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Stanton's 5th HR for Yanks a vintage shot

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NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton's big swing delivered the knockout blow to Twins starter Jake Odorizzi on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium, with the slugger reaching the left-field bleachers on a deep fifth-inning drive that padded the Yankees' lead to 5-1.

Stanton's fifth homer of the season came off his bat at 115.7 mph and traveled a Statcast-calculated 435 feet, making it the fourth-longest homer hit by a Yankee so far this year. Stanton owns the top shot, a 458-foot blast against the Rays on April 4, while Nos. 2 and 3 belong to Aaron Judge.

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NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton's big swing delivered the knockout blow to Twins starter Jake Odorizzi on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium, with the slugger reaching the left-field bleachers on a deep fifth-inning drive that padded the Yankees' lead to 5-1.

Stanton's fifth homer of the season came off his bat at 115.7 mph and traveled a Statcast-calculated 435 feet, making it the fourth-longest homer hit by a Yankee so far this year. Stanton owns the top shot, a 458-foot blast against the Rays on April 4, while Nos. 2 and 3 belong to Aaron Judge.

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After Stanton endured a 50-at-bat homerless streak between the April 4 homer and his fourth Yankees homer on Friday against the Blue Jays -- the ninth-longest such streak of his career -- the Yanks have seen signs that Stanton's timing may be coming around. The homer raised his average to .205.

Odorizzi permitted five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Gary Sanchez drilled a two-run double, and Aaron Hicks laced a run-scoring single as part of a 33-pitch first inning, and rookie Miguel Andujar hit his third big league homer off Odorizzi in the second inning.

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

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Carrasco cruises, Alonso homers in Tribe's win

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BALTIMORE -- The crack of the bat brought Oriole Park at Camden Yards to life, the Orioles' faithful intoxicated by the possibility of the sound. The ball flew high off Anthony Santander's bat, beckoning for the right-field wall.

Not this time. Not on Monday night, not against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Right fielder Brandon Guyer settled under the fly and caught it, ending the seventh inning. The Indians would go on to win, 2-1, and clinch the four-game series thanks in large part to a dominant showing from Carrasco.

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BALTIMORE -- The crack of the bat brought Oriole Park at Camden Yards to life, the Orioles' faithful intoxicated by the possibility of the sound. The ball flew high off Anthony Santander's bat, beckoning for the right-field wall.

Not this time. Not on Monday night, not against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Right fielder Brandon Guyer settled under the fly and caught it, ending the seventh inning. The Indians would go on to win, 2-1, and clinch the four-game series thanks in large part to a dominant showing from Carrasco.

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The Indians' scoring came in the second inning, when Yonder Alonso blasted his fifth home run of the season -- and second of the series -- 421 feet over the center-field fence. Cleveland hit a combined six homers over the four games.

Carrasco returned to the mound for the eighth, retiring the first batter before giving up a single to Tim Beckham. He left having allowed one earned run, six hits and two walks against seven strikeouts, with Baltimore's only run coming on Chance Sisco's RBI single in the second.

Left-hander Andrew Miller spelled Carrasco, and after allowing a single to Manny Machado, escaped the frame by inducing Adam Jones into a forceout. Right-hander Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth to seal the win.

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

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Jenny Cavnar making history with play-by-play

Jenny Cavnar is no stranger to the game of baseball -- she's been working in MLB for 12 years. And on Monday night, she became the first woman since 1993 to do play-by-play on a big league telecast. 

"I am very excited about tonight," Cavnar told MLB.com's Thomas Harding. "I'm really honored on the historical context of it, but I'm more so excited for the team effort. We have such a great team of broadcasters, producers, directors -- so it'll be really fun to collaborate with them and do the game tonight."

Andujar extends XBH streak to 7 games

Prospect producing while Drury progresses
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees are pleased they appear to have an answer for what has kept Brandon Drury out of the lineup, and they have been thrilled by the production that Miguel Andujar has contributed while replacing him.

While Drury moves closer to a big league return, tabbed to play in a Minor League rehab game on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Columbus, Andujar has played like a star.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees are pleased they appear to have an answer for what has kept Brandon Drury out of the lineup, and they have been thrilled by the production that Miguel Andujar has contributed while replacing him.

