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Felix dominates in Toronto with help from two blasts

Felix dominates in Toronto with help from two blasts

MLB.com Updated May 3, 2013
Felix Hernandez shut down the Blue Jays in eight scoreless frames in the Mariners' 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday. Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, and Jason Bay added a solo shot.
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  • AT&T Park gets rocking on Metallica Night

    AT&T Park gets rocking on Metallica Night

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Giants fans received an extra jolt of electricity from the rock band Metallica on Friday thanks to the team's Metallica Night at AT&T Park.
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  • McCutchen, Mercer back Burnett's sharp effort

    McCutchen, Mercer back Burnett's sharp effort

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    The Pirates continued to raise the mark of any good baseball club -- another day, another hero -- to ridiculous heights on Friday. They have been on a pretty good extended tear, with relatively little of the load being carried by the usual heavy-lifters…
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  • Davis upbeat after hurting knee, to have MRI

    Davis upbeat after hurting knee, to have MRI

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Orioles first baseman Chris Davis left Friday night's game against the Angels in the top of the fifth inning with a right knee injury
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  • Rangers rock Red Sox with 18-hit attack

    Rangers rock Red Sox with 18-hit attack

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Adrian Beltre had a three-run double among his four hits, Derek Holland pitched eight scoreless innings for his fifth consecutive victory over Boston and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox 7-0 Friday night.
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  • Griffin handles Yanks in outdueling CC in NY

    Griffin handles Yanks in outdueling CC in NY

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    A.J. Griffin pitched seven-plus shutout innings against the Yankees, allowing six hits with one walk and four strikeouts to guide his club to a 2-0 series-opening victory in New York on Friday.
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  • Wright keys Mets' comeback win against Braves

    Wright keys Mets' comeback win against Braves

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com May 3, 2013
    David Wright hit the tying home run in the ninth inning off closer Craig Kimbrel and the New York Mets scored twice in the 10th to rally for a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
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  • Avila's homer in ninth lifts Tigers over Astros

    Avila's homer in ninth lifts Tigers over Astros

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Doug Fister cruised through the first six innings before giving up the lead in the seventh, but Alex Avila came to the rescue with a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth to spur the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Astros on Friday at Minute Maid Park.
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  • Miller delivers sharp outing to lift Cards over Crew

    Miller delivers sharp outing to lift Cards over Crew

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Rookie Shelby Miller outdueled former Cardinal Kyle Lohse for the second time in three weeks and Matt Holliday homered to snap an 0-for-10 skid, and St. Louis beat the Brewers, 6-1, on Friday night at Miller Park.
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  • Padres' Headley: Contract talk a distraction

    Padres' Headley: Contract talk a distraction

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Padres third baseman Chase Headley ran into club executive chairman Ron Fowler at Petco Park on Friday and explained why he doesn't want a contract extension to be negotiated during the season.
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  • Phils beat Marlins with Pettibone's solid start

    Phils beat Marlins with Pettibone's solid start

    ESPN.com MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Jonathan Pettibone pitched neatly into the seventh, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Domonic Brown hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Friday night.
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  • Dodgers place Lilly on DL with strained rib cage

    Dodgers place Lilly on DL with strained rib cage

    ESPN.com MLB.com May 3, 2013
    The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed left-hander Ted Lilly on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his right rib cage and activated Friday night starter Clayton Kershaw from the bereavement list.
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  • Cardinals' Motte to have Tommy John surgery

    Cardinals' Motte to have Tommy John surgery

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte will have season-ending Tommy John surgery next week.
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  • Burnett to meet with specialist about forearm irritation

    Burnett to meet with specialist about forearm irritation

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Reliever Sean Burnett, on the disabled list with a left forearm injury, is scheduled to visit renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday.
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  • Tulowitzki sits out Friday with soreness in legs

    Tulowitzki sits out Friday with soreness in legs

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Hours before the game, Troy Tulowitzki gingerly jogged around the outfield grass on legs he described as feeling "heavy."
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  • Francisco day to day with mild right ankle sprain

    Francisco day to day with mild right ankle sprain

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Braves third baseman Juan Francisco limped off the field with a mild right ankle sprain in the third inning of Friday night's game against the Mets at Turner Field. The Braves said Francisco is day to day.
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  • Price looks to put dispute with Hallion behind him

