MLB Monday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Brian Dozier extends longest active hitting streak

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Dozier extends hitting streak

The Twins suffered a blowout loss at the hands of the Yankees on Monday night, but that didn't prevent second baseman Brian Dozier from extending his hitting streak to 17 games this season and 24 games overall. Entering Monday, here were the four longest active streaks in baseball: 

  1. Brian Dozier, Twins: 23 games dating back to last year (16 games this year)
  2. Mike MoustakasRoyals: 14 games
  3. Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers: 11 games
  4. Manny Machado, Orioles: 10 games

Dozier's is baseball's longest hitting streak since Freddie Freeman had a 30-game streak late in 2016. And yet, it is not the longest hitting streak of Dozier's career. He had a 24-gamer back in 2016. That one ended six days before Freeman's.

Yankees tee off

As mentioned, the Yankees boat-raced the Twins on Monday night. 

Reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton took part in the festivities, hitting his fifth home run on the season on a Jake Odorizzi breaking ball:

Stanton also recorded three singles and a walk. That gives him his first four-hit game on the season. Stanton is now hitting .224/.320/.459 on the season. Not quite up to his normal standard yet, but an improvement on the .185/.283/.395 line he entered the day with. 

Recent call-up Gleyber Torres also got in on the fun, singling for his first big-league hit:

The first of many, to be certain.

Everyone in the Yankees lineup reached base at least once. Miguel Andujar (another homer and a double) and Didi Gregorius (grand slam) merit a special mention.

Angels shut out Astros in first meeting in 2018

Last week, we explained why the Angels were off to the best start in franchise history at 13-3. Since then they've gone 1-5 and been outscored 42-10. Sorry, Angels fans. You can blame us.

On the bright side, the Angels got this week off to a good start, knocking off the defending World Series champion Astros 2-0 in the pair's first meeting this season. 

Tyler Skaggs was the star of the night for the Angels. Though he recorded just three strikeouts across seven frames, he limited the Astros to five baserunners. The Angels then turned the game over to a pair of relievers.

Justin Anderson, making his big-league debut, allowed two hits but prevented the Astros from crossing the plate. Keynan Middleton also flirted with danger, allowing the tying run to reach base. He then struck out two batters in a row before the Astros attempted a failed double steal.

Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun each drove in a run for the Angels. Mike Trout, meanwhile, reached base twice and swiped two bases.

As for the Astros, Gerrit Cole took his first loss as a member of the organization. He didn't deserve it, as he struck out eight Angels and limited them to six baserunners in seven innings. Cole's ERA, which entered the day at 0.96, went all the way up to 1.29. What a slacker. 

Moncada has huge night

White Sox second baseman and leadoff hitter Yoan Moncada had himself some fun against the Mariners.

Moncada went three for five on the night, recording a home run, a triple, and a double. He, obviously, fell a single short of the cycle. Nonetheless, Moncada made some neat history:

Moncada is now hitting .240/.345/.493 on the season. The White Sox haven't been good -- Monday night's 10-run, 18-hit performance notwithstanding -- but Moncada has been. The latter means more for the White Sox' future than the former.

Buehler shows potential in first start

Walker Buehler made his first big-league start on Monday night, throwing against the Marlins. He fared fine for the most part, striking out a batter per inning across five frames while yielding four hits and three walks.

Regarded as one of the Dodgers' top prospects, Buehler showed off good stuff. His fastball hit 99 mph and he coerced four swing-and-misses on 89 pitches. One of the knocks on Buehler is his command, and that was evident (though it's possible nerves came into play, too.)

It's unclear if Buehler will get another start at this point. Rich Hill, currently on the disabled list, will be able to return before the spot in the rotation comes up again this weekend. 

Cabrera signs with Cleveland

Melky Cabrera finally found a home on Monday, signing a minor-league pact with Cleveland. Click here to read more about the deal.

Quick hits

  • White Sox RHP Danny Farquhar, who is currently in critical but stable condition following a brain hemorrhage, is expected to remain in the hospital for the next three weeks. Farquhar collapsed in the dugout during Friday's game.
  • White Sox OF Avsail Garcia left Monday's game after seemingly hurting his hamstring while running. 
  • The Tigers designated RHP Drew VerHagen for assignment, the team announced. The move clears a roster spot for prospect OF Mike Gerber. Gerber joined the team as the 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader and will now stick around.
  • The Red Sox traded LHP Roenis Elias to the Mariners for cash or a player to be named later, the team announced. Elias, who originally broke in with Seattle in 2014, has a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 relief innings at Triple-A so far this season.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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