Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday: – - – - MOTOR RACING Formula One: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir (to 19) Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in first practice MANAMA – Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari one-two in first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix while Formula One champions Mercedes lurked well down the timesheets after doing their own thing. …

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The Royals’ hot start has them picking up where they left off last season.

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Justin Upton homered with two outs in the eighth inning to give the Padres a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. Upton also homered in a 5-1 win Tuesday night. One mistake and one good swing can result in what happened tonight.” Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances since joining the Padres the day before the season opener. ”I think as a team if we can hand the ball to Craig with the lead, we’ve got a good chance of winning,” said Upton, who hit his third homer with the Padres.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Haren gave up three hits in seven innings, Adeiny Hechavarria went 3 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Wednesday.

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez believes Trevor Cahill will pitch better during his next turn in the rotation. His stuff wasn’t – when a sinker baller is giving up fly balls, that’s not a good sign.” Cahill didn’t make it through the third inning of his Atlanta debut as Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 8-2 on Tuesday night. Dee Gordon and Ichiro Suzuki each scored two runs for Miami, which beat Atlanta for the first time in five tries this season.

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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. Chicago Cubs’ $155 million man Jon Lester may be off to a slow start, but his teammates are there to pick him up. Lester struggled Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds, giving up six runs on 10 hits over six innings of work. After giving up three runs in the top of the first inning, Lester received some run support in the bottom of the inning. Jorge Soler led the charge, hitting his first of two home runs during the contest. Soler was a monster at the plate, finishing 3 for 5, with three runs scored and four RBI.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] He was no slouch on defense, either. Soler flashed his powerful arm in the second inning. After one of Lester’s errant pickoff throws sailed into right field, Soler fired a bullet to third, nabbing Zack Cozart.  Soler’s effort, while super-human, wasn’t enough. With the game tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Arismendy Alcantara delivered a walkoff single for the victory. It was Alcantara’s first hit of the season.  Following the contest, manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat why he believes winning in this fashion is good for his club .  “When you start doing things like this, you believe you can win late, and that’s really important,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s also really important to feel you can come from behind, which we’ve done two days in a row late. Those are two of the best things you can possibly get across to a young team. Yes, I’ve enjoyed it.” The Cubs went 0-79 last season when trailing in the ninth inning, according to MLB.com. They’re already better off in 2015.  DODGERS ALSO PICK UP THE WALKOFF  The Seattle Mariners received home runs from Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley and Nelson Cruz (again), but still couldn’t beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. After flashing tremendous stuff over the first three innings, Mariners’ starter James Paxton seemed to lose gas late in the game.  [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] The Dodgers tagged Paxton for three runs in the fourth inning, and two runs in the fifth on a Yasiel Puig home run.  Both bullpens were on top of their games, posting four straight innings of zeroes. With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th, Dominic Leone loaded the bases on a double and two walks. Lefty specialist Tyler Olson managed to strike out Carl Crawford for the second out, but couldn’t put away Alex Guerrero. On a 2-2 count, Guerrero flicked an 83 mph changeup into right center, walking off with the win.   The two teams will square off again Tuesday. Hisashi Iwakuma will take the bump against David Huff. ROYALLY GOOD  The Kansas City Royals took it to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, picking up the 12-3 victory. With the win, the Royals are now a perfect 7-0 to start the season.  Every regular on the team has been a monster at the plate, so it tough to pinpoint one catalyst for the team’s streak. Six of the club’s regulars are hitting over .320 to start the season. One of the team’s biggest keys, Eric Hosmer, is hitting a respectable .290 thus far. The only player struggling to begin the year is Alex Gordon, who dealt with a wrist issue throughout spring training. Gordon is hitting just .063 through five games. [ Get last-minute Fantasy Baseball advice on the Grandstanding podcast. ] None of those figures are sustainable, of course, but they are fun to look at right now. The Royals offense is clicking on all cylinders at the moment. Which pitcher is going to be the first to shut them down?   MIAMI DROPS ANOTHER ONE DESPITE YELICH’S AWESOME CATCH The Miami Marlins dropped another game Monday, losing to the Atlanta Braves 3-2. With the loss, the Marlins now sit at the bottom of the National League East at 1-6. The Braves lead the division with a 6-1 record. As a team, the Marlins have a lot to be sad about. This Christian Yelich catch, however, is not one of those things.  Fredi Gonzalez would challenge the play, but it was upheld. There was some debate over whether Yelich had lost the ball as he fell to the ground, but Gonzalez may have confused the ball for Yelich’s cap.  The Marlins attempted to battle back, plating a run off Braves closer Jason Grilli in the ninth. They couldn’t muster the comeback, as Jeff Baker struck out to end the game.  Tom Koehler will take the mound for Miami on Tuesday hoping to reverse the trend against Braves’ pitcher Trevor Cahill. Want to see the rest of Monday’s MLB action? Check out  our scoreboard . 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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Instead of waiting for home runs, the Braves are finding different ways to manufacture runs – and win games. Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking single in Atlanta’s two-run fifth inning and the Braves held off Miami in the ninth to beat the Marlins 3-2 on Monday night in a game slowed by two rain delays. A single by pinch-hitter Jace Peterson and double by Eric Young Jr. knocked Marlins starter Matt Latos (0-2) out of the game in the fifth. Nick Markakis followed with another run-scoring single.

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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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Baseball games have indeed been finishing faster this year. It’s hard to say how much of that decrease is because of Major League Baseball’s new emphasis on pace of play. ”I think everybody sees the clock and therefore there’s some understanding just because of the clock, and hopefully that’s all it takes.” Boston outfielder Shane Victorino says the changes are welcome. I have two more throws and then we’re ready to go.”’ Here are a few other developments from the season’s first week: ROYAL ENCORE: Kansas City’s unexpected run to the World Series last year captivated fans across the country, but there was plenty of skepticism about whether the Royals could reach the playoffs again in 2015.

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