While Drury moves closer to a big league return, tabbed to play in a Minor League rehab game on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Columbus, Andujar has played like a star.

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Video: MIN@NYY: Sterling calls Andujar's solo home run

The 23-year-old rookie homered in his first at-bat on Monday, marking Andujar's seventh straight game with an extra-base hit. He added a double in the sixth inning.

The blast vaulted Andujar into select company; Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Mickey Mantle (1955) were the only previous Yankees to string seven consecutive games with an extra-base hit before age 24.

Video: TOR@NYY: Andujar maintains hot bat with four-hit game

"He's playing good. He's a good player," Drury said. "That was impressive, this last homestand, to watch. He's doing a good job."

Andujar slugged his third big league homer on the first pitch he saw from the Twins' Jake Odorizzi, giving New York a 4-0 lead at the time. Andujar was summoned to the big leagues six days before Drury went on the disabled list in early April, sidelined with severe migraines that were causing the 25-year-old to have blurry vision.

Video: Boone discusses Drury going on the 10-day DL

A battery of tests have revealed that Drury's issues stem from a tendon that runs from the back of his neck to the top of his head. He has been receiving treatment with acupuncture and stimulation.

"I think they have an idea of what it is, and we're going after it each day to figure out how to get it a little bit better," Drury said. "I've had it for a while. It's just nice to have some answers of what it is. Hopefully I can really get back to 100 percent and play the way I know I can."

In the meantime, Andujar continues to state his case for playing time. Andujar raked a career-high four hits in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, becoming the youngest Yankee to go 4-for-4 or better since Derek Jeter did so at 22 years and six days old on July 2, 1996, vs. Boston.

"I like having the problem, that's for sure," manager Aaron Boone said. "Guys are making progress from an injury front, so the more talented guys that we can have in the mix, I look forward to those options. A couple of weeks ago, we were struggling to get a team out there on a couple of those nights.

"Right now, the thought with Brandon is making sure he's right and he gets through these next couple of workouts and gets through the games. He's starting to make forward progress with some of the issues he's had. If he can get past that, we know we've got a really good player. We'll kind of evaluate it and make decisions on that front as we go."

Return to action
Clint Frazier was back in a lineup on Monday for the first time since late February, playing five innings and logging five at-bats in an extended spring game in Clearwater, Fla.

Prior to that contest, Frazier had not taken the field in a game situation since sustaining a concussion in the Yankees' second game of the spring. Boone said that Frazier got a hit, reached on an error and stole a base, coming out feeling "really good."

"It's a really positive step for him," Boone said. "Clint feels like he's finally through it and on his way now. Now it's about getting games under his belt and bouncing back every day."

Boone said that Frazier is scheduled to play in another extended spring game on Tuesday, then work out with Class A Advanced Tampa on Wednesday before playing on Thursday against Charlotte.

Slow going
Frazier has moved ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, who has no set date to play in Minor League games. Ellsbury played in six Grapefruit League games this spring and has since dealt with a right oblique strain, left hip soreness and plantar fasciitis in his right heel.

"I do expect him to be a player for us at some point this season," Boone said. "He is doing baseball activities and moving in the right direction. As far as a timetable, I'd kind of be guessing at that."

Bombers bits
• Boone said that the Yankees expect a ruling "in the next couple of days" regarding infielder/outfielder Tyler Austin, who is continuing to play following his appeal of a five-game suspension for his role in an April 11 benches-clearing incident against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Video: NYY@BOS: Benches clear after Austin is hit by pitch

• The first 18,000 guests on Monday received bobbleheads in commemoration of David Wells' perfect game, which was pitched against the Twins 20 years ago (with a 10-year-old Dellin Betances in the bleachers). Wells was on hand at Yankee Stadium to throw out Monday's ceremonial first pitch.

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

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Avi suffers hamstring strain; leaves game in 2nd

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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia left Monday's game at Guaranteed Rate Field against Seattle in the second inning after coming up lame while running to first base on a grounder to third.

The White Sox right fielder, who singled in the first off of Mike Leake among the team's seven consecutive hits, suffered a right leg injury about three-quarters of the way down the first-base line and then fell to the ground after getting past first. Trayce Thompson replaced Garcia in the top of the third with the White Sox leading, 7-0.

