Anthony Ranaudo pitched six solid innings and Elvis Andrus, Jake Smolinski and Chris Gimenez each drove in runs for Texas before the Oakland Athletics rallied in the ninth for a 7-6 victory Friday over the Rangers. Mark Canha hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth after the Rangers scored five times over the final three innings to take the lead. A’s starter Jesse Hahn allowed a run on three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his first appearance against the Rangers. ”Of course, they learn about me too.” Former Ranger Craig Gentry doubled, tripled and scored two runs for the A’s. Stephen Vogt homered among his two hits and Ben Zobrist and Billy Butler each drove in a run.

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Bryce Harper’s reaction to the news that the Washington Nationals added Max Scherzer to an already-talented starting staff drew quite a lot of attention. ”I was like, ‘Where’s my ring?”’ Yes, that pretty much sums up where the expectations are for the 2015 Nationals – as expressed by them and by others. On the first day of full-squad workouts at spring training, reigning NL Manager of the Year Matt Williams posted these words of wisdom in the clubhouse: ”The road to the World Series begins today.” ”We’re here to get to that ultimate goal,” Williams said. Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner with Detroit, came aboard with a $210 million contract, joining a group that led the majors in ERA last season – right-handers Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, and lefty Gio Gonzalez.

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Gio Gonzalez loves a challenge, especially when it comes from one of his teammates. As the Washington lefty prepared to take the mound for the fourth inning of his start against the Mets on Thursday, he was approached by opening day starter Max Scherzer. A Nationals error forced Gonzalez to face one extra batter in that inning of an 8-3 loss to New York, but he was feeling good about what he accomplished. Matt Reynolds and Juan Lagares hit back-to-back home runs off Washington reliever Jerry Blevins.

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer looked amply ready to start on opening day for Washington, striking out nine in six shutout innings during the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Third baseman Anthony Rendon may miss the Washington Nationals’ opener against the New York Mets on April 6 because of a sprained left knee. When he was scratched from the starting lineup the following day, manager Matt Williams said Rendon just needed a day off. Potentially, but we just don’t know at this point.” Williams said Rendon’s knee has improved but still is sore.

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Long before any of that major league money starts landing in their bank accounts, most players are in a similar predicament as everyone else in the regular workforce. Between baseball seasons there are no paychecks and bills don’t stop for the winter. ”Especially the guys who got picked in the 10th round and above,” Minnesota Twins reliever Casey Fien said. The right arm that would eventually fetch Fien a $1.38 million salary from the Twins for 2015 was once used for stacking crates, pallets and boxes at the bulk retail giant’s location in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Asked whether economics played a role in slating Jacob deGrom to start the New York Mets’ home opener next month, general manager Sandy Alderson gave a complex answer. New York is close to a sellout for the April 13 game against Philadelphia. Matt Harvey, returning from an elbow injury that has sidelined him since August 2013, slots in to start the following night, when plenty of tickets are available. ”Look, we take a lot of things into account,” Alderson said Tuesday.

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Matt Harvey says he understands the New York Mets rationale in not starting him on opening day. The Mets announced Monday that 41-year-old Bartolo Colon will start the April 6 opener at Washington and NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom will start the home opener April 13 against Philadelphia. Obviously Bartolo throwing 200 innings, getting 15 wins, is well-deserving of opening day. All that Jacob did last year, he deserves opening day at home.

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Doug Fister was pleased with his performance at the plate. Fister hit a two-run single off Chasen Shreve, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the New York Yankees 7-6 Monday. It kind of got away from me and stayed up a little bit.” Chris Young homered twice for the Yankees, off Fister and against Casey Janssen, and drove in three runs. ”CY put a couple of good swings on some baseballs,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said.

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Bill Baer discusses the Blue Jays’ decision to name Brett Cecil as their closer and more.

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