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Reason for Red Sox to worry?
With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?
Billy Hamilton has been clocked going from home plate to first base at 3.3 seconds, which (if our math is correct) means that he's about as fast as an F-22 fighter jet. Math was never our strong suit. He might be even faster going from third to home -- he scored a run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals that only he could score. There are questions surrounding whether Hamilton can hit enough to stay in the major leagues, but if he keeps making plays like this, he just might earn a permanent spot on the Reds' roster fairly soon.Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports
Booing Ryan Braun?
After an early mini-slump brought on by a thumb injury, Ryan Braun had a day Tuesday. Three home runs. A franchise-record-tying seven RBIs. But this wasn't celebrated -- oh no. It happened in the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener and -- shockingly -- the locals booed Braun. This is hardly the first time; Braun, who served a 65-game suspension last season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, also heard it from Boston Red Sox fans days ago. Will/would you boo Ryan Braun when he comes to your town? Would you do the same if he were on your team?
In November, 5-year-old Miles Scott became "Batkid," as the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped transform the city of San Francisco into Gotham to fulfill the leukemia patient's dream of becoming Batman for a day.
The Internet melted, and the city didn't forget.
On Tuesday, Scott, who is now in remission, threw out the first pitch at the San Francisco Giants' home opener, with the help of pitcher Matt Cain. The results were, well, you gotta see for yourself:AP Photo/Eric RisbergAP Photo/Eric Risberg, PoolAP Photo/Eric RisbergAP Photo/Jeff ChiuAP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool
Today is the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run, which placed him on top of the all-time career home run list. Aaron held the record until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007, although due to allegations that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs, some consider Aaron's record to be the real one. Regardless, can you name the top 10 career home run leaders in MLB history?