May 19, 2011; St. Louis, MO. USA; Houston Astros left fielder Carlos Lee (45) follows through on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Save, and a beauty
Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz makes a diving catch on a ball hit by the Dodgers' Jamey Carroll to finish off San Francisco's 3-1 victory Thursday night in Los Angeles. Schierholtz's catch also preserved the first victory of the season for hard-luck Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
Padres pinch runner Eric Patterson steals second in the bottom of the ninth inning ahead of the tag of Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell. Patterson later scored on a sacrifice fly for the only run of the game in San Diego's 1-0 victory.
But did he get a hot dog?
Diamondbacks third baseman Ryan Roberts goes into the crowd to catch a foul ball off the bat of the Braves' Nate McLouth during the fifth inning. Arizona held off Atlanta 2-1 on Thursday.
Howard Kendrick hits a home run against the Mariners in the fourth inning Thursday in Seattle. Unfortunately for the Angels, that accounted for their only run in a 2-1 loss.
Detroit's Justin Verlander, he of the recent no-hitter, delivers to Red Sox batter Jacoby Ellsbury during the first inning Thursday at Fenway Park. Verlander struck out nine Boston batters in eight strong innings, but he didn't figure in the decision, a 4-3 Red Sox victory.
Mark Teixeira (25), Derek Jeter, center, and Jorge Posada celebrate the Yankees' 13-2 rout of the Orioles on Thursday in Baltimore. Each of the three players had an extra-base hit in New York's 14-hit attack: Teixeira hit his 10th home run of the season, Jeter had a double and a triple, and Posada added a double.
Melky Cabrera singles during the third inning Thursday for one of his three hits in the Royals' 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings. Cabrera got his final hit in the bottom of the 10th and scored Kansas City's winning run.
Old guy rules
Jason Giambi hits a three-run home run during the first inning Thursday against the Phillies, one of the 40-year-old first baseman's three homers in the Rockies' 7-1 victory at Philadelphia.
Hold it like an egg
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz chats with pitcher Kyle Kendrick during the first inning Thursday against the Rockies. Kendrick, who started in place of Joe Blanton (sore right elbow), gave up seven hits and five earned runs in three innings. He also gave up two of Jason Giambi's three home runs.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tags out Reds baserunner Brandon Phillips on a throw from left fielder Xavier Paul during the seventh inning Thursday. Pittsburgh won 5-3 to sweep Cincinnati in a two-game series.
He did enough
Astros left fielder Carlos Lee follows through on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against the Cardinals on Thursday at Busch Stadium. Lee had Houston's only RBI in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis.
Force in motion
A's relief pitcher Craig Breslow (56) delivers a pitch during the fifth inning against the Twins at Oakland. Breslow and four other A's pitchers got knocked around as Minnesota won 11-1.
Drop one down
The Angels' Bobby Abreu lays down a sacrifice bunt against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning Wednesday in Seattle. It didn't help as the Angels' scoreless-innings streak reached 21 with a 3-0 loss to Seattle.
Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui breaks his bat on a base hit against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of Oakland's 4-3 loss on Wednesday.
Bringin' the heat
Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo strikes out nine in six innings against the Padres for a 5-2 win on Wednesday in San Diego.
Braves catcher Brian McCann throws out Arizona's Joe Saunders after a sacrifice bunt during the third inning Wednesday in Phoenix. The D-backs won 5-4 in 11 innings.
Rain can't cool us off
The Mets' Justin Turner (left) and Jose Reyes talk before the top of the eighth inning as the grounds crew tries to dry the field a bit during Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in New York. Reyes had three hits and Turner drove in two runs in a 3-0 win.
Nice job, Bud
Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris rubs his face after walking St. Louis' Allen Craig with the bases loaded to score Jon Jay during the third inning Wednesday in St. Louis. Norris allowed five runs in five innings and lost 5-1.
Beat ya to the bag
Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski slides in under Orlando Cabrera's tag to advance on a fly ball in the second inning Wednesday. The White Sox shut out the Indians, 1-0.
A little room, please
Royals catcher Matt Treanor runs into the backstop and is unable to catch a first-inning foul ball against the Rangers.
Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa allows earned one run and five hits in eight innings but is saddled with the loss in Colorado's 2-1 loss to the Phillies.
Shouldering the load
Pirates righty Charlie Morton throws a five-hitter to silence the Reds in Pittsburgh's 5-0 win that ending the Pirates' six-game losing streak.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson can't haul in Dustin Pedroia's single in the first inning.
