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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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

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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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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Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

KANSAS CITY -- A's third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had "no intention of hurting anybody" when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play that turned into a benches-clearing escapade in the seventh inning in Friday's 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

Escobar, who departed the game immediately, sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee, and Lawrie, who was confirmed out on the play following a replay review, said he planned to reach out to Escobar, reiterating several times after the game, "I would never try to cleat anybody."

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Dominant Scherzer finally gets first win with Nats

Right-hander strikes out nine and allows one run over eight in win over Phillies

Dominant Scherzer finally gets first win with Nats

WASHINGTON -- As Nationals manager Matt Williams watched Max Scherzer pitch on Friday night against the Phillies, he didn't see his ace right-hander firing his best fastball. But Scherzer did just fine without it.

Compensating with his changeup, slider and curveball -- plus an occasional cutter -- Scherzer put up his third highly effective start in a row to begin his Nats career, after leaving the Tigers and signing a seven-year, $210 million deal with Washington. This time, he got enough offensive support to pick up a victory, as Washington won, 7-2. Scherzer's ERA now stands at 0.83, and he has 25 strikeouts and four walks over 21 2/3 innings.

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Kershaw has plenty of help in his first win of season

Dodgers ace strikes out a dozen, but gives up a pair of homers

Kershaw has plenty of help in his first win of season

LOS ANGELES -- The bar is now set so high that when Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 and allows one earned run in six innings for a win, the postgame talk is about what's wrong with him.

"I still think Clayton's searching," manager Don Mattingly said after Kershaw got plenty of help in Friday night's 7-3 win over the Rockies, running the Dodgers win streak to five games. "It seems he's not totally happy with what's going on."

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Collmenter's shutout extends Giants' skid

Collmenter's shutout extends Giants' skid

SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Collmenter established control immediately and strengthened his command as the evening progressed Friday, surrendering four hits in his second career shutout to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Francisco Giants, 9-0.

"It's fun when you have stuff working like that," Collmenter said. "For me, it was the fastball command. It was huge for me. I was able to move the ball in and out. Everything for me plays off of that."

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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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Jane Lee is a 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 tonight. 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.

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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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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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.

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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First win of '15 elusive but Kluber locked in

AL's reigning Cy Young winner racks up 8 K's in 8-inning no-decision against Twins

First win of '15 elusive but Kluber locked in

CLEVELAND -- Say this for Corey Kluber: he has done his part. Three starts into his Cy Young encore, the ace of the Indians' staff has looked every bit as overpowering and dominant as he did throughout last summer's breakout showing.

Kluber just has no wins to show for it.

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Gallardo shines in 6 scoreless, Mariners drop 4th straight

Gallardo shines in 6 scoreless, Mariners drop 4th straight

SEATTLE -- The Mariners badly wanted a division win upon their return home to Safeco Field on Friday night after a tough road trip, but the Rangers had other ideas. Texas got a sterling start from its ace, Yovani Gallardo, a few timely hits and some key defensive plays in a 3-1 victory before 36,606.

Prince Fielder got the Rangers going with an RBI double in the first inning, Robinson Chirinos homered to dead center field to lead off the fifth, and that was all Gallardo would need. The veteran right-hander, acquired from Milwaukee in an offseason trade, twirled six innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and striking out three. The Rangers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.

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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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Tulowitzki sees improved attitude among teammates

Rockies' road win streak was snapped, but shortstop sees positives

Tulowitzki sees improved attitude among teammates

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowtizki was hopeful as he tested his bats Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, and he insisted he would feel that way at night's end.

"Off the field, the questions [the younger players] come up to me [with] in the locker room and talk to me about or when they text me at night, those questions are impressive for some young kids," Tulowitzki said."Those questions aren't about, 'How do I become a better player myself?' It's, 'How do we win around here?'"

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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 helped atone for the Twins' inability to come through with runners in scoring position in the ninth and 10th innings.

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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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Moreland could require left elbow surgery

Rangers DH injured elbow Wednesday swinging weighted bat

Moreland could require left elbow surgery

SEATTLE -- Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland may need surgery to remove a "loose body" from his left elbow. The Rangers should know more in the next few days but the surgery would be minor and would likely sideline him 2-3 weeks at the most.

Moreland injured the elbow swinging a weighted bat in the on-deck circle before his last at-bat on Wednesday. Moreland said the elbow felt sore on Thursday and then locked up on him before Friday's game with the Mariners.

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Wacha changes up approach to keep Reds off balance

Wacha changes up approach to keep Reds off balance

ST. LOUIS -- Though the final line (a quality start with five hits and one run allowed in seven innings) matched the one he posted in a start against the Reds a week ago, Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha went with a different look against the same opponent in Friday's 6-1 win.

Perhaps that was why he could match the success despite the Reds' familiarity with his repertoire.

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