Scrappy Schafer sparks Astros to win over Mets (The SportsXchange)

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros leadoff hitter Jordan Schafer steps into the batter's box with one goal in mind.

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NL Capsules (The Associated Press)

ATLANTA (AP) Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough as they beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.

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Downs hits 2-run HR to help Astros beat Mets 4-3 (The Associated Press)

HOUSTON (AP) Jordan Schafer has reached base safely in every game for the Houston Astros this season.

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Astros 4, Mets 3 (The SportsXchange)

HOUSTON -- Jordan Schafer scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Jed Lowrie with one out in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros rescued a

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Giants’ homegrown talent clicks with fans (The SportsXchange)

The San Francisco Giants tried something new this year. They kept quite a few young, homegrown hitters on their Opening Day roster.

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National League notebook — April 30, 2012 (The SportsXchange)

Arizona: RH reliever Joe Martinez was optioned to Class AAA Reno to make room for LHP Patrick Corbin on the 25-man roster. Martinez allowed one run in one inning in his lone major league appearance this season. IF Geoff Blum (strained side muscle) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot for Corbin on the 40-man roster. ... LF Jason Kubel (illness) was a late scratch, so Gerardo Parra started and had a single and an RBI groundout. Parra had hits in all four games of the Miami series, and he has hit safely in eight of his last nine. Kubel has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.

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Mets CF Torres activated from DL (The Associated Press)

HOUSTON (AP) New York Mets center fielder Andres Torres has been activated from the disabled list and is in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Houston Astros.

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Pelfrey to have season-ending Tommy John surgery (The Associated Press)

HOUSTON (AP) Mets starter Mike Pelfrey will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday.

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Two series per year between ‘natural’ rivals could become a thing of the past (Big League Stew)

Those who say that same-city interleague series have stopped being special may see their belief reflected in future schedules. Matchups like Mets-Yankees and Cubs-White Sox could become only a one series per year affair, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports . That's because the Houston Astros' move to the AL in 2013 (and the necessity for year-round interleague play that follows) has created a scheduling nightmare that even the best computers will have trouble creating. From ESPN New York : The Mets and Yankees will continue to play six games a season -- three apiece at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium -- when the AL East and NL East line up for long-form interleague play every three years. But in the other seasons, a major league source added, the competition likely will be limited to three games at one ballpark, or two games apiece at each ballpark. Sources cautioned that the 2013 Major League Baseball schedule, and the precise new configurations, are still being discussed. I'm guessing those ongoing "discussions" involve Jerry Reinsdorf of the White Sox and Fred Wilpon of the Mets getting their friend Bud Selig on the phone and complaining about the guaranteed three sellouts that could disappear from their ledgers every few seasons.

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Posey thrilled with strong first month in comeback (The Associated Press)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Buster Posey knows the day will come when he again has to step toward the third-base line, see a charging runner trying to score and brace for a collision.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on April 30, 2012

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