Rays outfielder B.J. Upton is hit by a pitch from Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch during the second inning.
Alex Rodriguez scores on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against the Orioles.
Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukodome runs out of room in his attempt to bring back Hanley Ramirez's first-inning home run during Chicago's 7-5 victory over the Marlins.
You da man
St. Louis' Lance Berkman is congratulated after hitting a single to knock in the winning run to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 during the ninth inning Tuesday in St. Louis.
Matt, meet wall
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp robs Milwaukee's Casey McGehee of a hit during the first inning Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 3-0.
Not good enough
Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez allows just two runs to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday but is outdueled by Francisco Liriano as the Twins snap a nine-game skid with a 2-1 win.
Drop one down
Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera bunts during the first inning Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals. The bunt advanced teammate Michael Brantley to third base. Cleveland completed a two-game sweep.
White Sox closer Sergio Santos looks skyward after the White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday in Chicago.
Race to the base
Chicago's Darwin Barney dives safely back as Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is late with the tag in the first inning Tuesday in Cincinnati. Barney, who had overrun the bag stealing second, scored on Carlos Pena's three-run homer.
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez hits a two-run single to bring in the go-ahead runs against the San Francisco Giants during the eight inning Tuesday in Denver. The Rockies won 5-3.
Rain, rain, go away
Fans sit in Comerica Park during a rain delay prior to the Tigers' game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. The game was postponed.
Atlanta's Dan Uggla collides with Astros shortstop Clint Barmes on a double play hit into by Eric Hinske during the fourth inning Tuesday in Atlanta. The Braves won 3-1 in the 11th on Brian McCann's walk-off homer.
What, no shaving cream?
Atlanta's Brian McCann has dirt thrown on him by Martin Prado after McCann hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning.
All is forgiven
Teammates greet Jorge Posada after he was taken out of Tuesday's game in the seventh inning. Posada had two hits in the Yanks' win.
How'd I miss that?
Milwaukee's Yuniesky Betancourt reacts after grounding out during the sixth inning of a 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
Job well done
Like many other teams this season, the Mariners celebrated a win over the Twins, who continue to strengthen their grip on the worst record in baseball (an abysmal 12-27 thus far).
Crack of the bat
Shin-Soo Choo and the Cleveland offense apparently got tired of sitting around after two straight home rainouts as the Indians erupted for 19 runs in Kansas City on Monday.
Do your dance
Padres' Jason Bartlett is unable to catch the ball as Arizona's Justin Upton slides safely into second base during the fourth inning.
Oakland's Kurt Suzuki celebrates after scoring the winning run on Mark Ellis's fielder's choice against the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th inning Monday. The Athletics won 5-4.
What's the deal?
Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum reacts to a ball-four call during the fifth inning of a loss at Colorado on Monday. Lincecum gave up seven runs in 5-2/3 innings, but only three were earned.
Way to go
Marlins catcher Brett Hayes congratulates reliever Leo Nunez after he saved Monday's 2-1 win against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York.
Light up the scoreboard
Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata can't make this catch of the home run hit by Washington's Jerry Hairston Jr. during the fifth inning Monday at Nationals Park in Washington. The Nationals won 4-2.
Chicago's Marlon Byrd strikes out against Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey with the bases loaded to end the top of the first inning Monday in Cincinnati. Bailey improved to 3-0 with a 7-4 win.
Astros first baseman Brett Wallace (right) collides with pitcher Brett Myers as he fields a ball hit for a single by Atlanta's Nate McLouth in the first inning Monday.
Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston fields a ball hit by Pittsburgh's Steve Pearce, who was safe at first, during the first inning at Nationals Park on Monday.
Baltimore's Vladimir Guerrero is congratulated by Nick Markakis after scoring on a single by Matt Wieters during the third inning Monday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Cardinals' Ryan Theriot hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Phillies on Monday. The Cardinals won in Tony La Russa's return to the bench.
Hit the showers
New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett is removed from the game by Manager Joe Girardi during the sixth inning against the host Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.
Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria slides in safely ahead of a tag by New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin as home plate umpire Rob Drake looks on during the sixth inning.
New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins in the first inning of Monday's game. Pelfrey gave up only one run in seven innings, but the Mets lost 2-1 in 11.
Get that uni dirty
Oakland's David DeJesus scores past Angels catcher Bobby Wilson on an error by Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo in the fifth inning in Oakland on Monday.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra catches a fly out by San Diego Padres Ryan Ludwick during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Aaron Rowland #33 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)