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8:05 PM ET, April 4, 2013


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Barry M. Bloom /
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.
Discussion: Phillies Nation and HardballTalk
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
Associated Press:
Red Sox Chill Yanks, 2-0 for First Time Since 1999
Discussion: and Boston Globe
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.
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 …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Baseball Nation
Chris Iott /
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.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Joe Frisaro /
Hernandez, Cox, Maine staying in organization
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Associated Press:
Davis Drives in 4 to Power Orioles Past Rays  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Davis homered for the third straight day and drove in four runs Thursday to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.  —  Davis went 7 of 11 with three homers …
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.
Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 8 Padres 4
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Gaslamp Ball
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 and
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
Mark Bowman /
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
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