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Can the tigers have the best record ever posted by aj wilbur

The 2001 Seattle Mariners have the most wins ever in a season with 116. This is an astonishing record and one that would be very difficult to beat, but if anybody has a chance it is the 2012 Tigers.

I am going to give 5 reasons why we will break the record for most wins ever in a major league baseball regular season.

1. The Tigers have the most feared lineup in baseball from top to bottom

2. Justin Verlander, need I say any more

3. A great bullpen. Every Tiger fan has to feel confident with our 7th, 8th, and 9th inning relievers. Dotel, Benoit, and Velverde are a deadly combination along to go with a proven lefty in phil coke.

4. Better defence then all the so called experts say. Cabrera may not be brandon inge but he will play a solid third and prince is more nimble at first then he is given credit for.

5. Jim Leyland, he will manage this lineup to the fullest making sure everybody gets playing time and stays fresh. This will be a key down the stretch or if an injury pops up.

Finally my bold prediction 117-45 and a new regular season record

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David

New season brings new hope posted by David

Two thousand eleven was a difficult year for Major League Baseball.  There was no strike, no brawl in which a player grabbed an elderly coach and threw him to the ground, and no collision between players that proved to be career-ending for anyone.  (Buster Posey should be fine this season.)  On the field, things were good.  In the stands and outside the park, however, tragedy struck the baseball world.

Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies GM Dallas Green and daughter of Dodgers scout John Green, was shot and killed in Tucson at the Gabrielle Giffords Congress on Your Corner event in January.

Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was beaten nearly to death outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.

Shannon Stone, a firefighter, fell 20 feet in front of his six-year-old son at Rangers Ballpark in July and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Greg Halman, a 24-year-old Mariners outfielder, was stabbed to death in his native Holland in November, allegedly by his own brother.

Despite the tragedies that occurred in 2011 – both during the season and before it began, inside and outside the stadium, accident or intentional – it was heartening to hear about Barry Bonds’s offer to pay for Stow’s children to go to college.  I have personally never been a Bonds fan – and I’m still not – but I give credit where credit is due.  Detractors may say that it was just a publicity stunt to improve his image, and I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t, but does it really matter?  A wealthy athlete did something he didn’t have to do in order to help someone in need.

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David

Edgar Martínez’s case for Cooperstown posted by David

One of the most talented hitters of the nineties did not receive enough votes for induction to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but I’m hoping Edgar Martínez does not have to wait too much longer.  I don’t expect him to be elected in 2011 because too many voters don’t think a Designated Hitter is a full-time player.  (Martínez came up as a third baseman, but injuries forced him to become Seattle’s regular DH in 1995.)  In my opinion, if a poor defensive player can make it to Cooperstown based on his offensive contributions, then someone who does not play a defensive position should be able to do the same.

Martínez’s career stats include a .312 batting average, .418 on-base percentage, .515 slugging percentage, 2,247 hits, 309 home runs, and 1,261 RBIs.  His best season came in 1995, when he slugged .628 while leading the AL in batting average (.356), OBP (.479), OPS (1.107), doubles (52), and runs (121).  Despite his monster year, Martínez still finished third in the MVP race.  Fifteen years later, he remains the only designated hitter ever to win a batting title.

Martínez was a seven-time All-Star, won five Silver Slugger Awards, and had one of the biggest clutch hits in postseason history – a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS that sent the Mariners to their first-ever Championship Series.  Seattle had been trailing the Yankees 5-4 and were three outs away from being eliminated from the playoffs; the turn of events sent the Yanks home instead after having blown a 2-0 series lead.  For the series, Martínez had a Ruthian line of .571/.667/1.000 and 10 RBIs – nine of them coming in the last two games.

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David

Playoff newcomers show the baseball world what they’ve got posted by David

While the fans in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and St. Petersburg may not have appreciated it, nearly every game played so far this postseason has featured a dominant pitching performance.  Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds, Tim Lincecum shut out the Braves on just two hits while striking out 14, and C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee combined to hold the Rays to one run in 13.1 innings.  Lee displayed his talents during last year’s World Series, earning both of the Phillies’ wins over the Yankees, but Halladay, Lincecum and Wilson were all making their postseason debuts, and not one of them showed any sign of butterflies.

How ‘bout that?

