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Moore, Fernandez, Cain back on bump

Three top pitchers for their teams returned today, after a combined 1,228 days. How their first innings fared:

  • Matt Moore, TB: 0 H, 0 ER, K
  • Jose Fernandez, MIA: 3 H, 2 ER, K
  • Matt Cain, SF: 0 H, 2 BB, K

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Jose Fernandez back on the mound

After nearly 14 months rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the Marlins' ace is back on the field. He opposes the Giants' Matt Cain, who is also making his 2015 debut after being out 51 weeks with elbow issues. Follow live

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A-Rod's HR bonus might go to charity

The long-disupted $6M bonus A-Rod was to get from the Yankees for hitting his 660th HR may go to charity. Though a deal isn't close, the two sides are quietly negotiating a possible solution, according to Fox Sports.

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Bryce Harper: I worked for my body

The Nats OF in the latest Body Issue: "I worked hard this offseason to get my body where I needed to get it. I was able to work every single muscle in my body head to toe." See more

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Returning aces not safe from re-injury

Matt Moore doesn't throw as hard as Jose Fernandez so does that translate to lower risk of re-injury after Tommy John surgery? Perhaps, but Stephania Bell says neither is entirely safe. Aces returning from Tommy John

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Bullpen catcher noms 18 cheesesteaks

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel set a Citizens Bank Park record Wednesday by eating 18 cheesesteaks over a 3-game period. He can further add to his "accomplishment" -- he needs to devour just one more to set the 4-game record. We'll just let you digest that.

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Some fun numbers from the White Sox's 2-game sweep of the Cards: Only the 2nd time all season the Cards have lost consecutive home games.

The All-Star battle for 2B in the AL

KC's Omar Infante leads the voting but is hitting .230. Houston's Jose Altuve (.298 BA) trails by about 30K votes. If it stays, ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said, "I'm sure a lot of people will step forward and say 'Look, something's wrong here.'"

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Bryce Harper @bharper3407

A dream come true..Hard work does pay off! Can't thank @espnmag enough for the opportunity! Baseball players do work out #BodyIssue2015

Stephania Bell @Stephania_ESPN

Bochy also tells me pitcher Tim Lincecum is doing really well. Originally feared his arm was broken after hbp but already able to throw.

Bullpen getting it done for Yankees

Batters have whiffed on a MLB-high 30% of swings against Yankees relievers this season. That kind of dominance could push the Yanks to the postseason, according to Tim Kurkjian.

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