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AT&T Park gets rocking on Metallica NightGiants 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.Share Tweet
McCutchen, Mercer back Burnett's sharp effortThe 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…Share Tweet
Davis upbeat after hurting knee, to have MRIOrioles first baseman Chris Davis left Friday night's game against the Angels in the top of the fifth inning with a right knee injuryShare Tweet
Rangers rock Red Sox with 18-hit attackAdrian 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.Share TweetA.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.Share TweetDavid 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.Share TweetDoug 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.Share Tweet
Miller delivers sharp outing to lift Cards over CrewRookie 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.Share TweetPadres 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.Share TweetJonathan 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.Share TweetThe 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.Share TweetSt. Louis right-hander Jason Motte will have season-ending Tommy John surgery next week.Share Tweet
Burnett to meet with specialist about forearm irritationReliever Sean Burnett, on the disabled list with a left forearm injury, is scheduled to visit renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday.Share TweetHours before the game, Troy Tulowitzki gingerly jogged around the outfield grass on legs he described as feeling "heavy."Share Tweet
Francisco day to day with mild right ankle sprainBraves 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.Share TweetDENVER -- David Price is now focusing on his fastball, not a feud with umpire Tom Hallion.Share TweetMitchell 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.Share Tweet
Heyward gaining energy, could take swings SaturdayHaving 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.Share TweetRed 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.Share TweetA 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.Share TweetChris 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.Share TweetRed 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.Share TweetSeeking to shake up their stagnant offense, the Mets on Friday optioned struggling outfielder Collin Cowgill to Triple-A Las Vegas, promoting Andrew Brown.Share TweetDespite 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.Share Tweet
Yanks' setup man Robertson out for series vs. A'sCNNSI.com May 3, 2013NEW YORK -- The Yankees' injury bug has moved to the bullpen.Share TweetPITTSBURGH -- 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.Share Tweet
The five best things about this video of a squirrel interrupting a college baseball gameThis 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…Share TweetShane Victorino is back in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox.Share TweetPITTSBURGH -- 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.Share Tweet
Indians claim Carrera from Phils, option BauerThe Cleveland Indians claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday and optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus.Share Tweet
White Sox RHP Floyd has muscle tear in elbowChicago 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.Share TweetEvery lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.Share Tweet
Mickey Mantle corked bat up for auction: What would Jerry Seinfeld think?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…Share Tweet
Play along at home: The Casper Wells Bingo cardPoor 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…Share Tweet
Comfortably retired, Hoffman reflects on careerTrevor 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.Share Tweet
Cueto has setback in checkup, rehab start scratchedJohnny 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…Share Tweet
Latos on target to pitch after hip tightnessReds 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.Share TweetMore 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.Share Tweet
Vintage Vin Scully calls classic Clayton Kershaw curve ball in 2008 spring trainingRenowned 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…Share Tweet
Here comes the Draft: New talent, excitement on deckWith 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…Share Tweet
Julio Borbon’s phantom hit-by-pitch and six other fun moments from Chicago Cubs-San Diego Padres gameThe 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…Share Tweet
Cardinals promote pitching prospect MartinezThe Cardinals on Friday promoted Minor League pitching prospect Carlos Martinez from Double-A Springfield and optioned reliever Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A Memphis.Share Tweet
From Babe to Boss, baseball linked to DerbyFrom Babe Ruth to George Steinbrenner to the term Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby has had several connections to baseball over the years.Share Tweet
The Angels Game Was Delayed By Beesdeadspin.com May 3, 2013First 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. WeShare Tweet
Number of exciting AL shortstops deserve votesDerek 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.Share Tweet
Lost in the moment: Players describe joy of homersThere 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 …Share Tweet
Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nodSo 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.Share Tweet
Ankiel coming to peace with his baseball careerIt'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 AnkielShare Tweet
Fan holding a baby makes a sweet catch at Houston Astros game - with his cap (Video)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…Share TweetMike 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 likeShare 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. This was a good example of how scary the Detroit Tigers lineup can be - even wheShare TweetChris 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.Share TweetJake 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.Share TweetDetroit 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.Share Tweet
Yankees rising, Mets stumbling early in seasonnydailynews.com May 3, 2013Ordinarily, 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 thShare Tweet
MLB Weekend Top 10: Loving Yu Is Easygrantland.com May 3, 2013Here we are, another Friday. Another week without accomplishing our dreams. Unless your dream is watching baseball games on May 3–5, 2013, in wh...Share Tweet
A's Blank YankeesMay 3A.J. Griffin tossed seven scoreless innings in the Athletics' 2-0 win over the Yankees.
Reds Hold Off CubsMay 3Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice in the Reds' 6-5 win over the Cubs.
Strasburg Trying To Find His StrideMay 3Baseball Tonight's Nomar Garciparra and Doug Glanvlle break down Stephen Strasburg's struggles this season.
Posey Lifts Giants To Walk-Off WinMay 3Despite 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.