4/5/2013 | In Hamilton's return to Texas, fans go to town
Josh Hamilton returned to Texas for the first time as an opposing player, for the first time since he said Arlington was not a "baseball town." The fans' actions were pretty much as the new Angels outfielder envisioned.
4/5/2013 | Smart defense a by-product of familiarity, consistency
The four error-free games tied the Mariners' longest streak to open a season in club history, something also accomplished in 2006 and '09.
4/5/2013 | Gonzalez will be lenient with third-base platoon
Manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to be lenient with his third-base platoon if faced with a stretch when his team opposes more than a few right-handed or left-handed starting pitchers in consecutive games.
4/5/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: April 5
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
4/5/2013 | Bauer set for spot start after Major League callup
Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Friday that Trevor Bauer will make a spot start Saturday in place of the injured Scott Kazmir, before Carlos Carrasco returns from his suspension and becomes a more permanent replacement.
4/5/2013 | As Marcum battles injury, Mets face uncertainty
After giving Shaun Marcum a diagnosis of nerve inflammation in his neck Thursday, the team does not know when the right-hander will return.
4/5/2013 | Farrell embraces criticism in return to Toronto
John Farrell knows by now that there's a large contingent of Toronto fans and media members who will never support his willingness to leave the Blue Jays after just two seasons so he could take his self-proclaimed dream job of managing the Boston Red Sox.
4/5/2013 | Players offer Farrell warmer welcome than fans
The Rogers Centre crowd greeted former manager John Farrell with a series of boos Friday night, but Blue Jays players did not share that ill will for the first-year Boston skipper.
4/5/2013 | Castro plays in consecutive game No. 200
Friday was Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro's 200th consecutive game played. He's got a long way to go to catch Cal Ripken Jr.'s streak, but Castro's 200 is the longest active streak in the National League.
4/5/2013 | Redmond tinkers with order; Hechavarria moved up
Limited to one run in three games against the Nationals caused Marlins manager Mike Redmond to tinker a bit with the bottom of the order. In the series opener against the Mets, rookie shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was moved up from eighth to seventh in the order.
4/5/2013 | To be up front about it, top hitter in 2-hole a smart play
Conventional thinking says your best hitter should be in the three-hole. But Robinson Cano of the Yankees and Joe Mauer of the Twins have been batting second and, says Matthew Leach, it's pretty smart move by their managers.
4/5/2013 | Minor baffles Cubs in victorious season debut
Mike Minor was brilliant in his first start of the season, allowing one run on five hits in 7 1/3 frames, striking out seven Cubs without allowing a walk in the Braves' 4-1 victory on Friday.
4/5/2013 | Sanabia, Ruggiano hand Redmond first big league win
Justin Ruggiano had two hits and two RBIs, while Alex Sanabia threw six scoreless innings in the Marlins' 7-5 win over the Mets on Friday night, handing Mike Redmond his first win as a big league manager.
4/5/2013 | Bruce not concerned with slow start to season
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce certainly doesn't like how his 2013 season started, but also realizes there is a long way to go until his season reaches its destination.
4/5/2013 | Span focused on improving baserunning
Before Friday's game against the Reds, Nationals center fielder Denard Span was working on baserunning techniques with first-base coach Tony Tarasco.
4/5/2013 | Moore dominates Tribe in encouraging start
Matt Moore was lights-out in six shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight batters in the Rays' 4-0 win over the Indians on Friday. Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs on two doubles.
4/5/2013 | Cozart, Frazier each drill two homers to down Nats
Using a barrage of six home runs, Zack Cozart's five RBIs and a solid effort by starter Homer Bailey, the Reds rolled over the Nationals with a 15-0 win during Friday night's three-game series opener at Great American Ball Park.
4/5/2013 | MLB removes one name in Biogenesis suit
Two weeks after Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit against Anthony Bosch and five others connected to the now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly provided performance-enhancing substances to some of the game's biggest names, there was a development in the case Friday.
4/5/2013 | Zito leads Giants to home-opener victory
Barry Zito, without whom the Giants might not have earned the World Series championship banner that they raised before Friday's game, surrendered three hits in seven innings to help San Francisco outlast the St. Louis Cardinals, 1-0.
4/5/2013 | Royals score 13 unanswered to spoil Phils' opener
After falling into an early hole on Friday, the Royals surged back with 13 unanswered runs to top the Phillies, 13-4, at Citizens Bank Park.
4/5/2013 | Giants salute team effort in flag-raising ceremony
In a ceremony that joined players with fans in celebrating the Giants' 2012 accomplishment, the World Series championship banner was escorted into AT&T Park on Friday in the hands of lifelong Giants fans, who handed it off to manager Bruce Bochy and a crew of players to finish the job.
4/5/2013 | Rockies celebrate 20th anniversary before opener
In a world short on rituals and passages, the Rockies' celebration of their 20th anniversary was a nice one, with Eric Young Sr. and his son, Eric Jr., acknowledging each other on the infield at Coors Field as the crowd cheered.
4/5/2013 | Lucchino: Sellout streak coming to end
Red Sox president/chief executive officer Larry Lucchino addressed the likely ending of the Red Sox' sellout streak, which began May 15, 2003 and has since become the longest regular-season sellout streak in U.S.
4/5/2013 | Giants to don gold-themed uniforms for ring ceremony
Once again, the Giants will dress for the occasion, Sunday's World Series ring ceremony in this case, by donning jerseys and caps with gold lettering.
4/5/2013 | Pair of Prince homers power Tigers in home opener
Prince Fielder's two-homer game broke open what had been a back-and-forth battle, fueling a middle-inning barrage on the Yankees' bullpen to power the Tigers to an 8-3 win Friday afternoon before the largest Opening Day crowd in Comerica Park history.
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