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Kendrick's no schmendrick: The Los Angeles Angels hope their walk-off party against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night will mean something come pennant race time. Howie Kendrick hit his second home run of the game in the 11th inning to break a tie and power the Angels to a 5-4 victory against Texas. The Angels won in their final at-bat for the second time in three games, improving to 8-11, while the Rangers fell to 13-7. See? It's a swing game! Kendrick also hit a two-run homer earlier. His second big pop also produced the awesome photo you see, taken by Lisa Blumenfeld.
Kendrick's heroics came after Mike Trout made a terrific diving catch of Adrian Beltre's liner to left that would have put the Rangers ahead in the ninth, had it dropped. Beltre bemoaned having to hit against the Angels outfield defense, which includes three guys with center-field credentials: Trout, Peter Bourjos and Josh Hamilton.
"It's not fair. I mean, where am I supposed to hit it?''
Someone suggested over the fence, to which Beltre replied: ''That sounds like a good idea. I'll try that tomorrow.''
Crewsin' for a bruisin': Does anyone remember that the Milwaukee Brewers started the season 2-8? They won their ninth straight, beating the San Diego Padres 6-3 at Petco Park behind a "meh" performance by right-hander Yovani Gallardo and a five-run outburst in the second inning. Yuniesky Betancourt drove in a pair and Jean Segura had three hits. Gallardo walked five, including three straight in the seventh before being removed, but didn't allow any runs after the second inning.
No free passes. OK, one: Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals finally issued a walk, his first after throwing 34 2-3 innings to open the season without allowing a freebie. But that's the only trend the Washington Nationals could buck in a 3-2 Cards victory. The Nats are kind of nasty right now, having dropped to 10-10 after losing eight of 11.
Athletics 13, Red Sox 0 (7 inn.): From afar, it looks like they invoked a mercy rule, but if they did, it was because of the weather in Boston.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3: O's win for the 100th consecutive time when leading after seven innings, a streak that dates to August 2011. Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey dealing with back problems right now.
Cubs 4, Reds 2 (10 inn.): Where have we heard this before? Cubs blow lead, only to re-take lead only to ... oh, they didn't blow the lead a second time. This time.
Royals at Tigers, ppd. (rain): But Jose Valverde is on the way for the Tigers.
Dodgers 7, Mets 2: Two home runs from Mark Ellis, who has 101 for his career. Between him and Kendrick, L.A. second basemen had four home runs Tuesday night. Is anyone in a home-run pool for two-city, same-position players? Because if so, you've won! Regardless of all that, Clayton Kershaw was not impressed with himself.
Marlins 3-8, Twins 4-5: A long, cold day at Target Field.
Indians at White Sox, ppd. (rain): This space for rent.
Yankees 5, Rays 4: Thanks to Ichiro, who came in batting .220.
Astros 3, Mariners 2: Marwin Gonzalez has three home runs in 16 games after hitting two in 80 during 2012. It's the switch to the AL culture. Bud Norris fact: He allowed eight hits and a run in five innings but got the win because wins are dumb. Justin Maxwell broke his left hand getting hit with a pitch, doggone it.
''I have to see the hand specialist tomorrow, but at least we got the win out of it.'' — Justin Maxwell, a real trooper.
• The Padres have scored six runs in their five-game losing streak.
• The A's started five former Red Sox players: Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Bartolo Colon.
• Matt Cain of the Giants has allowed six home runs over his past three starts.
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