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Angels could regret giving up on Hamilton

Unless the Los Angeles Angels are convinced Josh Hamilton can't be an effective hitter, the decision to trade him makes little sense writes Buster Olney.

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Spratt: The golden age of third basemen

Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado and top prospect Kris Bryant are leading a new major league trend of a more versatile third baseman, says Baseball Info Solutions' Scott Spratt.

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Yankees snap Mets' 11-game streak (2:03)

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Astros need 11 innings to top A's (0:56)

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Zack Greinke: No longer 'stressed out'

Zack Greinke continued his hot April on the mound, as the Dodgers' right-hander was composed in mowing down the San Diego Padres.

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Finally, Bernie Williams is part of the club

The Yankees began to make amends for a decade-long oversight by kicking off a celebration of Bernie Williams and his time with the club.

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5 questions with ... Addison Russell

The Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell, one of baseball's top prospects, talks about life in the big leagues after his recent promotion.

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Nathan poised for another Tommy John surgery

Stephania Bell discusses Joe Nathan's latest injury and the fact that he might be undergo a second Tommy John surgery in his career.

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1dDavid Schoenfield

#TBT: Fernando Tatis' historic night

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis tattooed two grand slams in the same inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 23, 1999.

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MLB's golden age of third basemen

There's a new trend in baseball and it involves a more versatile third baseman. Up-and-coming stars with a more varied skill set, like Chicago's Kris Bryant, have made the position deeper and more exciting. Breaking the mold (Insider)

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No reschedule date for Saturday's ppd White Sox-Royals game. Royals return July 17-19 and Sept 29-Oct 1.

Trading Hamilton could be mistake
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"If Hamilton actually rebounds and goes back to being an effective player for the Rangers ... then the Angels will have doubled-down on their mistake, in failing to find a way to live with him and help him become a good player again." Buster Olney's column (Insider)

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Rizzo chasing HBP record
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Anthony Rizzo has been hit by a pitch 6 times this season, putting him within one of Shin-Soo Choo's April MLB record. “I don’t like getting hit,” Rizzo said recently. “But you get on base. If I get hit again, I get hit.”

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Rain ruining Royals-White Sox series
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Kansas City and Chicago were slated to play 2 games today, but rain forced the postponement of both. Friday's suspended game -- tied 2-2 after 8 -- will be resumed Sunday at 2:10 p.m. with another to follow. The 4th game of the series will be made up at a later date.

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Early Tex message sent
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Mark Teixeira hit 2 HRs to kick off a high-profile series vs. the Mets Friday night. It was the earliest in the season that any player has had a multi-HR game in the Subway Series. The teams meet again today at 4:05 p.m. ET.

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Sport Science: Jose Iglesias' throw to 1B
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Tigers teammate David Price wanted Sport Science to break down Iglesias' insane throw to first -- so we did. Turns out, Iglesias' margin for error was only 3 degrees, about the width of a quarter.

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Mets' deGrom stumbles against Yankees
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Neither the Mets nor Jacob deGrom had their best stuff on Friday. DeGrom allowed 3 home runs, induced a career-low 3 ground balls and his 10.80 ERA was more than 10 times greater than his ERA in his first 3 starts.

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Spring speed for Reds' Hamilton
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Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton had 3 stolen bases for the Reds Friday, his second time doing so this season. The last player to have two 3-SB games before the end of April was Dave Roberts for the Dodgers in 2004. Hamilton's Reds are back in action today at 1:10 p.m. ET vs. the Cubs.

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Jose Bautista won't be put on DL
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The Blue Jays OF will avoid the DL despite missing three straight games, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Bautista, dealing with a sore shoulder, will probably DH for a game or two before taking his usual position. He's tied for the team lead with 4 HR.

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Angels, Rangers close to Hamilton trade
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The Rangers are closing in on reacquiring OF Josh Hamilton via trade, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Hamilton, currently on the DL, had a drug and alcohol relapse this offseason and his lack of punishment by MLB angered the Angels. Deal done soon?

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All downhill since Hamilton's MVP
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Josh Hamilton led all of baseball in OPS and won the AL MVP in 2010, but has seen his OPS decline steadily since then, finally bottoming out again in 2014.

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It's good to be the King

Rangers and Mariners fans have seen the careers of their respective Kings -- Henrik Lundqvist in New York and Felix Hernandez in Seattle -- follow a similar trajectory.

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Tex sends a message
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Mark Teixeira hit two home runs to power the Yankees to a 6-1 victory in Friday's "subway series" opener, also snapping the Mets' 11-game winning streak. He's the first player to hit two homers in a Mets-Yankees game (for either team) since Russell Martin on June 10, 2012.

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Anthony Rendon plays rehab game
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The Nationals 3B has been rehabbing a sprained MCL the past six weeks and started a minor league assignment Friday: "It's been rough staying out of it." Rendon will play 7 innings today and could rejoin the Nats within the week.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Unless the Angels are absolutely convinced Josh Hamilton cannot be an effective hitter, this deal makes very little sense for them.