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Harvey handles Phils, Doc as Mets cruise to victory
Roy Halladay, a New York nemesis for more than a decade, labored through four-plus ineffective innings, losing to the Mets for the first time since 2001. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey, a rising star, continued his assault on the National League with a brillian…Upvote Share Tweet
nytimes.com Updated Apr 8, 2013Second baseman Daniel Murphy is hitting .308 with two home runs and six runs batted in despite being slowed before the start of the season with a strained rib-cage muscle.Upvote Share TweetJoe Nathan's 300th save allowed the Rangers to escape with a 5-4 victory over the Rays in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at The Ballpark in Arlington.Upvote Share Tweet
Wandy exits in third inning with hamstring tightnessPirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had to abruptly leave his start Monday night with hamstring tightness in his left leg.Upvote Share TweetMatt Harvey threw seven impressive innings, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets roughed up Roy Halladay in a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Off-day gives Hurdle rotation options for Reds seriesThe Pirates have not yet set their rotation for the first big NL Central series of the season, a three-game meeting with the Reds, opening Friday night in PNC Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Scutaro working to find hitting strokeAmong the Giants who took extra batting practice Monday afternoon was second baseman Marco Scutaro, who has begun the season in an uncharacteristic slump.Upvote Share TweetJustin Upton is enjoying a major power surge and the A's are picking up where they left off a year ago, while things aren't looking as good for Matt Cain and the Pirates early on in 2013.Upvote Share TweetAstros center fielder Justin Maxwell struggled mightily at the plate this spring, hitting just .153, but manager Bo Porter never flinched. He remained committed to the promising youngster and was confident he was going to be able perform when the season…Upvote Share Tweet
Fowler racking up impressive stats earlyDexter Fowler on Sunday against San Diego became the first player in Rockies franchise history to have at least one hit and score one run in each of his first six games in a season.Upvote Share Tweet
Cabrera gives back to Detroit with dinner, auctionMiguel Cabrera hosted a dinner and live auction Monday night, with proceeds benefiting his foundation, as well as the Detroit Tigers Foundation.Upvote Share TweetErvin Santana pitched marvelously for eight innings and the Royals struck for three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 3-1 victory over the Twins on Monday afternoon. The first game of Kauffman Stadium's 40th-anniversary season drew a sellout crowd …Upvote Share TweetChicago Cubs teammates came to the defense of relief pitcher Carlos Marmol after he was booed on two separate occasions in the Cubs home opening loss, 7-4, to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.Upvote Share TweetDespite a pair of costly errors by center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds bounced back for a 13-4 win over the Cardinals during Monday's opener to a three-game series. Brandon Phillips, who homered earlier, delivered a tiebreaking RBI double in Cincinna…Upvote Share TweetWe've talked a lot about ticket sales for the Miami Marlins' home opener in the last month. There was the short line when tickets went on the sale, the buy-one-get-one-free offers, the Groupon deal, the Little Caesars challenge. It all lead up to Monday…Upvote Share TweetTravis Hafner drove in four runs in his return to Cleveland and Robinson Cano homered twice as the injury-riddled New York Yankees wrecked the Indians' opener -- and manager Terry Francona's first home game -- with an 11-6 win Monday.Upvote Share TweetIn Terry Francona's eight seasons as skipper of the Red Sox, his father, Tito, didn't attend a single game at Fenway Park. It's an entirely different vibe in Cleveland, where the father once played and the son now oversees an intriguing Indians team.Upvote Share TweetRobinson Cano homered twice and Travis Hafner celebrated his return to Progressive Field by homering and driving in four runs as the Yankees spoiled the Indians' home opener with an 11-6 victory on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Buchholz buckles down to earn second winAs of the final out in Monday's 3-1 win over the Orioles, the Red Sox possessed 40 percent of the 2-0 pitchers in the Majors.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays' bus hit on way to game vs. RangersA bus taking Tampa Bay players and staff from their hotel to Rangers Ballpark was in a minor accident that didn't result in any injuries.Upvote Share Tweet
