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Damian Lillard leads wild Blazers comeback in Oklahoma City 115-111 in OT posted by Blazers Fan

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers came out on top in a wild point guard match-up against Russell Westbrook 115-111 in overtime in Oklahoma City.

The Blazers comeback would not have been were it not for a boneheaded series of plays from Westbrook. Westbrook was the biggest reason the Thunder were winning but a useless personal foul in the backcourt coupled with a technical allowed the Blazers to cut the lead to seven with no time coming off the clock.

Then Lillard came down and hit a deep three off a screen. In the blink of an eye the lead went from 10 to four.

Aldridge and Lillard combined for 32 of Portland’s final 42 points.


Another key to Portland’s success late was head coach Terry Stotts decided to match the Thunder’s 3-guard line-up with Steve Blake and bring in more athleticism in Dorell Wright. Wright didn’t play since his crucial role in Friday’s 3OT win against the Spurs.

Wright didn’t have the 3-point barrage he had against San Antonio but grabbed some crucial rebounds and had a nice tip in in overtime to give the Blazers breathing room.

The Blazers capped off an incredibly successful trip with wins against the Spurs, Pelicans and Thunder without Robin Lopez and getting two of those without Nicolas Batum. The Blazers are nearing the end of a grueling December which had 10 of 16 games on the road.

The Blazers are succeeding when schedules and injury continue seem to say they shouldn’t.

And with 7 of the next 10 days off, the Blazers have earned a considerable amount of rest. They are banged up and sick and certainly need it. Although Lillard and Matthews have played every night, you could tell with the amount of miscommunications the Blazers had tonight they were running out of gas.

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Neal Cotts posted by Rangers Fan

Born March 25, 1980, Neal Cotts is a MLB pitcher with the Texas Rangers. Cotts played for his college, Illinois State University, and won the honors of All-Missouri Valley Conference for his team. When he finished college, he was ranked all-time fifth in strikeouts, when he struck 263 in only three seasons, playing for the Redbirds. In 2001 draft, Cotts was drafted in the second round by the Oakland Athletics.

Cotts started his professional career, playing the 2002 season for Modesto, a Single-A team of the California League. In 28 starts, he won 12 games. However, during the off-season, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. For the 2003 season, Cotts was ranked third prospect in the franchise's system. He began the season playing for Birmingham, a Double-A team of the Southern League. He posted 131 strikeouts, 9-6 record, and 2.12 ERA. In August 2003, Cotts earned his first win against the Texas Rangers, when he pitched for five innings and allowed five hits. However, the season ended with Cotts posting 1-1 record and 8.10 ERA.

In 2006, the Chicago Cubs acquired Cotts in a trade, but in May 2007, he was optioned to play Iowa, a Triple-A team, when Cubs recalled Sean Marshall, a left-handed pitcher. In 2007, Cotts was again signed to a one-year contract by the Cubs and he started playing for Triple-A teams. He was recalled in May 2008, after the Cubs traded Scott Eyre, their veteran pitcher.

In January 2010, Pittsburg Pirates signed Cotts for playing minor league, but he was released in September, when he had to undergo hip surgery. In November 2010, Cotts signed a contract with the New York Yankees, but he was again released by February 2011 due to his physical issues. In 2012, Cotts signed a contract with the Texas Rangers but he was assigned to minor league. In May 2013, Cotts was back in the Major Leagues when he pitched against Oakland, but his performance has remained poor up to now.

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Richard Kagan

Devils Beat Rangers in OT posted by Richard Kagan

New Jersey beat the NY Rangers in game 6 in OT to oust the Rangers from the Eastern Conference Finals.  I live in NY and follow hockey and admit I was rooting for the Devils to prevail 3-2.  They did when rookie Adam Henrique scored early in OT to send New Jersey in the Finals, the fourth with Martin Brodeur as goalie.  Brodeur is on his way to the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and it is fitting that he reaches the Finals to try to go out on top. 

Offensively, the Rangers are challenged.  They have a great goalie in Henrik Lunqvist, who literally, carries this team on his back, every game.  The Rangers just don't have the firepower.  You can't win the Cup when you score 2-3 goals a game.  It's just not going to happen.  You have to put the puck in the net and give your goalie a night off, so to speak.  Let the wingers or centers be accountable.  NY had a great run.  The Devils are the better team.

