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Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira connects for a pair of two-run homers on Friday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:56 pm ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira connected for a pair of two-run homers Friday in the Yankees' win over the Mets.

Teixeira now has four home runs in his last five games.

His seven homers on the season puts him second in the American League (Nelos Cruz, 8).

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allows three HRs in loss to Yankees
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:55 pm ET) Mets starter Jacob deGrom (2-2) was tagged for six runs, five coming via home runs, on eight hits in five innings on Friday in a loss to the Yankees.

First baseman Mark Teixeira hit two two-run homers and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury added a solo shot off deGrom.

deGrom did not allow a run during his two previous starts, winning both.

deGrom will look to get back on track Thursday against in his next start against the Nationals.

Rays SP Drew Smyly throws 79 pitches in season debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:54 pm ET) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly lasted 4 2/3 innings during his season debut Friday against the Blue Jays. Smyly began the season on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury.

The left-hander allowed two runs on four hits and no walks, while striking out five. He threw 55 of 79 pitches for strikes.

Smyly got off to a great start Friday, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before Devon Travis hit a one-out home run in the fourth inning. Smyly then allowed three straight singles. The last single in the sequence produced another run. 

Smyly was then lifted in the fifth inning after retiring the first two batters. He is schedule to make his next start Wednesday at N.Y. Yankees.


Yankees starter Michael Pineda improves to 3-0 in Friday's win
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:53 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (3-0) allowed one run and struck out in 7 in 7 2/3 innings on Friday to defeat the Mets.

The outing was his longest of the season.

After drawing a no decision in his first start, he's now won three straight starts.

Pineda's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Rays.


A's OF Craig Gentry, hitless, moves down lineup
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:46 pm ET) With Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry more than struggling at the plate to start the year, manager Bob Melvin has decided to try and take some pressure off of him. 

Gentry, normally Oakland's leadoff batter, was moved to eighth in the batting order. Gentry has started the season 0 for 22 with Melvin saying that he'll move back to the top spot once he starts hitting the ball. 

“He’s been struggling some,” Melvin said, via the Bay Area News Group. “Everybody goes through that. It just works on you a little bit more when you start the season that way. Once Gentry gets going again, he’ll be back in the leadoff spot again against left-handers


A's P Jarrod Parker happy with how first rehab start went
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:33 pm ET) Despite giving up a home run and hitting a batter in his first minor-league rehab start, Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker came away with mostly positive thoughts about being back on the mound. 

“I might not have been very sharp," Parker said, via the Bay Area News Group. "My delivery was probably quick, but I was healthy enough to catch up and be where I wanted to be.”

Parker threw 56 pitches in 3 2/3 innings at Class A Stockton on Thursday. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Parker is looking forward to being 100 percent again. 

“Going through it for a second time, it’s not a cake walk, but you’re a little more comfortable with it,” Parker said. “We’re already a year out and everything has gone the way we wanted to go.”


Rockies P Jorge De La Rosa looks to rebound after disastrous first star
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:27 pm ET) Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa got knock around in his first start of the season Monday but says it was just a matter of adjusting his pitch location, reports the Denver Post.

"I left the ball up. I got hit hard. I have to do better," De La Rosa said.

The left hander, who began the season on the disabled list with a groin injury, was tagged for nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just two innings in his 2015 debut.

"He was almost too strong," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The velocity was up. He was trying to go harder and harder and the ball kept getting elevated."

Mets P Jon Niese tossed from game while sitting in dugout
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:25 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jon Niese was ejected in Friday night's game against the Yankees despite not even being in the game. 

Niese apparently said something in the fifth inning that umpire Doug Eddings wasn't OK with. Eddings then motioned toward the dugout that Niese was ejected from the game. This happened during Juan Lagares' at-bat. 

NJ.com posted a vine of the ejection, with Eddings apparently saying, "Hey, I don't wanna hear anymore from you. That's it. You're gone."


Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez still planning to retire after season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:24 pm ET) Even with the Brewers slow start to the season, veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not rethinking his plans to retire after the season, per MLB.com.

"This is going to be my last year, regardless of what happens," Ramirez said. "Regardless of what happens to me and regardless of what happens to the team. That has nothing to do with my decision. I've already made my decision, and this will be my last year."

Ramirez hit his first home run of the season Thursday against the Reds, but he is still batting just .167 through 15 games. 

"It's not working right now," he said, "but all I can do is show up and keep trying."


Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman is going back to school
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:20 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman likes to keep himself busy. 

As if rehabbing a torn ACL wasn't going to take up enough time, Stroman has decided to head back to Duke to work on finishing his degree. On May 4, he'll return to campus to rehab his knee and further his studies. 

"My parents pushed me from a very early age to make sure that it was all academics first," Stroman said, via MLB.com. "I was a kid who wasn't allowed out if I wasn't going to work, or I was the kid studying when everyone else was partying. That's something I always try to preach to everyone I'm around, even high school students now, I always try to gear them towards college."

Stroman played three seasons from 2010-2012 with the Blue Devils before entering the draft. The Blue Jays selected him with the 22nd overall pick, giving Duke its first-ever first-round pick in school history.

Stroman tore his ACL during spring training and decided to go back to Duke shortly after. He said he feels ahead of schedule in his recovery right now. 

Stroman went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season. 


 
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