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SD's Franchy obliterates 489-foot homer

Longest by a Padre in the Statcast era
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PHOENIX -- Franchy Cordero has shown an ability to hit for power, as he entered Friday night's game against the D-backs with two home runs in 31 at-bats this season. But in his second time up, he did something to remember.

Cordero blasted a 489-foot solo shot -- the longest in the Major Leagues this year -- off the center-field scoreboard at Chase Field. It put the Padres up 1-0 in the fourth inning.

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PHOENIX -- Franchy Cordero has shown an ability to hit for power, as he entered Friday night's game against the D-backs with two home runs in 31 at-bats this season. But in his second time up, he did something to remember.

Cordero blasted a 489-foot solo shot -- the longest in the Major Leagues this year -- off the center-field scoreboard at Chase Field. It put the Padres up 1-0 in the fourth inning.

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The homer, which left the bat at 116.3 mph per Statcast™, marked the longest and hardest hit ball by any Padre in the Statcast™ era, as well as the farthest hit ball at Chase Field in that span.

With the blast, Cordero matched his home run total from last season.

Justin Toscano is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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Bryce keys 2-run first vs. Kershaw to back Max

Harper laces RBI single and scores on Zimmerman's double
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LOS ANGELES -- The Nationals entered Friday night's marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer.

Trea Turner began the game with a double on Kershaw's first pitch. Howie Kendrick flied out to center field on the next pitch, advancing Turner to third. Then, with the infield drawn in, Bryce Harper roped a single into right field on the third pitch for his 19th RBI of the season.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Nationals entered Friday night's marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer.

Trea Turner began the game with a double on Kershaw's first pitch. Howie Kendrick flied out to center field on the next pitch, advancing Turner to third. Then, with the infield drawn in, Bryce Harper roped a single into right field on the third pitch for his 19th RBI of the season.

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After a wild pitch put Harper on second, Ryan Zimmerman doubled him home to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

Video: WSH@LAD: Zimmerman plates Harper with an RBI double

Turner's double was a 112.3-mph rope into the left-field corner. It's the hardest extra-base hit of Turner's career and the hardest extra-base hit Kershaw has surrendered since Statcast™ began tracking that data in 2015. 

Harper entered the game 2-for-23 in his career against Kershaw, with 14 strikeouts and a home run. But the Nats' game plan against the lefty paid off early.

"For me, you got to be aggressive," manager Dave Martinez said prior to the game. "He'll be in the strike zone, so get a good pitch you can hit. He's not going to give up very many runs, but when you get the opportunity, you've got to capitalize on it."

It appeared as if the Dodgers carried the same game plan to begin the bottom of the first against Scherzer when Chris Taylor hammered a triple off the wall in right-center field on the first pitch. Scherzer's second pitch hit Corey Seager, and the Dodgers looked poised to cut into the Nationals' lead. But Scherzer induced an infield popup from Yasmani Grandal before striking out Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson to escape the jam.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Ohtani bounces back quickly after 3-K game

Two-way star singles in opening at-bat for Angels' first hit of game
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ANAHEIM -- It didn't take Shohei Ohtani long to turn the page on his first hitless start as the Angels' designated hitter.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox, Ohtani delivered a two-out single to center field off right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second inning of Friday's series opener against the Giants at Angel Stadium. It was the Angels' first hit of the night.

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ANAHEIM -- It didn't take Shohei Ohtani long to turn the page on his first hitless start as the Angels' designated hitter.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox, Ohtani delivered a two-out single to center field off right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second inning of Friday's series opener against the Giants at Angel Stadium. It was the Angels' first hit of the night.

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Samardzija fared better in their second meeting, getting Ohtani to pop out to end the fourth inning.

Ohtani, 23, entered Friday batting .324 with three home runs and 11 RBIs as a left-handed hitter this season.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Slumping Yo comes through clutch in 12th

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ATLANTA -- Yoenis Cespedes' struggles at the plate have not dissipated much, but the Mets continue plugging him in their lineup. They know he'll bust out of his slump eventually. And they also know he continues to come up with key hits in spite of it.

Cespedes hit a go-ahead RBI single through the right side of the infield in the 12th inning Friday, leading the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park. It was Cespedes' third go-ahead RBI in his last 12 games, despite a .200 average and 45 percent strikeout rate over that stretch.

