Bryant stars defensively in hitless MLB debut

Cubs phenom goes down swinging in first three at-bats, finishes 0-for-4 in loss

Bryant stars defensively in hitless MLB debut

CHICAGO -- If Friday's debut proved anything, it's that Kris Bryant can handle third base but wasn't quite ready for James Shields' changeup.

Promoted from Triple-A Iowa, Bryant didn't hit a home run in every at-bat, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The No. 2 prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, admitted he was anxious in his first big league game, which Chicago lost, 5-4, to the Padres.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

For Bryant, momentous day bigger than results

For Bryant, momentous day bigger than results

CHICAGO -- Forget the small stuff. The details were minutia, the final result a footnote on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Records will show that the Padres beat the Cubs, 5-4, with Kris Bryant having such an inauspicious debut that Padres manager Bud Black intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to pitch to him with a seventh-inning lead on the line, but this was Bryant's day from the time he woke up in New Orleans until the minute he went to bed in Chicago.

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Trout goes deep; youngest to 100 HRs, 100 SBs

Trout goes deep; youngest to 100 HRs, 100 SBs

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout continues to amaze. And it isn't even about what he did on Friday, a two-homer night that saw him carry the Angels to a 6-3 win and become the youngest player ever to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.

It's that he keeps evolving.

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Trout's homers make history, top Astros

Trout's homers make history, top Astros

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout had his first multi-homer game of the season, became the youngest player with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases and led the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.

The legend keeps growing.

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Harper, Espinosa power Scherzer to first win

Harper, Espinosa power Scherzer to first win

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer earned his first victory in a Nationals uniform on Friday night, leading the club to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies. It was the third consecutive win for the Nats after a 2-6 start and set them up to clinch their first series win on Saturday afternoon.

After signing a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason, Scherzer posted a 0.66 ERA through his first two outings but was 0-1. This time, the Nats backed up his stellar pitching with ample run support and solid defense.

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Royals sprint past A's with Orlando's RBI triple

Royals sprint past A's with Orlando's RBI triple

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night in front of 39,228 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

"I missed my spot by probably 18 inches trying to come hard in," Otero said. "Just came back over, outside corner."

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Royals-A's benches clear after Esky's injury

Royals-A's benches clear after Esky's injury

KANSAS CITY -- The benches cleared during the Royals' 6-4 win over the A's in the top of the seventh inning on Friday after Brett Lawrie slid hard into Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Escobar sustained a mild sprain to his left knee on the play and had to be helped off the field. He is listed as day to day.

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Boston walks off on Bogaerts' blooper

Boston walks off on Bogaerts' blooper

BOSTON -- It came down to a little flair from Xander Bogaerts just over the second baseman's head and into short right field, allowing the Red Sox to pull out a 3-2, walk-off win over the Orioles on Friday night at Fenway Park. It was the first career game-ending hit for Bogaerts, and it came against right-hander Tommy Hunter.

Mike Napoli started the winning rally with a walk. Daniel Nava moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Orioles then went to Hunter. Bogaerts got just enough of an 0-1 curveball to find a patch of grass, and Napoli scored easily from second.

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Ubaldo ejected after hitting Sandoval with pitch

Despite no prior warnings, umpire felt fastball near head was retaliation for hard slide in 2nd

Ubaldo ejected after hitting Sandoval with pitch

BOSTON -- Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from Friday night's 3-2 Orioles loss to Red Sox in the fourth inning after hitting Pablo Sandoval in the right shoulder with a pitch.

Jimenez and catcher Caleb Joseph both appeared mystified by the immediate ejection from home-plate umpire Jordan Baker, particularly because there was no warning issued to either team. Manager Buck Showalter sprinted out to speak with Baker, but Jimenez walked off several minutes later to end his night.

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A-Rod collects first multi-HR game since 2012

A-Rod collects first multi-HR game since 2012

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Rodriguez insists that he isn't thinking about how many times he has circled the bases in his big league career, though his teammates seem well aware that the number now stands at 658. The slugger says that his focus is on continuing to hit the ball hard and help the Yankees win games.

Rodriguez continues to swing the hottest bat in the Yankees' lineup, celebrating the 61st multi-homer game of his career on Friday and powering New York's 5-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, collecting three hits and driving in four runs.

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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.

Statcast breaks down Jones' homer off CC

Statcast breaks down Jones' homer off CC

Adam Jones has always been a great player, but he's been on a bit of a power barrage to open the 2015 season. If you're wondering how that's happening, wonder no more.

Statcast has the answers.

