Bartolo Colon settled in a chair and threw a rubber ball against his black glove. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, eight earned runs and – even more surprisingly – two walks in the May 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Before walking Kolten Wong in the fourth inning, Colon set a franchise record with 48 2-3 consecutive innings without a walk.

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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. The Miami Marlins weeks of turmoil and terrible baseball continued on Friday, this time with an 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. That makes eight straight losses for Miami, all of which have come on their current 10-game homestand which is set to end on Sunday. That moment probably can’t come soon enough for a Marlins team that desperately needs to get out of town and regroup. The former will definitely happen. It may honestly be too late for the latter to matter if it does happen. As for Friday, it started out promising as the Marlins tallied three early runs against Ubaldo Jimenez. But hope quickly faded when Baltimore scored two in the fifth and four more in the sixth, all against Henderson Alvarez. Adding insult to injury, immediately following the game Miami placed both Alvarez and another starter, Mat Latos, on the disabled list with injuries.   #marlins place Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) & Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) on 15-day DL — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 23, 2015 Of all Miami’s issues, the injuries in their rotation might be the most concerning. #Marlins DL now includes four starting pitchers … Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos and Jarred Cosart. — Jason Martinez (@mlbdepthcharts) May 23, 2015 On the plus side, Miami actually outhit Baltimore 14-11, including a milestone from Ichiro Suzuki, who passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. However, they were burned by seven walks and an ill-timed error in the decisive fifth inning. They’ll now seek that elusive win on Saturday when they send veteran Dan Haren against O’s rookie Mike Wright. KING FELIX FIRST TO SEVEN WINS In the race to seven wins, Felix Hernandez left all of his competition behind on Friday night. The Seattle Mariners right-hander pitched eight innings of one-run ball, allowing only four hits in Seattle’s 4-3 triumph against the Toronto Blue Jays, to become the league’s first seven-game winner. After dropping his last decision to the Boston Red Sox on May 16, a game in which he allowed two homers and a season-high four walks, Hernandez bounced back, allowing just a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Hernandez is 7-1 overall, but 7-0 in games when he’s pitched into the seventh inning or later. There was some anxiety in the ninth when Fernando Rodney served up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello, but he recovered to retire Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson. Earlier, Nelson Cruz hit his league-leading 17th homer in support of Hernandez, which proved to be the winner. Logan Morrison gave Seattle the lead with a two-run triple. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] PRINCE FIELDER, RANGERS ROUGH UP MICHAEL PINEDA With Masahiro Tanaka hurt, CC Sabathia struggling and no other real standout options available to lead their rotation, the New York Yankees were quite thrilled when Michael Pineda stepped up and started his season with an impressive string of outings. Unfortunately, in the wake of his 16-strikeout performance against the Baltimore Orioles on May 10, he’s taken two steps backward. After allowing five runs on 10 hits in a loss to the Royals last weekend, Pineda was bounced around again, this time by the Texas Rangers, allowing seven runs (four earned) in six innings. All of the damage actually came in the third inning and was set up by a pair of errors. Pineda’s own throwing error really set the wheels in motion, and then Didi Gregorius followed immediately with an error of his own leading to the Rangers first two runs. The big inning was capped by Prince Fielder’s three-run homer and Mitch Moreland’s solo shot. Fielder hit a solo homer later that proved important in the outcome. For his part, Gregorius at least partially made up for his blunder with his own three-run homer, but the Yankees had too big a hill to climb and not enough time to climb it. DODGERS END THREE-GAME DROUGHT, LOSING STREAK After being shut out completely during their three-game series in San Francisco earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers scraped together just enough offense to upend the San Diego Padres, 2-1. The run scoring drought actually extended to 35 innings before Andre Ethier doubled home Justin Turner in the fifth inning. Behind Zack Greinke, that seemed destined to hold up, but San Diego broke through themselves on a Will Venable RBI single in the seventh.  From there, it came down to one swing, Joc Pederson’s mammoth solo home run in the eighth, as the Dodgers ended the accompanying three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The last Dodgers player to hit a home run before today was Jimmy Rollins on May 15. — J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 23, 2015 If you’re going to wait, might as well make the next one count. Pederson’s timing was perfect, and the Dodgers are on back on the winning track as they open up a six-game homestand.  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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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will eventually be forced to pay increased rights fees to the Washington Nationals. Both teams own stakes in MASN, and the Orioles hold a controlling interest. When they could not agree on the Nationals’ rights fees for 2012-16, the dispute went to MLB’s three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee.