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Richard Kagan

Kings vs. Rangers? posted by Richard Kagan

It is pretty certain that LA will come out of the Western Conference playoffs.  What remains much more in doubt is the Rangers-Devils series.  NY has a 1-0 lead in the best of 7.  But this series is by no means over.  The Rangers play almost the oppositie of LA.  They grind it out, slow down the game, and let their goalie become the anchor of defense.  A goal or two is usually all the Rangers need to win a game.  That pattern may remain in the Eastern Finals, but it will be sorely tested if NY plays the LA Kings. 

The sleeping giant, that is the LA Kings, has woke up with a vengence.  The Rangers play like the the little engine that could.  It huffs and puffs its way toward the finish line. 

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The Detroit TIgers Must Approach This April Like the Playoffs posted by Joe Halstead

It is said- and correctly so- that while a pennant may not be won in April, a pennant may be lost in April.

On this note, the Detroit Tigers have immediate cause for concern. Their early schedule- in the month of April alone- includes two more games against Boston, a three-game home series with the Tampa Bay Rays (April 10-12), a four-game home series against the American League Champion Texas Rangers (April 19-22) and, just to pour a bucket of salt water over the wounds incurred, a three-game series in the Bronx Apr. 27-29.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland is known for using his entire roster liberally. OFers Clete Thomas and Andy Dirks, and 2Bmen Danny Worth, Ramon Santiago and, eventually, Brandon Inge, might see significant playing time.

But, should they?

The Tigers made substitutions in the 2011 post-season out of necessity. They were beat up, and running out of players. Luckily, some of those substitutes stepped up in a big way, such as UT Don Kelly and Santiago.

However, the Tigers are at nearly 100% health, and they need their front line to do battle with the American League's best. 

So, here's hoping that Leyland doesn't tinker with his team too much. Obviously, he wants OF Delmon Young to continue what he's been doing for the Tigers since last August, which is to drive in runs. Surely, Leyland would also like to see one of his second basemen grab the brass ring. So far, all we have are multiple second basemen who play competently enough to hit .250 and turn the double play when necessary.

Ah, maybe, that is, until now. 2B/OF Ryan Raburn had the Spring Training of his life, batting over .400 for a stretch, eventually cooling a bit to a .268 average. However, he still slugged .661, having hit 6 HRs, 2 2Bs and a 3B. That accounts for nine of his 15 hits in the spring.

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David

Edgar Martínez’s case for Cooperstown posted by David

One of the most talented hitters of the nineties did not receive enough votes for induction to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but I’m hoping Edgar Martínez does not have to wait too much longer.  I don’t expect him to be elected in 2011 because too many voters don’t think a Designated Hitter is a full-time player.  (Martínez came up as a third baseman, but injuries forced him to become Seattle’s regular DH in 1995.)  In my opinion, if a poor defensive player can make it to Cooperstown based on his offensive contributions, then someone who does not play a defensive position should be able to do the same.

Martínez’s career stats include a .312 batting average, .418 on-base percentage, .515 slugging percentage, 2,247 hits, 309 home runs, and 1,261 RBIs.  His best season came in 1995, when he slugged .628 while leading the AL in batting average (.356), OBP (.479), OPS (1.107), doubles (52), and runs (121).  Despite his monster year, Martínez still finished third in the MVP race.  Fifteen years later, he remains the only designated hitter ever to win a batting title.

Martínez was a seven-time All-Star, won five Silver Slugger Awards, and had one of the biggest clutch hits in postseason history – a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS that sent the Mariners to their first-ever Championship Series.  Seattle had been trailing the Yankees 5-4 and were three outs away from being eliminated from the playoffs; the turn of events sent the Yanks home instead after having blown a 2-0 series lead.  For the series, Martínez had a Ruthian line of .571/.667/1.000 and 10 RBIs – nine of them coming in the last two games.

