Statcast primer: Baseball viewing will never be the same

MLB Network to debut revolutionary real-time tracking on Tuesday night

Statcast primer: Baseball viewing will never be the same

Baseball fans will have an opportunity to view a live game like never before when Statcast makes its television debut during Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET. If you've ever wondered how fast the ball comes off of Bryce Harper's bat, or just how much ground Jason Heyward can cover in the outfield, your chance to get definitive answers is finally here.

Statcast is already being utilized by Major League front offices, while fans have had the chance to see its ground breaking abilities in breakdowns of last year's All-Star Game and postseason, as well as on a few highlight clips this season. Beginning with Tuesday night's Cards-Nats clash, the groundbreaking technology will be incorporated into every MLB Network Showcase game, and is expected to be available through additional broadcasts this season.

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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.

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

Top prospect expected to follow similar paths of Buehrle, Sale

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon was hanging out with his girlfriend and another good friend this past weekend, sitting on the couch watching YouTube videos, when a call came in from someone he didn't recognize via caller ID.

"That was it," said Rodon with a broad smile, addressing the media prior to Monday night's series opener between the White Sox and Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Star prospect Bryant stars in commercial

Star prospect Bryant stars in commercial

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant wasn't quite sure what to do when the goat he was paired with for a commercial wanted to run around, and he also needed some guidance on how to milk a cow.

"I had no clue what I was doing," Bryant said Monday. "They had an umbrella over [the goat] because it was raining. The goat wanted to run around. It was hard to keep him by my side. I've never been around them -- I'm not a farm boy, I'm a city boy."

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

9 things we wish Statcast would illustrate

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9 things we wish Statcast would illustrate

Get ready technophiles and everyone who has ever enjoyed the movie "Tron." Because Major League Baseball, already at the forefront of streaming technology with MLB.TV and the leading purveyor of the game of baseball (#humblebrag) has unveiled the greatest of technological marvels to ever reach the field: Statcast.

Though Statcast was slowly rolled out last season, making major appearances during the All-Star Game and the postseason, it is now featured in all 30 Major League parks and will make its 2015 debut during Tuesday night's MLB Network Showcase game, between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 pm ET.

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Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

BOSTON -- Fueled by a four-run inning and solid pitching from Justin Masterson, the Red Sox ousted the Orioles in a 7-1 Patriots' Day victory in a rain-shortened game at Fenway Park.

Masterson gave his bullpen some much-needed rest, spinning five innings of one-run baseball in a contest that was called due to inclement weather in the seventh inning. The lanky sinkerballer recorded six strikeouts and benefited from a particularly effective slider as Boston earned a split in the four-game series.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

BOSTON -- Even with cloudy skies and rain overhead, the Red Sox were still able to produce a fitting tribute on Monday for Patriots' Day.

Before the Red Sox took the field against the Orioles for their traditional 11:05 a.m. ET start time, Boston police officer Stephen McNulty belted a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers then threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @qlr5001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gennett sidelined after cutting hand in shower

Second baseman receives 5 stitches; trip to 15-day DL a possibility

MILWAUKEE -- You can add it to the list of weird injuries in Brewers history, alongside Steve Sparks and the phone book, Matt Wise and the salad tongs, Doug Melvin and the scorpion, and Francisco Rodriguez and the cactus:

Scooter Gennett and the shower caddie.

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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.

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5 debates we can't wait for Statcast to settle

All aspects of the game under microscope as technology debuts Tuesday

5 debates we can't wait for Statcast to settle

Statcast makes its 2015 debut on Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals, and the technology is going to arm fans, scouts, executives and coaches alike with a deluge of data that helps them better understand and evaluate what is taking place on the field.

It's even going to help settle some arguments.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: April 20

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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Statcast showcases Cespedes' strong swing

Statcast showcases Cespedes' strong swing

Yoenis Cespedes is an imposing player on a baseball field, known for his tape-measure home runs.

Now, Statcast provides some further insight into the slugger's skills.