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ATLANTA -- Yoenis Cespedes' struggles at the plate have not dissipated much, but the Mets continue plugging him in their lineup. They know he'll bust out of his slump eventually. And they also know he continues to come up with key hits in spite of it.

Cespedes hit a go-ahead RBI single through the right side of the infield in the 12th inning Friday, leading the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park. It was Cespedes' third go-ahead RBI in his last 12 games, despite a .200 average and 45 percent strikeout rate over that stretch.

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Unable to convert on earlier rallies, the Mets received a spark when Braves reliever Josh Ravin hit Robert Gsellman with a pitch to open the 12th. Gsellman moved to second on a bunt, then scored when Cespedes grounded a single into right field. One batter later, Asdrubal Cabrera added an insurance run with an RBI single.

Gsellman, who had already thrown two shutout innings, then gave way to Jeurys Familia, who pitched a scoreless bottom of the 12th for the save.

Video: NYM@ATL: Familia gets Bourjos out, picks up the save

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard recovered from Ozzie Albies' first-inning homer to carry a lead into the middle innings, at which point his defense began betraying him. In the fourth, Dansby Swanson scored from first on a Ryan Flaherty liner with an 83-percent catch probability that Jay Bruce misplayed into a double, charging forward as the ball sailed over his head. In the sixth, Nick Markakis doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly.

The Mets took their first lead on an Amed Rosario RBI double and a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly in the third inning, extending it further on a Wilmer Flores run-scoring single in the fourth. Those were the only runs Braves starter Sean Newcomb allowed in six innings.

Video: NYM@ATL: Flores drives in Frazier with a single

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Twice in three innings, Flores made an out on the bases. The second of those instances occurred in the sixth, when Flores attempted to score from first on Bruce's double (which snapped an 0-for-19 skid for Bruce). Although Preston Tucker's throw from left field was off-line, catcher Suzuki sprawled out to tag Flores just before he touched home plate. Mets manager Mickey Callaway challenged, but the call was upheld.

Video: NYM@ATL: Mets challenge play at the plate in the 6th

UP NEXT
The last time Jacob deGrom took the mound, he became the first Mets starter to throw a pitch in the eighth inning of a game. Although the Mets ultimately lost, deGrom will seek similar efficiency when he starts a 7:10 p.m. ET game Saturday at SunTrust Park.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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JV, bats sizzle as Astros cruise past White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Behind Justin Verlander, the Astros' starting rotation continued its dominating ways Friday night against the White Sox. And Houston's offense continues to round into championship form as well.

Verlander tossed six scoreless innings to win his 10th consecutive regular-season decision and Carlos Correa homered twice to lead the Astros to their fourth consecutive victory, 10-0, over the White Sox in the series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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CHICAGO -- Behind Justin Verlander, the Astros' starting rotation continued its dominating ways Friday night against the White Sox. And Houston's offense continues to round into championship form as well.

Verlander tossed six scoreless innings to win his 10th consecutive regular-season decision and Carlos Correa homered twice to lead the Astros to their fourth consecutive victory, 10-0, over the White Sox in the series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Verlander (3-0) improved to 10-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last 13 regular-season starts, including 8-0 with the Astros. He has yet to allow a run on the road this season, a stretch totaling 19 innings. Astros starting pitchers are 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in the team's past eight games.

White Sox starter James Shields held the Astros scoreless for three innings before Houston broke through with five runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run double by George Springer, who ended up scoring on the play following an errant throw to the plate.

A two-run double by Springer, who had four RBIs, and a two-run homer by Correa in the sixth pushed the lead to 9-0, marking the second game in a row Houston has scored nine runs. Correa homered again in the ninth. The Astros have scored 26 runs in their past three games, which is one more than their total from their previous seven games.

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Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (0-3, 3.52 ERA) will start Saturday's 6:10 p.m. CT game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, facing Lucas Giolito. Keuchel is searching for his first win, but threw a complete game in his most recent outing Monday at Seattle.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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Farquhar faints in dugout, taken to hospital

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing the top of the 6th inning of Friday's 10-0 loss to the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field. He regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Rush University Medical Center, where he's receiving treatment and undergoing further testing.

Farquhar was attended to by White Sox medical personnel and EMTs.

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing the top of the 6th inning of Friday's 10-0 loss to the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field. He regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Rush University Medical Center, where he's receiving treatment and undergoing further testing.

