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BREAKING: M's Gordon to DL with fractured toe

Vogelbach recalled from Triple-A to fill roster spot for Mariners
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The Mariners placed Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to Monday) with a fractured right big toe. In a corresponding move, Seattle recalled first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma.

Gordon, 30, initially injured the toe when he fouled a ball off it during an at-bat on May 9 at Toronto, and he further injured it in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Tigers. The speedster is hitting .304/.330/.386 with an AL-leading 16 steals out of the leadoff spot for Seattle, and had recently moved from center field to second base with Robinson Cano serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Mariners placed Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to Monday) with a fractured right big toe. In a corresponding move, Seattle recalled first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma.

Gordon, 30, initially injured the toe when he fouled a ball off it during an at-bat on May 9 at Toronto, and he further injured it in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Tigers. The speedster is hitting .304/.330/.386 with an AL-leading 16 steals out of the leadoff spot for Seattle, and had recently moved from center field to second base with Robinson Cano serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

Video: OAK@SEA: Vogelbach uncorks a long solo homer to right

Vogelbach, 25, made the Mariners' Opening Day roster and slashed .204/.317/.352 with two home runs in 19 games before being optioned to Triple-A. In 24 games for Tacoma this season, he hit .301/.449/.711 with nine homers. He'll join Seattle for its series opener in Oakland on Tuesday night.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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11 players who could move at Trade Deadline

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As the calendar approaches Memorial Day, the trade season is drawing near. We're into the second quarter of the season, and although the bulk of the summer deals won't take place for two more months, there's always the possibility of a contender jumping the market in an attempt to separate itself from the pack.

So which players should we expect to see in new uniforms between now and July 31? Here's an early look at some names to watch:

As the calendar approaches Memorial Day, the trade season is drawing near. We're into the second quarter of the season, and although the bulk of the summer deals won't take place for two more months, there's always the possibility of a contender jumping the market in an attempt to separate itself from the pack.

So which players should we expect to see in new uniforms between now and July 31? Here's an early look at some names to watch:

Manny Machado, SS, Orioles
The Orioles' superstar was the subject of myriad trade rumors this offseason, and given Baltimore's deep hole in the American League East, Machado's name has already been the most popular on the rumor mill this season. A three-time All-Star who won't turn 26 until July, Machado will be one of the top free agents available next offseason. The O's are a long shot to retain him beyond 2018, so rather than settling for Draft-pick compensation, Baltimore will likely shop him to the highest bidder for the stretch run with the hope of landing two or three blue-chip prospects in return.
Potential fits: Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals, D-backs

Video: TOR@NYM: Donaldson drives in a run with a single

Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
The Blue Jays' path to October won't be easy, especially after their recent 1-7 slide. The Yankees and Red Sox are pulling away in the division, meaning Toronto's best-case scenario would be to join a crowd of a half-dozen teams vying for the second AL Wild Card spot. If the season takes a turn for the worse, the Blue Jays could move Donaldson -- a pending free agent unlikely to sign back with Toronto -- to a contender and promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is knocking at the door to take over at third base. Left-hander J.A. Happ could also be on the block if the Jays become a seller.
Potential fits: Braves, Cardinals, Indians

Video: MIN@LAA: Dozier opens the scoring with a solo homer

Brian Dozier, 2B, Twins
Dozier looked to be on the trade block before the 2017 season, but the Twins held on to the former All-Star as they made a surprising run to an AL Wild Card berth last year. Minnesota is hoping for a return trip to October, but given the team's subpar start, the progress being made by Nick Gordon (No. 4 on the team's Top 30 prospect list according to MLB Pipeline) in the Minors and Dozier's expiring contract, the Twins could move the soon-to-be 31-year-old by midsummer if October appears to be a long shot.
Potential fits: Brewers, Indians, Rockies

Video: NYY@KC: Herrera strikes out Gardner to collect save

Kelvin Herrera, RHP, Royals
The Royals watched Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain leave town this offseason, and while they have a number of players on one-year deals, Herrera will be headed to free agency for the first time after the season. We know how valuable relievers tend to be as the Trade Deadline approaches, so Herrera -- a two-time All-Star off to a fantastic start in 2018 -- could be one of the bigger bullpen arms available. Given Kansas City's last-place standing in the AL Central, the club figures to be one of the first teams to start selling.
Potential fits: Astros, Angels, Nationals

Zach Britton, LHP, Orioles
Speaking of relievers, Britton has the potential to be one of the more interesting players to watch as July 31 approaches. The Dodgers and Astros flirted with the Orioles last summer but ultimately passed on Britton, who hasn't pitched in a game this season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon. The two-time All-Star is due back in early June, making him a prime trade candidate if the free-agent-to-be shows he can return to his previous form. Fellow Baltimore bullpenner Brad Brach -- another player with an expiring contract -- could also be on the move.
Potential fits: Astros, Dodgers, Angels

