Take a look around MLB with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights and interesting stats. The New York Yankees had scored 17 runs in their first five games of 2015, a stretch in which they went 1-4 and never scored more than five in a single contest. Then, Sunday night, as they played the rival Boston Red Sox on national TV, one loss away from a series sweep, the Yankees’ bats came alive. It was more like an outburst, actually. The Yankees scored 14 runs (nearly a season’s worth for them at this point), beating the Red Sox by 10. Front and center was Alex Rodriguez, who had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double in the first inning.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Yankees scored a total of seven runs in the first inning, pretty much putting the game out of reach right away. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew both homered in the first inning as well, turning Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into a punching bag. He looked great for Boston on opening day, not allowing a run in seven innings. On Sunday night, that seemed like all he was doing. He allowed nine earned runs (plus another unearned) in 3 1/3 innings, turning a nice blank ERA into an ugly 7.84. “I think overall it’s good to see one through nine come out and get some good at-bats, get some hits,” Rodriguez said after the game. “I think this is a game that we needed.” The Yankees offense made it so starter Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t the story. There have been questions about his elbow and whether he needs Tommy John surgery. Tanaka’s velocity was down in his first start. Take away all this Yankees offense, and there’d be more scrutiny for Tanaka. He wasn’t spectacular, but did enough to fly under the radar and get the win. He threw 97 pitches in five innings, giving up three earned runs and allowing four hits.  DEXTER FOWLER LIFTS CUBS IN THE NINTH The Chicago Cubs went into the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies down 5-3, but they got a big lift from one of their newest players. Dexter Fowler, acquired in an offseason trade with the Houston Astros, hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth. Welington Castillo had driven in a run prior to Fowler’s at-bat, cutting the lead to one. Then Fowler delivered off Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins for the Cubs’ third win of the young season. TIGERS, ROYALS STAY UNDEFEATED If we continue at this rate, things will be really interesting when the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals meet on April 30. The AL Central foes are the last two defeated teams in MLB after Sunday’s action. The high-powered Tigers got a 4-for-4 day from Miguel Cabrera (including two homers) as they beat the Cleveland Indians 8-5 . Meanwhile, the Royals pounded 14 hits in their 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Both teams are now 6-0. The Atlanta Braves hadn’t lost before Sunday, but fell 4-3 to the New York Mets. Next up: The Royals are on the road in Minnesota, while the Tigers travel to Pittsburgh for a series. NELSON CRUZ IS A HERO AGAIN FOR MARINERS For the second day in a row , new Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz helped his team beat the Oakland Athletics in the late innings. On Saturday, Cruz hit an eighth-inning, go-ahead homer. On Sunday, he pulled off his magic in extra innings, launching a 10th inning homer as Seattle won 8-7 . Not all was joyous for the M’s, though. Ace Felix Hernandez left the game in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right quad. The Mariners called it a precaution. Want to see the rest of Sunday’s MLB action? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Rickie Weeks stayed ready on the bench and Nelson Cruz kept his power stroke going. The Seattle Mariners left Oakland with a pair of extra-inning wins and showed off some nice pop from their slugging newcomers in the process. Cruz connected for the second straight game, hitting a tiebreaking solo drive in the 10th inning, and Weeks had an earlier pinch-hit, three-run homer that helped send Seattle past the A’s 8-7 on Sunday. ”On several different accounts today we probably should have lost that game,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.

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Nelson Cruz knew he was going to start hitting. Cruz hit his first home run for Seattle and Brad Miller threw out a runner at the plate in the 10th inning and doubled in the go-ahead run in the 11th, lifting the Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Saturday. He had three hits Saturday, including a three-run homer in the eighth off Dan Otero that put the Mariners in front 4-2. We got a W. That’s what we needed.” Oakland tied the score in the bottom half on RBI doubles by Ben Zobrist off Danny Farquhar and Brett Lawrie against Carson Smith.

