4/7/2012 | Angels bide time before winning Albert's debut
So much of this 2012 Angels season centers on what Albert Pujols can do for them. But on Opening Night -- a 5-0, late-surging win against the Royals in a sold-out Angel Stadium on Friday -- Pujols was mostly a spectator.
4/7/2012 | Ethier's four RBIs back K-happy Billingsley
Andre Ethier belted a two-run double and a two-run triple to back Chad Billingsley, who struck out 11 while holding the Padres scoreless over 8 1/3 innings as the Dodgers picked up their second win in as many games to start the 2012 season.
4/7/2012 | Padres shut down by Dodgers' Billingsley
Chad Billingsley struck out 11 over 8 1/3 innings and Andre Ethier knocked in four runs as the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 6-0, before a crowd of 32,490 at Petco Park on Friday.
4/7/2012 | Chen splendid early, but Royals fall late
Bruce Chen pitched brilliantly for the Royals, but so did Jered Weaver, and he and the Angels, with a five-run eighth inning, brushed off the Royals, 5-0, in Friday night's opener to reward a sellout crowd of 44,106 at Angel Stadium.
4/7/2012 | Posey a bright spot in Giants' opening loss
Buster Posey looked as good as new -- if not flawless -- in playing a full nine innings for only the second time since his leg injury.
4/7/2012 | Vargas, Mariners get 'good team win' vs. A's
Kyle Seager's two-run single highlighted a four-run third inning and helped make a winner of Jason Vargas, as the Mariners beat the A's, 7-3, on Friday night.
4/7/2012 | Guthrie shrugs off homers, gets win in debut
Rockies right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was cool at the worst moment of Colorado's 5-3 victory over the Astros in Friday's opener.
4/7/2012 | Cespedes' shot lone highlight in A's loss
Yoenis Cespedes hit a titanic two-run blast to help make his regular-season debut in Oakland memorable, but the A's fell to the Mariners, 7-3, on Friday.
4/7/2012 | Weaver tosses eight shutout frames in win over Royals
Jered Weaver opened the eyes of his teammates and the opposition in his dominant, season-opening victory.
4/7/2012 | Felix, Colon making first stateside starts
When the Mariners and Athletics take the field on Saturday, it'll already be Round 2 of the season for Mariners starter Felix Hernandez and A's starter Bartolo Colon.
4/7/2012 | Prince Albert looks to resume Royal hitting
In 52 career games against the Royals, Albert Pujols has cranked out 16 home runs and 53 RBIs, along with a .373 average (his highest average against any club). He'll look for more of the same against Luke Hochevar, who duels with Dan Haren on Saturday.
4/7/2012 | Capuano opens Dodgers chapter vs. Padres
Chris Capuano will try to make a good first impression with his new team Saturday, when the Dodgers square off against the Padres at Petco Park.
4/7/2012 | Pujols, Angels fans share excitement for 2012
Friday night didn't feel like just any Opening Day for Albert Pujols. It was his first under the weight of a $240 million contract, his first without a Cardinals jersey on and his first in front of a West Coast fan base eager to see great things.
4/7/2012 | MLB Notebook: Welcome back, Pena
With a grand slam in the first inning and a walk-off hit in the ninth off the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, Carlos Pena had a triumphant return to the Rays.
4/7/2012 | Ubaldo dropping appeal after Saturday start
Ubaldo Jimenez will drop his appeal of a five-game suspension and, because of the Indians' scheduled off-day on Thursday, will not miss a turn in the rotation.
4/7/2012 | Cubs add veteran Lopez to pitching staff
The Cubs now have a dozen pitchers, selecting the contract of reliever Rodrigo Lopez on Saturday. Infielder Luis Valbuena cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster.
4/7/2012 | Morse goes to New York to treat ailing back
After two rehab games for Double-A Harrisburg, Nationals outfielder Michael Morse went to New York on Saturday to get treatment for his strained right lat (back) muscle, according to manager Davey Johnson.
4/7/2012 | Old injury has Choo on guard at plate
In the wake of Cleveland's 7-4 loss in 16 frames on Thursday, Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo admitted his reaction after having a pitch thrown near his head stemmed from an unrelated incident last year.
4/7/2012 | Niese, Mets make five-year deal official
The Mets announced left-hander Jon Niese's new five-year deal at a pregame news conference at Citi Field before Saturday's game against the Braves.
4/7/2012 | Bautista makes rare appearance at first
Jose Bautista made a rare appearance at first base during Thursday's 16-inning marathon against the Indians. Bautista was pressed into action in the ninth inning after Adam Lind had been lifted for a pinch-runner.
4/7/2012 | Braves' Hanson to pitch on regular rest Tuesday
Tommy Hanson will be on regular rest when he returns to the mound to make his second start of the season on Tuesday against the Astros. The Braves made the decision after Hanson threw just 83 pitches during Thursday's Opening Day start against the Mets.
4/7/2012 | Duda's day: Slugger's two homers carry Mets
Lucas Duda homered twice, once in the area between Citi Field's old and new outfield fences, leading the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Saturday and a 2-0 record on the season.
4/7/2012 | Tracy in middle of rally again as Nats win
Chad Tracy's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning helped the Nationals rally to defeat the Cubs, 7-4, at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon.
4/7/2012 | Crawford closing in on games in Florida
Left fielder Carl Crawford is making enough progress with the rehab of his surgically repaired left wrist that he should be able to play in some extended spring games in Florida within the week.
4/7/2012 | Yost stands by decision to pull Chen in opener
Bruce Chen went six shutout innings and 75 pitches before Royals manager Ned Yost took him out of Friday night's opener. Why pull Chen at that point when he was so effective?
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