    Price looks to put dispute with Hallion behind him

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    DENVER -- David Price is now focusing on his fastball, not a feud with umpire Tom Hallion.
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  • Boggs sent to Triple-A to work on mechanics

    Boggs sent to Triple-A to work on mechanics

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Mitchell Boggs was optioned to Triple-A Memphis Friday after going 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA in 14 games this year. In 2012, Boggs had a 2.21 ERA in 78 relief appearances.
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  • Heyward gaining energy, could take swings Saturday

    Heyward gaining energy, could take swings Saturday

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Having had the opportunity to walk around and interact with his Braves teammates this week, Jason Heyward has regained some of the energy that was depleted when he essentially remained sedentary for a week following his April 22 appendectomy.
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  • Bailey improved, likely will return to action Saturday

    Bailey improved, likely will return to action Saturday

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey felt significant improvement with his recently ailing right biceps on Friday, but he's likely to be held out until Saturday's game against the Rangers.
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  • Buchholz, Red Sox unfazed by allegations

    Buchholz, Red Sox unfazed by allegations

    A day later, the Red Sox remained unfazed by allegations from by Blue Jays analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris that Clay Buchholz was doctoring the baseball in his Wednesday start.
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  • Young remains sidelined with strained quad

    Young remains sidelined with strained quad

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Chris Young, sidelined by a strained left quad, didn't have a pain-free running session Friday, making him not only unavailable in his club's 2-0 win over the Yankees, but questionable for Saturday.
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  • Napoli enjoys return to Rangers Ballpark

    Napoli enjoys return to Rangers Ballpark

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was busy before Friday night's game with the Rangers, talking with the media and saying hello to his many former teammates.
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  • Mets option struggling Cowgill, bring up Brown

    Mets option struggling Cowgill, bring up Brown

    MLB.com nytimes.com May 3, 2013
    Seeking to shake up their stagnant offense, the Mets on Friday optioned struggling outfielder Collin Cowgill to Triple-A Las Vegas, promoting Andrew Brown.
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  • Reds break out of offensive funk, survive late rally

    Reds break out of offensive funk, survive late rally

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com May 3, 2013
    Despite miserable, wet and frigid conditions, the Reds found the remedy for their road woes and hitting funk in one convenient spot. That would be the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, where they earned a 6-5 win to open a three-game set on Friday.
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  • Yanks' setup man Robertson out for series vs. A's

    Yanks' setup man Robertson out for series vs. A's

    CNNSI.com May 3, 2013
    NEW YORK -- The Yankees' injury bug has moved to the bullpen.
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  • Nats take Zimmerman off DL, send down Rendon

    Nats take Zimmerman off DL, send down Rendon

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com May 3, 2013
    PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Nationals activated third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and he was in the starting lineup in the weekend series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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  • The five best things about this video of a squirrel interruptin…

    The five best things about this video of a squirrel interrupting a college baseball game

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    This video from a Kansas University-Wichita State University baseball game earlier this week is currently viralling. Mainly because of the squirrel running loose on the field and interrupting the game. Go, little fella, go. It's a fun video, perfect for…
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  • Victorino returns to Red Sox's starting lineup

    Victorino returns to Red Sox's starting lineup

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Shane Victorino is back in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox.
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  • Pirates place 2B Walker on DL, call up Contreras

    Pirates place 2B Walker on DL, call up Contreras

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals due to an injured right hand.
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  • Indians claim Carrera from Phils, option Bauer

    Indians claim Carrera from Phils, option Bauer

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    The Cleveland Indians claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday and optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus.
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  • White Sox RHP Floyd has muscle tear in elbow

    White Sox RHP Floyd has muscle tear in elbow

    ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd has a tear in his flexor muscle near his right elbow and that has caused an unstable ulnar collateral ligament, which is the ligament that is repaired during Tommy John surgery, a team spokesman said Friday.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: May 3

    Today's MLB starting lineups: May 3

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Mickey Mantle corked bat up for auction: What would Jerry Seinf…

    Mickey Mantle corked bat up for auction: What would Jerry Seinfeld think?

