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4:25 PM ET, April 4, 2013

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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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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 …
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?
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Associated Press:
Red Sox Chill Yanks, 2-0 for First Time Since 1999
Discussion: CBSSports.com and Boston Globe
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 …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Baseball Nation
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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: Gaslamp Ball and Amazin' Avenue
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.
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.
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Grateful Gattis homers in big league debut  —  ATLANTA — When Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez put Evan Gattis in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies, he assumed the powerful rookie catcher would add to the magic of his journey by doing something special in his Major League debut.
Discussion: Talking Chop
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
Joe Frisaro / MLB.com:
Hernandez, Cox, Maine staying in organization  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gorkys Hernandez will be remaining in the organization after all.  So will Zack Cox and Scott Maine.  —  After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Hernandez and Maine were outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans, with Cox outrighted to Double-A Jacksonville.
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies beat host Milwaukee Brewers to take first series of season  —  MILWAUKEE — So eager were the Rockies to get the ballpark Wednesday, a bus awaited outside their hotel at 1:30 p.m. on 3rd Street.  There were five autograph seekers downtown, a couple of whom actually recognized the players.
Discussion: Purple Row
 
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Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers players feel at home in new clubhouse
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Associated Press:
Gio Gonzalez Homers as Nationals Beat Marlins 3-0
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Braves Beat Phillies Behind Freeman, Upton
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Will Webber / The Santa Fe New Mexican:
Dodgers bring in humidor to combat mile-high effect at Isotopes Park
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Miami Marlins: Vaunted Double-A outfield to open on disabled list
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