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Belt has historic 21-pitch at-bat vs. Angels

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ANAHEIM -- The Giants' Brandon Belt worked a 21-pitch at-bat Sunday against Angels starter Jaime Barria, the most pitches in a single plate appearance in the last 20 years.

Belt hit 16 foul balls in the first-inning plate appearance that ended with a fly ball to right field.

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ANAHEIM -- The Giants' Brandon Belt worked a 21-pitch at-bat Sunday against Angels starter Jaime Barria, the most pitches in a single plate appearance in the last 20 years.

Belt hit 16 foul balls in the first-inning plate appearance that ended with a fly ball to right field.

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The marathon session bested the previous record of a 20-pitch at-bat between the Astros' Ricky Gutierrez against the Indians' Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998.

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Barria was making his second appearance in the Majors, having been called up earlier in the day to make the start against the Giants. His only other start came April 11 against the Texas Rangers, when he gave up one run over five innings and picked up the victory.

Belt, who turned 30 on Friday, was coming off a game Saturday in which he hit his fourth home run of the season.

 

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Bryant hit in helmet, no signs of concussion

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DENVER -- Kris Bryant took a pitch to the helmet in the first inning of Sunday's finale vs. the Rockies and had to leave the game.

Bryant was examined upon exiting the game and passed all tests. He has a small laceration above his left eye from his sunglasses, but shows no signs of a concussion. He will continue to be evaluated.

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DENVER -- Kris Bryant took a pitch to the helmet in the first inning of Sunday's finale vs. the Rockies and had to leave the game.

Bryant was examined upon exiting the game and passed all tests. He has a small laceration above his left eye from his sunglasses, but shows no signs of a concussion. He will continue to be evaluated.

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After retiring the first two batters and getting a 1-2 count on Bryant, Rockies starter German Marquez threw a 96.3-mph fastball high and inside that hit Bryant in the front of the helmet. He walked away from the plate toward the dugout and was immediately met by manager Joe Maddon, who embraced him in part to ensure he was OK. Bryant stayed on his feet while talking to Maddon and the head trainer and was helped off the field by the two.

David Bote, who had been recalled the day before and started at third base Saturday, pinch-ran for Bryant and took third in the bottom of the inning. He scored on the first of four consecutive two-out singles from Anthony Rizzo, Tommy La Stella, Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini as the Cubs erupted for three runs.

Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Andy Haines were both ejected after delivering heated remarks to home-plate umpire Cory Blaser.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Andujar lifts Yanks to series win over Jays

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NEW YORK -- Years from now, if Gleyber Torres develops into the star the Yankees think he'll become, you can go ahead and tell people you remember his Major League debut. Just don't forget to mention Miguel Andujar's name.

Sunday may have been Gleyber Day in the Bronx, the first Major League game for a 21-year-old ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in the game. But while Torres had a quiet debut -- 0-for-4 and just one ground ball fielded at second base -- the 23-year-old Andujar continued an impressive week with four hits in a 5-1 Yankees win over the Blue Jays.

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NEW YORK -- Years from now, if Gleyber Torres develops into the star the Yankees think he'll become, you can go ahead and tell people you remember his Major League debut. Just don't forget to mention Miguel Andujar's name.

Sunday may have been Gleyber Day in the Bronx, the first Major League game for a 21-year-old ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in the game. But while Torres had a quiet debut -- 0-for-4 and just one ground ball fielded at second base -- the 23-year-old Andujar continued an impressive week with four hits in a 5-1 Yankees win over the Blue Jays.

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Luis Severino allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings to win for the fourth time in five starts. Didi Gregorius hit a first-inning home run and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. But it was Andujar who pushed his way into the story, with a double that set up the Yankees' two-run second inning and another double that drove home a run in the sixth.

Video: TOR@NYY: Gregorius belts a solo homer to right

Torres got a standing ovation when he came to the plate for his first Major League at-bat in the second inning, but he struck out against Jays starter Jaime Garcia. Torres grounded into a double play in the fourth, popped out in the sixth and flied out to right field in the eighth.

A week ago, when Torres was playing third base daily at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, it seemed the Yankees were preparing for him to play the position in the Major Leagues. Then Andujar began a tear that has seen him collect five multi-hit games in his past six starts. The two doubles Sunday give him seven in that same six-game span.

