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DEVELOPING: Bryant hit by pitch in helmet

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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Raking Machado takes Kluber deep twice

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BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado went deep for the fifth time in four games on Sunday, belting a pair of solo homers off Indians ace Corey Kluber. 

Machado's first blast -- his seventh on the season -- came on a 92-mph Kluber sinker with two outs in the first, soaring over left field to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. He knocked another one over the center-field wall in the fourth on a 1-0 curveball from Kluber. Machado's eight home runs tie Mike Trout and Bryce Harper for the Major League lead.

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BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado went deep for the fifth time in four games on Sunday, belting a pair of solo homers off Indians ace Corey Kluber. 

Machado's first blast -- his seventh on the season -- came on a 92-mph Kluber sinker with two outs in the first, soaring over left field to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. He knocked another one over the center-field wall in the fourth on a 1-0 curveball from Kluber. Machado's eight home runs tie Mike Trout and Bryce Harper for the Major League lead.

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Kluber, who tossed a shutout in his previous start at Camden Yards last June, entered the day with a 2-1 record and a 1.52 ERA. Since the start of 2016, Kluber has held opposing batters to a .201 batting average, which ranks second in baseball to Max Scherzer's .187 over that span.

Video: CLE@BAL: Machado crushes second homer of the game

Machado -- who's in his final year under team control -- has a 10-game hitting streak and a team-leading 17 RBIs. Sunday marks Machado's second multi-homer game in four days -- he hit two solo homers off Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann on Thursday -- his third of the season and 17th of his career.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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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 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 with 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 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 with 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.

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

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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: David Dahl on recovering from a lost 2017 season

"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 Friday.

Hoffman's status changed

The Rockies announced that they've rescinded the option to Triple-A Albuquerque for righty Jeff Hoffman, who is working his way back from right shoulder soreness suffered in Spring Training. Hoffman will stay at Albuquerque, but officially he's on the 10-day disabled list and on a Minor League rehab assignment. In Hoffman's last start, he retired the last 11 batters he faced.

Earth Day power

MLB celebrated Earth Day on Sunday. The Rockies are one of nine clubs that celebrate it all the time, since they use solar power at Coors Field.

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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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.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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Rangers activate DeShields, place Tocci on DL

Center fielder back ahead of original timetable; Fister could be back Wednesday; Rangers observe Earth Day
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ARLINGTON -- Center fielder Delino DeShields beat the timetable set for him and was back at the top of the Rangers' lineup on Sunday. DeShields was activated off the disabled list on Sunday, less than three weeks after undergoing surgery on April 2 to remove a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.

The original prognosis was that DeShields would be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

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ARLINGTON -- Center fielder Delino DeShields beat the timetable set for him and was back at the top of the Rangers' lineup on Sunday. DeShields was activated off the disabled list on Sunday, less than three weeks after undergoing surgery on April 2 to remove a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.

The original prognosis was that DeShields would be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

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"Medically, I was told once you've done surgery and taken the bone out, it's just tolerance and healing of the incision," manager Jeff Banister said. "The difference between Delino and some is Delino is not a power guy, he is bat control and speed. He is a tough guy and able to maneuver through it. Talking to him, he reassured us he is pretty tolerant to what he is feeling."

DeShields played three games for Double-A Frisco on medical rehabilitation assignment and was 3-for-7 with two walks. He played center field on Thursday and Friday, then was used at designated hitter on Saturday.

Video: Outlook: DeShields continues to tear up the basepaths

The Rangers missed him. They entered Sunday with 77 runs scored, the sixth fewest in the American League even though they and the Astros were tied for the most games played.

"My game is simple: Play a little small ball, move guys over, bunt a lot. I feel like I've taken control of how I do on defense the last couple of years," DeShields said. "I love hitting at the top of the lineup. I feel like if I get on base with this lineup, I should touch home plate. I don't know why, that's just how it's been over the last couple of years. It's just a feeling I have and I've been hungry and craving that feeling again. It's exciting to be back."

To make room for DeShields, the Rangers placed outfielder Carlos Tocci on the disabled list with a bruised left hip. Tocci injured the hip when he banged against the outfield wall on Monday against the Rays.

Fister close to returning
The Rangers are tentatively planning to bring Doug Fister back off the disabled list on Wednesday and start him against the Athletics. He is on the disabled list because of a strained right hip muscle but threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. It was his second session in three days. His last start was on April 9.

