Wilmer Flores gave Mets fans one more reason to fall for him - this time with his bat as well as his heart. The new favorite at Citi Field hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to lift New York over the Washington Nationals 2-1 Friday night in the opener of a pivotal series between the top teams in the NL East. Two nights after endearing himself to Mets rooters when they saw him wiping away tears at shortstop after he thought he'd been traded, Flores received four standing ovations on an invigorating day for the Mets.
Even with pitchers like Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly understands pitching to an Angels lineup that includes Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is a daunting task. ''Every time you go through there, it's kind of like going through Boardwalk and Park Place when they've got hotels on them,'' Mattingly said after the Dodgers won Friday night's Freeway Series opener 5-3. Greinke won his fifth straight decision after Kershaw was pushed back a day in the Dodgers' rotation.
Mark Teixeira is on a hot streak, and it doesn't seem to matter whether he's swinging right- or left-handed. Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the record 14th time, hitting his 10th grand slam and a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 13-6 Friday night. ''It's been good since the All-Star break,'' Teixeira said.
Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields flipped his bat away in frustration after an inning-ending popup. Then he realized he was caught in the middle of shouting between San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and Texas teammate Adrian Beltre. ... I didn't really get it,'' DeShields said after the Rangers' 6-3 victory Friday night.
David Price was pleased with the popcorn waiting in his locker when he finally arrived in Toronto. Hours later, Josh Donaldson gave Price something even better: a dramatic win for his new team. Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Johnny Cueto a no-decision in his Royals debut.
A tough season forced the Seattle Mariners to become sellers at the trade deadline. Taijuan Walker then showed why the future looks promising. Walker pitched a one-hitter for his first career complete game in 29 major league starts, and Nelson Cruz and Jesus Montero homered to lift the Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Friday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen.
Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the Home Run Derby two years ago. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs. Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday's trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they so desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers.
With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs - in 2015 and beyond. Texas obtained the Phillies left-hander in an eight-player deal completed before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline after being agreed on earlier in the week. Lefty Matt Harrison and five prospects are going to Philadelphia.
Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins. As part of Friday's deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren's $11 million salary. Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-best 21 starts for the Marlins this season.