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5:00 PM ET, April 21, 2015


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Updated: A profane Bryan Price vents frustration  —  MILWAUKEE — Reds manager Bryan Price showed the same frustration that has welled up among the team's fanbase as the team is coming off four straight losses and seven losses in eight games.  —  Instead of lashing out at his team's offensive woes …
Reds waste strong start by Leake
Associated Press:   Wainwright, Cardinals Nip Reds 2-1 for 5th Straight Win
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Top Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell is being called up to the majors, sources told  —  Russell will join top slugging prospect Kris Bryant, who was called up only Friday and is already making an impact with three RBI on Monday night against Pittsburgh.
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago:
Addison, meet Clark: Cubs' No. 2 prospect Russell to debut Tuesday  —  PITTSBURGH — Four days after the celebrated arrival of top prospect Kris Bryant, the Cubs will add No. 2 prospect Addison Russell on Tuesday to fill their vast hole at second base.  —  Multiple sources confirmed Monday night …
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Volquez Leads Royals to 7-1 Win Over Twins in Series Opener  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Edinson Volquez dodged trouble for seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals scored a pair of runs on wild pitches before pounding the bumbling Minnesota Twins, 7-1 on Monday night.
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Volquez leads Royals to 7-1 win over Twins in series opener (Yahoo Sports)
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Valbuena Hits Two HR in Houston's 7-5 Victory Over Seattle  —  SEATTLE — Luis Valbuena hit a pair of solo home runs, including a go-ahead eighth-inning shot, to give the Houston Astros a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners Monday night.  —  Valbuena, who started the scoring with a blast …
Dave Cameron / FanGraphs Baseball:
So the Mets Might Be Contenders  —  As it stands this morning, there are five teams in the National League that have at least a 50% chance of reaching the postseason, according to our Playoff Odds forecasts.  The three top teams are the same three that everyone had winning their divisions …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Amazin' Avenue
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
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Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Camden Chat
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Working Out Return Plan For Josh Hamilton  —  The Angels have a tentative plan for Josh Hamilton's return, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.  Hamilton would report to the team's extended Spring Training camp in Arizona for a 2-3 week stint, then a minor league rehabilitation assignment …
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Tigers Rally in 7th Off Sabathia, Beat Yankees 2-1  —  DETROIT — J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh inning, and Joba Chamberlain got Jacoby Ellsbury to hit into a crucial double play in the eighth, helping the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.
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Reliever would be first Naval Academy grad in 94 years to appear in MLB game  —  Mitch Harris talks about returning to baseball after five years in the Navy and the leadership qualities he gained during his service  —  ST. LOUIS — When the Cardinals open a three-game series in Washington on Tuesday …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Nick Groke / Denver Post:
COLORADO ROCKIES / MLB  —  ROCKIES' JORGE DE LA ROSA GETS FIRST START OF SEASON AGAINST PADRES  —  The Denver Post  —  LOS ANGELES — A welcome and steady arm will greet the Rockies on the mound Monday night at Coors Field when they return from an up-and-down road trip on the West Coast.
Cody Derespina / Newsday:
Citi Field attendance up so far in 2015  —  The streaking Mets are playing in front of larger-than-normal crowds at Citi Field to start the 2015 season.  —  Through their first seven home games this season, the Mets are averaging 35,268 fans.  That's the second best start over the same …
Discussion: Metsblog
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Vogt's 3-Run HR Helps A's Beat Angels 6-3  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Stephen Vogt hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Marcus Semien also went deep against Matt Shoemaker and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
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Robert Griffin III eagerly preparing for vital season with Redskins  —  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Robert Griffin III stands at a crossroads in his day, briefly scanning the menu at a Pei Wei Asian Diner in a suburban South Florida shopping center Friday evening, right now just a man in search of a simple, hot dinner.
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