Even though the draft was taking place on Monday, Major League Baseball still had action on the field, albeit in a limited schedule.
Full Monday scoreboard with recaps and box scores for every game
Jarrod Parker, A's: The 23-year-old right hander held the game's best offense hitless through seven innings. He ended up giving up just one hit in a career-high eight innings, a grounder up the middle by Michael Young. Parker struck out six and walked three in Oakland's 12-1 victory.
Seager family: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit his seventh home run of the season in Seattle's 8-4 victory over the Agnels, while younger brother Corey was drafted by the Dodgers with the 18th pick in the first round.
Mike Trout, Angels: The Angels' rookie recorded his first-ever four-hit game and with his only plate appearance without a hit, he drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Trout is now hitting .338/.388/.559.
Starlin Castro, Cubs: Cubs manager Dale Sveum called Castro's fifth-inning mental error the "last straw" with his talented shortstop, noting he could bench Castro if the mental errors continue to pile up. With the Cubs holding a 2-1 lead in the fifth with one out and bases loaded, Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija got the double play ball he wanted on Brandon Crawford's grounder to second baseman Darwin Barney. Castro got the out at second, but started running toward the dugout as if it were the third out of the inning, not the second, as the tying run came in to score. Castro apologized afterward -- and it's doubtful he could have doubled up Crawford -- but his lapses have become a trend that haven't helped the struggling team.
Scott Feldman, Rangers: Roy Oswalt can't get to Arlington soon enough. Feldman replaced the injured Neftali Feliz in the Rangers' rotation and has lost all four of his starts. Facing the American League's worst offense on Monday, Feldman didn't make it out of the second inning in Oakland. He allowed eight runs on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings. All seven hits came in the eight-run Oakland second. After walking Yoenis Cespedes to start the inning, Feldman gave up six consecutive hits, including Brandon Inge's two-run homer.
Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies: Papelbon is 15 for 15 in save opportunities this season and hasn't given up a run when a save is on the line. When there's no save possibility, it's been a different story. In his eight non-save appaerances, Papelbon has a 6.48 ERA, including a run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers after a leadoff triple to the Dodgers' Dee Gordon, who then scored on Elian Herrera's single. In fairness, Papelbon's 2-2 pitch to Gordon should have been called a strike, as Pitch F/X showed the pitch was right on the corner, but also give Gordon credit for driving a ball out of the strike zone for a triple that set up the game-winning run.
• Young returns: Right-hander Chris Young will make his 2012 debut for the Mets after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder last May. Young, 33, underwent the same surgery that teammate Johan Santana had eight months before. Young had a 1.88 ERA in his first four starts with the Mets last season before going down with injury. He'll face off against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. 7:05 p.m. ET
• Rematch: Last week A.J. Burnett baffled Reds hitters, while Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey did the same to the Pirates. Those two performances were in different games, but the two face off in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Burnett held the Reds to two hits and an unearned run in seven innings last Wednesday, while Bailey gave up a run on four hits in a complete-game performance the day before. Bailey is 6-0 with a 1.79 ERA in eight career starts against Pittsburgh. 7:10 p.m ET
• Cubs struggling: Futility is one constant through Cubs history, so when a Cubs team is close to matching a team record in a dubious category, you know it's not a good season. With the team's loss in San Francisco on Monday, the Cubs have lost 11 straight on the road, but also dropped their 10th consecutive decision in a one-run game, one shy of the team's longest such streak. Three times before -- once in 1915 and twice in 1921 -- the Cubs have lost 11 consecutive one-run games. Starter Ryan Dempster has a shot at keeping Chicago close in Tuesday's game at Milwaukee, because he's done that all season, even though his team has yet to reward him with a victory. Dempster is 0-3 with a 2.90 ERA this season. 8:10 p.m. ET
Monday's probable pitchers
• 10-cent beer anniversary: Monday was the 38th anniverasy of 10-cent Beer Night at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, when drunk fans constantly interrupted a game between the Rangers and Indians. The Cleveland Plain Dealer remembers the incident.
• Yankee killer: There have been plenty of critics of Major League Baseball's Luxury Tax, but it appears the tax is achieving its goal -- holding back the Yankees. [Biz of Baseball]
• Ping! Just in case you don't have enough baseball in your life (and who does?), don't forget the NCAA Baseball tournament is going on right now and Monday all eight Super Regional matchups were finalized, with games beginning on Friday. [NCAA.com]
• Looking back at the 2005 draft: With the first round of the draft under our belts, it's only natural to look back at some of the more recent drafts. Of those, 2005 could go down in history. That draft saw the likes of Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ricky Romero, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza and Clay Buchholz. A total of nine players from the first round of that draft have been named to an All-Star team. [Baseball-Reference.com]
• Animal style: George "The Animal" Steele on the mound at a minor-league game.
• No spin zone: Nothing fascinates me quite like the knuckleball, so this video is right up my alley -- what a knuckler looks likes from a catcher's perspective.
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