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“It takes a leap of faith to get things going”

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@castrovinceThe Indians are test-driving 6:10 p.m. start times at Progressive Field in this week’s series …

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Angels drop the ball in dumping Josh Hamilton

It's one thing to overpay for aging first basemen or stumbling outfielders, it's quite another to plunk down about $60 million for intolerance and insensitivity.

Yet, that's what those fallen Angels did Monday in ridding themselves of their demon Josh Hamilton, shipping him and his addiction …

Josh Hamilton

Confident Castro blossoming for Cubs

Shortstop enjoying resurgence under Maddon

CHICAGO -- As always, Starlin Castro was at shortstop for the Cubs on Monday, and almost surely will be there Tuesday, Wednesday and beyond.

Perhaps even through the end of this season, and maybe for five after that, given the terms of his contract and the …

Starlin Castro

Addison Russell feels 'terribly bad' after fan struck with flying bat

The Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, and rookie Addison Russell got a hit and scored a run during his Wrigley Field debut Monday night. Any kind of celebration was muted, however, because a fan was hospitalized after being struck by one of Russell's bats after it flew into the stands on a …

Great American Ball Park

Simmons slides late, and the already cranky Nats get miffed

The ball is out of Yunel Escobar’s glove, and Andrelton Simmons still isn’t on the ground. (John Bazemore/AP photo)

Having lost a sixth game in …

Atlanta Braves

Burritos with everything as Britain falls for Mexican food

The UK is riding a Mexican culinary wave with burrito outlets now the fastest growing type of eatery on the high street.

In the last year alone, the number of Mexican restaurants, led by brands such as Wahaca and Barburrito, has risen by 71%. The growth has even outstripped the upmarket burger …

Food (UK)

Josh Hamilton disagrees with Angels' assertion he lacked accountability

Josh Hamilton took strong exception to Angels owner Arte Moreno’s comments suggesting that Hamilton lacked "accountability" by suffering a substance-abuse relapse that ultimately led to the troubled outfielder getting traded to the Texas Rangers on Monday.

“I have no clue what he’s talking about,” …

Josh Hamilton

Marlins Dump Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The Marlins signing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three year, $24 million contract was always a bit on the questionable side, given that his one good …

Baseball

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Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer wears boxing gloves against the Royals

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Trevor Bauer isn't taking any chances.

Since the Royals have been in …

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Albert Pujols' hitting is picking up for Angels

By the time Albert Pujols stepped to the plate in the ninth inning Sunday and hit a sharp grounder through the infield, he had been due for a hit.

Pujols is batting just .200 this season, but he has shown signs of breaking out. Before his two hits in the Angels' series finale against the Texas …

Major League Baseball

Orioles game postponed amid violence, series could be moved

Monday night’s Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards was postponed due to escalating unrest throughout the city stemming from …

Major League Baseball

What's the plan for rotation without Waino?

Gonzales or Garcia could fill spot if they return to full health

ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals are forced to face the reality of playing out the rest of the 2015 season without Adam Wainwright, attention now turns to filling his vacant spot in the rotation.

Internally, the two most attractive …

Achilles

Hamilton is going home, but nobody is riding off into the sunset

Josh Hamilton

Panda's big night ends with neck soreness

Third baseman hits two-run single, solo homer, makes diving catch

BOSTON -- What was shaping up as Pablo Sandoval's breakout night in a Red Sox uniform came to a halt when the third baseman had to exit Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the top of the sixth inning with neck soreness.

Sandoval …

Pablo Sandoval

Adam Wainwright of St. Louis Cardinals out for season with Achilles injury

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season because of a torn left Achilles tendon.

Wainwright will have surgery later this week, likely Thursday, and recovery time is generally nine to 12 months.

"Unfortunate news, but not unexpected after what we saw," St. Louis …

Achilles

The Josh Hamilton trade: Exploring the X-factors

As our own Jon Heyman has reported, the Angels and Rangers have agreed to terms on a deal that will send outfielder Josh Hamilton back to Texas, where he spent the best years of his big-league career. Hamilton, of course, has endured a number of injuries since signing a $125-million pact with the …

Josh Hamilton

Rendon scratched from Harrisburg lineup with fatigue

ATLANTA — Anthony Rendon was scratched from the lineup at Class AA Harrisburg on Monday after feeling fatigued during afternoon workouts, the …

Spring Training

The Rays and Astros have both jumped out to fast starts.

Welcome back to The Rotation! Here's our look at the hot topics shaping the week ahead.

1. Rays the roof

Maybe PECOTA was on to something.

When Baseball …

Major League Baseball

The New Alex Guerrero Problem

Back at the beginning of Spring Training, I wrote a piece here called Trying to Solve the Alex Guerrero Problem. In that piece, I noted that the …

Baseball

Rays Tales: All about Steven Souza Jr.

Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. has been a hit so far, leading the Rays and ranking among the AL's top rookies with four homers and 11 RBIs.

And a big part …

Orioles score 18 runs against the Red Sox, setting a new club record

The Orioles set a club record for runs scored and the Red Sox starting rotation continues to falter.

Boston

DeSclafani: ‘The Silent Assassin’ | The Real McCoy

CINCINNATI — Trying to get Anthony DeSclafani to break into a broad smile is the same as trying to get the Mona Lisa to break into a broad grin.

It …

Mona Lisa

Another CC beatdown gives credence to Yanks' worst fears

The Yankees’ winning streak of course had to end at some point. That it concluded Saturday with concerning images and sounds of unhappiness, however, …

CC Sabathia

Cole Hamels' consistent April struggles

Philadelphia Phillies' ace Cole Hamels has been on the receiving end of some of the hottest takes baseball has to offer, both during the off-season …

Baseball

Ichiro Suzuki breaks record for most runs by a Japanese player in the history of baseball | MLB.com

On their 1989 song "Hey Ladies," the Beastie Boys rap that they've "got more hits than Sadaharu Oh." Twenty-six years later and that reference works better with Ichiro Suzuki.

In the midst of his 15th MLB season, Ichiro is approaching countless baseball milestones. On Saturday, he came around to …

Baseball

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back

Outfielder confident he'll return from DL by early May

MIAMI -- An MRI revealed Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has a bulging disk in his lower back. The 23-year-old is undergoing treatment, and remains confident he can be reinstated from the disabled list in early May.

Miami placed Yelich on …

Ichiro Suzuki

Are the Royals on a record-setting ejection pace?

Punishment for Thursday's benches-clearing brawl in the Royals-White Sox game has just been handed out, and it's not pretty for either party:

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Kansas City Royals

Boston Red Sox place Shane Victorino on disabled list

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Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a day after being …

Shane Victorino

Rangers reunion should help Hamilton get his life, career back in order

Josh Hamilton has indeed played his last game for the Angels. The former AL MVP, currently working his way back from off-season shoulder surgery as …

Josh Hamilton