"There's only one way to open a stadium. Successfully. And that's with a good, young team."
—Billy Beane, executive vice president of the last-place Oakland Athletics, with an eye toward the future —specifically, a new ballpark — in justifying trades of coveted veterans such as relievers Sean Doolitle and Ryan Madson.
GAME OF NUMBERS
Career home runs with the Nationals for first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who passed Vladimir Guerrero as the Expos/Nationals franchise leader Monday.
Victories the Dodgers would finish with if they posted the same winning percentage the rest of the season that they have over the past 33 games (29-4, .879).
Pitches thrown by the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks while working five perfect innings in his second rehabilitation start for Class AA Tennessee.
former twin watch
The former Twins utility player, out of the lineup because of a bacterial infection, was reinstated from the disabled list. He was batting .223 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 55 games for the Braves.