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Gio Gonzalez earned his big league-leading 19th victory and the Washington Nationals backed him with three home runs to beat the listless New York Mets 5-1 Monday night at Citi Field.
Previewing the American League.
A team-by-team look at the American League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
The Cleveland Indians have outrighted starting pitcher Mitch Talbot and outfielder Jerad Head off of their 40-man roster, making both free agents.
With Texas Rangers fans chanting his name, Mike Napoli kept fouling off pitches until getting the big hit after James Shields had hit two batters.
Matt Moore was the ultimate wild card.
B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist homered in the first inning to back Wade Davis, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday to pull within a half-game of the Boston Red Sox for the American League wild-card lead.
The Boston Red Sox lost yet again, with A.J. Burnett making his most impressive start in nearly three months and Jorge Posada hitting a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory in the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader.
The Cleveland Indians have activated right-hander Mitch Talbot from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners.
Indians pitcher Mitch Talbot struck out six consecutive Tampa Bay hitters to match a club record.
Andy Pettitte left the New York Yankees' game against Tampa Bay in the third inning Sunday because of a strained left groin.
"He was one of the greatest players in this organization, in my opinion," Shoppach, who got his start in Boston in 2005, said last week. "I think that everybody learned from him. The brief time that I was with him years ago, there are still some things that I do in my everyday routine and my preparation that you know can't help but rub off from him."