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From deGrom’s A to Harvey’s … not an A: Grading Mets’ starters – SweetSpot

It was going to be a dream rotation for the ages: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler. That group of young starters would do for the New York Mets what Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery did for the Atlanta Braves in the 1990s: division titles, multiple playoff appearances, a World Series title — if not two or three. The Mets group peaked in the 2015 postseason. Wheeler had missed the season with Tommy John surgery, but rookies Syndergaard and Matz joined…

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Baez-Almora a suddenly dynamic duo Chicago Cubs can’t break up now – Chicago Cubs Blog

DENVER — Will Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon ride his hot hands at the top of the lineup? He addressed that issue after a convincing victory — once again in rain-soaked conditions for his team — at Coors Field. After five postponements for the Cubs this month because of weather, Maddon wanted to get Friday night’s game in simply because the Cubs played so well the day before in beating the Cardinals 8-5. And it might be only two games, but Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez have been the…

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White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon hopes to return in late May after shoulder surgery

CHICAGO — Carlos Rodon is relieved. He feels good and says he thinks he could return to the Chicago White Sox in late May. So it’s a much different situation than last year. The 25-year-old Rodon is back in Chicago for a couple of days for a checkup with a team doctor and a side session in front of White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. The left-hander is expected to begin pitching in extended spring training games in Arizona next week. Orioles closer Zach Britton threw 20 pitches off a…

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Get ready for a Max Scherzer-Clayton Kershaw showdown

Friday night will provide a treat for baseball fans everywhere when the two best pitchers in the National League — Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw— share the mound in a Nationals-Dodgers series opener at Dodger Stadium (10:10 ET on ESPN+). The Sandy Koufax of our time just turned the big 3-0 and has stayed a step ahead of major league hitters for 10 years. How has the ace of a generation reached this level, and where will his Cooperstown-worthy career go next? Not long ago, Kershaw was the unquestioned ace…

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Matt Harvey of New York Mets not receptive to possible move to bullpen

ATLANTA — New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway wouldn’t commit to giving Matt Harvey his next scheduled start after Harvey struggled in a 12-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. Harvey (0-2) gave up six runs in six innings, including a two-run homer to Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki in the first inning. Harvey’s ERA now sits at 6.00. “We haven’t made that determination yet,” Callaway said. “We’ll see moving forward. I’m not sure what we’re going to do.” Harvey wasn’t receptive to a question about possibly moving to…

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Oakland Athletics sell outfielder Trayce Thompson to Chicago White Sox, who sell infielder Tyler Saladino to Milwaukee Brewers

10:12 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CHICAGO — Outfielder Trayce Thompson was sold by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago White Sox, who sold infielder Tyler Saladino to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The 27-year-old Thompson will be joining his fourth team this year. He went to spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then he was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on April 3 and by Oakland two days later. He was 1-for-7 in three games with the A’s….

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Real or Not: Is 15-2 just the beginning of what these Red Sox can do? – SweetSpot

So, the Boston Red Sox are pretty good. They’re now 15-2 after clobbering the Los Angeles Angels for the second night in a row with a 9-0 win, which is noteworthy because the Angels began the week with just as much buzz and the Red Sox have turned them into a speed bump. They’re 15-2 even though Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Drew Pomeranz are on the DL, J.D. Martinez is just starting to heat up, their catchers are hitting .212 without a home run, Andrew Benintendi hasn’t homered, and…

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Boston Red Sox first team in 15 years to begin season with 15 wins in 17 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Boston Red Sox traveled to face a Los Angeles Angels team that had won seven consecutive games, then outscored them 19-1 over a stretch of 18 innings. They won 10-1 on Tuesday, then 9-0 on Wednesday, becoming the first team in 15 years to start a season with at least 15 wins in the first 17 contests. Is it too early to call them the best team in the majors? Other teams have sizzled in the first month, and fizzled later, but banged-up Boston’s start already…

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts ‘absolutely not’ wavering on using Kenley Jansen

SAN DIEGO — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts won’t hesitate to send Kenley Jansen out for save opportunities despite the closer’s shaky start to the season. “Absolutely not. No,” Roberts said before Wednesday’s series finale against the San Diego Padres, less than 24 hours after Jansen blew his second save opportunity of 2018, already double his total of last year. “Save situation tonight, even potentially a non-save situation to keep the game close, or whether we need an inning or not, I have no hesitance in running him out…

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Jose Bautista agrees to minor league deal with Atlanta Braves, will play 3B

Jose Bautista has joined the Atlanta Braves, who plan to use the veteran slugger at third base. Under the minor league deal announced Wednesday, Bautista would receive a $1 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man major league roster. The six-time All-Star will report to the Braves’ extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, to work himself into game condition. Jose Bautista had been unsigned after batting just .203 with the Blue Jays last season, his 10th year in Toronto. Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports Bautista, 37, had been…

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