Major League Baseball will fund 30 four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships, one for each of the sport's teams, and will contribute $1 million to the project to build a Robinson museum in New York. As part of Tuesday's announcement, MLB said Robinson scholars will mentor people in the sport's youth and community programs with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, MLB Urban Youth Academies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. MLB previously has given more than $15 million to the foundation's scholarship program and for the museum.
It took an inning for Colby Lewis and rookie catcher Brett Nicholas to get in sync, but after that it was a successful night for both of them and the Texas Rangers. Lewis allowed one run on four hits over six innings against Seattle's struggling offense and Nicholas had two hits and threw out a runner at second in his major league debut to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Mariners on Monday night. ''Hats off to Brett,'' Lewis said.
CHICAGO (AP) -- - Addison Russell circled the bases while the crowd roared, happy to have Brandon Finnegan's flirtation with a no-hitter made irrelevant. Russell tried to soak it all in. Russell hit a three-run drive in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati 5-3 in their home opener, roughing up the Reds bullpen after Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Monday night.
Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout waited out Sonny Gray just long enough for the Oakland ace to make his one mistake of the night. When Gray's sinker in the sixth dropped over the plate, Trout did what he's done so many times to the Athletics. Trout hit his first home run of the season, Nick Tropeano pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut and the Angels beat the A's 4-1 on Monday night.