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Katie Strang 

There was never any doubt in Justin Upton's mind that ball was gone. Tigers OF absolutely crushed a three-run shot to the second deck in left field in the first inning in what seems to be another good sign for the Tigers that his bat is coming around. What's been clicking for him over the past three games? Upton said he's seeing the ball longer than he was before, letting it get to the zone and making the decisions from there. "That always helps," he said.

Katie Strang 

Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who boasts a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA in the month of April, was outstanding again today, though the Tigers have more or less come to expect that by now: "We have yet to be disappointed when he has taken the mound," manager Brad Ausmus said. Zimmermann has shown a real sense of confidence in his slider, even when he makes a mistake with it, as he did on the Byung Ho Park HR, and that has served him well. The 29-year-old WI native is relishing this stretch to start the 2016 season with his new team: "It's been a fun run and I'm pitching probably as best I've pitched ever in my career."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers will scramble their starting rotation a bit next week. Scott Kazmir and Alex Wood will pitch at Tampa. Kenta Maeda was moved to next weekend's series at Toronto to face the right-handed heavy Jays lineup. The Dodgers are taking advantage of two off days next week to find matchups they prefer.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees got some "tough love" from manager Joe Girardi after Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox. According to a source, Girardi addressed his team in a voice loud enough to be heard outside the steel door of the Fenway Park visitors clubhouse. Girardi's agitation with his team, which has lost 3 in a row, 7 of their last 10 and sits in last place in the AL East with an 8-13 record, was confirmed by a player and a coach, neither of whom would speak on the record. Asked for specifics, one of the clubhouse sources shrugged and said, "We've been losing." Girardi refused to confirm he had spoken angrily to his team but when asked if he uses the tough love approach said, "I've given them plenty of that."

Catcher fooled by pitch, batter not

Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy appeared to be expecting a different pitch from starter Tyler Duffy. Justin Upton wasn't fooled at all, though.


Katie Strang 

You know you're having a good start to the season when this sort of dominance feels almost commonplace. That's what's happening for Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann right now. Improved to 5-0 with another brilliant outing today. ERA an incredible 0.55. Wow

Tampa Bay Rays @raysbaseball

Logan Forsythe ranks anong the AL's top 10 in batting (.316, 10th), OBP (.400, 6th), doubles (8, T-5th) & XBH (12, T-5th). #RaysUp

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After nine-pitch inning at Double-A Portland, reliever Carson Smith could be activated from disabled list next week during Red Sox's series in Chicago vs. White Sox.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

T he St. Louis Cardinals gave pitcher Carlos Martinez permission to leave the team on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, general manager John Mozeliak said. "We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night," Mozeliak said on Saturday. "We will not be in a position to act until we have more information." Martinez, who is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA, was at the stadium Saturday, but not in the clubhouse during the period the media was allowed in. The lawsuit, filed in a Miami district court, will not affect Martinez's ability to make his scheduled start on Sunday, according to a source.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees mini-lineup shakeup for tonight's game against the Boston Red Sox: Joe Girardi is flip-flopping the struggling Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius, batting Headley 9th and Didi 8th against RHP Rick Porcello. Here's the lineup: Ellsbury cf, Gardner lf, Beltran rf, Teixeira 1b, Rodriguex DH, McCann c, Castro 2b, Gregorius ss, Headley 3b, Pineda P

David Price @davidprice14

Astro dominated T Shaws chair today! Slobber and hair everywhere! Travis appreciated the love

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox vs. Yankees (RH Pineda): Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Shaw 3B, Holt LF, Vazquez C, Bradley CF, Porcello

espn @espn

Remember to brush up on "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" or you'll join these celebrities who all botched it at Wrigley Field. (via @sportscenter)


ICYMI: Warren G fails to regulate

The rapper became the latest celebrity to botch "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley Field.


Dodgers are down but not out -- yet

The offense is struggling and the bullpen isn't doing much better. The result? L.A. has lost five straight at home -- its longest home losing streak since May 2013. Still tied for first in NL West

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