Greinke wins 10th straight decision

Greinke wins 10th straight decision

MILWAUKEE -- Zack Greinke remained undefeated since August and the Dodgers hit three home runs to power past the Brewers, 8-2, at Miller Park on Tuesday.

Justin Turner hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning and Jimmy Rollins and Adrian Gonzalez added two-run shots in the seventh to back Greinke, who hasn't lost a decision since these Brewers beat him last Aug. 9. He improved to 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 starts since that defeat by holding his former team to one unearned run on two hits over 7 2/3 innings.

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Mookie's 2 HRs back Porcello in shutout

Mookie's 2 HRs back Porcello in shutout

BOSTON -- Rick Porcello turned in the type of strong pitching performance the Red Sox have lacked this season, firing seven strong innings en route to a 2-0 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Mookie Betts was the Boston offense, belting two solo homers.

It was Boston's first win since April 29, and it snapped a four-game losing streak. Porcello has been the winning pitcher in the club's last two victories. Over those starts, he's allowed one run over 14 innings.

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Perez lifts Angels with walk-off homer in MLB debut

Perez lifts Angels with walk-off homer in MLB debut

ANAHEIM -- Welcome to the big leagues, Carlos Perez.

The Angels' young catcher made his Major League debut on Tuesday afternoon and became the hero by Tuesday night, hitting a walk-off home run to send the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

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Springer undergoes tests after crash into wall

Astros right fielder robs Rangers' Beltre of hit with tremendous catch

Springer undergoes tests after crash into wall

HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder George Springer was being tested for a possible concussion late Tuesday and wasn't expected to play in Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers after crashing into the wall in the seventh inning while making a tremendous catch on an Adrian Beltre fly ball.

Springer, who has made several highlight-worthy catches against the Rangers early in his career, ran off the field under his own power after making the catch, but manager A.J. Hinch said the club isn't taking any chances with their up-and-coming outfielder. The Astros lost to the Rangers, 7-1.

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Mike Bauman

ASG debate: Hot competition for hot corner in AL

New acquisitions Donaldson, Sandoval among worthy third-base candidates

ASG debate: Hot competition for hot corner 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! ***

The race for the starting position at third base in the American League will be a suitably intense competition.

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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.

Cards, Carpenter down Cubs for 8th straight 'W'

Cards, Carpenter down Cubs for 8th straight 'W'

ST. LOUIS -- Off to their best start (through 26 games) in modern franchise history, the Cardinals scored another come-from-behind victory -- this one a 7-4 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium -- to run their winning streak to eight on Tuesday. It's the longest winning streak by the club since July 2010.

After erasing deficits of five and four runs in a series-opening win, the Cardinals climbed out of a three-run hole to bump the Cubs 6 1/2 games back in the division and become the first team since the 2003 Yankees to open a season with 20 wins in its first 26 games. It hasn't happened in the National League since '00 (Braves).

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Harris becomes first Navy grad to earn MLB win

Harris becomes first Navy grad to earn MLB win

ST. LOUIS -- Having already joined Nemo Gaines as the only graduates of the United States Naval Academy to ever throw a big league pitch, Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris accomplished what Gaines never did in his time with the Washington Senators some 94 years ago: That is, earn a Major League win.

Lieutenant Harris, whose professional baseball career was preceded by a five-year service commitment in the US Navy, pitched a scoreless sixth in relief on Tuesday and then watched from the dugout as the Cardinals broke a tie game with two runs in the bottom half of the frame. The club held on for a 7-4 win over the Cubs, leaving Harris a line of handshakes and a game ball that he plans to display in his home.

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Strasburg exits early with shoulder irritation

Nationals' righty plans to see chiropractor, hopes to make next start

Strasburg exits early with shoulder irritation

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Tuesday's game, a 2-1 loss, after working three innings against the Marlins because of a shoulder issue. According to manager Matt Williams, Strasburg has irritation underneath his right shoulder blade, which could be "an alignment issue."

"As [Strasburg] finishes pitches, it grabs him every once in a while. Tonight it got a little bit worse," Williams said. "He said he feels like there is a rib out, like an alignment issue. We didn't want to take a chance and have him change mechanics and hurt something." 

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Marlins hang on in DC for Latos' first win

Marlins hang on in DC for Latos' first win

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Mat Latos proved to be too much for the Nationals on Tuesday night, as the Marlins won, 2-1, at Nationals Park.

Latos lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed the one run on two hits. He earned his first win of the season, racking up six strikeouts and issuing five walks. The run came in the second inning, when Ryan Zimmerman scored on a groundout by Dan Uggla.

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How far will Statcast's reach extend?

Kenny, O'Dowd among analysts debating impact of revolutionary new technology

How far will Statcast's reach extend?

