A replica of his old County Stadium office looked so authentic to Bud Selig that it left the Milwaukee Brewers founder at a loss for words. It’s billed as a state-of-the art tribute to the franchise’s history and symbol of baseball’s rock-solid future in Milwaukee.

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Justin Verlander hasn’t appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11. All things considered, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start – but they’re still waiting for significant contributions from some of their biggest stars.

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Highlights of Monday’s early Major League baseball games: – - – Yankees 14, Royals 1 Chase Headley hit a two-run homer while Brian McCann and Brett Gardner hit three-run homers during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a rout of the Kansas City Royals. New York saw 47 pitches in the first inning from Kansas City right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (4-3) and sent 13 men to the plate, falling a triple shy of getting a cycle in the opening inning. The Yankees extended it to 11-0 as McCann and Garrett Jones reached to start the second before Stephen Drew hit a towering drive into the right-field seats for his fifth home run.

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After a late-night arrival, the San Francisco Giants thought they’d quickly caught a bizarre break – Khris Davis was called out for missing the plate on his home run trot. Davis wound up with his homer after Milwaukee challenged the ruling. Hunter Pence and the Giants got the win, though, rallying past the Brewers 8-4 Monday afternoon.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — HAM IT UP Josh Hamilton returns to the majors, set to start in left field for the Rangers in their series opener at Cleveland. Traded by the Angels back to Texas in late April, the former AL MVP has been in the minors recovering from shoulder surgery. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE Among the players lining up for Memorial Day will be Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris, who made his major league debut last month.

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Chad Bettis came close to his first complete game. Bettis pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning and Nolan Arenado had four hits and four RBIs, leading the Colorado Rockies to an 11-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Troy Tulowitzki and Nick Hundley each drove in two runs as Rockies earned a split of the rain-soaked, four-game series.

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Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins after umpires discovered a foreign substance on his non-throwing arm. Matusz was in his first inning of work and had already retired Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto when new Marlins manager Dan Jennings emerged from the dugout to request that Matusz’s right arm be checked for the substance. Home plate umpire Jordan Baker and crew chief Paul Emmel complied and quickly discovered the substance. Matusz was immediately ejected. It’s the exact scenario that played out with Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith on Thursday , which makes it all the more baffling that Matusz would carelessly leave the substance on his arm. Smith was levied an eight-game suspension, so it’s safe to assume Matusz’s impending punishment will follow suit. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] As Yahoo’s Jeff Passan documented last season when New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda was suspended for having a glob of pine tar on his hand, it’s not uncommon for pitchers to use pine tar or a mix of sunscreen and rosin to help them achieve a better grip. Though illegal, opposing teams routinely dismiss it because they also prefer the pitcher to have a solid grip.  It’s only on the rare occasion when the substance is visible that teams seem to make a fuss about it, and even then it’s a rarity. But now that we’ve seen it twice in one week, perhaps pitchers will have to refine their foreign substance routines.   Glad to see the age of Performance Enhancing Sunscreen is upon us. Just make the stuff legal so we’re spared the faux morality of it all. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 24, 2015 Fact: Almost every pitcher uses something “illegal” for grip. Fact: Almost every hitter is OK w/ that. Opinion: Managers should let it go. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 24, 2015 Another factor in play here might be desperation on the part of Jennings, who had gone winless through his first five games as Marlins manager. Maybe it’s a little, “look at me, I’ve got my finger on the pulse on this game” to show fans he’s capable of handling the job. 

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues Sunday: — BERNIE’S BASH The New York Yankees will retire the No. 51 worn by Bernie Williams and unveil his plaque in Monument Park before the night game vs. Texas. The Yankees will wear special patches on their hats to honor the longtime center fielder. The team plans to do the same for Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte in August.

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Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn’t see a shiny substance on reliever Will Smith’s right arm until it was too late. Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had already emerged from the dugout to ask umpires to check to see if Smith was cheating. Because Smith plans to appeal, the penalty is on hold.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Braun homered and drove in four runs, four Milwaukee pitchers combined to hold Atlanta to three hits, and the Brewers beat the Braves 11-0 on Friday night.

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