How about Félix Hernández?  Despite a 13-12 record, King Felix deserves the American League Cy Young Award for his outstanding season on the mound.  He led the majors in ERA (2.27) and finished just one strikeout behind Jered Weaver’s 233 and one inning pitched shy of Halladay’s 250.2 – both of which led all big league pitchers.  The Venezuelan workhorse threw six innings or more in 32 of 34 starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 30 of them.  Had he played for any team other than the Mariners, whose lack of offense cost all of their pitchers, Hernández would almost certainly have won 20 games or more.

How about Danny Valencia?  Following a promotion to the big leagues in June, the Twins’ third baseman hit .311 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 85 games. Valencia was most productive during the month of September, hitting five homers and driving in 17 runs in 22 games.  Had he spent the entire season in the big leagues, Valencia would be a strong candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year; as is he will probably be voted third behind Neftali Feliz and Austin Jackson.  Minnesota fans, however, should be happy to have a promising young hitter who will occupy the hot corner for years to come.

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David

Who's on first at the Midsummer Classic? posted by David

With All-Star rosters set to be announced this weekend, I’m hoping that fans made good decisions in for whom to cast their final ballots.  While voting began not long after spring training ended, the true All-Stars have revealed themselves over the entire first half of the season.

The race that I care most about is the one for American League first basemen, where the Royals’ Billy Butler deserves serious consideration but has tough competition.  There are three first basemen who have clearly earned a spot on the AL squad: Justin Morneau, Miguel Cabrera, and Kevin Youkilis.  Mark Teixeira (.232/.345/.408), however, belongs at home.  Butler (.322 batting average, .377 On-Base Percentage, 42 Runs Batted In) should be left off the roster only if Joe Girardi chooses to carry only three first basemen AND Kansas City is represented by outfielder David Dejesus (.331 average, .398 OBP, 35 RBIs).

How ‘bout that?

How about Josh Hamilton?  After hitting just .265 in April and .294 in May and combining for nine home runs and 27 RBIs in the first two months of the season, Hamilton caught fire in June.  His numbers for the month included a .454 average, nine homers, 31 Runs Batted In, and an absurd slugging percentage of .815 – not to mention the 23-game hitting streak he carried into July.  If he continues to hit this well, Hamilton has a real chance at winning the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

How about Adrian Beltre?  Coming off five disappointing years in Seattle, Beltre’s .349 batting average entering Friday was second in the majors only to Robinson Cano’s .353, and his 53 RBIs had him tied for seventh in the American League.  In 2009, Beltre drove in 44 runs ALL YEAR.  (He spent some time on the Disabled List but played in 111 of his team’s games.)  In roughly half a season (76 games) in 2010, he has 12 home run runs; last year he hit just eight.  Beltre’s signing is looking like the best of the offseason.

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David

Offerman a disgrace to the game posted by David

I generally prefer beginning my blog with news that is positive or at least neutral, but I cannot think of a more worthy story than that of former Major Leaguer Jose Offerman, who was banned from the Dominican Winter League for life after attacking an umpire earlier this month.  The incident, sadly, is not the first time Offerman has embarrassed the game of baseball.  While playing in the Atlantic Independent League in August 2007, he charged the mound – bat in hand – after being hit by a pitch, and proceeded to break one of the pitcher’s fingers.  The catcher, trying to protect his pitcher, was hit in the back of the head and received a severe concussion that ended his career.  Now, two and a half years later, Offerman is still making the game look bad.  His behavior, without question, is Bad for Ball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Grant Desme?  The 23-year-old outfielder announced his retirement from baseball last week in order to pursue the priesthood.  Desme was the second-round pick of the Athletics in the 2007 draft, and last year was the only minor leaguer – at any level – to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases.  (He swiped 40.)  After being promoted to High-A, he hit .304/.398/.656 with 20 homers in just 227 at-bats.  He was then named MVP of the 2009 Arizona Fall League.  Desme would have had to put in more time in the minors, but his numbers certainly suggest he could have made it to the Big Leagues eventually if he didn’t feel the need to answer another calling.

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David

The Big Unit hangs ‘em up posted by David

Big news from the Big Unit: 46-year-old Randy Johnson announced his retirement, concluding his career with a record of 303-166, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  His five Cy Young Awards – one with the Mariners and four in a row with the Diamondbacks – rank him behind only Roger Clemens, and his 4,875 career strikeouts are second only to Nolan Ryan.  He was a 10-time All-Star, starting the Midsummer Classic four times – twice for each league. Johnson made history in 2004 when he became the oldest player – at 40 – to throw a perfect game.

