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5/5/2015 | Shark steps up, plays role of stopper

As manager Robin Ventura approached the mound in the seventh inning to talk to Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, with two Tigers runners on, two out, Ian Kinsler hitting and the White Sox holding a three-run lead, Ventura knew the right-hander could potentially give him a "half yes" when asked if he had enough stuff to get through the frame.


5/5/2015 | Byrd provides offensive punch Reds needed

The Reds added Marlon Byrd in the offseason to provide more punch to the offense, and he delivered in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Pirates with a home run and four RBIs.


5/5/2015 | Experience brings perspective for Jones

Hours before the Orioles played the Mets on Tuesday night, Adam Jones was in a serious conversation at his locker about the turmoil Baltimore has endured of late. He was making a point, that baseball, like life, routinely provides the unexpected and occasionally delivers the unprecedented.


5/5/2015 | Greinke, Dodgers' homer spree halt Brewers

Zack Greinke remained undefeated since August and the Dodgers hit three home runs to power past the Brewers, 8-2, at Miller Park on Tuesday. Greinke hasn't lost a decision since these Brewers beat him last Aug. 9.


5/5/2015 | Nunez placed on DL with left oblique strain

The Twins placed utility man Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the A's, and purchased infielder Doug Bernier's contract from Triple-A Rochester.


5/5/2015 | Untraditional Bartolo notches fifth win

Bartolo Colon is becoming an ultimate character. Entertaining at the plate, dominant on the mound. His starts rarely fail to provide both humor and awe. For opponents, no pitcher inspires more frustration while looking less formidable. And despite being vastly untraditional, Colon's continued success at age 41 is rooted heavily in a simple pitching fundamental.


5/5/2015 | Porcello stops Sox's skid in impressive effort

In a season that has seen the Red Sox lucklessly fish for a reliable starter, they appear to have caught one in Rick Porcello. He played the role of stopper in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the Rays at Fenway Park, tossing seven strong innings.


5/5/2015 | #Whiff tweets can benefit Astros RBI program

Fans can raise money for the Astros' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program by using the hashtag #Whiff every time an Astros pitcher registers a strikeout.


5/5/2015 | Betts youngest with 2 HRs for Sox since Rice

Wearing a vintage 1975 Red Sox uniform, Mookie Betts put on a power surge right out of, well, 1975. The two-homer night by Betts was the entire scoring output for the Red Sox in a 2-0 victory over the Rays that snapped a four-game losing streak.


5/5/2015 | MLB has big night at Sports Emmys

While an evening of live Major League Baseball drama unfolded for millions of fans over an ever-expanding set of broadcast platforms, Tuesday also marked a big night for the very act of baseball broadcasting. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the best in the business with the presentation of the 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards.


5/5/2015 | Efficient Lorenzen savors first MLB victory

The difference between Michael Lorenzen's first Major League start and his second were very noticeable, and it led to his career victory on Tuesday in the Reds' 7-1 triumph over the Pirates.


5/5/2015 | Hardy, Flaherty progress during rehab stint

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Ryan Flaherty continued making progress in the second game of their rehab assignments with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night.


5/5/2015 | Scoreless outing extends Pineda's streak to 6

Michael Pineda strung together eight scoreless innings to increase his winning streak to six games as the Yankees topped the Blue Jays, 6-3, at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.


5/5/2015 | Correa records third consecutive three-hit game

Carlos Correa was unlikely to top his Monday night performance, in which he hit a two-out, walk-off double for Double-A Corpus Christi. But the Astros' top prospect did not disappoint Tuesday night.


5/5/2015 | Hosmer in charge with opposite-field power

The type of opposite-field power that Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer can show is extremely rare in the game. How rare? In a span of one week, Hosmer has gone the opposite way off Cleveland's Danny Salazar twice -- both measuring 417 feet.


5/5/2015 | Smyly flirts with no-no, then takes tough loss

Drew Smyly was feeling it Tuesday night in the Rays' 2-0 loss to the Red Sox. The left-hander made his third start and held the home team scoreless and hitless through five innings. But he gave up a leadoff homer to Mookie Betts in the sixth, and Tampa Bay's offense came up empty.


5/5/2015 | Marlins hang on in D.C. for Latos' first win

Mat Latos worked 6 1/3 innings for his first win with the Marlins, who held off the Nationals, 2-1, Tuesday night. Washington starter Stephen Strasburg was hit with the loss, exiting in the third inning after he battled through a shoulder issue from the outset.


5/5/2015 | Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

The Rangers pounced on Scott Feldman for four runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Prince Fielder and a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero and rode the pitching of Wandy Rodriguez to win consecutive games for the first time this season with a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.


5/5/2015 | Shark buckles down, tames first-place Tigers

The White Sox five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field by virtue of a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. The South Siders improved to 7-3 at home, to go with their 2-11 road record.


5/5/2015 | Familiarity lands J.D. in right spot in Detroit

Alex Avila has known J.D. Martinez since he was in elementary school north of Miami. His father, Al, the Tigers' assistant general manager, got to know Martinez well when Alex's brother, Alan, was one of Martinez's teammates at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately for the White Sox, they stay in touch.


5/5/2015 | Springer undergoes tests after crash into wall

Astros right fielder George Springer was being tested for a possible concussion late Tuesday and wasn't expected to play in Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers after crashing into the wall in the seventh inning while making a tremendous catch on an Adrian Beltre fly ball.


5/5/2015 | Angels' debuting rookie records walk-off rarity

Carlos Perez's first Major League game went better than anyone could've imagined. With a sharp single in his first at-bat and a walk-off home run in his last, the 24-year-old catcher gave the Angels a 5-4 win over the Mariners that snapped a four-game losing streak.


5/5/2015 | Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

Eric Hosmer belted a go-ahead three-run homer and finished with four RBIs, while Jason Vargas fired six quality innings to lead the Royals to a 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Cleveland starter Danny Salazar had nine strikeouts.


5/5/2015 | Norris could see pregame reps at first base

Manager Bud Black said Tuesday that catcher Derek Norris could soon begin taking ground balls at first base during pregame drills with hopes that at some point this season he could see time there.


5/5/2015 | Axford's son to throw out first pitch on Friday

Rockies closer John Axford had to purchase two baseball gloves for his son, Jameson, to play with as the 2-year-old recovers from a rattlesnake bite incident in Arizona in March. Jameson is undecided: Lefty or righty?




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