Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has a strained muscle just under his right arm and is expected to miss two to four weeks. Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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Scott Kazmir did everything he could to help the Oakland Athletics except swing the bat. Kazmir threw seven scoreless innings, but Houston starter Dallas Keuchel did him one better, going nine without giving up a run. Robbie Grossman singled in two runs in the 11th, and the Astros beat the A’s 5-4 on Friday night to match their best start in eight years. We didn’t do anything while he was in there.” The Astros scored three times in the top of the 11th and it still looked as though the A’s had a chance to tie or win in the bottom half when Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer with no outs.

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The Houston Astros and Oakland A’s cornered the market on crazy Friday night, so it only would have been appropriate for Josh Reddick to dash home in the 10th inning with the game-winning, which also would have doubled as a walk-off Little League home run.  The thing is, this game was so crazy, a crazy A’s victory wasn’t good enough. It needed to go another inning, where the first-place Astros — crazy, isn’t it? — could prove their resilience before holding off another wild A’s rally.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Digest that. Now we’ll continue. Prior to the play in question. Houston had just taken a 2-0 lead in the 10th inning. Reddick stepped up with Oakland down to its final out and the tying runs on base. He proceeded to lace a double to left-center field that sliced away Colby Rasmus. Sam Fuld scored easily from second. For Stephen Vogt, the tying run, it was a lot closer as he motored around from the first. The relay throw came home and had Vogt beat, but it skipped away from catcher Hank Conger. Reddick, eyeing a big finish, then charged home. Unfortunately for him, closer Luke Gregorson did his job backing up the plate. Reddick ended up being out a good 10 feet, but man, the shot of the ball bouncing away and Reddick with his head down running hard was thrilling. 

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Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is close to reporting to extended spring training in Arizona. Hamilton, who has been recovering from surgery on Feb. 4 to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, was visited by manager Mike Scioscia in Houston last week prior to the Angels’ weekend series with the Astros. Arbitrator Roberta Golick ruled April 3 that Hamilton cannot be disciplined under Major League Baseball’s drug agreement for his self-reported relapse into alcohol and cocaine use. Hamilton missed all of spring training, and will need time to get back into shape.

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After Nick Tropeano shut down the Oakland Athletics in a dazzling debut, three relievers escaped big jams with the help of some stellar defense. When the Los Angeles Angels play this well otherwise, one hit is plenty. Tropeano pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer was the Angels’ only hit in a 2-0 victory Thursday night. Calhoun homered in the third, and four pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout that allowed the Angels to salvage a split a four-game series with their upstate AL West rivals.

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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The Mariners are glad to get a win any way they can get one. J.A. Happ earned his first victory with the Mariners as the Seattle bullpen held off the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep. ”A win’s a win,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. Reliever Yoervis Medina walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth before striking out Chris Carter, who had homered an inning earlier.

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Sample size can be a dangerous thing. After two weeks, some surprising clubs have gotten off to hot starts, and have found themselves near the top of their respective divisions. While winning a ton of games in April doesn’t guarantee success, it’s certainly helpful . [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] It’s usually unwise to dramatically alter our opinions after just two weeks of play, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here. If you had to pick one surprising team you think is for real, which team would you pick?  NEW YORK METS While the first two weeks have brought forth concerns about their health, the key takeaway about the New York Mets is such: They know how to win ballgames. The Mets, 11-3, have the best record in the NL, and are winners of nine straight. Their strength has been pitching — with Matt Harvey returning in ace form and Bartolo Colton impressing as an elder statesman. Their ERA is good, their strikeouts are nice and they’ve given up the second fewest walks in MLB. Pitching wins, all year long, so that’s the best reason for optimism about the Mets. They’ll probably need another bat, and they can’t sustain too many more injuries, but these Mets have every opportunity to make a run. Especially with the Marlins underwhelming and the Nats only playing so-so. (Mike Oz)

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Collin McHugh continued to linger, never getting knocked around enough to where his night needed to end, even if it felt as if there were constantly runners on base. ”It was a battle for seven innings and our guys picked me up every way they could,” McHugh said. Down 3-1 entering the eighth, the Astros scored five times against the Mariners bullpen, capped by Altuve’s bases-clearing liner into the left-field corner for their fourth straight victory. McHugh gave up three runs, but pitched through the seventh and stayed in the game long enough for the Astros to rally.

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