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Felix Hernandez is healthy enough for the chance to bounce back from his first defeat of the season and avoid another rough outing against the Toronto Blue Jays. Neither Hernandez (6-1, 2.30 ERA) nor manager Lloyd McClendon blamed an ankle the ace tweaked in the sixth of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Boston for him walking three and allowing two runs in his last inning of work. The right-hander gave up season highs of four runs and four walks along with seven hits as Seattle (18-22) lost for the first time in his eight starts.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and stolen bases.

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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. Joe Mauer’s long-running power drought is over, and he could not have possibly picked a better time to snap it. With the Twins and Pirates tied in the 13th inning at PNC Park, Mauer smacked Antonio Bastardo’s 0-1 pitch into right field bleachers for a go-ahead solo home run that held up as the difference in Minnesota’s 4-3 victory. The home run was Mauer’s first of the season. In fact, it was his first since Aug. 17 of last year, which covers a span of 76 games and 322 plate appearances. But you’d hardly know that based on the swing or the result. Looking comfortable against a left-handed pitcher, Mauer turned on the pitch like we’ve seen so many times in the past and gave it a ride. Vintage Mauer, you might say, and as a result the Twins are now a comfortable six games over .500. The home run helped Minnesota avoid what could have been a difficult loss to swallow. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the offense went silent allowing Pittsburgh to chip away before tying it in the eighth on Andrew McCutchen’s home run. After sweeping the brief two-game series, Minnesota will move on to Chicago for a weekend series with the White Sox. ASTROS KEEP ROLLING IN AL WEST One slip up against the Oakland A’s on Monday is all that stands between the Houston Astros and an eight-game winning streak. This comes less than three weeks after Houston won 10 straight, including sweeps against those same A’s, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. It goes without saying that they remain the biggest surprise in MLB this season, and with Wednesday’s 6-1 win against Oakland, they maintained the second-best record in MLB behind only the St. Louis Cardinals. On the pitching side, Dallas Keuchel has been the foundation of their hot start. He improved to 6-0 Wednesday, pitching seven innings and allowing just one unearned run. He joins Cardinals’ right-hander Michael Wacha as the only pitchers with at least six decision to remain undefeated. Felix Hernandez and Bartolo Colon also have six victories. Offensively, it was another balanced attack. George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick each had two hits, but the biggest came from Evan Gattis. His go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth was Houston’s league-leading 61st long ball of the season and the blow Oakland simply couldn’t recover from. Also worth noting, Jose Altuve was 0-for-5. He’s mired in a 2-for-20 slump over his last five games, but the Astros continue picking him up. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] MARLINS STILL WINLESS IN DAN JENNINGS ERA The Dan Jennings era is off to a miserable start in Miami and Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was another befiting of the chaos and apparent lack of direction or organization that engulfs the franchise. The Marlins were carved up by Arizona rookie Chase Anderson, who allowed just one run on four hits over eight innings. That continued a brutal stretch on offense, but Miami was no better defensively, committing an error and permitting six D-Backs stolen bases. A.J. Pollock paced the aggressive attack with three steals, including a steal of home on a botched rundown. Tuffy Gosewisch, Nick Ahmad and Aaron Hill each swiped one bag as Miami could find no answers. Of the six steals, five led to runs. Pollock reached four times overall and touched home all four times. David Peralta knocked him in on three occasions. The Marlins are now 0-3 under Jennings after being swept in Mike Redmond’s final three games against Atlanta. They have one more against Arizona before welcoming the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. LINCECUM SILENCES DODGERS WITH VINTAGE OUTING Apparently Wednesday was a night for vintage performances. Aside from David Letterman’s heartfelt goodbye on the Late Show and Joe Mauer’s first home run since 2014, San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was pretty close to his Cy Young form in helping his squad shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. Through not necessarily overpowering, Lincecum had Los Angeles off balance for the duration of his seven innings, allowing just three hits. He walked two, another encouraging number, and struck out four, which helped keep the pitch count manageable. Jean Machi, Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt recorded the final six outs as San Francisco extended its winning to five and moved to within 2 1/2 games of Los Angeles. Buster Posey had three hits, including a two-run homer off Yimi Garcia.  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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Nelson Cruz forged another pleasant memory at Camden Yards, except for one important detail: his team lost. Cruz hit a three-run homer in his first game in Baltimore since last year, but the Orioles got a homer and four RBIs from Jimmy Paredes in a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs last season as a member of the Orioles.

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Matthew Pouliot offers up his thoughts on newcomers Lance McCullers Jr., Maikel Franco and Mike Wright in this week's notes.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Struggling right-hander Bud Norris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with bronchitis.

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