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Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com:
Teixeira targeting May 1 return to Yankees  —  NEW YORK — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said Wednesday that he's now hoping to return by May 1 from a right wrist injury he sustained preparing to play for Team USA in the days before the opening of the World Baseball Classic.
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Dan Shaughnessy / The Boston Globe:
At this rate, will the Red Sox ever lose?  —  NEW YORK — They may never lose.  —  They may never trail.  —  Worst to first.  Two games into the season, this is the theme of the 2013 Red Sox.  —  And is it possible for Jackie Bradley Jr. to be the Face of the Franchise after only two games in the big leagues?
Scott Cacciola / New York Times:
Red Sox 7, Yankees 4: Kuroda Is Hurt, Along With Yankees' Pride, in Loss to Red Sox  —  When Travis Hafner hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning, it presented a rare opportunity for the operations crew at Yankee Stadium to blast some of that majestic music that has become synonymous …
Associated Press:
Red Sox Chill Yanks, 2-0 for First Time Since 1999
Discussion: CBSSports.com and Boston Globe
focustaiwan.tw:
Manny Ramirez hits 1st home-run in Taiwan; CPBL's 7000th  —  Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Former MLB star Manny Ramirez hit his first home-run Thursday since he joined the EDA Rhinos in March, and the homer was also the 7,000th of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League, currently in its 24th season.
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Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Manny Ramirez Hits First Home Run In Taiwan  —  After hitting 555 home runs in a major league career that ended with five games for the Rays in 2011, Manny Ramirez hit his first home run in Taiwan today.  —  Ramirez, 40, signed a contract last month to play for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League this year.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Tigers Sign Jose Valverde  —  The Tigers signed reliever Jose Valverde to a minor league deal, tweets Patrick Reusse of 1500 ESPN.  The team confirmed the signing, noting that he will report to Lakeland for extended spring training.  Valverde, a client of the Boras Corporation …
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Chris Iott / MLive.com:
Detroit Tigers sign relief pitcher Jose Valverde to minor-league contract  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Valverde has signed a minor-league contract — with no major-league commitment from the Detroit Tigers — general manager Dave Dombrowski announced late this morning.
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball
Joe Capozzi / Palm Beach Post:
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on purge: Someday, fans will say, ‘They did the right thing’  —  WASHINGTON —  Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said he won't try to predict the attendance at Miami's home opener Monday at Marlins Park, but he hopes fans will give the team a chance.  —  “It's great baseball.
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Joe Frisaro / MLB.com:
Hernandez, Cox, Maine staying in organization
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Associated Press:
Pelfrey, Power Hitting Lead Twins Past Tigers 8-2  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Pelfrey pitched into the sixth inning in his Minnesota debut, Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit home runs and the Twins took the season-opening series from the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 victory Thursday.
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Mets' Matt Harvey deals hot stuff on a cold night  —  Considering the frigid conditions, there could only be three types of fans at Citi Field Wednesday night: Hearty fans.  Hardy fans.  And Harvey fans.  —  Hearty because only a true die-hard would come out in weather like this.
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Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 8 Padres 4
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Gaslamp Ball
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Viciedo isn't anxious about long-term deal  —  Sox left fielder content to let agent handle matters as he awaits opportunity for arbitration  —  Elvis Andrus' eight-year, $120 million contract doesn't mean left fielder Dayan Viciedo will ask agent Scott Boras to negotiate a long-term deal for him with the White Sox.
Associated Press:
Pennington Lifts D'backs Over Cards in 16 Innings  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Cliff Pennington's single in the 16th inning brought home Jason Kubel from second to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that didn't end until early Thursday.
Conor Glassey / Baseball America:
Midseason Update: 2013 Draft Top 50  —  With the 2013 draft just over two months away, here is an updated look at the top 50 prospects.  There have been a lot a lot of early risers, since we did our last Top 50 in February, most notably three college righthanders—Jonathan Gray from Oklahoma …
Discussion: River Avenue Blues
 
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Grateful Gattis homers in big league debut
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Rockies beat host Milwaukee Brewers to take first series of season
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Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers players feel at home in new clubhouse
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Gio Gonzalez Homers as Nationals Beat Marlins 3-0
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Braves Beat Phillies Behind Freeman, Upton
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