Farquhar was attended to by White Sox medical personnel and EMTs.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Hernandez, Solarte, Gurriel Jr. lift Jays over Yanks

Hernandez, Solarte go deep; Gurriel has 3 RBIs in debut
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NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' lineup was supposed to be one of the club's biggest weaknesses. Instead, it's turning out to be a major strength and it's all happening while Josh Donaldson remains on the disabled list.

Toronto's offense stole the show again on Friday night as Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte each homered while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in three runs during his Major League debut. The end result was an 8-5 victory over the Yankees for a Blue Jays team that has now won five of its last six to move seven games above .500 (13-6).

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NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' lineup was supposed to be one of the club's biggest weaknesses. Instead, it's turning out to be a major strength and it's all happening while Josh Donaldson remains on the disabled list.

Toronto's offense stole the show again on Friday night as Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte each homered while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in three runs during his Major League debut. The end result was an 8-5 victory over the Yankees for a Blue Jays team that has now won five of its last six to move seven games above .500 (13-6).

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The Blue Jays are scoring more runs per game (6.0) than any team in the American League except for the Red Sox (6.4 entering play Friday night). That has been good enough for a second-place spot in the AL East and early possession of an AL Wild Card spot. On the road, Toronto is 6-3 to start the year and has been outscoring its opponents 47-34.

Video: TOR@NYY: Gurriel Jr. plates three runs in MLB debut

"You need to hit home runs, there's no doubt about that, and we have a lot of guys who can do that," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But there comes a time when a cheap little single is just as good and easier to do. I like the way we're approaching everything, and I also like our aggressiveness. It comes down to talent, and we're throwing out some pretty good talent on the field, too."

The Blue Jays have scored at least seven runs in nine of their 19 games this season. All of this from a team that finished last in the AL last year in runs scored and has been without Donaldson since April 10 because of a right shoulder injury. A lot of people expected Toronto's offense to be better this season, but few expected the start of the year to go quite this well.

Video: TOR@NYY: Solarte crushes a solo homer to right-center

The depth of the Blue Jays' roster has been one of the main reasons behind the turnaround. Solarte has five homers and a .996 OPS in 17 games. Curtis Granderson has taken over the leadoff spot against right-handed pitchers and is batting .319 with a .971 OPS. Kevin Pillar is batting .319 with eight extra-base hits. Some regression should be expected, but for a team that has gotten very little so far out of Donaldson and Justin Smoak, there's also optimism that the current production will continue.

Time will tell, but the way the Blue Jays are playing right now, opposing pitchers have to be concerned with the entire lineup, one through nine, and can no longer focus on just the heart of the order. That wasn't the case a year ago.

Video: TOR@NYY: Estrada strikes out Gregorius on a foul tip

"I know a lot of people weren't expecting it and they're proving everybody wrong right now," Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada said. "You look at our lineup and it's a great contrast of different types of players, and I think we're putting it all together right now. We have a lot of guys who can hit homers. We have guys who go the other way and try to move guys over. I think we're doing the little things right, right now, and we have to keep doing them."

Estrada picked up the win thanks to that lineup after he allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Tyler Austin, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar all took him deep, and Estrada has now surrendered six home runs in four starts this season. Three of those home runs have come from Austin, who also went deep twice off Estrada earlier in the year.

Video: TOR@NYY: Stanton drills a two-run home run to right

Yankees starter Sonny Gray had an equally rough night on the mound, but his outing did not last as long. Gray could not pitch his way out of the fourth inning and was charged with five runs on five hits and a problematic four walks over 3 1/3 innings. The loss went to Yankees reliever Domingo German, who allowed two runs and also walked four over 1 2/3 innings.

"He battled," Gibbons said of Estrada. "A couple of the balls they hit home runs on, I didn't think they were bad pitches, but they did what good hitters do. You shoot them the other way and take advantage of a short porch."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The debut: Gurriel was recalled from Double-A New Hampshire earlier in the day to make his Major League debut, and it didn't take very long for his presence to be felt. In his second at-bat of the night, Gurriel picked up the first big league hit with a seeing-eye single up the middle, which scored a pair of runs. That wasn't the last the Yankees saw of Gurriel, as he returned to the plate in the fifth and added another RBI single. Gurriel became the fourth Blue Jays player in franchise history to record at least three RBIs in their debut, and he's the first since J.P. Arencibia in 2010.