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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia left Monday's game at Guaranteed Rate Field against Seattle in the second inning after coming up lame while running to first base on a grounder to third.

The White Sox right fielder, who singled in the first off of Mike Leake among the team's seven consecutive hits, suffered a right leg injury about three-quarters of the way down the first-base line and then fell to the ground after getting past first. Trayce Thompson replaced Garcia in the top of the third with the White Sox leading, 7-0.

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He was diagnosed with a right hamstring strain, and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Gausman pitches immaculate inning for O's

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BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman had his best start of the season on Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The righty, working with a tweaked delivery he started during his last outing in Detroit, worked in and out of the zone. He held Cleveland to four hits over eight brilliant innings. He even recorded an immaculate seventh, needing nine pitches to strike out Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Bradley Zimmer.

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BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman had his best start of the season on Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The righty, working with a tweaked delivery he started during his last outing in Detroit, worked in and out of the zone. He held Cleveland to four hits over eight brilliant innings. He even recorded an immaculate seventh, needing nine pitches to strike out Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Bradley Zimmer.

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But it didn't matter. Gausman's effort went for naught as the Orioles' offense continues to struggle at historic proportions. Baltimore was flummoxed by Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco, falling 2-1 to mark its 11th loss in 13 games. For the 16th time in 23 games, the O's were held to three or fewer runs, 10 of which -- like Monday -- have been two or fewer.

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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Fan's 'streak ends today' shirt doesn't stop Dozier

You often hear players say they enjoy being booed on the road. Getting a rough reception as a visiting player provides plenty of motivation, ticking the adrenaline just a bit higher. 

Brian Dozier took a 23-game hitting streak into play in the Twins' Monday night game against the Yankees in the Bronx, as he's been on quite an offensive tear dating back to the last few days of the 2017 season. 

Padres' wild 1st frame starts with run on balk

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DENVER -- In their four-run first-inning rally on Monday night, the Padres got a bit of help en route to their first run. There was nothing cheap about the next three.

On a stormy evening at Coors Field, the Padres capitalized on a mistake from Rockies starter Chad Bettis. With runners on first and third, Bettis checked on Wil Myers at third base, then attempted to come set.

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DENVER -- In their four-run first-inning rally on Monday night, the Padres got a bit of help en route to their first run. There was nothing cheap about the next three.

On a stormy evening at Coors Field, the Padres capitalized on a mistake from Rockies starter Chad Bettis. With runners on first and third, Bettis checked on Wil Myers at third base, then attempted to come set.

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One problem: Bettis did so without the ball.

As Bettis moved his right hand toward his glove, the baseball slipped out of his palm. It was ruled a balk instantly, and Myers scored the game's first run.

Video: SD@COL: Asuaje launches a three-run homer to right

The Padres plated three more in the frame, as Eric Hosmer and Jose Pirela singled, before a three-run jack from Carlos Asuaje. But the Rockies tied the score in the bottom of the first inning as Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit home runs off Bryan Mitchell.

It was Arenado's first at-bat against Padres pitching since he was ejected on April 11 for charging the mound after Luis Perdomo threw a fastball behind him.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Reds break out after Schebler ends HR drought

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CINCINNATI -- Scott Schebler ended a long Reds home run drought on Monday night, and perhaps it was the spark the rest of the lineup needed to get going and finally take a lead. Schebler's two-run homer tied the game in the fifth inning, before a five-run sixth paved the way for a 10-4 victory at Great American Ball Park.

That ended Cincinnati's five-game losing streak and gave interim manager Jim Riggleman his first win since taking over for Bryan Price.

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CINCINNATI -- Scott Schebler ended a long Reds home run drought on Monday night, and perhaps it was the spark the rest of the lineup needed to get going and finally take a lead. Schebler's two-run homer tied the game in the fifth inning, before a five-run sixth paved the way for a 10-4 victory at Great American Ball Park.

That ended Cincinnati's five-game losing streak and gave interim manager Jim Riggleman his first win since taking over for Bryan Price.

