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Pirates bolster already strong bullpen

Joakim Soria, who is heading from Detroit to Pittsburgh, has a 2.85 ERA this year -- his best since 2010. Soria will be the fourth Pirates reliever with at least 40 IP and an ERA of 2.85 or lower this season.

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New Yankee Ackley didn't meet draft hype

David Schoenfield: "Dustin Ackley's career in Seattle turned for the worse after a promising rookie season, so it's easy to blame GM Jack Zduriencik for blowing the second pick in the 2009 draft. But it was a weak draft and Ackley was the consensus second guy on the board behind Stephen Strasburg."

Mariners trade Ackley to Yankees

New York acquired Dustin Ackley for Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez. Ackley, Seattle's No. 2 overall pick in 2009, can play outfield or second base but has struggled offensively since a promising 2011 rookie campaign,

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Daniel Norris: Tigers' new ax man

The Tigers acquired the Blue Jays prospect today in the David Price trade and said he'll start Sunday. But the real question is, will he still live in a van during spring training? Or shave with an ax? The 'Van Man'

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A 1,368 pound Marlin caught

A marina posted on Facebook that they caught this gigantic fish in Kona, Hawaii. The page says the marlin weighs 1,368 lbs or more than the combined weight of the Miami Marlins starting pitchers (Jose Fernandez, Dan Haren, Tom Koehler, Mat Latos and David Phelps at 1135 lbs),

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Maddon on Cubs not getting Hamels or Price:"If we're not going to get them push them to the other league.That's about as emotional as I got"

Final: Padres 8, Mets 7

The Mets were two strikes away from victory when rain poured down. After the first delay, Justin Upton's 3-run homer gave the Padres the lead, then New York had to wait out three more hours of rain before falling in the 9th. Box score

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Dan Shulman @DShulman_ESPN

Anthopoulos today: "Price fits what we've been trying to do in terms of character". A major goal of the #jays - see Donaldson, Martin, Tulo

Pirates near deal for Tigers' Soria

Detroit's Joakim Soria, a two-time All-Star with 23 saves this year, is close to moving to Pittsburgh, according to multiple reports. Soria has a 2.85 ERA over 41 IP this season.

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Mets, Padres back in action

After a rain delay, a blown ninth-inning lead, and ANOTHER rain delay, the Mets and Padres are finally headed to the bottom of the ninth, with San Diego leading 8-7. This game started at 12:10 p.m. EST. Follow live

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Carlos Gomez with the quote of the week

Gomez's medical records contributed to the Mets-Brewers trade breaking down, according to multiple reports. To that he said: "I don't have any (physical) problem. I've been playing. I feel sexy."

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Blue Jays needed pitching

Tim Kurkjian boiled down the Blue Jays' need for David Price as simply as possible: "Toronto could not afford to not make the playoffs, not this time."

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