Video: TOR@NYY: Gurriel Jr. plates two with first MLB hit

"It was amazing," Gurriel said through a translator after the game. "It was unbelievable, something I will never forget. … I was just trying to do what my brothers and my dad told me before, to just go out there and have fun. My teammates made it easier on me, too. They've treated me really well since I got here."

Manufacturing runs: The Blue Jays and Yankees combined to hit five home runs, but it was Toronto's ability to manufacture some runs that proved to be the difference maker. With the game tied at 5 in the fifth, the Blue Jays pushed a couple of big runs across the plate. The inning started with a walk, followed by a weak opposite-field single against the shift by Kendrys Morales and another walk to load the bases with one out. Gurriel came through with his second RBI single of the game and then Hernandez followed with a bases-loaded walk to give Toronto a much-needed insurance run.

Video: TOR@NYY: Hernandez drives in run on bases-loaded walk

SOUND SMART
Roberto Osuna tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up save No. 101 for his career. That broke a tie with Billy Koch for third place on Toronto's all-time saves list.

Video: TOR@NYY: Osuna K's Judge to earn save, seal win

UP NEXT
The Blue Jays will continue their four-game series against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon when right-hander Marcus Stroman takes the mound with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Stroman has been uncharacteristically wild during his first three starts of the season with 10 walks over 14 2/3 innings, and for his career, he has averaged just 2.5 walks per nine innings. The Yankees will start left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Wacha in the park: Righty masterful vs. Reds

Cards win 9th straight vs. division foe; starter now 10-1 against them
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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha continued his dominance of the Reds with 6 2/3 strong innings to help St. Louis to a 4-2 win on Friday night at Busch Stadium.

Wacha improved to 10-1 lifetime in 16 starts against Cincinnati.

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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha continued his dominance of the Reds with 6 2/3 strong innings to help St. Louis to a 4-2 win on Friday night at Busch Stadium.

Wacha improved to 10-1 lifetime in 16 starts against Cincinnati.

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Yadier Molina had a two-run double in the first inning to highlight a three-run outburst for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven.

Jose Martinez continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-5 performance that included an RBI double in the second that pushed the lead to 4-0. He has eight RBIs in his last seven games.

Wacha gave up six hits and one run, with three strikeouts, in his longest outing of the season. He retired 11 in a row before giving up back-to-back hits with two outs in the seventh. Left-hander Tyler Lyons then came on got pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco to ground out to end the threat.

Four of the Cardinals' first five batters reached safely in the first. Tommy Pham and Martinez singled before Marcell Ozuna walked to load the bases. Molina then lashed his double to the right-center field gap, and Jedd Gyorko followed with a sacrifice fly.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth, notching his fifth save in as many chances.

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Tigers make young fan's day with ASG tickets

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DETROIT -- Kyle Van Houten thought he was headed to Comerica Park to catch a Friday night game with his parents. He had no idea Michael Fulmer would be receiving his ceremonial first pitch, or that nearly two dozen family and friends would be with him for it.

"I thought it would be good," said the young resident of Howell, Mich., "but I didn't think it could possibly be this good."

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DETROIT -- Kyle Van Houten thought he was headed to Comerica Park to catch a Friday night game with his parents. He had no idea Michael Fulmer would be receiving his ceremonial first pitch, or that nearly two dozen family and friends would be with him for it.

"I thought it would be good," said the young resident of Howell, Mich., "but I didn't think it could possibly be this good."

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Van Houten was even more surprised when the Tigers' All-Star grabbed the microphone on the field.

"Enjoy your trip to this year's All-Star Game," Fulmer said as teammates Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias and Francisco Liriano joined them in front of the dugout, complete with a giant ticket to the July 17 Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park and a flight to Washington, D.C.

"I wasn't nervous about the first pitch, but everything that happened after," Kyle said before the Tigers' 3-2 loss to the Royals in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

The evening was in honor of Make-A-Wish's World Wish Day, celebrated on April 29. Make-A-Wish has launched a month-long campaign to grant as many wishes as possible, highlighting how a wish can give people the mental strength to battle illness.

For Van Houten, the All-Star Game is the completion of a baseball journey that has taken him to every Major League park over the last decade. What began with a love of baseball became a journey that has helped lift him through his battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

"It definitely makes it worth it, all the struggles I've had to go through, to have moments like this," Van Houten said.

