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Richards returns from serious injury
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Garrett Richards was one of the most feared young SPs in MLB last year -- that is, until his season ended in August with a ruptured patellar tendon. Richards makes his first start since the injury today vs. the Astros.

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Harvey on the mound for surging Mets

The Mets have a chance to be the first team to 10 wins today against the Marlins, and they have just the guy to get them there. Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his third start since Tommy John surgery forced him to miss last season.

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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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Pedroia sits after tough day yesterday. Two K's, slow roller with two outs and RISP. With Holt hot, good day to give Pedroia a breather

Nationals finally get span back
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CF Denard Span (core injury) will make his much-anticipated return to the Washington lineup today against the Phillies. Span, who sat out the first 12 games of the season, hit .302 last year. Nats leadoff hitters are hitting .212 with a .273 OBP so far this season.

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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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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

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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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).

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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).