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres receives ovation before first at-bat

Now Torres is in the Major Leagues, but as a second baseman. And if his career goes as planned, he'll have plenty of bigger games than his Sunday debut.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Yelich leads Crew to 6th straight win, sweep

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MILWAUKEE -- Christian Yelich, who hit 39 homers over the two previous seasons with the Marlins, hit the first of his career against Miami on Sunday at Miller Park, helping the Brewers to their sixth straight win and a sweep of his former team with a 4-2 victory.

Marlins starter Caleb Smith retired the first nine he faced, before Lorenzo Cain lined a single to right field to lead off the fourth. Yelich, activated off the disabled list Tuesday (right oblique strain), then drove a 2-1 pitch over the wall in center field.

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MILWAUKEE -- Christian Yelich, who hit 39 homers over the two previous seasons with the Marlins, hit the first of his career against Miami on Sunday at Miller Park, helping the Brewers to their sixth straight win and a sweep of his former team with a 4-2 victory.

Marlins starter Caleb Smith retired the first nine he faced, before Lorenzo Cain lined a single to right field to lead off the fourth. Yelich, activated off the disabled list Tuesday (right oblique strain), then drove a 2-1 pitch over the wall in center field.

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Yelich's drive had an exit velocity of 111.3 mph, his fourth-hardest-hit homer of the Statcast™ era, and a launch angle of 20 degrees. The Brewers' outfielder was traded to Milwaukee in January for four prospects, including outfielder Lewis Brinson, who hit three home runs in the first three games for the Marlins in the series.

Cain and Yelich were the only two hits Milwaukee registered against Smith, who struck out a career-high 10 with no walks in six innings. The Brewers added an unearned run in the seventh when first baseman Justin Bour misplayed Eric Thames' pinch-hit grounder with the bases loaded. Jesus Aguilar drove in the Brewers' fourth run with a single in the eighth inning.

Video: MIA@MIL: Aguilar plates Cain with line-drive single

Junior Guerra gave up an unearned run in the first but then settled in. He pitched into the sixth inning, when he left with the bases loaded and none out. Jeremy Jeffress relieved and retired the next three hitters to escape the jam. Josh Hader struck out four and registered his third two-inning save of the season.

Video: MIA@MIL: Hader retires Maybin to record six-out save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Jeffress escapes trouble: Jeffress didn't get a decision or save, but he might have recorded the three most crucial outs of the game. With the Brewers up 2-1 in the sixth, Miami loaded the bases with no outs against Guerra on singles by J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro and a walk to Bour. Jeffress came in and struck out Brian Anderson, retired J.B. Shuck on a popup in foul territory and struck out Brinson.

Video: MIA@MIL: Jeffress escapes a bases-loaded jam in 6th

Bour's blunder: The Brewers benefited from a baserunning mistake by Bour. Miami pulled within 3-2 with an unearned run in the eighth. With one out, Anderson flied out to center, but Bour lost track of the outs and continued on toward third and was easily doubled off first.

Video: MIA@MIL: Cain makes catch in center, doubles up Bour

UP NEXT
After an off-day Monday, the Brewers open a nine-game road trip Tuesday with the first of two games at Kansas City. Zach Davies, who has never faced the Royals, starts the opener. Davies allowed just three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his last start, a 2-0 victory over the Reds. Ian Kennedy will get the start for Kansas City.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Sharp Mikolas backed by Wong, DeJong HRs

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ST. LOUIS -- Four starts in, the Cardinals are getting an idea of who Miles Mikolas is.

So are the Reds.

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ST. LOUIS -- Four starts in, the Cardinals are getting an idea of who Miles Mikolas is.

So are the Reds.

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The righty has made the most of facing Cincinnati over his first Major League month in more than three years, winning two consecutive starts against the Reds. His second in a week came on Sunday afternoon, when his seven strong innings provided the foundation for a 9-2 victory at Busch Stadium.

Kolten Wong clocked his first home run of the season, Paul DeJong added a three-run shot to pull away and the Cardinals poured on late to back Mikolas and cap a three-game sweep. The Cardinals' seventh win over the Reds in 11 days also marked their 11th straight in head-to-head competition, their longest win streak against Cincinnati since 1949.