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David

A new champion is crowned posted by David

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who are World Champions for the first time since moving to the west coast more than 50 years ago.  Their last title in New York came in 1954, when Willie Mays made “the catch” that will be played on highlight reels forever.  The Giants came unbelievably close to not even making the playoffs this year, but the fans who claimed that watching their team was “torture” are now the happiest fans in baseball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Matt Cain?  The San Francisco hurler was nearly untouchable throughout the playoffs, outshining staff ace Tim Lincecum, who had a bad outing in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.  In three postseason starts, Cain allowed only an unearned run over 21.1 innings of work, going at least 6.2 innings in each outing and providing a huge boost to his team’s hunt for glory.  He might be the best #2 starter in the majors, but Matt Cain looked like the second coming of Cy Young when it mattered most for the Giants.

How about Brian Wilson?  The flamethrower’s postseason numbers included six saves (in seven chances) and a win in 11.2 innings pitched, allowing just an unearned run.  Additionally, Wilson allowed no more than one hit per appearance while anchoring the San Francisco bullpen.  Wilson gave Bruce Bochy the confidence this postseason usually reserved for Mariano Rivera’s manager when handing his closer the ball in October (or November).

How about the fantastic class of rookies in the postseason?  Stephen Strasburg wasn’t among them, but Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Danny Valencia (Twins), Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz and Mitch Moreland (both Rangers) would make an incredible young team if they all played together.  In fact, even top prospect Domonic Brown, who compiled just 62 regular-season at-bats, was on the Phillies’ playoff roster.  Expectations will be high for this talented group, and here’s hoping none of them experiences too much of a sophomore slump.

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Sox In Race To Win It posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox won a big game 5-3, against the Texas Rangers.  Alexei Remirez hit a big two run blast in the 6th inning for the winning Sox.  The Sox climbed back in the race on a sorching hot streak.  They cooled off a bit on this road trip, dropping two out of three to KC, and then righting themselves with a big win tonight.  This coupled with losses by the Twins and Detroit give Chicago a fighting chance to do some damage right before the All-Star break. 

Right now, they would have to be one of the surprise teams in the AL.  Not because of where they are, but where they've been.  The Sox were in the outer reaches of the Twilight Zone before Interleague Play began.  And, then the ChiSox went on a winning streak that catapulted them back to Earth.   Things might not be so great between the manager and Ken Williams the Gen. Mgr, but winning is a healing elixir.  The team knows it can compete and is finding more confidence as the wins mount.  There is talent in the pitching staff.  Now, if some hitters can pick it up, this team should be flirting with first place soon.   Maybe then Ozzie can get some credit.  But really, it is the players who are performing well.

Actually, they need to win some games before we can laud them.  They have the talent to win this thing, now they have to go out and prove it on the field.

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Jeff Lewis

The Chicago cubs 2010 posted by Jeff Lewis

    After two consecutive years of winning the National League Central Division, the Chicago Cubs watched their hated rivals the St. Louis Cardinals win it. In order for this not happen again, the Cubs have some concerns they have to address in order to get back to their winning ways.

    First, they have to get rid of Milton Bradley. This guy was a cancer on and off the field. He was quoted saying that he does not like the Cubs fans. I am here to tell you that the feeling is mutual. The Cubs general manager, Jim Hendry, needs to get this guy off this team no matter how. If that involves eating majority of his contract in a trade, then that's the way it needs to be done. There have been a few teams mentioned in trade talks for Bradley. The Tampa Bay Rays, the San Diego Padres, and the team that keeps getting mentioned the most the Texas Rangers. It doesn't matter what team the Cubs get the deal done with, as long as this guy is off the team come next year.

    Second, the Cubs need a lead-off hitter and center-fielder. These two go together, because the Cubs can fill both of these holes with one player. Coco Crisp. Crisp is a great player. He has speed, he is a descent outfielder, and he can hit. He did have a down year last year, but he played for the Kansas City Royals. Put a good team behind Coco he will shine! Look what he did in Boston an few years ago. There have been rumors that the Cubs are in the Curtis Garnderson sweepstakes. Grandy would be a good fit with the Cubs, and probably benefit from the National League style of play. The one downside to getting Garndy is that he can't hit left-handed pitchers. So the Cubs would have to find someone to platoon with Grandy in center when they are facing a lefty. With the Cubs payroll, I don't see that happening. Crisp should be Hendry's guy, but we will see what happens.

