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4:25 PM ET, April 15, 2012

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Wilson confirms he is done for the season  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Giants closer Brian Wilson is headed for a second opinion on his right elbow, but he confirmed he anticipates having Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.  —  Wilson admitted he felt something in his elbow …
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Carl Steward / Mercury News:
San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson likely headed for season-ending elbow surgery  —  Eight games into the 2012 season, the Giants have suffered a potentially devastating injury.  Closer Brian Wilson is facing likely elbow surgery and might be lost for the season.
Carl Steward / Giants Extra:
BREAKING NEWS: Wilson has ‘structural issues,’ surgery will likely put him out for the year (3)
Discussion: SI Tracking Blog
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Jackie's legacy carries from field to front office  —  Nats VP Jones credits Robinson for motivation to pursue role  —  WASHINGTON — If he were alive, Jackie Robinson would be proud of Damon Jones.  —  No, Jones never played Major League Baseball, but he currently has an impact on the game.
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John Thorn / Our Game:
Jackie Robinson's Signing: The Real Story  —  Jules Tygiel and I collaborated on this story for SPORT magazine in June 1988.  Subsequently it appeared in SABR's The National Pastime, in several editions of Total Baseball, and in Jules's Extra Bases: Reflections on Jackie Robinson, Race, and Baseball History.
Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
For starters, Rays at Red Sox, seeking change  —  UPDATE, 10:52: Rays lineup:  —  Jennings cf  —  Pena 1b  —  Longoria 3b  —  Keppinger 2b  —  Zobrist rf  —  Scott dh  —  S-Rod ss  —  Joyce lf  —  Gimenez c  —  Moore p  —  BREAKING: The Rays are looking to get their pitching …
Discussion: Boston Globe
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Finally, Red Sox can smile  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email  —  On Day 1 of what could be a long stretch without Jacoby Ellsbury [stats], the Red Sox [team stats] showed exactly how deep and resilient they can be.  —  Ellsbury's replacement atop the batting order …
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Michael Baron / MetsBlog.com:
Today's pitching matchups for Mets/Phillies in Philadelphia  —  Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 4.76 ERA) will start for the Mets.  Pelfrey is coming off an uneven season debut against the Nationals on Monday in which he allowed three runs and ten hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
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Paul Hagen / MLB.com:
Contreras' return to bullpen may come soon  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies' bullpen could get a little deeper before the team begins a West Coast swing in San Francisco on Monday.  —  Right-hander Jose Contreras, who began the 2011 season as the closer and was 5-for-5 in save opportunities …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Dave Skretta / Associated Press:
Indians hang on to beat Royals 11-9 in 10 innings  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-9 on Saturday night in a testy affair with three ejections and a pair of bench-clearings.
Discussion: Royals Review and Yahoo! Sports
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Associated Press:   Ejections in Indians-Royals game
Associated Press:
MRI on shoulder of Twins P Blackburn all clear  —  MINNEAPOLIS — An MRI test on Minnesota right-hander Nick Blackburn's shoulder has revealed no damage, and the Twins expect him to make his next start.  —  Blackburn felt a cramp in the back of the shoulder Saturday against the Texas Rangers, and he left in the sixth inning.
Bob Cohn / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Pirates missing out on televised sports' ‘golden age’  —  Major League Baseball economics used to be about putting fannies in the seats.  But for a growing number of teams, the important number is eyeballs on the screens.  —  Local and regional TV rights fees are skyrocketing in college …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
Astros Rally to Beat Bell and Marlins in 9th, 5-4  —  MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Lee drove in the tying run with a two-out single in the ninth inning, and an error by left fielder Logan Morrison allowed the go-ahead run to score Saturday night as the Houston Astros rallied to beat closer Heath Bell and the Miami Marlins 5-4.
Washington Examiner:
Thom Loverro: No way to rationalize voting steroid users in Hall of Fame  —  It's awfully big of Major League Baseball union boss Michael Weiner to declare that steroid users should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, considering the organization he runs, the Players Association …
 
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