Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets got his 220th victory Monday, passing Pedro Martinez for the second-most by a Dominican pitcher. Who is first? Answer at end of these notes. ... How limited is Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez’s range? He had one assist in April. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt had 29. ...
David Price had a 1.95 earned-run average at Fenway Park before joining the Red Sox. Since then, his ERA at Fenway is 9.15. ... Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to every team except the Dodgers, Angels, Arizona, Miami, San Diego and San Francisco. ... Before losing to Minnesota on Monday, Houston’s Dallas Keuchel was 17-0 in his last 22 home starts. ... The Chicago Cubs had a run differential of plus-96 through Thursday. Last season, when they won 97 games, their run differential for the season was plus-81. ...
Tampa Bay right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is pitching so well in relief that the Rays are considering keeping him there instead of moving him back to the rotation, as was the original plan. Ramirez is 5-1 with a 1.13 ERA. ... Arizona General Manager Dave Stewart spoke on MLB Network radio about the struggles of pitcher Shelby Miller, who is 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA in six starts since being acquired from Atlanta in the off-season: “Shelby Miller, I think, it’s more really just he’s feeling some pressure of the trade: the players that we traded for him, trying to fit in, I think the whole ordeal has just been different for him leaving St. Louis going to Atlanta.” ... The Philadelphia Phillies have shut out their opponent six times. They had only seven shutouts last season. ...
New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman, who became a U.S. citizen in March, hopes to play for Team USA, managed by Jim Leyland, in the World Baseball Classic next year. “If [Leyland] invites me, I would love to go. I can close, but I can also go to the bullpen and throw the seventh or the eighth inning, whatever they need.” ... Starting pitchers Matt Cain and Jake Peavy are a combined 1-7 with an 8.40 ERA for San Francisco. ... Answer: Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, who won 243 games.
vs. New York Mets: Monday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m.
vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.
Dodgers look to avenge National League division series losses to the Mets in 2015 and the Cardinals in 2014. Cardinals beat the Dodgers in the 2013 NL Championship Series.
vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m.
at Seattle Mariners: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 6 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.
Albert Pujols faces former team at home again. He still hasn’t returned to St. Louis since signing with Halos the Angels, who lost two of three games to the Mariners in April.
MLB SERIES OF THE WEEK
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs
Friday through Sunday
The Pirates, probably Chicago’s stiffest competition in the NL Central, look to prevent the Cubs from running away with the division … in May.
Tweets of the week from around MLB
“Asked two scouts what chance Angels have without [injured ace] Garrett Richards. One said ‘zero.’ One said ‘none.’”
—Danny Knobler (@DannyKnobler) of Bleacher Report.
“According to STATS Inc., Thursday [was] the first time in major league history that four first-place teams (Cubs, Nationals, White Sox, Red Sox) all played in the same city (Chicago) in the same day.”
—Chicago White Sox official Twitter account (@whitesox)
“Hey St. Louis Cardinals fans, is it time for the Redbirds to already focus on the NL wild card with the Cubs seven games out in front?”
—Bernie Miklasz (@BernieShow), St. Louis radio talk show host.