Red Sox get to Arrieta early, beat Cubs 5-4

BOSTON (AP) -- Against Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, the Red Sox didn't have time for a slow start Friday night -- not exactly a strength for them this season. Andrew Benintendi helped Boston solve that issue, and the club just had to hang on from there. Benintendi hit a solo homer off Arrieta to spark a five-run first inning and Boston beat Chicago 5-4.

Not so sticky: MLB says no violation in Molina stuck ball

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil knew the video of the ball getting stuck on Yadier Molina's chest protector would go viral. "I fully expected that because I've never seen it," Cecil said before St. Louis played Cincinnati on Friday. "I've been playing baseball for a long time and I've never seen it, so I'm sure there is an uproar about it. But if I could explain it I would, but I can't.

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GOLF-MASTERS Hoffman goes on birdie-run after top-ranked Johnson withdraws from Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman was too hot to catch. Dustin Johnson was too sore to play. Hoffman has the first-round lead at the Masters, taming Augusta National during an afternoon in which the top-ranked Johnson had to withdraw because of a back injury.

Molina: "Dumb" to ask about substance on chest protector

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight -- a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him. But the St. Louis star didn't think it was so funny when asked if a foreign substance helped the thing cling. "Did I put anything on my chest protector to stick?" Molina said. "That's a dumb question.

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MASTERS-JOHNSON WITHDRAWS Hoffman goes on birdie-run after top-ranked Johnson withdraws from Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman was too hot to catch. Dustin Johnson was too sore to play. Hoffman has the first-round lead at the Masters, taming Augusta National during an afternoon in which the top-ranked Johnson had to withdraw because of a back injury.