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A tale of two disputed strikeouts -- but just one ejection

A tale of two disputed strikeouts -- but just one ejection

MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated May 5, 2013
One could dig for reasons why Bryce Harper was ejected on Sunday while Prince Fielder wasn't on Saturday, but the fact remains that a 20-year-old was ejected for arguing a third strike by an ump with almost 30 years of Major League experience and a 28-y…
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  • Impulse buy: Miniature big leaguers Joey Votto and David Wright

    Impulse buy: Miniature big leaguers Joey Votto and David Wright

    yahoo.com May 5, 2013
    These 3-inch vinyl figures by Topps might look more like Cartman from "South Park" than they do Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds or David Wright of the New York Mets, but they're still fun. Fun-ish, anyway. Stocked next to a cash register in …
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  • Cain earns 1st win as Giants sweep Dodgers

    Cain earns 1st win as Giants sweep Dodgers

    ESPN.com MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Hunter Pence doubled twice and drove in four runs, Matt Cain pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory of the season and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday night to complete a series sweep.
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  • Cubs to call up Sweeney, option Sappelt

    Cubs to call up Sweeney, option Sappelt

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The Cubs are expected to call up outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa and option Dave Sappelt to the Minor Leagues on Monday.
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  • Tigers ignore burden of high expectations

    Tigers ignore burden of high expectations

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The Detroit Tigers are rolling, but they should be and they know it. The veteran ballclub and defending American League champions know anything short of a return to the World Series will be disappointing but they refuse to get ahead of themselves.
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  • Padres should follow D-backs' lead with long-term deals

    Padres should follow D-backs' lead with long-term deals

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    The Padres have a history of letting their players escape through trades or free agency, and the key to turning the franchise around is to use Arizona's approach and sign stars such as Chase Headley to long-term contracts.
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  • Cards take finale of series with 10-1 win over Brewers

    Cards take finale of series with 10-1 win over Brewers

    CNNSI.com May 5, 2013
    Cards take finale of series with 10-1 win over Brewers
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  • St. Louis' impressive rotation headlines a Sunday of rarities

    St. Louis' impressive rotation headlines a Sunday of rarities

    CNNSI.com May 5, 2013
    Cinco de Mayo marked the end of droughts long and short, like St. Louis sweeping Milwaukee in a four-game series for the first time ever. Joe Lemire wraps up the day's MLB action.
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  • Orioles take finale as Davis returns to lineup

    Orioles take finale as Davis returns to lineup

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    The Orioles capped a tough, three-city West Coast trip with an 8-4 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon, a game that required a total team effort that has become their trademark under manager Buck Showalter.
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  • Gordon, Royals strike for walk-off against Sox

    Gordon, Royals strike for walk-off against Sox

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com May 5, 2013
    Billy Butler's two-run double forced extra innings and Alex Gordon's single in the 10th gave the Royals a 6-5 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Sunday. Kansas City also won its fourth in a row.
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  • Darvish fans 14, Beltre hits walk-off to sweep Sox

    Darvish fans 14, Beltre hits walk-off to sweep Sox

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    Yu Darvish matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and Adrian Beltre laced a walk-off single in the ninth as the Rangers came from three runs down to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, on Sunday in Arlington.
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  • Reds complete road sweep thanks to Votto, Frazier

    Reds complete road sweep thanks to Votto, Frazier

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The Reds completed a three-game series sweep and a .500 road trip by taking a 7-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Joey Votto had three hits and an RBI and Todd Frazier added two hits and two RBIs.
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  • McCovey Cove kayakers get a treat

    McCovey Cove kayakers get a treat

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The notoriously delicious eats at AT&T Park are available only to the fans inside the stadium, not out, so hungry kayakers are out of luck. Enter Landon Van Der Kamp, a professional kayaker recruited by ESPN, who used a specially made craft during S…
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  • Verlander, Tigers romp by Astros for sweep

    Verlander, Tigers romp by Astros for sweep

    ESPN.com MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Justin Verlander held Houston hitless until the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers romped past the Astros 9-0 Sunday for a four-game sweep.
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  • Rays withstand home runs to topple Rockies

    Rays withstand home runs to topple Rockies

    ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    Alex Cobb pitched effectively into the seventh inning, withstanding three solo homers by Colorado and helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Rockies 8-3 Sunday.
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  • Halladay to have tests on shoulder 'discomfort'

    Halladay to have tests on shoulder 'discomfort'

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com May 5, 2013
    Roy Halladay has discomfort in his right shoulder and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies pitcher is headed to Los Angeles for tests.
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  • Padres Invite Navy Spouse To Sing, Err, Lip Sync "God Bles…

