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Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates his two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants with Nick Ahmed (13) during the sixth inning of an Opening Day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 02, 2017 - 8:05 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener Sunday. Derailed by a dreadful bullpen last year, the Giants started this...
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San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence waits to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of an Opening Day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 02, 2017 - 8:01 pm
Leave it to Madison Bumgarner to get baseball off to a smashing start. Before the World Series champion Chicago Cubs took the field and after the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight opener, Bumgarner struck. The San Francisco ace, known for his dominant pitching in October, provided an...
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws the first pitch of the season during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 02, 2017 - 6:35 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitch by pitch, Chris Archer set the tone for what he and the Tampa Bay Rays hope will be a bounce-back year. Not such a good start for Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. Archer pitched seven solid innings, and the Rays roughed up Tanaka on the way to beating New...
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws the first pitch of the season during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 02, 2017 - 4:58 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer pitched seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Rays won the first game of the new Major League Baseball season, roughing up Masahiro Tanaka and beating the New York Yankees 7-3 Sunday. Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered and drove in three runs apiece...
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The Chicago Cubs celebrate a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros in an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
April 02, 2017 - 2:48 am
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ OPENING DAY Chris Archer is set to throw the first pitch of the 2017 season when Tampa Bay hosts the Yankees at Tropicana Field. An All-Star in 2015, Archer wound up with 19 losses last year, tied with James Shields for most in the majors...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer, right, throws to Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, April 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 01, 2017 - 7:29 pm
The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals took a memorable tour of the U.S. Naval Academy before engaging in one last inconsequential baseball game prior to opening day. Playing within the guarded walls of the academy on Navy's home diamond, the Nationals and Boston played to a 4-4 tie Saturday...
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Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus (1) scores a run as Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) fails to control the ball at home during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
April 01, 2017 - 6:34 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers finished spring training strong. Adrian Beltre didn't. Beltre will go on the disabled list to begin his 20th major league season, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said after Texas beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 to end the teams' exhibition schedule on...
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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant throws out Houston Astros' George Springer during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
April 01, 2017 - 3:42 pm
Dexter Fowler is going to have a bunch of old friends on hand for his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals. The rivalry between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begins a new chapter in prime time on Sunday. The Cubs are the new kings of baseball, coming off their first World Series title since 1908,...
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San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence singles against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 31, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 01, 2017 - 2:13 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — One of the best rotations in baseball could carry the San Francisco Giants a long way this season, especially with the addition of a much-needed, albeit expensive closer. The ace of that powerful staff, Madison Bumgarner, gets the opening day start Sunday against Arizona in the debut...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Bray Wyatt is upended by his opponent, The Undertaker, at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. The WWE is set for its annual sports entertainment extravaganza Sunday, April 1, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. John Cena, the Undertaker, the Miz and the Bella Twins all have big matches on the show. (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)
April 01, 2017 - 11:50 am
The World Series never would have a 52-year-old pitch in Game 7. But Major League Baseball doesn't have a dead man like the Undertaker. Could a 50-year-old NBA star return after a 13-year layoff and become the MVP in the Finals? No, but the NBA didn't sign Bill Goldberg. Imagine a hot NFL prospect...
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