Manny happy returns? 

April, 18, 2014
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Could there be a spot on a roster for Manny Ramirez, whose last appearance in a major league uniform came during a brief five-game stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011?

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Is Hamels ready to return? 

April, 18, 2014
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Not every team in the league has played the same number of games, but the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation ranks only 20th in the number of innings pitched so far this season, and that fact has manager Ryne Sandberg pointing fingers and placing blame.

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Is Carlos Santana hurt? 

April, 18, 2014
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After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Thursday, Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians has now had only two hits in his last 32 at-bats, good -- or, rather, bad -- for a .063 batting average since April 8.

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Blue Jays pen cause for concern? 

April, 18, 2014
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All major league teams lose games from time to time, but it's the rare loss that leaves a manager in a state of utter disbelief. That's what happened to John Gibbons and his Toronto Blue Jays in what Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio is calling an "historic collapse."

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Who will end up signing Hanrahan? 

April, 18, 2014
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One week ago, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported that Joel Hanrahan, "11 months removed from Tommy John surgery" would be holding a showcase for teams interested in signing the reliever to a deal some time this week. That showcase took place on Thursday, and there was plenty of interest.

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Rangers ready to alter rotation? 

April, 18, 2014
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Tanner Scheppers had a 4-0 lead entering the third inning against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, but it wasn't enough of a cushion for the Texas Rangers pitcher, who soon found himself on the short end of a 6-4 score, and out of the ball game.

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When Hanley Ramirez returns 

April, 17, 2014
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Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday's game after being hit on the left hand by a 90 mph fastball by Ryan Vogelsong, but after X-Rays checked out negative, the shortstop sounded optimistic about playing in the series finale on Thursday.

Will he be in the lineup today with Madison Bumgarner on the hill?

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Kershaw nearing a return? 

April, 17, 2014
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have dropped two close games in a row to the hands of the arch rival San Francisco Giants, but there's a bit of encouraging news in regards to their ace, Clayton Kershaw.

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UPDATE: It didn't take long to get a clearer understanding of how Seattle plans to use Nick Franklin this season.

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When will Reds relievers return? 

April, 17, 2014
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The Cincinnati Reds have been without two key members of their bullpen all season -- Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall -- and it's had an obvious impact. While the starting rotation has an ERA of 2.94, the bullpen has been far less effective in compiling a collective ERA of 5.18.

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Mets still trust in Valverde? 

April, 17, 2014
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The New York Mets were in the process of completing a sweep on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Although it was not a save situation, manager Terry Collins turned to closer Jose Valverde to finish things off. It's a good thing the score wasn't closer to begin with.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers held their collective breath on Wednesday night as shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the left hand by a Ryan Vogelsong fastball.

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A's closer to reinstating Johnson? 

April, 17, 2014
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(UPDATE: Luke Gregerson came on to pitch the ninth inning of a 4-3 game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and gave up the tying run, blowing his second save of the season and adding fuel to the argument that Jim Johnson should return to the closer's role.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, "manager Bob Melvin said the team will look at everything after Thursday's off-day, but when it comes to using the back end of the bullpen, Melvin said, 'A lot of it ends up being feel.'")

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When will injured Red Sox return? 

April, 16, 2014
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The Boston Red Sox injury toll continues to mount, as Mike Napoli has joined the growing list of players who might be unavailable to manager John Farell for at least the next few days. Napoli dislocated the ring finger on his left hand, and while X-rays showed no fracture, the first baseman was seen wearing a splint after the game.

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This season's first highly anticipated prospect has arrived. Speedy and powerful George Springer will get the chance to prove that the hype was indeed warranted. As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle writes, "With their major league offense struggling mightily, the Houston Astros have decided to call up top outfield prospect George Springer for Wednesday's game at Minute Maid Park against the Royals."

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