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. The New York Yankees had scored 17 runs in their first five games of 2015, a stretch in which they went 1-4 and never scored more than five in a single contest. Then, Sunday night, as they played the rival Boston Red Sox on national TV, one loss away from a series sweep, the Yankees’ bats came alive. It was more like an outburst, actually. The Yankees scored 14 runs (nearly a season’s worth for them at this point), beating the Red Sox by 10. Front and center was Alex Rodriguez, who had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double in the first inning.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Yankees scored a total of seven runs in the first inning, pretty much putting the game out of reach right away. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew both homered in the first inning as well, turning Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into a punching bag. He looked great for Boston on opening day, not allowing a run in seven innings. On Sunday night, that seemed like all he was doing. He allowed nine earned runs (plus another unearned) in 3 1/3 innings, turning a nice blank ERA into an ugly 7.84. “I think overall it’s good to see one through nine come out and get some good at-bats, get some hits,” Rodriguez said after the game. “I think this is a game that we needed.” The Yankees offense made it so starter Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t the story. There have been questions about his elbow and whether he needs Tommy John surgery. Tanaka’s velocity was down in his first start. Take away all this Yankees offense, and there’d be more scrutiny for Tanaka. He wasn’t spectacular, but did enough to fly under the radar and get the win. He threw 97 pitches in five innings, giving up three earned runs and allowing four hits.  DEXTER FOWLER LIFTS CUBS IN THE NINTH The Chicago Cubs went into the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies down 5-3, but they got a big lift from one of their newest players. Dexter Fowler, acquired in an offseason trade with the Houston Astros, hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth. Welington Castillo had driven in a run prior to Fowler’s at-bat, cutting the lead to one. Then Fowler delivered off Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins for the Cubs’ third win of the young season. TIGERS, ROYALS STAY UNDEFEATED If we continue at this rate, things will be really interesting when the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet on April 30. The AL Central foes are the last two defeated teams in MLB after Sunday’s action. The high-powered Tigers got a 4-for-4 day from Miguel Cabrera (including two homers) as they beat the Cleveland Indians 8-5 . Meanwhile, the Royals pounded 14 hits in their 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Both teams are now 6-0. The Atlanta Braves hadn’t lost before Sunday, but fell 4-3 to the New York Mets. Next up: The Royals are on the road in Minnesota, while the Tigers travel to Pittsburgh for a series. NELSON CRUZ IS A HERO AGAIN FOR MARINERS For the second day in a row , new Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz helped his team beat the Oakland Athletics in the late innings. On Saturday, Cruz hit an eighth-inning, go-ahead homer. On Sunday, he pulled off his magic in extra innings, launching a 10th inning homer as Seattle won 8-7 . Not all was joyous for the M’s, though. Ace Felix Hernandez left the game in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right quad. The Mariners called it a precaution. Want to see the rest of Sunday’s MLB action? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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If your internet is broken, blame Bartolo Colon. The New York Mets right-hander, who’s become more famous for his entertainingly awkward at-bats than his exemplary pitching skills since moving to the National League on a full-time basis last season, delivered the 13th hit of his 18-year career on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. But this wasn’t just any basehit. It was a Bartolo Colon special, complete with the flying helmet as Colon followed through on his mighty swing. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The baseball itself traveled about 140 feet in the air as Colon dropped it over the Braves drawn-in infield. Under normal circumstances, it’s an easy catch for the second baseman. Under these circumstances, which saw a runner on third base with one out, it’s a perfectly acceptable RBI hit, which at the time gave the Mets a one-run lead. 

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In one of the classic games of their long and illustrious rivalry, the first meeting of the season between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees lasted nearly 7 hours and extended into the 19th inning early Saturday. Boston took a 6-5 lead in the 19th on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts. Xander Bogaerts scored after reaching on his fourth hit of extra innings. Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira hit tying home runs for the Yankees in a game interrupted by a power outage for 16 minutes in the 12th.

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The first game of the season between the Red Sox and Yankees was one to remember – for anyone still awake at the end. In the latest classic matchup of their long and illustrious rivalry, Boston finally outlasted New York 6-5 in 19 innings early Saturday when the game-ending double play was turned at 2:13 a.m. After squandering leads in the ninth, 16th and 18th, Boston at last went ahead for good on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts. Xander Bogaerts scored the decisive run after reaching on his fourth hit in extra innings. ”It’s a testament to the will and the resiliency of this team,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

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If you thought sitting through the entire 19-inning game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees on Friday night into Saturday morning made for a long time at the ballpark, check out this story about four friends from Binghamton, N.Y, who were apparently bored long before the ninth inning even rolled around. Bored enough, according to NJ.com , that they actually started freely throwing away their money from their upper seats to the fans seated below. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] According to NJ.com’s Brendon Kuty, Clark Giblin, Patrick Hunter, John Koniuto and Ryan Mead threw about $20 in singles from their section 300 seats into the Delta Sky 360 Suites around the third and fourth innings. They continued doing so for about an hour, when Yankee Stadium security asked them to stop    It’s not high quality video, but there they were in action. As for an explanation.  “They were doing so bad, we had to entertain ourselves somehow,” Ryan Mead said. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] Granted, it did take the Yankees until the fourth inning to get their first hit against Wade Miley, but it was still only 1-0 at the point. And really, up until that point, the game was moving at a pretty decent pace. Although that would obviously change by the time the 19th-inning rolled around.  What we’re trying to say is, the game was never really boring, and certainly never boring enough to start throwing away money. But Mead, who says he’s done this before at Yankee Stadium, obviously disagrees and apparently would have continued doing it had security now stepped in.  “We’re not hurting anyone,” he said. Alright then. It’s his money, mostly, so perhaps we should just congratulate those who walked away $1 richer.  By the way, there’s no word in the story about whether or not the four friends lasted the entire game. If they did, then perhaps they got their money’s worth. Then again, the Yankees losing may have drove them to completely empty out their wallets on the almost entirely empty seats below.  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

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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 six hours, 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 Sabahia (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-existant 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 remergence.  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

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For Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, Josh Lifrak is just like hitting coach John Mallee or pitching coach Chris Bosio. Lifrak is the director of the team’s mental skills program, while Mallee and Bosio are two key members of Joe Maddon’s coaching staff. While Hoyer looks at each of them in a similar way, he also knows what that means in terms of a shift in thinking when it comes to mental health and major league baseball. I think now it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t understand that your mental skills coach is no different than a hitting coach or a pitching coach.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT IT Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is off to a rough start as a rookie manager. His Twins are 0-3 after getting swept in Detroit, and the only run they scored was unearned. RIVALRY RENEWED The first meeting of the season between the Red Sox and Yankees features a pair of pitchers new to the old rivalry. TRY FOR THREE Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez could extend his own peculiar streak when he starts at Philadelphia.

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Jeff Francoeur wanted to stick around baseball badly enough that he even tried pitching in the minors. Francoeur hit a three-run homer, Aaron Harang took a one-hitter into the seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello 4-2 Wednesday night. ”It was nice,” Francoeur said of circling the bases. ”It was a lot of hard work last year, makes you appreciate being back here and you don’t want to miss the opportunity.” Making his Red Sox debut after signing an $82.5 million, four-year contract through 2019, Porcello (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

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After launching five home runs in the Dodgers’ first three games, Adrian Gonzalez declared: “I’m still not a home-run hitter.”

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