CHICAGO — He wanted to start Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, but Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had to settle for coming in late Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The plan was to get one more day for a cortisone shot in his inflamed left wrist to take effect, but first baseman Mike Napoli dislocated his finger sliding into second in the ninth and needed to leave the game. Pedroia, who ran for Napoli, stayed in the game to play the field. Pedroia, who had an MRI done on the wrist in Boston during the Red Sox’s off-day Monday, is expected to rejoin the starting lineup Wednesday after no fractures were discovered.

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Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks. While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count. Selig called the rollout ”remarkable” but wouldn’t say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.

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The Red Sox are off to a 5-8 record early in the season. Steve Buckley and Dan Shaughnessy join Sports Tonight to give their take. Buckley believes the record isn’t what the Red Sox should be worried about right now.

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Precautionary X-rays taken catcher Brian McCann’s right hand on Sunday night were negative, the team announced.

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Mets look to move past Colon’s homer-filled outing

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David Ortiz was the talk of the sports world last week when he snapped the now infamous selfie with President Barack Obama during the Boston Red Sox visit to the White House. The photo caused quite a stir, because, well, it’s a selfie with the President. But there was also an initial report that the whole thing was a paid promotional stunt encouraged by Samsung, who Ortiz currently has an endorsement deal with.
Both Ortiz and Samsung quickly denied that being the case and the story pretty much faded away in recent days. That was, until “Saturday Night Live” revived the whole ordeal with a spoof skit of David Ortiz during their “Weekend Update” segment.
Actor Kenan Thompson played the role of Ortiz and did a tremendous job capturing Ortiz’s personality. He’s boisterous. He’s a little all over the place and a lot over the top. But he’s one-hundred percent entertaining, exactly like Ortiz.
It even got a thumbs up from Ortiz himself, who tweeted the following endorsement on Sunday afternoon.
Have to give a shout out to #KeenanThompson for that skit on @nbcsnl I know my girl @TheRealDratch would approve http://t.co/Ool8LdNJVN
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 13, 2014
Among the topics covered in the just under four-minute skit:
• The selfie, of course. The segment even closes with “Ortiz” and anchor Colin Jost taking their own selfie.
• His payment from Samsung.
• How to properly pronounce Samsung.
• And his “other” promotional deals.
The only thing was missing was an appearance from Jay Pharoah as President Obama, but it was a fun and hilarious segment nonetheless.
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If every game had a storybook ending, the Los Angeles Angels would have defeated the New York Mets on Saturday night. It all set up so perfectly. 41-year-old Raul Ibanez, who has established a reputation in recent years as one of baseball’s great clutch hitters in the late innings, stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with the Angels down three runs, the tying runs on base and two outs. The ultimate clutch situation, and to add to the drama Ibanez was sitting on 1,999 career hits.
Naturally, Ibanez delivered a game-tying home run off Jose Valverde, because he always seems to hold up his end of the bargain. Just ask the 2012 Yankees during the postseason.
His 2,000th hit – a game-tying home run in the ninth. The Angels are destined to win that game. Only they didn’t. When the dust finally settled in the 13th inning, the Mets were victorious 7-6 on Anthony Recker’s solo home run.
Former starter John Lannan picked up his first win as a reliever, though starter Jonathan Niese probably deserved it after throwing seven and one-third innings of three run ball. Meanwhile, a struggling Jered Weaver got off the hook after allowing four runs in six and two-thirds innings. He walked four.
YANKEES SMACK FIVE BIG FLIES: The New York Yankees are making up for lost time after going without a home run in their first five games. On Saturday, the team muscled up for five round trippers in their 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox , including the first two of the season from free agent acquisition Brian McCann.
McCann’s first blast came on a first pitch fastball from John Lackey leading off the fourth. The no doubt moonshot reached the second deck in right field at Yankee Stadium and broke a 2-2 tie. Two innings later, McCann connected for another solo homer that provided an important insurance run for New York. Carlos Beltran, who started the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson also contributed to the breakout game.
Interesting to note: The Yankees did it with a lineup that featured only one holdover from April 2013. That player being Brett Gardner.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH: The beat rolls on for the Milwaukee Brewers, who topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 at Miller Park to secure their eighth consecutive victory. The Brewers improved upon their major league best record, which now sits at 9-2. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the only team with eight wins (to go with four losses), so Milwaukee is guaranteed to carry that mark beyond the weekend.
And it’s no fluke either. Milwaukee’s +25 run differential is also the best in MLB.
All-star center fielder Carlos Gomez got the scoring started on Saturday with a leadoff homer in the first, but it wasn’t until Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI single in the eighth that they were able to put the game away. Starter Yovani Gallardo, who entered with 12 and two-thirds scoreless innings to begin the season, allowed two runs over six innings but ended up with a no-decision.
RED-LIGHTED AGAIN: The Cincinnati Reds offense is having all kinds of trouble getting out of the blocks this season, and that continued in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays .
According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer , the Reds were involved in four 1-0 games last season at the Great American Ballpark and won three of those. In five home games this season, there have already been three 1-0 games, and the Reds have lost two of those.
It’s likely a temporary power outage with guys like Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce sure to break out on any given day. But give credit where it’s due on Saturday to Rays starter Alex Cobb. In seven innings, he allowed four hits and struck out five.
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Derek Jeter was given the day off today after playing the series opener against the Red Sox last night at Yankee Stadium. While Yankees manager Joe Girardi understands that fans came to the ballpark expecting Jeter to be in the lineup and are likely disappointed to see him on the bench, he told Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com that his first priority is to keep Jeter healthy for the long haul. As it should be.

