Time to move on from Valverde? 

April, 20, 2014
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Last night's New York Mets game had to be frustrating for manager Terry Collins. His team scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings of a game against the Atlanta Braves -- the latter pair off of closer Craig Kimbrel -- and yet, they still lost because their own closer, Jose Valverde gave up a three-run blast to Justin Upton in the top of the ninth.

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Finding a fit for Gavin Floyd 

April, 19, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves' rotation appeared to be in shambles a few short weeks ago when the club learned Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy would be lost for the season.

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When the Baltimore Orioles signed Johan Santana to a minor league deal in early March, it was hoped that he would be able to help the big league club sometime in June. Could the two-time Cy Young Award winner be ahead of schedule?

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Finding a spot for Schoop 

April, 19, 2014
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A pleasant surprise for the Baltimore Orioles has been rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop, whose four-hit game against the Red Sox on Friday night raised his season average to .304.

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Another piece of the Cincinnati Reds' injury-plagued bullpen could be back in a day or two.

Sean Marshall, shut down in spring training after experiencing tightness in his shoulder, has rejoined the Reds on their current road trip. While it is unclear when he will be placed on the active roster, the Reds say it will be soon, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Ike's role in Pittsburgh 

April, 19, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Pirates needed an upgrade at first base and Ike Davis needed a change of scenery. The two sides finally came together Friday night when the Bucs acquired Davis from the New York Mets for or pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.

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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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