7/21/2014 | Desmond's five hits, two-run homer spark Nationals
Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a two-run home run into the left-field seats that sparked a four-run fourth inning and helped the Nationals beat the Rockies, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game series in front of 33,082.
7/21/2014 | Willingham delivers big blast in Twins' win vs. Tribe
Reliever Casey Fien couldn't hold a one-run lead in the eighth, but Josh Willingham connected on a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the inning to lift the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Indians on Monday night at Target Field.
7/21/2014 | Solving Kansas City's playoff riddle
In first place in the American League Central on June 18, having won 10 games in a row to climb to seven games over .500, the Royals have since gone 9-18, falling eight games behind Detroit and into sixth place in the AL Wild Card race. A season that has been almost a decade in the making, one that was designed to get the Royals into the playoffs for the first time since 1985, could slip away if players don't put on their hitting shoes in a hurry.
7/21/2014 | Maddux's work ethic, determination root of success
Greg Maddux said he never thought much about his place in history or the Hall of Fame. But he'll enter Cooperstown on Sunday as a slam-dunk selection, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.
7/21/2014 | Cincy gaffes help Crew edge ahead in Central
Milwaukee took advantage of two Cincinnati errors and several other fielding miscues to score five runs over two frames in a 5-2 victory at Miller Park.
7/21/2014 | Jones comes through for Marlins in 10th inning
Garrett Jones singled in a pair of runs in the 10th inning to give the Marlins a 3-1 victory over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field. Tom Koehler allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings before leaving with a no-decision.
7/21/2014 | Duvall's homer lifts Giants to win over Phillies
Freshly recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace concussion-riddled Brandon Belt, Adam Duvall collected two hits, including a two-run, sixth-inning homer. It launched a three-run uprising Monday that helped the Giants secure their fourth victory in five games, a 7-4 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies.
7/21/2014 | Error-prone Yanks done in by key Rangers rally
The Yankees committed five errors in Monday's series opener against the Rangers, and although none of its runs was unearned, Texas manufactured a 4-2 victory. A three-run Rangers rally with two outs in the sixth inning did in the Yankees.
7/21/2014 | Rangers' persistence pays off in the Bronx
On Monday night, Rangers righty Miles Mikolas delivered the kind of tough, resilient pitching performance that manager Ron Washington has been begging to see from his inexperienced rotation, setting up a 4-2 victory over the Yankees in the Bronx.
7/21/2014 | Backed by early output, Ryu tops Bucs for 11th win
With Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez healing from weekend hit-by-pitches, the Dodgers' offense took advantage of former teammate Edinson Volquez and beat the Pirates on Monday night, 5-2. Hyun-Jin Ryu, pitching on a week of rest because of the All-Star break, went seven innings and raised his record to 11-5. He struck out five, is 7-2 on the road this year and 3-0 lifetime against the Pirates.
7/21/2014 | Arguing strike call nets Price an ejection
Bryan Price was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Brewers for arguing a strike three call on a check swing in the sixth inning.
7/21/2014 | In-demand Ziegler keeps tabs on trade talks
Some players try to tune out trade rumors that involve them, but D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler takes a different approach. Ziegler is active on Twitter for his Pastime for Patriots charity and the like, keeping him abreast on the latest rumors.
7/21/2014 | Former D-back Scherzer returns to Chase Field
Despite being traded in the three-team deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Max Scherzer doesn't hold any grudges toward the D-backs. Since he was dealt to the Tigers, he has blossomed from a prospect into a bona fide Major League ace.
7/21/2014 | Roenicke's string of successful challenges ends
Ron Roenicke endured a rare losing challenge during Monday's game against the Reds. In the sixth inning, Cincinnati's Skip Schumaker doubled to left field, sliding safely, according to second-base umpire Chris Segal, ahead of Logan Schafer's throw. Upon replay, the ruling on the field stood.
7/21/2014 | Norris rejoins rotation as O's option Clevenger
The Orioles added pitcher Bud Norris from the Minor Leagues to make Monday night's start against the Angels and optioned Steve Clevenger back to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot.
7/21/2014 | Call at first overturned after Wash's challenge
A successful challenge by Rangers manager Ron Washington left the Yankees with five errors through seven innings on Monday.
7/21/2014 | Soto, Smolinski exit early after sparking rally
The Rangers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning of their 4-2 win over the Yankees on Monday night but lost two players -- Geovany Soto and Jake Smolinski -- during the rally. Both are hoping their injuries are not serious.
7/21/2014 | Wright's decade in Flushing is a rare feat
Considering David Wright is the only current Mets player who was on the team even six years ago, his decade in Flushing stands as a rather remarkable accomplishment. He is also one of a select few Major League stars harboring real potential to spend his entire career with one team.
7/21/2014 | Asdrubal exits game with lower back spasms
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera exited Monday night's 4-3 loss against the Twins with lower back spasms.
7/21/2014 | Red Sox stay hot, pound four homers in rout of Jays
The Red Sox won their fifth straight game with a 14-1 trouncing of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday night. David Ortiz crushed two homers and Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew also went deep as Boston climbed out of the basement in the American League East, passing Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game set.
7/21/2014 | Vargas eyes return to KC's rotation vs. Tribe
Royals lefty Jason Vargas, who is out after having an appendectomy, will miss at least two turns of the rotation. But, if all goes well, he might return as soon as next Sunday against the Indians.
7/21/2014 | Umpires overturn home run call on Twins
The Twins thought they had two additional runs in the second inning on Monday night during their 4-3 win against the Indians, but that wasn't the case after instant replay.
7/21/2014 | Miggy plays third in NL park to make room for V-Mart
Slugger Miguel Cabrera will get a small taste of the past during this week's Interleague series in Arizona. In order to get Victor Martinez, who usually is slotted in at DH, into the lineup, Brad Ausmus moved Cabrera to third base on Monday so Martinez could play first.
7/21/2014 | Gibson maintains rooting interest in Tigers
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson still considers himself a Tigers fan. Except, of course, for this week when his team plays host to them. Gibson, a Michigan native, was drafted by the Tigers and played for them from 1979-1987 and from 1993-95.
7/21/2014 | Harper heating up, but gets day off from Nats' lineup
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was held out of manager Matt Williams' lineup for a day of rest on Monday, when first-place Washington began a three-game series with the Rockies.
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