Tribe's 9th straight W powered by 4-HR 5th

Tribe's 9th straight W powered by 4-HR 5th

DETROIT -- The Indians' run over the Tigers continued Sunday, as a 9-3 Cleveland win capped a third sweep of Detroit this season while the Tribe won its ninth straight overall.

The win moved the Indians to 9-0 against the Tigers in 2016, outscoring Detroit 60-20, but Cleveland manager Terry Francona doesn't want to use the word "dominance."

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Tigers on Sunday.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Indians on Sunday.

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Smooth sailing for Sale in MLB-best 13th win

Smooth sailing for Sale in MLB-best 13th win

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale pitched like an ace when the White Sox desperately needed him.

With the team sitting one game below .500, fading further behind American League Central-leading Cleveland and facing an overused back end of the bullpen, Sale used 99 pitches to cover eight strong innings in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale became MLB's first 13-game winner this season, improving to 13-2, and matched his win total from last year.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Giants walk off for NL-leading 49th victory

Giants walk off for NL-leading 49th victory

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conor Gillaspie's one-out double broke a ninth-inning tie Sunday to lift the San Francisco Giants to an 8-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The decision gave Giants manager Bruce Bochy his 800th career win with the team, making him the franchise's fourth skipper to reach that level, and gave San Francisco its National League-high 49th victory.

With the score tied, 7-7, Ramiro Pena rallied the Giants by doubling into the right-field corner off Philadelphia reliever Severino Gonzalez. Up came Gillaspie, whose game-winner also rattled around near the corner. Pena came home to seal the Giants' 14th victory in their last 18 games against Philadelphia.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him 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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Anthony Castrovince

Seager headlines #ASGWorthy NL shortstop class

Dodgers rookie making climb in voting over the past two weeks

Seager headlines #ASGWorthy NL shortstop class

One of the closer 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star ballot races in these final days of voting is at the shortstop spot in the National League, where, at last count, the Cubs' Addison Russell (1.49 million votes) and the Rockies' Trevor Story (1.11 million) were separated by just a few hundred thousand clicks.

Have you noticed, though, what's happening just beneath that prominent pair?

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. 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.

Rangers roll, tied for MLB wins lead at 49

Rangers roll, tied for MLB wins lead at 49

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers scored three runs in the first inning, and Prince Fielder added a two-run homer in the sixth to back starter Martin Perez, who allowed one run over six in a 6-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Red Sox have lost back-to-back series for the first time since July of last season.

With their 49th victory, the Rangers are tied with the Giants for the most wins in the Majors and are off to the best 76-game start in team history at 49-27.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington. He covered the Rangers on Sunday.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Jose K's 13 as Miami wins series vs. Cubs

Jose K's 13 as Miami wins series vs. Cubs

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez struck out 13 over seven innings, Martin Prado hit a three-run double and the Marlins were credited with the tie-breaking run after a review to post a 6-1 victory on Sunday at Marlins Park over the Cubs, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

"I don't think we're panicking or anything like that," Chicago starter Jason Hammel said. "It's a 162-game season. Sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don't. We ran into a hot Miami club that's playing good baseball and is a totally different team from last year."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.

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Record-tying BTS run ends at 49 games

Injury to Rockies second baseman LeMahieu concludes streak

Record-tying BTS run ends at 49 games

Terry Sims was just eight picks away from $5.6 million, but bad luck on Sunday ended his record-tying 49-game run in MLB.com's Beat the Streak contest.

Sims chose Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who went 0-for-1 with two walks against the D-backs at Coors Field before exiting the game in the sixth with an apparent injury. On top of that, the only time LeMahieu put the ball in play against left-hander Patrick Corbin was on a groundout to Sims' favorite player as a former D-backs season-ticket holder, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

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

Davis' slam sets tone for O's big offensive day

Slugger ties Robinson for 9th on club's all-time HR list

Davis' slam sets tone for O's big offensive day

BALTIMORE -- Orioles slugger Chris Davis had the option to take Sunday off to get two days of rest with Monday's off-day looming. It wasn't an ideal matchup against Rays lefty Drew Smyly, whom he entered 2-for-16 against with 10 strikeouts and two home runs in his career.

But Davis, who ranks third among first baseman in the All-Star voting, chose to stay in the lineup as the designated hitter. He delivered in the first inning with a grand slam to give the Orioles a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 12-5 win over the Rays.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back issues force Strasburg to disabled list

Back issues force Strasburg to disabled list

MILWAUKEE -- The Nationals placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain. A corresponding move will be announced on Monday.

Strasburg was scheduled to start on Sunday's eventual 3-2 win over the Brewers, but his back problems flared up during warmups Saturday. He revealed that he popped two ribs out of place during a weight-training mishap last week, causing the back problems. Strasburg acknowledged it was hard to breathe with the ribs out of place. A chiropractor later fixed the issue.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 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.

