Angels first baseman Albert Pujols assumed sole possession of 18th place on the all-time home run list — belting No. 522 on Sunday against the Royals to move past Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas.
Jung Ho Kang’s first Major League hit was a soft line drive to center, but no one could deny that he had it coming after being robbed twice by Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez earlier in Sunday’s game.
Marlins third baseman Don Kelly and catcher Jeff Mathis both left Sunday’s game against the Rays with a broken right ring fingers.
Jon Lester’s ability to deal with baserunners will be tested on Monday when the Cubs play host to the Reds and speedster Billy Hamilton.
The Giants avoided considerable distress with Sunday’s news that third baseman Casey McGehee sustained a bone bruise on his left leg.
Michael Saunders was removed from his rehab game with Class A Advanced Dunedin on Sunday afternoon because of a tight right hamstring. The Blue Jays have been monitoring the outfielder’s progression before considering him for a callup.
Cubs third baseman Mike Olt, hit on the right wrist by a pitch Saturday night, said he was available to pinch-hit Sunday and felt relieved that the swelling had gone done.
Angels leadoff hitter and outfielder Kole Calhoun did not start Sunday’s game against the Royals due to a tight right calf muscle.
Astros relief pitcher Josh Fields, who started the season on the disabled list with a strained groin, could return to the club later this week. Fields threw a scoreless inning during a Minor League rehab outing Saturday at Triple-A Fresno.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
He stuck his bat into the strike zone as his helmet flew off, flailing toward the baseball and grinning the whole time. And somehow, some way in the fifth inning of Sunday’s Mets game against the Braves, Bartolo Colon emerged with a hit.
Mike Minor has experienced another setback and provided further reason to wonder if his left shoulder will ever prove healthy enough for him to join Atlanta’s rotation at any point this season.
Jonathan Lucroy has one hit — a triple in Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh — in 20 at-bats over the regular season’s first five games, but isn’t dwelling on his early slump.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Sunday’s game against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field that Jose Abreu has been discussed in the past as an emergency hot corner option, and that scenario could even play out in less than a dire circumstance.
In addition to being the man subbing for suspended Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia at closer, Jeurys Familia is Mejia’s closest clubhouse friend. So before breaking the news of Mejia’s suspension to the rest of the team on Saturday, manager Terry Collins pulled Familia aside to tell him what had happened.
Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis is continuing his rehab from a strained groin, but he isn’t expected to appear in Minor League games for another couple of weeks.
The Indians placed Yan Gomes on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a moderate MCL sprain, which will sideline the catcher for six to eight weeks.