After slow start, Gattis displaying his power

Slugger rips two HRs, including game-winner, in Astros' 10th straight victory

After slow start, Gattis displaying his power

HOUSTON -- Fans in the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park might want to start wearing protective armor when Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is at the plate.

Gattis rocketed a pair of home runs into the left-field seats, including a line-drive shot in the eighth inning to snap a tie, and drove in four Sunday to lead the Astros to their 10th consecutive win, 7-6, in a four-game sweep of the Mariners.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gattis' second HR puts Astros' streak at 10

Gattis' second HR puts Astros' streak at 10

HOUSTON -- Designated hatter Evan Gattis clobbered two home runs Sunday afternoon, including a tiebreaking shot into the Crawford Boxes in the eighth inning, to send the Astros to their 10th consecutive win, 7-6, and complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

At 18-7, the Astros are off to their best start through 25 games in franchise history and have their longest winning streak since a franchise-record 12 games in a row Aug. 27-Sept. 8, 2004. They've won 14 of their last 15 games.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aided by replay, Springer fires home for DP

Aided by replay, Springer fires home for DP

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch successfully challenged a call at the plate in the third inning Sunday, taking away a run for the Mariners. That run would loom large, as Houston ended up with a 7-6 victory thanks to Evan Gattis' second home run.

Mariners shortstop Brad Miller tried to score from third base on a fly ball to right field by Seth Smith, and he was initially called safe after sliding past the tag of Astros catcher Jason Castro following a throw from right fielder George Springer.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fist bump: Nationals top Mets 1-0 again

Fist bump: Nationals top Mets 1-0 again

NEW York -- Doug Fister became the second Nationals starter to blank the Mets in two days, and Ryan Zimmerman's first-inning RBI single proved to be enough as Washington beat New York, 1-0, for the second consecutive game on Sunday at Citi Field.

It marked the first time in Nationals/Expos history that the team has won back-to-back games by a score of 1-0.

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

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ASG debate: Will Cruz cruise to AL DH spot?

ASG debate: Will Cruz cruise to AL DH spot?

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

Whether Nelson Cruz is in right field or filling the DH role for the Mariners, there's one thing that doesn't change -- Cruz can hit. And he can hit with power.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuddyer goes above the wall to rob Zimmerman

Cuddyer goes above the wall to rob Zimmerman

NEW YORK -- Michael Cuddyer said he had never robbed a home run before, not in Colorado, Minnesota, the Minors or even Little League.

So he hopes you excuse the lack of style points.

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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.

Anibal masters Royals to help Tigers earn split

Anibal masters Royals to help Tigers earn split

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez continued his mastery of the Royals, and Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged a split in the four-game series with a 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 38,326 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

That was the Royals' third straight sellout.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. 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.

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings and the Giants swept, capping a thrilling weekend series at AT&T Park with a 5-0 win over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.

Lincecum gave up just three hits and a walk, striking out four while moving his ERA to 2.40. The Giants (12-13) began the game with back-to-back homers by Nori Aoki and Joe Panik, on their way to a 10-hit effort, and have now won eight of their last 11.

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Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

Proud dad Johnson leads Braves' offense

After greeting son at third base before game, utility man homers in first inning

Proud dad Johnson leads Braves' offense

ATLANTA -- Throughout his Major League career, there have been numerous instances in which Kelly Johnson has participated in a pregame ceremony that allows members of a local youth baseball team to stand at a specific position before the home team takes the field.

But some emotion was added to the experience on Sunday, when Johnson came out of the home dugout at Turner Field and ran toward his son, Cole, who was standing and waiting for his father to arrive at third base.

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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.

Segura feels "pretty good" after HBP to head

Segura feels

CHICAGO -- Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was feeling "pretty good" Sunday after being struck in the head by a 95 mph fastball, manager Ron Roenicke said. But, Segura stayed behind for further testing while the rest of the team bussed back to Milwaukee.

Athletic trainers from the Brewers and Cubs rushed to Segura's side after a Pedro Strop fastball sailed high and tight with Segura squared to bunt. Segura was struck just above the brim of his helmet, and lay motionless in the dirt near home plate for two minutes before getting to his feet and walking to first base.

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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.

