MLB news: Aaron Harang, Braves pitch one-hitter to beat Mets

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The Mets, and several other teams, simply didn't show up Friday night. But Harang was legitimately good in his second no-hit bid of the year.

Aaron Harang was pulled after seven no-hit innings -- meanwhile the Braves beat the Mets, 6-0.

The 35-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked six with 121 pitches, then handed off the game to left-hander Luis Avilan. Avilan retired the first two hitters he faced, but David Wright laced a single over short to end the bid.

Well, that's not true, but his performance so far this season has been pretty surprising.

The Braves added Harang to their roster less than a month ago -- March 24 -- to serve as a veteran fill-in for injured starters Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy, and Kris Medlen. He's been much more effective than anyone could've imagined. Through his first four starts, Harang has put up a 0.70 ERA and allowed just two earned runs in 25⅔ innings.

The Braves' lineup gave the pitching staff enough run support with RBI doubles by Chris Johnson, Dan Uggla, and Jordan Schafer. Freddie Freeman pitched in as well with a two-run homer in the eighth.

Texas skunks Sox behind Martin's big night

The Rangers brutalized the White Sox, 12-0, behind a three-hit, four-RBI night from center fielder Leonys Martin. Martin Perez pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking just one.

Felipe Paulino started the game for Chicago. It didn't go well -- 10 earned runs in less than four innings -- but he stuck it out for over 100 pitches. So he put in a full day of work even it was a nightmare.

Stanton slams Miami past Seattle

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Are the Marlins kind of good?

It looks that way. Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with a walk-off grand slam and five runs batted in to beat the Mariners, giving him 26 on the year. Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 at the top of the order and Nate Eovaldi pitched six innings and allowed just one earned run. He struck out four and walked two.

The Marlins might not be "good" yet, but they have some exciting young players, and other than that thing Stanton was trying to pulverize in left-center field, they're fun to watch.

Yanks' bullpen buff it hard, Tampa Bay wins 11-5

New York led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Then, their bullpen disintegrated. Adam Warren and Cesar Cabral gave up three runs each, and the Rays overtook the Yankees to win, 11-5.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched well through 5⅔ innings, but James Loney's four RBI and Wil Myers' three-hit, three-RBI night ended up being too much for the Yankees to survive. The Rays went with Erik Bedard to start the game, and he struggled significantly in his first game of the year. He gave up four earned runs before being pulled in the fourth inning. Needless to say, Tampa Bay's bullpen pitched a little better than New York's.

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