Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

Prospect plays right field, bats eighth in 2015 debut

Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in desperate need of a spark to their struggling offense, summoned Rusney Castillo to Fenway Park for Friday's game against the Angels. The right-handed hitter was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and immediately placed in Boston's lineup in the eighth spot and in right field for the opener of a three-game series.

"Well, he's someone who has got the ability to impact the baseball," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

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

10 bizarre rules you won't believe existed

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10 bizarre rules you won't believe existed

Baseball has been played roughly the same way for so long that its rules have become sacred institutions. The numbers are spoken of in hushed tones, and even thinking about touching them is akin to heresy: Of course there are 90 feet between bases, because it just feels right, and has for generations.

But the path the game took to get here was more trial and error than divine intervention, the game's founding fathers throwing all kinds of stuff against the wall to see what stuck. It was a long and winding road, full of detours and dead ends and pegging innocent baserunners (no, really). To appreciate just how far we've come, behold, we give you nine incredibly weird rules that we swear actually existed.

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Today's starting lineups: May 22

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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ASG debate: Prince or Hosmer at first in AL?

Rusurging Ranger, emerging Royals star clash on Midsummer Classic ballot

ASG debate: Prince or Hosmer at first in AL?

*** 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! ***

You want a head-to-head All-Star ballot matchup? Last week, the Royals and Rangers split a four-game series at Globe Life Park. Prince Fielder homered in Games 1 and 3, and Texas won those. Eric Hosmer homered in Games 2 and 4, and Kansas City won those.

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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.

Mariano's son among Draft's family ties

Kin of current, former Major Leaguers ready to take game to professional level

Mariano's son among Draft's family ties

Hearing their name called during next month's First-Year Player Draft would be a dream come true for many hopeful future big leaguers, some of whom will be trying to build upon their already strong family legacy within the game.

More than a thousand names will be called over the 40-round affair from June 8-10, and many could have a familiar ring to them. In fact, eight of MLB.com's Top 100 Draft prospects alone have family ties to Major League Baseball.

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

Tanaka slated for 2nd rehab start next week

Yankees put pitch count at 65 after right-hander 'feels good' following outing

Tanaka slated for 2nd rehab start next week

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka reported no issues after a Minor League rehabilitation start this week, and the Yankees plan to send the right-hander back to the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday at Pawtucket.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Tanaka's pitch count will be bumped to 65 for the start in the 7:05 p.m. ET contest, Tanaka's second since being placed on the disabled list April 29 with a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis.

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

Smith gets 8 games for substance on arm, decides to appeal

Smith gets 8 games for substance on arm, decides to appeal

Brewers left-handed reliever Will Smith received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday for having a foreign substance on his arm in Thursday's 10-1 loss to the Braves, but will file an appeal.

Smith will be eligible to pitch until the appeal process is complete.

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

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

3 reasons why fastball from LA lefty landed in the seats

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

Clayton Kershaw has faced more than 5,700 hitters over his eight-year career, but never once had he allowed an opposing pitcher to hit a home run -- never, that is, until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner crushed a first-pitch third inning fastball into the AT&T Park seats for the first run in what would be a 4-0 Giants win. Let's start by giving fair credit to Bumgarner, who now has seven homers to his name, third among active pitchers behind Yovani Gallardo (12) and Travis Wood (9).

But all due respect to the outstanding Bumgarner, this is the defending NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner we're talking about in Kershaw. How in the world does the best pitcher in baseball give up a homer to his opposite number, even one who can swing the bat like Bumgarner? Let's dig into Statcast™, which calculated the distance of the homer at 415 feet with an exit velocity of 105 mph, and the other tools at our disposal to point out three reasons how that ball ended up in the stands.

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

Quicken, Pollock can help you 'Steal A Home'

Fans can win free mortgage payment up to $1,500 after speedster swipes plate

Quicken, Pollock can help you 'Steal A Home'

There was big news on the U.S. mortgage lending front in recent hours, as the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.84 percent and A.J. Pollock stole home.

