Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners singled to lead off Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks for the 2,500th hit of his major league career, according to an ESPN.com report.
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The National League
The Kevin Towers
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com: "It seems hard to imagine now, after he's spent 15 years in the big leagues as a catcher, but Henry Blanco was a third baseman in the Dodgers organization in 1995. With Blanco's path to the big leagues blocked by Paul Konerko and Adrian Beltre, Mike Scioscia, who was then the Dodgers' catching coordinator, suggested a shift behind the plate."
The Frank Wren
Carroll Rogers of Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "After eight years in the Braves organization, including the past four in Triple-A Gwinnett, Todd Redmond finally got his big league chance. The 27-year-old right-hander was called up to take Brandon Beachy's roster spot and give the Braves another arm in the bullpen."
The Jed Hoyer
Gordon Wittenmyer of Chicago Sun-Times: "With the Boston Red Sox and a good portion of their so-called Nation descending on Wrigley Field, this weekend has turned into an ad-nauseam reminder of the Red Sox Way that Cubs president Theo Epstein is trying to mold for his new team."
The Walt Jocketty
Joey Nowak of MLB.com: "As much deserved attention as Aroldis Chapman has received in the back end of the Reds' bullpen this summer, his fellow relievers have been equally formidable, providing the club with the top bullpen staff in the National League."
The Dan O-Dowd
Andrew T. Fisher of Purple Row: "19-year-old southpaw Jayson Aquino posted a 1.02 ERA as a 17-year-old in 2010, then "regressed" to a 1.30 ERA last season. After throwing eight shutout innings with 13 strikeouts yesterday, his ERA sits at a cool 0.43 after three starts."
The Michael Hill
Cole Harvey of South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Marlins hitting coach Eduardo Perez has good reason to be disappointed, frustrated and downright angry at his batters who in recent weeks have stumbled into sudden and surprising offensive mediocrity."
The Jeff Luhnow
Zachary Levine of Houston Chronicle: "Lance McCullers Jr., the Astros' supplemental first-round pick, is on his way to Houston for a physical and is on the verge of signing a professional contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation."
The Ned Colletti
Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.: "The Dodgers were able to pull out a comeback win on Sunday afternoon, a 2-1 extra-inning triumph over the Chicago White Sox at Dodger Stadium. With the win, that lessened the blow of an earlier call that took a run off the scoreboard for the Dodgers."
The Doug Melvin
Michael Hunt of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "There was a time when I thought the Brewers had a chance to re-sign Zack Greinke, just the kind of guy to give up a few million after-tax dollars for the sake of his personal comfort. His social-anxiety disorder and the low-pressure, small-town vibe of Milwaukee seemed like an ideal match at something close to market price. Then, three events changed everything."
The Sandy Alderson
Filip Bondy of New York Daily News: "The Mets will not rise or fall because of Jason Bay's unfortunate injury problems. They will hang in there, or not, behind a starting rotation anchored by R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana."
The Ruben Amaro Jr.
Ryan Dinger of Phillies Nation: "The loss [Saturday] marks the eighth time this season the Phillies have lost on a walk-off win."
The Neal Huntington
Charlie Wilmonth of Bucs Dugout: "Pedro Alvarez -- what a frustrating, intriguing, bizarre season he's having. He vanishes for a month, and then he practically wins games by himself. After hitting two homers on Saturday, he added two more today as the Pirates beat the Indians 9-5 to win two out of three."
The John Mozeliak
Viva El Birdos: "Lance Lynn has surprised everyone this season. He now ranks 9th on the MLB list of qualified starters by K%. I don't think that was on anyone's list of expected outcomes."
The Josh Byrnes
San Diego Union-Tribune: "[Carlos] Quentin has been hit by pitches five times in 16 games this season, but [Bud] Black doesn't think teams are intentionally throwing at the outfielder."
The Brian Sabean
Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle: "Why so long? Why have the Giants gone to Seattle three times since 2002 and not set foot in Orange County? Did the Giants plead with the league not to send them to the site of one of the franchise's most harrowing moments?"
The Mike Rizzo
James Wagner of Washington Post: "Nationals closer Drew Storen is throwing off the mound three times a week, slowly increasing his workload, and still hopes to return to the team in a month or less, and remain around the team rehabbing until then."