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

Soreness will keep Verlander from Tuesday's start

Lefty Lobstein stays in rotation with veteran fighting fatigue after sim game

Soreness will keep Verlander from Tuesday's start

Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who cut short a simulated game on Wednesday due to fatigue, has been ruled out of a potential Tuesday start against the Yankees.

Verlander was experiencing "normal soreness," according to a report in the Detroit News, and will not return to the rotation just yet. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who provided a solid start against the Indians on Sunday, will remain in the rotation and start on Tuesday.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Seager, Harper, De Aza

DraftKings picks: Seager, Harper, De Aza

With several skilled starters scheduled to take the mound Saturday, making hitter choices will be a difficult task for DraftKings participants. The best strategy, for some, may be to stack lineups against the few subpar starters on the docket and pay for premium arms. With this approach in mind, DraftKings participants should consider the following players:

Kyle Seager (Mariners): The owner of a career .805 OPS vs. right-handers (.665 vs. lefties), Seager matches up well with Rangers righty Colby Lewis, who as a big leaguer has allowed left-handed hitters such as Seager to post a collective .828 OPS.

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Fred Zinkie is a senior fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.

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What to watch for in today's games

Greinke looks to continue NL West dominance; Bailey, Salazar to debut for their Ohio teams

What to watch for in today's games

A few weeks into the season, teams are starting to settle in and find their groove. Saturday brings a full slate of games. Here are five things to watch for:

• How the West is won? COL @ LAD, 10:10 p.m. ET

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colon produces unlikely tying run while tossing seven

Veteran righty increases offensive production, remains dominant from mound

Colon produces unlikely tying run while tossing seven

NEW YORK -- Nobody saw it coming. Not Anthony Recker, who stood on first not expecting to move. Not even Terry Collins, the man who sent Bartolo Colon up to the plate with the bases loaded in the first place.

"Yes, I was surprised," the Mets manager said. "I'm surprised when he swings."

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Looking back on the Astrodome's Top 12 moments

Looking back on the Astrodome's Top 12 moments

The Astros will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Astrodome before their game on Saturday. Here's a look back at the Top 12 Astros moments at the "Eighth Wonder of the World:"

April 9, 1965: Astrodome opens when the Astros face the Yankees in an exhibition game with President Johnson and Texas Gov. John Connally in attendance.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

As Bryant arrives in Majors, so does his jersey in MLB.com Shop

As Bryant arrives in Majors, so does his jersey in MLB.com Shop

Kris Bryant has arrived -- in the MLB.com Shop.

You can expect to see No. 17 jerseys all over Wrigley Field in the coming days, and now his authentic Cubs home jersey from Majestic Athletic is available for order. It is one of 20 custom No. 17 styles for men, women and kids, and it leaves the warehouse in seven to 10 business days.

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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.

Yadi's clutch double vs. Cueto sinks Reds

Yadi's clutch double vs. Cueto sinks Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina's three-run double off Reds ace Johnny Cueto in the seventh inning broke open a tie game and sent the Cardinals on their way to a 6-1 victory in Friday night's series opener at Busch Stadium.

Both Cueto and Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha allowed first-inning runs, and the score remained 1-1 until the seventh. Wacha stranded a runner at third to close the top half of that frame, but Cueto couldn't match the damage control. Following his leadoff single, Matt Holliday moved to third when Jhonny Peralta bounced a hit over the glove of Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd.

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Jenifer Langosch and Mark Sheldon are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Change the locks: Lincecum gets dramatic haircut

Change the locks: Lincecum gets dramatic haircut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Since getting a haircut is an unusual experience for Tim Lincecum, he opted to make it a truly memorable event by drastically changing his look.

Lincecum returned to the short-haired style he sported during his first two years in the Major Leagues and at the start of the 2013 season, with something of a twist. The sides of his head are shaved considerably. And while the mane in the middle of his head remains long, Lincecum combs it straight back, creating the appearance of neatness.

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Plouffe's 11th-inning blast lifts Twins past Tribe

Plouffe's 11th-inning blast lifts Twins past Tribe

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe connected on a walk-off solo homer in the 11th inning to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the Indians on Friday night at Target Field.

Plouffe's blast came on a 3-1 cutter from Indians right-hander Bryan Shaw, and gave the Twins their third straight win. It came after the Twins were unable to come through in the ninth and 10th innings. They had two runners on and two outs in the ninth, but Chris Herrmann grounded out weakly, and they had the bases loaded with two outs in the 10th, but Kennys Vargas struck out.

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Stanton heating up, Marlins cooled off

Slugger homers for second straight night, stresses playing consistently for nine innings

Stanton heating up, Marlins cooled off

NEW YORK -- The past two nights Giancarlo Stanton provided the power early, but the Marlins still are having trouble establishing any consistency.

