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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…Upvote Share Tweet
Impulse buy: Miniature big leaguers Joey Votto and David WrightThese 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 …Upvote Share TweetHunter 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs to call up Sweeney, option SappeltThe Cubs are expected to call up outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa and option Dave Sappelt to the Minor Leagues on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers ignore burden of high expectationsThe 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Cards take finale of series with 10-1 win over BrewersCNNSI.com May 5, 2013Cards take finale of series with 10-1 win over BrewersUpvote Share Tweet
St. Louis' impressive rotation headlines a Sunday of raritiesCNNSI.com May 5, 2013Cinco 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetBilly 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.Upvote Share TweetYu 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Reds complete road sweep thanks to Votto, FrazierThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
McCovey Cove kayakers get a treatThe 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…Upvote Share TweetJustin Verlander held Houston hitless until the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers romped past the Astros 9-0 Sunday for a four-game sweep.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays withstand home runs to topple RockiesAlex 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.Upvote Share TweetRoy Halladay has discomfort in his right shoulder and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies pitcher is headed to Los Angeles for tests.Upvote Share Tweet
Padres Invite Navy Spouse To Sing, Err, Lip Sync "God Bless America"deadspin.com May 5, 2013It'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 "…Upvote Share Tweet
Cards ride sharp Garcia, second-inning rally to sweepAllen 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees SS Nunez leaves with rib cage injuryNew 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.Upvote Share TweetFreddie 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Umpire Vanover leaves game with head injuryHome 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Donaldson's homer leads A's past YankeesA'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.Upvote Share Tweet
Hank Conger stumbles his way into unintentionally hilarious bunt single (Video)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…Upvote Share Tweet
Pujols sits out finale to rest sore footAlbert 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Pelfrey's best performance quiets streaking TribeMike 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.Upvote Share TweetRed 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Philly umps use replay twice on close homer callsInstant replay helped give Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria the first grand slam of his career Sunday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.Upvote Share Tweet
DeRosa, Cabrera help Blue Jays snap skidThe 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.Upvote Share TweetFor 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Beltran, Carpenter get breaks from lineup SundayStarters 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Heyward begins participating in baseball activitiesSaturday 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
DH-less Tigers will sit V-Mart in WashingtonDetroit 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Kirk Nieuwenhuis nearly falls over fence robbing home run for Triple-A Las Vegas (video)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…Upvote Share Tweet
Segura out-slugging Brewers' expectationsBrewers 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Two-sport star Conley to be honored at Miller ParkFormer 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetARLINGTON, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Sarah's Take: Surprising starts for Rox, DodgersWhen 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Harvey feeling strong, dealing with long layoffThe 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Familia flashes potential while notching first saveThe 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…Upvote Share TweetBrett 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.Upvote Share TweetCleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn, who has been sidelined with a lacerated right finger, will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Baker, Chapman both maintain positive outlookEven 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."Upvote Share Tweet
Heisey progressing steadily toward return dateInjured 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.Upvote Share TweetKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jake Peavy will miss a second consecutive start for the Chicago White Sox because of back spasms.Upvote Share Tweet
Skipworth returns; Kearns to bereavement listKyle 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Brantly going through growing painsMore 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Valaika thriving in constantly changing roleAs a utility player, your job description requires always being on call. Chris Valaika is certainly learning that with the Marlins.Upvote Share TweetAfter 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Starling Marte puts glove on throwing hand in desperate attempt to corral redirected baseballYour 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Soreness forces Morneau to DH for finaleJustin 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Granderson's role may vary upon returnWith 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Smith gets nod in left against lefty PettitteThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Tightness not serious, Morton set to play catchCharlie 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.Upvote Share TweetEvery lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankee traitor! CC Sabathia wears Dodgers cap at Brooklyn Nets humiliating NBA playoffs loss to Chicago BullsIt'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…Upvote Share Tweet
Matsui presented People's Honor in JapanFormer 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.Upvote Share TweetTampa 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The Juice: Dustin Ackley launches first career grand slam as Mariners overpower Blue JaysYour 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…Upvote Share TweetA 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Monday Night Baseball PreviewMay 5Karl Ravech and Curt Schilling preview Monday night's pitching matchup between Paul Maholm and Bronson Arroyo.
Web GemsMay 5Does Miguel Cabrera's diving stop and throw from the ground top Anthony Rizzo's reigning Web Gem?
Verlander Throws Gem In Tigers' WinMay 5Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Detroit's 8-0 win against Houston.
Orioles Power Past AngelsMay 5J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each homered in the Orioles' 8-4 win against the Angels.
Clayton's mailbag: Don't overlook AFC NorthMay 5Don'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 yearMay 5Former 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 seasonMay 5Former 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.