Red Sox-Blue Jays series should provide some pop

Mujica, acquired from the Marlins at midseason last year, went 7-for-7 in save situations after replacing injured closer Jason Motte.

"He just comes out there regardless of the situation and makes pitches," Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He has done a nice job of not trying not to do too much or change his approach."

Slugging to the classics: During the Tigers' most recent homestand, Prince Fielder was walking up to the plate to the accompaniment of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He adopted Mozart's "Requiem" as his theme after learning Torii Hunter listens to classical music in the clubhouse to prepare for games.

Fielder says Hunter caught his eye in spring training because he "was so seasoned and had so much energy early in the morning." He told the 37-year-old he was going to watch him and copy everything he did so he also could have a long career.

Fielder, my preseason pick for AL MVP, entered the weekend hitting .297 and on pace for 42 home runs and 162 RBIs. The Tigers must appreciate the dedication toward having a long, productive career, as Fielder is under contract through 2020, when he will be 37.

Under the weather: The Royals weren't happy that Thursday's game against the Rays was stopped in the bottom of the fourth because of continuing sleet and snow. They had a 1-0 lead and needed to get only three more outs for an official game. But the game never restarted, getting postponed after a delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes.

"If you play four innings, why not play one more?" left fielder Alex Gordon asked. "What's the point? But that's what it is. We're just going to have to cancel another off day and play again. We're not going to have any off days at the end of the year. Should be fun."

The Royals have lost four games to a combination of rain, sleet, snow and the Boston manhunt. They already have made up two with doubleheaders but could lose scheduled days off to make up a rainout in Detroit and the one Thursday at home. That one figures to be more of an inconvenience for the Rays, who will have to make an unscheduled trip to Kansas City because the game wasn't finished — as the Rangers are visiting Wrigley Field on Monday to make up the April 17 rainout.

You have to start somewhere: The Astros and Twins aren't going to be playoff teams this season. The Astros easily could wind up with the first pick in the draft for the third straight year, and the Twins would be thrilled with a .500 season. But players on both teams believe they quietly have turned a corner because of the much-debated idea of clubhouse chemistry.

"The difference is we like each other,'' Astros starter Lucas Harrell said. "You have a group of guys who are working hard to get better. Last year I felt like we had a few veteran guys who kind of wrote us off early. … With the attitude, it's a lot different. It's a lot better."

Twins lefty Scott Diamond offered similar sentiments after beating the Tigers on Wednesday, which prevented a sweep.

"The atmosphere in the clubhouse is a lot different than it was last year, and because of that, we're going to be able to prevent losing streaks," Diamond said. "It actually feels more positive. Even when we lose a couple of games — like that Texas series (last weekend) — everybody stayed really positive, and we were really still pulling for each other. Nobody started swinging for home runs, nobody was trying to strike out every batter. We're relying on what's going to make us win — our defense and moving runners.''

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