Author: Mark Linstrom
Greinke makes strong return, Dodgers win
The last-place Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.
Helton gets probation, community service
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has been sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired.
Angels’ Weaver to DL with fractured elbow
The Angels said he is expected to miss at least four weeks with the injury, which the team termed a left non-displaced radial head fracture. The disabled-list move is retroactive to April 8.
Axford loses job as Brewers’ closer for now
John Axford has been replaced in the closer role by the Milwaukee Brewers, until he can figure out his early-season problems, by Jim Henderson, who converted his first save opportunity Monday against the Chicago Cubs
Yankees’ Kuroda (hand) exits in 2nd inning
Hiroki Kuroda, the team’s No. 2 starter, was forced to leave Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox after his right throwing hand was grazed by a Shane Victorino leadoff line single in the second inning.
Carter: Blue Jays can’t get caught in hype
The retired Toronto star knows something about meeting high expectations. In 1993, the Jays came into the season as the reigning world champions, and he led them to another title with his winning home run in Game 6 of the World Series.
Reds 3B coach Berry diagnosed with cancer
Cincinnati Reds third base coach Mark Berry says he has been diagnosed with cancer on his tonsils and neck lymph nodes.
Ace Hudson will start season opener for Braves
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced his choice Thursday. It will be the third time Hudson has pitched the opener for Atlanta. He also made three Opening-Day starts with the Oakland Athletics.
D-backs trade veteran SS McDonald to Pirates
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth.