Yankees trailed 9-1: See how they won!

Yankees trailed 9-1: See how they won!

NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and Matt Holliday won it with a walk-off three-run blast in the 10th as the Yankees erased an eight-run deficit and grabbed a share of first place in the American League East, coming all the way back for a wild 14-11 slugfest victory over the Orioles on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Brad Brach blew the save in a three-run ninth and Holliday clubbed the game-winning drive into the Yanks' bullpen off Jayson Aquino, the final blows delivered after Aaron Judge homered twice off Kevin Gausman -- one measured as the hardest-hit homer in the Statcast™ era, at 119.4 mph -- and the first grand slam of Jacoby Ellsbury's career, a seventh-inning shot off Vidal Nuno that marked Ellsbury's 100th career home run.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Red Sox top Cubs in unbeatable setting

Red Sox top Cubs in unbeatable setting

BOSTON -- An electric atmosphere at sold-out Fenway Park made April feel like October, and the sea of blue shirts in the stands made it clear how many Cubs fans made the trek to Boston for this much-hyped weekend series.

But the Red Sox stood their ground on their home turf, utilizing a big burst of offense in the bottom of the first and a strong late-inning effort by the bullpen en route to Friday night's 5-4 victory over the defending World Series champions.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Nats lose Eaton, and Mets master Max

Nats lose Eaton, and Mets master Max

WASHINGTON -- As the Nationals soared to baseball's best record this week, the Mets were hobbled by a plethora of injuries and inconsistent play, leading to a 7 1/2-game gap between the two teams in the standings as this three-game series began Friday night at Nationals Park.

But the dominant effort from Jacob deGrom and a career night from Travis d'Arnaud at the plate halted the Mets' losing streak at six in a thrilling 7-5 victory over the Nationals, staving off a late Nationals rally that included Nats center fielder Adam Eaton leaving the game with a leg injury in the ninth inning.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Molina nabs stunned Suarez with snap toss

Molina nabs stunned Suarez with snap toss

ST. LOUIS -- He has thrown out runners from his knees, paused for pushups during an at-bat and notched countless clutch hits. But after 14 seasons and 1,600 games behind the plate, Yadier Molina executed a new first to help the Cardinals to a 7-5 win over the Reds on Friday.

He turned a walk into an out.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device

Amazon Echo support, 'team view' among new features

MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device

It all began 15 years ago this season, and you are going to want to be part of this MLB.TV celebration of baseball and technology, as the world's longest-running and most successful live-streaming sports product returns as a way of life for millions.

Signups for MLB.TV Premium are underway for $112.99 yearly or $24.99 monthly, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at a revolutionary 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices. We're here for a new season, and we're here to see more BAMTech-developed tech innovations and breakthrough premium features -- a tradition dating back to the first live stream on Aug. 26, 2002.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. 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.

Bumgarner likely out through All-Star break

Bumgarner likely out through All-Star break

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants confirmed Friday what had been widely expected about Madison Bumgarner: Their pitching ace has a Grade 2 sprain of the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, besides bruised ribs, that will prevent him from rejoining San Francisco's starting rotation at least until the July 10-12 All-Star break.

The Grade 2 designation means Bumgarner has a partial tear in his shoulder. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the four-time All-Star, who hurt himself in a dirt-bike accident during a scheduled off-day outside of Denver on April 20, began his rehabilitation procedure Friday with team physical therapist Tony Reale.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manny mashes: 470-foot HR is longest of '17

Third baseman's blast also longest at Yankee Stadium in Statcast era

Manny mashes: 470-foot HR is longest of '17

NEW YORK -- Manny Machado broke out of his early-season offensive struggles in a big way in Friday night's 14-11 Orioles loss to the Yankees, collecting three hits in his first three at-bats, including a 470-foot solo homer in the fifth inning against veteran CC Sabathia.

Machado's blast was the longest homer recorded so far this season, according to Statcast™, and the longest at Yankee Stadium in the Statcast™ era (since 2015). The All-Star third baseman, who doubled in a pair of runs in his third-inning at-bat, sent Sabathia's 2-2 four-seamer screaming into deep center field, with an exit velocity of 113.9 mph.
 

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yu rescues, adopts local pit bull on night off

Yu rescues, adopts local pit bull on night off

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is getting an extra day of rest, and that may have saved a pit bull named Sage from the dog pound.