Video: CIN@STL: Wong rips a solo homer to right

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
DeJong's homers tend to come in bunches, and the sophomore shortstop appears to be getting on a roll. He has now gone deep in two straight games and hasn't struck out in 12 plate appearances. That's as good an indicator as any that the contact-troubled DeJong is locked in.

Video: CIN@STL: DeJong extends the lead with three-run homer

SOUND SMART
It seems like every day Yadier Molina ties or passes another big name on another big list. A day after becoming Busch Stadium III's all-time leading RBI man, Molina notched three hits, including a double off reliever Kevin Quackenbush in the seventh. The two-bagger was the 338th of Molina's career, putting him in a tie with Ozzie Smith for 10th on the Cardinals' franchise list.

Video: CIN@STL: Molina rips a double to left in the 7th

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Making his fourth straight start and sixth in seven games, Harrison Bader continued to fill in nicely for injured center fielder Tommy Pham on both sides of the ball. Bader collected two hits, extending a modest seven-game hitting streak. But the Cardinals feel Bader can be truly elite on defense, his above-average speed mixing with advanced instincts and a nose for the baseball. That skillset was on display Sunday, when Bader ran 88 feet in 4.8 seconds to track down a Scott Schebler line drive in the fourth. Bader reached a top speed of 29.1 feet per second on the play, which Statcast™ registered as a four-star catch.

Video: CIN@STL: Statcast™ measures Bader's four-star catch

UP NEXT
Right elbow inflammation landed Adam Wainwright on the disabled list on Sunday and left the Cardinals without a starter for Tuesday, when they open a three-game home series against the Mets and Steven Matz. Luke Weaver will start that game, set for 7:15 p.m. CT.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Ramirez backs Kluber with 2 HRs to lift Tribe

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BALTIMORE -- Corey Kluber wasn't yet ready to leave the mound, so he paused, his gaze fixed downward, and brushed some dirt with his foot Sunday afternoon. Finally he made off for the visitors' dugout at Camden Yards, having struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Kluber surrendered a pair of early home runs to Manny Machado, but he looked more and more like himself as the game wore on. The perfect seventh inning capped another strong outing for Kluber, and the Indians rolled to a 7-3 victory.

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BALTIMORE -- Corey Kluber wasn't yet ready to leave the mound, so he paused, his gaze fixed downward, and brushed some dirt with his foot Sunday afternoon. Finally he made off for the visitors' dugout at Camden Yards, having struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Kluber surrendered a pair of early home runs to Manny Machado, but he looked more and more like himself as the game wore on. The perfect seventh inning capped another strong outing for Kluber, and the Indians rolled to a 7-3 victory.

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"I didn't command the ball great today, but that being said, I got a lot of weak contact and we were able to get some quick outs," said Kluber, who has thrown quality starts in all five of his chances this season.

Video: CLE@BAL: Kluber K's Santander on 12-pitch at-bat

Cleveland's offensive charge was led by Jose Ramirez, who opened his team's scoring with a solo shot in the fourth and then added a two-run dinger in the ninth. It marked the seventh multi-home run game of his career. Yonder Alonso added an RBI double in the fourth, and Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley hit RBI singles in the fifth. Yan Gomes doubled in the final run in the ninth.

Video: CLE@BAL: Lindor drives in Davis with an RBI single

In seven-plus innings, Kluber allowed three earned runs on six hits to go along with four strikeouts. Left-hander Andrew Miller -- who entered after a leadoff single chased Kluber in the eighth -- and right-hander Cody Allen tossed a spotless inning apiece to close out the game.

"At that point in time, it's a one-run game and we've got one of the best relievers in baseball down there waiting, so it's no time to mess around," Kluber said.

Video: CLE@BAL: Brantley lines an RBI single to left field

SOUND SMART
Before Ramirez struck out in the first inning, he was the hardest batter to fan in the Major Leagues (20 PA/K entering Sunday). He struck out again in the seventh, but his pair of homers more than made up for the whiffs.

