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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The state of the Seattle Mariners pitching staff right now can best be described as being in turmoil. One week ago, starter James Paxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the left side of his back. After some juggling of the rotation, the team didn't need a replacement for Paxton until Tuesday night, which they filled with Blake Beavan, called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

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Angels cope with another OF injury 

April, 16, 2014
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The Los Angeles Angels, still reeling from the loss of Josh Hamilton as a result of a torn ligament in his thumb, now have to deal with an injury to another outfielder. Kole Calhoun had to be helped off the field Tuesday night with a sprained right ankle suffered while running out a ground out in the 11th inning.

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Johnson ready to resume role? 

April, 16, 2014
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It was just last Thursday that the Oakland Athletics announced they were giving Jim Johnson a little vacation from being their closer, as manager Bob Melvin said the pitcher "needs some time away from the role to get things straightened out." Has the time come already to let him back into the ninth inning of games for the A's?

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Second base issues in Toronto 

April, 15, 2014
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Thanks to a misplaced step by Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins will get a chance to prove he can be the Blue Jays’ regular second baseman.

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Did Dozier's price just go up? 

April, 15, 2014
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The San Diego Padres became the latest team to lock up a player with a high ceiling but relatively low service time, agreeing Monday to a five-year, $35 million extension with second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

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How Braves make room for Minor 

April, 15, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves continue to receive encouraging news on Mike Minor, who threw five scoreless innings in his third minor league rehab start Sunday and is scheduled to rejoin the rotation sometime next week.

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