Chris Sale was at his brilliant best as the Boston Red Sox edged at the Tampa Bay Rays, while Kris Bryant went long for the Chicago Cubs.
Star pitcher Sale struck out 12 as the Red Sox beat the Rays 2-1 in MLB action on Saturday.
The former Chicago White Sox ace tossed seven innings and gave up just three hits on his way to his first win since his blockbuster trade to Boston.
This was Sale's 21st 12-strikeout game since the 2012 season - first among all pitchers over that span. Clayton Kershaw has the next most with 13.
The Cubs lost 8-7 to the Pittsburgh Pirates but reigning National League (NL) MVP Kris Bryant starred.
Bryant hit the scoreboard with a 451-foot blast at Wrigley Field.
K Bye. pic.twitter.com/rAiolF7uTk— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 15, 2017
The Miami Marlins homered four times in their 5-4 win against the New York Mets, the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 walk-off victory against the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians accounted for the Detroit Tigers 13-6, the Minnesota Twins shut out the White Sox 6-0, the Colorado Rockies blanked the San Francisco Giants 5-0 and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6.
Elsewhere, the New York Yankees were 3-2 winners against the St Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Royals topped the Los Angeles Angels by the same scoreline, the Atlanta Braves overcame the San Diego Padres 4-2, the Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the Washington Nationals 4-2, the Texas Rangers lost 5-0 to the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Dodgers posted an 8-4 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the Milwaukee Brewers went down 7-5 to the Cincinnati Reds.
RAMIREZ STARS FOR INDIANS
Jose Ramirez's good start to the season just got better. The Indians' utility went four for four and reached base all five times he came to the plate in Cleveland's win. More notably, he hit two three-run home runs in the game and drove in six runs. He also had a double and a single.
MARTINEZ IN WEIRD PERFORMANCE
You may not see a start like Carlos Martinez had again this season. While Martinez did have some very good numbers, including 11 strikeouts and just four hits allowed, he walked eight batters in five innings pitched. Yes, eight. Had he had just an ounce more of control the Cardinals likely win a game they lost.
STANTON, THE HOME-RUN KING
Giancarlo Stanton was at it again with this 111.9 mph laser that put the Marlins up for good in the eighth inning over the Mets.
PIRATES AT CUBS
This would be one to watch on Easter Sunday if just for the rivalry, but considering the fact that both team's aces, Jameson Taillon and Jon Lester, are on the mound for their respective teams, and the Pirates are going for a sweep of the defending champions, that makes this one even more watchable.
24. April 2017
|Former South Africa seamer Tsotsobe charged with match fixing|
|Wijnaldum urges Liverpool to keep fighting|
|Chernova stripped of Olympic bronze after further doping violation|
|Conte: FA Cup win over Tottenham will not benefit Chelsea in title race|
|Messi feels Clasico win an important step towards LaLiga glory|
|Inter give Pioli vote of confidence|
|´World´s oldest number one´ Serena posts message to unborn baby|
|Former Lions lock O´Callaghan signs new Worcester deal|
|Messi is not selfish – Conte shoots down Fabregas over Hazard advice|
|Allegri: Juventus not perfect yet|
|Wrist injury rules Cibulkova out of Stuttgart Open|
|Zidane has no regrets over playing Bale in Clasico|
|Ibrahimovic is privileged physically - Herrera|
|Vitali Klitschko backs his brother in what could be last-chance saloon|
|Lahm desperate for DFB-Pokal glory before retirement|
|McQueen among uncapped trio in England squad|
|Bojan revels in landmark strike against Bayern|
|Schalke laugh off Liverpool interest in Kolasinac, Meyer and Goretzka|
|Lyon ready to ´go crazy´ to keep Lacazette – Aulas|
|Sharks centre Esterhuizen hit with six-week ban|
|Renault boss rules out doing ´crazy things´ to tempt Alonso|
|Mata could return for Manchester United season finale|
|We´ve let him down – Ramsey wants FA Cup win to repay Wenger|
|George Burgess hit with four-match ban|
|Five finals between Monaco and Ligue 1 glory – Falcao|
|Pacquiao ´not done yet´ with boxing|
|Martial ´a new player´ as Mourinho hails Burnley performance|
|Malinga named in Sri Lanka Champions Trophy squad|
|Play Man United without a referee? I would prefer that – Toure fury with Wembley officials|
|Czech Republic international Rajtoral dead at 31|
|#Messi500 breakdown: How Clasico winner took Messi to new heights|
|This is where he should be fighting! – De La Hoya wants to take Joshua to US|
|Cavs sweep Pacers, Rockets poised to advance|
|Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Capitals avert crisis, take care of Leafs in classic|
|Rockies sweep Giants, Tigers win easily|
|Marcelo: Madrid not inferior to Barca after Clasico loss|
|New Zealand regain trio for Champions Trophy|
|MLS Review: Larin brace sinks NYC, Dempsey stars for Sounders|
|Thunder´s Westbrook chides reporter after loss|
|Clasico hero Messi a blessing for Barcelona, says Iniesta|
|The best player in history – Suarez congratulates Messi|
|Warriors´ Kerr noncommittal about return to postseason|
|NBA needs to control rowdy fans or else I have to protect myself - Beverley|
|Carvajal: Ramos red card defined Clasico and Madrid loss to Barca|
|Gabriel gives Windies hope on landmark day for Younis|
|Messi cannot surprise anyone – Rakitic lauds Barcelona hero|
|Sergio Ramos feels red card was excessive: I did not try to hurt Messi|
|Chappell finally wins on PGA Tour with victory at Texas Open|
|I don´t understand your question - Wenger unsure of impact from semi-final win|
|Giving up is not an option - Injured United star Ibrahimovic vows to return|
|Pique: Ramos will realise he deserves his red once he gets home|
|Belarus to face USA in Fed Cup final as Czech reign ended|
|Zidane: Real Madrid should have been smarter with 10 men|
|Lyon 1 Monaco 2: Falcao and Mbappe make the difference|
|Messi is decisive even when he´s eating dinner at home - Luis Enrique hails Barca star after Clasico|
23. April 2017
|Messi dependence returns but Barcelona blow LaLiga title race wide open again|
|Kante named PFA Player of the Year, Alli retains Young Player of the Year award|
|Luis Enrique matches Guardiola feat with victory in El Clasico|
|Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 3: Messi settles thrilling Clasico as Barca go top of LaLiga|
|Juventus 4 Genoa 0: Much-changed champions make light work of strugglers|
|Messi reaches 500 goals for Barcelona with dramatic Clasico winner|
|Younis in record-breaking form again to reach 10,000 Test runs|
|Mourinho unsure of Pogba fitness for Manchester derby|
|Marquez reigns supreme again at Circuit of the Americas as Vinales retires|
|Messi sets new record after ending his worst Clasico goal drought|
|Bale limps out of El Clasico|
|Guardiola: Manchester City struggled with Arsenal´s long balls|
|Galatasaray 0 Fenerbahce 1: Late Souza header seals Istanbul derby glory|
|I had to say a few words to the boys - Klopp|
|49 all out: RCB register record low in humiliating defeat to KKR|