Teixeira swats pair as Yanks snap Mets' win streak at 11

Teixeira swats pair as Yanks snap Mets' win streak at 11

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Jacoby Ellsbury also cleared the fence in Friday night's Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets' 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games behind a strong performance from Michael Pineda, who limited the Mets to Lucas Duda's sixth-inning sacrifice fly to notch his third consecutive victory. Pineda scattered five hits over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton's tumultuous stint in Southern California is nearing a resolution, one that would save the Angels some money and send the embattled outfielder back to the place he once thrived.

The Rangers are closing in on a deal to acquire Hamilton from the Angels, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Neither club has confirmed the trade, which still needs to clear several logistical hurdles before it's completed. But a source said the Angels would be receiving about $15 million in cash considerations, and no players, for a contract that will pay Hamilton about $90 million through the 2017 season.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz missile: Seattle slugger drives 9th homer 459 feet

Cruz missile: Seattle slugger drives 9th homer 459 feet

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz continued his home run barrage for the Mariners on Friday with a first-inning blast off Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, raising his Major League-leading long ball total to nine in his first 16 games.

Cruz's latest missile into the left-field upper deck in Safeco Field was estimated at 459 feet by Statcast, which reported the ball was traveling 113 mph as it left his bat.

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Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

Day after benches-clearing incident, lefty and fellow Sox hurler Samardzija say they've moved on

Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

CHICAGO -- White Sox left-hander Chris Sale went to the Royals' clubhouse Thursday night after the on-field fracas in the bottom of the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field had been settled, but cooler heads prevailed before anything escalated.

One source said that Alex Rios, a friend and former teammate of Sale with the White Sox who is now with the Royals, helped defuse the situation. Edinson Volquez, the Kansas City hurler who joined Sale as part of the five players ejected, said somebody told him that Sale was knocking on the clubhouse door during the eighth inning. Sale didn't confirm nor deny the reported action, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura all but acknowledged it took place.

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Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

Royals downplay role of instigator in incidents

CHICAGO -- With three bench-clearing incidents so far this month -- including Thursday night's fracas with the White Sox -- the Royals are gaining a reputation around Major League Baseball as a feisty bunch looking for trouble.

But the viewpoint inside the Royals' clubhouse is quite different. They're not looking for trouble, they say. Trouble is finding them -- probably because the opponents are struggling to find other ways to beat them.

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John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

R.B.I. 15 on iOS -- a match made in baseball heaven

Download the iconic arcade game from the App Store for just $4.99

R.B.I. 15 on iOS -- a match made in baseball heaven

Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced on Thursday that R.B.I. Baseball 15 is now available for iPhone and iPad. Zach Small was waiting for it like a batter with a control pad in hand.

The 35-year-old personal software trainer from Hanover, Pa., first played R.B.I. a quarter-century ago as a 10-year-old boy, when it was on the Nintendo Entertainment System. He got the new release when it first appeared this spring, routinely playing on Xbox One.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How fast was Tex's 2nd homer? Statcast knows

How fast was Tex's 2nd homer? Statcast knows

When Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira took right-hander Jacob deGrom deep in the third inning of Friday night's 6-1 win over the Mets at Yankee Stadium, it was his second home run of the night, his seventh of the season and the third of the night for the Bronx Bombers.

But thanks to Statcast data, which was part of the national broadcast on MLB Network, those aren't the only numbers we know.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moss leads Tribe's rout of Tigers with 7 RBIs

Moss leads Tribe's rout of Tigers with 7 RBIs

DETROIT -- After he gave up one earned run and posted three wins in as many starts, the Cleveland Indians made it look easy beating Shane Greene. Brandon Moss homered twice as part of a seven-RBI outburst, sending Greene to his first loss and the Tigers to their fourth in a row as the Indians rolled to a 13-1 win Friday night at Comerica Park.

The 12-run margin was the first double-digit victory for the Indians over the Tigers since April 17, 2008. Detroit had won seven in a row against Cleveland, including three at Progressive Field two weeks ago, since Danny Salazar's shutout against the Tigers on Sept. 3.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu stays in game after rundown scare

First baseman appeared to be in pain on field after trying to tag Escobar, but OK after smelling salts

Abreu stays in game after rundown scare

CHICAGO -- White Sox fans eventually were able to exhale during the third inning of Friday night's contest against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field after Jose Abreu went down to the ground in pain following a rundown play involving Alcides Escobar.

Jose Quintana picked off Escobar, who had singled home the first run of the game, but Abreu elected to chase down Escobar and missed the tag as he tumbled over the baserunner at second. Abreu at first looked as if he hurt his right wrist or shoulder as he writhed momentarily in pain on the ground. But White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider eventually gave smelling salts to Abreu, indicating that he simply might have had the wind knocked out of him.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers ready to welcome Hamilton back

ANAHEIM -- The news that outfielder Josh Hamilton is close to returning to the Rangers has his former teammates excited and ready to welcome him back.