    Padres Invite Navy Spouse To Sing, Err, Lip Sync "God Bless America"

    deadspin.com May 5, 2013
    It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day in San Diego; the Padres are in their usual Sunday camo and a special 7th-inning message from deployed Navy sailor Joseph Dale was featured on the scoreboard. Following that message, Dale's wife Caroline sang "…
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  • Cards ride sharp Garcia, second-inning rally to sweep

    Cards ride sharp Garcia, second-inning rally to sweep

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Allen Craig's bases-loaded double scored all three runners to key a six-run second inning, and the Cardinals completed their first four-game sweep of Milwaukee with a 10-1 victory on Sunday at Miller Park.
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  • Yankees SS Nunez leaves with rib cage injury

    Yankees SS Nunez leaves with rib cage injury

    ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez left Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics with tightness in his left ribcage and will receive an MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
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  • Hudson stymies Mets as Freeman, Braves roll

    Hudson stymies Mets as Freeman, Braves roll

    ESPN.com MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, Tim Hudson pitched into the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 9-4 on Sunday.
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  • Umpire Vanover leaves game with head injury

    Umpire Vanover leaves game with head injury

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Home plate umpire Larry Vanover left the game in the top of the third inning with a possible concussion after taking a foul tip off his mask in the first inning of a game between the Angels and Orioles at Angel Stadium.
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  • Donaldson's homer leads A's past Yankees

    Donaldson's homer leads A's past Yankees

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    A's hitters came up empty nine times with runners in scoring position on Sunday afternoon, but they redeemed themselves by way of a trio of homers to edge the Yankees, 5-4, and claim the series victory.
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  • Hank Conger stumbles his way into unintentionally hilarious bun…

    Hank Conger stumbles his way into unintentionally hilarious bunt single (Video)

    yahoo.com May 5, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes.You'll often hear coaches encourage their players to "take what the defense gives them." That advice was heard loud and clear by Los Angeles Angels catcher Hank Conger, and he put it to terrific use in the…
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  • Pujols sits out finale to rest sore foot

    Pujols sits out finale to rest sore foot

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Albert Pujols, who has been playing first base despite significant pain in his foot, was not in the Angels' starting lineup on Sunday against the Orioles. With an off-day Monday, the Angels wanted to get him some extra rest.
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  • Pelfrey's best performance quiets streaking Tribe

    Pelfrey's best performance quiets streaking Tribe

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Mike Pelfrey turned in his best outing of the season, and Trevor Plouffe homered to lift the Twins to a 4-2 win against the Indians, avoiding a three-game sweep Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.
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  • Ortiz goes deep, extends hit streak to 25 games

    Ortiz goes deep, extends hit streak to 25 games

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Red Sox slugger David Ortiz provided no subtlety or mystery when it came to whether he would prolong his career-long hitting streak another day. In the top of the first inning against Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Sunday afternoon, Ortiz walloped a towering…
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  • Philly umps use replay twice on close homer calls

    Philly umps use replay twice on close homer calls

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Instant replay helped give Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria the first grand slam of his career Sunday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
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  • DeRosa, Cabrera help Blue Jays snap skid

    DeRosa, Cabrera help Blue Jays snap skid

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The Blue Jays' offense broke out in a big way and Brandon Morrow was solid on the mound, as Toronto defeated the Mariners, 10-2, on Sunday at Rogers Centre.
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  • Astros move Bedard back into bullpen

    Astros move Bedard back into bullpen

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    For the second time in less than a week, the Astros made a change in their starting rotation when manager Bo Porter announced Sunday left-hander Erik Bedard would be working out of the bullpen for an indefinite period.
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  • Beltran, Carpenter get breaks from lineup Sunday

    Beltran, Carpenter get breaks from lineup Sunday

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Starters Carlos Beltran and Matt Carpenter were out of the lineup Sunday. Daniel Descalso and Shane Robinson -- each with big hits on Saturday -- were their replacements.
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  • Heyward begins participating in baseball activities

    Heyward begins participating in baseball activities

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Saturday may have been a washout as far as the Braves-Mets game, but it was a nice day for Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward, who took another positive step forward in his goal of returning to the lineup. Heyward took dry swings, hit off a tee and did…
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  • McCann set to be activated from DL in Cincy

    McCann set to be activated from DL in Cincy

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com May 5, 2013
    The Braves will save a seat on the team charter for All-Star catcher Brian McCann when they leave for Cincinnati following Sunday's series finale with the New York Mets.
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  • DH-less Tigers will sit V-Mart in Washington

