Four members of the Royals and three from the White Sox were punished for their roles in a series-opening brawl in Chicago, and six of the players drew suspensions. Major League Baseball placed the blame for the fighting squarely on both teams. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was handed a seven-game suspension, fellow starter Edinson Volquez given five games and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera got two games apiece.

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Reports that troubled Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton might be traded to the Texas Rangers dominated the chatter before the game between the teams Friday night. When asked about the reports from media outlets that the move could happen in the next few days, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he has had no discussions that Hamilton’s status had changed. He said Tuesday that the left fielder was expected to be evaluated at the Angels complex this week when he was expected to report for extended spring training. Also, an arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton cannot be disciplined under Major League Baseball’s drug agreement for his self-reported relapse into alcohol and cocaine use.

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The return for Hamilton is unknown, but the deal would reunite the former All-Star with the team with which he won an MVP award.

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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 pitching may have been the story throughout most of the game, but Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera turned in the biggest play of the night against the Boston Red Sox. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rivera knocked a single to left field on a 79 mph curve from Anthony Varvaro, giving Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.  Up until that point, the game had been dominated by pitching. Boston starter Clay Buchholz turned in the more impressive start, striking out 10 batters over six innings. He allowed one run on just two hits during the outing. He was matched by Rays pitcher Jake Odorozzi throughout the contest. Odorizzi allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. With the performance, Odorizzi lowered his ERA to an exceptional 1.65 on the season. The Rays bullpen was phenomenal once Odorizzi left the game. Over 2 1/3 innings, Tampa’s relievers did not allow a hit against Boston. The Red Sox pen didn’t have the same luck. Varvaro struggled almost immediately in the ninth. After a leadoff single, he managed to pick up the first out of the inning with a fly out. Another single put men on first and second, and that’s when Rivera struck. With the win, the Rays improve to 8-8 on the season. TORONTO NEARLY BLOWS HUGE LEAD IN THE NINTH The Toronto Blue Jays nearly wasted an excellent start from pitcher Drew Hutchison on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison was on his game throughout most of the contest, turning in five perfect innings to open the game. A Manny Machado home run may have broken up Hutchison’s shot at history, but he remained strong after the play. Hutchison wound up allowing two runs on just four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. That performance was almost all for naught, as Liam Hendriks and Miguel Castro had a tough time closing things out in the ninth. With the Blue Jays up by five, it seemed like things would be fine. Those two made it interesting. Hendriks opened the inning by giving up a leadoff single. He was able to pick up a strikeout against the next batter, but allowed two more singles before being pulled from the contest. Castro then entered with two men on and allowed a home run to Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second big fly of the night.  With the Orioles now down by one run, Castro was able to settle in, picking up a fly out and strikeout to finish the game.  With the 7-6, Toronto improved to 9-7 on the year.   ANGELS ONLY NOTCH ONE HIT, WIN ANYWAY The Los Angeles Angels only had one hit Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, but that was all they needed.  Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer in the third inning wound up being the difference maker for Los Angeles. After Drew Butera reached on an error, Calhoun belted a 93 mph fastball from Jesse Chavez out to right for the two-run blast.  Chavez had some issues with walks during the contest, but that was the only real mistake he made all game.  Chavez was matched by Nick Tropeano, who was making his first start of the season. Tropeano was fantastic, tossing six scoreless innings against Oakland. He struck out five during the contest.  The game marked the third time in team history the Angels have won a game after picking up just one hit. Zobrist flies out in foul territory, & for just the third time in franchise history, the #Angels win with only one hit. 2-0. Record now 7-9. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2015 Los Angeles will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Friday. WACHA COMES OUT VICTORIOUS OVER SCHERZER St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had a tough task Thursday. He not only needed to shutdown a promising Washington Nationals’ offense, but he had to out-duel the team’s new ace Max Scherzer. He was successful in both areas, turning in a spectacular performance. Wacha gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Scherzer was nearly as strong, giving up two earned runs over seven innings. Scherzer struck out four batters, but did not put anyone on base via the walk.  With the win, Wacha is now 3-0 on the season. Over 20 1/3 innings, he’s posted a 1.35 ERA.  Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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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After Nick Tropeano shut down the Oakland Athletics in a dazzling debut, three relievers escaped big jams with the help of some stellar defense. When the Los Angeles Angels play this well otherwise, one hit is plenty. Tropeano pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer was the Angels’ only hit in a 2-0 victory Thursday night. Calhoun homered in the third, and four pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout that allowed the Angels to salvage a split a four-game series with their upstate AL West rivals.

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Archie Bradley heard the bullpen phone ring, saw the activity behind the fence down the left field line. Bradley shook off a shaky start to pitch six effective innings, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. ”He stayed the course, really showed a lot of heart tonight,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. Sharp his first two starts, Bradley (2-0) labored against the Rangers, walking five in the first three innings, including one that scored a run.

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The Los Angeles Angels placed pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the bereavement list Wednesday after the death of his grandfather, and recalled Nick Tropeano from Triple-A Sale Lake to start their series finale Thursday against Oakland. Left-hander C.J. Wilson was scheduled to start Thursday, but was pushed back to Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers because of stiffness in his elbow. Garrett Richards will start the opener of that series. Shoemaker is tentatively penciled in to make his next start next Wednesday night at Oakland after Jered Weaver opens the series on an extra day’s rest.

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

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks placed infielder Jake Lamb on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game with a left foot stress reaction.

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Mike Trout is off to a strong start, but with a lack of contributions from elsewhere in the lineup, Los Angeles has struggled when he doesn’t produce. The Angels hope others can step up in Monday night’s opener of a four-game set against the visiting Oakland Athletics. Trout is batting .364 with nine RBIs – both team highs – but went 0 for 8 in back-to-back losses to Houston as the Angels (5-7) totaled three runs. Los Angeles has averaged only 2.4 runs in the seven contests in which Trout has failed to drive in a run.

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