His love of baseball began, of course, with Tigers games, begging his parents to let him stay up and watch Justin Verlander try to finish off a no-hit bid. They went to games at Comerica Park, which led them to go to games when they traveled east to visit family in New Jersey. Sometimes they'd catch a game in New York, sometimes Pittsburgh, sometimes Philadelphia.

Video: KC@DET: Fulmer on strong start in Game 1, giving back

"When we started this, he hadn't even been diagnosed," his father, Keith Van Houten, said.

As Kyle's battle began, his love for the game grew stronger. They'd plan his visits to his specialist in Cincinnati around Reds homestands so they could catch a game. When his older brother, Jack, did a bicycle ride through the Midwest to raise money for MD research, they saw the Twins, Brewers and White Sox along the way.

As the condition progressed, the trips became more important. Keith and Julie Van Houten marveled at how vividly Kyle could remember even minute details from each game, each park.

"We didn't know the whole baseball plan," his mother said. "We didn't know how crazy he'd get into it."

Along the way, they found a player who felt the same about their cause. Rick Porcello met Kyle and his family through a mutual acquaintance eight years ago. Porcello was pitching for the Tigers at the time and he took a keen interest, inviting Van Houten to games, bringing him to the clubhouse to meet players, and keeping in touch. Their friendship continued after Porcello was traded to the Red Sox.

"He's been an inspiration," Julie Van Houten said. "We were sad to see him leave, but we still love the Tigers."

The Tigers, too, have kept involved with the cause.

The final stop on their ballpark tour was Wrigley Field last summer, before Kyle began classes at Bowling Green State University. He's a business major at BGSU, but he hosts a baseball show on the campus radio station.

"He's 18 already, and he's going to finish his first year at college," Julie Van Houten said. "We're so proud of him. It's just amazing."

Keith picked him up from Bowling Green earlier on Friday. Their trip up I-75 included a lengthy discussion of Kyle's ideas for rules changes in baseball, from expanded rosters to pace of play.

He had a lot more to discuss on the way home, including planning at least one more baseball trip.

"We've had a lot of struggles. He's had a lot of struggles to deal with," Keith said. "But there's been good times as well, and today's one of them. We can't thank the Tigers and Make-A-Wish enough for what they've done."

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Brewers go 3B, HR, HR on 3 pitches in victory

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MILWAUKEE -- Three pitches, three batters and another good night's sleep for Brewers hitting coach Darnell Coles.

Coles admitted being restless about the Brewers' sluggish start at the plate, but scoring 20 runs in two games should help. After a 12-run outburst in Thursday's series opener against Miami, Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw combined for a three-batter barrage in the fourth inning Friday that fueled Jhoulys Chacin's first Brewers victory and the team's fourth straight win, an 8-0 victory over the Marlins at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE -- Three pitches, three batters and another good night's sleep for Brewers hitting coach Darnell Coles.

Coles admitted being restless about the Brewers' sluggish start at the plate, but scoring 20 runs in two games should help. After a 12-run outburst in Thursday's series opener against Miami, Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw combined for a three-batter barrage in the fourth inning Friday that fueled Jhoulys Chacin's first Brewers victory and the team's fourth straight win, an 8-0 victory over the Marlins at Miller Park.

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It happened fast against Marlins right-hander Trevor Richards. Lorenzo Cain extended the fourth inning with a two-out walk. Yelich hit the next pitch for an RBI triple before Braun and Shaw smashed back-to-back first-pitch home runs. In a span of three pitches, a 1-0 Brewers lead had grown to 5-0, and it would be 6-0 before the inning was over.

Video: MIA@MIL: Yelich hits an RBI triple to center

That was plenty for Chacin, who entered his fifth Brewers start with a 5.60 ERA but pitched six scoreless innings for the win. Dan Jennings, Taylor Williams and Oliver Drake completed the Brewers' third shutout victory in the last four games.

Cain, Yelich and Braun scored two runs apiece and Shaw finished with three hits and two RBIs for the Brewers, who have won consecutive games by at least eight runs for the first time since July 31-Aug. 1, 2012.

"I feel like if I'm rolling, I'm kind of getting the team going," Cain said in the wake of Thursday's 12-3 series-opening win. "I'm trying to set the tone."

