Brighter days arriving ahead of schedule for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez made a personal statement in his 2016 debut, striking out nine New York Mets while wearing short sleeves on a 40-degree night and then telling reporters that his intent was to take the mound and "dominate." Velasquez's mid-90s fastball an...

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Jerry Crasnick
ESPN.com, Baseball Writer
13m

Meet Bob McClure, the Phillies' 'mad scientist'

We start with a Zack Greinke story. Greinke stories are always fun, because Greinke is so unusual, but this one reveals as much about our actual subject, Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure, as it does about Greinke himself. The story is from Greinke's first bullpen session in the spring of 2006. Mc...

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Ken Rosenthal
FoxSports.com, Senior Baseball Writer
1h

Kinsler approaching Hall of Fame pace, and not slowing down

Cleveland – If you know Ian Kinsler at all, you knew he would politely dismiss it. “That’s just time,” he said. “You play for a certain amount of time and you start to accumulate numbers.” That’s true, certainly. But in this case, the numbers that Kinsler's accrued, or will accrue by t...

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Buster Olney
ESPN, Senior Baseball Writer
3h
Top tweets
Kevin Negandhi , ESPN, Sports Anchor
2nd time this season @ryanhoward has hit a HR in a 1-0 win.. @Phillies have 6 shutouts which leads the majors
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Carrie Muskat , MLB.com, Cubs Beat Writer
Arrieta is 22-1 w/0.85 ERA in last 26 starts, best 26-start stretch in #Cubs history
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Ken Rosenthal , FoxSports.com, Senior Baseball Writer
Greinke, Bobby V and beyond: #Phillies pitching coach combines old-school approach with “Hey dude” attitude:... t.co/9MEflNPBbs
@Ken_Rosenthal | | 1h | Score: 70
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Kevin McAlpin , Braves Radio Network, MLB Reporter
#Braves starters have posted a 2.05 ERA (7 ER/30.2 IP) over the last five games. Atlanta has held the Mets scoreless over last 16 innings.
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David O'Brien , AJC, Braves Beat Writer
Since being swept in 4 games at Washington, #Braves are 6-3 in past 9 road games against the Marlins, Red Sox, Cubs and Mets
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C. Trent , Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds Beat Writer
Reds bullpen gives up a run for its 21st straight game, a new MLB record
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Bryan Hoch , MLB.com, Yankees Beat Writer
If Alex Rodriguez is going to miss any time, the Yankees could use a DH. I have a suggestion. t.co/IL7G47QA8l
@BryanHoch | | 11h | Score: 43
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Greg Johns , MLB.com, Mariners Beat Writer
Mariners have won six straight series for first time since 2011. They've won 13 of 18 since their 2-6 start.
@GregJohnsMLB | | 8h | Score: 27
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Bob Nightengale , USA Today, Baseball Writer
Losing Pablo Sandoval may be best for #RedSox as Travis Shaw proves he belongs. t.co/NMJtmogBKn
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Jeff Sullivan , LookoutLanding.com, Mariners Blogger
The Mariners are in first place, have won 13 of their last 18, and have the best run differential in the American League. #goms #gobiz
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ESPN , MLB News and Information
Jeff Samardzija strikes out 9 over 8 IP as Giants take down Reds, 3-1. Samardzija is now 4-1 this season. t.co/8YcyG0wZJc
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David O'Brien , AJC, Braves Beat Writer
Today's #Braves starter Chacin is 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA in three road starts, with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 16 1/3 innings.
@DOBrienAJC | | 1h | Score: 22
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David O'Brien , AJC, Braves Beat Writer
(Nobody Beats The) Viz's past 21 app since mid-Sept: 0.45 ERA, .184 opp avg, 8-of-9 saves, 1 ER, 8 BB, 28 K in 20 inn. #Braves Vizcaino
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Tim MacMahon , ESPNDallas.com, Sportswriter
Pretty good sports minute for Toronto: Kyle Lowry halfcourt shot sends Game 1 to OT and Justin Smoak hits a walk-off HR for the Blue Jays.
@espn_macmahon | | 10h | Score: 21
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Jason Beck , MLB.com, Tigers Beat Reporter
Verlander vows to fix early-inning issues: “I need to pitch better. And I’m going to.” t.co/VSqsaAZUa7 t.co/rvRk94CnMo
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Carrie Muskat , MLB.com, Cubs Beat Writer
