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Harvey handles Phils, Doc as Mets cruise to victory

Harvey handles Phils, Doc as Mets cruise to victory

MLB.com Updated Apr 8, 2013
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…
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  • Despite Abbreviated Spring, Murphy Starts Strong

    Despite Abbreviated Spring, Murphy Starts Strong

    nytimes.com Apr 8, 2013
    Second 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.
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  • Nathan gets 300th save with wild ending

    Nathan gets 300th save with wild ending

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Joe 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.
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  • Wandy exits in third inning with hamstring tightness

    Wandy exits in third inning with hamstring tightness

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had to abruptly leave his start Monday night with hamstring tightness in his left leg.
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  • Mets rough up Halladay, cruise past Phillies

    Mets rough up Halladay, cruise past Phillies

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    Matt 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.
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  • Off-day gives Hurdle rotation options for Reds series

    Off-day gives Hurdle rotation options for Reds series

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Scutaro working to find hitting stroke

    Scutaro working to find hitting stroke

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Among the Giants who took extra batting practice Monday afternoon was second baseman Marco Scutaro, who has begun the season in an uncharacteristic slump.
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  • Three up, three down: J. Upton on power trip

    Three up, three down: J. Upton on power trip

    MLB.com ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    Justin 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.
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  • Maxwell is rewarding Porter's faith

    Maxwell is rewarding Porter's faith

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Astros 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…
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  • Fowler racking up impressive stats early

    Fowler racking up impressive stats early

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Dexter 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.
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  • Cabrera gives back to Detroit with dinner, auction

    Cabrera gives back to Detroit with dinner, auction

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Miguel Cabrera hosted a dinner and live auction Monday night, with proceeds benefiting his foundation, as well as the Detroit Tigers Foundation.
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  • Late rally gives Royals victory in home opener

    Late rally gives Royals victory in home opener

    MLB.com ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    Ervin 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 …
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  • Cubs angry fans greeted Marmol with boos

    Cubs angry fans greeted Marmol with boos

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    Chicago 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.
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  • Reds overcome Choo's errors, plate nine in ninth

    Reds overcome Choo's errors, plate nine in ninth

    MLB.com ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    Despite 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…
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  • Here’s the crowd at the Miami Marlins home opener

    Here’s the crowd at the Miami Marlins home opener

    yahoo.com MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    We'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…
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  • Hafner, Cano power Yankees past Indians

    Hafner, Cano power Yankees past Indians

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Apr 8, 2013
    Travis 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.
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  • Francona's Cleveland debut special for father, son

    Francona's Cleveland debut special for father, son

    In 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.
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  • Cano, Pronk help Yanks break out in Cleveland

    Cano, Pronk help Yanks break out in Cleveland

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Robinson 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.
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  • Buchholz buckles down to earn second win

    Buchholz buckles down to earn second win

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    As 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.
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  • Rays' bus hit on way to game vs. Rangers

    Rays' bus hit on way to game vs. Rangers

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Toronto Blue Jays lead the league in unruly fans

    Toronto Blue Jays lead the league in unruly fans

    yahoo.com Apr 8, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Estrada sharp to help Brewers end 5-game skid

    Estrada sharp to help Brewers end 5-game skid

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    Marco 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.
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  • Quick start, wind help Brewers spoil Cubs' opener

    Quick start, wind help Brewers spoil Cubs' opener

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Martin 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…
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  • ‘The Sandlot’ turns 20: Stories from the cast on the film’s 20t…

    ‘The Sandlot’ turns 20: Stories from the cast on the film’s 20th anniversary

    yahoo.com Apr 8, 2013
    Twenty 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…
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  • Carpenter, Furcal in uniform for pregame ceremonies

    Carpenter, Furcal in uniform for pregame ceremonies

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Chris 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.
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  • Nava's blast helps make winner of Buchholz, Sox

    Nava's blast helps make winner of Buchholz, Sox

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    With the shadows hovering over home plate for hours, the big hit seemed all too elusive for both teams in Monday's Fenway Park opener.
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  • Cards honor 'Stan the Man' before home opener

    Cards honor 'Stan the Man' before home opener

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    On 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 …
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  • Motte to get update on right elbow Tuesday

    Motte to get update on right elbow Tuesday

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Closer 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.
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  • Red Sox honor Jimmy Fund at home opener

    Red Sox honor Jimmy Fund at home opener

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Celebrating 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.
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  • Confident Frazier off to sizzling start at the plate

    Confident Frazier off to sizzling start at the plate

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    With his role secure and always brimming with self-assurance, third baseman Todd Frazier has gotten off to an extremely hot start for the Reds.
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  • Chapman thriving, but workload will lessen

