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Arencibia, Encarnacion homers power Jays

Arencibia, Encarnacion homers power Jays

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Apr 4, 2013
J.P. Arencibia hit two solo homers, Edwin Encarnacion added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 10-8 on Thursday night, avoiding their first 0-3 start since 2004.
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  • Yanks' Rivera records first save since ACL tear

    Yanks' Rivera records first save since ACL tear

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Apr 4, 2013
    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.
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  • Lee pitches 8 scoreless as Phils get first win

    Lee pitches 8 scoreless as Phils get first win

    ESPN.com Apr 4, 2013
    Cliff 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.
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  • Yanks' Kuroda to test finger in bullpen session

    Yanks' Kuroda to test finger in bullpen session

    Yankees 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.
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  • Lee dazzles, throws eight shutout frames vs. Braves

    Lee dazzles, throws eight shutout frames vs. Braves

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Cliff 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.
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  • Vladimir Guerrero gets a job - with the Long Island Ducks

    Vladimir Guerrero gets a job - with the Long Island Ducks

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    Here'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…
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  • No shutout, but Nats finish sweep of Marlins

    No shutout, but Nats finish sweep of Marlins

    MLB.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Davis drives in 4 to power Orioles past Rays

    Davis drives in 4 to power Orioles past Rays

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Chris 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.
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  • O's Roberts to have MRI on injured hammy

    O's Roberts to have MRI on injured hammy

    ESPN.com Apr 4, 2013
    Baltimore 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.
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  • A's send LHP Blackley to Astros for minor leaguer

    A's send LHP Blackley to Astros for minor leaguer

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have traded lefty Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert.
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  • A Long Relief Stint Helps the Yankees

    A Long Relief Stint Helps the Yankees

    nytimes.com Apr 4, 2013
    Adam 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.
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  • Reddick, Cespedes power A's past Mariners

    Reddick, Cespedes power A's past Mariners

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Josh 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.
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  • Indians place left-hander Kazmir on 15-day DL

    Indians place left-hander Kazmir on 15-day DL

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained ribcage muscle, retroactive to April 2.
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  • Create-A-Caption: And now, throwing out the first pitch, it’s ……

    Create-A-Caption: And now, throwing out the first pitch, it’s … well, we’re not sure

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    Characters 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…
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  • Reds belt trio of homers to win Opening Series

    Reds belt trio of homers to win Opening Series

    MLB.com ESPN.com Apr 4, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Attendance at the Seattle Mariners watch-party was higher than …

    Attendance at the Seattle Mariners watch-party was higher than five games played so far this season

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    We'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…
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  • Guthrie strikes out 9 to power Royals to win

    Guthrie strikes out 9 to power Royals to win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Jeremy 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.
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  • Pelfrey sharp in first start back, Twins rout Tigers

    Pelfrey sharp in first start back, Twins rout Tigers

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Pelfrey sharp in first start back, Twins rout Tigers
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  • Marmol holds off Bucs after Wood's sharp start

    Marmol holds off Bucs after Wood's sharp start

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Apr 4, 2013
    Closer 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…
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  • Gyorko's first RBI lifts Padres to first win

    Gyorko's first RBI lifts Padres to first win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Jedd 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.
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  • Rangers' Andrus signs 8-year, $120M extension

    Rangers' Andrus signs 8-year, $120M extension

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Elvis Andrus signed an eight-year, $120 million contract extension with the Rangers that was formally announced Thursday at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.
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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game? Neil deGrasse Tys…

    Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game? Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game.

    deadspin.com Apr 4, 2013
    Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game? Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Diamondbacks game. Read more...
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  • Chances these young star players get a contract extension

    Chances these young star players get a contract extension

    CNNSI.com Apr 4, 2013
    There'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.
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  • Young rejoins Nats on minor league deal

    Young rejoins Nats on minor league deal

    ESPN.com Apr 4, 2013
    Right-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.
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  • This is Bryce Harper’s brother and this is Bryce Harper’s broth…

    This is Bryce Harper’s brother and this is Bryce Harper’s brother’s mustache

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    As 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…
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  • Tampa Bay Rays mascot holds inappropriate Steve Irwin sign

    Tampa Bay Rays mascot holds inappropriate Steve Irwin sign

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    Someone 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 sign
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  • Reaction to Manny Ramirez’s first home run in Taiwan is pricele…