Video: TB@LAA: Colome records the save in the 5-3 win

Alex Colome, RHP, Rays
We finish our reliever run with Colome, the Rays' closer, who was the subject of myriad rumors during the offseason. The right-hander got off to a miserable start to 2018, but he's bounced back over the past month, converting all six of his save opportunities while posting 1.32 ERA and a 16-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 appearances. Tampa Bay is hanging in the AL Wild Card race, but if that changes, Colome could become the latest player shipped out by the Rays.
Potential fits: Angels, Dodgers, Nationals

Video: NYY@KC: Moustakas breaks bat, collects RBI

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
If the Royals become early sellers as suggested above, Moustakas could find himself playing for a contender down the stretch. The third baseman struggled to find a job this offseason before settling on a one-year, $5.5 million pact with Kansas City, and although there's a $15 million mutual option, it comes with an affordable $1 million buyout. Moustakas -- who already has 10 home runs and a solid .861 OPS -- might welcome a trade, giving him a chance to put his talent on display for a new team in what would be meaningful games. Either way, he won't be eligible to get a qualifying offer after the season, making it easier for him to sign next offseason.
Potential fits: Braves, Cardinals, Mets

Video: TEX@HOU: Hamels tosses 6 shutout innings vs. Astros

Cole Hamels, LHP, Rangers
Last summer, Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray were all moved to contenders, helping the Astros, Dodgers and Yankees go deep into the postseason. This year's crop of available starters doesn't figure to include any big-name front-line starters, leaving the 34-year-old Hamels as potentially the top arm on the market. Hamels might not be the same pitcher he was a couple years ago, but the Texas southpaw would still serve as a quality No. 2 or 3 starter for most contenders and has the postseason experience -- including National League Championship Series and World Series MVP Awards -- that teams covet every October.
Potential fits: Yankees, Angels, Brewers

Video: OAK@TOR: Davis homers on 4-hit night vs. Blue Jays

Khris Davis, LF, A's
The Athletics are in the mix in the loaded AL West, but they face an uphill battle when it comes to a postseason berth. We've seen the club deal big-name players for packages of prospects as they approach the final years before free agency, and given that Davis has only one more arbitration-eligible season before becoming a free agent at the end of 2019, Oakland could turn his powerful bat into a haul of young players.
Potential fits: Nationals, Mariners, D-backs

Video: TB@LAA: Archer strikes out five over 6 2/3 scoreless

Chris Archer, RHP, Rays and Michael Fulmer, RHP, Tigers
We'll group these two together as they are similar in a lot of ways, as young right-handers who are both under team control for a few years. The thin starting-pitching market makes both look attractive despite their respective performances declining the past three seasons. Archer has a 5.01 ERA in 10 starts, which would be a career high, while Fulmer's 4.35 ERA would also be the worst of his three big league seasons. On a positive note, Archer is under control through 2021 and owed just $27.5 million from 2019-21. Fulmer also comes with multiple years of control; '19 will be the first of his four arbitration-eligible seasons. It will likely take a sizeable package to pry either of these controllable arms away from their teams, so unless Archer and/or Fulmer begin pitching to their capabilities, it's tough to see any team paying that freight.
Potential fits: Brewers, Yankees, Angels, D-backs, Mariners

Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com.

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Rays calling up shortstop prospect Adames

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The Rays have called up their No. 2 prospect, Willy Adames. The shortstop is the No. 16-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Adames is in tonight's lineup for the Rays, batting fifth and playing shortstop against the Red Sox.

The Rays have called up their No. 2 prospect, Willy Adames. The shortstop is the No. 16-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Adames is in tonight's lineup for the Rays, batting fifth and playing shortstop against the Red Sox.

Joey Wendle was placed on the paternity list to create a roster spot for Adames.

Adames, 22, was acquired in the trade that sent left-hander David Price to the Tigers in 2014. In 40 games at Triple-A Durham this season, he hit .311/.387/.466 with four home runs. In 2017, he slashed .277/.360/.415 with 10 homers and 11 steals in 130 games for Durham.

Rays starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring sustained in a game against the Angels last Thursday.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Tampa Bay Rays, Willy Adames

This is how the Braves managed to shock MLB

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ATLANTA -- Twenty-seven years ago in this city -- but in the clubhouse of a different ballpark -- a young man named Tom Glavine was explaining that the Atlanta Braves were for real. Nobody really believed it. The Braves had lost 97 games the year before. It had only been a couple of years since the local newspaper held a contest asking people to come up with a good ticket-selling slogan for the team. The best entry had been: "Atlanta Braves baseball: Better than getting hit in the head with a hammer unless it's a doubleheader."

Somehow, the 1991 Braves were in first place.

ATLANTA -- Twenty-seven years ago in this city -- but in the clubhouse of a different ballpark -- a young man named Tom Glavine was explaining that the Atlanta Braves were for real. Nobody really believed it. The Braves had lost 97 games the year before. It had only been a couple of years since the local newspaper held a contest asking people to come up with a good ticket-selling slogan for the team. The best entry had been: "Atlanta Braves baseball: Better than getting hit in the head with a hammer unless it's a doubleheader."

Somehow, the 1991 Braves were in first place.

"This is a good team," Glavine insisted that day. "It doesn't matter if anybody out there believes in us. We believe in ourselves. They will find out soon enough."