Orioles rally vs. Rays' bullpen to win finale

Orioles rally vs. Rays' bullpen to win finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by a two-out, two-run single by Adam Jones, the Orioles used a three-run seventh inning to take the series with a 4-2 win on Sunday over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Jones -- who tied a career high with four hits to raise his average to .402-- helped take Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen off the hook after a quality six-inning outing.

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

Cast your All-Star ballot, exclusively online and mobile

Cast your All-Star ballot, exclusively online and mobile

Balloting is underway for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, with Wednesday's launch of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. It begins your annual privilege to decide the starting position players for the American and National Leagues, but there is one big difference now: it's online only.

"Probably better for the environment," Yankees first baseman and two-time All-Star Mark Teixeira said Tuesday on the eve of the first votes.

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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.

Teheran finds form as Braves blank Reds

Teheran finds form as Braves blank Reds

ATLANTA -- Comforted by the three-run first inning his offense produced against Johnny Cueto, Julio Teheran halted his recent woes with a strong mound performance that guided the Braves to Sunday afternoon's 5-0 win over the Reds at Turner Field.

While Teheran scattered three hits over six scoreless innings, Cueto surrendered three extra-base hits before recording his second out of the day. Kelly Johnson highlighted Atlanta's three-run first inning with a two-run homer, and Jonny Gomes added a solo shot in the third inning.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jackson exits with sprained right ankle

Mariners center fielder injured trying to avoid collision with Astros' Hernandez

Jackson exits with sprained right ankle

HOUSTON -- Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was removed from Sunday's game against the Astros in the third inning after spraining his right ankle on a play at first base. He will be re-evaluated Monday when the club gets to Anaheim to open a three-game series.

Jackson twisted his ankle as he tried to avoid Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez's foot as the two arrived simultaneously at the bag on a groundout to first baseman Chris Carter in the top of the third inning.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence took pregame batting practice on the field Sunday for the first time since breaking his left arm in Spring Training.

Pence took three rounds of batting practice and hit three home runs, one into the left-field stands and two to the left-center seats.

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

Solano brothers combine for run vs. Phils

In first appearance together, Jhonatan drives in Donovan

Solano brothers combine for run vs. Phils

MIAMI -- For the first time in Marlins' history, two brothers were in the same lineup. The combination hooked up for a run in the fifth inning at Marlins Park.

Donovan Solano singled up the middle and scored from first on Jhonatan Solano's double to the wall in left.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrera shows off speed with over-the-head catch

Center fielder proves mettle after defensive switch

Herrera shows off speed with over-the-head catch

MIAMI -- Odubel Herrera flashed the leather with an impressive running catch to rob Adeiny Hechavarria of extra bases during the eighth inning of the Phillies' 6-2 victoryover the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Herrera, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in center field for Andres Blanco in the seventh, tracked down the liner to straightaway center. In a three-run ballgame, manager Ryne Sandberg switched around his defense to preserve the lead by shifting Ben Revere to left and moving Darin Ruf to first for Ryan Howard.

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

Indians use big inning to rally past Blue Jays

Indians use big inning to rally past Blue Jays

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays posted a six-run inning for the second straight game on Sunday, but the Tribe had an impressive comeback in them this time around. After a six-run outburst of their own, the Indians kept piling on the offense en route to a 10-7 victory over Toronto at Progressive Field.

With the win, Cleveland salvaged a split of the four-game set with the Blue Jays.

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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.

Colon, Royals complete stellar double play

Colon, Royals complete stellar double play

KANSAS CITY - The Royals pulled off what likely is their double play of the season so far in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

With Detroit's Jose Iglesias on second and one out, Ian Kinsler lined a one-hopper at shortstop Christian Colon, who flipped to second baseman Omar Infante, who slapped a tag on Iglesias.

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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.

Canha's single off ump starts inning of chaos

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Canha's single off ump starts inning of chaos

The seventh inning of Saturday's A's-Rangers game began with Ike Davis reaching first base on an error. Brett Lawrie singled in the next at-bat to give Oakland a pair of runners. And then Mark Canha thwacked a pitch right into second base umpire Jerry Meals' left hip. Thus began the inning of chaos.