    Reaction to Manny Ramirez’s first home run in Taiwan is priceless

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    If 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…
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  • Lohse's long, strange offseason ends in Milwaukee

    Lohse's long, strange offseason ends in Milwaukee

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Kyle Lohse tried hard to keep things as normal as possible during his decidedly abnormal offseason, and he mostly succeeded.
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  • Angels brace for Hamilton's return to Texas

    Angels brace for Hamilton's return to Texas

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Josh 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.
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  • Tigers sign Valverde to minor league deal

    Tigers sign Valverde to minor league deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    The Detroit Tigers announced Thursday that they re-signed reliever Jose Valverde to a minor league contract, the team announced through its Twitter account.
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  • Harvey: 'A jacket doesn't belong on a baseball field'

    Harvey: 'A jacket doesn't belong on a baseball field'

    MLB.com nydailynews.com Apr 4, 2013
    Let 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."
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  • Feldman eager to get first Cubs start under his belt

    Feldman eager to get first Cubs start under his belt

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Scott 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 …
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  • Trout, Reds' Frazier linked by Jersey

    Trout, Reds' Frazier linked by Jersey

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    It 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…
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  • James Shields ‘puzzled, disappointed’ by Evan Longoria comments…

    James Shields ‘puzzled, disappointed’ by Evan Longoria comments about Tampa Bay Rays

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    Who 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…
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  • Roy Halladay Had A Historically Weird Night

    Roy Halladay Had A Historically Weird Night

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    Last 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…
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  • Marshall missing due to shoulder fatigue

    Marshall missing due to shoulder fatigue

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Especially 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…
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  • Brotherly competition still resonates with Alomars

    Brotherly competition still resonates with Alomars

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Roberto 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.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: April 4

    Today's MLB starting lineups: April 4

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Big League Stew’s Mascot Madness Day 9: The championship battle…

    Big League Stew’s Mascot Madness Day 9: The championship battle! Phanatic vs. Orbit!

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    Big 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 (…
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  • Gio Gonzalez: ‘I felt like I was making love to my hand’

    Gio Gonzalez: ‘I felt like I was making love to my hand’

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    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…
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  • The Juice: Twins rally past Tigers in ninth, Matt Joyce lifts R…

    The Juice: Twins rally past Tigers in ninth, Matt Joyce lifts Rays with walkoff homer

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    The 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 experiment
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  • D-backs outlast Cardinals in 16 innings

    D-backs outlast Cardinals in 16 innings

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Cliff 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.
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  • Giants waste no time making opening statement

    Giants waste no time making opening statement

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Six 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.
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  • Two homers help Lincecum, Giants grind out win

    Two homers help Lincecum, Giants grind out win

    MLB.com ESPN.com Apr 4, 2013
    Tim 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.
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  • Rox take rubber game behind Nicasio-Rosario battery

    Rox take rubber game behind Nicasio-Rosario battery

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Juan 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.
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  • Alan Ashby apologizes (kind of) for Yu Darvish remark on Astros…

    Alan Ashby apologizes (kind of) for Yu Darvish remark on Astros broadcast

    yahoo.com Apr 4, 2013
    No 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…
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  • Lowrie leads charge as A's secure first win of season

    Lowrie leads charge as A's secure first win of season

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Houston 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.
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  • For listing Yanks, help is on the way

    For listing Yanks, help is on the way

    MLB.com Apr 4, 2013
    Despite 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.
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  • Video - Yankees Pick Up First Win Of The Season 00:31

    Yankees Pick Up First Win Of The Season

    Apr 4
    Yankees ride Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to first victory.
  • Video - Mint Condition: Jackie Robinson W.S. Glove Up For Auction 03:54

    Mint Condition: Jackie Robinson W.S. Glove Up For Auction

    Apr 4
    Steiner Sports CEO Brandon Steiner discusses Jackie Robinson's 1955 game-used World Series glove that will be available at auction.
  • Video - Nationals Sweep Marlins 00:37

    Nationals Sweep Marlins

    Apr 4
    Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run to lead the Nationals past the Marlins 6-1.
  • Video - Davis' Big Day Fuels Orioles 00:35

    Davis' Big Day Fuels Orioles

    Apr 4
    Chris Davis hit a two-run home run and drove in four total runs to lead the Orioles past the Rays 6-3.

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