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8-18 Football News and MLB Waiver Wire Deals posted by Ryan Turner

Favre1. Well, Brett Favre is back. Just as he started to drift out of our minds again, BAM, breaking news on ESPN: "Favre is a Viking." As obnoxious as this story has been for the last three years, it sure will make the Vikings vs. Packers games more interesting, especially the November 1st game when he returns to Lambeau Field. My guess is the reaction will be half cheers, half boos from the fans, all boos from Ted Thompson.

2. Another quarterback who has run rampant through the media lately is Jay Cutler. He needs to shut up right now if he even wants a chance at not topping the "Number One Douche Bag of All-Time" list. His latest remarks were after the Bears' first preseason game in which they played the Buffalo Bills. He criticized wide receiver Devin Hester for not breaking up an interception on an under-thrown pass. How about this Jay? Either make the passes in the first place or be gracious if Hester does break up the interception. If Hester can't fix your screw up, man up and take the blame yourself. That's where it belongs. Peyton Manning doesn't always own the blame after a loss, but the difference between Manning and Cutler is, Manning has the record to back up those types of comments. Cutler needs to earn the right to make those types of comments. He could be in danger of losing that locker room really quickly, if he hasn't already.

3. Marc Bulger broke his pinkie on his throwing hand during Monday's practice on a snap exchange from center Jason Brown. It's not a major injury and it should only keep him out for two weeks. However, this could open the door for backup Kyle Boller. The Ravens had some decent years with a strong defense and Boller managing games. Baltimore went 9-7 in 2004, Boller's only year in which he started all 16 games. 9-7 won the NFC West last year and it could do the same this year. I'm not suggesting the Rams' defense will be anywhere close to Baltimore's, but the NFC West isn't as strong as the AFC North typically is either.

