Avila replaces Dombrowski as Tigers GM

The Detroit Tigers today announced that Assistant General Manager Al Avila has been promoted to the role of executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager. Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and he will report directly to Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch. Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Duane McLean, will continue to oversee all aspects of the team's business operations and will also report directly to the team owner.

Straily recalled as Astros option McCullers

The Astros added Dan Straily to their rotation on Tuesday afternoon, recalling the right-hander from Triple-A Fresno, as expected. The spot Straily filled previously belonged to righty Lance McCullers, who was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Rangers. Straily is scheduled to pitch on three days' rest against Texas' Yovani Gallardo at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night at 7:05 CT.

New Tiger Boyd set to start on Wednesday

The Tigers won't have to wait long to get a look at recent trade acquisition Matt Boyd. The team announced Tuesday afternoon that the 24-year-old left-hander will be called up to make his Tigers debut in a start against the Royals on Wednesday, six days after joining the team as part of the trade that sent David Price to Toronto.

Braves lose Freeman to DL, along with Frasor

raves first baseman Freddie Freeman was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Freeman exited Monday night's 9-8 walk-off win over the Giants with a right oblique strain before the top of the fifth inning. Atlanta also announced that right-handed reliever Jason Frasor was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

What happened in Arlington on Monday night was so outside the norm. If it prompts people to pause and put his greatness in context, even better. It was one of those games that will resonate through an entire sport. Adrian Beltre became just the fourth player to hit for the cycle three times as the Rangers beat the Astros, 12-9.

Royals on top, but don’t count out the others

The Royals owned the American League in last year's playoffs. But entering 2015, their division felt very much up for grabs. The Tigers had won four straight AL Central crowns, while the seemingly improved White Sox and the Indians both looked capable of making a run at the top spot. If any club was generally counted out of the running before Opening Day, it was the Twins.