Ryan Vogelsong broke his throwing hand on a swing after pitching himself toward his first win in seven starts, and the San Francisco Giants returned from a terrible road trip to beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Monday night.
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Friday night.
Jordan Pacheco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the fifth and Carlos Gonzalez added a solo homer, helping the Colorado Rockies hold on for a 10-9 win over San Francisco on Friday night that snapped a 10-game skid against the Giants.
Madison Bumgarner hopes to maintain his recent success versus Colorado and help the visiting Giants to an 11th consecutive victory over the Rockies on Friday night.
Angel Pagan broke a tie with a two-run single in the sixth, Matt Cain settled down after a shaky start and the San Francisco Giants won their 10th straight over Colorado, rallying from a six-run deficit to beat the Rockies 8-6 on Thursday night.
The Hall of Famer sure has been a positive influence in his role as roving instructor for the reigning AL West champions.
Two of the elite talents in the American League, Miguel Cabrera and Mariano Rivera, have begun this year no differently than any other they have played.
Though they had Marco Scutaro only for a brief time, the Colorado Rockies might regret sending him to the San Francisco Giants. Scutaro has ripped apart Colorado pitching since that trade.
The NL West-leading Giants allowed double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time this season.