Johnson was a crucial member of his Diamondbacks team in the 2001 playoffs: after pitching well but losing his only start in the first round, he went 2-0 with 1.12 E.R.A. in the National League Championship Series against the Braves, including a 2-0 complete game shutout against Greg Maddux.  Then in the World Series, Johnson shut down the three-time defending champions from the Bronx with absolute dominance.  He picked up three wins, including a complete game shutout in Game 1 and back-to-back victories in Games 6 and 7, to end the Yankee Dynasty.  He surrendered only nine hits and three walks in 17.1 innings for a remarkable 0.692 WHIP to go along with a 1.04 E.R.A.  For his extraordinary performance, he was named co-MVP of the Series.  A fan attraction everywhere he went, Randy Johnson will surely be missed.

How ‘bout that?


How about Matt Holliday?  Christmas came late for the biggest name on the free agent market this offseason, as Holliday was rewarded for his huge numbers (.353/.419/.604) after his arrival in St. Louis with a very big payday – $120 million over the next seven years.  Though it was painful to watch as it happened, Holliday has been forgiven for his costly error in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  The slugging outfielder hopes to lead his team back to the playoffs in 2010, and with Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright working together, expectations will be high once again for the Cardinals.

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David

Phillies take a Halladay posted by David

After the way Cliff Lee pitched against the Yankees in the World Series six weeks ago, I would have been surprised to hear that the Phillies were even listening to offers for their ace.  But when the chance to acquire Roy Halladay comes around, I suppose any team would be crazy not to listen.  Before I knew it, Halladay was a Phillie and Lee was heading to Seattle, where he’ll join his third club in the span of four and a half months.  How often does that happen to the defending Cy Young Award winner?

Mauer wins Triple Crown in my book

No major leaguer has won the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, but this year Joe Mauer did lead the American League in what should be the three Triple Crown categories: batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.444), and slugging percentage (.587).  Home runs are exciting and contribute to a higher slugging percentage, but if I were a manager, I’d much rather see my cleanup hitter go 3-4 than hit a solo shot and strike out three times trying to do it again.  Reaching 100 RBI’s in a season is a nice accomplishment, but the stat itself is overrated.  If all nine guys in the lineup are getting on base 40 percent of the time, it doesn’t matter who is driving them in; someone must be.

Granderson to patrol center in the Bronx

At the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis last week, the Yankees landed themselves a great centerfielder in Curtis Granderson.  Many of Granderson’s fans – myself included – were disappointed that he will be wearing Pinstripes next season.  Even so, I’ll keep rooting for him wherever he goes.  Of all the people I met at the World Baseball Classic, he was the happiest to be there.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Curtis Granderson is the truest friend of the game.

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Joe Gunderson

Action starting to heat up in free agency, trade market posted by Joe Gunderson

Hello Everyone,

Sorry I've been absent for a few days.  There really wasn't that much to report or discuss.  However, that has changed in the last 24 or so hours as the annual Winter Meetings are underway.  First, the Twins offered pitcher Carl Pavano arbitration as I said earlier and as of last night he has accepted this offer which essentially means he will be in the Twins rotation in 2010.  To make room for Pavano on the 40 man roster, the Twins designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment or release which means he will either be released by the Twins and be with another club for this coming season or he will start the season in the minors. 

There's not much else currently cooking on the Twins front other than that they could possibly look to trade starter Glen Perkins now that Pavano is most assuredly back.  The reason they could do this is because one, there doesn't seem to currently be a spot for him, unless he earns it in Spring Training, and two, he is not on managements greatest side after last season when he did not come forth with the fact that he'd been pitching with an injured shoulder until he had a really rough outing.  Then, when he was ready to return, he was sent to the minors, which upset him, because it meant that he does not have enough service time to qualify for arbitration himself.  He filed a grievance against the club to try and obtain some or all of his service time back, which he did get some, but not enough to qualify for arbitration.

Also, look for the Twins to look into the market for third baseman to see if they can come up with anything.  Former Angel Chone Figgins is apparently off the market already as he has agreed to a four year contract with the Seattle Mariners, however, I'm not sure that this really affects the Twins because he was probably too expensive for the Twins likes.  However, be on the look out for names such as Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz or last year's starter Joe Crede, as well as prospect Danny Valencia as possibilities for the hot corner.

