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Mariano Rivera appeared in a game for the first time since tearing his ACL on May 3, 2012, pitching the ninth inning and recording the save against Boston in the Yankees' 4-2 win Thursday night.Share Tweet
Lee pitches 8 scoreless as Phils get first winCliff Lee allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored twice in the second inning to win their first game of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.Share TweetYankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will throw a bullpen session Friday that will allow the veteran pitcher to test his injured finger and better judge whether he can make his next scheduled start at Cleveland on Monday.Share Tweet
Lee dazzles, throws eight shutout frames vs. BravesCliff Lee pitched like an ace in frigid conditions in a 2-0 victory over the Braves on Thursday to give them one victory before they host the Royals in their home opener on Friday afternoon.Share TweetHere's hoping Vladimir Guerrero knows how to quack. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Guerrero, the former MVP and nine-time all-star, has signed with the Long Island Ducks, an independent minor-league team that plays in the Atlantic League. I…Share TweetThe Marlins were finally able to score a run against the Nationals, but it wasn't enough as Washington won, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.Share TweetChris Davis homered for the third straight day and drove in four runs Thursday to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.Share TweetBaltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo an MRI after injuring his right hamstring while stealing second base in the ninth inning of Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.Share TweetOAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have traded lefty Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert.Share Tweet
A Long Relief Stint Helps the Yankeesnytimes.com Apr 4, 2013Adam Warren, one of the last players to make the Yankees' roster out of spring training, helped the team's bullpen when he replaced Hiroki Kuroda on Wednesday.Share TweetJosh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes gave Brandon Maurer a rude welcome to the big leagues by hitting two-run homers off the Seattle rookie that led the Oakland Athletics to an 8-2 victory over the Mariners on Thursday.Share TweetIndians left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained ribcage muscle, retroactive to April 2.Share Tweet
Create-A-Caption: And now, throwing out the first pitch, it’s … well, we’re not sureCharacters from Cirque du Soleil's "Totem" show threw out the first pitch Thursday before the San Diego Padres/New York Mets game at Citi Field. It was definitely, ummm, colorful. We see characters on the baseball field, but we don't often see…Share TweetThe dreaded Angels offensive trio began to show some signs life, but not enough to ruin the Reds' day. Cincinnati claimed a 5-4 victory to take two of three in the season's first series at Great American Ball Park on Thursday.Share Tweet
Attendance at the Seattle Mariners watch-party was higher than five games played so far this seasonWe're four days into the 2013 baseball season but, in some cities, attendance is already in mid-season form. In other words: lagging. Sure, the Los Angeles Dodgers are averaging 50,491 per game, but other stadiums aren't so crowded. Thursday's Chicago C…Share TweetJeremy Guthrie struck out nine and gave up one run in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a two-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Thursday afternoon.Share TweetPelfrey sharp in first start back, Twins rout TigersShare TweetCloser Carlos Marmol gave up two runs in the ninth before stranding the potential tying and winning runs in the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run home run and Starlin Castro delivered an RBI singl…Share TweetJedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI, and the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets 2-1 Thursday for their first win of the season.Share TweetElvis Andrus signed an eight-year, $120 million contract extension with the Rangers that was formally announced Thursday at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.Share Tweet
Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game? Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game.deadspin.com Apr 4, 2013Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game? Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game. Read more...Share Tweet
Chances these young star players get a contract extensionCNNSI.com Apr 4, 2013There's no end in sight to the recent flurry of contract extensions. Joe Sheehan looks at some of the game's top young stars and their chances of getting a megadeal very soon.Share Tweet
Young rejoins Nats on minor league dealRight-hander Chris Young has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, giving the team some added depth in case they need an extra starting pitcher during the season.Share TweetAs superb as the start of Bryce Harper's 2013 season has been, his at-the-plate prowess might not be the most impressive thing in the Harper family this baseball season. Because holy moly, have you seen his brother's mustache? Let's all just stare it fo…Share Tweet
Tampa Bay Rays mascot holds inappropriate Steve Irwin signSomeone went to the trouble of making an insensitive sign associating deceased "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin and the Tampa Bay Rays. Further, the team's furry blue mascot - known as Raymond - acted as a semi-witting accomplice by holding up the signShare Tweet
Reaction to Manny Ramirez’s first home run in Taiwan is pricelessIf you don't miss Manny Ramirez playing in Major League Baseball, it's your loss. Or something. They just love him over in Taiwan, where he plays for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Their regular season is into its second wee…Share Tweet
