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Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante forces out the Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler (3) at second and completes the double play on Torii Hunter at first in the fourth inning on Friday, May 2, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Around the major league baseball scene . . .

Around the majors:

White Sox: Cuban slugger Jose Abreu making it look easy. His 71 total bases in March/April are highest ever for a rookie.

Indians: Ended April with 26 errors, second worst in the majors. Only the Dodgers had more.

Royals: Rookie Yordano Ventura's nickname is "Ace," naturally, and he already is taking over as the Royals' top starter.

Tigers: Max Scherzer miffed at Sports Illustrated for cover story focusing on the $144 million extension he turned down.

Twins: Leadoff hitter Brian Dozier finished April with a league-leading 25 runs despite only 21 hits.

Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle to Yahoo on walk-up music lengthening games: "You see guys ... listen to their song for 20 minutes."

Orioles: With a 6.59 ERA in the first month and 17 walks over 271/3 innings, Ubaldo Jimenez could be worst free agent signing.

Rays: In game against White Sox, Desmond Jennings becomes first player to tag up and score from second since August 2012.

Red Sox: John Henry and partners take credit for dynasty in Business Week. No love for Terry Francona or Theo Epstein.

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka had a 2.27 ERA in first month, while rest of the rotation combined for a 4.98 ERA.

Angels: Mike Trout won't stop headfirst slides despite injuries to others: "I've been doing it my whole career."

Astros: Top prospect George Springer struggles after his call-up, hitting .182 in his first 55 at-bats with 19 strikeouts.

Athletics: Former Red Sox Josh Reddick returns to Fenway Park on off day and gets free Dustin Pedroia bobblehead.

Mariners: Robinson Cano returns to New York, gets booed for leaving for more money by fans who would have done the same.

Rangers: Slumping Elvis Andrus had a ground ball rate above 90 percent after 28 games, highest in the majors.

Cubs: Ernie Banks asks Cubs to consider inviting Sammy Sosa back to Wrigley Field. Sammy Sosa does not get invite.

Brewers: Ryan Braun does Randall Simon imitation, injuring teammate Jean Segura with errant bat-swinging episode.

Cardinals: Before Friday, Adam Wainwright was 6-0 at Wrigley along with Vida Blue, Ron Perranoski and Bobby J. Jones.

Pirates: Pedro Alvarez finished April under the Mendoza Line, and Pirates return to their old losing ways.

Reds: Rookie speedster Billy Hamilton starting to hit after slow start. Ranked third in NL with 11 steals entering weekend.

Braves: Not so fast, Braves. Citizens group calls for moratorium on any public spending relating to their new stadium.

Marlins: Believe it or not: Marlins owned majors' best home record at 12-4 entering weekend. Only 2-10 on the road, however.

Mets: In 2004, how many would have guessed former Cubs Kyle Farnsworth and LaTroy Hawkins would be closers in 2014?

Nationals: Bryce Harper's Gatorade ad gets non-stop airplay as Harper goes on DL with thumb injury from headfirst slide.

Phillies: Ryan Howard finishes with five homers in April after hitting nine in the last three Aprils combined.

Diamondbacks: Managing partner Ken Kendrick tells Arizona Republic he wants D'Backs to rely more on data. Like the Cubs?

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw's rehab went well; should be ready to go Monday for first time since opener in Australia.

Giants: Their 258th straight sellout at AT&T Park breaks Phillies NL record from 2009-2012.

Padres: Lineup is as exciting as a Lindsay Lohan film festival. Averaging an MLB-worst 2.65 runs per game as of Friday.

Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki is early leader for National League MVP. Leading in average, slugging percentage and runs on May 2.

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