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Colin Linneweber

Zack Greinke Beats Batters and Psychological Issues posted by Colin Linneweber

Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Zack Greinke was deservedly awarded the 2009 American League Cy Young Award Tuesday afternoon.

 

Greinke, 26, who received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points, went 16-8 and he posted a 2.16 ERA for the putrid Royals (65-97).

 

Greinke’s sterling earned run average was the lowest mark in the American League since Pedro Martinez recorded a miniscule 1.74 ERA in 2000.

 

The Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez finished second in the balloting with 80 overall points.

 

The fact that Greinke won the most coveted pitching accolade in Major League Baseball is astounding when one considers the obstacles that the native of Orlando has had to overcome as a young adult.

 

Greinke, the Royals sixth overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, led the AL in losses in 2005 when he went 5-17.

 

Furthermore, Greinke, who was named the Royals Minor League Pitcher of the Year and The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year in 2003, was forced to take a personal leave of absence from “The Boys in Blue” in February 2006 because he was suffering from social anxiety disorder and depression.

 

“Depression kind of runs in my family,” said Greinke, who agreed to a four year contract worth $38 million with the Royals last winter. “The medicine I take is an antidepressant. At the baseball field, I was unhappy.”

 

Greinke made plenty of fans at Kauffman Stadium very happy this past baseball season and he should be ecstatic at what he achieved on the hill.

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Fernando Rodney's meltdown opens the door for Dodgers' comeback (Big League Stew)

Take a look around MLB with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights and interesting stats. Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney always seems to make things interesting in the ninth inning. That was the case Tuesday, as Rodney entered the game with a one-run lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Things did not go well. Rodney gave up a single to Justin Turner to kick things off. Turner then advanced to third on a single from Jimmy Rollins. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With men on the corners, Rodney was able to induce a ground ball to third. Turner ran on the play, and was thrown out at home for the first out of the inning. Just as it was starting to look like Rodney would find a way to escape the jam, his command deserted him.  A walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases, bringing Howie Kendrick to the plate. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Kendrick lined a ball into right field. Rollins scored easily and Carl Crawford barely beat the throw home, giving the Dodgers the 6-5 walkoff victory. The loss overshadowed some strong performances by Seattle. Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the season in the first inning, and Nelson Cruz added his fifth in the next at-bat. Cruz has now homered in each of the last four games.  The Mariners have the day off Thursday, and will look to right the ship against the Texas Rangers on Friday.   ADAM JONES DOES IT ALL IN O'S WIN Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is off to a blazing start this season. In 32 plate appearances, the 29-year-old is hitting a blazing .429 with four home runs. He was at it again Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Jones wasted no time getting to work. In the top of the first inning, Jones made a running catch to rob Chase Headley of an extra base hit. That success in the field carried over to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Jones kicked off the scoring with a solo home run. He would plate another run in the third inning with a sac fly.  [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] Jones finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI.  He wasn't the only Oriole who put in work during the contest. Miguel Gonzalez pitched a great game, striking out 10 over seven strong innings. He allowed just one run. Kevin Gausman struggled in relief, causing Buck Showalter to turn to closer Zach Britton a little earlier than usual. Britton was able work out of the jam, tossing a perfect 1 1/3 innings en route to his first multi-inning save.  STEVEN SOUZA JR. DOMINATES IN RAYS' VICTORY It was a big day for Tampa Bay Rays' rookie Steven Souza Jr. The 25-year-old showed why the Rays felt comfortable dealing Wil Myers during the offseason during Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Souza made his presence felt early, hitting a mammoth home run in the first inning. The blast was measured at an impressive 463 feet.  Intrepid reporting by #Rays PR man Rick Vaughn finds Souza homer hit top of sign on facing of third deck at Rogers Centre — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 14, 2015 Souza wasn't done just yet. With the game tied 2-2, he singled to lead off the eighth inning. Souza would steal second, and advance to third on a throwing error. He would score the eventual game-winning run on a sac fly later in the inning.  Souza finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI. He came into the game hitting just .158, so the multi-hit game was encouraging. NEW-LOOK PADRES CONTINUE TO HIT Looks like general manager A.J. Preller's offseason plan to acquire hitting is going to work out. The San Diego Padres continued to be an offensive force, picking up the 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. [ Get last-minute Fantasy Baseball advice on the Grandstanding podcast. ] The new additions were at it again during the contest. Matt Kemp drove in one run and scored two, Justin Upton hit his second home run of the season and Derek Norris knocked in a run on an RBI double.  After finishing dead last in runs scored last season, the Padres currently rank ninth with 35 runs scored in nine games. The advanced stats agree thus far, as the team ranks seventh with a 116 wRC+.  It's only been nine games, of course, but it looks like San Diego may have finally found some hitters who can overcome the dimensions of Petco Park.   Want to see the rest of Tuesday's MLB action? Check out  our scoreboard .   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Yankees bats finally come alive in 14-4 pummeling of Red Sox (Big League Stew)

