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

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Pete Rose’s role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose’s hometown on July 14. ”We’re in conversations with the Reds about the specifics of his involvement at the All-Star Game and it relates to Pete’s employment, where he’s committed, what he’s going to be available for,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

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Once a dominant closer with the Philadelphia Phillies, a telltale twinge in the right elbow that resulted in Tommy John surgery had ushered Madson toward a premature retirement. After signing with the American League champion Kansas City Royals in the offseason, Madson arrived in spring training with no guarantees. Madson has appeared in 17 games and has a 1.83 ERA, the best of the 34-year-old reliever’s 10-year career.

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The Kansas City Royals are off to the best start in franchise history. Jeremy Guthrie pitched six shutout innings and the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday night. The Royals, who won for the fifth time in six games, improved to 26-14, the franchise’s best record after 40 games.

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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’s a reason Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is nicknamed Mr. Walk-off . In case anyone forgot, Zimmerman sent out a reminder Tuesday against the New York Yankees. With his 10th inning blast against Andrew Miller, Zimmerman led the Nationals to an 8-6 victory.  Zimmerman has displayed late-inning heroics before. In fact, this was the 10th walk-off home run of his career. That puts him in some elite company.  . @Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman in very nice company after his walk-off HR tonight pic.twitter.com/hIi5czQUA9 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 20, 2015 That list just includes National League players. As Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated notes, Jim Thome actually holds the record with 13 walk-off home runs. That list may not be 100 percent accurate considering play-by-play data wasn’t recorded until 1938. It’s possible other players from that era have more, but we aren’t entirely sure. It was Zimmerman’s first walk-off shot in over a year, and second against the Yankees. Zimmerman’s first career walk-off home run actually came against New York’s Chien-Ming Wang in June of 2006. His last walk-off homer came against the New York Mets in 2013 with LaTroy Hawkins on the mound. Following the victory, the Nationals celebrated in their usual fashion. This photo of Max Scherzer pouring chocolate sauce on Ryan Zimmerman is something [via USA Today]: pic.twitter.com/A6uX2eDGa8 — Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) May 20, 2015 Through 170 plate appearances, Zimmerman is hitting .242/.294/.418 this season. The Nationals improved to 23-17 with the win. YORDANO TOPS CUETO The Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals provided one of the better pitching duels Tuesday, but the less experienced ace pulled off the victory. Yordano Ventura was fantastic against Johnny Cueto, leading the Royals to the 3-0 win. Ventura tossed his finest game of the young season. He allowed just four over seven scoreless innings. Ventura struck out six, and did not issue any walks during the outing. Cueto didn’t fare as well. The 29-year-old ace gave up three runs on nine hits over seven frames. He struck out four and walked one. While it was far from his sharpest outing, Cueto received no support from his offense. That’s become an alarming trend lately. #Reds have scored 3 runs or fewer while Cueto was still in the game in 15 of his last 18 starts. — Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 20, 2015 With the victory, Ventura improved to 3-3. He has a 4.56 ERA through eight starts. The Royals sit atop the American League Central with a 25-14 record. GRICHUK GETS GOING AGAINST METS The St. Louis Cardinals’ bats came alive Tuesday against the New York Mets. The team notched double-digits runs in a 10-2 victory. One of the biggest catalysts for the outburst was outfielder Randal Grichuk, who had one of the worst games possible Monday. Randal Grichuk struck out five times on Monday. Tonight? Two doubles, one triple, three RBI and one run scored. — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) May 20, 2015 Grichuk redeemed himself Tuesday. The 23-year-old went 3 for 5, with two doubles and a triple during the contest. He scored one run and drove in three.  His performance allowed pitcher Michael Wacha to improve to 6-0 on the year. Wacha was excellent during the contest, allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings.  St. Louis improved to 26-13 with the win.   TAMPA BAY MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE Few believed in the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the start of the season, and the team appears to have taken the hate personally. The Rays moved into a tie for first place in the American League East with a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. The win was a real team effort. Steven Souza Jr. was the only player on the club to notch more than two hits, and five separate players were responsible for the RBIs. While it’s still early in the year, there’s some reason to believe in the Rays’ early surge. The club currently has a +19 run differential, which is best in the division. Both the Yankees and Blue Jays sit at +13, though, so it’s not like the Rays should hold a commanding lead. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Still, the performance has been impressive, and proof that maybe the club was underrated heading into the year.   Want to see more from Tuesday’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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With David Price and Johnny Cueto headlining, baseball’s 2015 free-agent pool will shatter previous spending records.

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In a decision that would be described as interesting, out-of-the-box, and even bizarre, the Marlins on Monday presented their new manager, who last coached 30 years ago at a high school in Mobile, Ala.

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Johnny Cueto had a wild side, too, when he was Yordano Ventura’s age, earning a seven-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl nearly five years ago. Since then, Cueto has become one of the game’s top pitchers and the anchor of the Cincinnati Reds’ staff who will command top dollar when he reaches free agency after the season. Ventura, who turns 24 on June 3 and has made more headlines for his antics than for his pitching, opposes Cueto when the Kansas City Royals host the Reds on Tuesday night. The right-hander gave up two runs and struck out nine in seven innings of the Reds’ 4-3 win over San Francisco on Thursday, and he’s pitched at least seven innings in seven of his eight starts.

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Seth Trachtman discusses Mike Redmond's firing, the Rangers closer issues, and more in Monday's Daily Dose.

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