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Pair of aces: Scherzer outduels Lester in win

Pair of aces: Scherzer outduels Lester in win

ESPN.com nytimes.com Updated May 16
Max Scherzer tossed six shutout innings, outdueling Boston ace Jon Lester and leading the Detroit Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
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  • Craig, Lynn Lead Cardinals Past Braves

    Craig, Lynn Lead Cardinals Past Braves

    nytimes.com May 16
    Allen Craig had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice and Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
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  • Gibson Back on Track, Twins Top Mariners 5-4

    Gibson Back on Track, Twins Top Mariners 5-4

    nytimes.com May 16
    Kyle Gibson allowed one run in seven innings, Brian Dozier and Josmil Pinto homered, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Friday night.
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  • Dozier, Pinto rack up extra-base hits to lead offense

    Dozier, Pinto rack up extra-base hits to lead offense

    MLB.com May 16
    Kyle Gibson bounced back from a rough outing to turn in seven strong innings, while Josmil Pinto and Brian Dozier homered to lead the Twins to a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Friday night at Target Field.
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  • Nationals 5, Mets 2: As Usual, Mets’ Hitters Struggle. For Once…

    Nationals 5, Mets 2: As Usual, Mets’ Hitters Struggle. For Once, So Does Niese.

    The usually reliable Jon Niese, who entered the game with a 2.17 E.R.A., had a rough outing as the Mets fell in Washington for their third straight loss.
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  • Cabrera Lifts Blue Jays to 2-0 Win Over Rangers

    Cabrera Lifts Blue Jays to 2-0 Win Over Rangers

    Drew Hutchison outdueled Yu Darvish and Melky Cabrera hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
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  • Orioles' Tillman throws first career shutout

    Orioles' Tillman throws first career shutout

    ESPN.com MLB.com May 16
    Chris Tillman tossed his first career shutout, Nelson Cruz drove in two runs and the Baltimore Orioles grinded out a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
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  • Koehler an unexpected Major Leaguer

    Koehler an unexpected Major Leaguer

    MLB.com May 16
    Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler beat the odds to become a Major League pitcher.
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  • Jungle Bird Jumps Nationals Wall, Runs Bases, Gets Sacked By Se…

    Jungle Bird Jumps Nationals Wall, Runs Bases, Gets Sacked By Security

    deadspin.com May 16
    Jungle Bird showed up at tonight's New York-Washington game from Nationals Park, where the activist ran onto the field and successfully ran the bases in the ninth inning before being sacked by security. Read more...
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  • Bourjos, Matheny tossed after arguing strike zone

    Bourjos, Matheny tossed after arguing strike zone

    MLB.com May 16
    Center fielder Peter Bourjos and manager Mike Matheny were both ejected by home-plate umpire Sean Barber at the end of the fourth inning after both expressed displeasure in Barber's strike zone. It was Matheny's first ejection this season and the first …
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  • Phillies held scoreless again as Reds prevail

    Phillies held scoreless again as Reds prevail

    Alfredo Simon allowed five hits over 7 2/3 strong innings, Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Friday night.
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  • Gibbons wins challenge on stolen-base attempt

    Gibbons wins challenge on stolen-base attempt

    MLB.com May 16
    Leonys Martin had a stolen base taken away in the bottom of the third when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons successfully challenged the call that second base umpire Dan Iassogna made.
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  • Cosart to add one-seamer to repertoire

    Cosart to add one-seamer to repertoire

    MLB.com May 16
    Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart planned to unveil a one-seam fastball vs. the White Sox, giving him a pitch designed to sink dramatically in the zone and that goes away to left-handers and in to right-handers.
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  • Scioscia carefully monitoring Pujols' health, action

    Scioscia carefully monitoring Pujols' health, action

    MLB.com May 16
    Albert Pujols has yet to miss a game, and he's no longer hindered by the plantar fasciitis that crippled his 2013 season, but there are days when he doesn't run very well, or the stiffness creeps in, and it's something Angels manager Mike Scioscia is co…
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  • Ross benefiting from more frequent slider usage

    Ross benefiting from more frequent slider usage

    MLB.com May 16
    Pitcher Tyson Ross, who won his fifth game of the season on Thursday, is using his slider more this season, throwing it 36.9 percent of the time compared to 32.6 percent a year ago.
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  • Report: Orioles sign Bell to minor-league deal

    Report: Orioles sign Bell to minor-league deal

    ESPN.com May 16
    The Baltimore Orioles signed relief pitcher Heath Bell to a minor-league deal, according to FoxSports.com.
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  • After two-inning outing, Motte close to activation