Everyone did find out -- the Braves went to the World Series that year and again the next year. They reached the postseason every full season for 15 years.

I can't help but feel similar vibes about the Braves now. Atlanta lost 90 games last year, 93 the year before that and 95 the year before that. The club had a nightmarish offseason that included the forced resignation of general manager John Coppolella after MLB found that he and the team had committed significant rules violations in the international market (shortly after, Coppolella was permanently banned from the game). Yes, everyone knew the Braves had some exciting young talent -- Ronald Acuna Jr. was the talk of Spring Training -- but all that was future talk. This season figured to be another nonevent in Atlanta.

Instead, the Braves are in first place in the National League East (even after their loss to the equally surprising Phillies on Monday night). They lead the NL in runs. They have a better record than the Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- the three teams that were supposed to dominate the league. And perhaps more than anything, they are thrilling, with a dynamic lineup that features a top four that rivals anything you can find in the game.

Sure, most people feel sure that the Braves will fade.

But everyone might find out soon enough.


"This is not a fluke," Brandon McCarthy said. He was saying this last Wednesday in the moments after the Braves beat the Cubs, 4-1, largely because two kids did what the irrepressible things they always seem to do. Ozzie Albies had led off the scoring by turning a single into a double through sheer speed and defiance. He scored the winning run after blasting a triple into the gap and coming home on Acuna's 108-mph rocket single that was past third baseman Kris Bryant before he could flinch -- whew, nobody hits the ball harder than Acuna.

"We see it every day," McCarthy said. "Those guys do things like that every day."

Video: CHC@ATL: Albies, Acuna Jr. combine to put Braves up

There is something about surprising teams that reminds a bit of the triumphant scene in "Field of Dreams," where Mark -- the brother-in-law who kept trying to foreclose on Ray's farm -- finally sees the ghost ballplayers. "Where'd all these people come from?" he asked.

That's how it is with Atlanta's lineup. For years, the Braves were a non-factor, a team few paid any attention to. Suddenly, they're loaded. Yes, the excitement builds around 21-year-old Albies and 20-year-old Acuna, but Freddie Freeman is one of the best players in baseball. Nick Markakis is hitting .341 and leads the Majors in hits. Dansby Swanson was the first pick in the 2015 Draft, and he seems to be coming into his own as a plus defender and solid hitter. Ender Inciarte is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner in the outfield, and after a sluggish start, he has started hitting (he also leads MLB in stolen bases). One catcher, Tyler Flowers, might be the league's best at framing pitches. Another, veteran Kurt Suzuki, just keeps on hitting.

Where'd all these players come from?

"You know it when you're around it," said 39-year-old relief pitcher Peter Moylan, who first came up to Atlanta in 2006. "These guys, especially the young guys, they know they're good. You can feel it when a team starts to believe in itself."

The belief begins with that lineup's top four -- Albies, Acuna, Freeman and Markakis. That gets the heart pumping.

Albies came up last season as one of the best prospects in baseball. He immediately held his own as a hitter, but who saw this year coming? Albies has been mashing the ball in ways that seem impossible for a 5-foor-8, 165-pound middle infielder. He was leading the NL in homers for much of the season; now his 13 homers puts him one behind Washington's Bryce Harper. Albies still leads the Senior Circuit in runs. He mixes speed and power with pure baseball joy in a way that reminds of another small middle infielder, one who happened to win the American League MVP Award last year.

"He's better than me when I was 21 years old," Jose Altuve told ESPN's Buster Only. "He's better at 21 than I am at 28."

Video: ATL@CHC: Albies opens scoring with 13th homer of year

Acuna is unlimited. There's no other way to say it. He's the No. 1 prospect in baseball and perhaps the most exciting prospect in the game since the young Mike Trout or Harper. Acuna is breathtakingly fast, he absolutely pounds the ball, he can play any outfield position and -- like Albies -- he exudes happiness in his play.

"I love to play," Acuna said. "It doesn't matter to me where they put me in the lineup, I'm just happy. But I like hitting after Albies and before Freeman."

Video: MIA@ATL: Freeman launches a 2-run homer to right

Freeman is one of the game's purest hitters. His teammates marvel at him, because he's not one of those players who sits in the video room studying his swing or breaking down pitchers. Freeman isn't someone who endlessly hits in the batting cage.

Freeman is hitting .324/.428/.561, and he thrives on the moment. With runners in scoring position so far, he's hitting .419.

Markakis has been the surprise. Everybody talks about how professional he is -- he shows up every day, plays every day, doesn't let bad at-bats or bad hitting luck affect him. Players like that can make a huge difference when teams are trying to shock the world.


The Braves might not end up leading the league in runs, but they should score plenty. Can the pitching hold up? So far it's been pretty good; the bullpen has been particularly effective, particularly middle relievers Shane Carle and Dan Winkler.

The long-term answers, though, probably will be provided by Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz. Newcomb was a first-round pick back in 2014, and he came over from the Angles in the Andrelton Simmons trade in November 2015. When Simmons began to add hitting to his otherworldly defense, this looked like a lost deal for Atlanta, especially as Newcomb struggled to find his rhythm.

