Heavy workload for Perez 

April, 21, 2014
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Could Royals catcher Salvador Perez use a day off?

Manager Ned Yost has penciled in Perez for each of Kansas City’s first 17 games. The skipper “dislikes answering questions about Perez’s playing time. But he inserted backup catcher Brett Hayes for the final two innings on Sunday,” writes Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

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Twins to bench Florimon? 

April, 21, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins love the defense that Pedro Florimon provides at shortstop, but they may finally have run out of patience with his bat.

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Hanrahan holding out? 

April, 21, 2014
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Eleven months removed from Tommy John surgery, Joel Hanrahan held a workout for about 18 teams last week that reportedly went very well.

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Making room for Abreu 

April, 21, 2014
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Bobby Abreu's long journey back to the major leagues is complete after the 40-year-old was called up by the New York Mets on Sunday night.

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Who goes first: Towers or Gibson? 

April, 20, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks let a rookie pitcher make his first-ever big league start on Saturday, but it wasn't Archie Bradley. It was Mike Bolsinger who, though staked to a 4-0 lead, lasted just four innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in a game the team would end up losing 8-6.

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Kimbrel's outing cause for worry? 

April, 20, 2014
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Earlier this week, the Atlanta Braves declared that closer Craig Kimbrel should be considered day-to-day, as the pitcher dealt with soreness in his right shoulder that was hoped to be resolved by a few days of rest. On Saturday, Kimbrel made his first appearance since that announcement, and a poor performance raised the question as to whether or not the issue was rust or something more serious.

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White Sox hope Eaton can return soon 

April, 20, 2014
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The Chicago White have already had to deal with bad news in terms of outfield injuries this season, with Avisail Garcia's season-ending shoulder surgery earlier this month. Now, the already short-handed lineup has taken another potentially long-term hit.

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Blowout losses are oftentimes easier to overcome than one-run nail-biters, especially when the score is so lopsided that a team turns to a position player to pitch. That's what happened in Saturday's 16-2 win by the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees, as Dean Anna came to the mound in the eighth inning.

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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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