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OUT LOUD

"To be very honest, there was a time when I thought nothing would happen as far as baseball. I didn't really think I'd have a career."

— Tampa Bay reliever Andrew Bellatti, who served jail time as a teen after a fatal car crash. He was the winning pitcher in his major league debut Saturday night.

GAME OF NUMBERS

54

Hits this season for the Marlins' Dee Gordon's through 29 games. Only Hank Aaron (60, 1960) and Johnny Frederick (55, 1930) had more.

34

Batters retired in a row by 36-year-old Rangers lefthander Wandy Rodriguez — the first 15 on Sunday and the final 19 in his previous start. That broke the team record of 31 in a row set by Ken Hill in 1996.

demoted

Allen Craig

OF, Boston

An All-Star with the Cardinals in 2013, the 30-year-old was sent to Class AAA Pawtucket on Sunday after batting just .135 in 24 games with one homer and two RBI. Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled to replace him.