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Mookie Betts' walk-off single leads Red Sox over Blue Jays (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts entered the season with enormous expectations, but has gotten off to a slow start to begin the year. That may have changed Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. With men on first and second, Betts delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Betts stepped to the plate against rookie Miguel Castro, and, on the second pitch he saw, hit a ground ball into center for the game-winning hit.  [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] Betts was a consistent force throughout the contest, reaching base four times. After walking in the first, Betts doubled in the fifth and added a single in the eighth. With the performance, Betts raised his average to .218. Both teams suffered injuries during the contest. Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had to exit the game early due to a neck injury. He's expected back in the lineup Tuesday.  Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes managed to play the entire game, but was placed on the 15-day disabled list once the contest was completed. Reyes has been dealing with a rib injury for most of the season, but aggravated the issue Monday. This is the third straight season in which Reyes has made a trip to the DL in April. He was hitting .250/.266/.300 over 66 plate appearances. MURPHY BACKS GEE'S DOMINANT PERFORMANCE Dillon Gee was masterful for the New York Mets on Monday against the Miami Marlins. Gee allowed one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings. He stuck out three and did not issue any walks during the performance. Gee only needed 70 pitches in order to get the job done. Gee was matched throughout the start by Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart. Cosart gave up just two hits over eight strong innings, putting him in line for the win. That changed in the ninth inning. With Steve Cishek on for the save, the Mets began their rally.  Juan Lagares doubled to kick things off. That was followed up by a walk to Lucas Duda. With men on first and second, and one out, Daniel Murphy stepped to the plate. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Murphy clobbered an 89 mph sinker out to right for a three-run shot.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Jeurys Familia came on for the save in the bottom of the ninth, and tossed a perfect inning. Familia is a perfect nine-for-nine in save opportunities this season. With the win, the Mets improved to 15-5. HOUSTON CAN'T STOP WINNING Don't look now, but the Houston Astros are the leaders in the American League West. Houston continued their April dominance, winning their fourth straight game Monday against the San Diego Padres. With the win, the Astros will post their first winning record in April since 2006. A win tonight guarantees the Astros their first winning record in April since 2006. — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) April 28, 2015 Jose Altuve has continued to be a force at the top of the lineup, but the team was also helped by both Colby Rasmus and Jed Lowrie on Monday. The trio combined for six of the team's 10 hits, and five of the club's nine RBI during the contest. The club may be without Lowrie for some time, however. Lowrie scored on a base hit in the ninth inning, but slid into home awkwardly. He's slated to have an MRI on Tuesday. Lowrie flying to Houston for MRI tomorrow — Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) April 28, 2015 The 31-year-old Lowrie is hitting .300/.432/.567, with four home runs, over 74 plate appearances. TAIJUAN WALKER SETTLES IN AGAINST TEXAS The Seattle Mariners expected big things from Taijuan Walker this season. After the 22-year-old posted big numbers in spring training, it was assumed he was ready for a breakout. That wasn't the case during his first three starts. Walker was rocked during his first two appearances, giving up 14 earned runs in just 7 1/3 innings. While his third outing was better, Walker lasted 5 1/3 innings due to control issues. In his fourth outing, against the Texas Rangers, Walker flashed the potential he showed in March. Walker allowed one unearned run over seven strong innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing, earning his first win of the year. With the performance, Walker lowered his ERA to 6.86.  Want to see more from Sunday's slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Ray of light: Rene Rivera lifts Tampa Bay in the bottom of the ninth (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The pitching may have been the story throughout most of the game, but Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera turned in the biggest play of the night against the Boston Red Sox. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rivera knocked a single to left field on a 79 mph curve from Anthony Varvaro, giving Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.  Up until that point, the game had been dominated by pitching. Boston starter Clay Buchholz turned in the more impressive start, striking out 10 batters over six innings. He allowed one run on just two hits during the outing. He was matched by Rays pitcher Jake Odorozzi throughout the contest. Odorizzi allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. With the performance, Odorizzi lowered his ERA to an exceptional 1.65 on the season. The Rays bullpen was phenomenal once Odorizzi left the game. Over 2 1/3 innings, Tampa's relievers did not allow a hit against Boston. The Red Sox pen didn't have the same luck. Varvaro struggled almost immediately in the ninth. After a leadoff single, he managed to pick up the first out of the inning with a fly out. Another single put men on first and second, and that's when Rivera struck. With the win, the Rays improve to 8-8 on the season. TORONTO NEARLY BLOWS HUGE LEAD IN THE NINTH The Toronto Blue Jays nearly wasted an excellent start from pitcher Drew Hutchison on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison was on his game throughout most of the contest, turning in five perfect innings to open the game. A Manny Machado home run may have broken up Hutchison's shot at history, but he remained strong after the play. Hutchison wound up allowing two runs on just four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. That performance was almost all for naught, as Liam Hendriks and Miguel Castro had a tough time closing things out in the ninth. With the Blue Jays up by five, it seemed like things would be fine. Those two made it interesting. Hendriks opened the inning by giving up a leadoff single. He was able to pick up a strikeout against the next batter, but allowed two more singles before being pulled from the contest. Castro then entered with two men on and allowed a home run to Manny Machado. It was Machado's second big fly of the night.  With the Orioles now down by one run, Castro was able to settle in, picking up a fly out and strikeout to finish the game.  With the 7-6, Toronto improved to 9-7 on the year.   ANGELS ONLY NOTCH ONE HIT, WIN ANYWAY The Los Angeles Angels only had one hit Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, but that was all they needed.  Kole Calhoun's two-run homer in the third inning wound up being the difference maker for Los Angeles. After Drew Butera reached on an error, Calhoun belted a 93 mph fastball from Jesse Chavez out to right for the two-run blast.  Chavez had some issues with walks during the contest, but that was the only real mistake he made all game.  Chavez was matched by Nick Tropeano, who was making his first start of the season. Tropeano was fantastic, tossing six scoreless innings against Oakland. He struck out five during the contest.  The game marked the third time in team history the Angels have won a game after picking up just one hit. Zobrist flies out in foul territory, & for just the third time in franchise history, the #Angels win with only one hit. 2-0. Record now 7-9. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2015 Los Angeles will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Friday. WACHA COMES OUT VICTORIOUS OVER SCHERZER St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had a tough task Thursday. He not only needed to shutdown a promising Washington Nationals' offense, but he had to out-duel the team's new ace Max Scherzer. He was successful in both areas, turning in a spectacular performance. Wacha gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Scherzer was nearly as strong, giving up two earned runs over seven innings. Scherzer struck out four batters, but did not put anyone on base via the walk.  With the win, Wacha is now 3-0 on the season. Over 20 1/3 innings, he's posted a 1.35 ERA.  Want to see more from Thursday's slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Rangers recall Ranaudo to start series finale vs Angels (The Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have recalled Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Round Rock to start their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels. [read full article]

