The hottest hitter in baseball struck again on Friday night when Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton connected on yet another impressive home run. Only this time the drama wasn’t attached to how far it would go (a more than respectable 407 feet), because it served as a walk-off grand slam that gave Miami an 8-4 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners .
Stanton’s slam came immediately after the umpires reversed a critical call at third base. Reed Johnson was originally ruled out on a force play, but the umpires determined third baseman Kyle Seager never controlled the baseball before transferring, which loaded the bases with nobody out. MLB intends on reviewing transfer plays next week, but that won’t be soon enough for Seattle. It hampered the Mariners’ game plan, which up to that point was to pitch around Stanton when possible.
”We tried to stay away from him all night, because he is the one guy in that lineup that can really hurt you,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ”We had no choice there.”
Stanton finished the game 3 for 3 with two walks and five RBI. Through 17 games, he has six home runs and a league-high 26 RBIs. With that in mind, Saturday’s game plan may call for avoidance at all costs.
It’s also worth noting that Stanton previously hit a walk-off grand slam on May 13, 2012 against the New York Mets.
AARON HARANG FLIRTS WITH NO-NO:  Aaron Harang was a late addition to the Atlanta Braves roster, signing a one-year contract on March 24 only after the Braves learned that Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy would each require their second Tommy John surgery. On Friday, Harang looked like he belonged all along and nearly entered the history books after tossing seven no-hit innings in the Braves’ 6-0 triump over the New York Mets
Harang didn’t get a chance to pursue history on his own because it wasn’t his most efficient outing. Over seven innings, he walked six batters while striking out five. Two of those walks came as he labored through his final inning. He finally got Andrew Brown to swing through a slider low and away on his 121st pitch to escape. Based on the pitch count and the fact Harang’s was operating on fumes, Fredi Gonzalez turned to left-hander Luis Avalan without hesitation in the eighth.
”I want him pitching 27 more times,” Gonzalez said. ”If it was the ninth inning, maybe, think about it.”
”If I’m through eight, I’m going back out,” Harang said.
Harang didn’t make it that far. Neither did the no-hitter. With two outs in the eighth, David Wright singled for New York’s only hit.
Had the Braves completed the no-hit bid, it would have been their first since Kent Mercker against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994. Mercker was also a part of the Braves’ last combined no-hitter, which happened on Sept. 11, 1991 against the San Diego Padres.
YANKEES BULLPEN HITS THE WALL: It was bound to happen eventually. The Yankees bullpen has been exceptional despite losing closer David Robertson, putting up nothing but zeros over the last seven games. That all changed on Friday, though, as the Rays offense erupted for eight runs in their final two at-bats to pull out an 11-5 victory .
Five different Yankees relievers allowed runs, including Adam Warren and César Cabral, who each allowed three. In fact, Cabral didn’t record a single out, hit three batters and was ejected by umpire Joe West. He was designated for assignment following the game.
James Loney’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave Tampa Bay its first lead and was easily the biggest hit in the game. Wil Myers put the icing on the cake with a two-run single in the eighth, breaking his 10-game RBI drought in the process.

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Tanner Scheppers felt discomfort in his pitching elbow long before the Texas Rangers went to spring training with a plan to turn the right-hander into a starter. Scheppers finally said something after the fourth start of his big league career, and now he’s headed to the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Texas made the move Friday, a day after Scheppers gave up six runs in the shortest of his starts – 2 1-3 innings in an 8-6 win over Seattle. General manager Jon Daniels said an MRI showed inflammation in the muscle and no structural damage to the ligament.

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Chris Young’s first start in the majors in 19 months was likely everything he and Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon could have hoped for. After tossing six scoreless innings in his home debut with the Mariners, Young will look for similar success Friday night when slumping Seattle visits the also-struggling Miami Marlins for the opener of a three-game series. Young didn’t pitch last season because of continuing issues with his surgically repaired pitching shoulder and was released by Washington on March 25 before signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract with Seattle two days later. Young tossed two spotless innings of relief against Oakland on April 6, then held the A’s to four singles Sunday before the Mariners’ bullpen faltered in a 3-0 loss.

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Case in point, the rule came into play in two recent games involving American League West teams. Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley had a particularly tough time with the rule in a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on Saturday. First baseman Brandon Moss’ apparent flyout in the third inning turned into an RBI single when Ackley dropped the ball during the transfer. However, Moss was called out for passing third baseman Josh Donaldson, who thought the ball was caught and retreated to first.

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Jayson Werth’s homer scored three unearned runs against Jose Fernandez, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 6-3 Wednesday. Two errors in the sixth inning by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia helped the Nationals overcome a 3-0 deficit. Pinch-hitter Zach Walters broke a tie in the eighth inning with his second career homer – and his second in as many nights. The Nationals took the rubber game of the three-game series despite being without four starters, including Bryce Harper, a late scratch because of a tight left quadriceps that has bothered him since Friday.

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Prince Fielder ended his Texas home run drought, and Robbie Ross finally got some help from the offense as a starter. Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan (0-1) to lead off the second inning.

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Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was scheduled to make one final rehab start on Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma before joining the major league starting rotation. But that plan can now be torched.

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The Braves-Phillies game was GONZO with a capital X. In no small part because Dan Uggla was the hero.

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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected from Monday night’s game after disputing a ruling overturned by replay that gave the Seattle Mariners a run. The Mariners had the bases loaded in the sixth when Brad Miller hit a comebacker to pitcher Pedro Figueroa, who threw home. Umpire Paul Schrieber initially ruled an out at the plate, even though catcher J.P. Arencibia bobbled the ball on a transfer without dropping it or making a throw. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon challenged the call.

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