Take a look around MLB with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights and interesting stats. The New York Yankees had scored 17 runs in their first five games of 2015, a stretch in which they went 1-4 and never scored more than five in a single contest. Then, Sunday night, as they played the rival Boston Red Sox on national TV, one loss away from a series sweep, the Yankees' bats came alive. It was more like an outburst, actually. The Yankees scored 14 runs (nearly a season's worth for them at this point), beating the Red Sox by 10. Front and center was Alex Rodriguez, who had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double in the first inning.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Yankees scored a total of seven runs in the first inning, pretty much putting the game out of reach right away. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew both homered in the first inning as well, turning Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into a punching bag. He looked great for Boston on opening day, not allowing a run in seven innings. On Sunday night, that seemed like all he was doing. He allowed nine earned runs (plus another unearned) in 3 1/3 innings, turning a nice blank ERA into an ugly 7.84. "I think overall it's good to see one through nine come out and get some good at-bats, get some hits,'' Rodriguez said after the game. "I think this is a game that we needed." The Yankees offense made it so starter Masahiro Tanaka wasn't the story. There have been questions about his elbow and whether he needs Tommy John surgery. Tanaka's velocity was down in his first start. Take away all this Yankees offense, and there'd be more scrutiny for Tanaka. He wasn't spectacular, but did enough to fly under the radar and get the win. He threw 97 pitches in five innings, giving up three earned runs and allowing four hits.  DEXTER FOWLER LIFTS CUBS IN THE NINTH The Chicago Cubs went into the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies down 5-3, but they got a big lift from one of their newest players. Dexter Fowler, acquired in an offseason trade with the Houston Astros, hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth. Welington Castillo had driven in a run prior to Fowler's at-bat, cutting the lead to one. Then Fowler delivered off Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins for the Cubs' third win of the young season. TIGERS, ROYALS STAY UNDEFEATED If we continue at this rate, things will be really interesting when the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet on April 30. The AL Central foes are the last two defeated teams in MLB after Sunday's action. The high-powered Tigers got a 4-for-4 day from Miguel Cabrera (including two homers) as they beat the Cleveland Indians 8-5 . Meanwhile, the Royals pounded 14 hits in their 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Both teams are now 6-0. The Atlanta Braves hadn't lost before Sunday, but fell 4-3 to the New York Mets. Next up: The Royals are on the road in Minnesota, while the Tigers travel to Pittsburgh for a series. NELSON CRUZ IS A HERO AGAIN FOR MARINERS For the second day in a row , new Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz helped his team beat the Oakland Athletics in the late innings. On Saturday, Cruz hit an eighth-inning, go-ahead homer. On Sunday, he pulled off his magic in extra innings, launching a 10th inning homer as Seattle won 8-7 . Not all was joyous for the M's, though. Ace Felix Hernandez left the game in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right quad. The Mariners called it a precaution. Want to see the rest of Sunday's MLB action? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz [read full article]

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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday'sMajor League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Fixes typo in headline) April 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2 San Francisco third baseman Casey McGehee hit a two-run home run and rookie right-hander Chris Heston picked up his first Major League victory when the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heston, recalled Tuesday to take injured Matt Cain's spot in the rotation, gave up three hits and two unearned runs in six innings as the Giants improved to 2-1. - - - Angels 5, Mariners 3 The Los Angeles Angels jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to beat the Seattle Mariners to take the opening series between the two teams expected to battle for the American League West crown. [read full article]

