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2:55 PM ET, May 1, 2014

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Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Mets and Yankees Have Identical Records, if Not Identical Expectations  —  The Mets and the Yankees arrived at the soggy end of April on Wednesday with identical 15-11 records.  Twice in the last decade they have finished the season with the same mark: in 2006, when both made the playoffs, and in 2008, when both missed.
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Mitch Abramson / NY Daily News:
Juan Lagares says he's ready to join an outfield platoon with Mets when he comes off DL  —  Before he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, Lagares, 25, was the Mets' top hitter, batting .314 with seven RBI and a homer in 13 games.  —  LAS VEGAS — Juan Lagares slipped through a side entrance …
Discussion: Metsblog, New York Post and ESPN
Todd Dewey / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Mets center fielder has come long way
Discussion: New Jersey Online and ESPN
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rules give Rays no say in playing doubleheader  —  BOSTON — The Rays had their reasons for not wanting to make up Wednesday's rainout as part of a split doubleheader today, likely including how they've been struggling, losing six of seven with their pitching staff tattered.
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
For starters, Rays at Red Sox, on a long day at the park  —  UPDATE, 12:29: Rays manager Joe Maddon reiterated that they preferred to play only one game today and have the makeup of Wednesday's rainout pushed back “based on a lot of different factors,” but since the Red Sox got their way to play two today …
Discussion: Over the Monster
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Kershaw whiffs nine in second rehab start  —  Likely to rejoin LA rotation next week, he allows one earned run in five innings  —  MINNEAPOLIS — With a likely return to the rotation next week in Washington, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made his second Minor League rehab start Wednesday night …
Discussion: The Strike Zone
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Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
Zack Greinke is sharp again in Dodgers win; Clayton Kershaw could return soon  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Dodgers started their two best pitchers on the same night Wednesday, one in Minnesota and one in Chattanooga, Tenn. And both were predictably dominant, with Zack Greinke giving up only an unearned run …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Rick Eymer / MLB.com:
Giants think Cain will return to mound Monday  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy scanned the field during Wednesday night's warmups to make sure right-hander Matt Cain wasn't trying to play catch somewhere.  —  Cain, who was scratched from Tuesday night's start after cutting …
Discussion: CBSSports.com and HardballTalk
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Associated Press:
Hudson Leads Giants in 3-2 Win Over Padres  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Hudson and Sergio Romo combined on a five-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Hudson (4-1) struck out six and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time in five starts this season.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Associated Press:
Chavez Pitches A's to Sweep of Rangers in 12-1 Win  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Jesse Chavez allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, Eric Sogard matched his season total with three RBIs on Wednesday night and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep with a 12-1 rout of the sloppy Texas Rangers.
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Landon Haaf / WFAA-TV:
Rangers unravel in 12-1 loss to Oakland
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Alyson Footer / MLB.com:
Renteria optimistic about closer options  —  CINCINNATI — When a team has only had six save opportunities through most of the first month of the season, it's fair to assume closer options aren't first and foremost on the mind of a manager guiding a struggling team.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Associated Press:
This Date In Baseball  —  1917 — Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and Hippo Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs pitched a double no-hitter for nine innings, but the Reds won 1-0 on two hits in the 10th.  Jim Thorpe drove in the winning run.  —  1923 — Walter Johnson recorded his first shutout …
Discussion: Pearly Gates
Canadian Press:
Montero leads off with 10th homer, D'Backs beat Rockies  —  PHOENIX — Miguel Montero hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning after Martin Prado hit a two-run single in the ninth, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks end a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night.
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
 
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Carroll Rogers / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves plan to activate Floyd this weekend
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Slumping Bourjos faces tough task
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Aaron Gleeman / HardballTalk:
Eric Byrnes is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation
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Andy McCullough / Kansas City Star:
Swollen disk sidelines Royals' Bruce Chen for one start, possibly two
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Back strain to cost Pineda three to four weeks
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