    After two-inning outing, Motte close to activation

    MLB.com May 16
    The Cardinals will monitor Jason Motte through Saturday and then make a decision as to whether he needs to return to Triple-A Memphis to continue a rehab assignment or if he is ready to come off the disabled list and rejoin the big league bullpen.
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  • Boy battling leukemia saves Royals mascot Sluggerrr from evil K…

    Boy battling leukemia saves Royals mascot Sluggerrr from evil KC Cucaracha

    yahoo.com May 16
    Last November, the San Francisco Giants worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a dream come true for five-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia patient who wanted to play super hero for a day in the city of San Francisco. The story of "Batkid,&q…
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  • Sale K's 11 in four innings of Triple-A start

    Sale K's 11 in four innings of Triple-A start

    MLB.com May 16
    Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out 11 batters in four innings of a rehabilitation assignment with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights in the first game of an International League doubleheader Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
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  • Freese to play rehab games for Triple-A Salt Lake

    Freese to play rehab games for Triple-A Salt Lake

    MLB.com May 16
    Angels third baseman David Freese will be with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees on Saturday, serving as the designated hitter for what he hopes is the first of only a couple of rehab games.
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  • M.L.B. Roundup: Amid Slump, Reddick Lifts A’s With a Career Hig…

    M.L.B. Roundup: Amid Slump, Reddick Lifts A’s With a Career High

    Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead Oakland to an 11-1 victory over Cleveland.
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  • Mets win challenge, takes Tejada off the hook

    Mets win challenge, takes Tejada off the hook

    MLB.com May 16
    Not only did the Mets win a replay challenge on Friday, they also wiped an error off the record books. Manager Terry Collins' successful challenge in the second inning at Nationals Park took an error away from shortstop Ruben Tejada and erased Danny Esp…
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  • Braves hope Johnson's hot bat can spur offense

    Braves hope Johnson's hot bat can spur offense

    MLB.com May 16
    Chris Johnson, who ripped two RBI doubles Wednesday to lift his average to .279, continues to offer encouragement for a Braves team seeking offensive consistency.
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  • O'Day, Orioles' bullpen ready when called on

    O'Day, Orioles' bullpen ready when called on

    MLB.com May 16
    Right-hander Darren O'Day believes the entire Baltimore bullpen brigade has a Boy Scout's motto these days: Be prepared. The O's are in a flexibility mode these days after some uneven outings from closer Tommy Hunter.
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  • Marlins ace Fernandez undergoes T.J. surgery

    Marlins ace Fernandez undergoes T.J. surgery

    ESPN.com May 16
    An attorney for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez said a sharp grounder that struck the right-hander in the thigh before his final start caused him to change his throwing motion and may have contributed to him needing season-ending elbow surgery.
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  • Indians option Salazar to continue development

    Indians option Salazar to continue development

    MLB.com ESPN.com May 16
    The Indians have decided that Danny Salazar could benefit from some more development. Prior to Friday's game against the A's, Cleveland optioned Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.
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  • Zimmerman set for second X-ray on thumb

    Zimmerman set for second X-ray on thumb

    MLB.com May 16
    Monday will mark five weeks since Ryan Zimmerman fractured his right thumb, and the Nationals third baseman will undergo his second X-ray in as many weeks on that day.
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  • Lagares sits again as Collins eyes offense

    Lagares sits again as Collins eyes offense

    MLB.com May 16
    Thirteen days after Mets manager Terry Collins named Juan Lagares his "everyday center fielder," it is clear that Lagares is anything but. Lagares was out of the lineup for the fourth time in five games Friday, sitting in favor of outfielders …
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  • Report: Mitch Williams ordered beanball during Cal Ripken Leagu…

    Report: Mitch Williams ordered beanball during Cal Ripken League game

    More details of Mitch Williams' behavior at the Cal RIpken Baseball League tournament last weekend have been revealed in a follow up story posted by Deadspin on Friday. The initial reports, which were later confirmed, stated that the former major league…
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  • Victorino sits with left knee issue

    Victorino sits with left knee issue

    MLB.com May 16
    Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was out of the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Tigers because of a left knee injury.
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  • Votto MRI on left knee reveals quad injury

    Votto MRI on left knee reveals quad injury

    An MRI on the left knee of Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto revealed a quad injury, the team announced Friday.
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  • Footage emerges of FDR walking at 1937 ASG

    Footage emerges of FDR walking at 1937 ASG

    ESPN.com May 16
    Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that he completely hid his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday.
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  • Q&A: Hamm talks Million Dollar Arm, Cardinals