"He still has to come out of the [bullpen session] okay," Banister said. "The physical reports have all been positive. He is still doing treatment and staying out in front of it."

Video: TEX@OAK: Fister strikes out Davis to end the 1st

Fister's return means the Rangers will push Mike Minor back to Friday against the Blue Jays and pitch on six days' rest. That fits the Rangers' goal of giving Minor extra rest because he is being used as a starter for the first time since 2014 with the Braves. He was used as a reliever for the Royals last season and missed 2015-16 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

"It's still April," Banister said. "Minor is throwing the ball well and we're still committed to giving him extra rest."

Rangers recognize Earth Day
The LED field lighting at Globe Life Park is one method the Rangers have implemented to help sustain the Earth's future. The lighting system results in a 60 percent energy savings.

The Rangers also recycled 358.1 tons of waste in 2017. That resulted in 32.86 percent of waste being diverted from landfills.

As Major League Baseball celebrates Earth Day, here are other ways the Rangers "Go Green" in their daily operations:

• Grass clippings are used in mulch for outside landscaping or used as eventual fertilizer.

• Low-flow sprinkler heads are used on the Major League field and at the Youth Ballpark, and exterior landscaping uses water from ballpark lakes.

• Lightbulbs are replaced with LED bulbs as old bulbs burn out.

• Clean cardboard, broken pallets, tree trimmings, office paper, plastics, metals of all types, motor and cooking oils, and grease products are all recycled.

• All edible foods left over from prep that are not used for games are sent to Mission Arlington.

• Time clocks are utilized on parking lot lights to shut off when not needed.

Rangers beat
• Right-handed reliever Ricardo Rodriguez, who is on the 60-day disabled list because of right biceps tendinitis, is throwing off a mound in Arizona and could be ready to join a Minor League team early in May.

• Right-hander Ronald Herrera, who was acquired from the Yankees on Nov. 20, is still throwing on flat ground. He is on the 60-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder and is slowly being built back up.

• Assistant strength coach Eric McMahon was back with the Rangers on Sunday after being away while his wife gave birth to the couple's third child, daughter Claire Elise.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Waino goes on DL with elbow inflammation

Right-hander Brebbia recalled from Triple-A Memphis
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ST. LOUIS -- Somewhere over the course of five innings on Tuesday in Chicago, Adam Wainwright felt a familiar twinge. Back in the Busch Stadium bullpen this weekend, Wainwright felt it again.

The elbow pain, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny characterized, was akin to the kind that compromised Wainwright's 2017 campaign. Sunday, it landed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list, already for the second time this season.

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ST. LOUIS -- Somewhere over the course of five innings on Tuesday in Chicago, Adam Wainwright felt a familiar twinge. Back in the Busch Stadium bullpen this weekend, Wainwright felt it again.

The elbow pain, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny characterized, was akin to the kind that compromised Wainwright's 2017 campaign. Sunday, it landed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list, already for the second time this season.

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"Obviously concerned with the feeling in his arm," Matheny said. "He felt it a couple times his last start, which was a good start. But in his bullpen, something just wasn't right."

Video: STL@CHC: Wainwright K's Schwarber, escapes jam

Slowed by elbow issues of varying degrees over the course of his 13-year career, Wainwright most recently needed surgery last October to alleviate a bone bruise. He underwent the same arthroscopic procedure following the 2014 season, and missed all of '11 due to Tommy John surgery.

Wainwright needed six weeks of recovery from the most recent procedure, which shaved an oversized piece of cartilage that limited his 2017 season to 23 starts. When on the mound, the injury starkly affected his velocity and effectiveness.

Wainwright went 12-5 with a career-worst 5.11 ERA in 2017. He compiled a 1-2 record with a 3.45 ERA over his first three starts this season, after a full spring absent of elbow pain.

"He has those early symptoms, that's why I think we can be more aggressive with it," Matheny said. "Let's stop it right here, get ahead of it."

Tweet from @UncleCharlie50: All will be well in a few days.

Wainwright was not available for comment, but tweeted: "All will be well in a few days."

His injury gives the Cardinals a vacancy in their rotation for Tuesday, when the 36-year-old was scheduled to make his fourth start of the season, against the Mets. The club recalled right-hander John Brebbia in a corresponding move meant more toward shoring up the club's bullpen depth for its Sunday game against the Reds.

