The hottest hitter in baseball struck again on Friday night when Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton connected on yet another impressive home run. Only this time the drama wasn’t attached to far it would go (a more than respectable 407 feet), because it served as a walkoff grand slam that gave Miami an 8-4 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners .
Stanton’s slam came immediately after the umpires reversed a critical call at third base. Reed Johnson was originally ruled out on a force play, but the umpires determined third baseman Kyle Seager never controlled the baseball before transferring, which loaded the bases with nobody out. MLB intends on reviewing transfer plays next week, but that won’t be soon enough for Seattle. It hampered their game plan, which up to that point was to pitch around Stanton when possible.
”We tried to stay away from him all night, because he is the one guy in that lineup that can really hurt you,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ”We had no choice there.”
Stanton finished the game 3 for 3 with two walks and five RBI. Through 17 games, he has six home runs and a league-high 26 RBI. With that in mind, Saturday’s game plan may call for avoidance at all costs.
It’s also worth noting that Stanton previously hit a walk-off grand slam on May 13, 2012 against the New York Mets.
AARON HARANG FLIRTS WITH NO-NO:  Aaron Harang was a late addition to the Atlanta Braves roster, signing a one-year contract on March 24 only after the Braves learned that Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy would each require their second Tommy John surgery. On Friday, he looked like he belonged all along and nearly entered the history books after tossing seven no-hit innings in the Braves 6-0 triump over the New York Mets
Harang didn’t get a chance to pursue history on his own because it wasn’t his most efficient outing. Over seven innings, he walked six batters while striking out five. Two of those walks came as he labored through his final inning. He finally got Andrew Brown to swing through a slider low and away on his 121st pitch to escape. Based on the pitch count and the fact Harang’s was operating on fumes, Fredi Gonzalez turned to left-hander Luis Avalan without hesitation in the eighth.
”I want him pitching 27 more times,” Gonzalez said. ”If it was the ninth inning, maybe, think about it.”
”If I’m through eight, I’m going back out,” Harang said.
Harang didn’t make it that far. Neither did the no-hitter. With two outs in the eighth, David Wright singled for New York’s only hit.
Had the Braves completed the no-hit bid, it would have been their first since Kent Mercker against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994. Mercker was also a part of the Braves last combined no-hitter, which happened on Sept. 11, 1991 against the San Diego Padres.
YANKEES BULLPEN HITS THE WALL: It was bound to happen eventually. The Yankees bullpen has been exceptional despite losing closer David Robertson, putting up nothing but zeros over the last seven games. That all changed on Friday, though, as the Rays offense erupted for eight runs in their final two at-bats to pull out an 11-5 victory .
Five different Yankees relievers allowed runs, including Adam Warren and César Cabral, who each allowed three. In fact, Cabral didn’t record a single out, hit three batters and was ejected by umpire Joe West. He was designated for assignment following the game.
James Loney’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave Tampa Bay their first lead and was easily the biggest hit in the game. Wil Myers put the icing on the cake with a two-run single in the eighth, breaking his 10-game RBI drought in the process.

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When A.J. Burnett was unable to finish pitches last Friday against the Marlins en route to his second straight six-walk performance, the groin injury that ended his night looked like a potential deathblow to the Phillies’ pitching staff. Burnett, pitchingThursdayafternoon for the first time since being diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, had his best start as a Phillie. “It’s gonna be a blessing in disguise I think,” Burnett said of the injury after the Phillies’ 1-0 win (see Instant Replay). Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg agreed.

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Chris Young’s first start in the majors in 19 months was likely everything he and Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon could have hoped for. After tossing six scoreless innings in his home debut with the Mariners, Young will look for similar success Friday night when slumping Seattle visits the also-struggling Miami Marlins for the opener of a three-game series. Young didn’t pitch last season because of continuing issues with his surgically repaired pitching shoulder and was released by Washington on March 25 before signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract with Seattle two days later. Young tossed two spotless innings of relief against Oakland on April 6, then held the A’s to four singles Sunday before the Mariners’ bullpen faltered in a 3-0 loss.

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Coming off a series win over the Miami Marlins, the Nationals now return home for an 11-game homestand beginning with four games against the defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.25) will pitch the first game with Michael Wacha set for Game 2. Needless to say, the Nationals’ makeshift lineup will have its work cut out for them over the next two nights. Wainwright enters today with 12 career starts against the Nationals.

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Even with Bryce Harper in the lineup, the Washington Nationals have struggled to beat the St. Louis Cardinals of late. Avoiding an eighth consecutive regular-season loss to the visiting Cardinals might remain tough despite the hobbled Harper’s expected return in Thursday night’s series opener. The star outfielder has been dealing with the injury since Friday and also left Monday’s 9-2 victory over the Marlins when he slipped running the bases in the seventh inning. “I decided to get him out of there, give him a day just to calm it down a little bit,” manager Matt Williams said.

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A few older closers are still making it work, but the promise of youth is too much to ignore, in your pens, and in your lineups.

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MIAMI (AP) — Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got into a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate, prompting both benches to clear during the fourth inning.

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The Braves extended their win streak to four games on Monday night with a wild win in Philadelphia, a game that saw them blow a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, then win it on a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth. Ervin Santana was excellent in his second start with the team. The Braves also, however, revealed Craig Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder. Still, it is something to watch as Kimbrel is one of the Braves’ best players and a guy who has killed the Nationals over the years.

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It was only 24 hours ago that the Phillies bullpen was being lauded for its part in a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins. Suffice it to say that the bullpen did not continue its efficiency on Monday night. What would have been the Phillies best win of the early season ended up as their worst loss when Jake Diekman couldnt protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. Atlantas Dan Uggla belted a grand slam with one out to lift the Braves to a wild 9-6 win at Citizens Bank Park (see Instant Replay).

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Goodbye, Braves-Though the Nationals would have loved to avoid the sweepthis weekend, they have to be happy to leave Atlanta. The Braves have continued their dominance over the Nationals, pushing their record against Washington to 18-7 over the last two seasons. This year the Nats are 1-5 against their rivals and have been outscored 32 runs to 16. The Nationals continue to have trouble stopping the Braves’ lineup, most notably Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman.

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