Toronto Blue Jays lead the league in unruly fansThe crazy-looking guy who caught the bat at the Toronto Blue Jays game last week? He's a model citizen compared to some of the people who have been acting wild and unruly at Rogers Centre so far this season. In a year in which expectations are high for …Upvote Share Tweet
Estrada sharp to help Brewers end 5-game skidMarco Estrada pitched seven effective innings and doubled home a run Monday, helping the Milwaukee Brewers stop a five-game slide with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field.Upvote Share TweetMartin Maldonado hit a three-run double during a four-run first inning and Marco Estrada pitched seven strong innings to help the Brewers end a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Cubs in the Wrigley Field opener. Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 wit…Upvote Share Tweet
‘The Sandlot’ turns 20: Stories from the cast on the film’s 20th anniversaryTwenty years later and Tom Guiry still can't escape the classic line from his most memorable film appearance. "You're killin' me, Smalls!" Guiry was Scotty Smalls in "The Sandlot," the 1993 coming-of-age baseball movie about a rag-ta…Upvote Share Tweet
Carpenter, Furcal in uniform for pregame ceremoniesChris Carpenter and Rafael Furcal may be out for the season due to injury, but both made a point of being at Busch Stadium -- in uniform -- to participate in the Cardinals' home opener festivities.Upvote Share Tweet
Nava's blast helps make winner of Buchholz, SoxWith the shadows hovering over home plate for hours, the big hit seemed all too elusive for both teams in Monday's Fenway Park opener.Upvote Share Tweet
Cards honor 'Stan the Man' before home openerOn Opening Day at Busch Stadium, there was an absence without Stan Musial, who died in January at 92, in that line. He had been a constant presence on Opening Day in St. Louis for the last 70 years. But while he may not have been at Busch on Monday, he …Upvote Share TweetCloser Jason Motte anticipates receiving some clarity as to how his right elbow is recovering when he visits with Dr. George Paletta on Tuesday. Motte is scheduled to undergo an MRI as part of a follow-up exam with the Cardinals' team physician.Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox honor Jimmy Fund at home openerCelebrating 60 years of the Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox welcomed more than 150 patients, family members and medical personnel onto the Fenway Park field for opening ceremonies on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Confident Frazier off to sizzling start at the plateWith his role secure and always brimming with self-assurance, third baseman Todd Frazier has gotten off to an extremely hot start for the Reds.Upvote Share Tweet
Chapman thriving, but workload will lessenFor those who hoped Aroldis Chapman would be the Reds' closer, because it meant more possibilities to see him pitch, have not been disappointed. Chapman came into Monday having worked five of Cincinnati's six games, including the previous two.Upvote Share TweetYour browser does not support iframes. As many who frequent Denny's realize, the greasy spoon diner chain features the "Grand Slam" breakfast. It is not called the "Country Breakfast." Also, as those who frequent Kauffman Stadium kno…Upvote Share TweetMan goes to baseball game. Man spends nine innings consuming what must have been copious amounts of alcohol. Man sends forth a river of vomit while trying to leave stadium. Man saunters off like nothing happened. Man probably feels much better.Read more…Upvote Share Tweet
Get it on: Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon puts gong in Tropicana FieldTampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon got a bug in his ear during spring training after hearing the glam rock classic "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T-Rex while listening to the Pandora music service. He liked it so much, Maddon made it the song to …Upvote Share TweetEvery lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball Team Loses "Another Game By A Point," According To NewspaperNeed a statistic to explain exactly what ails the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their 2-4 start? Look no further than the subhead in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. We're confident the Angels will get it together as soon as they start scoring more …Upvote Share Tweet
