Counsell is Brewers' choice for manager

Former Milwaukee player has been in team's front office since 2012

Counsell is Brewers' choice for manager

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers moved Craig Counsell from the front office to the dugout on Monday, as the team formally announced a new manager in the wake of Ron Roenicke's dismissal.

"Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position," general manager Doug Melvin said. "There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role. I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse. Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans."

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

What's Next: Who can stop Astros, Cards?

Mets, Yanks look to hold onto East leads; Royals, Tigers meet again

What's Next: Who can stop Astros, Cards?

Last week, the Astros continued building their current 10-game winning streak and vaulted to the best record in Major League Baseball.

What's next for the sudden darlings of the diamond, an exciting young club with a tantalizing mix of power, speed and the dynamo that brings it all together for them, last year's American League batting champion Jose Altuve?

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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.

ASG debate: Gordon or Kendrick at second in NL?

Both players flourishing with new squad after being acquired in offseason

ASG debate: Gordon or Kendrick at second in NL?

We will be doing daily ASG debates until balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other good candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think!

Dee Gordon and Howie Kendrick are highly productive players at second base, and both of them are making a smooth transition to a new team. But that's where the similarities end. They get their job done at a high level in entirely different styles.

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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.

Gattis' second HR puts Astros' streak at 10

Gattis' second HR puts Astros' streak at 10

HOUSTON -- Designated hitter Evan Gattis clobbered two home runs Sunday afternoon, including a tiebreaking shot into the Crawford Boxes in the eighth inning, to send the Astros to their 10th consecutive win, 7-6, and complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

"It's been the most fun personally I've ever had on a team, and I think we might have something special," Gattis said.

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

Aided by replay, Springer fires home for DP

Aided by replay, Springer fires home for DP

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch successfully challenged a call at the plate in the third inning Sunday, taking away a run for the Mariners. That run would loom large, as Houston ended up with a 7-6 victory thanks to Evan Gattis' second home run.

Mariners shortstop Brad Miller tried to score from third base on a fly ball to right field by Seth Smith, and he was initially called safe after sliding past the tag of Astros catcher Jason Castro following a throw from right fielder George Springer.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

Aces take the hill around the league, including for the streaking Astros

What to watch for in today's games

Runs could be at an even greater premium throughout the Major Leagues on Monday, as a number of teams will bring their aces to the table.

That group includes big names like the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann, the Mariners' Felix Hernandez, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, all slated to take the mound Monday night.

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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.

Tex, Gardner power Yankees' sweep of Sox

Tex, Gardner power Yankees' sweep of Sox

BOSTON -- The red-hot Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox by hanging on for an 8-5 victory on Sunday night at Fenway Park. It marked New York's first sweep of three games or more in Boston since a five-game sweep from Aug. 18-21, 2006.

"That's pretty cool. It's obviously a tough place for us to play," said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. "They've always got a good team, they always play us tough, especially in their home park. They've got a really good lineup, really good offensive team. It's tough to hold them down. We were able to get some runs early, and it ended up being just enough."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast delves into the week's top three plays

Gordon's catch, Craig's homer and A-Rod's historic shot get a look

Statcast delves into the week's top three plays

One will go down as a serious contender for plays of the year. One was a home run for the history books.

The latest "Best of Statcast™" brings us three plays -- one on defense -- that illustrate how the new technology we've been enjoying this year in Major League Baseball can be broken down and analyzed to explain the great feats on the field that take place every day of the 162-game slate.

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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.

Trout hooks up young fan hit by foul ball

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Trout hooks up young fan hit by foul ball

Mike Trout can run, hit, hit for power, catch, throw, ask girls to prom for you and probably do a lot of other unbelievable things. But during Sunday's Giants-Angels game, he did something perhaps better than all of these feats combined.

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Power Rankings: Cards rely on depth to soar

Marlins make big jump; Astros continue to climb

Power Rankings: Cards rely on depth to soar

April was a weird month. Some teams expected to do great things fell flat. Others with low expectations soared. There was a lot of "Surely, they're not this good" and "No way are they this bad" talk. The season is a month old, and an examination of at least half the teams, and maybe more, leaves us still not exactly sure which direction they're headed.

And that's part of what has made the first one-sixth of the season so compelling. It's fun to play with the numbers, especially the ones that have little to no chance to hold up come September. The Astros are on pace to win 114, for example. The Brewers are on pace to lose 120. Nelson Cruz is on pace to hit 88 home runs, and Billy Hamilton is on pace for 92 stolen bases. (OK, that last one may actually happen.)

