The Indians added outfield depth to their roster, calling up veteran Melky Cabrera on Sunday. The 33-year-old Cabrera, who signed a Minor League contract with the Indians in late April, was slated to start in right field and bat sixth in the series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Hader's feats generating All-Star, Cy Young buzz
Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate?
McCullers lights out as Astros win set with Tribe
Lance McCullers Jr. went heavy with his two-seam fastball, kept his used-to-be rare changeup in his weapon wheel for another start and used his world-class curveball to buckle Indians batters as he took a perfect game into the sixth inning while leading the Astros to a 3-1 win in the series finale at Minute Maid Park.
Here is the best game every day this week
We'll begin a new week with another Braves-Phillies series and end it with a Angels-Yankees pitching matchup -- Shohei Ohtani vs. Masahiro Tanaka -- that'll resonate across at least two continents. Let's run down this week's schedule and pick the best of each day. Grab your popcorn and enjoy the show.
Astros' rotation making case as best ever
Houston's starting rotation is easily the best in baseball, and that's no surprise. They were expected to be. But merely saying they're the best of 2018 is hardly enough. Where will they rank among all-time rotations?
Injury updates: Kershaw, Hill, Madson
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.
The Mariners are commemorating the James Paxton-bald eagle moment with a bobblehead
Bullpen of the Week: Cubs
The Cubs' bullpen was dominant over 25 innings pitched last week, posting a 1.80 ERA. All but three Cubs relievers finished the week unscored upon, helping the relief corps earn the Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the week of May 14-20.
Watch this White Sox fan conquer a 2,700-calorie helmet of ice cream
This wasn't your standard novelty ice cream helmet.
Sunday's top prospect performers
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Romo rolls while starting second day in a row
It took Sergio Romo 11 years in the Majors to get his first big league start. And he got his second one on Sunday. Romo faced off against rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani in the series finale.
Belt's blistering week ends with winning homer
Brandon Belt and Nick Hundley hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies, 9-5, on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.
Ohtani improves to 4-1 with 9-K gem
Shohei Ohtani delivered another brilliant pitching performance, and received enough help from his scrappy offense, to lead the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Rays at Angel Stadium, snapping the club's five-game skid. Johnny Field homered for Tampa Bay in the loss, as Sergio Romo struck out three in his second consecutive start.
Mariners tie it with HR in 9th, walk off in 11th
After being handcuffed by Francisco Liriano on one hit for eight scoreless innings, the Mariners pulled out a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Tigers with some late fireworks on Sunday at Safeco Field. Dee Gordon singled off Tigers reliever Buck Farmer leading off the 11th, stole second and scored on Jean Segura's walk-off base hit down the first base line. The Mariners are 3-0 in extra-inning games this season.
Posey shows off reflexes on game-ending play
Shohei Ohtani's splitter is so devastating that hitters are now 1-for-44 with 30 K's against it
The phenom struck out nine batters on Sunday.
Braves walk off with wild 6-run 9th
The Braves rallied from six runs down against the Marlins and walked off, 10-9, in the ninth on Sunday on Dansby Swanson's two-run single, his first hit since coming off the disabled list. Lewis Brinson hit his first grand slam and Miguel Rojas recorded his first multi-homer game for the Marlins.
Trevor Bauer's behind-the-back catch during pregame activities was ridiculous
Hicks hits 105 mph -- twice -- on radar gun
Jordan Hicks fired the five fastest pitches of the 2018 season during his ninth-inning matchup with Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, including two pitches that reached an even 105 mph, per Statcast™, en route to a strikeout
Flaherty dominates with 13 K's in win vs. Phils
Jack Flaherty's first career win came courtesy of 7 2/3 dominant innings against the Phillies, against whom he struck out 13. Tyler O'Neill homered for the second time in two days, fill-in shortstop Greg Garcia drove in two runs, and the Cardinals earned a split of this four-game series with a 5-1 win. Rhys Hoskins homered in the fourth to represent Philadelphia's lone run.
Carl Yastrzemski surprised Hawk Harrelson during the White Sox game on Sunday
Walker: Texas Ranger.
Brinson punctuates 6-run inning in grand fashion
A big reason the Marlins are showing patience with Lewis Brinson came in the fourth inning of Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.
Meadows crushes no-doubter for 1st MLB HR
Austin Meadows ripped a two-run shot to center field off Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, and shortstop Jordy Mercer followed with a game-tying solo shot to left on Lyles' next pitch.
Odubel's on-base streak ends at 45 in Phils loss
Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera's on-base streak ended at 45 games in Sunday afternoon's 5-1 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, but not without some drama.
Yanks option Frazier to Triple-A after victory
The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday following their 10-1 victory over the Royals.
Three big flies give LA another win over Nats
Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez and Yasiel Puig homered, and Alex Wood earned his first win of the season as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and Cody Bellinger knocked a sac fly in the ninth to provide insurance for Los Angeles, which secured the season series over Washington after winning both games of a doubleheader. The Nationals' only offense came on Trea Turner's two-run homer, while starter Stephen Strasburg yielded three runs and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
A Giants fan made a nice one-handed catch while not losing his nachos
Nacho nacho fan / I want to be a nacho fan.
J.D. hits 14th, 15th HRs in Red Sox victory
J.D. Martinez continues to be red-hot, as he belted a pair of homers in Sunday afternoon's 5-0 win against the Orioles at Fenway Park.
Martinez, Benintendi rake; E-Rod stellar vs. O's
J.D. Martinez hit two homers to give him 15 on the season and tie him with Mookie Betts for the Major League lead in dingers, while Andrew Benintendi added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Gray pitches Yanks to 8th straight series win
Sonny Gray turned in his best outing of the year by allowing just four hits over eight innings and Tyler Austin launched a pair of two-run homers to lift the Yankees to their eighth straight series win. Austin leads all American League rookies with eight homers as Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine also went deep for the Yanks. Royals starter Eric Skoglund went just five innings in his worst start of the season.