Arrieta is 22-1 w/0.85 ERA in last 26 starts, best 26-start stretch in #Cubs history
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Carrie Muskat , MLB.com, Cubs Beat Writer
#Cubs have won Arrieta's last 19 starts, extending a franchise record. Old mark 17 straight by Ed Reulbach (1906-07) and Pat Luby (1890-91)
@CarrieMuskat | | 2m | Score: 7
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Carrie Muskat , MLB.com, Cubs Beat Writer
More Jake notes: Arrieta is 6-0, and the 1st #Cubs P to win 1st 6 starts since Mordecai Brown won 1st 11 starts in 1908.
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Brett Taylor , BleacherNation.com, Writer
Cubs Lineup: Another Start at Third for Baez, Still No Heyward t.co/rRroHyjZHh t.co/a4dwFNs1tg
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Carrie Muskat , MLB.com, Cubs Beat Writer
Rise and shine. #Cubs vs Pirates today: Fowler CF, La Stella 2B, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Baez 3B, Russell SS, Ross C, Lester P
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Bruce Levine , ESPN Radio, Baseball Reporter
Morning from Pitt. Cubs go for the sweep after outscoring Pirates 14-3 so far. I'll be on Espn 1000 at about 10 am CT to report
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BaseballAmerica.com , News and Updates
Castro Adds Shortstop Depth For Indians t.co/NWN2TjGrr5
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Bob Nightengale , USA Today, Baseball Writer
Losing Pablo Sandoval may be best for #RedSox as Travis Shaw proves he belongs. t.co/NMJtmogBKn
@BNightengale | | 17m | Score: 25
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Jason Beck , MLB.com, Tigers Beat Reporter
Verlander vows to fix early-inning issues: “I need to pitch better. And I’m going to.” t.co/VSqsaAZUa7 t.co/rvRk94CnMo
@beckjason | | 35m | Score: 20
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Joel Sherman , New York Post, Baseball Writer
Also in column t.co/e0rLyh8fpD #Mets proposed a change to DL rules last yr, and some love for Sale #Whitesox
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Kevin McAlpin , Braves Radio Network, MLB Reporter
Ender Inciarte begins a rehab assignment with Gwinnett today; will bat leadoff in CF. Could be activated as early as Saturday. #Braves
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TalkingChop.com , Braves News and Updates
I'm not saying it will happen, but this could be an Atlanta Braves lineup at some point this year. t.co/9GrrqoxpMt
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Kevin McAlpin , Braves Radio Network, MLB Reporter
#Braves starters have posted a 2.05 ERA (7 ER/30.2 IP) over the last five games. Atlanta has held the Mets scoreless over last 16 innings.
@KevinMcAlpin | | 46m | Score: 55
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Boston.com , Red Sox Updates and News
Morning Sports Update: Red Sox will send evaluator to Tim Lincecum’s showcase t.co/3vYBFPJvhJ t.co/GM9ZCKo6fI
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David O'Brien , AJC, Braves Beat Writer
Since being swept in 4 games at Washington, #Braves are 6-3 in past 9 road games against the Marlins, Red Sox, Cubs and Mets
@DOBrienAJC | | 1h | Score: 55
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Ken Rosenthal , FoxSports.com, Senior Baseball Writer
Greinke, Bobby V and beyond: #Phillies pitching coach combines old-school approach with “Hey dude” attitude:... t.co/9MEflNPBbs
@Ken_Rosenthal | | 1h | Score: 70
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Kevin Negandhi , ESPN, Sports Anchor
Jonathan Papelbon with his 2nd blown save of the season, matching his total for all of last season.
@KNegandhiESPN | | 1h | Score: 5
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Brett Taylor , BleacherNation.com, Writer
Cubs Minor League Daily: Gleyber Torres Might Be Adjusting, Also Watch Him Homer t.co/jM4WYhW43l t.co/7aKdpbUhfX
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Braves Have Two Elite Shortstops Of The Future

Debating who should be the Braves shortstop of the future would have seemed silly just two years ago. The Braves had just signed Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million contract before the 2014 season began, a deal that appeared to lock down the position for the rest of the decade with the be...

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BaseballAmerica.com
News and Updates
5h

MLB's most enigmatic pitcher, Clay Buchholz, finds himself searching once again

Perhaps no big league pitcher has experienced the highs and lows more than Clay Buchholz (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports) CHICAGO -- knows what it's like to be really, really good. He's experienced the feeling so many times throughout his life as a big leaguer. Fifty-one times in his nine-year majo...

