Bartolo Colon settled in a chair and threw a rubber ball against his black glove. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, eight earned runs and – even more surprisingly – two walks in the May 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Before walking Kolten Wong in the fourth inning, Colon set a franchise record with 48 2-3 consecutive innings without a walk.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and had five RBIs, Chris Young gave up six hits in six innings and the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Friday night.

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The reigning NL Rookie of the Year retired his final 23 batters following a first-inning single, and Lucas Duda hit two long homers to nearly the same spot Thursday during the New York Mets’ 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. In his latest stingy start at Citi Field, the only blemish was Matt Carpenter’s clean single with one out in the first. John Mayberry Jr. put the slumping Mets lineup on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the fourth.

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom turned in one of the best starts of the season Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. deGrom completely dominated the club over eight innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 11.  The start was so good, that only Corey Kluber has been better this year. Jacob deGrom’s Game Score of 91 is the second best this season behind Corey Kluber’s 98. It’s the 65th over 90 in the last five seasons. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 21, 2015 To make things more impressive, the one hit deGrom allowed came in the first inning. After striking out Kolten Wong to open the game, deGrom gave up a single against Matt Carpenter. He then proceeded to set down the next 23 hitters he faced.  [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] By the end of the eighth inning, deGrom had thrown 104 pitches. While he probably could have come out for the ninth, manager Terry Collins opted to turn to Jeurys Familia. It’s worth noting that deGrom has not exceeded 105 pitches this season, so that may have been the reason he was pulled. Last year, however, deGrom exceeded 110 pitches in five of his 22 starts, so he’s shown that stamina before. After a couple rough starts in late April, deGrom seems to be rounding into form. His strikeout rate is slightly down, but he’s still nearly punched out a batter per inning. deGrom posted a strong walk rate last season, but seems to have an even better grasp on his control in 2015. He’s been hurt a bit by the long ball, but that could be small sample randomness. deGrom did a fine job limiting home runs last season, so that’s certainly possible. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] For the Mets, it must be a welcome sign. deGrom emerged as the team’s surprise ace while Matt Harvey recovered from Tommy John surgery last season. With both players living up to expectations, the team’s strong start might be for real. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned rookie reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis, opening a roster spot for left-hander Jaime Garcia.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Joe Mauer’s long-running power drought is over, and he could not have possibly picked a better time to snap it. With the Twins and Pirates tied in the 13th inning at PNC Park, Mauer smacked Antonio Bastardo’s 0-1 pitch into right field bleachers for a go-ahead solo home run that held up as the difference in Minnesota’s 4-3 victory. The home run was Mauer’s first of the season. In fact, it was his first since Aug. 17 of last year, which covers a span of 76 games and 322 plate appearances. But you’d hardly know that based on the swing or the result. Looking comfortable against a left-handed pitcher, Mauer turned on the pitch like we’ve seen so many times in the past and gave it a ride. Vintage Mauer, you might say, and as a result the Twins are now a comfortable six games over .500. The home run helped Minnesota avoid what could have been a difficult loss to swallow. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the offense went silent allowing Pittsburgh to chip away before tying it in the eighth on Andrew McCutchen’s home run. After sweeping the brief two-game series, Minnesota will move on to Chicago for a weekend series with the White Sox. ASTROS KEEP ROLLING IN AL WEST One slip up against the Oakland A’s on Monday is all that stands between the Houston Astros and an eight-game winning streak. This comes less than three weeks after Houston won 10 straight, including sweeps against those same A’s, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. It goes without saying that they remain the biggest surprise in MLB this season, and with Wednesday’s 6-1 win against Oakland, they maintained the second-best record in MLB behind only the St. Louis Cardinals. On the pitching side, Dallas Keuchel has been the foundation of their hot start. He improved to 6-0 Wednesday, pitching seven innings and allowing just one unearned run. He joins Cardinals’ right-hander Michael Wacha as the only pitchers with at least six decision to remain undefeated. Felix Hernandez and Bartolo Colon also have six victories. Offensively, it was another balanced attack. George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick each had two hits, but the biggest came from Evan Gattis. His go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth was Houston’s league-leading 61st long ball of the season and the blow Oakland simply couldn’t recover from. Also worth noting, Jose Altuve was 0-for-5. He’s mired in a 2-for-20 slump over his last five games, but the Astros continue picking him up. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] MARLINS STILL WINLESS IN DAN JENNINGS ERA The Dan Jennings era is off to a miserable start in Miami and Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was another befiting of the chaos and apparent lack of direction or organization that engulfs the franchise. The Marlins were carved up by Arizona rookie Chase Anderson, who allowed just one run on four hits over eight innings. That continued a brutal stretch on offense, but Miami was no better defensively, committing an error and permitting six D-Backs stolen bases. A.J. Pollock paced the aggressive attack with three steals, including a steal of home on a botched rundown. Tuffy Gosewisch, Nick Ahmad and Aaron Hill each swiped one bag as Miami could find no answers. Of the six steals, five led to runs. Pollock reached four times overall and touched home all four times. David Peralta knocked him in on three occasions. The Marlins are now 0-3 under Jennings after being swept in Mike Redmond’s final three games against Atlanta. They have one more against Arizona before welcoming the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. LINCECUM SILENCES DODGERS WITH VINTAGE OUTING Apparently Wednesday was a night for vintage performances. Aside from David Letterman’s heartfelt goodbye on the Late Show and Joe Mauer’s first home run since 2014, San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was pretty close to his Cy Young form in helping his squad shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. Through not necessarily overpowering, Lincecum had Los Angeles off balance for the duration of his seven innings, allowing just three hits. He walked two, another encouraging number, and struck out four, which helped keep the pitch count manageable. Jean Machi, Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt recorded the final six outs as San Francisco extended its winning to five and moved to within 2 1/2 games of Los Angeles. Buster Posey had three hits, including a two-run homer off Yimi Garcia.