Video: MIA@ATL: Newcomb holds Marlins to 1 run over 6 frames

Well, Newcomb has found it now. After an inconsistent April, he has been all but unhittable in May. Newcomb allowed two hits or fewer in his first three starts of the month and has given up one run all month. He doesn't dazzle you; he's mostly a fastball-changeup pitcher. But when Newcomb's command is sharp as it has been this month, he gets a lot of weak contact and a lot of ground balls. Hitters have only hit four Statcast™ barrels off him all year -- barrels being the ideal combination of exit velocity and launch angle. If Newcomb can maintain that kind of command all year, look out.

With Foltynewicz, it's different. His pure stuff has had scouts drooling for years. Foltynewicz mixes a high-90s fastball with a deadly slider and an occasionally devastating changeup. He doesn't quite need Newcomb's razor-sharp command to succeed, but for whatever reason, it had not come together the past three years.

Video: ATL@PHI: Foltynewicz K's 5, allows 1 run in 6 innings

This year, Foltynewicz has made some adjustments -- he's throwing his four-seam fastball and slider more and trying to overpower hitters. It has been working so far. His strikeout percentage is way up. A big part of the reason is that Foltynewicz is finding the corners of the plate more. When he's throwing that fastball or slider on the corners, hitters are more or less helpless.

Their success will go a long way in determining just how long the Braves compete. Many think the pitching will fall apart and this team will fade into the middle of the division while the kids learn how to win. That might be faulty reasoning though. The kids look ready to win right now. And Glavine's warning from so long ago still rings.

"I wouldn't say that everyone should just stop what they're doing and pay attention to the Atlanta Braves," McCarthy said. "But I think everyone in here realizes that we're pretty good."

Joe Posnanski is a columnist for MLB.com.

Atlanta Braves, Ozzie Albies, Mike Foltynewicz, Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr., Nick Markakis, Sean Newcomb

Trade talk dominates Machado's Chicago arrival

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CHICAGO -- Manny Machado had just arrived at his corner clubhouse stall Monday afternoon when a collection of 20 reporters and cameras began to close in.

As has become a regular occurrence when the Orioles shortstop arrives in a city where he has been rumored to land if he is traded, his presence created a palpable buzz 3 1/2 hours before the Orioles were set to begin their four-game series against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday.

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CHICAGO -- Manny Machado had just arrived at his corner clubhouse stall Monday afternoon when a collection of 20 reporters and cameras began to close in.

As has become a regular occurrence when the Orioles shortstop arrives in a city where he has been rumored to land if he is traded, his presence created a palpable buzz 3 1/2 hours before the Orioles were set to begin their four-game series against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday.

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Machado admitted that the thought of being greeted by Monday's media crowd had crossed his mind before he even arrived. But in the midst of more questioning, Machado continues to maintain that he wants to keep any distractions to a minimum.

"Play baseball -- that's what I'm here to do," Machado told reporters after the size of the scrum forced him into the hall outside the Orioles' clubhouse. "Go play baseball, win some games … at the end of the day, that's all that counts."

Machado entered Monday's game hitting .343 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs -- a performance level he has maintained despite being constantly hounded about being at the center of trade talks.

Machado avoids getting too detailed in the constant questioning by repeating that his future is out of his hands and that his responsibility on a daily basis continues to be to do his job for the Orioles.

"Manny doesn't mind the spotlight -- he doesn't mind being expected to be that guy," manager Buck Showalter said. "When you have his type of ability, you don't mind because he knows when they get through playing [the national anthem], he's going to have three hours to kind of control some things."

As for Machado's future, Showalter added: "I hope we win the next 20 games and he's here all year."

The latest stop here in Chicago meant addressing talk of the interest the Cubs may have in his services. Machado's cousin, Albert Almora Jr., has become a mainstay in center field on the city's North Side, which celebrated a World Series title in 2016.

Machado said he hasn't spoken with Almora about life with the Cubs and chooses to avoid such talk in order to keep his focus on his daily responsibilities with the Orioles. Asked about his impressions of Chicago as a city, Machado said his daily routine takes him from the hotel to the ballpark, which gives him little chance to see the sights.

"I try to keep it simple," Machado said. "I've got one mindset, which is to play baseball -- go out and leave it all on the field, and after that, I can't control any of [the outside noise]. I try to be the best player I can possibly be once I step on that field."

Jones returns

Center fielder Adam Jones returned to the lineup on Monday after he left Sunday's game with an illness. Jones left after his fourth at-bat, having singled in his first three plate appearances.

Showalter said Sunday that Jones wanted to remain in the game.

"Not many guys would have played seven innings," Showalter said. "He had a certain greenness to him -- when he came off the field after the first inning, I watched him and I knew something wasn't quite right."