It was more of the same on Friday night as the Mets, behind Bartolo Colon's seven strong innings, tripped up the Marlins, 4-1, in front of an energized 38,753 at Citi Field.

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Carpenter channels Willie Mays Hayes with acrobatic run

Carpenter channels Willie Mays Hayes with acrobatic run

ST. LOUIS -- Trying to score from third base on Matt Holliday's first-inning fly ball to Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton on Friday, Matt Carpenter used some split-second improvisation by somersaulting over catcher Brayan Pena, a la Wesley Snipes' Willie Mays Hayes from the movie "Major League."

And it actually worked.

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Mets defeat Marlins to keep win streak alive at 6

Mets defeat Marlins to keep win streak alive at 6

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.

Colon scattered six hits over seven innings to become the first starter in the Majors to three wins, and for the second straight game he helped his own cause with the stick. Colon, at times comically inept at the plate, sent the Citi Field faithful into a frenzy when he smacked a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game in the fifth. After going nine years between RBIs, Colon drove in his second run in as many starts.

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Following pitchers' duel, Tigers walk off vs. White Sox

Following pitchers' duel, Tigers walk off vs. White Sox

DETROIT -- A true pitchers' duel between Jeff Samardzija and David Price ended with a 2-1 Tigers victory over the White Sox when Jose Iglesias delivered a walk-off single against Chicago reliever Zach Duke at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon.

Nick Castellanos started the winning rally when Avisail Garcia couldn't hang on to Castellanos' sinking liner to right. Garcia fired the ball in to second as Castellanos tried to stretch his single into a double, but shortstop Alexei Ramirez missed the tag although the throw beat Castellanos to the bag. Alex Avila dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch-runner Andrew Romine over to third, and then Iglesias laced a single into right-center field past the drawn-in infield.

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Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

KANSAS CITY -- One of the first things former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler did when he got to Kansas City on Thursday, an off-day for his new team, the A's, was check out some serious barbecue.

"I went to Oklahoma Joes yesterday," Butler said, grinning. "I thought it was superstitious in the World Series, too. I went there way more than you should. But I thought it was the reason we were winning. It just didn't work out in Game 7. I thought it was superstition to have good ribs."

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Gomes' pinch homer lifts Braves to wild win over Blue Jays

Gomes' pinch homer lifts Braves to wild win over Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Two eighth-inning home runs gave the Braves the boost they needed to claim an Interleague series-opening 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night.

Jonny Gomes went deep with a pinch-hit solo shot to break a 5-5 tie before Freddie Freeman sent a two-run shot over the wall to knock reliever Brett Cecil from the game and give the Braves necessary padding.

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Dykstra: 'Special' to have dad on hand for first homer

Dykstra: 'Special' to have dad on hand for first homer

ST. PETERSBURG -- The instant that Allan Dykstra's fourth-inning liner off Adam Warren with two men aboard rang off the right-field foul pole Friday night at Tropicana Field, the Rays took a 3-2 lead.

And Dykstra broke into a trot he'll never forget.

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Axford may need to extend emergency family leave

Rockies pitcher's son still hospitalized after rattlesnake bite

Axford may need to extend emergency family leave

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies right-handed pitcher John Axford's family medical emergency leave expires Sunday. Manager Walt Weiss said Friday the club will be in contact with the Commissioner's office if it is determined that Axford needs more time.

Axford's 2 1/2-year-old son, Jameson, was bitten twice on his right foot by a rattlesnake during Spring Training. The plan was to move Jameson from a Phoenix-area hospital to one in the Denver area so Axford can be with his family as arrangements are made for additional surgery.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lagares displays Gold Glove skills vs. Marlins

After receiving award, center fielder makes three stellar catches

Lagares displays Gold Glove skills vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- Minutes before the start of Friday's 4-1 win over the Marlins, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares stepped onto the field to accept his 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove award, grinning as he hoisted it up with both hands. Then Lagares set about showcasing the skills that helped him earn it.

Three times, Lagares made fine catches in center field, each one more difficult than the last. In the second inning, the newly minted Gold Glover ranged to his right for a running grab of Adeiny Hechavarria's fly ball. An inning later, he sprinted further into the gap to rob Christian Yelich of extra bases. And in the seventh, Lagares dove to snare a J.T. Realmuto pop to shallow center, almost certainly preventing a run from scoring.

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Reyes out until at least Tuesday

Blue Jays shortstop dealing with cracked rib, muscle strain

Reyes out until at least Tuesday

TORONTO -- For the third consecutive April, an injury will force Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes to miss game action.

This time, it's a muscle strain combined with a cracked rib, which will keep Reyes out until at least Tuesday.

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