4/5/2013 | Rays place Niemann on DL, call up Gomes
The Rays placed right-hander Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder on Friday. Tampa Bay recalled fellow righty Brandon Gomes to take Niemann's place.
4/5/2013 | Blue Jays use caution in giving Bautista day off
Jose Bautista was forced to sit out Friday night's game against the Red Sox because of a twisted right ankle, suffered while attempting to beat out a double play in the eighth inning of Thursday's 10-8 win against the Indians.
4/5/2013 | Vogelsong revels in fans' faith, enthusiasm
Saturday's start against St. Louis will be a meaningful one for Ryan Vogelsong. Then again, each game he pitches at AT&T Park is a labor of love for him.
4/5/2013 | Sandoval's girth not a weighty concern for Giants
Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted Friday that Pablo Sandoval's weight isn't a significant issue, though a consensus of onlookers believe that the third baseman looks rounder to the naked eye.
4/5/2013 | Schmidt, Brett relive old times before opener
When the Phillies beat the Royals in the 1980 World Series, the opposing third basemen were Mike Schmidt and George Brett. Both were at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, throwing out ceremonial first pitches as the Phillies opened their home season with an Interleague series against Kansas City.
4/5/2013 | Manuel liking 1-2 punch of Revere, Rollins
It has only been three games, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel likes the look of Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins atop his lineup.
4/5/2013 | What's blending? Brantly visits Fan Cave
Blending the right ingredients is what 2013 is all about for the Marlins. Their new everyday catcher, Rob Brantly, visited the MLB Fan Cave Friday before heading to Citi Field and the start of a three-game series against the Mets.
4/5/2013 | Rox ride power, Francis to home opener win
Jeff Francis hurled six innings of one-run ball and Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler homered as the Rockies beat the Padres, 5-2, on Friday in their home opener at Coors Field.
4/5/2013 | Hamilton receives expected reception in Texas
Boos, as anticipated, greeted Josh Hamilton as he made his first plate appearance against the Rangers, his former club, in an Angels uniform.
4/5/2013 | Gattis a barehanded throwback at the plate
Evan Gattis' fascinating bio is already pretty well-known, but he's also unique from most other big leaguers in that he is one of the few who do not wear batting gloves.
4/5/2013 | Nunez hit by pitch, has bruised biceps
The last thing the Yankees can deal with is another injury. The good news is that shortstop Eduardo Nunez is listed as day to day after taking a pitch off the right biceps in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Tigers.
4/5/2013 | Lucchino says keeping Bradley 'an easy decision'
In the case of rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., the discussions that surfaced among those in the Red Sox ownership group last month presented a unanimous feeling: Forget the potential cost and put the best nine players on the field.
4/5/2013 | Teixeira maintains eight-week timetable
As Mark Teixeira walked into the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park on Friday morning, he went past a television showing MLB Network. The headline on the screen said Teixeira could be back sooner than expected. The first baseman saw it, flashed a big smile and laughed before updating the status of the partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.
4/5/2013 | Boesch gets first start in return to Detroit
The Tigers will raise the American League championship flag and hand out rings in the home-opening series this weekend, but there's one member of the Yankees who was a part of that.
4/5/2013 | Yankees trying to prevent Jeter setback
Derek Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but the focus right now is simply getting the captain back on the field in Tampa.
4/5/2013 | Morales, Montero deliver 10th-inning knockout
Kendrys Morales' RBI double and Jesus Montero's RBI single lifted the Mariners to a frigid 8-7 win over the host White Sox in 10 innings on Friday night in Chicago. Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored.
4/5/2013 | Leyland: 'No-brainer' bringing back Valverde
Jim Leyland was combing around his office and taking phone calls Friday morning before the Tigers' home opener. He wasn't getting settled into his office again after the offseason. He was looking for Jose Valverde's phone number.
4/5/2013 | Boesch has no hard feelings in return to Detroit
This was definitely not the way Brennan Boesch anticipated soaking in the Tigers' home opener. It probably wasn't the way he figured on getting his first start as a Yankee, either.
4/5/2013 | Roberts out 3-4 weeks with ruptured tendon
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be sidelined three to four weeks with a ruptured tendon behind his right knee.
4/5/2013 | Justice: Hamilton happy to be back 'home' in Texas
When the Angels arrived in Arlington for the series with the Rangers beginning on Friday, Josh Hamilton was on center stage. And without being asked, he attempted to explain his comments about area fans before saying, "Texas is home. ... It's good to be back home."
4/5/2013 | Rangers win, spoil Hamilton's homecoming
After Adrian Beltre's solo homer tied it, Ian Kinsler lined a run-scoring single off reliever Scott Downs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Friday at the Ballpark in Arlington.
4/5/2013 | Lewis, Soria ready to take next steps
Colby Lewis and Joakim Soria are about to take the next big steps in their recovery from major arm surgery. Both have been throwing bullpen sessions for the past month, now they are expected to graduate to batting practice.
4/5/2013 | Profar hopes to follow in Andrus' footsteps
The Rangers announced an eight-year, $120 million contract extension for Elvis Andrus on Thursday. Profar, the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, is happy for his fellow shortstop and hopes the Rangers sign him to a similar deal in the future.
4/5/2013 | Despite blister and workload, Darvish set for next start
Yu Darvish threw 29 pitches in the bullpen on Friday and said he is ready for his next start, against the Angels on Sunday. That will be his first start since throwing 111 pitches against the Astros on Tuesday.
4/5/2013 | Angels star Hamilton talks hitting and faith
In a sitdown with MLB.com youth correspondent Meggie Zahneis, Angels slugger Josh Hamilton provides hitting tips and discusses the role faith plays in his life.
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