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Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks — If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia.

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Mattingly deftly manages deep Dodgers roster — Dodgers rookie infielder Alex Guerrero is hitting .474. He has to play, right? It can't be that complicated, can it? I mean, it just can't be. Hey, there's nothing easier -- or more enjoyable -- than telling another guy how to run his baseball team.

Amazin' run by Mets is just that -- amazing — When a team is playing baseball the way the Mets are playing it right now, the whole thing begins to feel magical. Guess what? That's exactly what it is. There's just no other explanation. Sports is like that sometimes. It won't last forever. Who cares? Enjoy the ride as long as it lasts, fellas.

Overlooked in the DH debate? The NL doesn't want it. — Amid the annual discussion about making the designated hitter rule universal in both the National and American league, one teensy point seems constantly to be overlooked. The National League does not want it. Not now. Not in the foreseeable future. Could that stance change, say, a decade from now? Two decades?

Price incident exemplifies tricky manager-media relationship — And so begins Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver's postgame news conference during the 1986 season. He speaks these words loudly, in a raspy voice. He is not done. "That's what we deserve," he adds, loudly. We scribble in our notebooks. We are relieved.

Don't count out these Giants — Sure, there are reasons to worry. The Giants are 4-10 and in last place in the National League West as they begin a three-game homestead against the Dodgers tonight. Yes, it's early, but the Giants didn't spend a single day in last place in the entire 2014 season.

Astrodome remembered as baseball innovation — And? "And I had," he said. He was an 18-year-old pitcher in 1965, just beginning to pursue his Major League dream. When the Houston Astros returned from Spring Training, the bus rolled in from the airport to give the players a look at their amazing new home.

Grinding Desmond embodies Nats as whole — BOSTON -- Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.

In a flash, Betts shows sky's the limit — He just might be. On Monday afternoon, the day of the home opener at Fenway Park, the 22-year-old outfielder played three of the best innings any baseball player can play. To do it in that setting, amid the pageantry and expectations, underscores that the kid wasn't overwhelmed by the moment.
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Apr 25, 2015

Astros @kidkeuchy 0.62 ERA 1st 4 starts is 2nd-best in franchise history. Roger Clemens 0.32 in 4 starts in 2005 only one better.

Apr 25, 2015

Game suspensions: Yordano Ventura (7), Edison Volquez, Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija (5), Lorenzo Cain and Kelvin Herrera (2) ·

Apr 24, 2015

RT @dclaryjr: @richardjustice We're finally getting Astros baseball on TV in Corpus Christi but something's missing #Milo @CajunQueen44

Apr 24, 2015

Josh Hamilton and the Rangers had a nearly perfect marriage. Will the 2nd act be as successful?…

Apr 24, 2015

He's back. Mark Teixeira 38 multi-homer games. Leads Yanks with 7 HR and has an RBI in 11 of 17 games.

Apr 24, 2015

Michael Pineda has 2 walks, 27 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

Apr 24, 2015

RT @Alden_Gonzalez: .@Sullivan_Ranger is reporting that the #Rangers are working on a deal to reacquire Hamilton.

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