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7:30 PM 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.
Tom Verducci / Sports Illustrated:
The truth about Clay Buchholz, spitballs and how pitchers get a grip  —  Clay Buchholz was accused of doctoring the baseball during his start against Toronto on Wednesday.  —  Thanks to accusations from Toronto broadcasters and former pitchers Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris …
Buchholz laughs off doctored ball speculation  —  TORONTO - Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz dismissed the notion that he loaded the baseball against the Toronto Blue Jays, insisting a substance on his left forearm that he kept going to was rosin and nothing more.
Associated Press:
Farrell miffed by allegations against Buchholz
Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Red Sox were also thinking about acquiring Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes
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 …
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Reds hang on as Cubs' 9th-inning rally falls short  —  CHICAGO — Jay Bruce had two RBIs and scored a run, Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice, and the Cincinnati Reds held off the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Friday.  —  The Cubs scored three runs in the ninth against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and ESPN
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 …
Adarowski / Beyond the Box Score:
The Sabermetrics of Little League  —  This spring, my five-year old son Nolan started his first year of organized ball.  I'm a proud papa who loves seeing him succeed in this new endeavor that he loves so much.  But I'm also a saber nerd, so I inevitably think about how sabermetrics relates …
Discussion: The Strike Zone and HardballTalk
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 …
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: Purple Row and HardballTalk
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 …
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