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Red Sox outlast the Yankees in 19-inning marathon (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats . If you love weird baseball, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees had you covered on Friday night and well into Saturday morning. In a game that lasted 19 innings, required 17 pitchers and 628 total pitches, and even included a 16-minute delay after a small power outage in the stadium, the Red Sox finally emerged with a 6-5 victory. To be honest, everyone who made it through the game — players, writers and fans included — should be considered heroes to some degree, but the headlines belong to Mookie Betts, who's 19th-inning sacrifice fly provided the difference, with an honorable mention to Xander Bogaerts , who not only scored the winning run, but had four consecutive singles in extra innings alone.   [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Of course, just to get to 19 innings requires a lot of, well, it requires a mish-mosh of pretty much everything that makes baseball the lovely game it is. This game was no different, but here are just a few of the more random or interesting occurrences, beginning with this remarkable truth about Mark Teixeira.  Mark Teixeira was 34 when this game began. He's now 35. #TrueStory — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 11, 2015 In case you're wondering, Teixeira was still clean shaven after the game.   Teixeira celebrated his birthday with a game-tying home run leading off the 16th inning, which was one of the three last chance rallies mounted by the Yankees. The game-tying homer was the latest hit by a Yankees player in 75 years.   The official time of game was sixhours, 49 minutes. That left both teams with ten hours, 55 minutes to get ready for Saturday's scheduled game, which begins at 1:05 ET.  While Xander Bogaerts  had four singles in extra innings, Mike Napoli struck out four times after the ninth inning. Overall, Napoli was 0-for-8.  Final pitchers Steven Wright and Esmil Rogers combined to throw 159 pitches, which is just 25 less than starting pitchers Wade Miley and Nathan Eovaldi threw.  The only thing this game was missing was a position player on the mound. We suggest you stay tuned on Saturday though. If it's shaping up as a blowout, the losing side might happily save their bullpen.  MARK BUEHRLE GETS 200TH WIN Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today's world of advanced stats and metrics, it's still worth acknowledging milestones such as the one accomplished by Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle on Friday. In Toronto's 12-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, Buehrle picked up his 200th career win, making him just the 112th pitcher in MLB history to reach that mark. Buehrle, who's starting his third season with the Blue Jays, pitched six innings of two-run ball to pick up the victory. It's his 26th win since joining Toronto. He won 161 over 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, and added 13 more for the Miami Marlins in 2012. That's career victory No. 200 for Mark Buehrle. He's the fourth active pitcher to reach that total. #BlueJays — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 10, 2015 Tim Hudson (214), CC Sabathia (208) and Bartolo Colon (205) are the other active pitchers in that group. But that's not the only select company he belongs to. Buehrle is the second pitcher to record career victory No. 200 in a #BlueJays uniform. Roger Clemens is the other. — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 10, 2015 Getting to 300 is very unlikely, but Buehrle could move into the top 50 if he reaches 246. BILLY HAMILTON STEALS WIN FOR REDS The Cincinnati Reds are having quite the opening week at the Great American Ballpark. Coming off back-to-back walkoff victories on Wednesday and Thursday, the Reds continued their roll and improved to 4-0 on Friday with a thrilling 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals .  [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West  |  AL West ] In this case, the winning run came around to score in the eighth inning, and it was done almost exclusively on the legs of Billy Hamilton. With out one, Hamilton drew a walk and then stole second base. That took the bat out of the hands of Joey Votto, who had homered twice earlier in the game. He was intentionally walked, but Hamilton soon advanced to third on a wild pitch. From there, Todd Frazier delivered him home with a sacrifice fly  that provided the difference.  A'S CONTINUE ODD SCORING PATTERN To say the Oakland A's offense has been all or nothing through five games would be an understatement. Coming off their 12-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday, they've now alternated blowout victories with almost non-existent performances at the plate.  It all started with an 8-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday. On Tuesday, they fell 3-1 before rebounding to win 10-0 on Wednesday. On Thursday, they lost 10-1, to split the series with  Texas, which led to Friday's reemergence.  If the pattern stays true on Saturday, the A's aren't going to do much against Seattle left-hander JA Happ. On Sunday, however, they would be due to light up Felix Hernandez and Seattle's bullpen to the tune of 14-0. In other words, don't expect the pattern to continue. It's just one of those opening week oddities.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Fixes typo in headline) April 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2 San Francisco third baseman Casey McGehee hit a two-run home run and rookie right-hander Chris Heston picked up his first Major League victory when the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heston, recalled Tuesday to take injured Matt Cain's spot in the rotation, gave up three hits and two unearned runs in six innings as the Giants improved to 2-1. - - - Angels 5, Mariners 3 The Los Angeles Angels jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to beat the Seattle Mariners to take the opening series between the two teams expected to battle for the American League West crown. [read full article]

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