andrew Cashner put together rated as historically unique on Monday -- and not necessarily in a good way -- the means by which he got there certainly looked a little familiar to his manager.

"Tonight was sort of, in some ways, a microcosm of his season," Padres manager Bud Black said of Cashner's start at Petco Park against the Mets. "Limited run support when he pitches and we made an error early."

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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.