• After waiting 27 games, Ronny Paulino made his first start for the Mets a game to remember. Paulino delivered four singles and a 14th-inning, go-ahead double to finish 5-for-7 at the plate and set a franchise record for hits by any player in their first start of the season (MLB.com). "It took so long for this to happen, but now it seems like it was for a reason," said Paulino. "It's an unbelievable feeling to have gone through so much to get to this point and then have a game like this." (New York Post)

• Carlos Santana blasted the first grand slam of his career to give the Indians a walk-off win over their AL Central rival Tigers (MLB.com). Teammate Orlando Cabrera pitched in with his own walkoff the following night, a 13th-inning, bases-loaded single, to help the Tribe close out April with a club record 18 wins. (MLB.com)

• Canadian native and reigning National League MVP Joey Votto received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award for individual achievement and team contribution in a pregame ceremony on Saturday (Cincinnati Enquirer). Despite his success and growing collection of hardware, Votto is still the grounded guy from Etobicoke who enjoys walking his dog, Maris, and has yet to spend all of the signing bonus he received from the Reds back in 2002. "I want other players to say, 'He's a grinder. He plays hard. He doesn't let things go to his head," Votto said. "That's what I strive for. That's what I want to be known for." (Toronto Star)

• Veteran knuckleballer and 2010 Roberto Clemente Award winner Tim Wakefield added to his legacy of dedication and reliability both on and off the field on Sunday, becoming just the ninth pitcher in Major League history to make a start in 17 consecutive seasons with the same team. Said Wakefield, who received a standing ovation from Red Sox Nation, "My fans have been behind me my whole career here. For them to give me a standing ovation after going into the sixth inning, I hold that very special to my heart." (Boston Globe)

• Rays pitcher Alex Cobb talks about the excitement leading up to his Major League debut against the Angels. (St. Petersburg Times)

• Jason Heyward made the Stanford Tree squeamish with a detailed explanation of how bats are made in this "This is SportsCenter" spot. (ESPN via YouTube)

• Cubs catcher Koyie Hill (MLB.com) and players from the Florida Marlins made some bold fashion statements on the road. (Twitter)

• Is Jeremy Guthrie a pitcher by day and masked crusader by night? Check out Guthrie talking superheroes and doing his best Robert Downey Jr. impression. (Twitter)

• Tweet of the Day, courtesy of Brian Wilson: "Hey @ConanOBrien, don't be alarmed when your beard decides to fight Will Ferrell's fro in an all out man hair title bout. *beardapocalypse" (Twitter)

• Quotes of the Day, in response to the "U-S-A" chants (MLB.com) and the outpouring of patriotism shown by the baseball fans at Sunday's Mets-Phillies game: "It's probably a night I'll never forget. There are some things in life bigger than the game and our jobs. I was inside and could hear the crowd chanting 'USA' and I got chills hearing that. It's certainly a historic night and a great victory for the United States and the war on terrorism." -- Chris Young, Mets starting pitcher

"One of the first things I thought about was coming from Walter Reed [Hospital in Washington], the emotions that those guys must be going through hearing that same news. As proud and as great a moment as it was for me being on a baseball field, you multiply that by a million. That's probably what they're feeling at the fire houses, at the police stations, at the places like Walter Reed. It's just an incredible moment. You've got the New Yorkers, you've got the Philadelphians, the city -- you kind of come together for a common cause." -- David Wright, Mets third baseman (MLB.com)