Darvish was up later than usual on Thursday night because he is not pitching until Saturday. He saw on Twitter that Sage was headed to the dog pound if somebody did not adopt her.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's 9th HR atop all-time exit velo board

Hit at 119.4 mph, Yanks slugger's second homer of game sets new mark

Judge's 9th HR atop all-time exit velo board

NEW YORK -- All rise; the ruling is in. Yankees rookie Aaron Judge now owns the hardest-hit home run in the Statcast™ Era, topping Giancarlo Stanton's previous record by belting a 119.4-mph rocket into Monument Park in Friday night's wild 14-11 Yankees win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

The sixth-inning dinger was Judge's second home run of the game, a two-run drive off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman, and his American League-leading ninth of the season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Top 100 Draft prospects: Trio separates from pack

Top 100 Draft prospects: Trio separates from pack

Six weeks before the Twins exercise the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 Draft, three players have separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Notre Dame High's (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) Hunter Greene, who is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, maintains his No. 1 ranking on MLBPipeline.com's new Draft Top 100 Prospects list and is one of the most electric and athletic prep right-handers veteran scouts have ever seen. At No. 2, Louisville left-hander/first baseman Brendan McKay is the best two-way prospect in more than four decades, the first player who's a lock top-10-overall pick as either a hitter or pitcher since Dave Winfield went fourth overall to the Padres in 1973. Vanderbilt righty Kyle Wright, No. 3 on the Top 100, has recovered from command woes to allow a total of four hits in his past two starts, showing the dominance expected from someone who entered 2017 as the top college arm for several teams.
 

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox top D-backs, leapfrog to top of NL West

Rox top D-backs, leapfrog to top of NL West

PHOENIX -- In the battle of the two top teams in the National League West, it was the Rockies who came out on top, as they beat the D-backs, 3-1, on Friday night to leapfrog into first place.

The Rockies were led by rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland, who allowed one run over six innings to win his second straight start and improve his record to 3-1. D-backs starter Robbie Ray (2-1) took the loss.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Pujols moves up RBI list as Halos top Rangers

Pujols moves up RBI list as Halos top Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Friday night. The Angels have now won five straight, while the Rangers have lost three of four.

The home run, coming off Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress in a tie game, was Pujols' third of the season and the 594th of his career. It also gave him 1,838 RBIs, passing Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th all time and one behind Ted Williams.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Freeman's HR caps Braves' rallies vs. Crew

Freeman's HR caps Braves' rallies vs. Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Freddie Freeman's two-run homer in the ninth gave the Braves a 10-8 victory over the Brewers after Atlanta overcame a pair of four-run deficits on Friday night at Miller Park.

The Braves trailed 4-0 after two innings and 8-4 after the sixth, but battled back to tie the game on Kurt Suzuki's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning before winning on Freeman's eighth home run in the ninth. Freeman was 0-for-4 on the night before he connected with a Neftali Feliz fastball and lined it 106 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™, to center field.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Braves on Friday.

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Veteran arms pick up Cubs-Sox on MLB.TV

Veteran arms pick up Cubs-Sox on MLB.TV

Throw out the ballparks, the histories, the championships, the shared executives, the curses now conquered and all the rest, and the Cubs vs. Red Sox series this weekend in Boston would still qualify as appointment viewing, as the clubs showed in the thrilling series opener. At its core, this is a matchup between the defending champions and one of the teams favored to challenge them this October.

But include all those elements, and Cubs vs. Red Sox becomes so much more. It becomes that rare kind of crossover series that only comes around every so often. Lucky for us, it's here now, continuing today at 4:05 p.m. ET in Boston, where former Red Sox righty John Lackey starts for the Cubs against Steven Wright.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renteria has first-place White Sox believing

Renteria has first-place White Sox believing

DETROIT -- The date on the calendar reads April 29, and 141 games remain on the White Sox schedule.

But by virtue of their 7-3 victory over the Tigers Friday night at Comerica Park, the White Sox sit alone atop the American League Central standings.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Arroyo's long ball lifts Giants over Padres

Arroyo's long ball lifts Giants over Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Christian Arroyo continued to inject life into the Giants, shattering an eighth-inning tie Friday night with a leadoff home run in the eighth as San Francisco topped the San Diego Padres, 4-3.

Arroyo hit his second homer since the Giants summoned him from Triple-A Sacramento, pulling an 0-1 fastball from San Diego reliever Ryan Buchter over the left-field barrier. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth to convert his fifth consecutive save opportunity.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Field day! Souza makes multiple great plays

Field day! Souza makes multiple great plays

TORONTO -- Steven Souza Jr. didn't hesitate to show off the leather in the Rays' 7-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

"Souza played a really good right field," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats bracing after Eaton exits with leg injury

Center fielder will undergo MRI Saturday to determine extent of damage

Nats bracing after Eaton exits with leg injury

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' clubhouse was especially somber after Friday night's 7-5 loss to the Mets, as they considered the potential loss of center fielder Adam Eaton, who exited the game after crumpling to the ground past first base with an apparent left leg injury sustained while trying to beating out an infield single in the ninth.

The Nationals did not have any further information about Eaton's injury, but replays showed him grabbing his left leg and he was unable to put weight on it as he was carried off the field. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo throws out Simmons from his backside

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Gallo throws out Simmons from his backside

Joey Gallo found himself in a bit of a tough spot in the second inning of the Rangers' game against the Angels on Friday night. Playing in near the infield grass at third, he manged to snare a sharp grounder from Andrelton Simmons -- but fell to the ground while he did it.

With Simmons well on his way to first base, there was no time to get to his feet. So, Gallo did the only thing he could: He threw Simmons out from his rear end.