Lohse's long, strange offseason ends in MilwaukeeKyle Lohse tried hard to keep things as normal as possible during his decidedly abnormal offseason, and he mostly succeeded.Share TweetJosh Hamilton's return to Texas is going to get a lot of media attention this weekend, with a news conference already scheduled for Friday morning, FOX airing the Saturday game and the finale being featured on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.Share TweetThe Detroit Tigers announced Thursday that they re-signed reliever Jose Valverde to a minor league contract, the team announced through its Twitter account.Share TweetLet Matt Harvey make one thing clear: "In my mind," Harvey said after shutting down the Padres in frigid weather Wednesday, "a jacket doesn't belong on a baseball field."Share Tweet
Feldman eager to get first Cubs start under his beltScott Feldman will make his Cubs debut Friday night when the team opens a three-game series against the Braves. "I'm kind of anxious," Feldman said Thursday. "Sitting here, watching these games, I want to get that first one under my belt …Share Tweet
Trout, Reds' Frazier linked by JerseyIt was in the fall of 2010, while playing for USA Baseball at the Pan-American Qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico, when Todd Frazier finally got a chance to meet that fellow New Jersey kid everyone kept raving about. And ever since then, Frazier and M…Share Tweet
James Shields ‘puzzled, disappointed’ by Evan Longoria comments about Tampa Bay RaysWho has been the face of the Tampa Bay Rays over the past five seasons? Surely manager Joe Maddon but, among the players, you would be hard-pressed to name anyone other than James Shields or Evan Longoria. And it's probably Shields, at least before he l…Share TweetLast night, Roy Halladay left his start against the Atlanta Braves with a mind-boggling stat line. He exited with one out in the fourth inning after surrendering five earned runs, three walks, two home runs, and striking out nine. Nine! According to Bas…Share Tweet
Marshall missing due to shoulder fatigueEspecially with the way the bullpen needed to be used through the first two games of the season, Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall has been conspicuous in his absence from the mound. It turns out that Marshall wasn't available for either game, and he wa…Share Tweet
Brotherly competition still resonates with AlomarsRoberto and Sandy Alomar may no longer be foes on the diamond, but there nonetheless remains a bit of a competitive edge between the two, palpable even during this week's opening series between Roberto's Blue Jays and Sandy's Indians.Share TweetEvery lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.Share TweetBig League Stew's Mascot Madness bracket is almost complete! Check out the matchups below and click on each matchup to head to the BLS Facebook page to vote. Your mascot is counting on you. Today, the championship! Phillie Phanatic (#1 seed) vs. Orbit (…Share Tweet
Gio Gonzalez: ‘I felt like I was making love to my hand’Are you not entertained by left-hander Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals? If it's not because of his pitching, it's his personality that makes Gonzalez one of the must-watch, must-listen-to guys in Major League Baseball. The Stew featured Gonzale…Share TweetThe Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. One for, one against the committee: Jim Leyland’s closer-by-committee experimentShare TweetCliff Pennington's single in the 16th inning brought home Jason Kubel from second to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that didn't end until early Thursday.Share Tweet
Giants waste no time making opening statementSix months later, megadeals and bold headlines and declarations aside, not much has changed. The Giants rolled into L.A. and took two of three games, leaving the Dodgers and their fan base deflated and perhaps more than a little agitated.Share TweetTim Lincecum was flawed, matching a career high by walking seven, but he also was tough in beating the Dodgers, 5-3, on Wednesday with help from homers by Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence.Share Tweet
Rox take rubber game behind Nicasio-Rosario batteryJuan Nicasio gave the Rockies a quality start and catcher Wilin Rosario hit an early two-run homer to lift Colorado to a series-clinching win Wednesday in Milwaukee, 7-3.Share TweetNo matter what Houston Astros broadcaster Alan Ashby meant to say, he should have known better. Ashby issued a conditional apology Wednesday, a day after he jokingly suggested that Yu Darvish losing a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning shoul…Share Tweet
Lowrie leads charge as A's secure first win of seasonHouston transplants Jed Lowrie and Nate Freiman, the latter making his Major League debut, combined to drive in four runs in a 6-2 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday night.Share Tweet
For listing Yanks, help is on the wayDespite an opening of the season they'd rather forget, all the Yankees have to do is hang in there for a month and win their share of games until a group of key stars return.Share Tweet
Yankees Pick Up First Win Of The SeasonApr 4Yankees ride Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to first victory.
Mint Condition: Jackie Robinson W.S. Glove Up For AuctionApr 4Steiner Sports CEO Brandon Steiner discusses Jackie Robinson's 1955 game-used World Series glove that will be available at auction.
Nationals Sweep MarlinsApr 4Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run to lead the Nationals past the Marlins 6-1.
Davis' Big Day Fuels OriolesApr 4Chris Davis hit a two-run home run and drove in four total runs to lead the Orioles past the Rays 6-3.