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So far, so good for Grady Sizemore in his comeback bid with the Boston Red Sox. The 31-year-old outfielder has been among Boston’s most consistent players early in the season, and on Friday night was its most valuable as his three-run sixth inning homer off former teammate CC Sabathia capped a four-run inning and led the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees .
The home run came in support of Jon Lester, who allowed two earned runs over six and two-thirds innings to notch his first victory of the season despite a solid 2.57 ERA. Afterwards, it seemed Sizemore’s focus was on just that, supporting Lester and delivering that one key hit he needed to finally find some breathing room on the hill.
“Good to have a rally there in that inning,” Sizemore said. ”We’ve kind of struggled with Jon on the mound. It’s nice to pick him up and get some runs for him.”
With that attitude and some decent production to go with it, Sizemore won’t have any trouble winning over his new teammates. In fact, it seems he’s already well on his way.
David Ross on Grady Sizemore: “He’s been a big pickup for us, … and he’s easy on the eyes.”
— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 12, 2014
Sizemore concluded the night hitting 333/.394/.600 with two homers over nine games. Numbers he’ll obviously struggle to sustain, but well beyond what Boston could have hoped for early on.
The only downside for Boston: Edward Mujica picked up the save as manager John Farrell reports regular closer Koji Uehara experienced minor stiffness during pregame warm ups. He’s considered day-to-day.
PHILLIES BREAK OUT AGAINST JOSE FERNANDEZ: Facing Miami’s 21-year-old phenom isn’t the best recipe for breaking a four-game losing streak, but that’s exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies did in their 6-3 win on Friday night . Philadelphia was able to strike quickly, which is always important against baseball’s best hurlers. A two-spot in the first inning keyed by Marlon Byrd’s RBI double got the offense rolling and Fernandez’s pitch count up. They continued wearing him down in the third, scoring one more on Ryan Howard’s bases loaded walk. Then they applied the finishing touches in the fifth, breaking through for three more.
It was an unlikely but noteworthy outburst because it was the first time Fernandez has allowed more than three earned runs in a start since last May 27 against the Tampa Bay Rays, a stretch covering 22 starts. It had been since July 7 that he allowed more than two earned runs. Both quite impressive. It was also the first time in 17 starts that Fernandez has allowed more than five hits. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark , that’s the longest such streak over the last 100 years.
The kid is special, but the Phillies obviously had his number on Friday.
ONE-HIT WONDER: Andrew Cashner was a popular pick for a true breakout season in 2014. You’ll have a difficult time convincing the Detroit Tigers it’s not in the cards after the 27-year-old right-hander shut them out on one hit in the Padres 6-0 victory . It’s actually the second one-hitter in Cashner’s 35 career starts, which should deeply concern San Diego’s foes in the NL West. The other came last Sept 16. against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The only blemish keeping Cashner from history was Rajai Davis’ bloop single just out of the reach of second baseman Jedd Gyorko with one-out in the sixth. That snapped a string of 14 straight batters retired after Miguel Cabrera reached on a Chase Headley error in the first inning. Cashner capped the outstanding effort with a career-high 11 strikeouts.
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MADISON BUMGARNER SLAMS HIS WAY TO VICTORY: San Francisco’s opening day starter took charge on both sides of the field in leading the Giants to a 6-5 victory at AT&T Park .
After spotting the Colorado Rockies an early three run lead, Bumgarner got San Francisco on the board with a third inning sacrifice fly that fell just a few feet shy of being a two-run homer. In his next at-bat two innings later, Bumgarner found the extra few feet and then some, clearing the wall by plenty for his third career home. And to make things even better, this time the bases were loaded, giving Bumgarner five RBIs on the night and the Giants a three run lead of their own.
That would prove important later as Colorado chipped away against the Giants bullpen. However, in the ninth, Sergio Romo shut things down quickly to preserve the win.
With the win, Bumgarner improves to 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA. And with the slam, he may move himself into consideration for pinch-hitting duties. His swing looked that good.
By the way, this was the first grand slam by a pitcher since Travis Wood hit one for the Chicago Cubs last May, so probably not as long ago as you thought.
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Michael Pineda is only the latest in a long line of pitchers suspected of nefarious conduct on the mound.

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