MLB notebook: Mets manager defends Murphy's paternity leave
• Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair. Murphy made his season debut Thursday, three days after the birth of son Noah. He calls staying in Florida an extra day “the right decision to make” following wifeVictoria 's cesarean section and says “we felt the best thing for our family was for me to stay for an extra day.” He learned Sunday that his wife's water broke, then traveled to Florida and missed Monday's 9-7 opening loss to Washington and Wednesday night's 5-1 defeat. He says his son was born at 12:02 p.m. Monday. Major league rules allow up to three days of paternity leave, and WFAN broadcaster Mike Francesa said on the air Wednesday that Murphy should not have skipped the second game.
• A swarm of bees briefly halted Thursday's game between the Diamondbacks and Giants in the first inning at Chase Field, MLB.com reported. Giants leadoff hitter Angel Pagan hit a fly ball toward a swarm of bees on the warning track that the Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock caught. The center fielder raced back to the middle of the outfield after making the catch, swatting away the bees. Plate umpire Pat Hoberg stopped the game and spoke with Diamondback manager Kirk Gibson and crew chief Tom Hallion. During the delay, the Diamondbacks played the songs “Let It Be,” and “Don't Worry, Be Happy” over the public-address system.
• David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia keep winning. The two Red Sox stars have had the best-selling jerseys in Major League Baseball since Boston won the World Series in October. No. 3 on the list was Yankees captain Derek Jeter. His jersey has been the top seller since he announced Feb. 12 this would be his final season. Yadier Molina, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, David Wright, Robinson Cano and Manny Machado round out the top 10. Cano's sales are combined for his Yankees and Mariners jerseys after he signed with Seattle in December. The rankings are based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLB.com.
• Rays right fielder Wil Myers was scratched from the starting lineup against Toronto because of flu-like symptoms.
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