Baseball standings (Reuters)

April 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Thursday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Baltimore 13 8 .619 - 2. Boston 12 10 .545 1 1/2 3. Tampa Bay 10 11 .476 3 4. Toronto 10 13 .435 4 5. NY Yankees 8 12 .400 4 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Chicago White Sox 16 7 .696 - 2. Kansas City 12 9 .571 3 3. Cleveland 10 9 .526 4 4. Detroit 11 10 .524 4 5. Minnesota 7 15 .318 8 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 12 10 .545 - 2. Seattle 11 10 .524 0 1/2 3. LA Angels 11 11 .500 1 4. Oakland 11 12 .478 1 1/2 5. Houston 7 15 . ...

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Braves-Cubs Preview (The Associated Press)

The Chicago Cubs already lost one of their bright young stars for the season. It's uncertain if Kris Bryant will be available Friday when the Cubs look to continue their recent dominance over the visiting Atlanta Braves. Bryant suffered a mild right ankle sprain running the bases in Thursday's 7-2 win over Milwaukee.

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Reds-Pirates Preview (The Associated Press)

Clint Hurdle got the Pittsburgh Pirates to believe in his new approach for the offense, and it's paying off with the franchise's best April at the plate in 86 years. Hurdle is using a combination of rest and strategy to spur Pittsburgh (13-9) offensively. The moves have produced 119 runs and a .294 average, the Pirates' highest in April since hitting .331 in 1930.

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Tigers-Twins Preview (The Associated Press)

The Detroit Tigers are hoping to get a glimpse of what's in store for the future by sending Michael Fulmer to the mound, and he'd like to make enough of an impression to remain in the majors. The Tigers turn to their top pitching prospect for a spot start Friday night when they try to match a season-high three-game winning streak against the Minnesota Twins. A blister on Shane Greene's right middle finger forced him to leave in the fourth inning of Sunday's 6-3 loss to Cleveland, eventually landing him on the disabled list.

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LEADING OFF: Matz-Peavy, Yanks-Red Sox highlight Friday (The Associated Press)

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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Bryce Harper would play in WBC if U.S. roster is built to win (Big League Stew)

The United States has never won the World Baseball Classic, but the best player in the U.S. would like to change that. Washington Nationals outfielder and reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper said he is open to the idea of playing for the U.S. team next year in the fourth edition of the WBC but he would do so only if other American stars from around the major leagues decided to join him. He wants to be a part of a team truly built to win the title. [ Rookie phenom Trevor Story on pace to make wrong kind of history ] "I think when you really look at it, if the guys play that you really want to play with, then definitely I'll play. But if we're not going to have the opportunity to win, then I don't want to play," Harper told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "If we do that, then I'm definitely in. If not, I probably won't do it.” Harper said he would like to see other young stars such as New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado The WBC is contested every four years. It features a group of 16 teams, 12 of which are The most recent U.S. team in the WBC featured a slew of players from major league rosters, but the U.S. failed to finish in the top four despite having players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Adam Jones, Ben Zobrist, Eric Hosmer, David Wright, Joe Mauer, Gio Gonzalez, Glen Perkins and Derek Holland among others. Of course, Team USA isn’t the only team that features major league talent. [ Tigers desperately need Justin Upton's bat to wake up soon ] Harper might actually have things backward in his view of the situation. He is the best young player in the game at the moment and a guy a lot of other players would love to play with, especially in an event such as the WBC. If Harper were to commit to playing, he would probably attract others to join him as opposed to waiting for others to commit and then joining the group. It will be interesting to see if Harper comes around to that way of thinking. Having a player of Harper’s caliber would certainly drive more interest in the tournament and give the U.S. hope for a title. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: The StewPod: A baseball podcast by Yahoo Sports Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Kyle Ringo is a contributing writer to Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

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Anthony Gose doubles, homers to lead Tigers over A's 7-3 (The Associated Press)

Anibal Sanchez think he is getting closer to finding the mechanics that deserted him last year,. Despite control problems, he was good enough to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Thursday. Going back to the rotating motion that sees him turn his back on the hitter, Sanchez (3-2) scraped through 5 2/3 innings, throwing 114 pitches.

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Giants-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

Not known as a home-run hitter, new Mets second baseman Neil Walker's sudden power stroke has helped key New York's surge. The San Francisco Giants' run has been spurred by a couple of regulars in their lineup in Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. Walker and the Mets go for a seventh straight win in Friday night's series opener against the visiting Giants, who are seeking a sixth victory in seven games.

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MLB Power Rankings: Providing optimism to all 30 teams (Yahoo Sports)

In honor of the Reds' Twitter account, here's our silver-lining for the rest of baseball.

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Baseball standings (Reuters)

April 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Wednesday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Baltimore 12 8 .600 - 2. Boston 12 9 .571 0 1/2 3. Tampa Bay 10 11 .476 2 1/2 4. Toronto 10 13 .435 3 1/2 5. NY Yankees 8 12 .400 4 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Chicago White Sox 16 6 .727 - 2. Kansas City 12 9 .571 3 1/2 3. Cleveland 10 9 .526 4 1/2 4. Detroit 10 10 .500 5 5. Minnesota 7 15 .318 9 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 12 10 .545 - 2. Seattle 11 10 .524 0 1/2 3. LA Angels 11 11 .500 1 4. Oakland 11 11 .500 1 5. Houston 7 15 . ...

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