Leap Cog! Dive over C part of wild Jays W

Leap Cog! Dive over C part of wild Jays W

ST. LOUIS -- The Blue Jays' team motto this year is "Let's Rise." Chris Coghlan took it to a new level during Tuesday's 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Cardinals with one of the most acrobatic "slides" ever seen.

Coghlan turned what appeared to be a guaranteed out into a Blue Jays run by soaring over the head of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the seventh inning of a tied game. Molina appeared to have Coghlan out on arrival, but clearly, the veteran utility man had other ideas.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

Trea-cycle: Young Nat uses wheels for feat

Turner (7 RBIs) triples to cap 3rd cycle in Nationals history

Trea-cycle: Young Nat uses wheels for feat

DENVER -- Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had the hottest night of his career in the coldest game of the season on Tuesday, hitting for the cycle while driving in a personal-best seven runs in a 15-12 win over the Rockies at Coors Field.

Turner singled to right field in the first inning, doubled to left in the second to drive in a pair, hit a two-run homer to right in the sixth and knocked a bases-loaded triple into the right-field corner in the seventh.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver who covered the Nationals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel, Reddickulous catch KO Cleveland

Keuchel, Reddickulous catch KO Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- In a matchup of two of the American League's top clubs, Dallas Keuchel was once again on top of his game. The Houston lefty continued his strong start to the season, stifling the Indians in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Behind a complete-game six-hitter, Keuchel improved to 4-0 on the young season for the AL West-leading Astros, ending the night with a 1.22 ERA. The left-hander struck out five and sidestepped the potential harm of the three walks he issued. Keuchel has now thrown 11 complete games in his career.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Kershaw avenges loss to Blach with gem

Kershaw avenges loss to Blach with gem

SAN FRANCISCO -- Creating another episode in what could develop into a long-running series, Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco's Ty Blach combined to forge their second compelling matchup in as many meetings Tuesday as the Dodgers outlasted the Giants, 2-1.

Kershaw played the role of an ace perfectly as he yielded San Francisco's lone run and six hits in seven innings. Kershaw pitched nearly the entire game in discomfort, having been hit on the right calf by the first batter he faced, Hunter Pence.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Thames sets club record with 11th April HR

First baseman sets Brewers record with 11th April homer

Thames sets club record with 11th April HR

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames understands the suspicions. If it were some other player hitting home runs at a record pace, especially after playing three years abroad, Thames might be suspicious himself.

But after hitting his Major League-leading 11th home run in the Brewers' 9-1 win Tuesday -- giving Thames more homers (eight) in six games against the Reds than any other Major Leaguer has homers, period -- Thames submitted to a random drug test for the second time this month and responded to those who have been whispering he must be "on something" to hit like this.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Roaring Tigers offense scores 19 to rout M's

Roaring Tigers offense scores 19 to rout M's

DETROIT -- The Tigers teed off for four home runs and 24 hits Tuesday in a 19-9 runaway over the Mariners, knocking Felix Hernandez out with a tight right shoulder after just two innings in the process as they rolled to their third consecutive win.

Ian Kinsler led the onslaught with four hits, four runs and two RBIs as the Tigers racked up season highs in hits and runs for the second consecutive game, having topped the Twins 13-4 with 13 hits on Sunday.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Father of Carew's donor throws out first pitch

Hall of Famer spreading awareness with Reuland family

Father of Carew's donor throws out first pitch

ANAHEIM -- Before Ralf Reuland threw out the first pitch to the Angels' series opener against the A's on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, he received a word of advice from Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

Carew, who in December received a heart and kidney transplant from Reuland's late son, former Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland, said, "Ralf, you don't have to go to the top of the mound. Go to the bottom and let it fly."

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush close to buying Marlins

Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush close to buying Marlins

PHILADELPHIA -- Wheels reportedly are in motion for the Marlins to accept an offer from a prospective ownership group headed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Yankees great Derek Jeter.

The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has an agreement in principle to sell the club to the Bush/Jeter group for $1.3 billion. The story added that the sides are optimistic the deal could be finalized over the next couple of months. The club has not confirmed or made a formal comment addressing the report.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Stroman's double leads to Toronto win in 11th

Stroman's double leads to Toronto win in 11th

ST. LOUIS -- A back-and-forth Interleague affair that featured aerial acrobatics and the most unexpected of contributors ended after 11 innings on Tuesday, when the Blue Jays capitalized on the Cardinals' fourth error of the night. After squandering away three leads, the Blue Jays wouldn't lose another, as Ryan Tepera stranded the potential tying run in scoring position to cap off a 6-5 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals' sloppy play led to unearned runs in the ninth and 11th, the latter of which scored when first baseman Jose Martinez couldn't corral a wide throw from shortstop Aledmys Diaz. A pinch-hit, one-out double by starting pitcher Marcus Stroman set up Toronto's game-winning rally, as he later scored on Diaz's errant throw on Steve Pearce's two-out ground ball.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Cubs, Lester face rival Pirates on MLB.TV

Ace among southpaws taking the mound today

Cubs, Lester face rival Pirates on MLB.TV

A number of successful southpaws take the mound as part of a full 15-game slate today, while the Yankees and Red Sox match up for the first time this season in a game featuring a pair of right-handers, streaming live on MLB.TV.

