Arenado pads already ridiculous highlight reel

Arenado pads already ridiculous highlight reel

CINCINNATI -- After slamming into a roll of tarp to catch a foul ball on April 14 in San Francisco, and feeling the requisite pain, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado swore he'd think twice before charging into the field barriers. ... Then came Monday, and there was no such hesitation.

In the bottom of the eighth with the Rockies and Reds tied at 4 at Great American Ball Park, Arenado raced to foul ground and flipped over the wall to grab Skip Schumaker's popup. As Arenado tumbled to the feet of the fans in the front row, his Adam's apple scraped on the concrete wall behind the padding.

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Baseball pays tribute on Memorial Day

Clubs wear special uniforms, participate in National Moment of Remembrance

Baseball pays tribute on Memorial Day

Major League Baseball observed Memorial Day Monday, with clubs finding unique ways to honor those lost while serving in the armed services and recognizing the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. MLB has participated in the tribute since 1997.

Rays pitcher Matt Moore tweeted: "Today we pause to honor and remember the men and women who gave their lives in pursuit of freedom. #MemorialDay"

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

Today's starting lineups: May 25

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Duda drives homer into sea of Navy white

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Duda drives homer into sea of Navy white

It's important to take time on Memorial Day to honor all members of our Armed Services. Perhaps you did it by making a small donation to a charity supporting our veterans. Perhaps you know a military member, and you personally thanked them for their service. There is no wrong way to recognize the troops -- any gesture is appreciated.

And so, when Mets first baseman Lucas Duda came to the plate in the bottom of the third inning of Monday's matchup with the Phillies, he decided to perform a small gesture of thanks by giving a member of the military a home run ball.

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ASG debate: Ethier or Kemp?

Former teammates having different types of seasons so far as All-Star voting continues

ASG debate: Ethier or Kemp?

*** 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 great candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think! ***

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier beat Matt Kemp to the big time by 26 days in May 2006, and they played side by side in the Dodgers outfield for nine seasons. Finally parting company over the winter, when Kemp was traded to the Padres, they came into this season with dramatically different expectations, both personally and in the public perception.

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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.

Bartolo impresses with bat, on mound

42-year-old righty notches second hit, seventh win as he continues entertaining

Bartolo impresses with bat, on mound

NEW YORK -- Before Bartolo Colon's right arm rediscovered its command and kept a Memorial Day crowd of 30, 946 standing, it was Colon's bat and legs that got them on their feet.

With Colon standing on second base after collecting his second hit of the season in the fifth inning of the Mets' 6-3 win, Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure visited Severino Gonzalez on the mound. Curtis Granderson, who had singled to advance Colon to second, took it as a chance to visit Colon.

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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.

Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

Brewers slugger's shot tracked at 474 feet, clears left-field bleachers

Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's fifth-inning home run vs. the Giants sailed clear out of Miller Park on Monday, conjuring memories of Russell Branyan against Greg Maddux and Sammy Sosa in the All-Star Home Run Derby more than a decade ago.

Braun's two-run homer left the bat at 113 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 474 feet, over the bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines Miller Park. It was the most prodigious home run by a right-handed hitter in the 15-year history of Miller Park and the fourth-longest home run by any batter. Branyan holds the record with his 480-foot shot off future Hall of Famer Maddux on July 27, 2004, and Prince Fielder hit a pair of 475-footers during his Brewers tenure.

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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.

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

Eight-run first inning vs. Guthrie sets table for easy victory over Royals

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nationals outhomer Cubs in opener at Wrigley

Nationals outhomer Cubs in opener at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will see a lot of each other in the near future, as they play seven games over two weeks. In their first meeting, the Nationals struck first, edging the Cubs, 2-1, on Memorial Day at Wrigley Field.

Denard Span and Wilson Ramos homered for the National League East-leading Nationals, while Tanner Roark started in place of the injured Doug Fister and allowed a run and three hits in five innings. Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada struck out six and allowed a run, four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in his second start after beginning the season on the disabled list. After Wada departed, Ramos hit a go-ahead solo homer off right-hander Justin Grimm in the sixth.

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John Jackson and Sarah Trotto are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Broken finger sends Loney to disabled list

Broken finger sends Loney to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Monday that they have placed first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list after he broke the middle finger on his left hand sliding into third base in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics.

