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8:35 AM ET, April 30, 2012


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Associated Press:
Davis' RBI single gets Mets past Rockies 6-5 in 11  —  DENVER—Ike Davis singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the New York Mets overcame two tying homers allowed by their bullpen to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 Sunday.  —  David Wright started the 11th with a single off Matt Belisle …
Andrew Keh / New York Times:
Mets 6, Rockies 5 (11 Innings): Mets Overcome Rockies in 11 Innings  —  DENVER — The Mets were forced to wait Sunday — for Jamie Moyer's fastball to reach home plate, for their batters to drive in some runs, for their bullpen preserve a lead.  After 11 innings of baseball, their forbearance was finally rewarded.
Discussion: Purple Row
Associated Press:
Bumgarner, Sandoval Lead Giants Past Padres 4-1  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval homered to back Madison Bumgarner's fourth straight victory, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Padres 4-1 on Sunday to deny San Diego its first series win of the season.
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Catcher Sanchez getting practice at first base  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Catcher Hector Sanchez has begun taking ground balls and throws at first base as part of manager Bruce Bochy's continuing effort to add roster flexibility.  —  A permanent position change is not imminent for Sanchez.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press:
Floyd takes no-no into 7th, picks up White Sox … CHICAGO — Gavin Floyd carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday.  —  Floyd (2-3) struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, yielding one run and three hits.
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Pre-game notes from Chicago
Discussion: Over the Monster
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Yankees demote struggling Garcia to bullpen  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have decided to put struggling starter Freddy Garcia in the bullpen with rookie David Phelps the favorite to assume the fifth starter role for the moment.  —  With a day off scheduled for May 7 …
Associated Press:   NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi was hoping CC Sabathia …
Fox Sports:
Pujols not showing signs of panic  —  CLEVELAND  —  April ends Monday.  Nearly one full month of baseball has gone by.  Albert Pujols is still looking for his first home run.  —  “I don't try to hit home runs,” he told me in a Saturday morning conversation at Progressive Field.
Associated Press:
Brewers Beat Cardinals 3-2, Avoid Sweep  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Zack Greinke worked six strong innings and Jonathan Lucroy's two-run double capped a three-run sixth as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.  —  Greinke (3-1) allowed a run …
Fox Sports:   Cardinals, Brewers face cloudy futures
Associated Press:
Miley Pitches Arizona Past Marlins, 8-4  —  MIAMI (AP) — Unbeaten Wade Miley held the Miami Marlins hitless until the sixth inning, and Jason Kubel drove in three runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-4 victory Sunday.  —  Miley (3-0) gave up one hit and an unearned run in 6 1-3 innings to lower his ERA to 1.29.
Associated Press:
Orioles Rally to Beat Athletics 5-2  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Wilson Betemit hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning after Matt Wieters doubled in two runs, giving the Baltimore Orioles an unlikely 5-2 comeback victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Tom Mihalek / Associated Press:
Garza K's 10, stymies Phils as Cubs cruise … Associated Press  —  PHILADELPHIA — Matt Garza pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and struck out 10 Sunday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1.  —  Garza (2-1) gave up a pop-fly single to Jimmy Rollins leading off the first and nothing more.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Gene Cherry / Reuters:
Ruiz Proves Driving Force in Phillies Win
Associated Press:
Willingham, Twins End Six-Game Skid, Beat Royals  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Willingham had three hits and came a homer away from hitting for the cycle to help the Minnesota Twins snap their six-game losing streak by beating the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Sunday.
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Associated Press
Jeff Wallner /
Bixler optioned to Triple-A  —  CINCINNATI — Brian Bixler's stay in the Major Leagues was brief.  The Astros infielder was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Sunday's starting pitcher, Jordan Lyles, who's filling a void in the rotation with Kyle Weiland on the disabled list.
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