He is doing a good job of it. Cain was slowed during the Brewers' last road trip by a minor calf injury, but after his fourth-inning walk on Friday, he had reached base in nine of his last 10 plate appearances. Cain reached on an infield single and scored in the first inning Friday, when Richards walked three batters including Eric Thames with the bases loaded, but he wiggled out of further trouble. Cain walked and was stranded in the second, and by the time he batted in the fourth, the Brewers had already stranded six baserunners, including four in scoring position.

Video: MIA@MIL: Thames draws walk for Brewers' first run

The Brewers' five-run fourth inning, on the heels of Thursday's seven-run sixth, provided a breakthrough.

Braun and Shaw teamed for the Brewers' third set of back-to-back home runs this season, and second in as many nights. Braun has been involved in all three of them, and five of his first 13 hits this season cleared the fence.

The last time the Brewers hit back-to-back home runs each on the first pitch was Sept. 1, 2014, at Wrigley Field, when Khris Davis and Gerardo Parra connected against the Cubs.

Shaw's home run was his third of the season. The Brewers tacked on another run after Tayron Guerrero took over for Richards and threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

The Marlins entered Friday with the National League's highest ERA, at 5.53, but Richards was coming off seven shutout innings against the Pirates six days earlier.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought

Austin launches third dinger off Estrada this season
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NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about on Friday, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada. Toronto went on to win, 8-5.

Stanton's third-inning blast marked his first time clearing the fences since April 4 vs. Tampa Bay, coming one game after manager Aaron Boone relocated the reigning National League MVP Award winner to the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Stanton's homer gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead at the time.

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NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about on Friday, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada. Toronto went on to win, 8-5.

Stanton's third-inning blast marked his first time clearing the fences since April 4 vs. Tampa Bay, coming one game after manager Aaron Boone relocated the reigning National League MVP Award winner to the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Stanton's homer gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead at the time.

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The slugger has heard boos in the Bronx to open his pinstriped career, entering play on Friday with four hits in 38 home at-bats (.105). According to Statcast™, Stanton's homer had an exit velocity of 110 mph and traveled a projected 377 feet. When he took his position for the top of the fourth inning, Stanton received a standing ovation from the fans in right field.

It was the third two-run homer of the game, with Tyler Austin and Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez also slugging deep drives. Austin's new favorite pitcher appears to be Estrada, who has now served up all three of the Yankees' first baseman's home runs this season.

Video: TOR@NYY: Austin hammers a two-run homer to right

Austin struck against the right-hander in the second inning, lifting an opposite-field fly ball to right field that carried over Curtis Granderson's head into the seats.

On March 31 at Rogers Centre, Austin homered twice off Estrada in the Yankees' 5-3 loss. Austin now has 10 big league homers, with Estrada the only pitcher that he has taken deep more than once. Nine of Austin's homers have either tied the game or given the Yankees a lead.

Austin is continuing to play while his five-game suspension is appealed. Austin and Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly were disciplined for their involvement in a benches-clearing incident on April 11 at Fenway Park.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Injury updates: Britton, Mancini, Pence, Owings

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Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:

Zach Britton, Orioles
Britton threw 20 fastballs off a half-mound on Friday as he works his way back from offseason Achilles surgery. Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks it is realistic he could return a little after he is eligible to return off the disabled list on May 28. The next step in Britton's recovery is taking fielding practice on Saturday.

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:

Zach Britton, Orioles
Britton threw 20 fastballs off a half-mound on Friday as he works his way back from offseason Achilles surgery. Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks it is realistic he could return a little after he is eligible to return off the disabled list on May 28. The next step in Britton's recovery is taking fielding practice on Saturday.

"Felt really good. It was the first bullpen, so I had to think about that too," said Britton after his rehab session. "Arm felt really good. Just had to really think about getting over that foot, no hesitation, especially as we got going. Maybe the first couple throws, but once we got going it felt really good." More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Trey Mancini, Orioles
Mancini left Friday's game against the Indians after hitting his right knee into the base of the left-field wall. He chased down Indians slugger Yonder Alonso's foul ball, but the ball landed into the stands. Mancini collided into the padded wall, but his knee hit the unpadded base of the wall. He was checked by trainers and left the field gingerly. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Hunter Pence, Giants
The Giants placed Pence on the 10-day disabled list as he continues to nurse a right thumb sprain. Pence hurt his thumb on April 3 after attempting to make a diving catch. He has played through the injury, but now has been given time for it to properly heal. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Steven Wright, Red Sox
Wright was removed from his rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday with stiffness in his back. He was making his first rehab start as he recovers from left knee surgery.

