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Ace Pitchers Break Out the Lumber 0


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It was a big weekend for pitchers who stepped into the batter's box. Well, for two pitchers, anyway. And for very different reasons.

The first big bottom-of-the-order hit came in San Francisco. On Friday night, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner stepped to the plate in the 4th inning with two outs and the bases loaded. On the first pitch he saw from Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, Bumgarner jacked a grand slam (and his third career home run) deep over the left field wall:
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MLB Preview 2014: National League Scouting Report 1


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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is underway — and we have everything you need to know! Jump into all the action with our in-depth write-ups and bold predictions for all 30 MLB teams.

Today we look at the National League. (Yesterday we focused on the American League.) Click the links below to check out scouting reports on each division!
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MLB Preview 2014: American League Scouting Report 0


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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is underway — and we have everything you need to know! Jump into all the action with our in-depth write-ups and bold predictions for all 30 MLB teams.

First up: the American League. Click the links below to check out scouting reports on each division. And come back tomorrow for our look at the National League!
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Batkid Makes AT&T Park Safe for Baseball! 2


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Back in November, 5-year-old Miles Scott had the experience of a lifetime. When Miles was a baby, he was diagnosed with leukemia. While he was going through chemotherapy, Miles dreamt of beating his disease and becoming Batman — er, Batkid. So when his cancer went into remission, the Make-a-Wish Foundation swooped in to make Miles' dream a reality. The organization partnered with San Francisco to bring Batman to town and seek out Miles' help to save the city. Making Miles' wish come true made headlines all over the world — and made Miles one happy kid.

Yesterday, the story of Batkid continued at AT&T Park. It was the Giants home opener, and the team enlisted Batkid's help in getting the season started right. With Batman by his side, Batkid threw out the ceremonial first pitch — after he made a superhero-caliber entrance:
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Core Four Joins Derek Jeter for the Captain's Last Opening Day 0


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Yesterday was Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, which might as well be a national holiday for baseball fans (especially in New York). But this season's first game at the legendary ballpark was a little more special.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter is calling it a career at the end of the 2014 campaign. And that means yesterday was Jeter's last Opening Day as a player. More than 48,000 people packed the House that George Built to be part of history — including some very special guests. Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada took the field with Jeter to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, and Jeter made up the Yanks' Core Four that led the team to five World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).
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Non-Final Four Highlight of the Weekend: Ike Davis' Walk-Off Slam 0


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After the Mets opened the season by getting swept by the Nationals, it was all doom and gloom around Citi Field. New season, same old Mets. Well, maybe not. The Mets got back on track winning back-to-back game against the Reds. And in the case of the second W, they did it in dramatic fashion.

Heading in to the bottom of the ninth, the Mets were down 3-2. But New York loaded the bases for pinch hitter Ike Davis — and he seized the opportunity. Davis jacked the only thing more exciting than a walk-off home run: a walk-off grand slam!
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LEGO Fenway Park, from the Ground Up 0


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The 2013 World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox received their championship rings today at their first home game of the 2014 season. The Red Sox are playing in Boston this weekend for the first time since closing out the Cardinals in the Series, which means there's no better time to debut the LEGO version of Fenway Park.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will unveil a meticulously designed and built LEGO recreation of Fenway on Sunday. The park is made out of 28,000 LEGO bricks and features details big (the Green Monster) and small (the Pesky Pole), along with 800 minfigure Sox fans in the stands. It took 450 hours to build, weighs 68 pounds, and is 12 square feet.

LEGO Fenway will make its first appearance at the grand opening of the Kids Nation Clubhouse, before being moved to the Discovery Center when it opens on May 23. (Last season, the Discovery Center built a World Series trophy out of LEGO to celebrate Boston's victory.) If you can't make it to Boston — or even if you can — you'll want to check out this awesome time-lapse video of the construction of LEGO Fenway:
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