Halladay shuts down Mets as Phillies win 2-1 (AP)

Roy Halladay didn't think he was sharp warming up before the game. Boy was he wrong. Halladay pitched a seven-hitter to help Philadelphia set a club record with its 18th victory in April as the Phillies beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Saturday. He threw his first 18 pitches for strikes becoming the first pitcher since 1991 to accomplish that feat.

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Homer-happy Howard propels Phillies (Yahoo! Sports)

The Philadelphia Phillies entered Friday night having scored four or fewer runs in 16 of their first 24 games to start the season. Their home run production was also nothing to boast about, as they ranked 21st in baseball with 20 home runs.

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Mets’ Pelfrey gets pounded in return from stomach ailment (Yahoo! Sports)

The debate had gone on for days whether the New York Mets should start Mike Pelfrey or push him back -- and even when the decision was done and the game was over Friday night, the debate still seemed to be lingering. For Pelfrey, the long week of stomach ailments that had weakened...

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NL Roundup: A look at Friday’s games (The Canadian Press)

Tim Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, was outpitched Friday night. Of course, everyone has looked dominant against the scuffling San Francisco lineup lately.

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Howard’s slam, 6 RBIs, lead Phillies over Mets (AP)

Two big swings by Ryan Howard made it a comfortable night on the mound for rookie fill-in Vance Worley. Howard hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to back six scoreless innings by Worley and lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

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Baseball notebook: Double trouble for Braves (Yahoo! Sports)

Pitching coach Roger McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Atlanta Braves on Friday, six days after he was accused of directing anti-gay slurs and obscene gestures toward fans at San Francisco's AT&T Park. McDowell issued an apology Wednesday for his actions, which...

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Baseball great Dwight Gooden still connecting with fans: A fan’s perspective (Associated Content)

After meeting baseball great Dwight Gooden, A.J. Goins knew that he had made a friend. Gooden first appeared in the major leagues with the New York Mets in 1984. He won the National League Rookie of the Year that season by going 17-9, striking out 276 batters and crafting a 2.60 ERA.

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Braves place McDowell on administrative leave (Yahoo! Sports)

Pitching coach Roger McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Atlanta Braves on Friday, six days after he was accused of directing anti-gay slurs and obscene gestures toward fans at San Francisco's AT&T Park. McDowell issued an apology Wednesday for his actions, which...

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Throwing Pains: Joe Mauer’s return date remains open (Yahoo! Sports)

Welcome to Throwing Pains, your weekly run to the hot corner hospital to see what the Rx roll call looks like. I am not a doctor and I won't even play one on the web. Nope, it's up to the … Continue reading →

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New father Desmond returns with big night for Nats (AP)

Ian Desmond took two games off for the birth of his son and returned with a gift for his Washington Nationals teammates. Desmond homered and tripled in his first game back from paternity leave to lead Washington past the New York Mets 4-3 Thursday night. "Watching the games the last two days, it seemed like the team needed a little spark," Desmond said.

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