    Q&A: Hamm talks Million Dollar Arm, Cardinals

    SI.com spoke with Jon Hamm, star of the television series Mad Men and the new baseball movie Million Dollar Arm, in advance of the film’s opening this weekend. Hamm plays J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent who sets out to find baseball players in India. It …
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  • Mets accidentally email general manager's credit card number to…

    Mets accidentally email general manager's credit card number to media

    You know, there are certain franchises that just cannot keep from tripping over their own feet, week after week, season after season. But hard as they try, clown shows like the Redskins, Knicks and Marlins are always fighting for second place in the bon…
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  • Rainout Puts Yanks In Old-Time 2-Game Set

    Rainout Puts Yanks In Old-Time 2-Game Set

    nytimes.com May 16
    The Yankees-Pirates game on Friday night was washed away, so now the teams will play an old-fashioned, single-admission doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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  • deGrom snaps hitless streak for Mets pitchers

    deGrom snaps hitless streak for Mets pitchers

    CNNSI.com May 16
    NEW YORK -- New York Mets pitchers have ended a strange streak of futility, finally getting a hit this year.
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  • Mets put d'Arnaud on seven-day concussion DL

    Mets put d'Arnaud on seven-day concussion DL

    CNNSI.com May 16
    NEW YORK -- The New York Mets placed catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the 7-day concussion list Thursday, two days after he was hit on the top of his hockey goalie-style mask by Alfonso Soriano's bat on the follow through of a swing.
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  • Zobrist (dislocated thumb) put on disabled list

    Zobrist (dislocated thumb) put on disabled list

    CNNSI.com May 16
    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Tampa Bay Rays put switch-hitting second baseman Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a dislocated left thumb.
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  • Franco, 55, to play independent league ball

    Franco, 55, to play independent league ball

    ESPN.com May 16
    Could you play professional baseball at 55 years old? Julio Franco thinks he can.
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  • Players, managers on recent elbow injuries

    Players, managers on recent elbow injuries

    CNNSI.com May 16
    Sports Illustrated went to the MLB Fan Cave to discuss with active and former MLB players and managers about Jose Fernandez's recent elbow injury and why so many young pitchers are having to undergo Tommy John surgery.
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  • Pirates-Yankees Postponed

    Pirates-Yankees Postponed

    nytimes.com May 16
    The banged-up New York Yankees are getting an unexpected but much-needed rest.
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  • Rockies lighting up Coors Field, turn-of-the-millennium style

    Rockies lighting up Coors Field, turn-of-the-millennium style

    CNNSI.com May 16
    Coors Field has always been a hitters' haven, but this year, the Rockies are taking it to absurd new heights.
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  • Expected rain causes Bucs-Yanks postponement

    Expected rain causes Bucs-Yanks postponement

    MLB.com May 16
    Friday's game between the Yankees and Pirates at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to a continued forecast of inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled as the second game of a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday.
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  • Five realistic candidates to succeed Bud Selig as MLB's commiss…

    Five realistic candidates to succeed Bud Selig as MLB's commissioner

    CNNSI.com May 16
    With Bud Selig stepping down, who will replace him as MLB commissioner? Five names stand out.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: May 16

    Today's MLB starting lineups: May 16

    MLB.com May 16
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Wrigley Field Mural Depicts Scene From Comiskey Park

    Wrigley Field Mural Depicts Scene From Comiskey Park

    deadspin.com May 16
    To celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, the Cubs painted a bunch of murals on the outer wall of the stadium facing Waveland Avenue. One of the murals, seen above, is said to depict Charles Lindbergh taking in a Cubs game in 1927. The only proble…
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  • Trout hits walk-off home run; Angels stun Rays

    Trout hits walk-off home run; Angels stun Rays

    Mike Trout may be slumping — as much as the league’s best player can be said to slump, anyway — but that didn’t stop him from turning in some late-inning heroics Thursday night. With two on in the ninth inning and the Angels down two runs to the Rays, T…
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  • Pipeline preview: Syndergaard set to face Wisler

    Pipeline preview: Syndergaard set to face Wisler

    MLB.com May 16
    Noah Syndergaard, the No. 10 prospect on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, will take part in a premier pitchers' duel when he and Las Vegas take on El Paso right-hander Matt Wisler, the Padres' No. 3 prospect, in Triple-A action on Friday.
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  • Will Million Dollar Arm help spur growth of baseball in India?

    Will Million Dollar Arm help spur growth of baseball in India?

