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LHP Drew Smyly made his first start of the season Friday, officially marking his return to the rotation for the first time since 2012. Smyly pitched out of the bullpen last year and early this season due to days off and weather postponements that allowed Detroit to go with four starters. His longest relief outing this year was three innings, which he equaled Friday in his first start. Smyly was erratic with his fastball and allowed four runs on six hits and two walks. "You can't really blame Smyly," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was his first start in three weeks.

Baltimore Orioles - PlayerWatch

INF Manny Machado is expected to play his first extended spring training game on Saturday in his recovery from left knee surgery. Having his power back in the lineup would be a big boost for the Orioles lineup. INF Jonathan Schoop collected a career-best four hits, batting ninth in the order. It extended his hitting streak to seven games, not bad for the last hitter in the lineup. He's 12-for-28 in the streak.

Preview: Angels at Tigers

Considering the quality of the opponent, the Los Angeles Angels' recent dominance of the Detroit Tigers borders on absurd. The visiting Angels aim for their 11th straight win over American League Central power Detroit on Saturday in Detroit. The Tigers have the right man on the mound to end the skid, handing the ball to reigning Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer for the middle game of the three-game set.

Preview: Cardinals at Nationals

One day after the Washington Nationals’ defense came under fire in a series-opening defeat, the St. Louis Cardinals contributed to their own demise against a team they have dominated in recent years. The Nationals, who continue their four-game home set against the Cardinals on Saturday, raised their major league-high error total to 20 with three during Thursday’s 8-0 setback. St. Louis returned the favor with three miscues and a wild pitch that plated the go-ahead run in Friday’s 3-1 loss.

Preview: Astros at Athletics

The Oakland Athletics try to continue their dominance of Houston when they host the Astros on Saturday in the middle contest of a three-game series. The Athletics improved to 21-5 all-time against the Astros with an 11-3 victory Friday. Oakland has won five of its last six contests and is the only team in the majors that hasn't lost consecutive games this season, while Houston has lost 12 of its last 15 games as it appears destined for a fourth straight 100-loss season.

Preview: Twins at Royals

The Kansas City Royals try to extend their winning streak to five when they host the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in the second of a three-game series. The Royals shut out the Twins to win the series opener on Friday as Jason Vargas became only the second Kansas City pitcher to last at least seven innings and allow two earned runs or fewer in his first four starts for the Royals. Kansas City also received a two-run home run from Mike Moustakas in the 5-0 victory, the second time in three games the third baseman has gone deep.

Preview: Yankees at Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build momentum after a rare offensive outburst when they host the New York Yankees on Saturday in the third of four games between the teams. The Rays entered Friday ranked 14th in the American League in runs scored and quickly fell behind 4-0 to the streaking Yankees before piling it on late in an 11-5 triumph. Evan Longoria stayed hot with three hits and Wil Myers broke out of a slump with three hits of his own and three RBIs.

Preview: Giants at Padres

The San Diego Padres have scored the fewest runs in the majors but can reach the .500 mark if they can defeat the visiting San Francisco Giants in Saturday’s second contest of a three-game set. San Diego has scored just 47 runs – one fewer than the Houston Astros – and has ridden strong pitching efforts to six victories in the last nine games. The Giants are tied for the first place in the National League West with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Preview: Diamondbacks at Dodgers

The Arizona Diamondbacks finally figured out how to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, it just took a few extra innings. The Diamondbacks will attempt to improve to 2-5 against their division rivals on the season when they visit the Dodgers again Saturday. Arizona improved to 5-14 and snapped a six-game skid with Friday’s 4-2 triumph in 12 innings, matching the fewest runs the team has allowed in a game this season.

Preview: Braves at Mets

The sample size is small considering Bartolo Colon has pitched 414 games since making his major-league debut in 1997, but the New York Mets right-hander has handled the Atlanta Braves. Colon takes the mound Saturday when the Mets host Atlanta in the second game of a weekend set, bringing a 4-0 career record with a 1.20 ERA in four starts against the Braves. Atlanta counters with Ervin Santana, who has emerged as a linchpin of the Braves’ revamped rotation with dominant outings in his first two appearances.
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