Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer off Kyle Lohse, and Jason Hammel allowed one run in five innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-7 Wednesday. Tommy La Stella homered starting the third, Dexter Fowler walked, Jorge Soler singled and Rizzo sent an 0-2 pitch from Lohse over the left-field fence. Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer off Will Smith in the fifth.

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Jeremy Guthrie pitched six strong innings in his final tuneup before sliding into the No. 5 spot in Kansas City’s rotation, and the Royals beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Tuesday night. ”Healthy and strong.” Brandon Morrow, front-runner for the Padres’ final rotation spot, gave up three runs and seven hits before leaving with one out in the fifth. San Diego outfielder Matt Kemp went 0 for 3 and badly misjudged Mike Moustakas’ fly to right that fell for a single. Padres: The other candidate for the rotation, right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, pitched into the fifth inning of an afternoon Class-A game and ”threw the ball fine,” according to manager Bud Black.

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The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record. ”We’re enjoying a tremendously bountiful season in baseball,” said Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner with the New York Mets.

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Mike Napoli started a seven-run fourth inning with a broken-bat homer and Justin Masterson allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Napoli had his bat sawed off on an inside pitch from Brian Duensing. The Red Sox went on to score six more times in the inning off Duensing. ”It was a weird feeling,” Napoli said.

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Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego’s three homers off Anthony DeSclafani – a new addition to Cincinnati’s rotation – and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday. ”We saw some good swings from the middle of our order,” Padres manager Bud Black said. The Reds got DeSclafani from Miami in an offseason trade for Mat Latos and are counting on him to fill one of three openings in the rotation. They also traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers, and Homer Bailey is expected to start the season on the disabled list while recovering from forearm surgery.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day.

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Tyson Ross showed off his arm for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, striking out 12 in six dominant innings and leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Wilson spent the day in the Rangers’ camp. A former minor league infielder for Colorado, Wilson was later acquired by the Rangers and practiced with them last year. Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb struck out 12 Baltimore Orioles on March 22, 2014.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose first love was baseball, had a message for the Rangers: Believe you can get there again.

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Mike Zunino hit two home runs and Kyle Seager added a third for the Seattle Mariners, but the San Francisco Giants rallied from a four-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning with minor leaguers Saturday in a 9-8 split-squad victory. Zunino connected in the second inning off Giants starter Jake Peavy and again in the sixth off big league reliever Jeremy Affeldt. The Mariners fielded a starting lineup with eight players expected to start on opening day. The Giants had some of their regulars playing in a futures game at the same time.

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Colorado right fielder Carlos Gonzalez left with pain in his surgically-repaired left knee, and new San Diego ace James Shields struggled in the Padres’ 7-5 victory over the Rockies on Friday night. Gonzalez exited after striking out in the top of the fourth. ”When I hit the brakes on that fly ball and threw the ball to the plate, that’s when you put a lot of pressure on your knees,” Gonzalez said. ”But nothing major.” The tweak presents concerns as Gonzalez has played in only 180 of a possible 324 games the past two seasons.

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