    DH-less Tigers will sit V-Mart in Washington

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he will use designated hitter Victor Martinez strictly as a pinch-hitter when the Tigers play under National League rules on Tuesday and Wednesday at Washington with no DH for the first time this year.
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  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis nearly falls over fence robbing home run for T…

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis nearly falls over fence robbing home run for Triple-A Las Vegas (video)

    yahoo.com May 5, 2013
    The great thing about baseball is you never know where the next great play will come from or who will make it. With that in mind, we head out west to the Pacific Coast League where outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is attempting to get back to the big leagues…
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  • Segura out-slugging Brewers' expectations

    Segura out-slugging Brewers' expectations

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Brewers shortstop Jean Segura entered Sunday's series finale batting .336 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. He was tied for the National League lead with three triples, tied for third with eight stolen bases and tied for fourth in average.
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  • Two-sport star Conley to be honored at Miller Park

    Two-sport star Conley to be honored at Miller Park

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Former Major League pitcher and NBA forward Gene Conley's name will grace the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll when the Brewers finish their homestand with two games against the Rangers this week.
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  • Cubs' plan with Marmol is to keep him on the hill

    Cubs' plan with Marmol is to keep him on the hill

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The only way Carlos Marmol will get back on track is to keep throwing, and that's the Cubs' plan. "You can't hide people. They have to pitch," said Dale Sveum.
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  • Red Sox closer Bailey to have MRI on sore biceps

    Red Sox closer Bailey to have MRI on sore biceps

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey is set to have an exam and MRI after not pitching for a week because of biceps soreness.
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  • Sarah's Take: Surprising starts for Rox, Dodgers

    Sarah's Take: Surprising starts for Rox, Dodgers

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    When Spring Training began, most members of the media believed the Rockies would finish last in the National League West, while the Dodgers would finish near the top.
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  • Harvey feeling strong, dealing with long layoff

    Harvey feeling strong, dealing with long layoff

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The day after throwing a career-high 121 pitches in his last outing against the Marlins, Matt Harvey felt no soreness in his right arm. Harvey, who once threw 157 pitches in a college game and routinely sat in the 120-130 range, felt characteristically …
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  • Familia flashes potential while notching first save

    Familia flashes potential while notching first save

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The Mets may have caught a glimpse of their future late in Friday's game, when Jeurys Familia came on to close a two-run game in the 10th. With regular closer Bobby Parnell already out of the game, Familia dialed his fastball into the upper-90s while re…
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  • Third baseman Lawrie gets rare day off

    Third baseman Lawrie gets rare day off

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Brett Lawrie was on the Blue Jays' bench on Sunday for the first time since returning to the lineup on Apr. 16. Lawrie's played in 18 straight games, and has a .260 OBP, with three home runs, seven RBIs, and five runs scored.
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  • Indians' Bourn to begin rehab assignment

    Indians' Bourn to begin rehab assignment

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com May 5, 2013
    Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn, who has been sidelined with a lacerated right finger, will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Monday.
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  • Baker, Chapman both maintain positive outlook

    Baker, Chapman both maintain positive outlook

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Even after Aroldis Chapman's rocky outing on Friday, manager Dusty Baker did not hesitate in using Chapman for the save on Saturday. The closer maintains a similar attitude: "I have a positive mind, and I didn't feel anything. It's happened before."
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  • Heisey progressing steadily toward return date

    Heisey progressing steadily toward return date

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Injured Reds left fielder Chris Heisey is making progress with the strained right hamstring that put him on the 15-day disabled list on April 29, and he's optimistic that he'll be ready to go on May 13, when he's eligible to be activated off the DL.
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  • White Sox scratch Peavy for second straight start

    White Sox scratch Peavy for second straight start

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jake Peavy will miss a second consecutive start for the Chicago White Sox because of back spasms.
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  • Skipworth returns; Kearns to bereavement list

    Skipworth returns; Kearns to bereavement list

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Kyle Skipworth is up for his second stint with the Marlins. As expected, Miami placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the bereavement list Sunday for family-related reasons. By rule, he will miss between three and seven days. Skipworth, already on the 40-ma…
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  • Brantly going through growing pains

    Brantly going through growing pains

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    More than anyone in the Marlins' dugout, manager Mike Redmond understands the challenges Rob Brantly is going through. A 13-year catcher in the big leagues, Redmond is seeing Brantly going through some ups and downs.
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  • Valaika thriving in constantly changing role

    Valaika thriving in constantly changing role

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    As a utility player, your job description requires always being on call. Chris Valaika is certainly learning that with the Marlins.
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  • Pestano feels better, but DL stint still possible

