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4/18/2014 | Yost says Butler needs to find timing at plate

Billy Butler's season-launching slump caught everyone by surprise, including Royals manager Ned Yost. Before Friday night's game against the Twins, Yost was asked if he'd seen anything like it from Butler.

4/18/2014 | A's launch four homers in thrashing of Astros

The A's showed no mercy to their Friday night houseguests, scoring seven times off the Astros in the first inning, more than enough runs for Sonny Gray to play with in an 11-3 victory in the three-game series opener.

4/18/2014 | Call at first overturned on Yanks' challenge

The Yankees successfully challenged a call at first base involving Ichiro Suzuki in the second inning of Friday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

4/18/2014 | Twins say Bartlett leaning toward retirement

Veteran shortstop Jason Bartlett has informed the Twins that he is contemplating retirement. Assistant general manager Rob Antony said the club didn't have a hint that Bartlett might be thinking about retirement when he recently reported to Class A Advanced Fort Myers for a rehab assignment.

4/18/2014 | Refreshed Abreu set to make adjustments

In the throes of a 1-for-25 slump after Friday's series opener against the Rangers, Jose Abreu understands that his success is predicated on making adjustments to counter adjustments already made by opposing pitchers.

4/18/2014 | Boesch back in Detroit after getting called up

Angels outfielder Brennan Boesch was a big part of the Tigers from 2010-12, playing in a combined 380 games while posting a .259/.315/.414 slash line.

4/18/2014 | Former first-rounder Jeffress returns to Brewers

The Brewers have re-signed former first-round Draft pick Jeremy Jeffress to a Minor League contract, marking a fresh start for a pitcher whose first tenure with the organization included two suspensions and trouble with seizures.

4/18/2014 | Herrera making most of brief stint with Brewers

Two or three days in the big leagues are better than none, Brewers utility man Elian Herrera said Friday. Herrera, the last position player cut in Spring Training, hustled to Pittsburgh on Thursday after the Brewers placed first baseman Lyle Overbay on the paternity list.

4/18/2014 | Iwakuma pleased after passing another test

An ailing Mariners starting rotation got one step closer to regaining an All-Star on Friday afternoon. Hisashi Iwakuma threw a simulated game of 35 pitches to live batters for the first time, and the right-hander included everything from his repertoire.

4/18/2014 | Farrell appeals to umpires, who overturn call

Red Sox manager John Farrell had been 0-for-3 in challenging calls this season, including one on the first pitch of Friday night's game, but he finally got a call to go in his favor.

4/18/2014 | Recovering Ramos takes five swings with bat

Catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on the disabled list because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand, began gripping the bat and took five dry swings on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Tex on target for Sunday; roster ramifications unclear

Mark Teixeira singled in five Minor League at-bats on Friday and is moving closer to being activated by the Yankees, who are planning on having him in the lineup on Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

4/18/2014 | Harrison set to make third rehab assignment

Matt Harrison, on the disabled list while recovering from last year's back surgery, will make his third rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Saturday night and will take a simple approach to the outing.

4/18/2014 | Pirates acquire Davis in exchange for Thornton

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Perez shuts out White Sox in opening rout

The Rangers, behind the pitching of Martin Perez, recorded their fifth shutout of the season, as well their fourth consecutive victory, with a 12-0 pounding of the White Sox on Friday night.

4/18/2014 | Matheny talks leadership at U.S. Department of State

Manager Mike Matheny accepted an invitation to speak to the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State on Friday as part of its speaker series to promote the development and practice of leadership.

4/18/2014 | Papi, Gomes expect emotional Patriots' Day

As it has been for most of the week throughout the Greater Boston area, this weekend will be an emotional time for many remembering the anniversary of the tragedies of last year's Boston Marathon and the events that followed. Fenway Park will be no different.

4/18/2014 | 'Lucky' Beltran rests; MRI negative

Carlos Beltran had an MRI exam on his left shoulder and his right wrist after tumbling over a short wall in right field during Thursday's 10-2 Yankees victory over the Rays. The tests were negative, but the outfielder said that he is feeling sore.

4/18/2014 | Former Angel Hunter still mentoring Trout

Mike Trout and Torii Hunter, an Angel from 2008-12 and Trout's biggest mentor as he established himself in the big leagues, still talk about three times a week.

4/18/2014 | Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth

By starting for the Rays on Friday night, Erik Bedard became the 21st starting pitcher used by the Rays since 2008, the fewest of any team in baseball. (The Giants are second with 24.)

4/18/2014 | With hard work, Volquez finding his stride

The reclamation of Edinson Volquez is starting to pay dividends for the Pirates. Volquez was signed in the offseason to a one-year, $5 million contract with the hopes that pitching coach Ray Searage could help him return to the form he flashed in his first year in Cincinnati in 2008.

4/18/2014 | Hurdle thinks Martin's well-suited for two-spot

Catcher Russell Martin was moved back into the second spot in the batting order, and the Pirates' offense perked up with 11 runs on Thursday night against Milwaukee. "It worked out great," manager Clint Hurdle said.

4/18/2014 | Freese pulled from lineup with tightness in right quad

Angels third baseman David Freese was scratched from the lineup on Friday, hours before the series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Freese is experiencing tightness in his right quad, an injury manager Mike Scioscia doesn't deem serious.

4/18/2014 | Miggy's numbers at 31 mirror Aaron's

Miguel Cabrera celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday, giving rise to comparisons with Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

4/18/2014 | Holt called up, Roberts designated for assignment

The Red Sox recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.

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