"You just have to dig into places you didn't know you could dig into."

— Mets reliever Josh Smoker, called upon to pitch three innings in New York's 9-8 win over Miami in 16 innings on Thursday.



Luis Severino's record last season for the Yankees; he beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Thursday, striking out 11 in seven innings.


The batting average of Cleveland slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract in January, into Friday's game.

Dazzling stuff

Yu Darvish

P, Texas Rangers

He pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 and giving up only five singles and two walks, as the Rangers beat the Angels 8-3 on Thursday. "I had a sharp, good slider," Darvish said through a translator. Jeff Banister, his manager, liked what he saw: "That's exactly what Yu needs to do … pound the strike zone. He's got swing-and-miss stuff."