As cities across the country honored Jackie Robinson's pioneering baseball career, one also apologized for its racist treatment of Major League Baseball's first black player nearly 70 years ago.
Minnesota and Atlanta both avoided the ignominy of starting the season 0-10 when they both broke through for their first victories on Friday, with the Twins edging the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta coming from three runs down after seven innings to beat Miami 6-3.
Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez struck out a career-high 16 batters in a dominant shutout victory as the Phillies beat San Diego 3-0 on Thursday.
Yu Darvish described his yearlong recovery from Tommy John surgery as fun.
J.J. Hardy hit a pair of two-run home runs as the Baltimore Orioles pounded the Boston Red Sox 9-5 on Tuesday to win their seventh straight game and extend their perfect start to the Major League Baseball season.
South Korea's Dae-Ho Lee hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting Seattle over Texas 4-2 for its first win of the year at Safeco Field on Wednesday night.
Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan pitched 6 2/3 hitless innings before allowing a single to David Ross, but Addison Russell hit a three-run home run as Chicago roughed up Cincinnati's bullpen in a 5-3 victory Monday night in the Cubs' home opener.
The last time the Baltimore Orioles got off to a start like this, they ended up winning the World Series.
Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (王建民), who was one of the final additions to the Kansas City Royals' 25-man roster this year, took the pitcher's mound in the Royals' fourth game of the season Saturday, walking one batter and sending out three others in the ninth inning with his trademark sinker.
Ian Kennedy pitched impressively in his Kansas City debut and the Royals hit their first three home runs of the season to beat winless Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday.