Pujols powering toward 500th homer (The Associated Press)

DETROIT (AP) -- Albert Pujols is closing in on his 500th homer and joining a prestigious club. More important for the Los Angeles Angels, he's looking like his powerful self again.

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) April 20 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Twins 8, Royals 3 Phil Hughes pitched a solid six-plus innings and helped the Minnesota Twins salvage the final game of a three-game series with an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the offense as Minnesota (9-9) avoided being swept and snapped a five-game Kansas City (9-8) winning streak. - - - Brewers 3, Pirates 2 (14 innings) Khris Davis' first home run of the season, leading off the top of the 14th inning, lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm



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Team Report – LOS ANGELES ANGELS (The SportsXchange)

Scioscia learns to 'appreciate the DH'

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Anna, Beltran key Yankees’ 5-1, 12-inning win (The Associated Press)

Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday. ''I was having fun,'' Anna said. ''Baseball is all about moments, and that was a moment right there.'' Yangervis Solarte was walked by Heath Bell (0-1) to open the 12th. After failing twice to bunt against C.J. Riefenhauser, Brett Gardner reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Brian McCann's two-out single.

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MLB roundup: Kershaw passes test with no pain (The SportsXchange)

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw appears ready for a rehab assignment after hurling a 51-pitch simulated game on Sunday.

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Team Report – NEW YORK YANKEES (The SportsXchange)

Nuno makes impression in first start of season

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Brewers 3, Pirates 2 (14 innings) (The SportsXchange)

PITTSBURGH -- Left fielder Khris Davis' first home run of the season, leading off the top of the 14th inning, lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Davis' third hit of the game came off Jeanmar Gomez (0-1) and carried deep into the left-field bleachers. The Brewers got all their runs on solo homers as left fielder Ryan Braun and first baseman Mark Reynolds also connected. They were two outs from losing in the top of the ninth inning when Braun hit his sixth home run, a drive to left field off closer Jason Grilli that tied the score at 2-2.

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Yankees’ RHP Nova on DL due to elbow ligament tear (The Associated Press)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, an injury that often requires Tommy John surgery. Nova left Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay in the fifth inning. An MRI after the game revealed the injury and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. ''It's hard,'' Nova said.

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Yankees activate Mark Teixeira from the disabled list (NBC Sports)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is recovered from his Grade 1 right hamstring strain and is starting Sunday for the first time in over two weeks.

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Ivan Nova likely to face Tommy John surgery after partially torn UCL diagnosis (Big League Stew)

Elbow injuries around Major League Baseball continue piling up at an alarming rate. The latest on the list and another likely to face Tommy John surgery is New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova, who was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL following his early exit Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:   The MRI on RHP Ivan Nova last night has revealed a partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. “Tommy John” surgery is a possibility, though the Yankees will look at the chance that the injury can be rehabbed first. A standard and expected response, but even partially torn ligaments lead to Tommy John surgery more times than not. According to Michael J. Fensom of Newsday , 20 major league pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery since the end of last season, including Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kris Medlen of the Atlanta Braves. Nova would push that number to 21, and with minor leaguers taken into account that number obviously shoots even higher. There seems to be no good answer as to why we've seen such a dramatic increase in such a short amount of time, but it's obviously becoming a growing concern as more organizations are affected.  As for Nova's situation, in hindsight, it's clear he wasn't nearly the same pitcher who posted a  3.10 ERA with 116 strikeouts in 139 1/3 innings last season. Through four starts, concluding with Saturday's eight runs over four innings, Nova had an 8.27 ERA with 32 hits and six home runs allowed in 20 2/3 innings. Chances are he hasn't been full strength since opening day, but attempted to gut through the discomfort.  With the looming possibility that Nova will be lost for the season, New York will be forced to reshuffle the pitching deck. Late Saturday night, they called up 23-year-old right-hander Bryan Mitchell, who before the season was ranked New York's 21st best prospect by Baseball America. It seems he'll get the first crack, but the always creative Yankees will be prepared to go other directions if he falters or if more injuries pop up. One thing is definitely for sure. The saying about never having enough pitching is proving more true by the week. Depth around the league is being seriously tested, which could lead to a season of big offensive stats in MLB.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 20, 2014 at 10:53 am



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