A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — 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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Take a moment of your time to marvel at the latest defensive wizardry exhibited by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Escobar, who much like Atlanta Braves Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons is quickly building a reputation for his defensive prowess, added to his highlight reel on Friday with a diving stop and backhand flip that was stunning in both its resourcefulness and flawless execution. To set the stage, the Cardinals had a runner on first base with nobody out and Matt Adams at the plate. As many teams like to do against Adams, the Royals employed an extreme shift by moving third baseman Mike Moustakas to the right field side of second base, leaving Escobar all alone to cover the left. Not a problem, says Alcides. When Adams’ surprisingly bounced a grounder to his left, he reacted with a dive. Then, from near the outfield grass while on the seat of his pants, he launched a long distance backhanded flip to get Matt Holliday, the lead runner.

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Now that his surgically repaired right hand feels better than it has in two years, Ryan Braun is putting up some big numbers. 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. ”The challenge isn’t doing it over a month,” Braun said.

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(Reuters) – Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday for having an unauthorized substance on his arm in Thursday’s 10-1 loss to the Braves, but will file an appeal. The left-hander was ejected after the umpire, responding to a complaint by Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, found a glistening mixture of rosin and sunscreen on Smith’s right arm after he took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning. Smith said he applied the substance while warming up in the bullpen to get a better grip on the ball and forgot to wipe it off before entering the game.

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t regret calling out Milwaukee reliever Will Smith for breaking a rule that some pitchers might break every night. ”It was about as plain as it could be,” Gonzalez said. You could see it in the dugout.” Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Smith’s seventh-inning ejection for using rosin and sunscreen illegally in a 10-1 victory Thursday night.

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Moon gave up a potential MLB career to chase a dream serving his country in the military.

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If this was an audition for a permanent spot in the Braves rotation, Williams Perez nailed it. Perez gave up one run over five innings and had seven strikeouts in his first major league start and fellow rookie Todd Cunningham drove in the tiebreaking run with a groundout as Atlanta beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday night. ”He was terrific,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

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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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The Atlanta Braves are riding high from a three-game sweep that saw three strong starts from the rotation, each performance better than the last. It’ll be difficult for Mike Foltynewicz to top his staff’s most recent outing, but the right-hander would like to continue taking steps of his own Tuesday night as the Braves open a two-game series with the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Atlanta’s Shelby Miller came within one out of a no-hitter Sunday against Miami in a 6-0 win. Julio Teheran opened the series by allowing one run in 5 2-3 innings and Alex Wood followed Saturday by surrendering one through seven.

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