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Bryce Harper benched for 'lack of hustle'

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08:35 AM ET 04.20 | Manager Matt Williams yanked Bryce Harper from the Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon for "lack of hustle" and "the inability to run 90 feet" after Harper failed to reach first base on a groundball back to the pitcher in the sixth inning. The rookie manager stood behind his decision even after Harper's spot in the lineup came up during a ninth-inning rally that fell one run short.

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Manny Ramirez only interested in MLB, Japan teams

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06:36 AM ET 04.19 | Free agent slugger Manny Ramirez has drawn interest from several Major League teams and is only considering a return to the majors, minors or Japan, MLBTR's Zach Links reports. These are the only options Ramirez would consider in order to continue his career, Links hears, as rumors connecting Ramirez to independent league teams are "totally untrue." There isn't any timetable on when, or if, Ramirez could sign with a team.

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Report: Mets want more attitude from Noah Syndergaard

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05:30 AM ET 04.19 | Noah Syndergaard has a major league fastball and curveball, but the Mets would like to see a little more "attitude" from their top pitching prospect. According to club sources, the stud right-hander disappointed organizational officials with his approach in his first two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, but looked better on Monday after he was challenged by manager Wally Backman to bring more of a presence to the mound. "[Backman] told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become," said a person with knowledge of the conversation. "Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter? [Syndergaard] said he wanted to be a No. 1. He went out with a little more of an attitude [on Monday]."

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Ike Davis' dad happy he's no longer a Met

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05:51 AM ET 04.19 | Ron Davis, the former Yankee, was elated at the news Friday that his son Ike is no longer a Met. Davis told The Record of Hackensack, "That's the greatest news we've heard." He went on to tell the newspaper, "Why would you want to play for someone that didn't want you? They tried to get rid of him. Now he's playing for somebody that wants him. ... This is their choice. It's not the choice I would have made."

New York Daily News

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What will White Sox do with Felipe Paulino?

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06:05 AM ET 04.19 | The Felipe Paulino project appears to be about over. If not, it's hard to see the right-hander, who got hammered by the Texas Rangers for 10 runs and 13 hits in 32/3 innings in the White Sox' 12-0 loss Friday night at Globe Life Park, getting one more chance to prove he belongs. Signed as a free agent during the offseason to fill a spot in the starting rotation after he missed most of the 2013 season because of elbow surgery, Paulino, 30, has averaged 42/3 innings over his four starts, allowing one, six, six and 10 earned runs. Paulino's velocity was fine, but the location on the fastball and slider was not. Manager Robin Ventura seemed to rule out a demotion to the bullpen as a long reliever as an option, although there is no obvious choice at Class AAA Charlotte to fill the role.

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