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1:15 PM ET, April 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Scott Cacciola / New York Times:
Red Sox 7, Yankees 4: Kuroda Is Hurt, Along With Yankees' Pride, in Loss to Red Sox  —  When Travis Hafner hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning, it presented a rare opportunity for the operations crew at Yankee Stadium to blast some of that majestic music that has become synonymous …
Discussion: Boston Globe and Over the Monster
Barry M. Bloom /
Teixeira targeting May 1 return to Yankees  —  NEW YORK — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said Wednesday that he's now hoping to return by May 1 from a right wrist injury he sustained preparing to play for Team USA in the days before the opening of the World Baseball Classic.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Dan Shaughnessy / The Boston Globe:
At this rate, will the Red Sox ever lose?  —  NEW YORK — They may never lose.  —  They may never trail.  —  Worst to first.  Two games into the season, this is the theme of the 2013 Red Sox.  —  And is it possible for Jackie Bradley Jr. to be the Face of the Franchise after only two games in the big leagues?
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Associated Press:
Red Sox Chill Yanks, 2-0 for First Time Since 1999  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees' bats, speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999.
Discussion: and Boston Globe
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Tigers Sign Jose Valverde  —  The Tigers signed reliever Jose Valverde to a minor league deal, tweets Patrick Reusse of 1500 ESPN.  The team confirmed the signing, noting that he will report to Lakeland for extended spring training.  Valverde, a client of the Boras Corporation …
Discussion: Baseball Nation and Bless You Boys
Associated Press:
Twins Rally Past Tigers in 9th for 3-2 Win  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.  —  After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over.
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Mets' Matt Harvey deals hot stuff on a cold night  —  Considering the frigid conditions, there could only be three types of fans at Citi Field Wednesday night: Hearty fans.  Hardy fans.  And Harvey fans.  —  Hearty because only a true die-hard would come out in weather like this.
Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 8 Padres 4
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Amazin' Avenue
Associated Press:
Pennington Lifts D'backs Over Cards in 16 Innings  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Cliff Pennington's single in the 16th inning brought home Jason Kubel from second to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that didn't end until early Thursday.
Mark Bowman /
Grateful Gattis homers in big league debut  —  ATLANTA — When Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez put Evan Gattis in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies, he assumed the powerful rookie catcher would add to the magic of his journey by doing something special in his Major League debut.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Joe Frisaro /
Hernandez, Cox, Maine staying in organization  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gorkys Hernandez will be remaining in the organization after all.  So will Zack Cox and Scott Maine.  —  After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Hernandez and Maine were outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans, with Cox outrighted to Double-A Jacksonville.
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies beat host Milwaukee Brewers to take first series of season  —  MILWAUKEE — So eager were the Rockies to get the ballpark Wednesday, a bus awaited outside their hotel at 1:30 p.m. on 3rd Street.  There were five autograph seekers downtown, a couple of whom actually recognized the players.
Discussion: Purple Row
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers players feel at home in new clubhouse  —  State-of-the-art quarters are part of the $100-million-plus renovations at Dodger Stadium and Adrian Gonzalez calls it ‘probably the best clubhouse in baseball.’  —  Adrian Gonzalez says the Dodgers' new facilities have given L.A. “probably the best clubhouse in baseball.”
Discussion: True Blue LA
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