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Cleared to pitch, is Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman finished?

Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was cleared to pitch live batting practice on Friday. The 26-year-old Chapman (4-5, 2.54 ERA) suffered a skull fracture above his left eye after getting struck by a line drive during a spring training game last month. Chapman underwent the knife to fix the wound and had a metal plate permanently inserted into his head. A two-time All-Star who avoided arbitration in January by penning a one-year deal worth $5 million, the “Cuban Missile” is tentatively slated to rejoin Cincinnati as their closer within four weeks. New Reds manager Bryan Price, who was formally named … Continue reading

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Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is ready to reemerge at the plate

Wunderkind Bryce Harper launched a home run in the fourth inning of Washington’s 7-1 win versus the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. The 21-year-old Harper, who previously hadn’t recorded an extra-base hit and was dropped to seventh in Washington’s lineup, is now batting .219 with four RBI. Despite Harper’s struggles, the Nationals are 7-2 and currently sitting atop the National League East. Fortunately for Nationals fans, the first overall selection in 2010 is on the cusp of reemerging as a force at the plate. A five-tool player and two-time All-Star, Harper batted .274 with 20 dingers and … Continue reading

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Michael Pineda will be ‘big’ for the New York Yankees

Michael Pineda impressed in the New York Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Pineda, who started a major league game for the first time since Sept. 21, 2011, yielded only five hits and one run over six solid innings. “Today was big day for me. My first game for the New York Yankees,” said Pineda, 25, who underwent the knife to fix a torn anterior labral roughly four months after being acquired from the Seattle Mariners in January 2012. “I’ve been waiting two years for this.” Masahiro Tanaka, CC … Continue reading

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Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg isn’t going to dim

Stephen Strasburg was battered in the Washington Nationals’ 6-2 loss versus the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The 25-year-old Strasburg (8-9, 3.00 ERA), who underwent arthroscopic surgery in October to remove bone chips from his right elbow, allowed eight hits, three walks and three earned runs in 4 1-3 innings. Despite struggling this weekend, Strasburg’s a 2012 All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner who whiffed 191 batters over 183.0 frames last season. Strasburg’s arm is reportedly fine and the flamethrower avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.975 million in January. Called by Sports Illustrated the “most hyped and … Continue reading

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Gerrit Cole is a legit ace for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Flamethrower Gerrit Cole led the Pirates to a 12-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole (10-7, 3.22 ERA), who started for the first time since losing the deciding Game 5 of the NL division series to St. Louis last October, yielded two runs over seven frames and raved about catcher Russell Martin. “I think it was just a really well-played ballgame on our part,” said Cole, 23. “I can’t say enough about what Russ did behind the plate. Not sure there are any other catchers in the entire … Continue reading

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