What to watch for in today's games

Matinee baseball to rule schedule; Scherzer vs. Lester at night at Wrigley

What to watch for in today's games

There are 11 day games today, but the main event is a nighttime contest involving a pair of transplanted aces.

Max Scherzer and Jon Lester both signed lucrative free-agent contracts to move from the American League to the National League in the offseason, and they're both thriving in their transition. They'll match up at Wrigley Field at 8:05 p.m. ET. 

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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.

MLB.TV unveils new media player

MLB.TV unveils new media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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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.

5 Royals reign in 1st All-Star ballot update

5 Royals reign in 1st All-Star ballot update

Your votes are being counted, and the early results point toward a potential changing of the guard in the American League at the 2015 Midsummer Classic. The first 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released on Tuesday, revealing an AL landscape that has a distinct Kansas City flavor.

The league's top two vote-getters, three of the top six and four of the top eight play for the reigning AL champs and first-place Royals, with Salvador Perez (1,447,753) leading the league's catchers, Lorenzo Cain (1,376,217) leading the outfielders, Mike Moustakas (1,261,769) leading at third base and Alcides Escobar (1,191,268) leading at shortstop.

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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.

AL All-Star Game ballot update: May 26

AL All-Star Game ballot update: May 26

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the American League, the Royals have five players in position to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all AL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes.

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Bryant's 477-foot home run hits scoreboard

Third baseman hits 477-foot blast to tie Tuesday's game vs. Nats

Bryant's 477-foot home run hits scoreboard

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant hit some long home runs at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas and his father, Mike, will tell you that he launched one 600 feet over a light tower at Fowler Field in San Diego. On Tuesday, Bryant belted a game-tying home run that left the 30,440 at Wrigley Field stirring and may have dented the left-field video board.

Bryant hit a game-tying home run leading off the eighth inning, and Addison Russell delivered a walk-off RBI double with two outs in the ninth in the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Nationals.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: May 27

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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Power prospect: Correa hits one off building

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Power prospect: Correa hits one off building

According to MLB.com, Astros Minor Leaguer Carlos Correa is the No. 2 prospect in baseball. And according to this mammoth home run on Tuesday night, that ranking is very accurate.

Yes, completely out of the stadium, across the street and off of a building next door. That is some excellent power. 

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Braves land Uribe, pitcher in Callaspo trade

Braves land Uribe, pitcher in Callaspo trade

LOS ANGELES -- Once Alberto Callaspo reversed his decision by agreeing to be traded to the Dodgers, the Braves took advantage of an opportunity to acquire a high-upside reliever in exchange for four players who did not fit into their current or future plans.

If Major League Baseball provides approval after reviewing the trade on Wednesday morning, the Braves will receive right-handed reliever Chris Withrow and veteran third baseman Juan Uribe in exchange for Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Astros have financial supremacy in Draft

Houston has record total with 2 of top 5 selections, followed by Rockies, D-backs, Braves

Astros have financial supremacy in Draft

After an unprecedented three-year run of owning the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, the Astros won't get whomever they want this year. But they still have more spending power than any club.

Houston has an allocated bonus pool of $17,289,200 for the first 10 rounds. To put that amount in perspective, the largest bonus outlay by a team in a single Draft had been $17,005,700 by the 2011 Pirates, who paid a record $8 million to No. 1 overall choice Gerrit Cole and $5 million to second-rounder Josh Bell.

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Oh my Josh! Donaldson hits walk-off HR

Oh my Josh! Donaldson hits walk-off HR

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson had a game for the ages on Tuesday night, and a walk-off homer off of David Robertson was just one of the many reasons this performance won't be forgotten any time soon.

Donaldson went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two homers, four RBIs, five runs scored, and a walk in Toronto's 10-9 victory against the White Sox. He became the first player in franchise history to record at least four hits, four RBIs and five runs scored in a single game.

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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.

Explaining four incredibly fluky player stats

Explaining four incredibly fluky player stats

Nearly two months of the baseball season have been completed, and those early-season hot streaks have been sloughed off and the small-sample-size flukes have regressed back to the swamp of previously established career norms.

Adrian Gonzalez is no longer on pace to hit 270 home runs. Corey Kluber won't lose 20 games the season after his American League Cy Young Award-winning campaign of a year ago. And the New York Mets won't win 130 games.

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Michael Clair is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @clairbearattack on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros first in AL to 30 wins after beating O's

Astros first in AL to 30 wins after beating O's

BALTIMORE -- The Astros have won 30 games and May isn't over yet.

Houston, off to the best start in franchise history, used a solid start from Scott Feldman and two RBIs from Luis Valbuena to record a 4-1 series-evening win over the Orioles Tuesday night.

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Brittany Ghiroli and Brian McTaggart are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout robbed of home run for a change

Trout robbed of home run for a change

ANAHEIM -- There was once a time when Will Venable put his 6-foot-3 frame to good use playing basketball at Princeton.

On Tuesday, though, the Padres' center fielder used it to make an over-the-fence catch, robbing the Angels' Mike Trout of a two-run home run in the third inning. That catch loomed big, as the game remained scoreless until the 10th inning when the Padres plated got four runs for a 4-0 victory over the Angels.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Kipnis, Votto, Scherzer

DraftKings picks: Kipnis, Votto, Scherzer

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Wednesday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

Ace hurlers face off Wednesday in meeting of big free-agent signings

Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

CHICAGO -- They were the two must-have starting pitchers in last winter's free-agent crop, signing contracts that accounted for almost 56 percent of the money going to the 10 starters who got multiyear deals.