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    Apparently, even the great Mickey Mantle cheated at baseball.Grey Flannel Auctions is putting up for bid a used Mantle bat from the 1964 season that, X-rays show, was doctored with cork."Say it ain't so, Mickey," the New York Post writes.But i…
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  • Play along at home: The Casper Wells Bingo card

    Play along at home: The Casper Wells Bingo card

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    Poor Casper Wells. He's like a foster puppy without a forever-home. He just keeps going from place to place, hoping someone will like him enough to keep him. But Wells isn't a puppy. He's a ballplayer. And in April, he was a member of four different big…
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  • Comfortably retired, Hoffman reflects on career

    Comfortably retired, Hoffman reflects on career

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Trevor Hoffman has always felt comfortable with his own persona, whether as one of Major League Baseball's top all-time closers or in his most recent role with the Padres as a special assistant to the president.
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  • Cueto has setback in checkup, rehab start scratched

    Cueto has setback in checkup, rehab start scratched

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Johnny Cueto, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 15 because of a strained right lat muscle, came down with soreness in his right oblique. His rehab assignment start that was scheduled for Friday at Double-A Pensacola has been scratched…
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  • Latos on target to pitch after hip tightness

    Latos on target to pitch after hip tightness

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Reds starter Mat Latos remains on schedule to start vs. the Cubs on Sunday after he experienced tightness in his right hip during his previous start.
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  • Bidding begins in UMPS CARE charitable auction

    Bidding begins in UMPS CARE charitable auction

    More than 200 ticket packages, autographed memorabilia and one-of-a-kind VIP experiences are available as bidding opened for the fifth annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction.
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  • Vintage Vin Scully calls classic Clayton Kershaw curve ball in …

    Vintage Vin Scully calls classic Clayton Kershaw curve ball in 2008 spring training

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    Renowned sportswriter Jonah Keri asked Twitter to find old video of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully calling what appears to be the first spring training appearance for Clayton Kershaw during his rookie season of 2008. The first broadcast appe…
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  • Here comes the Draft: New talent, excitement on deck

    Here comes the Draft: New talent, excitement on deck

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    With the start of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft less than five weeks away, Major League Baseball released the selection order Friday. The Astros will have the first pick for the second year in a row when the Draft begins June 6 at MLB Network's Studi…
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  • Julio Borbon’s phantom hit-by-pitch and six other fun moments f…

    Julio Borbon’s phantom hit-by-pitch and six other fun moments from Chicago Cubs-San Diego Padres game

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    The animation on a perpetual loop of Chicago Cubs batsman Julio Borbon pretending to get hit by a pitch might be better than the video. It emphasizes the momentary delay before Borbon decided to try and sell the umpire that the ball got him. Quicker nex…
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  • Cardinals promote pitching prospect Martinez

    Cardinals promote pitching prospect Martinez

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    The Cardinals on Friday promoted Minor League pitching prospect Carlos Martinez from Double-A Springfield and optioned reliever Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A Memphis.
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  • From Babe to Boss, baseball linked to Derby

    From Babe to Boss, baseball linked to Derby

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    From Babe Ruth to George Steinbrenner to the term Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby has had several connections to baseball over the years.
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  • The Angels Game Was Delayed By Bees

    The Angels Game Was Delayed By Bees

    deadspin.com May 3, 2013
    First pitch of the Orioles-Angels game last night was briefly delayed when a swarm of bees descended on a camera behind home plate. This screengrab, from Fox Sports West's Jose Mota, is just messing with perspective-they're not actually 15-foot bees. We
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  • Number of exciting AL shortstops deserve votes

    Number of exciting AL shortstops deserve votes

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Derek Jeter is a 13-time All-Star who probably has one or two more trips to the Midsummer Classic left before he's done. But the Yankees captain is not an All-Star this year. There are presently better candidates.
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  • Lost in the moment: Players describe joy of homers

    Lost in the moment: Players describe joy of homers

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    There is a split second that to a hitter, provides the greatest feeling a hitter can experience at the plate. It is the instant in which the batter makes such perfect contact with a pitch that he immediately knows the baseball will follow a flight path …
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  • Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nod

    Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nod

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    So Derek Jeter is on the disabled list. So he had a setback and he's not expected to play before the All-Star break. So what? Jeter is an All-Star.
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  • Ankiel coming to peace with his baseball career