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Fernando Rodney's meltdown opens the door for Dodgers' comeback (Big League Stew)

Take a look around MLB with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights and interesting stats. Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney always seems to make things interesting in the ninth inning. That was the case Tuesday, as Rodney entered the game with a one-run lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Things did not go well. Rodney gave up a single to Justin Turner to kick things off. Turner then advanced to third on a single from Jimmy Rollins. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With men on the corners, Rodney was able to induce a ground ball to third. Turner ran on the play, and was thrown out at home for the first out of the inning. Just as it was starting to look like Rodney would find a way to escape the jam, his command deserted him.  A walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases, bringing Howie Kendrick to the plate. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Kendrick lined a ball into right field. Rollins scored easily and Carl Crawford barely beat the throw home, giving the Dodgers the 6-5 walkoff victory. The loss overshadowed some strong performances by Seattle. Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the season in the first inning, and Nelson Cruz added his fifth in the next at-bat. Cruz has now homered in each of the last four games.  The Mariners have the day off Thursday, and will look to right the ship against the Texas Rangers on Friday.   ADAM JONES DOES IT ALL IN O'S WIN Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is off to a blazing start this season. In 32 plate appearances, the 29-year-old is hitting a blazing .429 with four home runs. He was at it again Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Jones wasted no time getting to work. In the top of the first inning, Jones made a running catch to rob Chase Headley of an extra base hit. That success in the field carried over to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Jones kicked off the scoring with a solo home run. He would plate another run in the third inning with a sac fly.  [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] Jones finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI.  He wasn't the only Oriole who put in work during the contest. Miguel Gonzalez pitched a great game, striking out 10 over seven strong innings. He allowed just one run. Kevin Gausman struggled in relief, causing Buck Showalter to turn to closer Zach Britton a little earlier than usual. Britton was able work out of the jam, tossing a perfect 1 1/3 innings en route to his first multi-inning save.  STEVEN SOUZA JR. DOMINATES IN RAYS' VICTORY It was a big day for Tampa Bay Rays' rookie Steven Souza Jr. The 25-year-old showed why the Rays felt comfortable dealing Wil Myers during the offseason during Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Souza made his presence felt early, hitting a mammoth home run in the first inning. The blast was measured at an impressive 463 feet.  Intrepid reporting by #Rays PR man Rick Vaughn finds Souza homer hit top of sign on facing of third deck at Rogers Centre — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 14, 2015 Souza wasn't done just yet. With the game tied 2-2, he singled to lead off the eighth inning. Souza would steal second, and advance to third on a throwing error. He would score the eventual game-winning run on a sac fly later in the inning.  Souza finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI. He came into the game hitting just .158, so the multi-hit game was encouraging. NEW-LOOK PADRES CONTINUE TO HIT Looks like general manager A.J. Preller's offseason plan to acquire hitting is going to work out. The San Diego Padres continued to be an offensive force, picking up the 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. [ Get last-minute Fantasy Baseball advice on the Grandstanding podcast. ] The new additions were at it again during the contest. Matt Kemp drove in one run and scored two, Justin Upton hit his second home run of the season and Derek Norris knocked in a run on an RBI double.  After finishing dead last in runs scored last season, the Padres currently rank ninth with 35 runs scored in nine games. The advanced stats agree thus far, as the team ranks seventh with a 116 wRC+.  It's only been nine games, of course, but it looks like San Diego may have finally found some hitters who can overcome the dimensions of Petco Park.   Want to see the rest of Tuesday's MLB action? Check out  our scoreboard .   