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Bryant not worried about home run numbers

Bryant not worried about home run numbers

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant led the Minor Leagues with 43 home runs last season and paced the Major Leagues in Spring Training with nine, but has yet to connect in his 14 games so far with the Cubs.

"I could go the whole season without hitting a home run as long as we're winning games, and right now we're doing pretty good," Bryant said Sunday. "I know the type of player I am. It's percentages -- I hit home runs and I'm due, and [Saturday] I was due for a bad game. It happens."

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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.

Abreu: Blame falls on players, not Ventura

Slugging first baseman, team leader says manager 'lets you play your game'

Abreu: Blame falls on players, not Ventura

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Abreu issued strong words of support for Robin Ventura Sunday morning, not that the White Sox manager truly needed them after just 21 games making up a rough start.

But the first baseman, who has quickly and quietly become a clubhouse leader, said blame should fall upon the players on the 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.

Twins capitalize on errors to sweep White Sox

Twins capitalize on errors to sweep White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second straight season, the Twins swept a four-game series from the White Sox at Target Field by virtue of Sunday's 13-3 rout of the South Siders. Only six of Minnesota's runs were earned, with Chicago committing four errors during one of its roughest performances in an underachieving 2015 season.

The Twins scored seven runs in the third inning Thursday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and did the same Sunday against John Danks. Trevor Plouffe launched his first career grand slam to start the uprising, and a fielding error and a throwing error by Danks contributed to three more runs.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. 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.

Darvish progressing through rehab process

Darvish progressing through rehab process

ARLINGTON -- Other than the obvious fact that he can't pitch this year, there are other drawbacks to Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Darvish, who wants to become an American citizen while recovering from the operation, says his English has suffered as a result of his injury and not being around the team.

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

Trout learning from Twitter criticism

Trout learning from Twitter criticism

SAN FRANCISCO -- At 23 years old, Mike Trout is still grasping the significance of his platform as arguably the game's greatest and most recognizable figure. Saturday's highly anticipated boxing match offered up an eye-opening reminder for the Angels' superstar center fielder.

In the days leading up to it, Trout tweeted his support for Floyd Mayweather, a polarizing figure because of a long history of domestic violence. Trout merely wrote "#TMT," which stands for "The Money Team," and included Mayweather's Twitter handle. But he was subsequently hit with a lot of criticism on his Twitter account, @Trouty20.

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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.

Iglesias aims to play despite groin tightness

Iglesias aims to play despite groin tightness

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias continued his early-season highlight reel in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Royals with a twirling play up the middle, but his defensive wizardry might be on hold after leaving the series finale with left groin tightness.

Iglesias, who is listed as day to day, is optimistic he'll be able to play in Tuesday night's series opener against the White Sox. Part of the reason he left Sunday's game in the sixth inning with a 6-0 Tigers lead was to better his chances to play through it.

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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.

Cutch's great defense made clear on Statcast

Cutch's great defense made clear on Statcast

Andrew McCutchen has battled a sore left knee all season, and he jammed that same knee Friday night while sliding into second base. He showed no ill effects in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a sinking liner to center field to lead off the third inning, and McCutchen made a sensational play to keep lefty Francisco Liriano's no-hitter alive.

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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.

Cain drops appeal, starts serving suspension

Cain drops appeal, starts serving suspension

KANSAS CITY -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension and began serving it Sunday.

Cain, who will be eligible to return Wednesday against the Indians, was suspended for his part in an in-game altercation with the White Sox on April 23.

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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.

Chen continues O's string of strong pitching

Southpaw allows two runs over six innings to keep Baltimore in finale

Chen continues O's string of strong pitching

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen continued to keep the O's rotation rolling on Sunday afternoon, pitching six innings in the 4-2 series win over the Rays to give Baltimore its sixth consecutive quality start.

"My last outing, I felt pretty great," Chen said through his interpreter. "All I wanted to do was keep the same feeling and not do anything extra and that's what I did today."

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

Walden placed on 15-day DL; Tuivailala recalled

Walden placed on 15-day DL; Tuivailala recalled

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals placed relief pitcher Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Pirates and have recalled fellow righty Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

Walden complained of biceps discomfort earlier this week and was held out of the past few games. The decision to put Walden on the DL came after he tried unsuccessfully to get ready for Saturday's game.

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