Statcast™ is already providing fans with a new way to evaluate nearly every aspect of the game, from towering home runs to highlight-reel defensive plays and seemingly everything in between.

But what about on a larger scale?

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MLB has big night at Sports Emmys

MLB has big night at Sports Emmys

NEW YORK -- While an evening of live Major League Baseball drama unfolded for millions of fans over an ever-expanding set of broadcast platforms, Tuesday also marked a big night for the very act of baseball broadcasting. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the best in the business with the presentation of the 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards.

Overall, MLB coverage earned eight total awards during the special ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, including four for MLB Network and Harold Reynolds' second straight honor. The winners include:

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Richard Justice

7 bounce-back seasons to be excited about

7 bounce-back seasons to be excited about

Miguel Cabrera is all the way back. Is that fair to say about a guy who never left? It is if we're comparing Cabrera to himself, and that's about the only reasonable comparison. As one of his former managers, Jim Leyland, said, "This guy is special. That's the best way to put it. Don't look for comparisons, because there aren't many."

Cabrera fought through all kinds of injuries over the last couple of years, but he continued to produce at a high level. Dozens of other players would have been thrilled to have played the way he did.

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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.

What to watch for in today's games

Cole looks to continue surge; Sale, Simon to duel in AL Central clash

What to watch for in today's games

Settle in early and stay late for a full day of baseball today that features all 30 teams in action. Here are five things to watch for:

Cole streaking: CIN @ PIT, 7:05 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has won his last eight decisions dating back to September 2014 and has only lost one of his last 14 PNC Park starts since August 2013. Mike Leake and the Reds will need to bring their A-game to PNC Park.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Bautista, Teixeira, Fielder

DraftKings picks: Bautista, Teixeira, Fielder

DraftKings participants could struggle to find serviceable starters on Wednesday, which will feature a slate light on aces and several games at hitter-friendly venues. Hitting decisions could be slightly easier, with several teams in position to contribute an attractive offensive stack. Check out our recommendations below.

Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays): With a career .881 OPS against left-handers (.814 vs. righties), the first baseman could put his power on display on Wednesday at homer-happy Rogers Centre against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.

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Ortiz, Vlad Jr. lead Top 30 International Prospects list

Sixteen-year-old, 260-pound slugger is No. 1, followed by son of nine-time All-Star Guerrero

Ortiz, Vlad Jr. lead Top 30 International Prospects list

Just watching teenage outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz step into the batter's box is enough to make the most seasoned scouts look up from their clipboards and put down their pens.

The sounds -- the whip of Ortiz's bat speeding through the hitting zone and thunderous cracks of the barrel colliding with the ball -- are inescapable. The home runs, especially during batting practice, and even in games, are spectacular.

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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.

Ferrell crashes 'Letterman' as announcer Harry Caray

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Ferrell crashes 'Letterman' as announcer Harry Caray

Noted baseball fan and actor Will Ferrell earned his chops as a sketch comedian and impressionist on "Saturday Night Live." Over seven years on the long-running comedy series, Ferrell portrayed such celebrities as Alex Trebek, Robert Goulet, President George W. Bush and, of course, late Cubs announcer Harry Caray.

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Vogelsong shuts down Padres; Giants win 5th straight

Vogelsong shuts down Padres; Giants win 5th straight

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong worked seven shutout innings and received ample offensive support Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants lengthened their three winning streaks to five overall, eight at home and three via the shutout, with a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Having allowed four homers and six runs in three innings against the Dodgers in his start last Wednesday, Vogelsong (1-2) underwent a complete reversal. He surrendered three hits, all singles, to the National League's highest scoring team, which left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. That occurred after Matt Kemp's bid for a three-run homer died in the glove of left fielder Nori Aoki, who made a leaping catch a couple steps in front of the wall.

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Correa's big night among Minors' top performances Tuesday

Astros No. 1 prospect notches his third consecutive three-hit game for Corpus Christi

Correa's big night among Minors' top performances Tuesday

Astros fans have likely noticed No. 1 prospect Carlos Correa's white-hot hitting over the past few nights, and he came through again Tuesday night with his third straight three-hit game and a three-run homer. But there's another reason for optimism in Houston's Minor League stable: the near-perfect performance from the Class A Quad City pitching staff.

No. 22 prospect Daniel Mengden kept QC rolling with six innings of shutout ball in the River Bandits' 4-0 victory over Kane County. Mengden picked up the win, and improved to 1-1 with a 1.52 ERA on the year.

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

Angels' debuting rookie records walk-off rarity

Angels' debuting rookie records walk-off rarity

ANAHEIM -- They crowded into the home of Carlos Perez's grandmother in Valencia, Venezuela, on Tuesday. Roughly 50 of Perez's family members -- uncles, aunts, cousins, mother, father -- gathered around a standard-sized laptop that had just been set up with an MLB.TV subscription because there was no way they would miss their little boy's Major League debut, no matter how far they were or how little technology they had.

