Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Lost in the drama in Boston and Kansas City this weekend has been the excellent series that’s playing out in Toronto. On Friday, the Braves topped the Blue Jays by one run despite being outhomered five to two. On Saturday, the Braves used the long ball early to build a four-run lead, but the Blue Jays ultimately prevailed 6-5 in 10 innings .  Josh Donaldson, who was acquired from the Oakland A’s in one of the offseason’s more surprising trades, landed the decisive blow with a walkoff solo homer off Sugar Ray Marimón in the 10th. The home run was Donaldson’s third in two games, and his 11th hit overall in five games. He’s absolutely sizzling. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Two innings earlier, Jose Bautista cracked his third homer of the season, a two-run shot which temporarily gave Toronto the lead. He hasn’t been sizzling with a .150 batting average. However, as the Stew’s Chris Cwik pointed out prior to Bautista’s home run on Saturday, there were signs he’s ready to breakthrough. Before Bautusta’s home run. It feels like Jose Bautista is just missing so many balls. — Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) April 18, 2015 As in, he could be hitting dongs, but he’s just getting under them too much. — Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) April 18, 2015 After Bautista’s home run. Told y’all Bautista was close. — Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) April 18, 2015 Nailed it. The Blue Jays first lead was quickly undone when Kelly Johnson homered off Miguel Castro in the ninth. Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pierzynski also homered for Atlanta, but together it wasn’t enough to overcome the Jays. KING FELIX DOMINATES RANGERS ON HIS BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT Any concern about the quad injury that forced Felix Hernandez from his previous start were completely squashed on Saturday. With the King’s Court rocking down the left field and thousands of fans clutching their new King Felix bobbleheads, the Mariners ace put a dirty dozen strikeouts on the board to help Seattle knock off the Texas Rangers 3-1 and snap a four-game losing streak. Overall, Hernandez allowed just one run on two hits over seven innings. He also walked two and hit two, but never faltered en route to career victory No. 127. The dozen strikeouts raised his career total to 1,974, so he’s nearing a pretty notable milestone.  Offensively, Mike Zunino delivered his first home run of the season, a go-ahead solo shot in the fifth. Brad Miller tripled home a run in the sixth.  MASAHIRO TANAKA DOMINANT AGAINST RAYS For the first time in three starts, Masahiro Tanaka looked healthy and displayed the dominant form that carried him to a historic first half in 2014.

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The Chicago White Sox dropped a tough one Friday against the Detroit Tigers, losing on a walkoff single in the ninth inning. While any walkoff loss is demoralizing, this one probably hurts more than usual. That’s because the whole situation could have been prevented.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With the game tied 1-1, Nick Castellanos led off the inning with a line shot to right fielder Avisail Garcia. Castellanos decided to head for second, drawing a throw from Garcia. The throw beat Castellanos, but he was ruled safe after it was determined shortstop Alexei Ramirez did not apply the tag.  The glove came extremely close to Castellanos’ foot, leading many to believe White Sox manager Robin Ventura would challenge the play. Ventura did come out to argue the play, but said the team’s video crew advised him that Castellanos was safe.  Ventura said got a safe call from team video crew so did not challenge — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 17, 2015 There’s some debate over whether this was the case. While the Chicago feed of the game could not find evidence that Ramirez made the tag, the Tigers’ feed showed clear evidence Ramirez made contact with Castellanos’ foot. Ventura actually came back out of the dugout to speak with umpires a second time, but could no longer challenge as the play had been ruled dead. Ventura came out the first time, but once he went back in the dugout and the Tigers’ pinch-ran Romine, the previous play was dead. — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 17, 2015 After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third, Jose Iglesias delivered a walkoff single, ending the game. Following the contest, Ramirez was adamant that he tagged Castellanos. Ramirez: ‘In 9th inning you have to review that play. Maybe they missed it the first time on the video. I’m 100 percent that I tagged him’ — Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) April 17, 2015 Ramirez brings up a good point. Given the game situation, Ventura probably should have challenged the play even if he believed Ramirez missed the tag. The play was at least close enough that a mistake could have been made, and the White Sox lost nothing if the challenge didn’t work out in their favor. In this end, his reluctance to act may have cost the team the game. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] The error by Ventura is pretty inexcusable. With the loss, the White Sox drop to 3-6 on the season while Detroit stands at a strong 9-1. While there’s plenty of time for Chicago to make up that deficit, this loss might sting for quite some time.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Coming into this season, the Tigers had started 9-1 just twice since World War I: in 1968 and 1984, the years of Detroit’s last two World Series titles. Detroit has won nine of its first 10 games once again following Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, which ended on Jose Iglesias’ ninth-inning single. ”I don’t put a lot of stock in yesterday, but they also can’t take these wins away from us,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Detroit’s rally was aided by a controversial call White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t challenge because he made his decision too late.