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Red Sox outlast the Yankees in 19-inning marathon (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats . If you love weird baseball, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees had you covered on Friday night and well into Saturday morning. In a game that lasted 19 innings, required 17 pitchers and 628 total pitches, and even included a 16-minute delay after a small power outage in the stadium, the Red Sox finally emerged with a 6-5 victory. To be honest, everyone who made it through the game — players, writers and fans included — should be considered heroes to some degree, but the headlines belong to Mookie Betts, who's 19th-inning sacrifice fly provided the difference, with an honorable mention to Xander Bogaerts , who not only scored the winning run, but had four consecutive singles in extra innings alone.   [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Of course, just to get to 19 innings requires a lot of, well, it requires a mish-mosh of pretty much everything that makes baseball the lovely game it is. This game was no different, but here are just a few of the more random or interesting occurrences, beginning with this remarkable truth about Mark Teixeira.  Mark Teixeira was 34 when this game began. He's now 35. #TrueStory — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 11, 2015 In case you're wondering, Teixeira was still clean shaven after the game.   Teixeira celebrated his birthday with a game-tying home run leading off the 16th inning, which was one of the three last chance rallies mounted by the Yankees. The game-tying homer was the latest hit by a Yankees player in 75 years.   The official time of game was sixhours, 49 minutes. That left both teams with ten hours, 55 minutes to get ready for Saturday's scheduled game, which begins at 1:05 ET.  While Xander Bogaerts  had four singles in extra innings, Mike Napoli struck out four times after the ninth inning. Overall, Napoli was 0-for-8.  Final pitchers Steven Wright and Esmil Rogers combined to throw 159 pitches, which is just 25 less than starting pitchers Wade Miley and Nathan Eovaldi threw.  The only thing this game was missing was a position player on the mound. We suggest you stay tuned on Saturday though. If it's shaping up as a blowout, the losing side might happily save their bullpen.  MARK BUEHRLE GETS 200TH WIN Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today's world of advanced stats and metrics, it's still worth acknowledging milestones such as the one accomplished by Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle on Friday. In Toronto's 12-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, Buehrle picked up his 200th career win, making him just the 112th pitcher in MLB history to reach that mark. Buehrle, who's starting his third season with the Blue Jays, pitched six innings of two-run ball to pick up the victory. It's his 26th win since joining Toronto. He won 161 over 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, and added 13 more for the Miami Marlins in 2012. That's career victory No. 200 for Mark Buehrle. He's the fourth active pitcher to reach that total. #BlueJays — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 10, 2015 Tim Hudson (214), CC Sabathia (208) and Bartolo Colon (205) are the other active pitchers in that group. But that's not the only select company he belongs to. Buehrle is the second pitcher to record career victory No. 200 in a #BlueJays uniform. Roger Clemens is the other. — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 10, 2015 Getting to 300 is very unlikely, but Buehrle could move into the top 50 if he reaches 246. BILLY HAMILTON STEALS WIN FOR REDS The Cincinnati Reds are having quite the opening week at the Great American Ballpark. Coming off back-to-back walkoff victories on Wednesday and Thursday, the Reds continued their roll and improved to 4-0 on Friday with a thrilling 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals .  [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West  |  AL West ] In this case, the winning run came around to score in the eighth inning, and it was done almost exclusively on the legs of Billy Hamilton. With out one, Hamilton drew a walk and then stole second base. That took the bat out of the hands of Joey Votto, who had homered twice earlier in the game. He was intentionally walked, but Hamilton soon advanced to third on a wild pitch. From there, Todd Frazier delivered him home with a sacrifice fly  that provided the difference.  A'S CONTINUE ODD SCORING PATTERN To say the Oakland A's offense has been all or nothing through five games would be an understatement. Coming off their 12-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday, they've now alternated blowout victories with almost non-existent performances at the plate.  It all started with an 8-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday. On Tuesday, they fell 3-1 before rebounding to win 10-0 on Wednesday. On Thursday, they lost 10-1, to split the series with  Texas, which led to Friday's reemergence.  If the pattern stays true on Saturday, the A's aren't going to do much against Seattle left-hander JA Happ. On Sunday, however, they would be due to light up Felix Hernandez and Seattle's bullpen to the tune of 14-0. In other words, don't expect the pattern to continue. It's just one of those opening week oddities.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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