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11:30 AM ET, May 3, 2013


 Top News: 
Gordon Edes / ESPN:
Morris accuses Buchholz of throwing spitballs  —  TORONTO — Jack Morris, a former World Series hero and a Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster, said Thursday that he watched video after Wednesday night's game between the Jays and Red Sox and came away convinced Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is throwing a spitball.
Associated Press:
Farrell miffed by allegations against Buchholz  —  TORONTO — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is upset by accusations pitcher Clay Buchholz was putting a foreign substance on the ball during Wednesday's victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.  —  Former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst …
Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Red Sox were also thinking about acquiring Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes
Fox Sports:
Interest in Padres' Headley will grow  —  CHICAGO  —  Chase Headley is the new kind of baseball free agent.  —  Technically, he won't be on the market until after the 2014 season.  But he's effectively available now.  —  Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler told U-T San Diego this week …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Corey Brock /
Headley won't negotiate extension during season  —  Padres third baseman flattered by team's position but doesn't want distraction  —  SAN DIEGO — Padres third baseman Chase Headley said on Thursday that he “loves playing in San Diego” and was flattered to hear that ownership wants to keep him here long-term.
Corey Brock /
Padres prepared to reach record deal with Headley
Discussion: HardballTalk and Gaslamp Ball
Associated Press:
Kendrick Tosses 7 Strong, Phils Beat Marlins  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Thursday night.  —  Kendrick (3-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn …
From Stanton to Lee, not too early for Phils to think trades  —  The Phillies don't have to deal with Giancarlo Stanton in their current four-game series against the Miami Marlins, but that doesn't mean he isn't on the minds of club officials.  —  According to a major-league executive …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Adam McCalvy / Brew Beat:
With visa in hand, K-Rod ready to report  —  Reliever Francisco Rodriguez has secured his work visa and is expected to report to a Brewers Minor League affiliate next week to begin his comeback in earnest.  —  The Brewers brought back Rodriguez on a Minor League contract April 17 that gave …
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Roy Oswalt signs minor-league deal with Rockies  —  Looking to add depth and options for the pitching rotation, the Rockies signed veteran Roy Oswalt to a minor-league deal on Thursday.  —  In 12 seasons, Oswalt is 163-96 with a 3.28 ERA in the major leagues.  He is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Purple Row
Darren Rovell / ESPN:
Independent team to Cubs: We'll host you  —  On Wednesday, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said he would consider moving the team out of 99-year-old Wrigley Field if plans for renovations needed to generate revenues to compete were blocked.  —  On Thursday, an independent league baseball team …
Associated Press:
Haren Throws 8 Sharp Innings, Nationals Top Braves  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Haren pitched eight sharp innings, Denard Span hit a two-run double and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Thursday night.  —  The Nationals, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Atlanta on Wednesday …
Associated Press:
Westbrook, Cardinals Beat Brewers 6-5.  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jake Westbrook allowed one run over six innings for his 100th career win and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Thursday night.  —  Westbrook (2-1), came in with a 0.98 ERA, best in the majors — it increased to 1.10.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank blog:
Marlins LF Juan Pierre swipes his 600th career base, 14th all time  —  With a steal of third base in the first inning tonight in Philadelphia, Juan Pierre became the ninth-fastest player in baseball history to steal 600 career bases, according to STATS Inc.  —  Pierre's swipe came in his 1,907th career game.
Discussion: Fish Stripes
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Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Matt Harvey wins the NL Pitcher of the month award for April
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Associated Press:
Yankees acquire infielder Chris Nelson from Rockies
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