"Who doesn't need a guy like Josh Hamilton," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "We know Josh and who he is. I just know as a teammate, if it does happen, we'll do our best to help him think about baseball and not be a distraction."

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Theirs was a nearly perfect marriage for five seasons, and that surely is what this reunion is about. Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers may have needed one another more than they ever understood, and maybe this is about both of them attempting to recapture some of the old magic. So here's to second chances and happy endings.

If nothing else, we're likely to find out if Hamilton can still be a productive Major League player. It's not just a matter of his staying healthy, although that's obviously a large part of the equation. It's also about his rediscovering plate discipline and patience, two things in short supply during two disappointing seasons with the Angels.

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A-Gon defends honor, races radio host

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A-Gon defends honor, races radio host

We're all familiar with "The Tortoise and the Hare," right? The tortoise gets sick of hearing the hare talk about how fast he is all the time and tells him to put up or shut up. Well, this fable is called "The Dodgers First Baseman and the Radio Host" and the ending is a little different than you might expect.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Cain, Heyward, Harvey

DraftKings picks: Cain, Heyward, Harvey

Hitters could produce a tidal wave of runs today, as few accomplished hurlers are on the docket. DraftKings participants will have a tough decision between paying for the few high-end aces or stacking hitting lineups with studs and opting for low-cost starters. But regardless of the direction you take, the players listed below merit close inspection when setting lineups.

Salvador Perez (Royals): Perez has accumulated a career .845 OPS vs. left-handers (.719 against righties), which suggests that he could be a productive catcher for DraftKings participants when he faces southpaw John Danks (career 4.30 ERA) at hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field.

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Fred Zinkie is a senior fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iwakuma placed on 15-day DL with strained lat muscle

Seattle righty is 0-1 with 6.61 ERA in 3 starts

Iwakuma placed on 15-day DL with strained lat muscle

SEATTLE -- Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, one of the top starters in the American League the past three seasons, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained lat muscle behind his right shoulder.

General manager Jack Zduriencik said the issue isn't believed to be serious, but Iwakuma felt some fatigue in his shoulder after his last start and will undergo an MRI on Friday night.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs rally to defeat Reds in extras

Cubs rally to defeat Reds in extras

CINCINNATI -- A four-run top of the 11th inning gave the Cubs a 7-3 victory over the Reds on Friday, their fifth game won in their final at-bat in 16 games overall. Jonathan Herrera delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single.

It was a 3-3 game in the top of the 11th when Reds reliever Burke Badenhop gave up three straight one-out singles. Anthony Rizzo started the rally with a lined single to center field that was stopped on the short-hop by a diving Billy Hamilton. Kris Bryant followed with a single up the middle before Herrera, who entered the game defensively in the ninth inning, came through with a lined RBI single to right field.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox power past O's on Holt's go-ahead shot

Red Sox power past O's on Holt's go-ahead shot

BALTIMORE -- Boston used a trio of homers, including an eighth-inning go-ahead three-run blast from Brock Holt, to hand Baltimore its fifth consecutive loss in Friday's 7-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

The Red Sox, who also got back-to-back homers from David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez in the fifth, capitalized on O's third baseman Manny Machado's error as Holt went deep off O's righty Darren O'Day.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

As win streak comes to an end, Mets focus on big picture

deGrom unable to find comfort zone on chilly night in the Bronx

As win streak comes to an end, Mets focus on big picture

NEW YORK -- It's early. The Mets stressed that throughout their franchise record-tying 11-game winning streak, reminding themselves and others not to grow too brash. If they needed any additional reminder, Jacob deGrom's ERA provided it on Friday, bloating from 0.93 to 2.96 in a single game.

Again: It's early.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Molina exits one inning after taking foul tip off knee guard

Molina exits one inning after taking foul tip off knee guard

MILWAUKEE -- An inning after taking a foul tip square off his right knee guard, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to pull himself out of the team's series-opening game against Milwaukee Friday night.

Molina warmed starter Carlos Martinez up for the bottom of the fifth before returning to the dugout. Backup catcher Tony Cruz took his place behind home plate.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast delves into Lagares' amazing catch

Statcast delves into Lagares' amazing catch

Baseball fans have seen Mets center fielder Juan Lagares pull off some amazing defensive feats during his young career, and he was at it again on Wednesday night.

The 2014 National League Glove Glove Award winner had to battle windy conditions at Citi Field, but as Statcast shows, that didn't stop him from making a fine play to rob the Braves' Jace Peterson of an extra-base hit.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox-Royals game suspended in ninth due to rain

Tied tilt in Chicago will resume at 1:10 p.m. CT, followed by Saturday's scheduled game

White Sox-Royals game suspended in ninth due to rain

CHICAGO -- The White Sox-Royals game, played during a steady rain Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. The score was tied at 2 in the ninth, with White Sox closer David Robertson warming up and entering the game.