Britton to throw simulated game

Orioles reliever Zach Britton is slated to throw a one-inning simulated game on Tuesday and a two-inning simulated game on Saturday, Showalter said. If those go well, Britton -- who has missed the start of the season with a ruptured Achilles -- will report to Triple-A Norfolk to begin a Minor League rehab assignment.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Bombers unload 5 HRs as part of historic surge

Bombers tally at least 4 dingers for 3rd straight game
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ARLINGTON -- The most potent lineup in the big leagues continued to slug at a historic pace on Monday. Led by the first multihomer game of Gleyber Torres' young career, the Yankees cracked another five homers in a 10-5 slugfest victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Torres went deep in the second and sixth innings, Neil Walker hit his first homer of the season and Aaron Judge launched his 12th long ball as the Yankees tallied at least four homers for the third consecutive game, marking the first time in franchise history that the feat has been accomplished. Aaron Hicks added a two-run shot in the ninth.

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ARLINGTON -- The most potent lineup in the big leagues continued to slug at a historic pace on Monday. Led by the first multihomer game of Gleyber Torres' young career, the Yankees cracked another five homers in a 10-5 slugfest victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Torres went deep in the second and sixth innings, Neil Walker hit his first homer of the season and Aaron Judge launched his 12th long ball as the Yankees tallied at least four homers for the third consecutive game, marking the first time in franchise history that the feat has been accomplished. Aaron Hicks added a two-run shot in the ninth.

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Video: Must C Crushed: Torres pops 2 HRs off Bartolo

"It's awesome. It's fun," Hicks said. "Every time you go out there, you feel like you have an opportunity to win a ballgame. You know you're never out of a game, no matter how many runs they're up. It doesn't matter. I feel like we can attack from the top to the bottom, and everybody contributes."

Video: NYY@TEX: Hicks cranks 2-run homer to right-center

New York (31-13) won for the 22nd time in 26 games, continuing to own the best record in the Majors and moving a half-game ahead of idle Boston for first place in the American League East.

"The guys are swinging the bats very well," manager Aaron Boone said. "They're very tough on the opposing pitcher, and that's what these guys do best. They make that other pitcher work, and when we get a mistake, they're slugging it."

Video: NYY@TEX: Boone talks Torres' huge night at the dish

The first four of the Bombers' blasts came off right-hander Bartolo Colon, who allowed a season-high six runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, just three days ahead of his 45th birthday.

At 21 years and 159 days, Torres became the second-youngest Yankee to enjoy a multihomer performance, standing alongside Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days).

Video: TEX@NYY: How old were Yankees when Colon debuted?

"The lineup is awesome," Torres said. "Everybody does their job, everybody helps the team. I just try to help my team, too, try to put in something, hit or defense. I try to help and try to win."

The runs supported Masahiro Tanaka, who completed five innings and was credited with the victory in a rather odd outing that saw him permit three hits while walking four and allowing four runs. Joey Gallo hit a solo homer, his 14th, in the second inning. Rougned Odor blasted a three-run shot, his first, to tie the game in the fourth.

"I did not have my split tonight," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Very inconsistent. There's a lot of frustration there, mostly because of how good we're playing, but [I have] not been able to pitch effectively."

Video: NYY@TEX: Tanaka strikes out Chirinos swinging

With Walker and Torres having each driven in two runs through the first four innings, Judge restored New York's lead in the fifth with a long drive to the center-field berm. Torres reached the same area in the sixth inning, and the Yankees poured it on against reliever Matt Bush. Giancarlo Stanton added a sacrifice fly and Didi Gregorius showed signs of busting out of his 1-for-48 funk with a run-scoring double.

Video: NYY@TEX: Gregorius lines an RBI double to left-center

The clubs combined for eight homers in the contest, including Ronald Guzman's seventh-inning homer off Chad Green.

Video: NYY@TEX: Walker launches 1st home run as a Yankee

"That lineup is a tough lineup," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "You look up and down their lineup, they are averaging 5 1/2 runs a game. That's a challenging lineup for most clubs. Bartolo threw some really good pitches but gave up some home runs, two to a young guy who is hot and swinging the bat well."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Judge had been in an 0-for-17 skid when he stepped to the plate in the fifth against Colon, teeing off on an 85.5-mph two-seamer that caught too much of the plate. The resulting drive landed on the grassy berm beyond the center-field wall, calculated to travel 436 feet by Statcast™ and providing the Yankees a lead that they would not relinquish.

Video: NYY@TEX: Judge gives Yanks lead with 436 ft. homer

SOUND SMART
The Yankees have recorded eight extra-base hits or more in three consecutive games, marking the first time in franchise history that they have accomplished the feat. It is the fourth such occurrence in modern Major League history, with the Yankees joining the Red Sox (June 27-29, 2003), Indians (April 9-11, 1999) and Senators (June 14-16, 1935).

"That shows you how difficult that is and how rare that is," Boone said. "When I heard about it, it was a little bit surprising."

