For Wrigley, it's party of a century (Yahoo Sports) - CHICAGO (AP) -- For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century. Pacers say practice got physical before Game 1 (Yahoo Sports) - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Pacers guard Lance Stephenson acknowledged Wednesday that he and Evan Turner got into a practice ''scuffle'' last week before Game 1 against Atlanta but denied the two threw any punches. RG3 to be honorary pace car driver at Richmond (Yahoo Sports) - RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night's NASCAR race at Richmond. Januzaj elects to play for Belgium - Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj commits his international future to the Belgium national side. Chelsea trio charged by FA - Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him (Yahoo Sports) - The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should. And if there's anyone that can encourage me to do anything, it's Jeanie Buss. Cardinals player gets probation for assault plea (Yahoo Sports) - A judge on Wednesday sentenced Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter. The 27-year-old pleaded guilty nearly a month ago in Maricopa County Superior Court to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1 argument with the woman. Authorities said Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone. Washington was sentenced by Judge M. Scott McCoy, court spokesman Vincent Funari said. Farbrace named as England assistant - Jackson seeking a coach, says it won't be him (Yahoo Sports) - GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. Suns' Dragic honored as NBA's Most Improved Player (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Goran Dragic has been honored as the NBA's Most Improved Player after his career year helped lead the Suns to 23 more wins this season.

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Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 12:32 pm]
HAVANA (AP) -- Family members say Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died in Havana. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

A's reject 10-year Coliseum lease offer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:59 am]
The Oakland A's have rejected a deal to play at its ballpark for the foreseeable future, saying the 10-year lease extension offer doesn't meet all their requirements. The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1notDIE ) the team's rejection came just an hour after the joint board that runs the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex announced the extension proposal. Team spokesman Bob Rose released a statement that the 10-year deal ''did not address all of our issues'' and asked that future lease negotiations not be played out in public. Specifics of the lease proposal were not disclosed.

Pujols 1st to hit HRs No. 499, 500 in same game (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:52 am]
Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499. Pujols became the first major leaguer to get his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, connecting twice Tuesday night and driving in five runs in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

McHugh strikes out 12 as Astros beat Seattle 5-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 11:39 pm]
Collin McHugh struck out a career-high 12 in his season debut, and Jason Castro, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. McHugh (1-0), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start, struck out the first three batters of the game to set the tone for his first win in 10 career starts. Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his second save. The Astros have won six straight against the Mariners.

Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A's (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 11:20 pm]
Michael Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night. Josh Wilson doubled to drive in the tying run just ahead of Choice, who began his career with the A's. Alexi Ogando (1-1) recorded one out in the eighth to pick up the win. Luke Gregerson (0-1) took the loss after blowing his third save opportunity. Gregerson appeared to have pitched out of trouble when he threw out pinch hitter Mitch Moreland at the plate on a safety squeeze by Leonys Martin for the second out.

Rays SS Yunel Escobar strikes out on a 4-2 pitch (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 9:00 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Major League Baseball has acknowledged it failed to correct a pitch count after Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar struck out in an at-bat that was completed after a replay review. After a replay delay of 1 minute, 47 seconds in Tuesday night's game against Minnesota, umpires incorrectly ruled the count on Escobar was 3-2. Escobar struck out on the next pitch after already taking four balls.

Ellsbury returns, helps Yanks beat Red Sox 9-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:51 pm]
Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday night. Ellsbury received a mixed reception in his first game as a visitor after seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees. Jon Lester (2-3) struggled after four outstanding outings, allowing seven runs in 4 2-3 innings. Ellsbury scored on a single by Derek Jeter, starting the Yankees toward their seventh win in nine games.

Cabrera homers, Tigers beat White Sox 8-6 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:50 pm]
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Cabrera was 4 for 23 on this homestand before going 3 for 5 on Tuesday - including a homer and a double off Chicago's Charlie Leesman (0-1), who was called up from the minors to start in place of an injured Chris Sale. Verlander (3-1) had little to worry about after allowing a first-inning homer to Jose Abreu. Chicago's Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits, and Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the ninth to pull the White Sox within two.