The American League
The Dan Duquette
Eduardo E. Encina of Baltimore Sun: "Jake Arrieta said he's going into his next start Monday against the New York Mets at CitiField refreshed and with a much better frame of mind than the cluttered one of frustration he experienced before being demoted to the bullpen."
The Ben Cherington
Alex Speier of WEEI.com: "Mark Prior worked a perfect ninth for his first save with Pawtucket. He punched out two, and in 6 2/3 innings, he's now recorded 15 of 19 outs by strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .130 against him."
The Kenny Williams
Mark Gonzales of Chicago Tribune: "Instead of visiting his teammates this weekend, third baseman Brent Morel stayed 110 miles north of Dodger Stadium to embark on a lower-back rehabilitation program with the hope he can rejoin the White Sox at the start of the second half."
The Chris Antonetti
Paul Hoynes of Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "The streak is over for Michael Brantley. It lasted 22 games, the longest by an Indians player since Casey Blake hit in 26 straight games in 2007, and ended with Saturday's 0-for-3 in a 9-2 loss to Pittsburgh."
The Dave Dombrowski
Jason Beck of MLB.com: "Jim Leyland isn't going to get committed to starting Quintin Berry every day. Likewise, Berry isn't going to go outside of his skill set to try to prove he should be starting all the time."
The Dayton Moore
Royals Review: "The goal of Isolated ERA (iERA) is to eliminate the effects of the rest of a pitching staff on an individual pitcher's ERA. When a pitcher leaves runners on base that they are "responsible for", whether or not the next pitcher(s) allows these runners to score no longer influences the original pitcher's ERA."
The Jerry DiPoto
Lance Pugmire of Los Angeles Times: "For losing his starting job, enduring eight of 23 April games on the bench and playing only his second full season in the big leagues, Mark Trumbo has proved resilient."
The Terry Ryan
Joe Christensen of Star-Tribune: "Twins catcher Joe Mauer said Rickie Weeks' knee gave him a Charley horse in his right thigh, when Weeks made a hard slide into home in the second inning Sunday. And Mauer didn't sound too pleased."
The Brian Cashman
Mark Feinsand of New York Daily News: "Andy Pettitte said Friday that he felt no different after celebrating his 40th birthday. Based on the way he pitched Saturday, he meant it."
The Billy Beane
Athletics Nation: "If Grant Green's career so far were a flip book, on page 6 you might find him peeking out, upside down, from the top right-hand corner of the page. "There he is!" a delighted 4-year boy would squeal. "Next page, daddy!" He seems to be repositioned that frequently."
The Jack Zduriencik
Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: "The Mariners' relievers are working on a streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings. Mariner relievers have the best ERA in the majors in the month of June (1.36)."
The Andrew Friedman
DRB.com: "The story of the day was Alex Cobb who continued the dominance shown by the Rays starting staff this weekend with arguably the best outing of his young career and a very positive sign as he gets further and further away from last years surgery and closer to the pitcher many in the Rays organization think he can be."
The Jon Daniels
Gerry Fraley of Dallas Morning News: "Nelson Cruz started in left field for the first time this season in the Texas Rangers' game against Houston on Sunday. With the Astros starting left-hander Dallas Keuchel, manager Ron Washington put the right-handed bat of Brandon Snyder in the lineup."
The Alex Anthopoulos
Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com: "Back in 2008, after the Brewers made a prep catcher from British Columbia their first-round Draft pick, Brett Lawrie predicted he'd ride the fast track to Miller Park. "One hundred percent," Lawrie said then, "I see myself there, hopefully, in a year and a half." It took four years and a change of uniforms, but here he comes."
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Aubrey Huff has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Giants after he sprained his right knee during the celebration for Matt Cain's perfect game against the Astros.
The Giants made the move before opening a series in Seattle on Friday. They also purchased the contract of Justin Christian from Triple-A Fresno and put him in the starting lineup at DH against the Mariners.
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Kevin Millwood and five Seattle relievers combined on a no-hitter, the third in franchise history, and the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on Friday night, according to an ESPN.com report.
Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Game Recap
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