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With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth, pinch-hitter Jesse Winker lined an RBI single to left field off reliever Peter Moylan to give the Reds their first lead in exactly a week. They hadn't led a game for 50 innings, going back to their 10-4 win at Milwaukee on April 16. Jose Peraza kept the rally alive with a two-out RBI single before Joey Votto walked with the bases loaded to plate another run. Scooter Gennett flared a two-run single to short left field to open a five-run lead.

After four innings against Reds starter Sal Romano, Atlanta held a 2-0 lead. An unearned run scored in the third inning after Ender Inciarte's single to left field. Adam Duvall double-clutched before a bad throw to get Dansby Swanson trying to advance to third base. The error allowed the run to score. In the fourth inning, Nick Markakis slugged a 3-2 pitch to left-center field for a solo homer.

In the bottom of the fifth inning against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, Billy Hamilton reached on a one-out walk. That set up Schebler, who connected on an 0-2, 97-mph fastball for a two-run home run to center field, tying the game at 2. For Schebler, it was his second homer of the season and his first time clearing the fences since his return from the disabled list on Friday.

But for the Reds, the deep drive was even more crucial. It was the first time one of their hitters put a ball into the seats since Duvall did it on April 15 vs. the Cardinals. Cincinnati had gone 244 straight plate appearances without a home run.

Romano earned his first win of 2018, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings, with four hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Raisel Iglesias completed a four-out save, with Schebler's RBI single and Duvall's two-run double in the bottom of the eighth adding cushion.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Manaea gets congrats from Trout for no-no

A's lefty earns co-Player of the Week honors after historic start
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ARLINGTON -- A's lefty Sean Manaea has quite the fan club these days.

The star-studded membership list includes Mike Trout, who reached out to the no-hitter author via Twitter.

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ARLINGTON -- A's lefty Sean Manaea has quite the fan club these days.

The star-studded membership list includes Mike Trout, who reached out to the no-hitter author via Twitter.

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"Trout DM'd me and said congrats," Manaea said. "I thought that was pretty cool."

Two days removed from pitching the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history, Manaea is still sorting through 200-plus messages on his phone, plus dozens more on Twitter and Instagram. The congratulatory notes continued Monday, when Manaea was named American League co-Player of the Week with Baltimore's Manny Machado.

"I think that's pretty exciting and obviously well-deserved," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Machado must've had a heckuva week if he tied Manaea."

Video: Must C Classic: Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox

Machado went bonkers at the plate, batting .500 with five home runs and eight RBIs over six games to earn the award for the fourth time in his career. Manaea's doings, of course, were historical.

It was the first no-hitter by an A's pitcher since Dallas Braden orchestrated a perfect game against the Rays on May 9, 2010. Manaea did it against the red-hot Red Sox, who claimed wins in 17 of their first 19 games before dropping two straight to the A's.

Manaea baffled Boston's hitters, striking out 10 in what was also the first complete game of his career. The 26-year-old has since been reliving the momentous memory in his head, freely admitting that he can't stop watching the highlights.

Tweet from @HanleyRamirez: Enjoying a session of post-Manaea group therapy lmao 🤣#GoBruins 🏒🥅 pic.twitter.com/rRYeo8zI4s

Only on Sunday, after a late arrival in Texas, was Manaea finally able to get the sleep that eluded him the night of the no-hitter.

"It's been crazy," he said. "Everybody is super excited and pouring on the love. It's awesome seeing all the support I have back home and all the places I've been to. It's pretty awesome hearing from all the people I've met throughout the years because of baseball.

"I'm just trying to soak it in and relive that moment, but there's going to come a time when I gotta start moving on. I'm not going to say I'm not going to watch it again, because I am most likely, but it's starting to get to a point where I got to focus on the Astros."

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

Manaea will face the defending World Series champions this weekend in Houston, looking to improve upon a stellar start to the 2018 campaign. He has a 1.23 ERA through five starts.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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5 reasons LA phenom's debut is a must-see

The 2018 season has already given us some must-see debuts, from Shohei Ohtani to Tyler O'Neill to Gleyber Torres . And the kids show no signs of slowing down: On Monday night, righty Walker Buehler -- the Dodgers' top prospect and MLB Pipeline's No. 12 overall -- is set to make his first Major League start against the Marlins. 

