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Yordano Ventura Tossed After Getting Revenge, Intentionally Hitting Brett Lawrie

After the Oakland Athletics' Brett Lawrie injured Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a questionable slide Friday night, everyone knew that Lawrie would be hit on Saturday.

It wasn't a matter of "if." It was a matter of "when."

The A's touched up Royals starter Yordano Ventura for a five-spot in the top of the fourth inning of Saturday's game. Lawrie stepped to the plate with one out in the inning, setting the stage.

Bryce Harper Booms Longest Home Run of His Career vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Bryce Harper really liked this pitch from Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang.

He really, really liked it.

On a 3-1 count in the bottom of the fifth inning, Harper sent Harang's offering all the way over the center field fence and off the wall. There was absolutely no doubt about it from the moment it left the bat—Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis didn't even move.

The estimated distance: 461 feet.

Justin Upton Injury: Updates on Padres OF's Quad and Return

The San Diego Padres were dealt an injury blow Saturday, as Justin Upton injured his quad in the team's loss against the Chicago Cubs.

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Upton's Status Day-to-Day After Suffering Quad Injury

Saturday, April 18

Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego provided an update on Upton's status after the game:

Mets Pitcher Alex Torres to Wear New Protective Hat on the Mound

As Major League Baseball looks to protect its pitchers from comebackers, New York Mets pitcher Alex Torres is doing his part to promote safety.

Last season, Torres—then with the San Diego Padres—wore a protective hat that made him look very odd on the field. 

Jake Peavy Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Back and Return

The San Francisco Giants have gotten off to a rough start in 2015 and will now be without right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy due to an ailing back. Peavy was taken out of his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night after 3.2 innings due to back stiffness.

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David Wright Injury: Updates on Mets Star's Hamstring and Return

New York Mets third baseman David Wright left in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies with a hamstring injury.

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Scary Line Drive off Carlos Carrasco's Face Shows Pitchers Will Never Be Safe

There's an epidemic-like problem facing pitchers in Major League Baseball, and this one has nothing to do with arms, elbows or shoulders.

Pablo Sandoval Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Foot and Return

Boston Red Sox All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval suffered a left foot injury against the Nationals on April 14. He exited the game in the third inning after being hit by a pitch, and his status is unclear.

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Carlos Carrasco Injury: Updates on Indians P's Status After Line Drive to Head

Carlos Carrasco had to leave the Cleveland Indians' game against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night after being struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera in the top of the first inning. 

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3 Biggest Takeaways for the Los Angeles Dodgers Following MLB Opening Week

The Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up Week 1 of the 2015 season with mixed results, splitting six games against fellow National League West opponents.

It was a roller-coaster ride of emotions, with several exciting moments peppered with the sobering reminders that some old wounds may still need tourniquets.

The sample size is undeniably small, but here are the three main takeaways from the first week of Dodger baseball.



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