While real estate buyers and sellers digest the news of Freddie Mac's key figures released on Thursday, the real upside here for Major League Baseball fans is the chance to win a free mortgage payment of up to $1,500 from Quicken Loans thanks to one of those club-record-tying seven stolen bases by the D-backs in their 6-1 victory a night earlier in Miami.

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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.

O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

MIAMI -- Prior to Friday's contest in Miami, the Orioles reinstated infielder Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk.

Cabrera went to the DL on May 7 with a left foot contusion. He recently completed a rehab assignment with Norfolk, which began on May 15, and he said he feels good to go.

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

'Entourage' star enjoys National Jersey Day

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'Entourage' star enjoys National Jersey Day

In honor of National Jersey Day on May 22, MLB and Majestic turned to the world's foremost expert on proper jersey etiquette: Jerry Ferrara.

Ferrara is mostly known for playing Turtle on "Entourage" -- a character who typically dresses the part of a rabid but transplanted New York sports fanatic:

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Source: Ruiz leaves Cuba, seeks MLB contract

Pitching prospect could establish residency in Haiti in order to become free agent

Source: Ruiz leaves Cuba, seeks MLB contract

Top Cuban pitching prospect Norge Luis Ruiz has left Cuba in order to seek a contract with a Major League club, an industry source told MLB.com.

Ruiz, 21, could establish residency in Haiti, the first step to becoming a Major League free agent.

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

Roark to make spot start in series at Wrigley

Nationals righty, who won 15 games in rotation last season, to sub for Fister on Monday or Tuesday

Roark to make spot start in series at Wrigley

WASHINGTON -- With Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list, Nationals manager Matt Williams has decided to put right-hander Tanner Roark in Fister's spot in the rotation either Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Roark, who was seen taking live batting practice on Friday, is expected to throw around 70 pitches.

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

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Phil Rogers

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

Statistics alone cannot begin to measure why slugger touched hearts of fans

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

His tools were a first baseman's mitt and a bat, not a sledgehammer or a wrench. But Paul Konerko was the first person you wanted to see after clocking in on the job. Any job.

He wasn't ever just another guy, just another baseball player, but he carried himself like he could have been your mailman or auto mechanic -- not the guy facing Mariano Rivera with the game on the line. The deep connection that developed between Konerko and White Sox fans is the way baseball should be.

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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.

MLB.com Columnist

Marty Noble

Offense must pitch in for Mets to compete

Amazins' rotation has been impressive, but club is too one-dimensional

Offense must pitch in for Mets to compete

NEW YORK -- Sometimes necessity fathers tradition. It did in the 1960s and into the '70s in the Mets' Shea Stadium clubhouse. A kitchen table was positioned in the middle of the room so that players might have a pregame place to play cards and eventually cribbage, open their fan mail, accommodate the many requests for autographs and/or drop their heads to the tabletop to nap.

Eventually the table served a postgame purpose as well. The player who was unofficially recognized by reporters as the determining factor, the difference-maker in the game, would take a seat at the table, and there he would answer questions about his performance, the double play in the seventh, his son's birthday, his choice of deodorant and anything else the assembled horde deemed relevant.

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

MLB.com Columnist

Dan O'Dowd

Harper, Hosmer highlight all-breakout team

Harper, Hosmer highlight all-breakout team

It is the quarter mark of the 2015 season, and we're at the point where was can finally get a sense if certain breakout seasons are for real.

With that in mind, here's a look at my all-breakout team. These aren't necessarily superstars -- though some are -- but rather a look at players who appear to have found a new level of play that should be somewhat sustainable for the foreseeable future.

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Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Castillo takes over top spot for fantasy prospects

Castillo takes over top spot for fantasy prospects

Every week, the MLBPipeline.com crew will rank the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. These rankings are based solely on expected 2015 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to the MLBPipeline Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

The four most productive fantasy rookies so far this season have been Kris Bryant (no shock), Devon Travis (a surprise, though he started raking on Opening Day), Joc Pederson (saw that one coming) and ...

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryant makes himself at home vs. Padres

Cubs' top prospect belts two-run blast in first inning of series finale

Bryant makes himself at home vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant didn't play at Petco Park during his three years at the University of San Diego, but the Cubs' top prospect looked right at home Thursday night when he hit his fifth home run of the season.