Kendrys homers twice as Royals clip Astros

Kendrys homers twice as Royals clip Astros

KANSAS CITY -- Kendrys Morales homered twice, and right-hander Ian Kennedy struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings as the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Astros on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

"Quite frankly, he could've had three homers today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He blasted that first ball, but the wind was blowing straight in.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boosted by HRs, Roark helps Nats end slide

Boosted by HRs, Roark helps Nats end slide

MILWAUKEE -- No Stephen Strasburg? No problem for the Nationals, who pitched Tanner Roark instead and watched the right-hander carve through seven innings of a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park, snapping Washington's seven-game losing streak.

"I told [manager Dusty Baker] I would do it. I felt good enough to go out there and do it," Roark said. "We had the off-day. I was on five days' rest anyway. I felt good."

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Alyson Footer

Reds cap Rose's weekend by retiring No. 14

All-time hits leader was inducted into team Hall of Fame on Saturday

Reds cap Rose's weekend by retiring No. 14

CINCINNATI -- A weekend-long celebration of Pete Rose concluded with the official retiring of his uniform No. 14, unveiled at the end of a 30-minute ceremony on the field Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Rose, honored along with the 1976 Reds on Friday and inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame Saturday, was showered with several ovations from a packed ballpark for a third day in a row, in the moments before, during and after his No. 14 was unveiled on the facade just below the press level behind home plate.

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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.

2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Here's a complete breakdown of which 2016 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments.

Clubs have not announced or confirmed bonuses.

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Slugging O's in sight of June home run record

Trumbo, Davis and Schoop go yard to put Baltimore within four of A's mark

Slugging O's in sight of June home run record

Earl Weaver would be proud.

The high-octane Orioles crushed three more home runs on Sunday, giving them 51 this month, just four shy of the Major League record for June with three games still to go.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes plays first game with Class A Brooklyn

Former All-Star begins Minor League stint in return to Mets organization

Reyes plays first game with Class A Brooklyn

NEW YORK -- It was hours before game time, and the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones were taking batting practice. Five Brooklyn players were scattered to the right of the BP cage, their necks rotating in unison to follow the flight of the ball.

The back of their navy blue warm-ups bared numbers: 10, 44, 3, 33. And, to the far right, a four-time All Star clad in blue and orange shorts on one knee. No. 7.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Power surge leads Cardinals past Mariners

Power surge leads Cardinals past Mariners

SEATTLE -- Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham each had two of the Cardinals' six home runs on Sunday as St. Louis avoided a series sweep at Safeco Field with an 11-6 win on Sunday afternoon.

Jedd Gyorko and Pham hit back-to-back homers off Mariners reliever Nick Vincent leading off the seventh inning as the Cardinals answered quickly after Seattle tied the game at 6 on Franklin Gutierrez's three-run blast off reliever Kevin Siegrist in the sixth.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011.

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Rangers hope Yu's back before All-Star break

Righty throws 30 pitches in first bullpen session since going on DL

Rangers hope Yu's back before All-Star break

ARLINGTON -- In his first bullpen session since being placed on the 15-day disabled list June 13, Yu Darvish threw 30 pitches before the Rangers' 6-2 victory against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Darvish was able to throw breaking pitches along with his fastball and appeared to do so without any noticeable discomfort. The Rangers are hoping to get him back before the All-Star break.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlingtton. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teammates help DiMaggio extend streak to 38

Teammates help DiMaggio extend streak to 38

NEW YORK, June 26, 1941 -- Joe DiMaggio's incredible hitting streak is alive and well for another day, but the Yankees' superlative center fielder is learning that he can't do all of the work himself.

Thursday afternoon's 4 to 1 victory by New York over the St. Louis Browns was expected given the large disparity between the two clubs in the American League standings.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffey stifles Yanks as Twins swat 6 HRs

Duffey stifles Yanks as Twins swat 6 HRs

NEW YORK -- Tyler Duffey carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, supported by consecutive home runs off the bats of Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler, leading the Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"First time through, I was just trying to get the ball over the plate," said Duffey, who allowed only two hits through eight innings. "Just getting into the fourth, sixth, seventh innings, and then as I came along, I started throwing more breaking balls, started feeling better than I had. It's a lot of positives for me today, and obviously we won the game, which is the ultimate positive."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Bautista (toe) making steady progress

Blue Jays outfielder feeling better, but remains in a walking boot

Bautista (toe) making steady progress

CHICAGO -- Jose Bautista's swollen toe is healing, but the Blue Jays outfielder is still in a walking boot.

Bautista, 35, was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 17 with a turf toe injury to his left big toe. He's making progress, but there is still no definitive timeline for when Bautista will return to the active roster.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves ride HRs, strong Norris to split with Mets

Braves ride HRs, strong Norris to split with Mets

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning home run off Bartolo Colon, and Bud Norris added yet another impressive start to his recent ledger as the Braves secured a four-game series split with Sunday afternoon's 5-2 win over the Mets at Turner Field.