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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.

Brewers relieve Roenicke of duties

Counsell named new manager, gets three-year deal

Brewers relieve Roenicke of duties

MILWAUKEE -- Winning back-to-back games for the first time this season was not enough to save Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who was dismissed late Sunday, with the team holding Major League Baseball's poorest record at 7-18.

Former Brewers player Craig Counsell, who has no coaching experience but played parts of 16 Major League seasons and had been working in the team's front office since 2012, was named manager on Monday, having signed a three-year contract. General manager Doug Melvin said the rest of Milwaukee's coaching staff had been asked to remain.

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

Cards sweep Bucs with third straight walk-off

Cards sweep Bucs with third straight walk-off

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong's home run with one out in the 14th inning Sunday gave the Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Pirates and extended to six a winning streak half-comprised of pulsating, extra-inning walk-off wins over Pittsburgh.

Wong's smash off Radhames Liz into the right-field seats above the Cardinals' bullpen punctuated an astonishingly well-pitched series in which St. Louis starters and relievers performed up to their National League-best ranking. Sunday's win followed 2-1 wins in 10 innings on Friday and in 11 innings on Saturday for St. Louis.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cast your All-Star ballot, exclusively online and mobile

Cast your All-Star ballot, exclusively online and mobile

Balloting is underway for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, with Wednesday's launch of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. It begins your annual privilege to decide the starting position players for the American and National Leagues, but there is one big difference now: it's online only.

"Probably better for the environment," Yankees first baseman and two-time All-Star Mark Teixeira said Tuesday on the eve of the first votes.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ASG debate: Will Cruz cruise to AL DH spot?

ASG debate: Will Cruz cruise to AL DH spot?

We will be doing daily ASG debates until balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other good candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think!

Whether Nelson Cruz is in right field or filling the DH role for the Mariners, there's one thing that doesn't change -- Cruz can hit. And he can hit with power.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Grandal's walk-off ends duel as Dodgers sweep

Grandal's walk-off ends duel as Dodgers sweep

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal led off the 13th with a home run to left-center as the Dodgers walked off the D-backs, 1-0, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

"At that point in the game, obviously you're out of bullets, you're out of players, you're pretty much in a game you don't want to be in," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the 13th inning. "Unless you win."

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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.

Fist bump: Nationals top Mets 1-0 again

Fist bump: Nationals top Mets 1-0 again

NEW York -- Doug Fister became the second Nationals starter to blank the Mets in two days, and Ryan Zimmerman's first-inning RBI single proved to be enough as Washington beat New York, 1-0, for the second consecutive game on Sunday at Citi Field.

It marked the first time in Nationals/Expos history that the team has won back-to-back games by a score of 1-0.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller prevails in showdown with Ortiz

Miller prevails in showdown with Ortiz

BOSTON -- Andrew Miller has enjoyed a fairly smooth transition into the Yankees' closer role thus far, but he and the Yankees were forced to sweat out a showdown with David Ortiz to finish off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox on Sunday evening.

Protecting a three-run lead in the ninth, Miller issued two walks and watched third baseman Chase Headley commit an error on a ground ball to send up Big Papi, who lined out to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for the final out of New York's 8-5 victory at Fenway Park.

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

Proud dad Johnson leads Braves' offense

After greeting son at third base before game, utility man homers in first inning

Proud dad Johnson leads Braves' offense

ATLANTA -- Throughout his Major League career, there have been numerous instances in which Kelly Johnson has participated in a pregame ceremony that allows members of a local youth baseball team to stand at a specific position before the home team takes the field.

But some emotion was added to the experience on Sunday, when Johnson came out of the home dugout at Turner Field and ran toward his son, Cole, who was standing and waiting for his father to arrive at third base.

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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.

Anibal masters Royals to help Tigers earn split

Anibal masters Royals to help Tigers earn split

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez continued his mastery of the Royals, and Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged a split in the four-game series with a 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 38,326 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

That was the Royals' third straight sellout.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres set to promote No. 2 prospect Hedges

Catcher will join the team prior to series vs. Giants

Padres set to promote No. 2 prospect Hedges

SAN DIEGO -- Austin Hedges, regarded as one of the top catching prospects in baseball, will join the Padres on Monday before they open a series at AT&T Park against the Giants, according to a source.

Hedges, 22, has long been regarded as a top defensive catcher. He was hitting .343/.413/.552 in 75 plate appearances this season with the team's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso. He also had two home runs and 15 RBIs.