HE SAID IT
"The line early looked like he had given up three runs, but I mean Machado kind of had a lot to do with that. Probably the one guy he didn't locate to, and the one guy you better. He's obviously feeling good about himself. But other than that, I thought he was really good." -- Indians manager Terry Francona, on Kluber

Video: CLE@BAL: Francona on Indians' bats late in 7-3 win

UP NEXT
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco takes the ball for the Indians in the series finale against the Orioles on Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Carrasco is in the middle of a terrific April; he's completed at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer in each of his three starts. Carrasco will duel Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Joshua Needelman is a contributor for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Gleyber gets warm reception for Yanks debut

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Top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres basked in the cheers of the crowd during the famed roll call in the first inning, and he received a standing ovation from the crowd for his first MLB at-bat in the second.

Batting eighth and playing second base in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, Torres struck out on an 81-mph slider from Blue Jays starter Jaime Garcia with men on second and third. Torres grounded into a double play in the bottom of the fourth, and he handled his first chance at second base seamlessly in the fifth, throwing out Devon Travis at first base. He popped out to first baseman Justin Smoak in the sixth, and flied out to Curtis Granderson in right field to end the eighth.

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Top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres basked in the cheers of the crowd during the famed roll call in the first inning, and he received a standing ovation from the crowd for his first MLB at-bat in the second.

Batting eighth and playing second base in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, Torres struck out on an 81-mph slider from Blue Jays starter Jaime Garcia with men on second and third. Torres grounded into a double play in the bottom of the fourth, and he handled his first chance at second base seamlessly in the fifth, throwing out Devon Travis at first base. He popped out to first baseman Justin Smoak in the sixth, and flied out to Curtis Granderson in right field to end the eighth.

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Called up before the game from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Torres -- MLB's No. 5 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline -- is the youngest player to debut before July 1 for the storied franchise since Derek Jeter took the field on May 29, 1995. The infielder struggled in Spring Training -- his first action after recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow -- and compiled a .598 OPS over 13 Grapefruit League games. But Torres got off to a hot start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, putting together a .347/.393/.510 slash line with five extra-base hits before his callup.

"I'm super happy," Torres told reporters on Saturday in Moosic, Pa., where he was removed after six innings in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 6-5 loss to Toledo. "It's like a dream is coming true. I'm happy for my family."

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres on debut, what the moment means

The Yankees acquired Torres as part of the megadeal involving closer Aroldis Chapman in July 2016. Since Torres spent more than 20 days in the Minors to begin '18, his free agency will be delayed until after the 2024 season -- meaning he will be under team control for seven years, rather than six.

The Yankees optioned infielder Tyler Wade to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and also brought up right-hander David Hale from Triple-A and designated utility man Jace Peterson for assignment.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Buehler to make first big league start Monday

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Dodgers fans will soon see top prospect Walker Buehler make his much-anticipated season debut, as the team announced on Sunday that Buehler was placed on the club's taxi squad and will start Monday's matchup against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium.

The 23-year-old Buehler is baseball's No. 12 prospect and the No. 4 right-handed prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Buehler struggled during his first cup of coffee with the Dodgers last summer, recording a 7.71 ERA over eight appearances, but he impressed by striking out seven batters and walking just one over four scoreless innings in Spring Training. Buehler, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, has regained his velocity and possesses a high-spin fastball that reaches the upper-90s on the radar gun, while also mixing in a plus curveball and slider.

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Dodgers fans will soon see top prospect Walker Buehler make his much-anticipated season debut, as the team announced on Sunday that Buehler was placed on the club's taxi squad and will start Monday's matchup against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium.

The 23-year-old Buehler is baseball's No. 12 prospect and the No. 4 right-handed prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Buehler struggled during his first cup of coffee with the Dodgers last summer, recording a 7.71 ERA over eight appearances, but he impressed by striking out seven batters and walking just one over four scoreless innings in Spring Training. Buehler, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, has regained his velocity and possesses a high-spin fastball that reaches the upper-90s on the radar gun, while also mixing in a plus curveball and slider.

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Buehler has made three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out 16 batters over 13 innings.

Buehler reported to Spring Training with back soreness that limited his Cactus League action to two games. Management has plotted since then how to thread the needle between stretching out his innings (he threw only 98 innings last season) and keeping him fresh enough to be a rotation factor down the stretch in 2018.

