Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Royals' Morales putting on power show vs. Cards

Royals DH Kendrys Morales has two homers and five RBIs against the Cardinals in a Show-Me State series opener featuring the best two records in baseball.

Denis Poroy/Getty Images
10hJim Bowden

Bowden: The 20 players most likely to be dealt

Jim Bowden lays out the 20 players most likely to be dealt by July 31, including a trade likeliness rating, interested teams and best fit for each guy.

MLB Video

Harper smacks 16th homer in win (0:49)

Has Bumgarner passed Kershaw? (2:10)

Baseball Tonight Video

Slugger to take: Harper or Stanton? (2:18)

Getty Images
5hDavid Schoenfield

Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.


Web Gems: Thursday, May 21

Does Chris Carter's sliding catch top Alex Gordon's leaping grab into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach
21hDavid Schoenfield

Thursday's power rankings

Madison Bumgarner shined as the San Francisco Giants beat Clayton Kershaw, while the Tampa Bay Rays took over first in the AL East.

AP Photo
1dDavid Schoenfield

#TBT: When Babe Ruth hit right-handed

According to nationalpastime.com, Babe Ruth decided to bat right-handed in the ninth inning on May 21, 1930 -- a game in which he hit three homers.

Flores: Loria, Samson still running Marlins' show (1:10)
1dBuster Olney

Trade market not close to materializing

Buster Olney checks in on how MLB teams view the current trade market, identifies one aspect in which the Twins have improved and more.

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
1dBen Lindbergh

Becoming the boomstick

How Nelson Cruz beat the aging curve to become one of the best hitters in baseball.


Fielder's 2 home runs lift Rangers

Prince Fielder homered twice and the Rangers held off a late Yankees rally attempt in a 10-9 win. Alex Rodriguez tied Babe Ruth for 4th on the all-time RBIs list (1,992) in the loss.


Braun sparks Brewers' rout of Braves

Ryan Braun went 3-for-3 with a 2-run HR and 2-run double, and 4 pitchers combined for a 3-hit shutout as the Brewers cruised past the Braves 11-0 in Atlanta.


Orioles extend Marlins' skid

Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .353, Manny Machado had a key 2-run double in the 8th, and the Orioles beat the Marlins 8-5. The loss was the 7th straight for Miami (16-26). Box score

Final: Brewers 11, Braves 0

Ryan Braun belted a 2-run homer in the 1st and drove in 2 more runs in a game where six Brewers collected RBIs as struggling Milwaukee ended their 2-game slide. Box score


Rangers hold on for win vs. Yanks

The Rangers and Prince Fielder (2 HRs, 4 RBIs) led by as many as 7 runs early, but after late HRs from Garrett Jones and Mark Teixeira had to sweat out a 10-9 victory over the Yankees tonight in the Bronx. Box score

Freese adds to Angels total

David Freese's sac fly in the 8th brought home Albert Pujols, his 27th RBI on the year. Freese is on pace for his first career 100-RBI season. Angels lead the Red Sox 12-5 in the 9th. Follow live

Belt's HR sets new career mark

Brandon Belt's home run off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick tonight was calculated at 437 feet, the longest of the Giants first baseman's career. San Francisco leads 3-0 in the 7th. Follow live

Moss sparks Indians' home win

Brandon Moss hit his 7th home run of the season and later added a 2-run double as Cleveland extended its winning streak to 4 with a 7-3 win over the struggling Reds.


Final: Rays 5, Athletics 2

Chris Archer went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and 1 run while striking out 8. But it was Evan Longoria's 3-run blast in the 5th that gave Archer the run support needed to claim his 5th win of the season. Box score


Tigers power way through Astros

The Tigers' J.D. Martinez's second home run of the month came at an opportune time. A third-inning 3-run shot was the difference in Detroit's 6-2 win over Houston.


King Felix, Cruz power Mariners

Felix Hernandez struck out 8 and improved to 7-1, Nelson Cruz hit his MLB-high 17th HR, and the Mariners beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in Toronto.


Indians push winning streak to 4

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a solo HR and 2-run double as Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 7-3. While the Indians have won 4 straight, the Reds have lost 6 in a row. Box score

Homer-happy Belt goes yard again

The Giants' Brandon Belt homered tonight vs. the Rockies, his 4th in the past 6 games. This hot streak has come after he had 0 homers in his first 30 games of the season. Follow live

Harper adds to NL home run lead

Bryce Harper hit an opposite-field blast to left off of Sean O'Sullivan and Max Scherzer made a 2-1 score stand up with 8 strong innings as the Nationals topped the Phillies in D.C.


Jeff Samardzija's streak ends

The White Sox starter had retired 17 straight Twins batters until Eduardo Escobar's single in the 7th. Minnesota did strike early for 2 runs in the 1st, and the teams remain deadlocked at 2-2 in the 7th inning. Follow live

Final: Tigers 6, Astros 2

Alfredo Simon twirled 7 solid innings for Detroit, but J.D. Martinez's 3-run homer was the difference as the Tigers won their 3rd straight. Box Score