Neil Walker's homecoming will have to wait one more day. The scheduled game between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed by rain Monday night and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 4:05 p.m. This is the Mets' only visit to Pittsburgh this season.
Jon Lester dominated for eight innings, and the Chicago Cubs bullpen was just good enough in the ninth for yet another victory. Lester pitched eight scoreless innings, Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer and the Cubs held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night. Philadelphia scored all of its runs in the ninth after Maddon elected not to send Lester out for the last inning.
After another stellar start by rookie Michael Fulmer, Detroit's rotation is beginning to look a lot more promising. Fulmer allowed two hits over six innings in another outstanding performance, and Justin Upton and James McCann homered to lift the Tigers to an 11-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Detroit acquired Fulmer last year in the trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.
The Baltimore Orioles' latest comeback victory featured an intriguing subplot involving a rookie who made the most of his second chance. Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters hit solo homers in the seventh inning to back a sparkling pitching performance by Mike Wright, and the Orioles beat Kansas City 4-1 Monday night to extend the Royals' losing streak to five games. Manny Machado also homered for the Orioles, who have won five of six - all in come-from-behind fashion.
Ideally, Carlos Beltran says, the New York Yankees want to string good at-bats and bunch together some runs. Beltran hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning after Brian McCann and Starlin Castro launched back-to-back shots in the seventh, rallying the Yankees past the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Monday night. ''There's power in this offense,'' manager Joe Girardi said.