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Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after umpire finds substance on neck
Howard Ulman, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Less than two weeks after pitching against Boston with what appeared to be pine tar on his pitching hand, the New York Yankees' Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Red Sox on Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck.

Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field gets party of a century on 100th anniversary of first game at Chicago ballpark
Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.

The famed marquee had a message, too.

"Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field," it read.

Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

Albert Pujols hits 499th, 500th homers in same game to help Angels beat Nationals 7-2
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Heading toward the plate after the 500th homer of this career, Albert Pujols glanced ahead and saw a throng of Los Angeles Angels teammates waiting right there to greet him.

He was pleased by the outpouring of support. He also had a message.

"I was pretty emotional running the bases and when I ... looked at all these guys coming out, it was hard," Pujols said. "But I just told them, 'We've got a game to win.'"

Six-run 3rd inning lifts Orioles over Red Sox 7-6

Orioles score 6 in 3rd off Buchholz, spoil Red Sox game on Patriots' Day with 7-6 win
Howard Ulman, The Associated Press

BOSTON - A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox had plenty of chances to make a special day even more memorable.

They almost succeeded.

Boston scored one run in each of the last three innings — stranding runners in scoring position in all of them — — in a 7-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Monday's traditional Patriots' Day morning game

Not bad, though, considering the Red Sox trailed 6-0 after three innings.

Marathon survivor throws out 1st pitch at Sox game

Boston Marathon survivor throws out ceremonial first pitch at Red Sox game
The Associated Press

BOSTON - Boston Marathon survivor Marc Fucarile threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox traditional Patriots Day game

Fucarile, who lost his right leg in last year's bombing, walked with a prosthetic and a cane to the mound Monday before the game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 35-year-old native of Stoneham, Mass., handed his cane to a companion, wound up and threw to former Red Sox outfielder Kevin Millar.

Marathon survivor throws out 1st pitch at Sox game

Boston Marathon survivor throws out ceremonial first pitch at Red Sox game
The Associated Press

BOSTON - Boston Marathon survivor Marc Fucarile threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox traditional Patriots Day game

Fucarile, who lost his right leg in last year's bombing, walked with a prosthetic and a cane to the mound Monday before the game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 35-year-old native of Stoneham, Mass., handed his cane to a companion, wound up and threw to former Red Sox outfielder Kevin Millar.

Walks cost Blue Jays in 6-4 loss

Loup walks 3 in 6th inning as Toronto drops 6-4 decision to Cleveland
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A successful road trip ended on a down note for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reliever Aaron Loup's wildness in the sixth inning turned a two-run lead into a one-run deficit and the Blue Jays couldn't finish off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, losing 6-4 Sunday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with the 5-4 trip, but knows it could have been better.

Murphy delivers for Indians in 6-4 win

David Murphy has 3-run double in 6th, lifts Cleveland to 6-4 win over Toronto
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Indians manager Terry Francona gave his team a pep talk Saturday after they lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Cleveland responded Sunday, rewarding Francona with a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Indians avoided a series sweep and broke a three-game losing streak.

Buehrle dominates, Blue Jays blank Indians 5-0

Mr. Perfect: Buehrle moves record to 4-0 as Toronto blanks Cleveland 5-0
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Mark Buehrle has a simple explanation for his unbeaten record.

"The slower you throw the better off you are," he said after pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Blue Jays activate Reyes from disabled list

Reyes activated from DL by Toronto, returns to leadoff spot against Cleveland
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is batting leadoff against Cleveland.

Reyes strained his left hamstring during his first at-bat in the season opener March 31 against Tampa Bay. The switch-hitter initially was injured during spring training. He aggravated the leg running to first base after lining out to centre and was removed from the Rays game.

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