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11:20 AM 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.
Discussion: HardballTalk
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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 …
Associated Press:
Red Sox Chill Yanks, 2-0 for First Time Since 1999  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees' bats, speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999.
Discussion: CBSSports.com and Boston Globe
Dan Shaughnessy / The Boston Globe:
At this rate, will the Red Sox ever lose?
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Shane Victorino, distracted by free agency last year, took less money to taste Boston Red Sox …
Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 8 Padres 4  —  The Mets (2-0) defeated the Padres (0-2) by the score of 8-4 tonight at Citi Field.  — Matt Harvey started for the Mets, and was dominant for seven innings, allowing one hit with two walks and striking out ten — he faced one batter over his minimum tonight.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Amazin' Avenue
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Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Mets' Matt Harvey deals hot stuff on a cold night
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.
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
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers players feel at home in new clubhouse  —  State-of-the-art quarters are part of the $100-million-plus renovations at Dodger Stadium and Adrian Gonzalez calls it ‘probably the best clubhouse in baseball.’  —  Adrian Gonzalez says the Dodgers' new facilities have given L.A. “probably the best clubhouse in baseball.”
Discussion: True Blue LA
Associated Press:
Gio Gonzalez Homers as Nationals Beat Marlins 3-0  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez insisted all along he wasn't distracted one bit by having his name connected to a clinic that reportedly gave major leaguers banned substances.  —  “I've got no worries about that,” he said the other day.
Discussion: Federal Baseball and 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
Associated Press:
Braves Beat Phillies Behind Freeman, Upton  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and rookie Evan Gattis homered, helping Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Freddie Freeman had three RBIs as the Braves chased Roy Halladay in the fourth inning.
Discussion: Talking Chop and The Good Phight
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
 
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Reds' Ludwick expected to miss 3 months
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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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