    Pestano feels better, but DL stint still possible

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    After dealing with a sore right elbow over the past week, Vinnie Pestano was not sure how he would feel when he played catch on Sunday morning. The Indians setup man came away from the throwing session relieved with the result.
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  • Starling Marte puts glove on throwing hand in desperate attempt…

    Starling Marte puts glove on throwing hand in desperate attempt to corral redirected baseball

    yahoo.com May 5, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes.Switch-hitters are common is baseball. We've even seen a switch-pitcher reach the professional ranks after the New York Yankees drafted Pat Venditte in 2008. Now we have Starling Marte, the Pittsburgh Pirates' switc…
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  • Soreness forces Morneau to DH for finale

    Soreness forces Morneau to DH for finale

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Justin Morneau was originally penciled in at first base against the Indians on Sunday, but asked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire if he could start at designated hitter instead.
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  • Granderson's role may vary upon return

    Granderson's role may vary upon return

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    With the Yankees suffering no shortage of production from Vernon Wells in left field, it is not a foregone conclusion in manager Joe Girardi's mind that Brett Gardner will be going back to left from center when Curtis Granderson comes off the DL.
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  • Smith gets nod in left against lefty Pettitte

    Smith gets nod in left against lefty Pettitte

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    The strikeouts are piling up for a suddenly struggling Seth Smith, but A's manager Bob Melvin lent his outfielder a vote of confidence on Sunday by placing him in the lineup as the only lefty against Yankees southpaw Andy Pettitte.
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  • Tightness not serious, Morton set to play catch

    Tightness not serious, Morton set to play catch

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Charlie Morton and the Pirates got good news from exams of the right-hander's shoulder after he left his most recent rehab start with tightness in the joint.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: May 5

    Today's MLB starting lineups: May 5

    MLB.com May 5, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Yankee traitor! CC Sabathia wears Dodgers cap at Brooklyn Nets …

    Yankee traitor! CC Sabathia wears Dodgers cap at Brooklyn Nets humiliating NBA playoffs loss to Chicago Bulls

    yahoo.com May 5, 2013
    It's been a rough few days in certain New York City sports arenas. It turns out that Mickey Mantle corked one of his bats. Also, the Brooklyn Nets failed to beat the Chicago Bulls, who played Game 7 of their NBA first-round playoff series Saturday night…
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  • Matsui presented People's Honor in Japan

    Matsui presented People's Honor in Japan

    ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    Former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui received the People's Honor Award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an elaborate ceremony at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
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  • Rays' Escobar hit by pitch, has bruised hand

    Rays' Escobar hit by pitch, has bruised hand

    ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Saturday night's game against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Colorado starter Jon Garland.
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  • The Juice: Dustin Ackley launches first career grand slam as Ma…

    The Juice: Dustin Ackley launches first career grand slam as Mariners overpower Blue Jays

    yahoo.com May 5, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. 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. The signs did not get any more encouragin…
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  • Giants win offensive tussle with another walk-off

    Giants win offensive tussle with another walk-off

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 5, 2013
    A poorly pitched, back-and-forth classic rivalry game Saturday evening ended with pinch-hitter Guillermo Quiroz's walk-off solo home run and what mattered most for the Giants: a win, 10-9, over the Dodgers at AT&T Park.
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  • Video - Monday Night Baseball Preview 01:26

    Monday Night Baseball Preview

    May 5
    Karl Ravech and Curt Schilling preview Monday night's pitching matchup between Paul Maholm and Bronson Arroyo.
  • Video - Web Gems 01:07

    Web Gems

    May 5
    Does Miguel Cabrera's diving stop and throw from the ground top Anthony Rizzo's reigning Web Gem?
  • Video - Verlander Throws Gem In Tigers' Win 02:21

    Verlander Throws Gem In Tigers' Win

    May 5
    Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Detroit's 8-0 win against Houston.
  • Video - Orioles Power Past Angels 00:32

    Orioles Power Past Angels

    May 5
    J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each homered in the Orioles' 8-4 win against the Angels.

Sports Columnists

  • Clayton's mailbag: Don't overlook AFC North

    May 5
    Don't overlook the strong offseasons put together in the AFC North by the Ravens, Steelers and Bengals, writes John Clayton.
  • Rogers sees 'good chance' he could play in MLS this year

    May 5
    Former U.S. national team winger Robbie Rogers, who stepped away from the sport in February after announcing he is gay, said Sunday that "there's a really good chance" he'll play in Major League Soccer this season.
  • Rogers sees good chance he could play in MLS this season

    May 5
    Former U.S. national team winger Robbie Rogers, who stepped away from the sport in February after announcing he is gay, said Sunday that "there's a really good chance" he'll play in Major League Soccer this season.