The last-place Marlins would appear to be a soft spot for Buehler's return to the Major Leagues. While in the Dodgers' bullpen last September, Buehler showed glimpses of future greatness with his electric arm, but also the wildness that often plagues young, hard throwers (eight walks in 9 1/3 innings). Still, he struck out 12, finishing the 2017 season with 137 strikeouts in 98 innings between the Majors and Minors.

He was credited with his first Major League victory on Sept. 21 at Philadelphia, after he threw a scoreless inning of relief and recorded two strikeouts. He was selected as the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2017.

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Gomez creates splash on 1st career walk-off HR

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Rays swept their weekend series and have now won four games in a row and five of their last six.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Rays swept their weekend series and have now won four games in a row and five of their last six.

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C.J. Cron singled to lead off the ninth, then Gomez hit his third homer of the year on the first pitch he saw from Twins right-hander Addison Reed.

Cron staked the Rays to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first, his fifth homer of the season and his third in the last two games.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Ohtani batting cleanup for the first time

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ANAHEIM -- Three hours before the Angels' series finale against the Giants on Sunday, Shohei Ohtani could be spotted in the bullpen in left field logging a 37-pitch throwing session that will serve as his final tuneup before his next start on the mound Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.

It was the only the beginning of Ohtani's work day, as the 23-year-old two-way phenom later returned to the Angels' lineup and batted cleanup for the first time in his nascent career against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Albert Pujols received a day off on Sunday, clearing the way for Ohtani to bat fourth and serve as the designated hitter in his stead.

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ANAHEIM -- Three hours before the Angels' series finale against the Giants on Sunday, Shohei Ohtani could be spotted in the bullpen in left field logging a 37-pitch throwing session that will serve as his final tuneup before his next start on the mound Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.

It was the only the beginning of Ohtani's work day, as the 23-year-old two-way phenom later returned to the Angels' lineup and batted cleanup for the first time in his nascent career against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Albert Pujols received a day off on Sunday, clearing the way for Ohtani to bat fourth and serve as the designated hitter in his stead.

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During his pregame session with reporters, manager Mike Scioscia was asked how many cleanup hitters around Major League Baseball were throwing bullpens prior to games.

"I see a lot of them doing some flat ground, messing around as they warm up," Scioscia said. "Not too many."

The more accurate answer is none. It speaks to the unprecedented nature of what Ohtani is doing for the Angels this season. In three starts on the mound as a right-handed pitcher, Ohtani is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 15 innings. He departed his last outing against the Red Sox last Tuesday after two innings with a blister on his right hand, but he's shown enough progress that the Angels felt comfortable listing him as Tuesday's probable starter in their game notes.

As a left-handed batter, Ohtani is batting .342 (13-for-38) with three home runs and 11 RBIs over 10 games, including one as a pinch-hitter. He began the season batting in the Angels' No. 8 spot for six games, followed by one game in the No. 7 spot and two games batting sixth.

"Shohei is looking very comfortable in the batter's box," Scioscia said. "I think he's getting more acclimated to Major League pitching, although obviously every time he goes into a game, chances are he hasn't seen the pitcher, hasn't seen the bullpen, hasn't seen a lot of the action on pitches. In a perfect world, you'd like him to experience all that as much as you can, but right now a lot of our guys have been playing a lot and we need to rotate some things. This afternoon, it makes sense."

Could Ohtani develop into a middle-of-the-order hitter at some point in his career?

"He has the potential," Scioscia said.

Middleton emerging as (unofficial) closer

He might not hold the official title, but Keynan Middleton continues to look like Scioscia's preferred closing option early this season. The 24-year-old right-hander recorded the final four outs of Saturday's 4-3 win over the Giants to pick up his fifth save of the year, which leads the team.

Video: SF@LAA: Middleton retires Panik and gets the save

Scioscia has nevertheless shied away from anointing anyone the closer, as he prefers to keep bullpen roles fluid and deploy relievers based on matchups and other factors.

"He's going to be a high-leverage, late-inning guy, for sure," Scioscia said. "We're going to use these guys as the game dictates. He's going to be pitching late in games."

Middleton, for his part, said he's simply taking the ball when asked, though he acknowledged that he enjoys being used in save situations.

