Rockies trust John Axford as closer
Adam Ottavino's injury may be season-ending, but manager Walt Weiss is comfortable with Axford: "He's got a slow heartbeat in the ninth inning. He's got the weapons to get three of the toughest outs in the game."
John Axford's son to throw first pitch
The Rockies closer's 2-year-old son was bit on the foot by a rattlesnake in March and spent four weeks in the ICU. On Friday, Jameson will roll his wheelchair onto Coors Field to make the first pitch, and Axford said: "It'll put a smile on my face. ... Maybe tears in my eyes, too."
OTD: The Babe's first of 714 homers
Exactly 100 years ago today, baseball legend Babe Ruth was pitching for the Red Sox, batting 9th and facing the Yankees when he hit his first career home run -- a solo shot in the third. Oh, and he pitched 12 1/3 innings that day, too, but got the loss.
Happy 84th birthday, Willie Mays!
The Giants great owned: 24 All-Star berths, 12 Gold Gloves, two NL MVPs, .302 career BA to go with being 4th all-time with 660 HRs. Oh, and don't forget "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series. That's not a bad career.
Alex Rios still 2 weeks away from return
The Royals OF suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch April 13. Regarding a potential minor league rehab assignment, manager Ned Yost said: "It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we'll see."
That's one way to make your MLB debut! Angels catcher Carlos Perez hits a walk-off home run to lift L.A. over the Mariners, 5-4.
OTD: Cubs' Kerry Wood whiffs 20
On May 6, 1998, "Kid K" struck out 20 Astros in just his fifth career major league start in what is considered one of the greatest games ever pitched. He tied Roger Clemens' record for most strikeouts in a game -- and Wood was just 20 years old at the time.
Red Sox owner optimistic about season
Despite a disappointing 12-14 start, John Henry said before Tuesday's game he believed Boston would turn it around: "I think we've got the best team in the division. The Yankees have gotten away a little and we've gone through a bad period, but I think we'll turn it around." The Red Sox beat the Rays 2-0 later Tuesday night.
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Willie Mays turns 84 today. ... Mike Kinkade is 42. ,,, Ricky Jacquez is 22.
Angels walk off thanks to a big debut
Los Angeles catcher Carlos Perez hit a walk-off home run in his MLB debut as the Angels beat the Mariners 5-4. Perez is the first major leaguer with a walk-off homer in his debut since Miguel Cabrera did so for the Marlins on June 20, 2003. (via the Angels)
Cardinals outlast Cubs
Jolted by Matt Carpenter's 3-run shot in the 5th inning, the Cards rallied to score 6 unanswered to run their win streak to 8 games in a 7-4 victory over the Cubs.
Stephen Strasburg hurt in Nats' loss
Strasburg exited in the 3rd inning with a 'lingering' shoulder blade injury in the Nationals' 2-1 loss to the Marlins. "I felt like it was something that I felt I could have gone through it, but at this point in the season you just want to get it right," Strasburg said.