Video: Yankees' power bats make franchise history

UP NEXT
Right-hander Domingo German (0-1, 4.26 ERA) will take the ball for his third big league start on Tuesday as the Yankees continue their three-game series with the Rangers at Globe Life Park. German did not record a decision in his last start, allowing a career-high six earned runs in New York's 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Athletics on May 12. Veteran left-hander Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48 ERA), who has been rumored as a possible Yankees trade target, will be making his 10th start of the year for Texas.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Twins promote prospect Nick Gordon to Triple-A

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The Twins promoted their No. 4 prospect, Nick Gordon, to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 22-year-old middle infielder, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the Mariners' Dee Gordon, hit .333/.381/.525 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and seven steals in 42 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

Gordon, ranked as the No. 76 prospect overall according to MLB Pipeline, has moved steadily through Minnesota's organization since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 Draft. In a full season at Double-A in 2017, he slashed .270/.341/.408 with nine homers and 13 steals in 122 games.

The Twins promoted their No. 4 prospect, Nick Gordon, to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 22-year-old middle infielder, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the Mariners' Dee Gordon, hit .333/.381/.525 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and seven steals in 42 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

Gordon, ranked as the No. 76 prospect overall according to MLB Pipeline, has moved steadily through Minnesota's organization since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 Draft. In a full season at Double-A in 2017, he slashed .270/.341/.408 with nine homers and 13 steals in 122 games.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Rox win duel in LA to take over first in NL West

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LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies had nary a baserunner for four innings Monday night. Their bucket of fruit candies went asunder as third baseman Nolan Arenado vented in the dugout after a strikeout. Yet, for the first time this season, Colorado is in first place in the National League West.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez's soft infield single past the pitcher's mound with two out in the eighth drove in the difference-making run in a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers, as the Rockies took a half-game lead over the D-backs.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies had nary a baserunner for four innings Monday night. Their bucket of fruit candies went asunder as third baseman Nolan Arenado vented in the dugout after a strikeout. Yet, for the first time this season, Colorado is in first place in the National League West.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez's soft infield single past the pitcher's mound with two out in the eighth drove in the difference-making run in a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers, as the Rockies took a half-game lead over the D-backs.

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"What do you think? We're not hitting good, but that's all over baseball -- teams are not hitting," said Gerardo Parra, whose leadoff homer in the fifth was the first of the Rockies' three hits on the night. "It's good when you are in first place, hitting like we're hitting."

Video: COL@LAD: Parra drills a solo homer to left-center

It was the 11th time in the 26-year-old club's history it has won with so few hits, and it has never won with fewer. Gonzalez's hit -- after Tony Wolters walked, stole second and took third on catcher Yasmani Grandal's throwing error -- off Scott Alexander was an example of what can happen when a hitter makes contact.

The Rockies are 3-2 on this road trip, and Gonzalez -- who took second on Chase Utley's throwing error in a desperate attempt to prevent the single -- won two of them with hits. His 12th-inning, two-run single on Thursday night at San Francisco produced a 5-3 victory.

"He hit it in the right spot against a tough lefty with a big sinker," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "We know Alexander from facing him last year in Kansas City."

But the Rockies won as they have so often during a 26-22 start -- with pitching.

Video: COL@LAD: Marquez allows 1 run in season-high 7 frames

Righty German Marquez (3-5) gave up just two hits in seven innings -- matching his fellow 23-year-old starter on Monday, the Dodgers' Walker Buehler. Adam Ottavino erased a one-out walk in the eighth by forcing Justin Turner into a double-play grounder, and Wade Davis earned his 17th save in 19 opportunities, but not without drama.

Matt Kemp hit a two-out infield bouncer and reached as shortstop Trevor Story's throw bounced past first baseman Ian Desmond. However, catcher Wolters hustled to back up the throw, realized Kemp had taken a step toward second -- which meant he could be tagged out -- and flipped to Desmond to back pick Kemp and end the game.

Since Kemp's step toward second was clear, neither he nor manager Dave Roberts protested the call -- which was not reviewable. Davis said he'd never seen the catcher backing up first pay off so well, but that Wolters did it was no surprise.

"Tony is the most exciting catcher I've ever watched play baseball," Davis said.

Wolters' hustle provides thrilling end to Rox's win

Video: Must C Conclusion: Rockies tag out Kemp to end game

Marquez struck out five against two walks, and the only run came when Max Muncy swatted Marquez's first pitch of the fourth over the right-field wall for his fifth homer of the season. But Marquez escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the fifth by striking out Buehler and forcing a fly ball from Joc Pederson. By night's end, Marquez had lowered his road ERA to 2.06 in six starts.

"The key for me was my tempo and my aggressiveness today, and I was able to stay in the moment," Marquez said in Spanish, with first-base coach Tony Diaz translating.

The victory came despite another frustrating night for the Rockies' offense.

The starting lineup included sub-.200 batters in positions 6-8 -- Desmond, Wolters and Pat Valaika -- all of whom went hitless. Arenado went nuts in the dugout after swinging through a 97 mph, 0-2 fastball from Buehler. He first slammed his bat until it splintered, then made sure there was no candy for anyone, spiking the bucket on the ground.

Video: COL@LAD: Arenado shows frustration after striking out

Wolters drew the one-out walk from Pedro Baez (1-3) and ended up at third when Valaika swung through a pitch on a hit-and-run. Then the rally nearly fell apart. Baez nearly picked Wolters off third. Then Valaika struck out when he was fooled on a 2-2 Baez slider, but Gonzalez saved the night..