This contest will be resumed Saturday at 1:10 p.m. CT, which was the scheduled start time for Saturday's game. That matchup will now be played after the conclusion of the suspended game.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays' bats come alive vs. Blue Jays in Smyly's return

Rays' bats come alive vs. Blue Jays in Smyly's return

ST. PETERSBURG -- James Loney and Rene Rivera each homered as the Rays chased knuckleballer R.A. Dickey from the game after 4 2/3 innings during a 12-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The home runs by Loney and Rivera were both two-run shots that came in the fourth inning. Tampa Bay added five more runs in the fifth with a rally that included an RBI triple by Asdrubal Cabrera.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Michael Kolligian is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins put Yelich on DL with lower back strain

Left fielder eligible to return May 5; Miami recalls Bour, places Salty on paternity list

Marlins put Yelich on DL with lower back strain

MIAMI -- Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich, who sat out all three games of the series at Philadelphia with back tightness, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a lower back strain.

First baseman Justin Bour, already on the 40-man roster, was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Yelich's DL stint is retroactive to Monday, meaning he is eligible to be reinstated as early as May 5 at Washington.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton had quite the highlight reel with Rangers

Slugger hit first walk-off in Texas and had four-homer game

Hamilton had quite the highlight reel with Rangers

ANAHEIM -- With Josh Hamilton reportedly set to rejoin the Rangers, let's take a look back at some of the best moments from his five-year stint in Arlington, during which he won the 2010 American League MVP Award and helped the Rangers win two pennants.

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Hamilton hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Angels. It was his first walk-off home run.

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Harang, Galvis help Phillies get walk-off win over Braves

Harang, Galvis help Phillies get walk-off win over Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have scored the fewest runs in baseball this season, but they got the pitching performance they needed Friday in a 1-0 walk-off victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Aaron Harang threw eight scoreless innings and Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth, setting up the Phillies' game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Freddy Galvis singled, reached second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman could not handle a ground ball from Ben Revere.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista out for opener, but expected back this weekend

Bautista out for opener, but expected back this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Bautista missed his third consecutive game on Friday night because of a sore right shoulder, but the Blue Jays remain optimistic that he will return at some point this weekend.

Bautista is expected to start at designated hitter for at least a few games upon his return. By the middle of next week, the hope is that the five-time All-Star will be back in right field.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia says Hamilton's needs were met with Angels

Manager doesn't believe clubhouse environment was lacking

Scioscia says Hamilton's needs were met with Angels

ANAHEIM -- The Angels and Rangers are working on a trade that would send Josh Hamilton back to the environment where he thrived, sources told MLB.com on Friday, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe there was anything wrong with the clubhouse environment the Angels provided for Hamilton the last two years.

"The process of supporting Josh obviously was magnified because of his history, and those needs were met," said Scioscia, who was speaking in generalities and would not comment on a potential trade sending Hamilton to the Rangers. "Those needs were met from both Josh's side and the organization's side. I feel very confident about that."

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Homer potential just one dimension of Bryant's game

There's anticipation to see power, but Cubs third baseman has shown even more

Homer potential just one dimension of Bryant's game

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant has been up in the big leagues for a week now, and he's still looking for his first home run -- unless you count that Francisco Cervelli-aided scamper around the basepaths at PNC Park the other night.

But in the course of compiling a 1.035 OPS, four doubles and seven RBIs in seven games, what Bryant has quickly demonstrated is that he's far more than just the home-run hitter he's known and expected to be.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado turns spectacular double play vs. Giants

Arenado turns spectacular double play vs. Giants

DENVER -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado helped pitcher Eddie Butler avoid a big inning in the fourth Friday night and showed why he has won a National League Gold Glove at his position in each of his first two seasons.

After Butler gave up consecutive singles to start the fourth, Casey McGehee hit a hard grounder that Arenado backhanded near the third-base line. He then ran about 15 feet to the base to force Brandon Belt and fired to first just in time to get McGehee and complete a spectacular double play.

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Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado delivers in the clutch to lift Marlins over Nats

Prado delivers in the clutch to lift Marlins over Nats

MIAMI -- The Marlins are looking for some timely hitting to get on track, and for the third straight game, Martin Prado has delivered. Prado's single to right in the eighth inning on Friday lifted Miami to a 3-2 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Prado followed up a four-RBI game at Philadelphia with his sixth run batted in over the past three games. His single off Aaron Barrett scored Adeiny Hechavarria, who doubled to open the inning. Miami has won a season-high three straight. Steve Cishek worked a perfect ninth for his first save of the season, and Miami has won a season-high three straight.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goldschmidt holds no grudge with Pirates

D-backs slugger suffered season-ending injury in game vs. Bucs last year

Goldschmidt holds no grudge with Pirates

PHOENIX -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt saw his 2014 season end against the Pirates on Aug. 1 when reliever Ernesto Frieri hit him in the left hand with a pitch, fracturing it.

D-backs pitcher Randall Delgado hit outfielder Andrew McCutchen with a pitch the next night, and he would later suffer an injury, though it's not certain whether it was caused by being hit.

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