    Ankiel coming to peace with his baseball career

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    It's a bit startling to hear Rick Ankiel admit that he's begun to think about what's next. He has never been known as one for introspection; it's another indication of the new, mellower Ankiel
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  • Fan holding a baby makes a sweet catch at Houston Astros game -…

    Fan holding a baby makes a sweet catch at Houston Astros game - with his cap (Video)

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    The season of impressive fan catches continues. In the 13th inning of Thursday's Detroit Tigers-Houston Astros game, this fan was alert, even as the game dragged toward its fifth hour. By that time, he had a child hugged up in arms, thus raising the deg…
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  • Mike Trout crashes into the wall, helps a homer over the fence

    Mike Trout crashes into the wall, helps a homer over the fence

    yahoo.com May 3, 2013
    Mike Trout pulled a Bryce Harper on Thursday night. And not in a good way.In the ninth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Nate McLouth blasted a deep fly to center. Trout took off, lept toward the wall - and if you're like
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  • The Juice: Tigers pounce on Astros in 14th inning; Haren sharp …

    The Juice: Tigers pounce on Astros in 14th inning; Haren sharp as Nats split series with Braves

    yahoo.com May 3, 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. This was a good example of how scary the Detroit Tigers lineup can be - even whe
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  • Tillman twirls gem as O's cruise vs. Angels

    Tillman twirls gem as O's cruise vs. Angels

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 3, 2013
    Chris Tillman fired a season-high eight scoreless innings, becoming just the second Orioles starter to make it that far this year in a dominant 114-pitch effort that highlighted Baltimore's 5-1 win in front of 35,118 at Angel Stadium on Thursday.
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  • Cards hold on to get Westbrook's 100th win

    Cards hold on to get Westbrook's 100th win

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Jake Westbrook pitched six solid innings to earn his 100th career win, and the Cardinals scored all their runs in the third inning for a 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Miller Park.
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  • Kelly's clutch single gives Tigers boost in 14th

    Kelly's clutch single gives Tigers boost in 14th

    MLB.com May 3, 2013
    Detroit moved into a virtual tie for first place in the American League Central with Kansas City by beating the Houston Astros, 7-3, in 14 innings Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.
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  • Yankees rising, Mets stumbling early in season

    Yankees rising, Mets stumbling early in season

    nydailynews.com May 3, 2013
    Ordinarily, the one-sixth pole of the baseball season is not nearly enough of a sampling to make any definitive judgments about our local nines. Forgive me then for declaring I’ve already seen enough. The Yankees are a lot better than a lot of people th
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  • MLB Weekend Top 10: Loving Yu Is Easy

    MLB Weekend Top 10: Loving Yu Is Easy

    grantland.com May 3, 2013
    Here we are, another Friday. Another week without accomplishing our dreams. Unless your dream is watching baseball games on May 3–5, 2013, in wh...
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  • Video - A's Blank Yankees 00:36

    A's Blank Yankees

    May 3
    A.J. Griffin tossed seven scoreless innings in the Athletics' 2-0 win over the Yankees.
  • Video - Reds Hold Off Cubs 00:32

    Reds Hold Off Cubs

    May 3
    Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice in the Reds' 6-5 win over the Cubs.
  • Video - Strasburg Trying To Find His Stride 01:41

    Strasburg Trying To Find His Stride

    May 3
    Baseball Tonight's Nomar Garciparra and Doug Glanvlle break down Stephen Strasburg's struggles this season.
  • Video - Posey Lifts Giants To Walk-Off Win 00:38

    Posey Lifts Giants To Walk-Off Win

    May 3
    Despite Clayton Kershaw tossing 5 1/3 no-hit innings, Buster Posey's homer in the ninth lifted the Giants to a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

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    May 3
    The Thunder are glad to be done with the Rockets ... for now, writes Marc Stein.
  • Don Banks: Greg Schiano and other Buccaneers coaches visiting Bill Belichi…

    May 3
    Although the two coaching staffs will be squaring off in Week 3 of the 2013 regular season, the friendship and bonds shared by New England head coach Bill Belichick and his Tampa Bay counterpart, Greg Schiano, will produce a rather unconventional twist …
  • Don Banks: Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu pick epitomizes effect of relationshi…

    May 3
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    May 3
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