    Chapman thriving, but workload will lessen

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    For 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.
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  • Grand idea: Billy Butler and Cole Hamels combine for first slam…

    Grand idea: Billy Butler and Cole Hamels combine for first slam by either

    yahoo.com Apr 8, 2013
    Your 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…
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  • Let's Watch This Drunk Blue Jays Fan Vomit Like A Champ

    Let's Watch This Drunk Blue Jays Fan Vomit Like A Champ

    deadspin.com Apr 8, 2013
    Man 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…
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  • Get it on: Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon puts gong in Tropi…

    Get it on: Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon puts gong in Tropicana Field

    yahoo.com Apr 8, 2013
    Tampa 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 …
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: April 8

    Today's MLB starting lineups: April 8

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Baseball Team Loses "Another Game By A Point," Accord…

    Baseball Team Loses "Another Game By A Point," According To Newspaper

    deadspin.com Apr 8, 2013
    Need 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 …
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  • In a Blue Stadium, Kelley Roots for the Cardinals

    In a Blue Stadium, Kelley Roots for the Cardinals

    nytimes.com Apr 8, 2013
    Derek 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.
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  • Season's First Idiot On The Field Slid Into Second Base, Tried …

    Season's First Idiot On The Field Slid Into Second Base, Tried To Scale Outfield Wall

    deadspin.com Apr 8, 2013
    This 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...
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  • Triple-A's Clemens joins Astros; Fields to DL

    Triple-A's Clemens joins Astros; Fields to DL

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Ricketts committed to win Series -- at Wrigley

    Ricketts committed to win Series -- at Wrigley

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Braun back in lineup after missing 3 games

    Braun back in lineup after missing 3 games

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Stayin’ classy in San Diego: Padres bullpen try out as ‘Anchorm…

    Stayin’ classy in San Diego: Padres bullpen try out as ‘Anchormen’ (Video)

    yahoo.com Apr 8, 2013
    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 …
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  • Feeling Blue: Despite all the big names they acquired during th…

    Feeling Blue: Despite all the big names they acquired during th…

    CNNSI.com Apr 8, 2013
    Despite 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.
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  • Draft Watch: Top-tier hurlers Ziomek, Wahl square off

    Draft Watch: Top-tier hurlers Ziomek, Wahl square off

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Senior Circuit holding down top of Rankings

    Senior Circuit holding down top of Rankings

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    We'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?
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  • Red Sox: Lackey MRI shows no biceps tear

    Red Sox: Lackey MRI shows no biceps tear

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    An 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.
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  • Activated from DL, Freese set for season debut

    Activated from DL, Freese set for season debut

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    As expected, the Cardinals activated third baseman David Freese from the disabled list on Monday.
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  • Hamilton denies gesture to 'rough crowd'

    Hamilton denies gesture to 'rough crowd'

    ESPN.com Apr 8, 2013
    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.
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  • The Juice: Sunday wasn’t a good day to be one of baseball’s bes…

    The Juice: Sunday wasn’t a good day to be one of baseball’s best pitchers

    yahoo.com Apr 8, 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. David Price. Ouch. R.A. Dickey. Ouch. Cole Hamels. Ouch. Matt Cain. Double ouch.…
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  • Miami Marlins young pitcher Jose Fernandez lights up Citi Field…

    Miami Marlins young pitcher Jose Fernandez lights up Citi Field, shuts down NY Mets

    nydailynews.com Apr 8, 2013
    On 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 …
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  • The Week Ahead: Last of the home openers

    The Week Ahead: Last of the home openers

    MLB.com Apr 8, 2013
    For 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.
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  • Video - Harvey, Mets Top Halladay, Phillies 00:32

    Harvey, Mets Top Halladay, Phillies

    Apr 8
    Matt Harvey strikes out nine over seven scoreless innings in the Mets' 7-2 win over the Phillies.
  • Video - Reds Explode For Nine In The Ninth 00:33

    Reds Explode For Nine In The Ninth

    Apr 8
    The Reds tag Mitchell Boggs for seven runs in the ninth inning of a 13-4 win over the Cardinals.
  • Video - Cano, Yankees Sink Indians 00:31

    Cano, Yankees Sink Indians

    Apr 8
    Robinson Cano hits two home runs in the Yankees' 11-6 win over the Indians.
  • Video - Francona Gets Lost Walking To Game 00:44

    Francona Gets Lost Walking To Game

    Apr 8
    New Indians manager Terry Francona discusses getting lost while walking to the home opener.

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    Apr 8
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