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OUT LOUD

"This is ridiculous. We're never out of it."

— Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds, who hit a grand slam as St. Louis rallied from 5-0 and 8-4 deficits to beat the Cubs 10-9 on Monday for its seventh win in a row.

GAME OF NUMBERS

5-0

Felix Hernandez's record for Seattle after beating the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Monday. He is first Mariner to start with five straight wins since 2001.

.216

Rangers' team batting average going into Tuesday's game. Eight of the 13 position players are hitting below .200.

ANTSY TO PLAY

Justin Verlander

RHP, Tigers

He had a third MRI on Tuesday, hoping the inflammation has subsided on his strained right triceps so he can increase his throwing program. "I'm itching. I'm ready to go," said Verlander, who began the season on the disabled list, then cut short a simulated game on April 15 because of fatigue and soreness. "I don't think anybody's at fault for [the injury] lingering — you can't force the body to heal."