L.A. got a brief glimpse of Buehler last year, when he pitched 9 1/3 innings over eight appearances as a September callup. Now, though, he takes his turn in the rotation for the first time. Here's why every Dodger fan should be excited for Buehler Day.

The toughest player to strike out on every team

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With the increase in velocity by starting pitchers -- and perhaps more importantly, relievers -- as well as the fading stigma of a swing and a miss, strikeouts are as central to baseball as they have ever been. One can argue about whether that's a positive thing or a negative thing, but the facts are undeniable.

That places an increased value on players who can do the most basic of baseball activities: Put the bat on the ball. In 1941, Ted Williams had fewer strikeouts than homers. You won't be seeing that anytime soon. But these are the toughest players to strike out on each team, a topic that seems fitting in light of a record-setting 21-pitch at-bat on Sunday.

With the increase in velocity by starting pitchers -- and perhaps more importantly, relievers -- as well as the fading stigma of a swing and a miss, strikeouts are as central to baseball as they have ever been. One can argue about whether that's a positive thing or a negative thing, but the facts are undeniable.

That places an increased value on players who can do the most basic of baseball activities: Put the bat on the ball. In 1941, Ted Williams had fewer strikeouts than homers. You won't be seeing that anytime soon. But these are the toughest players to strike out on each team, a topic that seems fitting in light of a record-setting 21-pitch at-bat on Sunday.

They might not all be huge power hitters, or even close to stars, but they have a skill that's rarer and rarer every month -- and thus, they are more valuable than ever.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST
Orioles:
Manny Machado
The O's, always a strikeout-happy franchise, lead the AL in strikeouts this year, and they're a good bet to hang onto that spot. All those K's have masked an big improvement from Machado this year. Two years ago, he K'd 120 times to go with 48 walks for a 5:2 K/BB ratio. This year: only 15 K's with 12 walks. Everyone else on the Orioles is struggling, but he sure isn't.

Red Sox: Mookie Betts
It's a little unfair for a guy of Betts' talents to have such an excellent batted-ball profile, but he has had progressively better K/BB ratios each year of his career. He had two fewer walks than strikeouts in 2017; he may cross the threshold this year.

Yankees: Didi Gregorius
Remember when Gregorius was just supposed to be the slap-hitting defensive-minded Derek Jeter replacement? Even when he was hitting six homers a year he didn't strike out much, but to hold onto that skill while hitting 25 homers a year might be his greatest asset.

Video: MIA@NYY: Gregorius powers Yanks with two home runs

Rays: Mallex Smith
Considering Smith has little to no power -- he's still stuck on five career homers -- it's a good thing he puts the ball in play. Smith is a very 1980s player, actually: He steals bases, he hits a ton of triples and he just hits it on the ground and runs.

Blue Jays: Yangervis Solarte
The poor Padres sat around for years waiting for Solarte to become the star they were hoping for, and now that he's in Toronto, he's becoming that guy. Now that he's added power to his contact game, look out. Some guys just finally figure it out in their 30s.

Video: TOR@NYY: Solarte crushes a solo homer to right-center

CENTRAL
White Sox:
Jose Abreu
Abreu certainly seems like the type of player who strikes out a lot, but he really doesn't, at least not relative to the rest of baseball. His AB/K ratio has gone up every year of his career. But the fact that he is the pick for the White Sox is also a sign that the Sox might strike out too much.

Indians: Jose Ramirez
For all the discussion of the Tribe's fantastic rotation over the past few years, having a player like Ramirez -- who was a .219 hitter with little power as recently as 2015 -- blossom into what he has become has been just as pivotal. His batting average has gone down this year, but he's hitting into a lot of bad luck. Expect a turnaround soon.

Tigers: Victor Martinez
We might be nearing the sunset of Martinez's fascinating career, though his April bounceback has reminded us what we once had. The key to his success, this year and any other, is his ability to put the bat on the ball. He led the AL in AB/BB ratio as recently as 2013 and '14, and he still has that skill today.

Royals: Alcides Escobar
Not much has gone well for the Royals so far, but they do have the third-fewest strikeouts in baseball, even though it's not helping them score any more runs. Much like Escobar, who has always been a contact hitter; the issue is that even though he can hit the ball, he can't hit it hard.