Cueto pitches Reds by Pirates 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:42 pm]
Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against the Pittsburgh in a week and the Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night. Cueto (2-2) struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. He improved to 15-4 in his career against the Pirates and became the first Cincinnati pitcher to toss consecutive complete games since Mat Latos did it in June 2012. Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart had consecutive RBI hits off Edinson Volquez (1-1) in the seventh to provide all the offense Cueto needed.

Orioles allow 3 homers, fall to Blue Jays, 9-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:34 pm]
Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each hit three-run homers in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Tuesday night. Edwin Encarnacion connected for his first homer of the season for Toronto, another three-run drive. Cabrera connected for his fifth of the season off Josh Stinson, putting the Blue Jays in front, 9-3. Esmil Rogers pitched a scoreless ninth for Toronto and reliever Steve Delabar (2-0) picked up the win to help the Blue Jays improve to 3-1 against the Orioles this season.

Wainwright injures knee, Cardinals blank Mets 3-0 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:17 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Price, DeJesus key Rays' 7-3 win over Twins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:13 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David Price allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season, David DeJesus drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 8:05 pm]
Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night. Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were both 32. As soon as he touched the plate, Pujols was greeted by his Angels teammates, who streamed over from the visiting dugout.

Jose Fernandez Ks 14, Marlins shut out Braves 1-0 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 7:34 pm]
Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night. Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta's Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee's single up the middle.

Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 6:58 pm]
Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career Tuesday night, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone. The Los Angeles Angels' first baseman did it with a pair of shots off Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan, a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth. The 34-year-old Pujols is the first player to collect his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, according to STATS.

Former Red Sox CF Ellsbury gets mixed reception (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 6:41 pm]
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury received a mixed reception Tuesday night in his first game at Fenway Park as an opponent. Boos drowned out cheers when he stepped in as the first hitter against the Boston Red Sox, the team he spent seven seasons with before signing a seven-year contract with New York after last season. With an 0-and-2 count against Jon Lester, Ellsbury drove the ball high off the center field wall and was awarded a triple when a fan reached over and interfered with it. Ellsbury scored on a single by Derek Jeter.

Epstein addresses Cubs, Wrigley celebration (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 6:39 pm]
One thing that will not be mentioned during Wirgley Field's 100th birthday party Wednesday: the losing. ''I don't think I really need that kind of a reminder,'' Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday before Chicago hosted Arizona. When it comes to the 100th anniversary, for me, I think just how Wrigley is the epicenter of fans' connection to the Cubs. Wrigley not only connects the fans to the team but also generations of fans to one another, fathers to sons and grandfathers to grandsons, mothers to daughters, mothers to sons.'' The Cubs have never won a World Series title at Wrigley, but more pressing for Epstein is turning a team that around has had four straight losing seasons and is off to a 6-12 record.

Sale relieved injury doesn't appear serious (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 6:00 pm]
Chris Sale figures his arm injury could have been a lot worse. The Chicago White Sox believe Sale has a strained muscle in his throwing arm, and the ace left-hander was officially put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. ''I think just with kind of the way spring training and the year has unfolded for a lot of pitchers, maybe I (was) a little bit more nervous, just because you don't know.'' Matt Moore, Kris Medlen, Patrick Corbin and David Hernandez are among the pitchers who have been dealing with significant elbow problems this year, and Sale doesn't appear to be joining that hard-luck group after undergoing an MRI. ''First words out of the doctor's mouth was, 'The UCL looks excellent,''' Sale said.

Angels 1B Albert Pujols hits 499th career homer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 5:48 pm]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 499th career homer to move one away from become the 26th player in major league history with 500.

Former Red Sox CF Ellsbury booed on Fenway return (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 5:35 pm]
BOSTON (AP) -- Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been booed by Red Sox fans in his first game at Fenway Park as an opponent.



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