    CNNSI.com May 16
    Can baseball become the next big thing in India? Inside the attempt to embrace America's pastime.
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  • MLB Notebook: Another complete feat by Cueto

    MLB Notebook: Another complete feat by Cueto

    In the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, Johnny Cueto hurled a three-hit shutout with eight K's and two walks as Cincinnati topped San Diego, 5-0. In the win, Cueto improved to 4-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.25, and the Reds improved to 18-20.
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  • The magic of baseball movies, and the 10 best of all time

    The magic of baseball movies, and the 10 best of all time

    CNNSI.com May 16
    A look at the story behind Million Dollar Arm, plus a countdown of the best baseball movies ever.
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  • High schooler goes to prom with Jenny Dell — Will Middlebrooks'…

    High schooler goes to prom with Jenny Dell — Will Middlebrooks' girlfriend

    yahoo.com May 16
    It worked. "The Movement" actually worked. Cameron Stuart, a 16-year-old student and Boston Red Sox fan at Rockland (Mass.) High School made it happen. Stuart got NESN reporter Jenny Dell, the steady girlfriend of Red Sox third baseman Will Mi…
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  • Quarterly report: Things are just getting started

    Quarterly report: Things are just getting started

    MLB.com May 16
    By any measure, the baseball season is one quarter of the way home on its annual journey to October. That's long enough to allow 2014 to establish its own identity with a few trends and breakout performances, giving us a glimpse of what's ahead. But tha…
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  • 'Hero' cat Tara to throw out first pitch at Bakersfield basebal…

    'Hero' cat Tara to throw out first pitch at Bakersfield baseball game

    yahoo.com May 16
    Throwing a baseball should be easy peasy for Tara, the hero cat from Bakersfield, Calif. who saved a little boy from a dog attack and became an Internet sensation because it all was caught on video. Now we get to find out what kind of arm she has (and w…
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  • Mets cool gift to Derek Jeter: New York subway tiles forming '2…

    Mets cool gift to Derek Jeter: New York subway tiles forming '2' mosaic

    yahoo.com May 16
    The New York Mets got creative with their farewell gift to Derek Jeter on Thursday night. Before the New York Yankees took care of business with a 1-0 victory at Citi Field, club exec Jeff Wilpon presented Jeter with a mosaic of New York subway tiles th…
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  • Mets cool gift to Derek Jeter: New York subway tiles forming '2…

    Mets cool gift to Derek Jeter: New York subway tiles forming '2' mosaic

    The New York Mets got creative with their farewell gift to Derek Jeter on Thursday night. Before the New York Yankees took care of business with a 1-0 victory at Citi Field, club exec Jeff Wilpon presented Jeter with a mosaic of New York subway tiles th…
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  • Angels successfully challenge pair of calls at second

    Angels successfully challenge pair of calls at second

    MLB.com May 16
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia got two calls at second base overturned by replay Thursday night against the Rays.
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  • Giants Rally to Give Cain 1st Win

    Giants Rally to Give Cain 1st Win

    nytimes.com May 16
    Buster Posey hit a go-ahead double as part of a three-run fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Thursday night.
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  • Rosario ready to start rehab at Triple-A

    Rosario ready to start rehab at Triple-A

    MLB.com May 16
    Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario, who hasn't played since May 2 because of a viral infection, will begin an injury rehab assignment for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday, at home against New Orleans.
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  • Encarnacion continues hot May, boosts Jays over Indians

    Encarnacion continues hot May, boosts Jays over Indians

    Edwin Encarnacion continued his torrid May with two home runs against the Indians, helping the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win.
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  • Video - Reds Hold Phillies Scoreless 00:45

    Reds Hold Phillies Scoreless

    May 16
    Alfredo Simon struck out eight in the Reds' 3-0 win over the Phillies.
  • Video - Hutchison Outduels Darvish 00:51

    Hutchison Outduels Darvish

    May 16
    Drew Hutchison tossed a shutout and Melky Cabrera drove in two runs to carry the Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the Rangers.
  • Video - 2004 MLB Draft Do-Over 03:29

    2004 MLB Draft Do-Over

    May 16
    Cary Chow and Keith Law take a look back at the 2004 MLB draft, which featured names such as Justin Verlander, Dustin Pedroia and Jered Weaver.
  • Video - Reddick, A's Crush Indians 00:42

    Reddick, A's Crush Indians

    May 16
    Josh Reddick hit two home runs and drove in six runs in the Athletics' 11-1 win over the Indians.

Sports Columnists

  • OKC's Ibaka (calf) likely out rest of playoffs

    May 16
    Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the postseason after suffering a left calf injury in Oklahoma City's series-clinching win Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced Friday.