Mike Trout was more concerned about getting a win than setting a record. Trout homered twice to become the youngest player in history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, and Los Angeles beat the Astros 6-3 on Friday night. Trout, who has 104 steals, hit a two-run shot off Astros starter Roberto Hernandez on a full count in the sixth inning for his 100th homer, giving the Angels a 3-1 lead. After the Astros tied it with single runs in the sixth and seventh, Trout hit a three-run shot against reliever Chad Qualls (0-1) in the eighth.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
It's no secret by now that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has seemingly made a habit out of taking hits away from opposing batters -- specifically Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Simmons made an outstanding play on April 10 to rob d'Arnaud of a base hit and, while it may have appeared at the time to be a near-mirror image of a play Simmons made against d'Arnaud last Aug. 27, Statcast shows everyone why this year's version was even better.
The revolutionary Statcast technology helps to show just how incredible Kevin Pillar's wall-climbing catch was at Rogers Centre this week.
The Astros will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Astrodome before their game tonight. Here's a look back at the top 12 Astros moments at the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
Josh Collmenter sent the defending World Series champions to their eighth straight loss with a four-hit shutout, the first complete game in the Majors this season. Giants starter Jake Peavy, battling a tight back, exited in the fourth inning after allowing four runs.
The Rockies' 7-3 loss to the Dodgers, their first defeat in seven road games, shouldn't stop the growth Tulowitzki sees in this Rockies team.
It took Clayton Kershaw three starts to get his first victory and he still is trying to find his groove after putting together one of the greatest seasons any pitcher ever had. The reigning NL MVP gave up two home runs against the Colorado Rockies, but struck out 12 over six innings Friday night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3. The only other Dodgers to fan 12 in a six-inning start were Sandy Koufax (1963), Darren Dreifort (2003), Chad Billingsley (2008), Charlie Haeger (2010) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2013). The three-time Cy Young Award winner wasn't nearly as dominating against the Rockies as he was last June, when he no-hit them.
The bar is now set so high that when Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 and allows one earned run in six innings for a win, the postgame talk is about what's wrong with him.
Yadier Molina's three-run double off Reds ace Johnny Cueto in the seventh inning broke open a tie game and sent the Cardinals on their way to a 6-1 victory in Friday night's series opener at Busch Stadium.
The Royals and A's picked up right where they left off. In their first meeting since last September's dramatic wild-card game, Paulo Orlando delivered a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to help Kansas City to a 6-4 win. The victory nearly came at a big loss for the Royals when shortstop Alcides Escobar was run over by the Athletics' Brett Lawrie covering second base. The Royals took umbrage with Lawrie's late slide, and both benches quickly emptied before order was restored.
Say this for Corey Kluber: he has done his part. Three starts into his Cy Young encore, the ace of the Indians' staff has looked every bit as overpowering and dominant as he did throughout last summer's breakout showing. He just has no wins to show for it.
Josh Collmenter stayed loose and kept his legs warm on a chilly night by running the bases, and Arizona's starting pitcher delivered by not only tossing a complete game but piling up a career-high three hits. ''It's fun when you can hit and be a productive member of the lineup but it also helped out on a cold night to get out there and move around as opposed to just sitting in the dugout.'' Collmenter pitched a four-hitter for the majors' first complete game this year to go with his big night at the plate, and the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the World Series champion San Francisco Giants to an eighth straight loss with a 9-0 win Friday night. Jake Lamb hit a two-run triple in the third and Collmenter (1-2) added an RBI single as Arizona knocked Jake Peavy out of the game after only 3 2-3 innings. Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run for the Diamondbacks.
Max Scherzer may not have had his best fastball on Friday, but he did just fine without it, tossing eight dominant innings to earn his first win of the season, 7-2 over the Phillies.
Mike Trout had his first multi-homer game of the season, became the youngest player with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases and led the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
Trying to score from third base on Matt Holliday's first-inning fly ball to Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton on Friday, Matt Carpenter used some split-second improvisation by somersaulting over catcher Brayan Pena.
Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Washington Senators fireballer Walter "The Big Train" Johnson struck out 3,509 batters in a 21-year Major League career that spanned from 1907-27. He summed up his prowess on the pitchers' mound succinctly: "You can't hit what you can't see." The new documentary, "Fastball," which premiers Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, proves Johnson was more right than he ever could have imagined.
Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.
A few weeks into the season, teams are starting to settle in and find their groove. Saturday brings a full slate of games. Here are five things to watch for.