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Former Japanese league baseball star Randy Bass returned to his old team on Friday to mark the 30-year anniversary of one of its biggest moments on the diamond. On April 17, 1985, Bass and two of his teammates on the Hanshin Tigers hit three straight home runs in the seventh inning against the Yomiuri Giants. Bass, now 61, will attend a Tigers game against the Giants at Koshien Stadium to mark the occasion on Friday. ”Thirty years ago today, we hit back-to-back-to-back home runs and it was a very special day in the history of the Hanshin Tigers,” Bass said at an event at a Hanshin department store.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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The Royals’ hot start has them picking up where they left off last season.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. There will be no undefeated team in MLB again this season (or ever, but play along if you don’t mind). The last of the undefeated teams, the defending American League championship Kansas City Royals, finally fell on Wednesday dropping a 3-1 decision to the Minnesota Twins . The Royals came in winners of their first seven, having swept the Chicago White and Los Angeles Angels before winning the series opener in Minnesota on Monday. They had outscored their opponents by a combined score of 52-19, but they were stymied by right-hander Kyle Gibson, who held them to one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Royals starter Edinson Volquez was good himself, allowing three runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He made one big mistake in the fourth inning which resulted in a two-run homer for Oswaldo Arcia. What’s perhaps most interesting about Kansas City’s loss. It actually drops them to second place in the AL Central. The Detroit Tigers improved to 8-1 with a 1-0 victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday , so the Royals are one-half game back. But hey, they lead the wild-card if you’re into watching the standings in April. The Royals will look to pull even on Thursday when Jason Vargas battle Tommy Milone at Target FIeld. The Tigers get a day off before welcome the Chicago White Sox to Comerica Park. ROCKIES SWEEP GIANTS, ARE 6-0 ON THE ROAD We’re still early in the baseball season. The sample sizes remain small and mostly insignificant in the big picture. Unless maybe you’re the Colorado Rockies and you’re off to franchise-best 6-0 starts on the road this season. Then the sample size is anything but insignificant. The Rockies reached that mark by the sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in their season-opening series, and completely a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night.   For a little perspective on the Rockies hot start, consider this. @Rockies beat @SFGiants 4-2 to improve to 7-2 and 6-0 on road…perspective: last year Rox finished 6-39 final 45 on road! — Drew Goodman (@DrewGoodman42) April 16, 2015 The hero on Wednesday? You guessed it, Nolan Arenado. Only this time, with the bat, as his three-run first-inning homer off Tim Lincecum essentially wrapped the game up early.  Overall, the Rockies are 7-2 on the young season thanks to a combination of better than expected starting pitching, timely hitting, world class defense and a nearly spotless bullpen. The only blemishes there are LaTroy Hawkins’ two blown save, which resulted in his removal from the closer’s role. It has been, to this point, a complete team effort for Colorado. But it’s always a monumental challenge to sustain success playing in Coors Fields, and for them, perhaps more so staying healthy. A-ROD HOMERS, TIES DEREK JETER ON ALL-TIME RUNS LIST It came in a losing effort, but Alex Rodriguez took a few more steps toward career milestones on Wednesday night. With his fourth-inning home run against Baltimore Orioles right-hander Bud Norris, Rodriguez moved to within four of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. A-Rod’s 656 homers rank fifth all-time, and assuming he stays healthy, a battle over the milestone clauses in his contract could begin soon with Mays’ 660 sitting so close. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] A-Rod’s second home run of the season also marked the 1,923rd run scored of his career, which ties him with former Yankees’ teammate Derek Jeter for ninth on the all-time runs scored list. He needs 27 runs to pass Stan Musial and take over seventh place. So again, assuming he stays healthy, that should be within his reach this season. As for the big picture for the Yankees, things are not as bright after falling 7-5 to the Orioles . Their 3-6 record marks their worst nine-game start since 1991. That includes series losses to three division teams: Toronto, Boston and now Baltimore. They’ll meet the other AL East squad, the Tampa Bay Rays, this weekend in St. Petersburg. TREVOR BAUER REMAINS WILD BUT EFFECTIVE Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer followed up six no-hit innings in his season debut against the Houston Astros on April 9 by not allowing a hit in his first three innings against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. That’s nine no-hit innings overall — with 15 strikeouts — but it’s all only good for a pat on the back and two victories rather than a place in history. On Wednesday, Bauer allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in Cleveland’s 4-2 victory . The only thing that stopped him from working deeper into the game again were his walks. He added another four, which raised his season total to nine over 12 frames. But he once again showed that he can be effectively wild and more consistently brilliant if he maintains his focus. The next step, should it come, will have to include better efficiency, but Cleveland’s happy to go one step at a time. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Trevor Bauer won consecutive starts for the first time in his three-plus seasons in the major leagues, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Wednesday to stop a four-game losing streak, Bauer (2-0), who pitched six hitless innings against Houston in his first start this season, held the White Sox without a hit until Jose Abreu singled leading off the fourth. Chicago loaded the bases with one out, but J.B. Shuck fouled out and Geovany Soto struck out. Cody Allen walked pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio leading off the ninth and hit Micah Johnson with a pitch. Adam Eaton struck out trying to sacrifice, Melky Cabrera hit into a forceout and Allen struck out Abreu for his second save.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — AMERICAN LEAGUE ROYALTY Kansas City, at 7-0 the only unbeaten team in the major leagues, resumes its series at Minnesota after a one-day break when Edinson Volquez takes the mound against the Twins. Kansas City learned Tuesday that right fielder Alex Rios has a broken bone in his left hand, the result of being hit by a pitch Monday from Twins rookie J.R. Graham. Lorenzo Cain is expected to shift to right field, with Jarrod Dyson taking over in center for Cain. MAKING HIS WAY BACK Detroit’s Justin Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, is to pitch a simulated game Wednesday of at least four innings and 60 pitches.

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The Royals and Tigers are rolling, the Blue Jays appear to have some fine young arms, and baseball may be facing a new threat.

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