HE SAID IT
"I could've just stayed in my squat and saved my legs." -- Wolters, on hustling to back up first even though it's rarely needed

UP NEXT
Righty Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.27 ERA), who has the fourth-lowest road ERA in the National League at 1.83, will meet the Dodgers at 8:10 p.m. MT Wednesday in the second game of the series. The Dodgers have yet to name a starting pitcher, but righty Brock Stewart (0-0, 3.18) is a likely candidate.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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Bryce, Soto, Reynolds (2) hit HRs in rout of SD

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WASHINGTON -- On the first day with their teenage rookie sensation, Juan Soto, in the lineup, the Nationals were energized by their newest spark. Washington connected on four home runs and a season-high nine extra-base hits, as it hammered Padres pitching to a 10-2 victory on Monday night at Nationals Park.

Mark Reynolds swatted a pair of home runs, Bryce Harper connected with his National League-leading 14th homer and Soto hit his first career home run on the first pitch he saw. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez made it all hold up with seven innings of two-run, two-hit ball.

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WASHINGTON -- On the first day with their teenage rookie sensation, Juan Soto, in the lineup, the Nationals were energized by their newest spark. Washington connected on four home runs and a season-high nine extra-base hits, as it hammered Padres pitching to a 10-2 victory on Monday night at Nationals Park.

Mark Reynolds swatted a pair of home runs, Bryce Harper connected with his National League-leading 14th homer and Soto hit his first career home run on the first pitch he saw. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez made it all hold up with seven innings of two-run, two-hit ball.

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But it began with Soto, who got the Nats on the board by launching an opposite-field three-run homer in the second inning against Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin. It prompted a standing ovation and curtain call from the crowd of 27,890 fans and set the tone for the Nats' bats.

"When he hit that ball, everyone was jacked up," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "Shortly after that, we hit the ball pretty good."

• Soto homers on 1st pitch in 1st start

Video: Must C Classic: Juan Soto's first career hit is a HR

Soto, the club's No. 2 prospect and No. 15 in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, became the first 19-year-old to homer in the Majors since Harper did so back in September 2012. He finished the night 2-for-4 with three RBIs as his parents watched from the stands.

"The guys, they tell me, 'Hey, go out! They're calling you,'" Soto said of his curtain call. "I think it was [Michael A.] Taylor who said, 'Hey, go ahead, go ahead.'"

Not to be outdone, Harper added his own opposite-field homer in the fifth against Padres reliever Bryan Mitchell. Harper also collected a run-scoring double in his first at-bat for his first game with two extra-base hits since a two-homer game on May 4.

"I thought as a team, we really swung the bat well," Harper said. "Really jumped on them early and did the things we could to put some runs up there on the board. Of course, it started with that three-run homer by Soto. Got it going and we never stopped."

• Soto does Harper hair flip after HR

Video: Then and Now: Harper, Soto get 1st HRs as teenagers

The offense did not relent, as Reynolds provided his own share of damage, with solo home runs in the third and seventh innings for his second multi-homer game of the season and the 27th of his career, after signing with the Nationals in mid-April.

Video: SD@WSH: Reynolds crushes a pair of solo home runs

Gonzalez was brilliant again, as he gave up two earned runs or fewer for the ninth time in 10 starts this season. That's the second most in baseball, trailing only teammate Max Scherzer.

Video: SD@WSH: Gonzalez rings up Pirela in the 2nd

But the night belonged to Soto, who only added to the hype surrounding a player who was in Class A less than a month ago.

"It's exciting. It's uplifting," Martinez said. "Here's a young man getting a chance to play in the big leagues at an early age. It pumps everyone up. To watch him do what he did today -- not only the home run, but the base hit up the middle, the two-strike hard ground ball, the line drive with two strikes, all those things … that's pretty impressive."

• Nats' academy kids react to Soto's first homer

Video: SD@WSH: Martinez on Soto's debut, win over Padres

SOUND SMART
Since 1965, only six players have homered in a Major League game at a younger age than Soto:
2012: Jurickson Profar, Rangers
1998: Adrian Beltre, Dodgers
1996: Andruw Jones, Braves
1989: Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners
1974: Robin Yount, Brewers
1970: Cesar Cedeno, Astros

Video: SD@WSH: Soto gets doused after big first career game

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Tim Collins had not pitched in a Major League game since 2014, and after two Tommy John surgeries and countless hours of rehab, he returned to a big league mound in the eighth inning on Monday night. Collins, who was called up earlier in the day in place of the injured Ryan Madson, pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, completing an emotional day for him.

"Great, great story," Martinez said. "Here's a guy that had two Tommy John surgeries, three years of building up, gets a chance to come back in the big leagues. He went out there and I was really pumped up for him. Emotions were high right there when he came out. It really was. I'm waiting for him right now. I'm going to go tell him, 'Hey, I'm really proud of you man.' Just a testament to what kind of guy he is."