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

MRI confirms right triceps strain for Verlander

Tigers ace in holding pattern as lingering soreness followed shortened simulated game

MRI confirms right triceps strain for Verlander

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander's lingering soreness after his simulated game last week was enough of a concern that he underwent an MRI exam. Results confirmed the standing diagnosis of a right triceps strain, according to Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

The MRI exam took place Thursday, among other tests. The Tigers had avoided an MRI previously because the triceps strain wasn't in an area that concerned them about possible structural damage.

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

Plays of the Week: Pillar, Arenado, more

Plays of the Week: Pillar, Arenado, more

You may not be able to win the Gold Glove on a single play, but you can certainly serve notice. The first two weeks of the regular season have brought an amazing collection of highlight-caliber plays, from infielders making incredible diving catches to outfielders climbing the walls to save home runs.

Both leagues have had their share of standouts so far, with defenders going all out to back up their pitchers. Some have risked bodily harm to make sure they made the catch, and others have turned in superhuman efforts that not even their teammates could believe.

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

Meet White Sox pitching phenom Carlos Rodon

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Meet White Sox pitching phenom Carlos Rodon

With all of the brouhaha surrounding the highly anticipated Major League debut of Kris Bryant, many of baseball's other exciting prospects might have gotten lost in the shuffle last week. 

In an effort to get back to the hype, we put 10 talented prospects on your radar, and one of them is set to make his MLB debut with the White Sox sometime this week. Ladies and gentlemen, meet pitcher Carlos Rodon:

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Statcast shows off endless array of capabilities

Statcast shows off endless array of capabilities

Statcast, an innovative player-tracking technology that produces revolutionary data, will be making its 2015 television debut during Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET.

As a quick primer to some of Statcast's seemingly endless capabilities, here's a look at some standout plays on the young season, analyzed Statcast-style:

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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.

Yahoo makes being a GM real-life fantasy

Yahoo makes being a GM real-life fantasy

We're in the midst of April baseball, one of the most exciting times of the year.

And, boy, aren't you glad that baseball is back in full swing? Five months without meaningful games can leave one feeling hungry.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez takes BP, aiming for minimum stay on DL

Center fielder sidelined by hamstring injury

Gomez takes BP, aiming for minimum stay on DL

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez took swings in the batting cage Monday and expressed hope this stint on the disabled list will expire after the minimum 15 days. Gomez was placed on the DL retroactive to Wednesday with a right hamstring injury and is eligible to return May 1.

"Right now it is so far, so good," Gomez said in his first comments since the DL move. "I'm going to do everything that I'm supposed to do, like hitting [batting practice] and throwing. The last thing is going to be running.

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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.

Russell moved from SS to 2B at Triple-A Iowa

'It's just a matter of expanding his infield horizons,' says Maddon

Russell moved from SS to 2B at Triple-A Iowa

PITTSBURGH -- Addison Russell, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, has moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa, part of the team's effort to have players be more versatile and also to possibly put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .135 (5-for-37) entering Monday, which was lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

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

Mesoraco needs day away for family reasons

Mesoraco needs day away for family reasons

MILWAUKEE -- Catcher Devin Mesoraco, who has missed the last six games with a left hip impingement, was not with the Reds on Monday for the start of a four-game set against the Brewers.

Manager Bryan Price confirmed prior to the game that Mesoraco was home for family reasons and would return Tuesday. Brayan Pena took his spot in the lineup, batting sixth behind left fielder Marlon Byrd.

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

Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout

General manager supports manager, implements new review procedures

Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn needed exactly one word to answer a question Monday at U.S. Cellular Field as to whether he was happy with the job done by White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

"Absolutely," said Hahn.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carrasco unhindered after being hit by liner

To start Tuesday after sustaining bruised jaw

Carrasco unhindered after being hit by liner

CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco originally was slated to start Monday for the Indians, but his start was pushed back to Tuesday after he sustained a bruised jaw on April 14 when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chicago's Melky Cabrera.

Indians manager Terry Francona said there will be no limitations on the right-hander.

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

Yanks must wait before paths cross with Greene

Tigers pitcher dealt for Gregorius won't face Yankees this series; club not surprised by success

Yanks must wait before paths cross with Greene

DETROIT -- When the Yankees sent Shane Greene to Detroit in December as part of a three-team deal that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius, they knew they were parting ways with a talented young starting pitcher.

