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New approach for Trout, Carpenter
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ESPN's Buster Olney found that two of baseball's most patient hitters, Mike Trout and Matt Carpenter, are attacking pitchers earlier this season. Olney explores why (INSIDER)

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Terry Collins says Bobby Parnell may overtake Familia as closer eventually, but Parnell will first have to demonstrate worthiness.

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Bryce Harper: 5th inning HR last night traveled 452 ft, longest HR of his career. T-5th longest HR at Nationals Park in last 5 seasons

Rangers: Wilson has a 'shot' at MLB
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Said Rangers GM Jon Daniels to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram: "Russell [Wilson] has the competitiveness and work ethic to where he'd have a shot if he committed to baseball. ... Playing quarterback is more intensive than the positions of other guys who have attempted to play both sports."

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Mets pitcher debuts protective cap

Last night, Alex Torres became the first MLB pitcher to wear a new MLB-approved padded hat in a game. Torres, who plans on wearing it all season, used a different version of the cap when he pitched with the Padres last season.

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BBTN's Web Gems
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Does Braves SS Andrelton Simmons' over-the-shoulder catch beat Colorado 3B Nolan Arenado's reigning Web Gem? You be the judge.

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Minor league teams try speedup rules
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The Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks radically tried to accelerate their game Saturday: Batters got walked on ball 3, and you struck out if you hit a foul ball with two strikes. The exhibition game lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Elias: Most Ks in 1st 5 career games vs. Marlins: R. Johnson 49 Nomo 47 Schilling 44 Wood 44 Peavy 43 JACOB DeGROM 42 Billingsley 42

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Elias: Jacob deGrom's 2.48 ERA thru 25 starts is third-lowest in #Mets history, trailing only Jerry Koosman (2.21) and Matt Harvey (2.37).

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Elias: Jacob deGrom's 2.48 ERA thru 25 starts is third-lowest in #Mets history, trailling only Jerry Koosman (2.21) and Matt Harvey (2.37).

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Jordan Zimmermann off to a slow start in his walk year. For inspiration, how about 2008 Sabathia? 13.50 ERA after four starts. Got 7/$161m

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So far, Shin-Shoo Choo, hitting .138 with 1 HR/2BB in 9 games, has been among the worst free agent signings of recent yrs. 7 years, $130m