The Cubs' Jon Lester takes on the Pirates for the second time this year, while lefties go head-to-head when the Mariners meet the Tigers and the Twins face the Rangers.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix heads to team physician, MRI in Seattle

Righty's second-inning exit caused by shoulder tightness

Felix heads to team physician, MRI in Seattle

DETROIT -- Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is headed back to Seattle to see the team's physician on Tuesday night after feeling tightness in his right shoulder and being removed after two innings in a 19-9 loss to the Tigers.

Manager Scott Servais said the 31-year-old felt fatigue in the shoulder. He'll undergo an MRI and be evaluated in Seattle while the team continues a 10-game road trip that he was scheduled to conclude with a Sunday start in Cleveland.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Statcast of the Day: Keuchel owns low zone

Astros lefty records 15 ground-ball outs, improves to 4-0

Statcast of the Day: Keuchel owns low zone

CLEVELAND -- The Indians tried to counter the Dallas Keuchel phenomenon on Tuesday night with that rarest of results -- the fly ball.

Austin Jackson hit one for a solo home run in the third. Michael Brantley did the same in the ninth. Jason Kipnis would have had a fifth-inning shot, if not for a ridiculous catch by Josh Reddick. And there was a truly costly fly for Keuchel's Astros when Yan Gomes lofted one to shallow right in the eighth and Teoscar Hernandez and Jose Altuve had a vicious collision while trying to run it down.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels edge A's on Calhoun's walk-off in 11th

Angels edge A's on Calhoun's walk-off in 11th

ANAHEIM -- After the Angels and A's traded leadoff homers in the 10th inning, Kole Calhoun delivered a walk-off single in the 11th to lift the Halos to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Danny Espinosa sparked the final rally with a single off A's reliever Ryan Madson, advanced to second on Martin Maldonado's sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run on Calhoun's first-career walk-off hit, a line drive to center field.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Hendricks outduels Cole as Cubs edge Bucs

Hendricks outduels Cole as Cubs edge Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- A night after scoring a season-high 14 runs and pounding out 17 hits, the Cubs were limited to two hits Tuesday at PNC Park. But they only needed one, compounded by a timely mistake by the Pirates, to escape with a 1-0 win over Gerrit Cole and the Bucs.

"I told them to save a couple [runs]," Cubs starter and winner Kyle Hendricks said. "Sometimes one is enough."

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Altuve, Hernandez exit after outfield collision

Astros star day to day after getting shoulder 'jarred;' outfielder may head to DL

Altuve, Hernandez exit after outfield collision

CLEVELAND -- A scary collision between All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez marred an otherwise terrific Tuesday night for the Astros, who beat the Indians, 4-2, at Progressive Field behind a complete game from Dallas Keuchel to tie for their best start in club history at 14-6.

Both Altuve and Hernandez were removed from the game upon colliding while trying to chase down a Yan Gomes pop fly in the eighth inning. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and team trainers rushed to the field to check on the players, both of whom were on the ground for several minutes.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers promote top prospect Bellinger

Dodgers promote top prospect Bellinger

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers promoted top prospect Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, an accelerated arrival to the Major Leagues because of a slumping offense and outfielder injuries. He was immediately slotted into the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing left field against the Giants.

Bellinger went 1-for-3 in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Giants, recording his first Major League hit on an infield single in the ninth inning.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bumgarner won't need surgery on shoulder

Bumgarner won't need surgery on shoulder

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that left-hander Madison Bumgarner will not require surgery on his sprained left shoulder and could begin light workouts in four to five days, but that won't accelerate the timetable of the ace pitcher's recovery -- mainly because no timetable exists yet.

Bumgarner, who sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in a dirt-bike accident outside of Denver during last Thursday's scheduled off-day, is believed to need at least two months of recovery.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's path to Majors began at Fenway

Right fielder impressed scouts during showcase in 2012

Judge's path to Majors began at Fenway

BOSTON -- Aaron Judge will celebrate his 25th birthday by taking aim at the Green Monster for the first time in a Major League game, and it was between Fenway Park's white lines that the hulking rookie might have cemented his future in a Yankees uniform.

Judge impressed scouts with an explosive performance in a Cape Cod League showcase in 2012, helping convince the Yankees to use the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft on the Fresno State outfielder.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs unveil 'Team of the Game' initiative

Local baseball, softball squads will be recognized at PNC Park throughout season

Bucs unveil 'Team of the Game' initiative

PITTSBURGH -- With MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on hand, the Pirates on Tuesday unveiled a season-long Play Ball initiative to recognize local youth baseball and softball teams.

