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8:15 AM ET, April 4, 2013


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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
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
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Shane Victorino, distracted by free agency last year, took less money to taste Boston Red Sox …
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.
Associated Press:
Cardinals Hit 3 Home Runs in 6-1 Win Over D-Backs
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 and Los Angeles Times
Associated Press:
Reds' Ludwick expected to miss 3 months  —  CINCINNATI — Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months following surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder.  —  Ludwick dislocated his non-throwing shoulder while sliding into third base …
Discussion: Red Reporter and MLB Rumors
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
Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 8 Padres 4  —  The Mets (2-0) defeated the Padres (0-2) by the score of 8-4 tonight at Citi Field.  — Matt Harvey started for the Mets, and was dominant for seven innings, allowing one hit with two walks and striking out ten — he faced one batter over his minimum tonight.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Gaslamp Ball
Associated Press:
Braves Beat Phillies Behind Freeman, Upton  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and rookie Evan Gattis homered, helping Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Freddie Freeman had three RBIs as the Braves chased Roy Halladay in the fourth inning.
Discussion: The Good Phight and Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Gio Gonzalez Homers as Nationals Beat Marlins 3-0  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez insisted all along he wasn't distracted one bit by having his name connected to a clinic that reportedly gave major leaguers banned substances.  —  “I've got no worries about that,” he said the other day.
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Fish Stripes
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.
Discussion: Twinkie Town and
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
Associated Press:
Dunn Homers, White Sox Beat Royals 5-2  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn homered and the Chicago White Sox went deep four times to back a solid start by Jake Peavy in a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.  —  Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexi Ramirez also connected …
Discussion: Royals Review
Fox Sports:
Astros show they're perfectly awful  —  Mark Mulder took the words right out of my mouth.  —  “This won't be the last time this year that someone is perfect through a good portion of the game against the Astros,” the former major-league pitcher, now a TV analyst, said on Twitter during the seventh inning.
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