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Rob Bradford
WEEI.com, Red Sox Beat Writer
7h

Game-tying HR in the 9th ✔ Walk-off HR in the 10th ✔ What a night for Justin Smoak.

ESPN
MLB News and Information
9h

Arrieta improves to 6-0 as Cubs top Pirates 7-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Seven months later, the Pittsburgh Pirates still can't hit Jake Arrieta. Then again, they're hardly the only ones. The Chicago Cubs ace scattered two hits in seven shutout innings in a 7-1 victory that looked more than a little like Arrieta's dominant performance in an NL wild-card p...

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Sports Illustrated
MLB News and Updates
9h

Hanley Ramirez reveals he almost also had shoulder surgery last season, offers advice for Pablo Sandoval

Hanley Ramirez CHICAGO — Hanley Ramirez has a message for Pablo Sandoval. Even though Tuesday morning’s labrum surgery on the third baseman’s left shoulder might have seemed painful, the hardest part hasn’t surfaced. “It’s going to be a lot of work,” the Red Sox first baseman said. “...

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Rob Bradford
WEEI.com, Red Sox Beat Writer
9h

What a comeback! KC scores 3 off of Papelbon in 9th including tying hit from Moustakas & walk-off from Lorenzo Cain.

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MLB News and Information
10h
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Adrian Gonzalez
Los Angeles Dodgers
10h

Baez’ ‘spectacular’ defense helps make moving parts work for Cubs

Javy Baez got the out on this ninth-inning play on a slow roller by David Freese Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH – The tale of the Cubs’ diminished-capacity outfield these days can also be told in part as a tale of two infielders: Kris Bryant and Javy Baez. Bryant, the All-Star third baseman versatile...

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Gordon Wittenmyer
Chicago Sun-Times, Cubs Beat Writer
10h

Red Sox Wrap: Boston’s Bats Go Quiet In 4-1 Loss To Surging White Sox

If Boston Red Sox fans were hoping for offense Tuesday night after Sunday’s offense-filled affair, they probably left disappointed. The Red Sox engaged in a low-scoring defensive battle with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, but the White Sox pushed across two runs in the eighth inning...

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NESN
Sports News and Updates
10h

Robinson Cano's rise coincides with Mariners' strong start

Robinson Cano is healthy and quite productive so far in 2016. OAKLAND - Robinson Cano had never heard of batting average on balls in play (BABIP) – a stat that helps illustrate who has been hitting with good and bad luck – but he felt like a lot of his line drives were finding gloves. For those ...

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USA TODAY
Sports News and Updates
10h

Dodgers' Andrew Friedman gets a warm welcome in return to Tampa Bay

Andrew Friedman might face a skeptical fan base in Los Angeles, but he was greeted as something of a conquering hero here Tuesday. For the first time since 2014, when he left the Tampa Bay Rays to become the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, Friedman returned to Tropicana Field. He roamed t...

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Bill Shaikin
Los Angeles Times, Baseball Sportswriter
10h
Justin Verlander - Detroit Tigers
I'm going to dominate soon! I'm close. Doubt me if you want... We'll see. #gotigers
@JustinVerlander | | 10h | Score: 30

Jeff Samardzija strikes out 9 over 8 IP as Giants take down Reds, 3-1. Samardzija is now 4-1 this season.

ESPN
MLB News and Information
11h
Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
Tilly did his thing. @Mtrumbo44 staying red hot. Great team W. Do it all again manana #StayHungry
@SimplyAJ10 | | 11h | Score: 9
Miguel Montero - Arizona Diamonbacks
We are just amazing #FlyTheW #LetsGoCubs
@miggymont26 | | 11h | Score: 26

Matt Harvey's subpar season continues in 3-0 loss to Braves

NEW YORK -- The Dark Knight’s miserable season continued Tuesday for the New York Mets. Matt Harvey surrendered only the sixth homer by an Atlanta Braves batter this season and was knocked out in the sixth inning in what became a 3-0 loss at Citi Field. The Mets were held hitless by Braves starter...

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Adam Rubin
ESPNNewYork.com, Mets Beat Writer
11h

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Pirates 1 – May 3, 2016

Jake Arrieta walked the first two batters he faced tonight, and it was fair to wonder if he’s simply going through a stretch where he’s having trouble commanding all of his pitches as well as he’d like. … but then he dominated the Pirates for the next seven innings, getting weak grounder aft...

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Brett Taylor
BleacherNation.com, Writer
11h