Throughout the season, each team designated as a Pirates Play Ball "Team of the Game" will receive complimentary tickets and food vouchers for a Tuesday home game while being recognized on the field during a pregame ceremony.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Morosi: M's shouldn't reverse course yet

New-look club needs time to meld despite rocky April

Morosi: M's shouldn't reverse course yet

DETROIT -- Jarrod Dyson scored the championship-clinching run for the Royals in the 2015 World Series. He knows a playoff team when he sees it.

Can the Mariners be one?

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

Giants to miss Crawford for at least 2 days

Shortstop strains groin before heading to sister-in-law's funeral

Giants to miss Crawford for at least 2 days

SAN FRANCISCO -- You might say that Giants manager Bruce Bochy feels hamstrung, though he'd probably prefer not to use a body part as an expression to describe his club's injury predicament.

Given the Giants' shortage of able-bodied position players, they might be fortunate that the 2-1 setback they were dealt Tuesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers did not extend into extra innings. With their luck, they just might have run out of players.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy can't let balk call 'slide' after tough start

Duffy can't let balk call 'slide' after tough start

CHICAGO -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy always has pitched well against the White Sox here in what is now called Guaranteed Rate Field: Six runs in seven career starts.

But that success vanished on Tuesday night in a 10-5 loss as Duffy gave up nine hits and six runs in just 4 2/3 innings.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis

Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis

CLEVELAND -- Making his first start of the year in center field, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick delivered a terrific catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Indians, stealing what would've been the first home run of the season from second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Starting in center with George Springer (hamstring discomfort) and Jake Marisnick (mild concussion) both out of the lineup, Reddick tracked down Kipnis' deep fly at the wall in right-center and caught the ball as it was sailing above the yellow line to rob him of a home run. The ball traveled 391 feet, according to Statcast™.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays' bullpen throws two-hit shutout vs. O's

Rays' bullpen throws two-hit shutout vs. O's

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Cash made a game-time decision on Tuesday night, pulling scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez with a poor weather forecast looming. The risk paid off, as Tampa Bay's bullpen and a pair of fourth-inning runs were enough to hold off the first-place Orioles and give the Rays the 2-0 series-evening win.

The victory snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Rays, who entered the game with a 1-7 road record that was the worst in the Majors.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Rays on Tuesday.

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Ervin stays hot, Twins' bats erupt vs. Texas

Ervin stays hot, Twins' bats erupt vs. Texas

ARLINGTON -- Twins pitcher Ervin Santana continues to build on one of the best starts to a season in his career, holding the Rangers to one run over seven innings in an 8-1 victory at Globe Life Park on Tuesday.

The Twins, who had a season-high 14 hits, have won two straight over the Rangers to start this three-game series. They also have won four straight against the Rangers dating back to last season and 10 of 13 going back to 2015.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas.

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Goldy, Corbin lead D-backs past Padres

Goldy, Corbin lead D-backs past Padres

PHOENIX -- The D-backs offense continued rolling, pounding out 16 hits in support of Patrick Corbin, who pitched seven quality innings, as Arizona beat the Padres for the second night in a row, 9-3, at Chase Field on Tuesday night.

Corbin (2-3) scattered eight hits and allowed two runs while throwing a season-high 105 pitches.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Turner's cycle, Nats' bats cool off Rox rally

Turner's cycle, Nats' bats cool off Rox rally

DENVER -- On a damp and frigid Tuesday night at Coors Field, Trea Turner swung the hottest bat, hitting for the cycle and driving in a career-high seven runs in the Nationals' 15-12 victory over the Rockies. Washington has won eight of its last nine games.

Turner singled in the first, doubled in the second, homered in the sixth and tripled in the seventh for the third cycle in Nationals history, and the ninth in the combined history of the Expos and Nationals.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver, and covered the Nationals on Tuesday.

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Alyson Footer

Nationals jump to top of Power Rankings

Washington, Houston pass Cubs for top spots, while Rox also rise

Nationals jump to top of Power Rankings

There's been a bit of shuffling of the top five teams in our weekly Power Rankings, with the Nationals making their debut as No. 1, and the Cubs, though surging, slipping a bit from their top spot. Three weeks into the season seems like a good time to give props to the Rockies and D-backs, who are thriving while the two teams normally leading the National League West -- the Giants and Dodgers -- are still trying to get on a roll.

Biggest jump: Welcome to the Top 10, Rockies. The Rox entered Tuesday in first place in the NL West, and considering they're doing this well with so many injuries to key players, it's fun to think about what they can do when they're at full strength. Since last week, Colorado has jumped a whopping 10 spots, from 16 to six.

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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.

Dodgers tab Urias to start San Francisco finale

Dodgers tab Urias to start San Francisco finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers in Thursday's series finale against the Giants, manager Dave Roberts confirmed Tuesday.

Urias will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he pitched 14 innings in three starts after beginning the year in extended spring camp despite being one of the club's best pitchers in Spring Training.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.