"I'm glad [Bryant] was able to come through for the hometown crowd -- that was nice," manager Joe Maddon said after his club's 3-0 win vs. the Padres.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hendricks' five-hitter lifts Cubs past Padres

Hendricks' five-hitter lifts Cubs past Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Kyle Hendricks threw his first career complete game and shutout Thursday as the Cubs defeated the Padres, 3-0, before a crowd of 30,021 at Petco Park.

"When you pitch like that, you'll win a lot of baseball games," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in command of himself, in command of the game. It was really fun to watch."

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Mariners, Blue Jays await fruits of their labor

Teams made good postseason moves but both have experienced disappointment thus far

Mariners, Blue Jays await fruits of their labor

The Blue Jays and Mariners enter their weekend series in Toronto in similar states of frustration. Unwittingly, they have illustrated that you can get so many things right in the offseason and still have so much go wrong in the season itself.

It's almost as if building an October team is difficult. Imagine that.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

The Rangers have released right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

Fujikawa, 34, was designated for assignment on Sunday after allowing three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings over two relief appearances. He began the season on the disabled list with a right groin strain.

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

Janssen activated as Nats place Solis on DL

Janssen activated as Nats place Solis on DL

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals activated right-hander Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list and placed left-hander Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation on Friday.

Janssen has yet to play a Major League game this season because of rotator cuff tendinitis, which he suffered during Spring Training. During the last couple of weeks, Janssen was on a rehab assignment for Class A Advanced Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He allowed a combined two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .182 batting average.

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

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Terence Moore

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

Manager constantly changing strategy based on who's hot on roster

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

During the opening 31 games for the Braves this season, guess how many different starting lineups they had?

Yep, 31.

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

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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John Donovan 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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Mike Bauman

After slow start, Nats should own division

Washington has rocketed into first place, and talent will keep it there

After slow start, Nats should own division

Order has been restored in the National League East. The Washington Nationals are back in gear and back in first place.

They had not been away that long. They had the best record in the National League two of the last three seasons, and then they added the premier free-agent pitcher of the 2014-15 offseason, Max Scherzer.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays alone in 1st place with shutout of A's

Rays alone in 1st place with shutout of A's

ST. PETERSBURG -- David DeJesus provided most of the offense and the Rays' pitching did its part in a 3-0 win over the A's on Thursday night with a crowd of 10,605 watching at Tropicana Field.

The Rays grabbed sole possession of first place in the American League East by a half-game over the idle Yankees. It's the first time Tampa Bay has been alone in first since April 12, 2014.

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

deGrom retires 23 in a row, leads Mets past Cards

deGrom retires 23 in a row, leads Mets past Cards

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's early-season rough patch has officially come to an end.

deGrom's eight shutout innings led the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, giving the clubs a four-game series split and boosting the Mets to their fourth win in six games. Though St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was also sharp in his first outing in 11 months, deGrom was better, striking out 11 Cardinals and holding them to one hit.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. 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.

MadBum hits 415-foot HR off Kershaw

Giants' ace is first pitcher to homer off Dodgers' lefty

MadBum hits 415-foot HR off Kershaw

SAN FRANCISCO -- After the Giants' 4-0 victory Thursday over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Madison Bumgarner restrained himself. That contrasted with a very significant third-inning moment, when he simply let it rip.

His swing, that is.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Double-threat MadBum, Giants sweep Dodgers

Double-threat MadBum, Giants sweep Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner supported himself with a home run and distinguished himself with a 6 1/3-innings effort Thursday as the San Francisco Giants completed their three-game shutout sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4-0 victory.

The defending World Series champions lengthened their winning streak to six games while improving to 7-2 this season against the Dodgers. The Giants last blanked Los Angeles in a three-game series June 25-27, 2012.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HS pitcher with rare disorder throws first pitch

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HS pitcher with rare disorder throws first pitch

Approximately one in 200 high school baseball players will eventually be drafted by a major league team. The chances that you're born with DiGeorge syndrome are estimated to be one in 4,000. That's to say: There's a greater likelihood of getting drafted to compete for a job in the big leagues than being born with the chromosome disorder.

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