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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 …
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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  —  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
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.
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.
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
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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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
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.
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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 …
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MLB.com:
Brewers continuing to deal with key injuries
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Brew Crew Ball
Jon Paul Morosi / Fox Sports:
Brewers are for real, not an April fluke, thanks to pitching
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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 …
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 …
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