"That's a big blow," manager Kevin Cash said. "That's a guy who hits right in the middle of our lineup. We know he is going to be down for some time, so we are going to have to call on some guys to fill that void."

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Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nolasco savors career milestone

Twins righty sharp in notching 100th victory

Nolasco savors career milestone

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortly after defeating the Red Sox on Monday, starter Ricky Nolasco was in the Twins' clubhouse dancing for his teammates.

And while Nolasco's dancing skills admittedly might not be up to par, the righty had plenty of success on the mound, giving up just two runs in 7 2/3 innings and securing his 100th career victory in Minnesota's 7-2 win.

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

Growing up: Bryant forces issue in key at-bat

After hitting homer No. 6 earlier, rookie prompts review which overturns call, giving Cubs fighting chance in ninth

Growing up: Bryant forces issue in key at-bat

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant has settled into the Major Leagues after 36 games with the Chicago Cubs.

Bryant spoke up for himself after home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney initially ruled that he struck out on a foul tip to begin the bottom of the ninth in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday afternoon. Bryant felt closer Drew Storen's pitch grazed his wrist.

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

O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

BALTIMORE -- Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce each hit two-run home runs to send Astros ace Dallas Keuchel to his first loss since last August in the Orioles' 4-3 win in the series opener on Monday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Joseph lined a 1-1 pitch in the second inning into the first row of left-field seats to put the Orioles ahead, 2-0, and Pearce sent the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the wall in right-center to put Baltimore on top, 4-3.

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

McClendon mulling Jackson's return

McClendon mulling Jackson's return

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Lloyd McClendon said on Monday that a decision is looming regarding the return of center fielder Austin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list, though he declined to be specific as to when Jackson would rejoin the club after recovering from a sprained right ankle.

Jackson went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Triple-A Tacoma's 8-5 loss at Omaha on Monday afternoon and is batting .263 in nine rehab games, but McClendon said game results aren't affecting the decision.

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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.

Flores surges to lead shortstops in home runs

23-year-old's three-run dinger puts focus on his hot bat

Flores surges to lead shortstops in home runs

NEW YORK -- The presence of a small flock of pigeons led to a stadium-crowd-sized chorus of boos. Bartolo Colon thought about stealing a base, and then Anthony Recker actually did. The Mets launched three home runs -- it was an unusual Memorial Day at Citi Field as the Mets topped the Phillies, 6-3.

Or maybe it wasn't. New York did strike out another nine times -- including six consecutive times at one point -- to give their offense 44 whiffs in four games. Near double-digit strikeout totals are becoming relatively routine in Queens. As is the ever-shifting focus on shortstop Wilmer Flores, who combined another clutch home run with his 10th straight errorless game to reach a height not many expected him to sit at after 46 games.

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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.

Keuchel allowing two home runs a rare sight

Astros ace entered start vs. O's having given up only one homer this season

Keuchel allowing two home runs a rare sight

BALTIMORE -- We're not used to seeing Astros ace Dallas Keuchel allow many hitters to get the ball into the air, much less send a couple of balls over the fence the way Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce of the Orioles did Monday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The two-run home runs by Joseph in the second and Pearce in the seventh off Keuchel, who had allowed only one home run in his first nine starts, were enough for the Orioles to sink the Astros, 4-3, and send Keuchel to his first loss since last August, snapping his eight-game winning streak.

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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.

Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

Outfielder likely to return as DH to see if pain subsides

Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

TORONTO -- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista missed his second consecutive game on Monday night as he continues to recover from a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista received the cortisone shot on Sunday morning and was expected to miss at least the next two games. He remains questionable to start at designated hitter for Tuesday night's game against the White Sox, but there is no timetable for his return to right field.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

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.

Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

Cards reliever, fan favorite excited for opportunity in bigs with Memorial Day on deck

Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

NEW YORK -- Mitch Harris expected the attention. He welcomed it really, since it would shine attention on the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. What he didn't anticipate, however, was how much his story would resonate.

Since joining the Cardinals one month ago, the 29-year-old rookie reliever has been the most sought-after interview in the clubhouse. His unprecedented journey from US Naval Academy graduate to Navy Lieutenant to Major League pitcher has captivated more than just fans of his team.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's down Tigers behind Hahn's first shutout

A's down Tigers behind Hahn's first shutout

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.

