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  1. VIDEO: Joey Votto does hilarious interview in Royal Canadian Mounted Police costume

    Apr 8, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Reds first baseman Joey Votto said in February that he wants Cincinnati baseball fans to get to know him better and that his workmanlike approach might have kept that from happening in his first several years with the club. If this is the real Joey Votto — dry-witted but goofy — we’d love to see more and more …

  2. Mat Latos’ return delayed by elbow inflammation

    Apr 8, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Latos had to be scratched from a scheduled rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-A Louisville due to inflammation in his right elbow.

  3. VIDEO: Ryan Braun slugs his third home run of the day

    Apr 8, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun drew heavy boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd as the lineups were introduced before the Phillies’ home opener on Tuesday. He then quieted those folks again, again, and again …

  4. Adorable photo: Matt Cain and Batkid

    Apr 8, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

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    From Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle comes this adorable photo of Batkid — a five-year-old named Miles Scott who beat leukemia — being guided to the mound by Matt Cain to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Giants’ home opener Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

  5. Matt Moore placed on disabled list with left elbow injury, will visit Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 8, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Concerning news here on Rays left-hander Matt Moore, who left his start Monday against the Royals due to left elbow discomfort and was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday …

  6. Angels reliever Brian Moran to have Tommy John surgery

    Apr 8, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Another hour, another Tommy John surgery. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels left-hander Brian Moran — acquired from the Blue Jays in December’s Rule 5 Draft — needs the reconstructive elbow surgery.

  7. Don’t diminish Hank Aaron’s greatness by calling him The Home Run King

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    Henry Aaron is NOT The Home Run King. That sounds like I’m going to follow with some rant about Barry Bonds breaking his record and how terrible that was … but I’m not. My thought here has nothing to do with that. Henry Aaron is not the Home Run King because that silly title would do nothing but diminish his greatness.

  8. Cory Gearrin needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Another day, another Braves pitcher headed for Tommy John elbow surgery. This time it’s reliever Cory Gearrin, who has decided to go under the knife after getting three different opinions that confirmed his torn ulnar collateral ligament.

  9. Hank Aaron: racists still exist. It’s just that “back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

    Apr 8, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Hank Aaron speaks the truth about some things that some folks may wish he wouldn’t.

  10. Colby Lewis is set to make his first start since 2012

    Apr 8, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Colby Lewis last started a big-league game on July 18, 2012, missing the past one-and-a-half seasons following elbow and hip surgeries, but he’s ready to return now.

  11. The Dodgers don’t have a mascot. They have a “unique performance character”

    Apr 8, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    When is a mascot not a mascot? When some corporate spokesman deems it so.

  12. Reds deem Jonathan Broxton ready to pitch … and close?

    Apr 8, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Reds manager Bryan Price has already said that Jonathan Broxton would take over as Aroldis Chapman’s closer fill-in once healthy, so now that he’s off the disabled list it’ll be interesting to see if the big right-hander immediately jumps into ninth-inning duties.

  13. Cole Hamels could be back in two weeks

    Apr 8, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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    The Phillies’ ace could be back by the time they’re on their west coast swing at the end of the month.

  14. HBT Daily: Thoughts on the anniversary of Hank Aaron hitting number 715

    Apr 8, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Plus, are Trumbo and Goldschmidt the new Bash Brothers?

  15. Tweet of the Day: Grimace vs. Count Chocula

    Apr 8, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Everyone go home. Twitter is closing down for the day. We ain’t gonna top this one.

  16. Mariano Rivera’s replacement’s replacement? Joe Girardi has no idea

    Apr 8, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    David Robertson was the easy choice to replace Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ closer, but now that Robertson is out with a groin injury manager Joe Girardi isn’t sure who’ll be taking over ninth-inning duties.

  17. Omar Infante has no concussion or fractures

    Apr 8, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Good news for the Royals’ second baseman.

  18. ESPN.com to “reenact” coverage of Hank Aaron’s 715th homer tonight

    Apr 8, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

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    1974 meets 2014. Not sure how I feel about this.

  19. Ervin Santana will make his Braves debut Wednesday

    Apr 8, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Signed to a one-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12, right-hander Ervin Santana will make his Braves debut Wednesday against the Mets in Atlanta.

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