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Fenway 'pen cop celebrates Benintendi HR

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Fenway 'pen cop celebrates Benintendi HR

It didn't take long for this weekend's Cubs-Red Sox showdown to produce some fireworks: After Kris Bryant nearly launched one onto the Massachusetts Turnpike in the top of the first on Friday night, Boston answered back with five runs of its own in the bottom half, highlighted by a solo homer from Andrew Benintendi.

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Gattis, Gurriel ignite Astros comeback

Gattis, Gurriel ignite Astros comeback

HOUSTON -- Not even a pair of long home runs by A's outfielder Khris Davis could spoil the night for Astros right-hander Charlie Morton.

Morton struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings without walking any batters, and Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-4 with a home run to send the Astros to their 10th consecutive win over the A's, 9-4, in Friday's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Richard Dean is a contributor for MLB.com based in Houston.

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Thor on track for Sunday after 'pen session

Thor on track for Sunday after 'pen session

WASHINGTON -- Noah Syndergaard said he showed up to Citi Field on Thursday wearing his "put out the fire" suit, confident that he would pitch despite a mild bout of right biceps discomfort. The Mets skipped his turn in the rotation anyway. So given a chance Friday to prove his readiness to return to the rotation, Syndergaard never lost confidence that he would pass all the required tests.

Following a bullpen session at Nationals Park, the Mets cleared Syndergaard to pitch their series finale Sunday in Washington -- three days later than he was originally scheduled to start.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trumbo hopes slam helps to snap slump

Trumbo hopes slam helps to snap slump

NEW YORK -- Mark Trumbo broke out of his slump in a big way on Friday night, blasting a sixth-inning grand slam in the Orioles' 14-11, 10-inning loss to the Yankees.

"Felt good to contribute," said Trumbo, who had just one homer this year and was batting .190. "Wasn't enough, but hopefully that can be a nice way to get things moving in a better direction."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shoulder bursitis to keep Felix out 3-4 weeks

Haniger may also miss a month due to Grade 2 strain of right oblique

Shoulder bursitis to keep Felix out 3-4 weeks

CLEVELAND -- Prior to Friday's game, the Mariners released a medical update announcing that ace Felix Hernandez and outfielder Mitch Haniger will both miss three to four weeks after undergoing testing in Seattle with Mariners team medical director Dr. Ed Khalfayan on Friday morning.

Hernandez -- who left in the third inning of his last start on Tuesday in Detroit -- was diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder. Haniger also left in Tuesday's game, as the rookie was experiencing discomfort in his right oblique after a third inning at-bat. The outfielder was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle. Both players were placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Mariners on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins rally as KC's skid extends to 8 games

Twins rally as KC's skid extends to 8 games

KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer hit back-to-back two-run doubles in a four-run eighth inning as the Twins rallied for a 6-4 win Friday night over the Royals, who lost their eighth straight game.

Royals reliever Joakim Soria, who hadn't allowed a run in nine previous appearances, gave up an infield single to Eddie Rosario just out of second baseman Whit Merrifield's reach, and a walk to Byron Buxton before striking out Brian Dozier. But Max Kepler reached on an error on a line drive to right fielder Jorge Bonifacio, loading the bases.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Epstein makes 1st Fenway trip as Cubs boss

Epstein makes 1st Fenway trip as Cubs boss

BOSTON -- He walked into a utility closet trying to get to the field from the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park, but Theo Epstein did eventually find his way. One could say the same about the path he's taken from the Red Sox to the Cubs, which Epstein, now president of baseball operations in Chicago, is reliving this weekend.

The Cubs and Red Sox are meeting in a three-game Interleague series at Fenway Park, their first games in Boston since 2014. However, Epstein missed that series because he was in Chicago to be with his wife for the birth of their second son.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cano, Gamel power M's win over Indians

Cano, Gamel power M's win over Indians

CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Ben Gamel added a solo shot and scored twice, powering the Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Friday night.

Cano's shot to right-center-field snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and was the 282nd of his career. Gamel also homered off Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco as Seattle won the opener of the three-game series.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Mariners on Friday.

Brian Dulik is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Indians on Friday.

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Bellinger's first Dodgers stint likely to be short

Bellinger's first Dodgers stint likely to be short

LOS ANGELES -- Great things are expected from Dodgers' No.1 prospect Cody Bellinger, just not this time around.

Bellinger, 21, is typically referred to as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez' heir apparent. But he can also play the outfield, and on Friday night he started his fourth consecutive game in left since being called up Tuesday.

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Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs use 8-run 2nd inning to rout Marlins

Bucs use 8-run 2nd inning to rout Marlins

MIAMI -- An eight-run onslaught in the second inning, highlighted by Francisco Cervelli's three-run triple, gave Jameson Taillon plenty of run support, while leading to a quick exit for Adam Conley. The Pirates broke things open early and never looked back in a 12-2 rout of Miami on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Jordy Mercer set the tone with a home run in the first inning, and Cervelli collected a single and two-out triple in the second inning alone, when Pittsburgh scored all eight of its runs with two outs. Gift Ngoepe, making his first big league start, had two singles, a walk and a triple.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Friday.

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