In a Blue Stadium, Kelley Roots for the Cardinalsnytimes.com Updated Apr 8, 2013Derek Jeter is a Michigan fan, and so was the crowd at Comerica Park on Sunday. Shawn Kelley, though, is a Louisville guy through and through.Upvote Share Tweet
Season's First Idiot On The Field Slid Into Second Base, Tried To Scale Outfield WallThis comes from yesterday's Blue Jays game. Keep an eye on the fauxhawked dude in the white shirt bottom left of the video. He's about to take a magical tour of the Rogers Centre.Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe Astros placed right-hander Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list due to a right forearm strain, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Monday. The team called up right-handed pitcher Paul Clemens.Upvote Share Tweet
Ricketts committed to win Series -- at WrigleyThe Chicago Cubs open their home schedule on Monday without a deal with the city and neighborhood for renovations to Wrigley Field, but owner Tom Ricketts said he is "100 percent committed" to seeing the project through.Upvote Share TweetThe injury-riddled Milwaukee Brewers got Ryan Braun back on Monday after the slugger missed three games due to spasms on the right side of his neck.Upvote Share Tweet
Stayin’ classy in San Diego: Padres bullpen try out as ‘Anchormen’ (Video)Your browser does not support iframes. Sweet Lincoln's mullet! Members of the San Diego Padres bullpen, in New York recently to play the Mets, took a detour to hang out with MLB Fan Cave. The result? The Padres relievers channelling Ron Burgundy in the …Upvote Share Tweet
Feeling Blue: Despite all the big names they acquired during th…CNNSI.com Updated Apr 8, 2013Despite all the big names they acquired during the offseason, the Blue Jays' chances may rest on whether Jose Bautista stays healthy, and right now, he isn't, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share Tweet
Draft Watch: Top-tier hurlers Ziomek, Wahl square offA good amount of the scouting industry was in Oxford, Miss., on Friday to watch Vanderbilt visit the University of Mississippi. The main attraction: two potential first-round arms facing off.Upvote Share Tweet
Senior Circuit holding down top of RankingsWe're one week into the 2013 season and the best teams in baseball have already emerged and risen to the top of the standings. Or have they?Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox: Lackey MRI shows no biceps tearAn MRI revealed no tear in John Lackey's injured right biceps but the Red Sox remain in a wait-and-see mode in assessing the right-hander's immediate future.Upvote Share Tweet
Activated from DL, Freese set for season debutAs expected, the Cardinals activated third baseman David Freese from the disabled list on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Hamilton denies gesture to 'rough crowd'Josh Hamilton said the atmosphere at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was "hectic" and the crowd's constant booing of him "disappointing" but the Los Angeles Angels outfielder denies he took out his frustrations with an obscene gesture.Upvote Share Tweet
The Juice: Sunday wasn’t a good day to be one of baseball’s best pitchersThe 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. David Price. Ouch. R.A. Dickey. Ouch. Cole Hamels. Ouch. Matt Cain. Double ouch.…Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Updated Apr 8, 2013On a day Aaron Laffey, the 27-year-old journeyman lefty, had a very disconcerting outing in the rotation spot they hope Zack Wheeler will be filling in the near future, the Mets were nevertheless able to get a glimpse of a very bright future Sunday. It …Upvote Share Tweet
The Week Ahead: Last of the home openersFor nine Major League teams, the beginning of the 2013 season was a character-building journey of airline miles, hotel beds, raucous opposing crowds celebrating their home debuts, and uniforms stitched in grey. Monday and Tuesday will change that.Upvote Share Tweet
Harvey, Mets Top Halladay, PhilliesApr 8Matt Harvey strikes out nine over seven scoreless innings in the Mets' 7-2 win over the Phillies.
Reds Explode For Nine In The NinthApr 8The Reds tag Mitchell Boggs for seven runs in the ninth inning of a 13-4 win over the Cardinals.
Cano, Yankees Sink IndiansApr 8Robinson Cano hits two home runs in the Yankees' 11-6 win over the Indians.
Francona Gets Lost Walking To GameApr 8New Indians manager Terry Francona discusses getting lost while walking to the home opener.
Peter King: Led by shaky QBs, 2013 draft might not be kind to top-10 teamsApr 8Now this could be a lot of fun.