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Matt Adams hit a long three-run homer, Jason Heyward also connected and the St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed their second consecutive offensive outburst, roughing up Bartolo Colon in a 9-0 rout of the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong both had three hits to back Carlos Martinez (4-2), who pitched 6 1-3 innings of four-hit ball in ending his two-game skid. Following a 10-2 victory Tuesday night, the Cardinals improved the best record in the majors to 27-13.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. There’s a reason Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is nicknamed Mr. Walk-off . In case anyone forgot, Zimmerman sent out a reminder Tuesday against the New York Yankees. With his 10th inning blast against Andrew Miller, Zimmerman led the Nationals to an 8-6 victory.  Zimmerman has displayed late-inning heroics before. In fact, this was the 10th walk-off home run of his career. That puts him in some elite company.  . @Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman in very nice company after his walk-off HR tonight pic.twitter.com/hIi5czQUA9 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 20, 2015 That list just includes National League players. As Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated notes, Jim Thome actually holds the record with 13 walk-off home runs. That list may not be 100 percent accurate considering play-by-play data wasn’t recorded until 1938. It’s possible other players from that era have more, but we aren’t entirely sure. It was Zimmerman’s first walk-off shot in over a year, and second against the Yankees. Zimmerman’s first career walk-off home run actually came against New York’s Chien-Ming Wang in June of 2006. His last walk-off homer came against the New York Mets in 2013 with LaTroy Hawkins on the mound. Following the victory, the Nationals celebrated in their usual fashion. This photo of Max Scherzer pouring chocolate sauce on Ryan Zimmerman is something [via USA Today]: pic.twitter.com/A6uX2eDGa8 — Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) May 20, 2015 Through 170 plate appearances, Zimmerman is hitting .242/.294/.418 this season. The Nationals improved to 23-17 with the win. YORDANO TOPS CUETO The Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals provided one of the better pitching duels Tuesday, but the less experienced ace pulled off the victory. Yordano Ventura was fantastic against Johnny Cueto, leading the Royals to the 3-0 win. Ventura tossed his finest game of the young season. He allowed just four over seven scoreless innings. Ventura struck out six, and did not issue any walks during the outing. Cueto didn’t fare as well. The 29-year-old ace gave up three runs on nine hits over seven frames. He struck out four and walked one. While it was far from his sharpest outing, Cueto received no support from his offense. That’s become an alarming trend lately. #Reds have scored 3 runs or fewer while Cueto was still in the game in 15 of his last 18 starts. — Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 20, 2015 With the victory, Ventura improved to 3-3. He has a 4.56 ERA through eight starts. The Royals sit atop the American League Central with a 25-14 record. GRICHUK GETS GOING AGAINST METS The St. Louis Cardinals’ bats came alive Tuesday against the New York Mets. The team notched double-digits runs in a 10-2 victory. One of the biggest catalysts for the outburst was outfielder Randal Grichuk, who had one of the worst games possible Monday. Randal Grichuk struck out five times on Monday. Tonight? Two doubles, one triple, three RBI and one run scored. — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) May 20, 2015 Grichuk redeemed himself Tuesday. The 23-year-old went 3 for 5, with two doubles and a triple during the contest. He scored one run and drove in three.  His performance allowed pitcher Michael Wacha to improve to 6-0 on the year. Wacha was excellent during the contest, allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings.  St. Louis improved to 26-13 with the win.   TAMPA BAY MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE Few believed in the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the start of the season, and the team appears to have taken the hate personally. The Rays moved into a tie for first place in the American League East with a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. The win was a real team effort. Steven Souza Jr. was the only player on the club to notch more than two hits, and five separate players were responsible for the RBIs. While it’s still early in the year, there’s some reason to believe in the Rays’ early surge. The club currently has a +19 run differential, which is best in the division. Both the Yankees and Blue Jays sit at +13, though, so it’s not like the Rays should hold a commanding lead. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Still, the performance has been impressive, and proof that maybe the club was underrated heading into the year.   Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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The St. Louis Cardinals started joking as Randy Choate put on Randal Grichuk’s batting gloves in the ninth inning. The fun in the dugout increased as he took Michael Wacha’s bat and headed to home plate for the first time in more than a decade, and there was lots laughter when the reliever drew a walk. Grichuk had three extra-base hits and drove in three runs a night after striking out five times, Mark Reynolds homered among his three hits and the Cardinals teed off on Mets starter Jonathon Niese for a 10-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night.

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The Mets have cut reserve outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, making room on the roster for hot-hitting minor leaguer Darrell Ceciliani. New York selected Ceciliani’s contract from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday before playing the St. Louis Cardinals and designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment. Nieuwenhuis made the Mets with a strong spring training, hitting .322 (19 for 59), but he struggled this season in a backup role.

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