And then, late into the night, they celebrated.

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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.

Greinke unleashes a bat flip ... on a double

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Greinke unleashes a bat flip ... on a double

The maestro of the bat flip may be more restrained with his lumber these days, but after the Dodgers' win over the Brewers Tuesday night, the nation can sleep soundly knowing that there's at least one enthusiastic pupil ready to carry on the Ways of the Wood. The name on the jersey may be different, but make no mistake: You can take the bat flip out of the Puig, but you can't take the Puig out of the bat flip.

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Attanasio determined to turn around Brewers

Owner won't address GM's status, but is prepared for hard decisions

Attanasio determined to turn around Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio answered difficult questions Tuesday about the dismissal of manager Ron Roenicke, the status of general manager Doug Melvin and the uncertain future of a franchise that may require what Attanasio referred to as a "remodel."

If it comes to that, Attanasio said, so be it.

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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.

Early burst lifts Pineda, Yanks over Blue Jays

Early burst lifts Pineda, Yanks over Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Mark Teixeira homered, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Michael Pineda tossed eight scoreless innings in the Yankees' 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

New York did most of its damage early in the game against right-hander Marco Estrada, who was making his first start of the season. In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double and Ellsbury followed in the second with an RBI single. Teixeira then put the game away in the fifth with a two-run shot to right-center field. That was the final batter of the night for Estrada, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out three.

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Mets top O's behind stellar Bartolo

Mets top O's behind stellar Bartolo

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings to help the Mets halt a two-game skid and top the Orioles, 3-2, Tuesday at Citi Field.

The 41-year-old Colon again defied and dazzled, scattering six hits and walking none. Colon's lone mistake resulted in Manny Machado's solo home run in the seventh inning. The Mets backed Colon with a three-run fourth.

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Martinez: Harvey has 'more talent than I do'

Hall of Famer believes Mets ace has potential to be better than him

Martinez: Harvey has 'more talent than I do'

NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez is a fan of Mets ace Matt Harvey, and he has high praise for the young right-hander.

"I think that he has more talent than I do," Martinez told WNYW Fox 5 in an interview that will air Sunday. "And he has better chances to do better than I did."

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Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

KANSAS CITY -- Eric Hosmer belted a three-run homer and Jason Vargas tossed his best outing of the season as the Royals held on for a 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals ended a two-game skid and have not lost more than two straight since they dropped four in a row at the end of last August.

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Pirates turn spectacular double play vs. Reds

Pirates turn spectacular double play vs. Reds

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' middle infield put its athleticism on full display in the second inning of Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the Reds at PNC Park, turning a double play to quell a Cincinnati rally.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Reds catcher Brayan Pena knocked a ground ball up the middle. Second baseman Neil Walker sprawled out to stop the ball, then flipped it to shortstop Jordy Mercer.

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Shark buckles down, tames first-place Tigers

Shark buckles down, tames first-place Tigers

CHICAGO -- The White Sox five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field by virtue of a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. The South Siders improved to 7-3 at home, to go with their 2-11 road record.

Jeff Samardzija (2-2) earned the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings, while striking out seven and walking one. Samardzija's night came to an end with runners on first and second in the seventh, when he took Ian Kinsler's line drive up the middle off his right arm and still recovered to nail him at first. Zach Duke and David Robertson completed the victory.

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Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- The Rangers pounced on Scott Feldman for four runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Prince Fielder and a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero and rode the pitching of Wandy Rodriguez to win consecutive games for the first time this season with a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

"These guys have been battling and working and grinding," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "You would have liked it to happen earlier, but we'll take it when we can."

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Marty Noble

Experience brings perspective for Jones

Experience brings perspective for Jones

NEW YORK -- A few decades ago, when Joaquin Andujar was among the most colorful and peculiar guys in the game, he underscored his image with this conflicted statement: "You know what they say -- two words: 'You never know.'" Those words applied to baseball -- and to the Cardinals' unusual pitcher -- years before and in the years since he spoke them.

Hours before the Orioles played the Mets on Tuesday night, Adam Jones was in a serious conversation at his locker about the turmoil Baltimore has endured of late. He was making a point, that baseball, like life, routinely provides the unexpected and occasionally delivers the unprecedented.

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Mike Bauman

Maddon the steadying force Cubs need

Maddon the steadying force Cubs need

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs did not hire Joe Maddon as manager just so he could give the speech at the parade celebrating the World Series championship.

Maddon, of course, would be fine giving that speech or any other speech. But first there is the matter of getting the Cubs over the considerable distance from here to there. And that is going to entail some bumps in the road, some sections of the road that don't appear to be paved, and, occasionally, some difficult detours.

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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.