"I take pride in it," Middleton said. "It's something that I said I wanted to do for a while now, so if I get the job or when I get the job, I have an even bigger chip on my shoulder because I have something to protect. I'm excited about it. It fuels my fire."

Worth noting

• The Angels optioned reliever Eduardo Paredes to Triple-A Salt Lake to clear a roster spot for Jaime Barria, who started against the Giants on Sunday.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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CarGo goes on DL; Rox call up Dahl, Cuevas

Parra begins serving 4-game suspension, Tauchman assigned to Triple-A
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DENVER -- Amid the Rockies' Sunday morning roster moves, David Dahl made his long-anticipated return to the Majors and Noel Cuevas made his first trip to the bigs. Both outfielders came from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The reinforcements became necessary when Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension for his role in an April 11 bench-clearing incident vs. the Padres. The Rockies also placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring soreness and optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman (1-for-23, three walks, 11 strikeouts) to Albuquerque.

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DENVER -- Amid the Rockies' Sunday morning roster moves, David Dahl made his long-anticipated return to the Majors and Noel Cuevas made his first trip to the bigs. Both outfielders came from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The reinforcements became necessary when Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension for his role in an April 11 bench-clearing incident vs. the Padres. The Rockies also placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring soreness and optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman (1-for-23, three walks, 11 strikeouts) to Albuquerque.

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Dahl, a first-round pick (10th overall) by the Rockies in the 2012 Draft, excited the Rockies' faithful in 2016 when he hit .315 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in his 63-game Major League debut, but last year, a stress reaction in his rib wouldn't go away and eventually led to back problems. He didn't appear in the Majors, and was shut down at Albuquerque on July 31.

After two strong games to start this Triple-A season, Dahl came down with a stomach virus and didn't play for 11 days. Overall, he has hit .231 with two doubles and five RBIs in six games in Albuquerque, but feels healthy.

"It's been a while since I've been back, so I'm just excited, ready to get out there and play," said Dahl, who said his strength came back quickly after recovering from the illness.

This spring, a rusty Dahl began 0-for-15 but went 17-for-47 (.362) with five home runs, three doubles and a triple the rest of the way. Manager Bud Black said he wanted Dahl to get into the swing of playing regularly before bringing him back to the Majors.

Video: Dahl, Black on Dahl's promotion to the Major Leagues

"The at-bats have been really good, and I'm trying to carry that up here. And defensively, I feel like I made some good plays in Albuquerque," Dahl said.

Cuevas, 26, was a 21st-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2010 Draft. He came to the Rockies in the Dodgers' trade for relief pitcher Juan Nicasio in December 2014. Cuevas' breakthrough began last year at Albuquerque (.312-.353-.487 slugging) and continued early this year; he was hitting .333 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games.

During Spring Training, Cuevas, a native of Camuy, Puerto Rico, brought attention to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria on his home island.

"It means the world to my family, it means the world to the island of Puerto Rico, and especially my city of Camuy," Cuevas said. "I think everybody is going to be watching today in my city, and I love 'em all. I feel the good vibes."

Video: CIN@COL: Cuevas draws a bases-loaded walk in the 7th

While Dahl is a left-handed hitter, Cuevas gives the roster a needed righty hitter; both callups were in the lineup Sunday as the Cubs started lefty Jose Quintana. Cuevas also gives the Rockies a righty bench bat alongside Pat Valaika on other days.

Gonzalez suffered the injury while making a 5-star catch in Wednesday's 10-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Although he is improving -- he took batting practice before Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Cubs, the need to bring in outfield reinforcements led to his DL placement.

"The thing that put us over the top was with Parra's suspension starting today and CarGo not 100 percent, we maybe would've been down to 23 players," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "I mean, CarGo was available to pinch-hit and give us an at-bat, but we probably would have had to run for him. He isn't able to play defense the next couple days."

Gonzalez's DL placement is retroactive to Thursday.

Hoffman's status changed

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11 facts about Manaea's no-hit masterpiece

A's lefty stymies Boston's strong lineup for first no-no of season
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The Red Sox entered Saturday's game against Sean Manaea and the A's at the Oakland Coliseum as the hottest team in baseball, having won 17 of their first 19 games on the season. But Manaea confounded Boston's lineup and tossed the first no-hitter of the 2018 season and the first by an A's pitcher since Dallas Braden threw a perfect game on May 9, 2010.

