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.

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.

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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

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.

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.

Cuddyer goes above the wall to rob Zimmerman

Cuddyer goes above the wall to rob Zimmerman

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Padres outslug Rox to pick up Shields and sweep

Padres outslug Rox to pick up Shields and sweep

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton, Jedd Gyorko and Derek Norris each drilled home runs on Sunday to overcome four home runs by the Rockies as San Diego held on for an 8-6 victory at Petco Park, securing a three-game series sweep.

Upton hit a two-run home run in the first inning and later added an RBI double in the fifth inning to give the Padres (14-12) the lead for good. Gyorko's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth gave San Diego a three-run lead.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teheran finds form as Braves blank Reds

Teheran finds form as Braves blank Reds

ATLANTA -- Comforted by the three-run first inning his offense produced against Johnny Cueto, Julio Teheran halted his recent woes with a strong mound performance that guided the Braves to Sunday afternoon's 5-0 win over the Reds at Turner Field.

While Teheran scattered three hits over six scoreless innings, Cueto surrendered three extra-base hits before recording his second out of the day. Kelly Johnson highlighted Atlanta's three-run first inning with a two-run homer, and Jonny Gomes added a solo shot in the third inning.

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

Wong's walk-off homer caps thrilling series

Solo shot in 14th inning gives Cards third straight extra-inning walk-off win

Wong's walk-off homer caps thrilling series

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong may have experienced a little déjà vu while rounding the bases in the bottom of the 14th against the Pirates on Sunday.

Wong's second home run of the season, a 421-foot blast deep into the right-field bleachers over the bullpen, gave the Cardinals their third consecutive walk-off win against the Pirates -- the latest by a 3-2 score. It was Wong's second career walk-off homer in the regular season, and both have come against the Bucs.

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Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After slow start, Gattis displaying his power

Slugger rips two HRs, including game-winner, in Astros' 10th straight victory

After slow start, Gattis displaying his power

HOUSTON -- Fans in the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park might want to start wearing protective armor when Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is at the plate.

Gattis rocketed a pair of home runs into the left-field seats, including a line-drive shot in the eighth inning to snap a tie, and drove in four Sunday to lead the Astros to their 10th consecutive win, 7-6, in a four-game sweep of the Mariners.

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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.

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence took pregame batting practice on the field Sunday for the first time since breaking his left arm in Spring Training.

Pence took three rounds of batting practice and hit three home runs, one into the left-field stands and two to the left-center seats.

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Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solano brothers combine for run vs. Phils

In first appearance together, Jhonatan drives in Donovan

Solano brothers combine for run vs. Phils

MIAMI -- For the first time in Marlins history, two brothers were in the same lineup, and they combined for a run in the fifth inning on Sunday in Miami's 6-2 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

Donovan Solano singled up the middle and scored from first on Jhonatan Solano's double to the wall in left, which at the time put Miami in front by a run. The Colombian natives were in the starting lineup for the series finale.

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

Jhonatan Solano doubles, drives in brother Donovan

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Jhonatan Solano doubles, drives in brother Donovan

Fishing, jigsaw puzzles, watching crime procedurals on the couch -- these are activities that I, as an only child, can only imagine brothers do together. Thanks to Donovan and Jhonatan Solano, I will be adding "scoring MLB runs" to that list.

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Herrera shows off speed with over-the-head catch

Center fielder proves mettle after defensive switch

Herrera shows off speed with over-the-head catch

MIAMI -- Odubel Herrera flashed the leather with an impressive running catch to rob Adeiny Hechavarria of extra bases during the eighth inning of the Phillies' 6-2 victoryover the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Herrera, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in center field for Andres Blanco in the seventh, tracked down the liner to straightaway center. In a three-run ballgame, manager Ryne Sandberg switched around his defense to preserve the lead by shifting Ben Revere to left and moving Darin Ruf to first for Ryan Howard.

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Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians use big inning to rally past Blue Jays

Indians use big inning to rally past Blue Jays

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays posted a six-run inning for the second straight game on Sunday, but the Tribe had an impressive comeback in them this time around. After a six-run outburst of their own, the Indians kept piling on the offense en route to a 10-7 victory over Toronto at Progressive Field.

With the win, Cleveland salvaged a split of the four-game set with the Blue Jays.

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

Colon, Royals complete stellar double play

Colon, Royals complete stellar double play

KANSAS CITY - The Royals pulled off what likely is their double play of the season so far in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

With Detroit's Jose Iglesias on second and one out, Ian Kinsler lined a one-hopper at shortstop Christian Colon, who flipped to second baseman Omar Infante, who slapped a tag on Iglesias.

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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.

Canha's single off ump starts inning of chaos

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Canha's single off ump starts inning of chaos

The seventh inning of Saturday's A's-Rangers game began with Ike Davis reaching first base on an error. Brett Lawrie singled in the next at-bat to give Oakland a pair of runners. And then Mark Canha thwacked a pitch right into second base umpire Jerry Meals' left hip. Thus began the inning of chaos.

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