• Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring along with David Freese on a double by Francisco Cervelli during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Mercer’s double in 12th lifts Pirates over Rockies 9-8

    DENVER (AP) — Jordy Mercer’s defense helped get the game to extra innings and his offense put Pittsburgh over the top.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, left, talks with starting pitcher Scott Kazmir during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Dodgers shut down by Nicolino, Marlins in 2-0 loss

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense is mired in a nasty slump. Miami’s Justin Nicolino was just the latest pitcher to take advantage.

  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Angels lose Street, but complete sweep of Royals

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels lost closer Huston Street because of a pregame injury, and that put a damper on their three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright connects for a three-run triple against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Cardinals bash past Diamondbacks 11-4

    PHOENIX (AP) — The pitcher’s spot in the order came up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, a critical juncture in what had been a close game.

  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios makes his major league debut as he pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Berrios struggles with command in debut, Twins lose 6-5

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios has rocketed up the Minnesota Twins farm system with uncommon speed, using an overpowering fastball and a knee-buckling breaking ball to dominate the minor leagues.

  • Miami Marlins starting pitcher Justin Nicolino throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Nicolino takes 2-hitter into 8th as Marlins beat Dodgers 2-0

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Nicolino gave up two hits in 7 1/3 innings in his season debut to lead the Miami Marlins to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

  • Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI single to tie the baseball game off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Indians spoil Berrios debut with 6-5 win over Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Lindor drove in three runs and the Cleveland Indians spoiled the big league debut of Jose Berrios with a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, right, is congratulated by David Ortiz (34) after his home run, his second of the night, during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Braves’ HR drought ends, losing streak doesn’t in 9-4 loss

    BOSTON (AP) — The power-starved Atlanta Braves finally hit one out. Now, they’ve just got to find a way to start winning some games again.

  • New York Mets Neil Walker hits a first-inning RBI single in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Walker’s 9th HR helps Mets beat Reds 5-2 to win 6th straight

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets let Daniel Murphy go in free agency this offseason after his power surge last fall propelled them to the World Series.

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Verlander, power hitters lift Tigers over A’s 9-4

    DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched impressively into the seventh inning, J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.