"We're still weighing those options right now," Matheny said, when asked who would start Tuesday.

Because of Monday's upcoming off-day and last week's choppy weather schedule, the club doesn't technically need a starter until Friday in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals could move Luke Weaver up to start Tuesday, with Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Miles Mikolas behind him all on regular rest.

But the Cardinals could also promote No. 2 prospect Jack Flaherty, who is lined up to start after pitching on Thursday. Flaherty started in Wainwright's place earlier this month in Milwaukee, when the veteran strained his left hamstring.

Video: STL@MIL: Flaherty strikes out nine over five innings

Flaherty struck out nine over five innings against the Brewers, then went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA over three starts at Triple-A Memphis. Club officials routinely characterized the 22-year-old Flaherty as its first option should the starting rotation spring a leak.

Pham sits again
The Cardinals continue to be cautious with center fielder Tommy Pham, who sat for the third time in four games on Sunday due to a minor groin injury. The club hopes he can return to the lineup following Monday's off-day.

Earth day initiatives
All across Major League Baseball, teams are participating in a wide variety of season-long initiatives to promote sustainability. Many of those came into focus on Sunday's Earth Day.

The Cardinals' role in these efforts is twofold. Busch Stadium is one of 11 MLB ballparks that operates its own garden or farm, all of which is utilized to source food for concession stands and restaurants. In addition to providing food, the Busch Stadium garden also serves as a teaching tool to inform the public about the importance of its local environment, a ballpark tour highlight and as a fan-gathering spot throughout a game.

The Cardinals are also one of nine clubs to utilize solar power at their ballpark. The club will increase its commitment to green power by approximately 12,000 REC (Renewable energy certificate) in 2018, enough to offset all of its gameday energy usage for the entire season.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Dozier sets club mark for hit streak to open year

Twins 2B has hit safely in 16 straight games in '18, 23 straight going back to '17
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Twins second baseman Brian Dozier set a club record for the longest hitting streak to start a season, extending to 16 straight games with a third-inning single against the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Dozier's single just got past a diving Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Twins second baseman Brian Dozier set a club record for the longest hitting streak to start a season, extending to 16 straight games with a third-inning single against the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Dozier's single just got past a diving Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop.

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Dozier passed Kirby Puckett (1994) and Josh Willingham (2012), who each had 15-game hitting streaks to start a season.

Dating back to Sept. 22 of last season, Dozier has hit safely in 23 straight games.

Joey Johnston is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Mets, Braves postponed; makeup May 28

Two teams to play day-night doubleheader on Memorial Day
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ATLANTA -- Sunday's game between the Mets and Braves has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make the game up as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Memorial Day, May 28.

Rain began falling Sunday at SunTrust Park even before the game's 1:35 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch. It did not stop, and with more rain forecast throughout the day, the postponement became official about 50 minutes later.

ATLANTA -- Sunday's game between the Mets and Braves has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make the game up as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Memorial Day, May 28.

Rain began falling Sunday at SunTrust Park even before the game's 1:35 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch. It did not stop, and with more rain forecast throughout the day, the postponement became official about 50 minutes later.

The rain caused no major revisions to the Mets' pitching schedule. The team pushed Sunday's starter, Zack Wheeler, back to pitch its next game Tuesday in St. Louis. Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard will each also push back a day, starting the final two games of that series. Jacob deGrom will pitch Friday in San Diego, followed by Jason Vargas, who will come off the disabled list to make his Mets debut Saturday against the Padres.

Vargas, who has spent the past month recovering from surgery to remove a broken bone from his right non-pitching hand, will throw approximately 75 pitches in a rehab start Monday for Triple-A Las Vegas. Assuming he comes out of that with no issues, Vargas will take the rotation spot of Matt Harvey, whom the Mets recently demoted to the bullpen.

Wheeler's ability to adapt to his rain-altered schedule will be critical as he tries to vindicate the Mets' decision to keep him, and not Harvey, in the rotation. Over his first two starts, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

"Wheeler's throwing the ball really well," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think he deserves to stay in the rotation at this point. That's fairly obvious to me. That's why we made the decision we did. He's been solid. He's just got to keep it going."

The rainout turns the Mets' Memorial Day series into a four-game affair, with a doubleheader on May 28 followed by night games May 29 and 30.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Our 10 favorite ballpark foods at FoodFest

For the first time ever, MLB fired up MLB FoodFest, bringing ballpark food items from all 30 teams to NYC for an unforgettable culinary showcase.

We went around and tried all 30 of the dishes, and our stomachs are full and we're going to go nap now. But my-oh-my we noshed and noshed to our hearts' content. All in all, our time at FoodFest was a never-ending dream of fried, BBQ-sauced, cheesy, ballpark food goodness. Here are our 10 favorite items we sampled during our FoodFest experience. 

Odorizzi excited, locked in for start vs. Yankees

Buxton scheduled to return in New York; Twins contribute to Earth Day
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ST. PETERSBURG -- After completing the three-game weekend series with the Rays, the Twins will journey to Yankee Stadium for a four-game set against the Yankees.

Monday night's starter is right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who had plenty of experience against the Yankees while playing for the Rays (2013-17) in the American League East. In seven appearances (six starts) at Yankee Stadium, Odorizzi is 2-3 with a 5.75 ERA.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- After completing the three-game weekend series with the Rays, the Twins will journey to Yankee Stadium for a four-game set against the Yankees.

Monday night's starter is right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who had plenty of experience against the Yankees while playing for the Rays (2013-17) in the American League East. In seven appearances (six starts) at Yankee Stadium, Odorizzi is 2-3 with a 5.75 ERA.

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Twins manager Paul Molitor said that's a plus.

"I think it helps,'' Molitor said. "There's kind of a process younger players go through, just being in the big leagues, going to tough environments like Yankee Stadium.

"It's a fun place to go play, once you feel like you belong there. Jake, obviously being in that division, knows what this is about. He's probably looking forward to that.''

Odorizzi said pitching in Yankee Stadium can be a nerve-wracking experience.

"You can't take a pitch off up there,'' said Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Rays during Spring Training. "The game can switch and transition so quickly. The lineup they put out there, obviously it's really good.

"You have to be locked in from pitch one. If you give them a little bit of daylight, they can [score]. No one is ever out of a game in Yankee Stadium. I've definitely seen the game and the bad up there.''

As much as Odorizzi relishes the opportunity to pitch in Yankee Stadium, he was somewhat disappointed that he missed a chance to face the Rays, his old team, at Tropicana Field.

"Just the way it worked out,'' Odorizzi said. "I was wanting to throw [against the Rays], but so many snow days and postponements changed things around. I liked seeing some of the guys on the field, but I didn't poke my head in the clubhouse. It's not my clubhouse anymore.''

Buxton in action
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, who went on the 10-day disabled list with migraines during the club's trip to Puerto Rico last week, was scheduled to play designated hitter on Sunday for Class A Advanced Fort Myers at Bradenton.

Buxton, who took batting practice Saturday, is scheduled to play center field on Monday and Tuesday when Fort Myers goes to Clearwater. After that, if all goes well, Buxton could join the Major League club in New York.

"We don't have to commit to that,'' Molitor said. "But if there are no setbacks, that's how it could work.''

Adrianza impresses
Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza got a start on Saturday night and responded with three spectacular early game defensive gems, making plays from deep in the hole. Molitor had Adrianza back in the lineup for Sunday's game.

Video: MIN@TB: Adrianza robs Span with spectacular play

"He's got the ability to be a plus shortstop,'' Molitor said. "The fact that he hasn't had a chance to play a lot the last couple of years, maybe that affects your sharpness.

"We watch him work and he has that smoothness about how he handles the position. He's rangy. He has really good, soft hands. Playing on turf [Saturday night] after not playing a while, to react like that, it's definitely nice to see.''

Earth Day is every day
Major League Baseball celebrated Sunday's Earth Day by highlighting various league-wide sustainability efforts.

For the Twins, Earth Day is every day, considering the club's commitment to the cause.

The Twins are among 15 MLB clubs that have installed LED field lighting, featuring fixtures that are more energy efficient and have a lifespan of 30 years.

In the area of recycling, the Twins send waste collected at Target Field to the Hennepin County Energy Recovery Center, where it is incinerated and converted to energy that powers some of the downtown grid. Steam produced from that process is used to heat Target Field. Overall, the Twins composted 281 tons of organized material in 2017.

Through the club's Pentair rainwater collection system, the Twins save an average of 2 million gallons of water per year, reducing their need for municipal water by more than 50 percent.

The Twins also donate food to local food banks and organizations.

Joey Johnston is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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