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A-Rod's sizzling start

Why has Alex Rodriguez been so hot to start the season? Buster Olney isn't exactly sure, but at this pace A-Rod is setting himself up for quite a summer.

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Friday's power rankings

The standout performances from MLB games on Friday, including Mike Trout making history -- again.

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A-Rod confident and dangerous (1:15)

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Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox deny O's

Xander Bogaerts' walk-off single in the ninth inning lifted the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles in an AL East showdown.

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What to make of A-Rod's hot start
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Writes Buster Olney: "He continues to be a mystery: Not only is he hitting better than expected, and not only is he the Yankees' best hitter of the early season, but he has been among the best hitters in the majors." The takeaway (Insider)

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Kris Bryant batting fourth today
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The spring training sensation will hit in the cleanup slot again when the Cubs face the Padres today. Bryant was 0-for-4 with 3 K's in his MLB debut Friday.

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4/18 vs. BAL: Holt CF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Ramirez LF, Sandoval 3B, Napoli 1B, Victorino RF, Bogaerts SS, Hanigan C, Buchholz RHP

Alcides Escobar day-to-day
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The Royals IF has a sprained knee after Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid into second late with a high cleat Friday. Said Lawrie: "I wish him all the best and there was zero intention of ever wanting to hurt him. Even the thought of that would never cross my mind."

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Stanton: No 'fire' for Marlins
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After homering for the second straight game, Giancarlo Stanton called out his team for a lack of intensity. "The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you're out there and it's game time, it's just nothing there."

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Age just a number for A-Rod

According to Elias, the Yankees DH/1B became the eighth player 39 or older to hit at least four home runs in his team's first 10 games, and he's now hit four homers in the first 10 games three times in his career.

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Rangers' Moreland has elbow injury
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First baseman/DH Mitch Moreland could miss two weeks if he continues feeling discomfort, GM Jon Daniels said. "It's a freak thing," Moreland said of the injury.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Rival evaluator referred to Ender Inciarte as "the Brett Gardner of the West" because of his skill set. 11 runs/.435 OBP/11 games so far.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Giants were shut out by D-backs & have lost 8 straight games, 2nd-longest April losing streak by any defending champion.

OTD: Longest game in baseball history
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On this date in 1981, the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings began the record 33-inning game. After the game was halted at 4:09 a.m. on April 19, the game resumed June 23, where Dave Koza got the winning hit for the Sox.

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Mike Trout hit his 100th career HR. At 23 years, 253 days, he is the youngest player to 100 career HR and stolen bases in MLB history

Happy 32nd birthday, Miguel Cabrera!
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The Tigers slugger has started the season batting .439 with two homers and 9 RBIs in 10 games. The 9-1 Tigers take on the White Sox today at 1 p.m. ET, and we bet Miggy is looking for a birthday W.

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Trout joins 100-100 club
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Mike Trout hit his 100th and 101st career home runs on Friday, making him the youngest player in MLB history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. Trout is 56 days younger than Alex Rodriguez was when he reached the 100-100 club.

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O's relievers can't get it together
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Ubaldo Jimenez was cruising against the Red Sox on Friday before he got ejected for throwing at Pablo Sandoval. His replacements weren't quite able to replicate his success, and the O's lost.

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ICYMI: Pillar's incredible diving grab
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Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is becoming a regular in Web Gems. You have to check out how much ground he covered on this diving grab Friday night.

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Giants' Javier Lopez is the ring king
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When the Giants receive their championship rings in today's pregame ceremony, the reliever will be the only current player in MLB with four rings. Said Lopez: "Jeter leaving helped." Derek Jeter had five rings before retiring.

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Most multiple HR games: Babe Ruth: 72 Barry Bonds: 71 Sammy Sosa: 69 Mark McGwire: 67 Willie Mays: 63 Hank Aaron: 62 Alex Rodriguez: 61

Garrett Richards ready to return

The Angels RHP (left knee surgery) could make his season debut as early as Sunday, though Monday or Tuesday are also options. Said Richards: "The knee feels good. It's responding well. I've gotten up to 100 pitches twice now. ... I don't think I have any more things to check off the list."

Jake Peavy to have back examined
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The Giants starter gave up 4 runs and 8 hits in 3 2/3 innings Friday but wouldn't blame the poor outing on a stiff back. The back will require "a little treatment," Peavy said, adding, "I was plety good enough to be out there. I have to help my team more than I did tonight."

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Yasiel Puig says he'll play tonight

The Dodgers OF has missed 3 straight games with a hamstring injury, and although manager Don Mattingly doesn't think he'll play tonight, Puig thinks differently, telling the LA Times in Spanish on Friday: "One more day."