It's going to be a while before economists and baseball historians figure whether Max Scherzer and Jon Lester were worth the investment. But before they meet on Wednesday night, we can draw some early conclusions:

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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 Draft prospect ties Trout's HR mark

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MLB Draft prospect ties Trout's HR mark

Imagine if you could be like Mike Trout? Imagine being mentioned in the same sentence as him? Well, Ashton Bardzell, a senior at New Jersey's Ramsey High, tied the former NJ high school standout's home run record on Tuesday. Check out the clip below: 

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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.

Cards hold off D-backs after early outburst

Cards hold off D-backs after early outburst

ST. LOUIS -- An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season.

In his second start of the year, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) to the D-backs over the first three innings before settling in to shut them out during his final three frames.

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David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 future features we want to see from MLB.TV

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5 future features we want to see from MLB.TV

MLB.TV, the service that has revolutionized your baseball viewing experience and left social contact a remote possibility, is unveiling even better technological achievements. Yes, the creation that allows you to watch every out-of-market game on every supported device is getting a boost. 

Starting Wednesday, you will be able to view games in-window of your current browser with a souped-up and simplified user interface and clickable line scores. Even better, you no longer have to download any additional plug-ins to stream video

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Kershaw finds form with 10 K's vs. Braves

Kershaw finds form with 10 K's vs. Braves

LOS ANGELES -- For everyone saying there's something wrong with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner proved he can still be dominant in Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.

His ERA of 3.86 is much more mortal than the 1.77 and 1.83 he posted in 2014 and '13, respectively, and at 3-3 he's already lost as many games as he did last season.

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

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.

Gomez screamed to himself after fouling off an 0-1 fastball, loud enough to be picked up on the television broadcast of the game. Bumgarner appeared to take issue and gave Gomez a stare, then threw another fastball inside for ball one. The two looked at each other again before Bumgarner again came inside with a fastball, which Gomez hit for an inning-ending flyout to left field.

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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.

Jose Bautista ignores balk call, hits a double

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Jose Bautista ignores balk call, hits a double

Baseball can be a brutally difficult game. You know the old adage: Fail six or seven times out of 10, you're still an All-Star, and even then there are plenty of 0-for-4's along the way. Hits don't come easy, even for the greats. 

So, when presented with the opportunity for a double during Tuesday's White Sox-Blue Jays game, Jose Bautista was going to let anything get in his way -- not even starter John Danks balking as he delivered the pitch: 

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Cabrera's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

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Cabrera's failed hidden-ball trick is a good effort

We know Miguel Cabrera, home run slugger. We are well acquainted with Miguel Cabrera, two-time American League MVP. During Tuesday's Tigers-A's matchup, we were introduced to a new friend: Miguel Cabrera, thespian.

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Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

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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.

Kris Bryant hits HR off of his scoreboard picture

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Kris Bryant hits HR off of his scoreboard picture

Earlier in Tuesday's Nationals-Cubs game, Kris Bryant looked on as fellow Las Vegan and probable home run cyborg Bryce Harper went yard, a shot across the bow in MLB's Great Wunderkind War of 2015. But Bryce, for seemingly the first time all year, had made a crucial mistake: His home run was too innocuous, simply landing in the bleachers in left. Sensing an opening in this never-ending game of home run H-O-R-S-E, Bryant responded -- specifically, with a round of Pin the Baseball on the Scoreboard.

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Kemp's 2B, Venable's catch lead Padres past Angels

Kemp's 2B, Venable's catch lead Padres past Angels

ANAHEIM -- Matt Kemp, struggling through a nightmarish month of May, came up big Tuesday night, lining a two-out, bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to lead the Padres to a 4-0 win at Angel Stadium.

Both clubs were held scoreless through the first nine frames -- thanks in large part to Will Venable's sensational over-the-wall grab in the third inning, which robbed Mike Trout of a two-run homer.

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Corey Brock and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey good to go for next start vs. Marlins

Harvey good to go for next start vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey threw his routine between-starts bullpen session as scheduled on Tuesday, quieting any remaining speculation about his right arm.

Harvey, who will start Friday against the Marlins, gave up a career-high seven earned runs in a career-low four innings last time out in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Manager Terry Collins speculated afterward that Harvey could be going through a bit of dead arm, or fatigue.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs walk off after Harper, Bryant trade HRs

Cubs walk off after Harper, Bryant trade HRs

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Herrera scored on a walk-off double by Addison Russell with two outs in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Nationals and even the series. It was Chicago's 23rd one-run game and fifth walk-off win, both tops in the Major Leagues.

With the game tied at 2 and one out against Matt Grace, Chris Coghlan singled to center, but was forced at second on Herrera's grounder. Herrera was safe as shortstop Ian Desmond threw the ball high for an error. Russell then doubled into the gap in right-center.

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

Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

OAKLAND -- David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Oakland catcher Josh Phegley committed a throwing error trying to nab Anthony Gose on a steal attempt at second base after he singled to lead off the game. Gose came around to score when Rajai Davis lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center field the next at-bat.

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Alex Espinoza and Rick Eymer are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.