friDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Transfer rule: Baseball's Playing Rules Committee clarified the meaning of possession for fielders trying to transfer the ball from glove hand to throwing hand after making a catch, attempting to defuse a controversy that left managers and players puzzled in the season's opening weeks. Starting Friday, possession was defined as having complete control of the ball. The committee said fielders may drop the ball after intentionally opening their gloves to make transfers.

Pine tar: Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport will wait until after the season to study whether the rule preventing pitchers from using pine tar should be changed. New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday, a day after umpires found pine tar on his neck during a game against Boston.

Mets 4, Marlins 3: Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap a two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning, sending New York past Miami.

Nationals 11, Padres 1: Bryce Harper drove in a career-high four runs before leaving the game with a jammed thumb, and Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings as Washington beat San Diego. Harper injured his thumb on a headfirst dive into third base on a triple.

Royals 5, Orioles 0: Yordano Ventura scattered seven hits over eight innings as Kansas City cruised past Baltimore, which played the latter part of the game without injured slugger Chris Davis. Davis left in the fifth inning with a left oblique strain.


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Angels 13, Yankees 1: Albert Pujols hit one of Los Angeles' four home runs, No. 501 of his career, and Los Angeles roughed up New York.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 4: Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI single in the 11th inning, and Colorado got home runs from Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson to beat Los Angeles.

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