Cubs closer carousel turns again? 

April, 24, 2014
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The Chicago Cubs lost Wednesday's game in epic fashion, as Pedro Strop was unable to protect a 5-2 lead entering the ninth inning. Even though three of the four runs charged to the would-be closer were unearned, the loss counts all the same -- and it may cost Strop his ninth-inning role.

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How will Yankees replace Pineda? 

April, 24, 2014
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After Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox for having pine tar on his neck in violation of major baseball rules, the New York Yankees are fully expecting a suspension to be forthcoming.

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Could Dice-K get chance to close? 

April, 24, 2014
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The New York Mets are already on their third closer of the season, with Bobby Parnell's Tommy John surgery and Jose Valverde's ineffectiveness giving way to current ninth-inning option Kyle Farnsworth. The question now is who might take over the role if Farnsworth falters.

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How D-backs deal with Trumbo injury 

April, 24, 2014
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Amid the celebration of a 7-5 comeback win over the Chicago Cubs, there was still a cloud hanging over the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, manager Kirk Gibson told reporters after the game "an MRI on left fielder Mark Trumbo's left foot revealed a stress fracture, an injury that will likely sideline him for an extended period of time."

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Morales continues waiting game 

April, 24, 2014
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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the belief around baseball right now is that free agent Kendrys Morales, whose potential signing is tied to the loss of a draft pick due to the qualifying offer that the Seattle Mariners gave him, will not ink a new contract until the June draft has come and gone.

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Angels losing patience with Frieri? 

April, 24, 2014
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The Los Angeles Angels were leading the Washington Nationals 4-1 entering the ninth inning on Wednesday, but closer Ernesto Frieri was unable to take care of business -- charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning of work, blowing the save and taking the loss.

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Keeping an eye on Freeman 

April, 23, 2014
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In 2012, Freddie Freeman had some issues with dryness in his eyes, and as a result he saw his batting average plummet over the course of several weeks by over 50 points. That's why the news that the Atlanta Braves first baseman paid a visit to the team optometrist might be a reason for concern.

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Who goes when Beckham's back? 

April, 23, 2014
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The Chicago White Sox are hopeful that they'll be getting second baseman Gordon Beckham back in their starting lineup very soon -- perhaps as early as this weekend's series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Arizona dropped its fourth-straight game on Tuesday, it's 10th loss in 11 games, and things are officially spiraling for the Diamondbacks. Following the latest defeat to the Cubs, veteran Eric Chavez said the team's early slide is like nothing he's ever experienced.

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Just about nothing is going right for the Seattle Mariners right now, and Wednesday's lineup is the latest sign that manager Lloyd McClendon will continue to tweak things until he sees improvement.

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With Pablo Sandoval in the midst of a 4-for-27 slide, and having been in a slump for the entire 2014 season -- his batting average is just .169 -- manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants is finally ready to make some changes to his lineup.

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No more platoon at 3B for Cubs? 

April, 23, 2014
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According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, despite the fact that Mike Olt is hitting just .195 on the year, "manager Rick Renteria said he plans to scrap the third-base rotation he'd used since the season started" and will give Olt a chance to play every day at the position.

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Padres fielding offers for Hundley 

April, 23, 2014
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Are the San Diego Padres ready to part ways with catcher Nick Hundley, who has been with the team since 2008? According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the team is currently in active discussions to do just that.

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Could Gordon injury mean Guerrero? 

April, 23, 2014
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The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 3-2 in ten innings on Tuesday night, marking the sixth time in the team's last eight games that they've scored two runs or less. Second baseman Dee Gordon has hit .320 over that stretch, so the team can ill-afford to lose his bat from the lineup right now.

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The Taveras timetable 

April, 22, 2014
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When will the St. Louis Cardinals finally promote highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras? The team appeared to be taking another step closer to that eventuality on Monday, when they started the outfielder in center field for the first time this season.

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