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OUT LOUD

"It's a baseball play. It's not a gentleman's game, but it's a baseball play."

— Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, assessing a play at second on which the Brewers' Carlos Gomez injured Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer with a hard, wide slide. Mercer was carted off the field.

GAME OF NUMBERS

0-4, 5.06

Record and ERA in the past nine starts for the Phillies' Cole Hamels, still a hot name in trade rumors.

278

Major league games for Royals pitcher Joe Blanton, who got his career save Sunday.

AL CENTRAL WATCH

Kris Medlen

RHP, Kansas City

The Royals said the 29-year-old righthander, who last pitched in the majors in 2013 for Atlanta, will come off the disabled list Monday, another step in his comeback from a second major elbow surgery. Medlen had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in March 2014 after being hurt in spring training. The same operation, in 2010, also kept him out for most of 2011. Kansas City sent reliever Brandon Finnegan to Class AAA Omaha.