Major League Baseball marked the 60th anniversary Sunday of Jackie Robinson becoming the first African-American to play in the majors.
Pre-game ceremonies were held at stadiums across the United States, including in Los Angeles where all the Dodgers wore number 42. That was Robinson's number when he broke the color barrier with the then Brooklyn (New York) Dodgers in 1947. The number was retired from the major leagues 10 years ago to honor Robinson, whose athletic abilities placed him in baseball's Hall of Fame.
The Dodgers won Sunday's game, beating the San Diego Padres, 9-3.
In other National League games, slugger Albert Pujols hit two home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-2 thrashing of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Atlanta Braves doubled the Florida Marlins, 8-4. Cincinnati pitcher Kyle Lohse struck out a career-high 12 batters in eight innings on the mound to give the Reds a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. And, the Arizona Diamondbacks, led by Tony Clark's two home runs, beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-4.
In the American League, star Yankee relief pitcher Mariano Rivera gave up a game-ending, two-out, three-run home run to Oakland's Marco Scutaro, as the Athletics beat New York, 5-4.
Cleveland pitcher C. C. Sabathia struck out 10 batters over eight innings to lead the Indians to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Toronto Blue Jays edged the Detroit Tigers, 2-1. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-4. And, the Seattle Mariners crushed the Texas Rangers, 14-6. Seattle's Jose Vidro homered in his first two at bats.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.
Six games were postponed by bad weather.