Twins: Max Kepler
Kepler is among the team leaders in homers and walks, which makes his low strikeout total -- the lowest AB/K on the team by far -- all the more impressive for player who is still only 25.

Video: MIN@TB: Kepler crushes a go-ahead solo homer in 9th

WEST
Astros:
Alex Bregman
Bregman was thought to be on the verge of busting out, and don't let his relatively slow start fool you: He's walking more than he strikes out, and he has the lowest K-rate on the team, even lower than Jose Altuve's. Bregman is about to come around, and then, look out.

Angels: Andrelton Simmons
Mike Trout famously nearly made it all the way through Spring Training without striking out, but he's been racking them up since the season started. It's Simmons, long one of baseball's best contact men, who continues to set the contact pace.

Video: LAA@TEX: Simmons picks up his first homer of 2018

A's: Jonathan Lucroy
The power he once had -- he hit 24 homers just two years ago -- seems to be gone, but Lucroy has been all the A's could have hoped for when they snapped him up for cheap in the offseason.

Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki
Of course it's Ichiro: He has averaged more than 10 at-bats per strikeout six times in his career. He's not quite there this year, but he's closer than anyone else on his team.

Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Elvis Andrus is actually off to an extreme contact start -- just two strikeouts in 61 plate appearances -- but he's on the DL for the first time in his career with a fractured elbow. Thus, the call goes to Beltre, who, because he's a future Hall of Famer who is good at everything, is good at putting the bat on the ball as well. He strikes out once every six at-bats, which is below his career average ... but still the best on the Rangers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST
Braves:
Kurt Suzuki
You want bat control? Suzuki has struck out twice in 56 plate appearances. He'll lose his job when Tyler Flowers comes back, but right now, he's leading the Braves in OPS.

Video: ATL@WSH: Suzuki launches home run off foul pole

Marlins: Miguel Rojas
Rojas likes to keep the fielders busy; he hardly walks or strikes out or homers. He's a No True Outcomes sort of guy.

Mets: Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez once struck out more than 100 times in a season for seven straight years, but as he has become Old Adrian Gonzalez, he has become a contact guy; he has the second-best AB/K ratio on the Mets, one of the primary reasons he has been such a positive contributor so far.

Phillies: Maikel Franco
The Phils strike out a ton by design. Franco has clearly focused on putting the ball in play more this year … not that it's helping him get on base much more.

Nationals: Anthony Rendon
Rendon has elevated himself to near-superstar status over the past couple of seasons, and it's not a coincidence his K rate has dropped each of the past four years.

Video: NYM@WSH: Rendon hits an RBI double to left field

CENTRAL
Cubs:
Ben Zobrist
There was a stretch in the middle of his career where Zobrist struck out a lot, but he has curtailed it with the Cubs as he has gotten older.

Reds: Joey Votto
The correct answer to any question about the Reds is always Joey Votto.

Brewers: Hernan Perez
The Brewers are as much of a grip-it-and-rip-it team as any in baseball, so it's not much of a surprise their players -- even their stars -- strike out a lot.

Pirates: Corey Dickerson
So far this season, Dickerson is doing everything right. Maybe he should get released right before the season starts every year.

Video: PIT@MIA: Dickerson scorches an RBI single to center

Cardinals: Jose Martinez
Martinez has always been a contact hitter, but now that he has added exit velocity and launch angle, he has essentially become a monster. Martinez is now as key as anyone to the 2018 Cards.

WEST
D-backs:
Jarrod Dyson
Much like Smith, when you run like Dyson does, you just slap the ball and then run, run, run.

Video: SF@ARI: Dyson rops RBI triple off center-field wall

Rockies: DJ LeMahieu
The LeMahieu Plan has always been to offset his relative lack of power by hitting line drives and trying to avoid the strikeout. It continues to work for him at Coors Field, even if it might not work anywhere else.

Dodgers: Joc Pederson
So here's a surprise for you. Pederson was renowned for his strikeouts his whole career, even into last October. But here are his AB/K ratios every year of his career:

2014: 2.5
2015: 2.8
2016: 3.1
2017: 4.0
2018: 10.7

That's a massive jump. Either it's too early and too fluky, or someone got Pederson a bigger bat or something.

