4/8/2013 | Scutaro working to find hitting stroke
Among the Giants who took extra batting practice Monday afternoon was second baseman Marco Scutaro, who has begun the season in an uncharacteristic slump.
4/8/2013 | Maxwell is rewarding Porter's faith
Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell struggled mightily at the plate this spring, hitting just .153, but manager Bo Porter never flinched. He remained committed to the promising youngster and was confident he was going to be able perform when the season started.
4/8/2013 | Off-day gives Hurdle rotation options for Reds series
The Pirates have not yet set their rotation for the first big NL Central series of the season, a three-game meeting with the Reds, opening Friday night in PNC Park.
4/8/2013 | Fowler racking up impressive stats early
Dexter Fowler on Sunday against San Diego became the first player in Rockies franchise history to have at least one hit and score one run in each of his first six games in a season.
4/8/2013 | J-Up stays hot as Maholm, Braves two-hit Marlins
Justin Upton continued to add to the splendor of his early-season success as he highlighted a four-hit performance with his sixth home run of the season and provided a masterful Paul Maholm all the support he needed in Monday night's 2-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.
4/8/2013 | Cabrera gives back to Detroit with dinner, auction
Miguel Cabrera hosted a dinner and live auction Monday night, with proceeds benefiting his foundation, as well as the Detroit Tigers Foundation.
4/8/2013 | Pollock learning to scout pitchers in full-time role
A.J. Pollock knows there is always tough luck involved in baseball but admitted it's difficult to accept, especially when he is getting a chance to play every day at the Major League level.
4/8/2013 | Maddon not concerned about Rodney
Fernando Rodney had an ugly line on Sunday when he allowed two runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning against the Indians. It was Rodney's second outing of the season, after he blew a save in his first outing last Wednesday night against the Orioles. But Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't seem too worried
4/8/2013 | Mariners ready to test Safeco's shorter fence
While the most noticeable change to Safeco Field is the mammoth new video board in center field, the biggest difference for ballgames will be the new dimensions of the outfield with the shorter fences in left field.
4/8/2013 | Key for Howard is being selective at the plate
First baseman Ryan Howard hit seven Grapefruit League home runs and batted .322, giving indications that he was all the way back from the ruptured Achilles tendon that cost him half the 2012 season. In the first seven games of the regular season, he didn't have an extra-base hit.
4/8/2013 | Three up, three down: J. Upton on power trip
Justin Upton is enjoying a major power surge and the A's are picking up where they left off a year ago, while things aren't looking as good for Matt Cain and the Pirates early on in 2013.
4/8/2013 | Darvish not expected to miss time with blister
The blister that prompted Rangers manager Ron Washington to lift starter Yu Darvish after just five innings on Sunday didn't affect him early in the game and is not expected to be a long-term problem.
4/8/2013 | Harrison's status remains unclear
Rangers' left-hander Matt Harrison came out of his last start on Saturday against the Angels with lower back pain and hasn't been back on the field for the last two days while undergoing treatment.
4/8/2013 | Tribe relieved; Santana's thumb merely bruised
The Indians received good news a few hours after a left thumb injury forced catcher Carlos Santana from Monday's 11-6 loss to the Yankees: X-rays taken after the game were negative, revealing that he sustained nothing more than a bruise in the ninth inning of Cleveland's home opener. The slugging catcher is day to day.
4/8/2013 | Francona's Cleveland debut special for father, son
In Terry Francona's eight seasons as skipper of the Red Sox, his father, Tito, didn't attend a single game at Fenway Park. It's an entirely different vibe in Cleveland, where the father once played and the son now oversees an intriguing Indians team.
4/8/2013 | Nathan gets 300th save with wild ending
Joe Nathan's 300th save allowed the Rangers to escape with a 5-4 victory over the Rays in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at The Ballpark in Arlington.
4/8/2013 | Lowell, Conine part of Marlins' home opener
The thrill of Opening Day is only matched by the excitement centered around a home opener. Since the Marlins opened on the road on April 1 at Washington, Monday marked the start of their home schedule.
4/8/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: April 8
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
4/8/2013 | Cano, Pronk help Yanks break out in Cleveland
Robinson Cano homered twice and Travis Hafner celebrated his return to Progressive Field by homering and driving in four runs as the Yankees spoiled the Indians' home opener with an 11-6 victory on Monday.
4/8/2013 | Parnell eager to get a crack at save chance
All spring, the Mets touted Bobby Parnell as their new closer, officially handing him the job after Frank Francisco sustained a setback in his rehab from right elbow surgery. The Mets were excited to see what Parnell might be able to do in the role. A week in, they're still waiting.
4/8/2013 | Johnson likely to man first with Freeman out
When he learned Freddie Freeman would miss at least the next two weeks with a strained right oblique muscle, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez asked club officials about how much Evan Gattis had played first base in the Minor League level. But it appears Chris Johnson will serve as the everyday first baseman while Freeman is sidelined.
4/8/2013 | Harvey handles Phils, Doc as Mets cruise to victory
Roy Halladay, a New York nemesis for more than a decade, labored through four-plus ineffective innings, losing to the Mets for the first time since 2001. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey, a rising star, continued his assault on the National League with a brilliant outing in the Mets' 7-2 win Monday.
4/8/2013 | Could Fernandez create D-Train-type stir in Miami?
The Marlins experienced mania in 2003 when Dontrelle Willis, then a little known left-hander with a herky-jerky delivery, gave birth to D-Train mania. Willis became an immediate rage in a season he won National League Rookie of the Year honors. Could Jose Fernandez mania be next in Miami?
4/8/2013 | Reds overcome Choo's errors, plate nine in ninth
Despite a pair of costly errors by center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds bounced back for a 13-4 win over the Cardinals during Monday's opener to a three-game series. Brandon Phillips, who homered earlier, delivered a tiebreaking RBI double in Cincinnati's nine-run ninth inning.
4/8/2013 | With first pitches, fathers show pride for sons
On Monday, Nick and Steve Swisher were joined by Terry and Tito Francona, Michael and Mickey Brantley, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Sr. and Zach and Steve McAllister for a family-oriented set of ceremonial first pitches at Progressive Field, with each father tossing a baseball to his son.
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