Rosario launches first two homers of season
Amed Rosario entered Sunday's game in an 0-for-11 funk, with just three extra-base hits in his last 21 games. But he broke out with solo homers in the sixth and seventh innings of the Mets' 4-1 win over the D-backs, his first home runs since last August.
Lopez dominates Rangers for 1st win of 2018
Reynaldo Lopez earned his first win of the season with eight dominant innings on Sunday against the Rangers. The White Sox right-hander allowed a season-low two hits and two walks while striking out eight. Welington Castillo hit a solo home run and Leury Garcia delivered a two-run single, as the South Siders sealed a series win over Texas. Mike Minor struck out nine for the Rangers over five innings.
Javier Baez's defensive skills caused an epic double play against the Reds
Typical day for Javier Baez.
O's bang out 13 hits, but still get shut out
The road woes continue for the Orioles, who, after dropping a 5-0 affair at Fenway Park on Sunday, fell to 1-15 over their last 16 road tilts and 4-19 overall on the road for the season.
Reliever Madson placed on DL with pec strain
It seems that with each passing day, the injury list keeps growing for the Nationals. After Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Dodgers, they had to place right-hander Ryan Madson on the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle.
Padres rally late to clinch series in Pittsburgh
Despite Jordan Lyles' sudden sixth-inning implosion -- and despite the ever-reliable Kirby Yates surrendering a go-ahead run in the eighth -- the Padres squeezed out an 8-5 victory on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
Cabrera's pinch HR helps Mets sweep D-backs
Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Mets to a 4-1 win over the D-backs, capping their first sweep of at least three games at Citi Field since 2016. Amed Rosario followed the blast with his second homer of the game, connecting on his first two jacks this season. The late rally helped seal a win for Noah Syndergaard, who struck out seven in seven innings, and Robert Gsellman earned his first save by recording the last five outs.
Astros place Fisher on 10-day DL, recall Davis
The Astros placed outfielder Derek Fisher on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with gastrointestinal discomfort, retroactive to Saturday. In a corresponding move prior to the series finale against the Indians, the club recalled J.D. Davis from Triple-A Fresno to replace Fisher on the 25-man roster.
Schwarber, Baez go back to back in Cincy
In the second inning of Sunday's series finale, Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber sent a 1-1 changeup from Reds starter Tyler Mahle into the right-field seats with a laser shot at Great American Ball Park for a two-run home run. Moments later, shortstop Javier Baez sent a 2-1 slider out of the park for a solo shot of his own, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead.
Austin belts AL rookie-leading 7th, 8th HRs
Tyler Austin hit his American League rookie-leading seventh and eighth home runs in Sunday's series finale against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Mets' ballboy impresses with diving play
Go big or go home.
J-Hay collects 3 hits in return from DL
The Pirates activated Josh Harrison from the 10-day disabled list before their 8-5 loss to the Padres at PNC Park on Sunday. To make room for Harrison on the roster, Pittsburgh optioned right-hander Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Three homers back Darvish's first Cubs win
Yu Darvish threw six strong innings to lift Chicago over the Reds, 6-1, in the series finale Sunday at Great American Ball Park. In doing so, Darvish earned his first win in a Cubs uniform, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven. He was backed by three homers, as Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez smacked back-to-back homers in the second inning and Ben Zobrist added a solo shot in the fifth. Reds starter Tyler Mahle gave up all three home runs and now has allowed a National League-high 13 this season.
Nationals call up Soto, youngest player in MLB
The Nationals promoted Juan Soto, the club's No. 2 prospect and the No. 15 overall prospect as rated by MLB Pipeline, to the Majors on Sunday, making him the youngest active player in MLB. He skyrocket through the club's system, beginning the season at Class A and mashing his way to three promotions in a month, culminating with his arrival in Washington for this series finale against the Dodgers.
Davis exits with right groin strain
Khris Davis left Sunday afternoon's 9-2 win in Toronto with a right groin strain after grounding into a double play in the fourth inning.
Wieters could return to lineup in 8 weeks
Matt Wieters had some encouraging news prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Dodgers. A few days after he underwent surgery to repair his left hamstring, the timetable for his return could end up being much sooner than expected.
More Vlad Jr. heroics: 4-for-4 game, walk-off HR
Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on a show on Sunday in the first game of Double-A New Hampshire's doubleheader against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies before going 1-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap.
Cruz sits out series finale with sore elbow
Nelson Cruz's stop-and-start season was back on hold Sunday as the Mariners designated hitter sat out the series finale against the Tigers with a sore elbow after getting hit by a pitch in Saturday's 7-2 win.
Trout handles heat, homers off 98.5 mph pitch
Mike Trout refused to let the Angels go down quietly on Saturday, homering off a 98.5 mph fastball from Rays reliever Ryne Stanek to mark the fastest pitch he's taken deep in his career.
Who saw this coming? 10 biggest surprises
This season has more than its fair share of surprises, but these are the 10 biggest so far in 2018.
Speed never slumps: Each team's fastest player
One of the great baseball maxims is "speed never slumps." Sometimes hard-hit grounders don't find a hole, sometimes line drives are right at a guy, sometimes the wind knocks down would-be homers. But speed is always there. Speed is of use everywhere, from a dribbler down the third-base line, to a ball hit into the gap, to the cascading tension of a stolen-base attempt. The game changes a little bit every year, but speed is always useful.
Play Beat the Streak for a chance at $5.6 million
Time to start swinging for $5.6 million! It's easy to play: Get a hit, and your streak continues. If not, try again the next day.
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