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At this rate, Athletics manager Bob Melvin is going to have a hard time leaving Mark Canha’s name out of the lineup, no matter the matchup. The Oakland rookie is off to a fast start this season and Melvin wants Canha to soak it all in. Canha hit his first major league home run to back a three-hit shutout by Drew Pomeranz and two relievers, and the A’s beat the Seattle Mariners 12-0 on Friday night. Overall, Canha is hitting .500 (7 for 14) with six RBIs.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.   The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres managed to avoid tense situations in the field all night. That wasn’t the case at the plate. Tempers flared in the ninth inning as Angel Pagan and Derek Norris exchanged words. Both benches were warned following the incident, though no one was ejected. So, what was the cause of this kerfuffle? Turns out, it was chewing gum. Thus, “gumgate” was born. Derek Norris on Pagan/Gumgate: “He threw a piece of gum that had already been chewed and I kicked it back at him. There’s no need for that.” — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) April 10, 2015 Pagan said the whole ordeal was an accident. So Pagan says he threw away his gum and it accidentally flipped beneath Norris. That is what precipitated the tiff. — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) April 10, 2015 Pagan would triple later in the at-bat, but was left stranded on third. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The oufielder would have the last laugh, however, as the Giants pulled off the 1-0 victory in extras.  REDS WALK IT OFF AGAIN Just a few hours after Wednesday’s game (which actually ended Thursday), the Reds added another walkoff victory against the Pirates. This time around, though, the Pirates have no one to blame but themselves for the loss. With men on first and third, Marlon Bryd hit a line drive out to right field. Gregory Polanco charged the ball in order to get himself in good position for a throw home, but failed to come up with the catch. Polanco was charged with an error, though the play would have been difficult to pull off had he actually made the catch. The Pirates will travel to Milwaukee to take on Brewers on Friday. Cincinnati will take on St. Louis at home Friday. TWINS FINALLY SCORE A RUN It took three games, but the Minnesota Twins finally scored their first run of the season. In the seventh inning of Thursday’s game, it finally happened. Joe Mauer walked to open the frame, and Kennys Vargas drove him in with a double later in the inning. The club went 24 scoreless innings before notching their first run of the year.  The #Tigers set an AL record by opening season with 24 consecutive scoreless innings. The #Twins finally score in the 7th IP. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 9, 2015 For now, the run will have to be a moral victory. Minnesota dropped another game against the Detroit Tigers, this time falling 7-1. With the loss, the Twins became one of the five teams with an 0-3 record. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] RANGERS EXPLODE FOR 10 RUNS A day after losing by 10 runs, the Texas Rangers decided to put a crooked number on the scoreboard. Texas exploded for 10 runs against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Rookie Kendall Graveman took the brunt of the punishment. After an exceptional spring, in which he allowed one earned run in 25 1/3 innings, Graveman gave up eight total runs Thursday. Following the game, Graveman gave all the credit to Texas. Graveman: “I didn’t make a lot of pitches and they made me pay for it.” — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 9, 2015 Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo got in on the fun, homering against the rookie pitcher. Graveman departed after just 3 1/3 innings. He was charged with seven earned runs. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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By the time the San Francisco Giants eked out a run in the 12th inning, it was too late. When Tim Hudson and a half-dozen Giants relievers blanked San Diego 1-0 on Thursday, it marked the 14th shutout in 46 major league games this season. ”Out of the gate, the pitchers are really sort of dominating the league so far,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. Then Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland bullpen didn’t give up a Houston hit Thursday until Jed Lowrie homered with one out in the ninth.

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After being shut down the first three games, the big bats of the Texas Rangers finally broke through. Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland added a two-run blast and Texas’ dormant offense spoiled Kendall Graveman’s Oakland debut with a 10-1 victory Thursday. ”It’s always nice to go out and put some runs on the board, create a lot of opportunity,” Moreland said. It kind of carried over throughout the game.” Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor added solo home runs for the Rangers, who were shut out twice and held to three runs total in the first three games.

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Eireann Dolan had no idea she would inspire a movement just by offering her support to the gay community. The moment Dolan read that the Oakland Athletics will host Pride Night in June to celebrate and host members of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender communities, she quickly posted word to her 25,000 Twitter followers. Dolan, who dates Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle, supported her mother as she came out when Dolan was a teenager.

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Cody Ross scurried onto the field only a couple of minutes after his new teammates, rushing to get acclimated after going straight to the ballpark from the airport. I heard a lot of great things about Bob Melvin and all the coaching staff and the way the front office runs things. It was a cost-efficient move for Oakland, which will only be responsible for $499,180, a pro-rated portion of the $507,500 league minimum, Ross was guaranteed $8.5 million this year as part of his contract with Arizona. Melvin spoke to former Oakland bench coach Chip Hale, now the Diamondbacks manager, about Ross’ strong sprinh training.

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(Adds later games) April 7 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games. – - – Braves 12, Marlins 2 The Atlanta Braves scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised past the Miami Marlins. First baseman Freddie Freeman and shortstop Andrelton Simmons each went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Atlanta. Third baseman Chris Johnson also added two hits and two RBIs. Atlanta (2-0) will go for a sweep against Miami (0-2) on Wednesday. …

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