The timetable for his return to the Red Sox is unclear. He started on the 10-day disabled list after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection at the site of his surgery. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Pedroia is slated to rejoin the Red Sox in Boston next week, but his timetable to return to action is undecided. He has been out after undergoing left knee surgery in October.

"He's doing everything, but it's like the beginning of Spring Training for him," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. -- This report was first posted on April 20.

A.J. Pollock, Chris Owings and Randall Delgado, D-backs
Pollock and Owings are nursing injuries after colliding with each other in the outfield on Thursday night. Owings took a knee to the head, but was able to pass his postgame concussion test on both Thursday and Friday afternoon. He also took batting practice with the team.

"Got some sleep last night and felt pretty good," Owings said. "I think they just kind of wanted to give me a day."

Pollock injured his right hand, according to D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. The injury isn't considered serious as Pollock was granted a day off.

"He was going to try and play," Lovullo said. "He banged up his hand in that collision. I decided to remove him from the lineup for precautionary reasons." As for Delgado, he underwent a medical examination on Friday night. He is recovering from a left oblique strain that has landed him on the disabled list. Lovullo said he is progressing in rehab starts, despite a dip in velocity.

"He feels good," Lovullo said. "We just obviously have noticed that the velocity is down. We want to just make sure." More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Video: SF@ARI: Owings leaves game after great sliding grab

Danny Salazar, Indians
Salazar is making strides toward a return to the starting rotation. He has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, but reports out of extended spring training have been favorable, according to Indians manager Terry Francona.

"We're cautiously optimistic that he's kind of turned a corner," Francona said. "His intensity in the bullpens has been good and he says he feels pretty good. So that's good." More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Madison Bumgarner, Giants
The Giants have a tentative timetable in place for the return of their ace, after he had three pins removed from his fractured throwing hand on Thursday.

If all goes well, Bumgarner could return to the mound by late May, manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy said Bumgarner could potentially be ready sometime around May 25.

Bumgarner has yet to pitch this season after being hit by a comebacker in his Spring Training start on March 23. The 28-year-old had a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season for San Francisco, a season in which he also missed extended time due to injury after a dirt-bike accident in late April. More > -- This report was first posted on April 19.

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
Donaldson, who had been playing through a dead arm issue since Opening Day before landing on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation last Friday, played catch at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., on Thursday.

"He threw today and felt great," manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know what that means in terms of a timeline, but he felt great, which is the important thing. ... He won't be here Saturday. That won't happen." More > -- This report was first posted on April 19

Ken Giles, Astros
Giles hasn't pitched since Saturday due to back tightness, manager AJ Hinch said. Hinch added that he doesn't yet know whether the right-handed reliever will need to be placed on the disabled list.

"We don't want him to miss too much time," Hinch said. "Right now, just given that he can't move around and do the things he normally does, it's a little concerning. But we haven't talked DL yet.

Luckily our starting pitchers have gone deep into games, and I don't have enough innings for all our relievers, so Giles being down a few days hasn't impacted us."

Giles posted a 2.30 ERA with 34 saves for Houston last season, but struggled in the postseason, giving up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings (11.74 ERA). In six appearances so far this season, he's allowed two runs on six hits over five innings (3.60 ERA). More > -- This report was first posted on April 19

Joe Musgrove, Pirates
Musgrove has yet to make his Pirates debut after a muscle strain in his right shoulder sidelined him to begin the season. The right-hander said he felt good after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session off the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

Musgrove threw mostly fastballs and changeups during the low-intensity session with pitches around 75-80 mph. He said he planned on throwing a more intense, 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and hoped to add a simulated game next Wednesday in Pittsburgh before going out for a rehab assignment. More > -- This report was first posted on April 19

Ronald Torreyes hit a single even though he wasn't holding the bat when it hit the ball

Yankees infielder Ronald Torreyes is off to a hot start to the 2018 season. After the Yankees' 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, Torreyes' batting average sits at a zesty .438.

When you're hot, you're hot. So, when Danny Barnes threw him a two-strike slider that broke out of his reach, Torreyes literally threw his bat at it.