A four-run sixth inning backed Hahn, highlighted by run-scoring doubles from Max Muncy and Sam Fuld. The A's sent eight men to the plate in the frame, beginning with Marcus Semien and Josh Reddick, who got things going with back-to-back singles.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Guthrie, 'just one of those days'

Righty second starter in MLB history to allow 11 ER without recording out in second

For Guthrie, 'just one of those days'

NEW YORK -- There wasn't much for Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to say after his worst outing as a Major Leaguer.

The numbers said it all.

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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.

In return to Coliseum, Cespedes looks back

In return to Coliseum, Cespedes looks back

OAKLAND -- Shortly after arriving at the Coliseum for the first time since being traded to the Red Sox last summer, former A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes darted for manager Bob Melvin's office.

"Lots of hugs," said Cespedes, with USA Today writer Jorge Ortiz interpreting.

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

Flores' homer powers Mets over Phils

Flores' homer powers Mets over Phils

NEW YORK -- Three home runs helped the Mets burst out of a long weekend offensive drought, with Wilmer Flores' three-run shot in the sixth propelling New York to a 6-3 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

"The home runs were a big difference today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's something we have not been doing."

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins top Red Sox in Nolasco's 100th win

Twins top Red Sox in Nolasco's 100th win

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco picked up career win No. 100 with a season-high 7 2/3 innings, and was backed by a six-run second inning from the Twins in a 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Target Field.

Nolasco retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, and gave up two runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking none. The right-hander improved to 5-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts since missing nearly a month with right elbow inflammation. It helped the Twins improve to a season-high eight games above .500 at 26-18.

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

A's to activate Doolittle off DL on Tuesday

A's to activate Doolittle off DL on Tuesday

OAKLAND -- The A's are prepared to reinstate left-hander Sean Doolittle from the disabled list Tuesday, marking the long-awaited return of their All-Star closer.

Doolittle won't close right away, though. Rather, the southpaw will likely see action in a couple of non-save situations in the early going, after missing the club's first 47 games with a shoulder injury.

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Severino K's career-high 8, looks to stretch further into games

Righty has yet to pitch an outing longer than five innings

Severino K's career-high 8, looks to stretch further into games

NEW YORK -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez is in the rotation for the foreseeable future, which means at some point the 22-year-old must prove capable of pitching more than twice through a lineup.

He lasted 4 1/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. He is 2-1 with a 6.88 ERA in four starts.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Feliz to DL; has abscess removed from side

Feliz to DL; has abscess removed from side

CLEVELAND -- The Rangers placed right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with an "axillary abscess on his right side" before Monday's game in Cleveland.

The roster move makes room for outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the 15-day DL.

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

6-man rotation to prime Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard

Mets want to ensure those three starters are ready for possible playoff run

6-man rotation to prime Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard

NEW YORK -- When a six-man starting rotation went from whisper to possibility to reality for the Mets, manager Terry Collins had to convince even the pitchers in it.

A six-man rotation means more pitchers, but fewer starts for those involved. And big picture, that's the point. The Mets want to limit the innings of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in an effort to prime them for a possible playoff run.

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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.

Melky returns to Rogers Centre with Chicago

Outfielder left Toronto during offseason for three-year deal with White Sox

Melky returns to Rogers Centre with Chicago

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera was back at Rogers Centre on Monday for the first time since leaving the Blue Jays via free agency to join the White Sox.

Cabrera spent a pair of seasons in Toronto, where he experienced mixed success. After most of his first season was hampered by a benign tumor in his back that severely limited his performance, Cabrera had a bounceback season in 2014 and was rewarded with a $42 million, three-year contract from the White Sox last December.

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

Hamilton hitting 5th in return to Texas lineup

Manager wants returning outfielder to "go be one of 25"

Hamilton hitting 5th in return to Texas lineup

CLEVELAND -- Josh Hamilton returned to the Rangers' lineup Monday, batting fifth and playing left field. It marks his first game in the Major Leagues since an Oct. 15, 2014 Wild Card appearance with the Angels, and his first in a Rangers uniform since an Oct. 5, 2012 Wild Card game.

A tumultuous offseason that included a reported drug and alcohol relapse and a shoulder surgery preceded and April trade that has led him back to the place where he turned his life around: Texas.

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