• Collins called up, records first K since 2014

Video: SD@WSH: Collins records first K since 2014

UP NEXT
The last time Jeremy Hellickson pitched against the Padres, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished with his best start of the season at 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory on May 8. He will face San Diego again on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. ET. Eric Lauer will start for the Padres.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Twins break tie in eighth to back stellar Berrios

Righty allows two runs in eight innings to take series opener vs. Tigers
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios left the Detroit Tigers searching for answers Monday night. At least, every Detroit batter besides Nicholas Castellanos.

Berrios struck out nine and held the Tigers to two runs over eight innings as he helped the Twins to a 4-2 win in his second consecutive strong outing. He limited Detroit hitters not named Castellanos to one hit, but the 26-year-old Tigers right fielder punished Berrios on two first-pitch fastballs -- one in the first inning that resulted in a solo homer, and another in the third that Castellanos tagged for an RBI single.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios left the Detroit Tigers searching for answers Monday night. At least, every Detroit batter besides Nicholas Castellanos.

Berrios struck out nine and held the Tigers to two runs over eight innings as he helped the Twins to a 4-2 win in his second consecutive strong outing. He limited Detroit hitters not named Castellanos to one hit, but the 26-year-old Tigers right fielder punished Berrios on two first-pitch fastballs -- one in the first inning that resulted in a solo homer, and another in the third that Castellanos tagged for an RBI single.

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Video: DET@MIN: Berrios strikes out Martinez in the 6th

But Berrios rarely encountered trouble for the rest of the night. He allowed just two walks, and produced 17 swinging strikes, including seven with his curveball. The 23-year-old righty is the only Minnesota pitcher to go at least seven innings this year, and Monday marked the fifth time this season he has done so.

"There were some things that were a large pick-me-up for our team in the fact he was able to extend through eight innings," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "The only blemishes really were that he got ambushed twice by an ambusher on two first-pitch fastballs. Other than that he was pretty much in command. He had a couple small hiccups with control, but it was a good effort."

On Berrios' final pitch of the night, Leonys Martin hit a shallow fly ball into center that Ehire Adrianza ran back on and made a flashy over-the-shoulder catch to end the eighth.

Video: DET@MIN: Adrianza sprints for a great running catch

"Amazing. That's always going to win a lot of games in this division," Berrios said. "Everybody's playing together. We're a team. We're sticking together, and I'm glad my guys support me."

The Twins rewarded Berrios' efforts in the bottom of the eighth when Eduardo Escobar drew a one-out walk and Eddie Rosario followed with a double to center. After the Tigers intentionally walked Mitch Garver to load the bases, Logan Morrison drew a four-pitch walk against Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf to score the go-ahead run.

Fernando Rodney came on to record his 10th save. The final batter of the game, John Hicks, crushed a fly ball deep to left, but Rosario made a spectacular leaping catch while crashing into the left-field wall to lock down the win.

Video: DET@MIN: Rosario covers 77 feet for game-ending catch

"That's our Puerto Rican style right there for you," Berrios said of Rosario. "We played in the WBC together the last two times, and that's the way he plays. He's an aggressive player, but he still supports me, so that's good."

The Twins struggled to get going offensively the first two times through the order against Detroit left-hander Blaine Hardy. But Robbie Grossman sparked the Minnesota offense with a leadoff single to left in the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, Brian Dozier blooped a hustle-double into left field, and Max Kepler followed by banging a two-run double off the top of the right-field wall to tie the score at 2.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Rosario's daring dash: Minnesota padded its lead in the bottom of the eighth when Grossman lifted a towering fly ball to shallow center that Martin camped under for an easy out. Rosario tagged up at third and decided to test Martin's arm, and scored easily when his throw sailed to the backstop.

Video: DET@MIN: Grossman plates Rosario on a sacrifice fly

"I've done it before on this play," Rosario said. "Every time, the short fly, people are thinking the guy at third base is not running. So I put on a little fake, like I was walking a little bit, and after that, I ran hard."

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the bottom of the fifth, Escobar roped a line drive to left field with Kepler on second. Kepler was waved home by Twins third-base coach Gene Glynn and narrowly beat the throw from JaCoby Jones and appeared to slide under the tag of Tigers catcher James McCann. Kepler was ruled safe by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg. But after the Tigers challenged and the play was reviewed, Kepler was ruled out to end the inning.

Video: DET@MIN: Jones gets Kepler at home after review

UP NEXT
The Twins will continue their three-game series with the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Lance Lynn (1-4, 7.47 ERA) will get the nod for Minnesota and hopes to deliver a strong outing after what has been a rocky start to the year. Detroit will send lefty Matthew Boyd (2-3, 3.19 ERA) to the mound.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minnesota.

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Gleyber Torres was 3 months old when Bartolo Colon made his debut -- and on Monday he homered off him

Bartolo Colon toed the rubber on Monday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where his Rangers battled the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series. This is notable for a few reasons. First, because Colon is pitching exceptionally well for Texas so far this season. 

Second, because the Yankees are bursting at the seams with powerful young sluggers like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, not to mention Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton.

Rosario's great catch, smart baserunning aid Twins

Outfielder scores insurance run on heads-up play, makes leaping grab to end game
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