PHOENIX (AP) -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis got a break from treatments for testicular cancer to play catch in the outfield at Chase Field before Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bettis is being treated in nearby Scottsdale, not far from his home, allowing him to re-unite with his teammates during a three-game series against Arizona.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following injuries sustained in a dirt-biking accident. The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in the April 20 crash on the team's day off in Colorado. Bumgarner started rehab Friday focused on improving his range of motion, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. The ceremony will be May 3 before a game against the rival San Francisco Giants. Scully will join Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Junior Gilliam, Sandy Koufax, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Don Sutton and former managers Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda in the Ring of Honor.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks suffered through a heartbreaking loss the night before and learned earlier in the day that they may have lost one of their starting pitchers for the season. A letdown would have been easy. In fact, their manager was a little concerned it might happen. Instead, the Diamondbacks were loose, wrapping up another home series win behind Taijuan Walker's dominant performance and an early string of home runs.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes limped off with a pulled hamstring, Matt Harvey was chased in the fifth inning as he made an emergency start in place of ailing Noah Syndergaard, and the New York Mets' losing streak reached six with a 7-5 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Less than 24 hours after losing to the Giants in 10 innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned the tables and managed just their second win in their last nine games in San Francisco. Run-scoring singles by Andrew Toles and Justin Turner in the 10th inning led the Dodgers to a 5-1 victory Thursday after Los Angeles pitcher Julio Urias made a solid start in his 2017 debut.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow, leaving him with a difficult decision. He could have Tommy John surgery, a route that would keep him out at least until the middle of next season. He also could try rehabilitating it, even go with stem cell injections, though that comes with the risk of tearing the ligament completely, leading to surgery anyway.
DENVER (AP) -- The math is pretty simple for Dusty Baker: His big-hitting lineup plus Coors Field equals loads of runs. "But I didn't have any idea we were going to score that many," the Washington manager said. Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as part of an 11-run seventh inning, Trea Turner enjoyed another big game at the hitter-friendly ballpark and the Nationals routed the Colorado Rockies 16-5 on Thursday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Just a few bob-and-weaves from the Rocky Balboa statue, the NFL set the stage for the draft that turned a chunk of the city into gridlock for future stars of the gridiron.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Julio Urias made his first start of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the Dodgers optioned reliever Adam Liberatore to Oklahoma City. The 20-year-old Urias went 5-2 in four stints with the Dodgers last season.
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LOFTY NUMBERS Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA) brings his impressive numbers against the Yankees to the mound when the Red Sox host New York in the finale of a series shortened by rain. The lefty is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in his career vs.
DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner wore everything he could to stay warm, including a red ski mask that covered his face. For someone who doesn't enjoy hitting in the cold, he sure was hot at the plate. Turner hit for the third cycle in Nationals history and drove in a career-high seven runs, helping Washington to a 15-12 win over the Colorado Rockies on a frigid Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner will not require surgery on his sprained pitching shoulder and is scheduled to begin light rehabilitation activities in four or five days. The 2014 World Series MVP bruised ribs and sprained his pitching shoulder in the dirt bike accident during last Thursday's off day in Colorado. He is wearing a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner had nearly finished a ride of more than two hours in the mountains outside Denver when his rented dirt bike slipped on the trail and took the pitcher to the ground directly onto his pitching shoulder. The 2014 World Series MVP bruised ribs and sprained the AC joint in his pitching shoulder in the dirt bike accident during Thursday's off day in Colorado.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment. They will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason this year after losing two of the National League's top players this past week.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills -- just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season. The Dodgers are on track to slice their tax bill by about a quarter this year and the Yankees by two-thirds.
PHOENIX (AP) -- For most of the night Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks were locked in a tight NL West fight. Then came the eighth inning, and an avalanche of Arizona runs. Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Chris Iannetta each drove in two in a nine-run inning and the Diamondbacks routed the Dodgers 13-5. "Hats off to everybody," Arizona's Chris Owings said.
DENVER (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner was zooming around on a dirt bike during his team's day off when he hit a slippery spot and crashed. The freak accident landed him on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career Friday and left the San Francisco Giants coping with the loss of their ace as they struggle through a rough start.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kris Bryant has the most popular jersey in baseball. The Chicago Cubs third baseman has taken over that spot from retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. The commissioner's office and players' association also said Friday that the Cubs had four of the five most popular jerseys following their first title since 1908. First baseman Anthony Rizzo is second, infielder Javier Baez is fourth and left fielder Kyle Schwarber fifth.