Felix finishes off Twins in shutout; Cruz crushes 9th homer

Felix finishes off Twins in shutout; Cruz crushes 9th homer

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez continued his long-running dominance of the Twins and Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison backed The King up with home runs as the Mariners topped Minnesota, 2-0, on Friday at Safeco Field.

Hernandez threw his 10th career shutout, allowing five hits and no walks and striking out nine as he improved to 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA on the year. The 29-year-old has now thrown six straight starts of eight-plus innings with two or less runs against the Twins.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. 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.

What to watch for in today's games

Harvey and Sabathia face off for first time in Subway Series

What to watch for in today's games

Look around. There's some incredible matchups on tap this weekend, with surging teams and surging players trying to assert themselves against their opponents. The red-hot Mets have ace Matt Harvey on the mound today, and so do the Nationals in Stephen Strasburg.

Twelve of the 15 games today involve division rivalries, and one of the exceptions brings a natural Interleague rivalry. There are huge bats and streaking starting pitchers scheduled for today's games, and the next batch of highlights may well involve new teams staking a claim for first place.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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Richard Justice

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

Righty personifies young, dynamic club; lefty a reflection of veteran-laden group

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia.

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Heyward, Harvey

DraftKings picks: 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.

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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.

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.

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

Suspended game to be resumed before Sunday's finale

Royals-White Sox postponed due to rain

CHICAGO -- The conclusion of Friday night's game, which was suspended after eight innings with the game tied at 2-2, and Saturday's regularly scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field were postponed due to a forecast of continuing rain and inclement weather throughout Saturday.

A makeup date for Saturday's 1:10 p.m. CT start has not been determined. Fans should keep their tickets and parking coupons for the April 25 game until a rescheduled date and time have been announced.

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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.

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.

White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

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

White Sox's 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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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.

Teixeira swats pair off deGrom as Yanks snap Mets' win streak

Teixeira swats pair off deGrom as Yanks snap Mets' win streak

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Michael Pineda pitched effectively into the eighth inning 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.

"Home runs are always good," said Teixeira, who leads the Yankees with seven homers. "They're not easy to come by, especially against a good pitcher. It was a good night."

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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.

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.

Rangers ready to welcome Hamilton back

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.

Puig's status uncertain after hamstring flareup

Puig's status uncertain after hamstring flareup

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was non-committal whether outfielder Yasiel Puig will wind up on the disabled list after reinjuring his left hamstring muscle in Friday night's 3-0 win over the Padres.

"The DL is always on the table" when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. "As of right now, there's not much more we can do tonight."

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of the Dodgers @kengurnick on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back to full health, Teixeira's power resurgence continues

Yanks first baseman says gluten-free diet helps him feel better, work out harder

Back to full health, Teixeira's power resurgence continues

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira's gluten-free menu -- headlined by spinach smoothies, bison burgers and turkey bacon -- hasn't become a popular choice in the Yankees' clubhouse, though if he continues hitting for power, he just might gain a few converts along the way.

Teixeira homered twice in Friday's 6-1 Subway Series victory over the Mets and paces the roster with seven homers and 17 RBIs through 16 games. With only five hits that haven't left the ballpark, Teixeira has done an excellent job of making his best swings count.

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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.

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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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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moss breaks out with career-high 7 RBIs, 2 homers

Moss breaks out with career-high 7 RBIs, 2 homers

DETROIT -- This was the kind of night the Indians had in mind when they traded for Brandon Moss over the offseason. Cleveland envisioned towering home runs from the slugger out of the heart of its lineup, putting pressure on opposing pitchers.

On Friday night, Moss provided precisely that for the Tribe, launching a pair of home runs and piling up a career-high seven RBIs to power his new team to a 13-1 romp over the rival Tigers. Moss wanted to make a strong first impression with Cleveland, but it took a little more than two weeks for him and the rest of the lineup to wake from an early-April slumber.

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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.

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

SAN DIEGO -- Zack Greinke continued his mastery of the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park, allowing four hits in seven innings as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 victory in an early season showdown between the top two teams in the National League West.

Greinke (3-0), who struck out seven while walking three, is 4-0 with 1.41 ERA against the Padres dating back to 2013.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of the Dodgers @kengurnick on Twitter. 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.

Freese's homer ices Richards' first win, spoils Wandy's debut

Freese's homer ices Richards' first win, spoils Wandy's debut

ANAHEIM -- David Freese hit a two-run home run off reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Angels held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

The Angels were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position before Freese hit a 3-2 fastball deep over the left-center-field fence. Angels starter Garrett Richards earned the victory by holding the Rangers to two runs in seven innings. Richards, who started the season on the disabled list while still recovering from knee surgery, was making his first start at Angel Stadium since Aug. 9.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show". T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Uribe briefly sports wrong uniform

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Uribe briefly sports wrong uniform

Juan Uribe usually looks different from the rest of his teammates (not everyone can pull off red leather pants), but during the first inning of Friday's Dodgers-Padres game, the contrast was a little more difficult to spot than usual. Can you tell what's off about this picture?

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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 rain-suspended 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, the White Sox starting pitcher, picked off Escobar, who had singled home the first run of the game. But Abreu elected to chase down Escobar instead of throwing the ball during the rundown, and he was ruled to have missed the tag as he tumbled over the baserunner at second.

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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.

Astros hold off A's in 11 for crazy finish

Astros hold off A's in 11 for crazy finish

OAKLAND -- Left fielder Robbie Grossman notched a go-ahead, two-run single off of A's southpaw Eric O'Flaherty in a three-run 11th inning, helping the Astros claim a 5-4 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Friday evening.

It was a wild ending to a game that didn't see its first run until the 10th inning, when Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run, two-out double off of A's reliever Dan Otero. The A's came right back in the bottom of the frame against a familiar face in right-hander Luke Gregerson, getting a game-tying, two-run double from Josh Reddick, who unsuccessfully tried racing home when the ball got away from the plate.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix stays on fire with first shutout since 2012

Mariners ace fans 9, improves to 3-0 with 1.61 ERA

Felix stays on fire with first shutout since 2012

SEATTLE -- For a time, Felix Hernandez looked like Friday might be another one of those perfect nights. For the Mariners, a 2-0 shutout victory over the Twins worked just fine, but Seattle's ace admitted he thought he might be headed for something more until Trevor Plouffe's two-out single in the fifth.

"I felt terrible in the bullpen, but when I started the game, I was throwing everything in the strike zone and my fastball was really good and that makes everything better," Hernandez said. "I knew I had it. I had the stuff to throw a perfect game, but it didn't happen."

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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.

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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Hamilton steals three bases to up MLB-best total

Speedster steals three vs. Lester, but Cincinnati 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position

Hamilton steals three bases to up MLB-best total

CINCINNATI -- Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was more than willing to exploit Cubs ace Jon Lester's weakness at holding runners, and he seemed poised early to be a one-man run-manufacturing machine. When push came to shove in the later innings, however, runs that were begging to be scored were left uncollected.

Hence, the Reds gave away a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings as they went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 16 times in the game, including 10 against Lester.

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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.

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.

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.

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 struggling 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.

Cole delivers ace-like outing vs. D-backs

Pirates righty has seven straight wins dating back to last season

Cole delivers ace-like outing vs. D-backs

PHOENIX -- Early in Friday night's game, Gerrit Cole glanced up at Chase Field's video board and read the numbers next to the names of D-backs big boppers Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo with an inner scowl.

"Gosh, they're hitting near .300," Cole mused to himself.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. 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 Shane Greene gave up one earned run and posted three wins in as many starts, the Cleveland Indians made it look easy beating the Tigers righty. 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.