MLB

So much for that: Mariners demote Nick Franklin back to Triple-A

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — It looked like the Mariners might give Nick Franklin an extended opportunity to earn playing time in their outfield following Logan Morrison's hamstring injury, but one day after Franklin started in the outfield for the first time in his professional career he's headed back to Triple-A.
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The DH doesn’t slow the game down

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — I'm sure this will change everyone's mind about the DH and end all argument on the matter.
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Terry Collins thinks Daisuke Matsuzaka could be a closer

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Daisuke Matsuzaka has made three relief appearances for the Mets since shifting to the bullpen and he's been not terrible in them with one run allowed and seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings, so naturally manager Terry Collins is now talking him up as a potential closer.
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How great can Andrelton Simmons be?

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Don't ask me. I'm so biased it's not even funny. He's a dreamboat. But someone less biased than me takes a look.
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Cole Hamels wasn’t too pleased at being pulled after 86 pitches

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — "No restrictions." You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.
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This Date In Baseball

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — April 25
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Pineda and pine tar: baseball is, once again, sending mixed signals about cheating

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — The next time someone tells you how bad and wrong cheating in baseball is, remember how inconsistently baseball treats cheaters of various stripes.
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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

NBCSports.com: HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Michael. Hey, Michael. You got a little, um . . . no, the other side. Yeah, good. You got it.
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Mike Trout robs Bryce Harper with impressive diving catch

Yahoo.com: Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — The wonderful thing about baseball is the story we expect to dominate headlines entering a game or a series can often be overshadowed by something unexpected or historic. You just never know which direction it will take, which keeps things unpredictable and gives us endless topics to discuss. Such was the case during the anticipated Los Angeles Angels-Washington Nationals series this week...
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The Grand Slam: Mariners snap eight-game losing skid on Kyle Seager’s walk-off homer

Yahoo.com: Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — It’s still a little too early to panic in Seattle, but another Mariners loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday may have pushed fans to the brink. Seattle dropped each of the first two games in the series and came in losers of eight straight overall. The outlook didn‘t look good here either with Houston holding a three run lead in the seventh inning, but one player and two swings turned that...
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As pitching injuries pile up, Cole Hamels' return gives Phillies shot in the arm

Yahoo.com: Tim Brown (Tim Brown) — With pitchers succumbing one by one to major arm injuries, Philadelphia is thankful Cole Hamels appears healed.
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Hamels Loses to Dodgers in 1st Start of Season

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Zack Greinke outpitched Cole Hamels with seven strong innings, Hanley Ramirez homered and Yasiel Puig drove in two runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
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Yankees Pineda Ejected After Foreign Substance Found on Neck

NY Times: Bats (By REUTERS) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning against Boston on Wednesday after the umpire found a foreign substance on his neck.
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Colabello' 4 RBIs Power Twins Past Rays 6-4 in 12

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Chris Colabello drove in four runs and two of them came on a 12th-inning single that lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
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Mets 3, Cardinals 2: Mets Strike Out 10 Times in First 4 Innings, but They Eke Out a Victory

NY Times: Bats (By ZACH SCHONBRUN) — A crucial play at the plate in the ninth inning, upheld on review, preserved a win over the Cardinals.
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