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11:55 PM ET, April 30, 2014

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Associated Press:
Craig has 4 hits, Cards beat Brewers 9-3  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) After failing to hold three-run leads in two straight games, Allen Craig and the St. Louis Cardinals put their series final against Milwaukee out of reach.  —  Craig homered on a four-hit day that included three RBIs …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Viva El Birdos
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MLB.com:
Brewers continuing to deal with key injuries  —  ST. LOUIS — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had a quick answer Tuesday afternoon when it was suggested that his starting lineup resembled something from Spring Training.  —  “Sometimes I made it like that in Spring Training and we went out and scored 10 runs,” Roenicke said.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball and MLB Daily Dish
Jon Paul Morosi / Fox Sports:
Brewers are for real, not an April fluke, thanks to pitching  —  ST. LOUIS — The Milwaukee Brewers are for real.  —  That's not to suggest the Brewers will remain this real — as in, maintain their .731 winning percentage and finish 118-44.  I can't guarantee they will make the playoffs.
Landon Haaf / WFAA-TV:
Rangers unravel in 12-1 loss to Oakland  —  If you keep pulling the thread, eventually the whole thing will unravel, so the saying goes.  —  The Rangers did quite a bit of pulling in the first two games of their brief homestand, and the whole thing unraveled in the series finale against division leading Oakland.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Todd Dewey / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Mets center fielder has come long way  —  Growing up in the Dominican Republic, New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares created his own version of baseball.  —  Lagares, who joined the 51s on Monday to continue his major league rehabilitation stint for a pulled right hamstring …
Discussion: ESPN, New Jersey Online and Metsblog
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Back strain to cost Pineda three to four weeks  —  NEW YORK — The Yankees will be without Michael Pineda for longer than anticipated, as the right-hander ended his simulated game on Tuesday after just one inning when he felt tightness under his pitching arm.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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Carroll Rogers / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves plan to activate Floyd this weekend  —  MIAMI —  Gavin Floyd completed his minor league rehabilitation assignment Tuesday night with Triple-A Gwinnett, and barring something unforeseen, the Braves will activate him from the disabled list sometime this weekend.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mike Vorkunov / New Jersey Online:
Mets bop Phillies 6-1 behind Jon Niese after 88 minute rain delay  —  Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese works in the first inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  (John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)  —  PHILADELPHIA — On the mound, Jon Niese paced around to keep warm.
Discussion: Metsblog
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Meredith Perri / Metsblog:
Game Recap: Mets 6 - Phillies 1
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com:
(USATSI)  —  The Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies are believed among teams showing strong interest in free-agent closer Joel Hanrahan, who is likely to sign before holding another open showcase.  —  Hanrahan is believed to have received multiple offers, with at least …
Aaron Gleeman / HardballTalk:
Eric Byrnes is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation  —  Eric Byrnes hasn't played in the majors since 2010 and has spent the past several years doing lots of television work, but now the 38-year-old is coming out of retirement.  Sort of.
Discussion: John Shea
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Slumping Bourjos faces tough task  —  • By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285  —  Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had a blunt description of the task facing center fielder Peter Bourjos as he tries to get more from his swing with what could be a stretch of fewer at-bats.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Tigers To Promote Robbie Ray  —  The Tigers have announced that left-handed starter Robbie Ray will be recalled and make his Major League debut against the Astros next Tuesday.  —  The 23-year-old Ray ranked 91st on MLB.com's list of Top 100 prospects prior to the season and was the centerpiece …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Associated Press:
Victorino Gets 4 Hits, Red Sox Beat Rays 7-4  —  BOSTON — Shane Victorino had four hits and his first two RBIs of the season, John Lackey pitched eight strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the slumping Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on a chilly Tuesday night.  —  Victorino, activated …
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Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Since name change, Rays have flourished
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Andy McCullough / Kansas City Star:
Swollen disk sidelines Royals' Bruce Chen for one start, possibly two  —  The Royals scratched Bruce Chen from his start on Wednesday, but his return to the mound on Saturday is also in doubt.  —  An MRI on Chen's balky back, a condition initially described as tightness in his left glute muscle …
Discussion: Royals Review and HardballTalk
 
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