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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.

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings and the Giants swept, capping a thrilling weekend series at AT&T Park with a 5-0 win over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.

Lincecum gave up just three hits and a walk, striking out four while moving his ERA to 2.40. The Giants (12-13) began the game with back-to-back homers by Nori Aoki and Joe Panik, on their way to a 10-hit effort, and have now won eight of their last 11.

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Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

Segura feels 'pretty good' after HBP to head

Segura feels 'pretty good' after HBP to head

CHICAGO -- Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was feeling "pretty good" Sunday after being struck in the head by a 95 mph fastball, manager Ron Roenicke said. But, Segura stayed behind for further testing while the rest of the team bussed back to Milwaukee.

Athletic trainers from the Brewers and Cubs rushed to Segura's side after a Pedro Strop fastball sailed high and tight with Segura squared to bunt. Segura was struck just above the brim of his helmet, and lay motionless in the dirt near home plate for two minutes before getting to his feet and walking to first base.

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

Orioles rally vs. Rays' bullpen to win finale

Orioles rally vs. Rays' bullpen to win finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by a two-out, two-run single by Adam Jones, the Orioles used a three-run seventh inning to take the series with a 4-2 win on Sunday over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Jones -- who tied a career high with four hits to raise his average to .402-- helped take Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen off the hook after a quality six-inning outing.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com and Michael Kolligian is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Plouffe celebrates big day, tapes teammate's mouth up

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Plouffe celebrates big day, tapes teammate's mouth up

It seems like Trevor Plouffe had a pretty nice Sunday. The weather was warm, he got to spend some time outside, and oh -- he hit his first career grand slam. That third-inning homer started a Twins landslide that eventually led to their 13-3 victory over the White Sox. Obviously, this kind of day deserves celebration. So Plouffe, uh, taped Eduardo Escobar's mouth shut?

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Cuddyer goes above wall to rob homer

Cuddyer goes above wall to rob homer

NEW YORK -- Michael Cuddyer said he had never robbed a home run before, not in Colorado, Minnesota, the Minors or even Little League.

So he hopes you excuse the lack of style points.

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

Robinson Chirinos wears all the sunglasses in Texas

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Robinson Chirinos wears all the sunglasses in Texas

Here's a riddle for you - what baseball player has the highest WAR, but only shows up to day games? The answer: the sun! Oh, sorry, I should have clarified -- by "WAR" I meant "watts of radiation" and by "baseball player" I meant … well, baseball player.

But during Sunday's game against the A's, Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos was ready to play the sun. He watched the tapes on his opponent and figured out the best method of defense. 

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Richard Justice

Astros starting to believe they're for real

Red-hot AL West leaders have components in place to contend for long haul

Astros starting to believe they're for real

HOUSTON -- At the moment, there's some magic around these Astros. Isn't that the bottom line? They might see it differently. To them, a little 10-game winning streak is the byproduct of blue-collar stuff.

"Everybody's playing their heart out," first baseman Chris Carter said.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

Brewers' next skipper must have eye on future

Brewers' next skipper must have eye on future

Nobody ever likes to surrender, especially not when we're only four weeks into the 26-week marathon. So Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin are changing managers in the hope that they can catch lightning in a bottle, like the Marlins did in 2003.

Ron Roenicke was fired on Sunday night -- oddly, after he had just ended a streak of 11 consecutive losing series by taking two of three at Wrigley Field -- but even if they could channel the ghost of Billy Martin, the Brewers must know that salvaging the 2015 season is all but impossible.

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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.

A-Rod: Home run bonus talk 'family business'

A-Rod: Home run bonus talk 'family business'

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez sidestepped questions concerning his contract language and the potential $6 million bonus payment related to his 660th home run this weekend, calling it "family business" that should not be discussed publicly.

"I'm just happy to be playing baseball. [The bonus discussion is] family business," Rodriguez said on Sunday. "That's nowhere near where my energy is these days. My energy is playing the game tonight. Just baseball."

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

Jackson suffers right ankle sprain

Seattle center fielder will be re-evaluated Monday

Jackson suffers right ankle sprain

HOUSTON -- Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was removed from Sunday's game against the Astros in the third inning after spraining his right ankle on a play at first base. He will be re-evaluated Monday when the club gets to Anaheim to open a three-game series.

Jackson twisted his ankle as he tried to avoid Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez's foot as the two arrived simultaneously at the bag on a groundout to first baseman Chris Carter in the top of the third inning.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.