Freeman's opposite-field home run proved to be the only costly blow delivered against Colon, who scattered six hits and allowed just the one run over seven innings. The Mets veteran's effort was trumped by Norris, who recorded a season-high eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Marte's sac fly caps Halos' comeback vs. A's

Marte's sac fly caps Halos' comeback vs. A's

ANAHEIM -- Jefry Marte scored Mike Trout on a sac fly with one out in the ninth inning as the Angels enjoyed a walk-off win over the A's, 7-6, to snap a six-game losing streak. It was the fourth walk-off win for the Halos this season.

The Angels rallied from a 6-2 deficit after six innings. Trout got things started with a two-run homer in the seventh off A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez. The Halos got to John Axford for two runs in the eighth, tying the game on a run-scoring single from Andrelton Simmons.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the A's on Sunday.

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Success vs. Tigers aids Tribe's 9-game run

Success vs. Tigers aids Tribe's 9-game run

DETROIT -- The Indians have owned the Tigers this season, holding a perfect 9-0 record against their division rivals.

But manager Terry Francona was very cautious about using a word like "domination" after his team used four homers in one inning to beat the Tigers, 9-3, on Sunday.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Indians on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altuve isn't buying the hype for AL MVP race

Astros second baseman focused on postseason, World Series title

Altuve isn't buying the hype for AL MVP race

KANSAS CITY -- Nearing the midpoint of the regular season, the Astros are back in the postseason picture, thanks in large part to dynamic second baseman Jose Altuve. He'll likely play in his fourth All-Star Game presented by MasterCard next month -- he's the vote leader at second for the American League -- and has put himself in the thick of the AL Most Valuable Player Award race, even if he doesn't think so.

Altuve, who entered Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Royals leading all Major League position players in WAR (4.3), singled in the fourth inning and has now reached base in a career-long-tying 29 games in a row. He entered the series finale ranked first in the AL in batting average, was second in on-base percentage, hits, stolen bases and OPS, and was third in doubles. He's also added more power this year with 13 homers and 44 RBIs.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DeSclafani shuts down Padres in Reds win

DeSclafani shuts down Padres in Reds win

CINCINNATI -- Anthony DeSclafani became the second Reds starter this season to pitch eight innings, and they were stellar, as he and his team blanked the Padres, 3-0, Sunday to salvage the final game of the four-game series at Great American Ball Park. It was Cincinnati's first shutout victory of the season.

DeSclafani allowed five hits -- all singles -- with one hit batter and five strikeouts. No Padres reached second base against him, in part because he and catcher Tucker Barnhart combined to catch two runners stealing and pick off a third. For good measure, DeSclafani also lined a two-out RBI single to right-center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that gave Cincinnati its three-run lead.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Nimmo unable to jump-start Mets in MLB debut

Club's No. 4 prospect goes 0-for-4, takes it all in during first game in bigs

Nimmo unable to jump-start Mets in MLB debut

ATLANTA -- Minutes after arriving in the Turner Field clubhouse on Saturday, dropping his bags and huddling for a brief conference with manager Terry Collins, Mets rookie Brandon Nimmo cautioned, "I'm not the savior of the team." Nor do the Mets expect him to be. Nimmo is here in part because he proved everything he needed to at Triple-A Las Vegas, and in part because of underperformance up and down the lineup.

Nimmo alone cannot save the Mets, who dropped a 5-2 game to the Braves on Sunday in his Major League debut. Finishing 0-for-4, the club's No. 4 prospect was far from the only non-contributor. The Mets as a team went 7-for-33, including 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position -- the bulk of that scant production coming with the game all but out of reach in the ninth. And none of it seemed out of place for an offense ranked last in the Majors in runs and batting average since May 1.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Walker cleared for return to rotation

Walker cleared for return to rotation

SEATTLE -- Taijuan Walker tested his sore right foot off the bullpen mound prior to Sunday's series finale against the Cardinals at Safeco Field and said everything was on target to make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Orioles.

Walker has dealt with tendinitis in the arch of his push-off foot in his last two starts and had to come out early in both Tampa Bay and Boston, so the Mariners acquired veteran Wade LeBlanc in a trade with Toronto and used him in Walker's place for a spot start on Friday against the Cardinals.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies not moving Herrera out of center field

Pregame work in right designed to increase concentration

Phillies not moving Herrera out of center field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said nobody should read into Odubel Herrera taking fly balls in right field Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.

He said it's not a wakeup call. He said Herrera is not going anywhere.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morneau takes BP for 1st time since surgery

Slugger won't make White Sox debut until after All-Star break

Morneau takes BP for 1st time since surgery

CHICAGO -- Justin Morneau took 25 swings on the field Saturday during White Sox batting practice, marking the first time he had done so during the ongoing rehab program in relation to offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow.

Morneau already had hit Sunday when he met with the media, so he bounced back well from Saturday's test.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wheeler ready to restart baseball activities

Mets righty set to begin long tossing for first time since being shut down last week

Wheeler ready to restart baseball activities

ATLANTA -- Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler is due to begin long tossing Monday for the first time since the Mets shut him down last week due to right elbow discomfort. Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, was subsequently diagnosed with nerve irritation, but no further structural damage.

He flew to New York for his examination, but otherwise has been working out at the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.