What Manaea accomplished was no easy feat, and it was made all the more difficult by the opponent he faced. The Red Sox had scored 123 runs on the young season entering Saturday's contest, the most in the Majors. They also had the most hard-hit batted balls, per Statcast™ (exit velocity of 95 mph or greater), with 241, and an MLB-leading 59 barrels.

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The Red Sox entered Saturday's game against Sean Manaea and the A's at the Oakland Coliseum as the hottest team in baseball, having won 17 of their first 19 games on the season. But Manaea confounded Boston's lineup and tossed the first no-hitter of the 2018 season and the first by an A's pitcher since Dallas Braden threw a perfect game on May 9, 2010.

What Manaea accomplished was no easy feat, and it was made all the more difficult by the opponent he faced. The Red Sox had scored 123 runs on the young season entering Saturday's contest, the most in the Majors. They also had the most hard-hit batted balls, per Statcast™ (exit velocity of 95 mph or greater), with 241, and an MLB-leading 59 barrels.

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:: Sean Manaea's no-hitter coverage ::

Here's a breakdown of Manaea's place in MLB and Oakland A's history:

• Manaea's was the 12th no-hitter in Athletics history, which ranks sixth-most among active teams dating back to 1901.

• It was the 34th no-hitter in April, and it came exactly two years after Jake Arrieta's no-hitter against the Reds, the only one in 2016.

• Manaea's no-hitter was also the earliest in the season to be thrown by an A's pitcher, and it was just the 43rd time in MLB history that a pitcher threw a no-hitter within the first 21 games of the year, and 17th of the divisional era (since 1969). The most recent no-no this early was, again, Arrieta's. The very earliest no-no in MLB history came from Hall of Famer Bob Feller for the Indians on Opening Day in 1940.

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea throws the first no-hitter of 2018

• It was just the seventh no-no in the 51-season history of baseball at the Oakland Coliseum. The only two not thrown by A's hurlers were both achieved by Rangers pitchers: Jim Bibby (July 30, 1973) and Nolan Ryan (June 11, 1990). Ryan's was the sixth of his MLB-record seven no-hitters. He was 43 years old that day.

• Manaea is the third Oakland A's pitcher to strike out 10 or more in a no-hitter. Dave Stewart had 12 strikeouts in his no-hitter against the Blue Jays at Toronto on June 29, 1990, and Catfish Hunter struck out 11 in his perfect game against the Twins at the Oakland Coliseum on May 8, 1968.

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea strikes out 10 in no-hitter

• Of the 227 no-hitters since 1908, Manaea's was just the 54th by a left-hander, and first since Cole Hamels against the Cubs on July 25, 2015.

• The Red Sox are the first American League team to be no-hit since the Orioles were no-hit by the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma on Aug. 12, 2015. Eighteen of the last 21 teams to be no-hit were National League teams dating back to May 2, 2012, when the Angels' Jered Weaver no-hit the Twins at Angel Stadium.

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea on pitching the A's 12th no-hitter

• When Manaea got the final out for his first career complete game on Saturday night -- a Hanley Ramirez ground ball to shortstop that turned out to be the hardest-hit ball of the game by either club, with a 106.1-mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™ -- the Red Sox were no-hit for the first time since the Mariners' Chris Bosio no-hit Boston on April 22, 1993, at the Kingdome.

Video: BOS@OAK: Statcast™ measures final out of Manaea no-no

• The Red Sox streak of 3,987 games without being no-hit was the second-longest active streak in the Majors to the A's; Oakland's run now stands at 4,242, including Saturday.

Video: BOS@OAK: Melvin on Manaea's no-hitter, win over Sox

• At 17-2, the Red Sox's .895 winning percentage was the highest in MLB history by a team that was no-hit at least five games into the season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The previous high was held by the Giants, who were no-hit by the Phillies' Kevin Millwood on April 27, 2003, at 18-5 (.783).

• According to Elias, the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against a club that led the Majors in runs per game entering the day was also with the A's: Stewart, who stymied the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 29, 1990. Toronto entered that day averaging 4.3 runs per game.

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