But it would have been impossible to predict Greene would get off to this kind of start for his new team.

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

Man shows off Busch Stadium painting on his chest

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Man shows off Busch Stadium painting on his chest

What is art? Is it a pretty painting of fruit hanging in a museum? An assembly of forms and shapes on a canvas? Those three people soaking in blue Jell-o outside your apartment and yelling about "THE FUTURE?" 

Well, we can put that debate to bed now, because we just found the only thing that anyone will ever consider art again: This guy's chest. 

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Infante feeling better; Escobar returns to lineup

Infante feeling better; Escobar returns to lineup

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals may have dodged another bullet with an injury to a middle infielder.

Second baseman Omar Infante said he felt better on Monday after sustaining a left groin strain during the Royals' 4-2 win over the A's on Sunday. Infante appeared to hurt the groin after hitting a double in the fifth inning -- he winced after he reached second base.

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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.

Santana looking to regain rookie form at plate

Santana looking to regain rookie form at plate

KANSAS CITY -- It's still too early to call it a sophomore slump, but Twins shortstop Danny Santana has scuffled at the plate after an impressive rookie year.

Santana was one of the club's better players last season, hitting .319/.353/.472 with 41 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases in 101 games. But through his first 10 games this year, the club's leadoff hitter was batting just .195/.195/.220 with one extra-base hit, no walks and one stolen base entering Monday's game against the Royals.

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

Cubs Charities Diamond Project launched for 2015

PITTSBURGH -- Monday marked the launch of the 2015 Cubs Charities Diamond Project, aimed at improving the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

Last year, Cubs Charities introduced the Diamond Project and awarded more than $330,000 to seven projects across Chicago.

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

Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen

White Sox right-hander activated from DL

Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen

CHICAGO -- There never was any worry on the part of Jake Petricka that the right-forearm strain sidelining him at the end of Spring Training was more than minor discomfort.

"It was a matter of getting rid of that soreness, and time wasn't on our side in spring and now we are here," said Petricka, who was recalled Monday from his injury rehabilitation assignment after two scoreless appearances with Triple-A Charlotte and activated from the disabled list.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hanley OK after exiting finale due to illness

Hanley OK after exiting finale due to illness

BOSTON -- The Red Sox removed Hanley Ramirez from the game in the third inning of Monday's series finale with the Orioles due to illness. However, the team considers the issue to be nothing serious and expects the outfielder will play in Tuesday's series opener against the Rays.

"There was just the onset of some illness," manager John Farrell said. "Some lightheadedness. He was examined by the doctors here when he came out of the game. [He] stayed off his feet. I don't anticipate him missing tomorrow, but he was unable to go for the remainder of today."

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

Humidor no match for cycle-hitting prospect

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Humidor no match for cycle-hitting prospect

The Salt Lake Bees are the triple-A affiliate of the Angels, and they play their games in the homer-friendly thin air of the Rocky Mountains. Like the Rockies a few years ago, the Bees installed a humidor last month in an attempt to curb some of the preposterous offensive numbers being put up in their park. 

Adam Duvall -- the 19th-ranked prospect in the Giants system -- plays third base for the Sacramento River Cats, and he laughs in the face of your puny humidor.

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Ortiz responds to Palmer's critical tweet

Ortiz responds to Palmer's critical tweet

BOSTON -- On the same day he tied Joe DiMaggio on baseball's all-time RBI list, David Ortiz did something else he is well known for: speaking candidly when given a platform.

Ortiz was ejected from Sunday's loss to the Orioles after disputing a check-swing call by third-base umpire Jerry Meals. He then threw his bat to the ground and tossed his helmet as he trudged back into the clubhouse.

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

Tanaka lines up for Detroit finale as Yanks stay course

Yankees ace to start on four days' rest for first time this season as club rides rotation order

Tanaka lines up for Detroit finale as Yanks stay course

DETROIT -- After considering using a spot starter at some point in this week's series against the Tigers, the Yankees opted to keep their starting rotation intact for at least one more turn.

The decision sets up right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to start Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park, his first outing of the season on four days' rest.

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