4/8/2013 | Late rally gives Royals victory in home opener
Ervin Santana pitched marvelously for eight innings and the Royals struck for three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 3-1 victory over the Twins on Monday afternoon. The first game of Kauffman Stadium's 40th-anniversary season drew a sellout crowd of 40,073.
4/8/2013 | MLB Notebook: Middlebrooks powers up
Playing in his 81st career game, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks homered three times in a 4-for-5 day at the plate on Sunday.
4/8/2013 | Hellickson, Ogando face off in Texas to start series
Jeremy Hellickson starts for the Rays on Monday against the Rangers on his 26th birthday, and he will share the mound at the Ballpark in Arlington with Rangers righty Alexi Ogando.
4/8/2013 | Rangers power way to series victory over Angels
Homers from Lance Berkman, David Murphy and Ian Kinsler helped Yu Darvish, who's start was limited to five innings because of a blister on his ring finger, lead the Rangers to a series victory over the Angels on Sunday night.
4/8/2013 | Far from perfect, Darvish battles to beat Halos
Even most of the top pitchers have their best stuff only two of every three times, so there are plenty of days when it's about competing and not backing down. That's what Rangers starter Yu Darvish did on Sunday night against the Angels.
4/8/2013 | Weaver dinged up as Angels fall in Texas
Angels right-hander Jered Weaver left Sunday night's 7-3 loss at Rangers Ballpark after landing on his left elbow as he dodged a line drive off the bat of Mitch Moreland leading off the sixth inning.
4/7/2013 | Cubs, Red Sox among seven to open home slate
For nine Major League teams, the beginning of the 2013 season was a character-building journey of airline miles, hotel beds, raucous opposing crowds celebrating their home debuts, and uniforms stitched in grey. Monday and Tuesday will change that.
4/7/2013 | Noonan's hit among Giants' notable firsts
Bad as it was facing a double-digit deficit in the ninth inning Sunday, the Giants had a positive -- three positives, actually -- to take away.
4/7/2013 | CJ offers perspective to Hamilton's Texas return
Angels lefty C.J. Wilson understands why Rangers fans would not be happy seeing Josh Hamilton come back to his former home in the uniform of the their team's American League West rivals. It's a simple case of fans being fans, for better or worse.
4/7/2013 | Frieri benefits from a short memory
Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, who gave up a ninth-inning homer on Saturday, has learned through experience not to carry a rough outing over into the next day, the next game.
4/7/2013 | Twins visit KC in Kauffman Stadium milestone
Ervin Santana matches up with the Twins' Kevin Correia in Kansas City's home opener at 3:10 p.m. CT on Monday. The Royals will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kauffman Stadium.
4/7/2013 | Cruz off to another hot start
Nelson Cruz entered Sunday night's game leading the Rangers with a .500 batting average, 10 hits and four RBIs in the first five games. He briefly moved down in the lineup, hitting seventh Saturday, but homered in the ninth inning and found himself hitting sixth again Sunday.
4/7/2013 | Pierzynski gets first rest
For the first time in six games this season, A.J. Pierzynski was not behind the plate as the Rangers' catcher, a role that went to backup Geovany Soto instead.
4/7/2013 | Reds head to St. Louis for Cardinals' home opener
The Cardinals face the division-rival Reds in the Busch Stadium opener on Monday, with Jaime Garcia set to face Mat Latos.
4/7/2013 | Gonzalez to be skipped in Boston
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will pitch in New York with the Orioles opting to give the usual No. 3 starter some extra rest and not have him throw his scheduled turn against Boston.
4/7/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: April 7
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
4/7/2013 | Cardinals ride huge inning to series victory
Matt Cain might have been perfect for his first three frames, but the Cardinals didn't let him off easy the second time through the lineup. Sending 14 batters to the plate, St. Louis used a nine-run outburst in the fourth inning to claim a 14-3 victory over the Giants on Sunday and win the three-game series.
4/7/2013 | Matheny gives Holliday, Descalso day of rest
St. Louis skipper Mike Matheny is taking a long-term approach to his lineups in 2013, planning to rest some of his big bats early in the season to keep them fresh into September. For Sunday's series finale against the Giants, slugger Matt Holliday was a healthy scratch from the lineup, along with second baseman David Descalso.
4/7/2013 | Kozma kicks off season with strong showing
Since he won the starting job in Spring Training, Pete Kozma has looked the part of everyday player. He put together a three-hit effort Saturday and added a hit and two RBIs on Sunday to boost his season average to .333 (8-for-24) through six games.
4/7/2013 | Cardinals excited for Opening Day at home
Following two months on the road, the Cardinals are eager to get back to Busch Stadium for Monday's home opener. Manager Mike Matheny spent five seasons as a player with the Cardinals and took part in last year's opener at Busch Stadium, saying there's nothing quite like it.
4/7/2013 | LaRoche hopes to return Tuesday
Adam LaRoche said his back was feeling much better and that he hoped to play against the White Sox on Tuesday at Nationals Park.
4/7/2013 | Axelrod, Quintana swap starting spots
Dylan Axelrod will pitch Thursday against the Nationals and Jose Quintana will now pitch Friday against the Indians after the White Sox decided two flip the two hurlers in the rotation.
4/7/2013 | Howard's slow start doesn't concern Manuel
Ryan Howard had a rough afternoon before singling in the ninth inning Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' first baseman had struck out three times in his first four at-bats. Even with the single, he is hitting .167 (4-for-24) with three RBIs, two walks and eight strikeouts in six games.
4/7/2013 | Durbin, fellow relievers endure tough first week
The Phillies' bullpen has a 7.79 ERA the first week of the season, and has allowed 10 of 11 inherited runners to score. Right-hander Chad Durbin has allowed all five of his inherited runners to score. He replaced left-hander Cole Hamels in the sixth inning Sunday in a 9-8 loss to the Royals at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed two of Hamels' runners to score.
4/7/2013 | Marshall tosses solid seventh in 2013 debut
Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall finally got to make his 2013 debut Sunday, and he retired the side in order in the seventh. His third out came by striking out Bryce Harper on a 75-mph curveball.
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