Padres: Carlos Asuaje
With all the young players the Padres have, a bunch of strikeouts is invevitable. Asuaje has the best strikeout rate on the team, if not much else.

Giants: Joe Panik
Perhaps this should be Brandon Belt, after his record-setting 21-pitch at-bat on Sunday, but he has a strikeout rate of almost 25 percent for his career. Panik, meanwhile, is below 10 percent since entering the league in 2014. If you're going to be a second-base exclusive left-handed hitter without much power, you better not strike out much. Panik doesn't. He's quietly off to the best start of his career.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Alonso muscles up against O's with 5th HR

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BALTIMORE -- In a four-game series that has had no shortage of homers, it was only fitting that the first runs in Monday's 2-1 Indians win over the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards came via the long ball. This time, it was Yonder Alonso who went deep, drilling a fastball from right-hander Kevin Gausman over the center-field wall to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

After Francisco Lindor led off the game with a walk, Gausman retired the next three Indians hitters in order. Edwin Encarnacion singled to start the second, and then Alonso belted Gausman's second offering 421 feet.

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BALTIMORE -- In a four-game series that has had no shortage of homers, it was only fitting that the first runs in Monday's 2-1 Indians win over the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards came via the long ball. This time, it was Yonder Alonso who went deep, drilling a fastball from right-hander Kevin Gausman over the center-field wall to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

After Francisco Lindor led off the game with a walk, Gausman retired the next three Indians hitters in order. Edwin Encarnacion singled to start the second, and then Alonso belted Gausman's second offering 421 feet.

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Alonso's fifth home run of the season left the bat with an exit velocity of 105.4 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees, according to Statcast™. He also homered on Saturday in the Indians' 4-0 victory.

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

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Villanueva scratched, available to pinch-hit

26-year-old third baseman entered Monday 1st in NL in fWAR
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DENVER -- Red-hot Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva was a late scratch from Monday's starting lineup in Colorado with soreness in his left hamstring.

He sustained the injury while running to second base on a double Sunday in Arizona, but the club is optimistic Villanueva won't miss much time.

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DENVER -- Red-hot Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva was a late scratch from Monday's starting lineup in Colorado with soreness in his left hamstring.

He sustained the injury while running to second base on a double Sunday in Arizona, but the club is optimistic Villanueva won't miss much time.

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"It's nothing very serious," manager Andy Green said. "It might be a day or two that he's not in the lineup, but hopefully it's not much more than that. If we need him to pinch-hit, he's probably available to do that, but [not] to stand out here in the altitude and grind for nine innings."

Cory Spangenberg took Villanueva's place at third base on Monday night in Denver. It's a tough loss for a Padres offense that slumped mightily last week while relying heavily on Villanueva, who has entrenched himself in the middle of their lineup.

Villanueva, who was initially slated to bat fourth, is off to a sizzling start to the 2018 season, batting .355/.444/.774 with seven homers. He's leading the National League with 1.4 fWAR.

Not bad for a guy who entered the season buried on the depth chart. He has since surpassed Spangenberg and Chase Headley at third base, and he has started 18 of the club's 23 games.

"The way he's swung the bat, he's earned all the time he's getting, and he's been getting all the time there is at third base right now," Green said. "He's definitely a guy that we miss in the lineup. But it's about time for Spangenberg to go off, start getting hot."

Rockies feud settled?

Monday's game marks the first meeting between the Padres and Rockies since their benches-clearing altercation earlier this month. That kerfuffle sparked when Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo threw a 96-mph fastball behind Nolan Arenado, who promptly charged the mound.

"There's no intention to carry anything on," Green said. "All that was taken care of on the field that day. You move forward, you try to win this series."

Of course, Perdomo has since been optioned to Triple-A El Paso. He served a five-game suspension last week, as did Arenado, who was in the lineup Monday, batting third. Outfielder Gerardo Parra, who was docked four games for his role in the brawl, initially appealed his ban. He began serving it on Sunday and will miss this week's series.

Nicholas tearing up PCL

El Paso catcher/first baseman Brett Nicholas was named the Pacific Coast League's player of the week on Monday after batting .370 with 24 total bases in seven games.

Since coming over from Texas in a Minor League trade, Nicholas is batting .386/.455/.807 with six homers.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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