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D-Backs playing to lose bosses' jobs

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07:36 AM ET 04.23 | These Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to be different -- they were supposed to lead the league in true grit. The swashbuckling leadership team of Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson wanted their guys to play hard, drill opposing hitters when necessary and teach Yasiel Puig a few lessons in major league decorum. Now they have the worst record in baseball, 5-18. With a 9-2 loss to the nearly-as-woeful Cubs on Tuesday, Arizona dropped to 1-4 on a road trip that could determine the fates of Towers and/or Gibson. And if the Diamondbacks are resolved to save their bosses' jobs, they aren't playing -- or even talking -- like it. ... [Eric Chavez] said the team didn't hold a meeting after the loss Tuesday. "Can't," he said. "We've had so many meetings. Talk is really cheap at this point."

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Harvey set on returning this season

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07:35 AM ET 04.23 | A Twitter dustup aside, Matt Harvey had a pretty good day. [Harvey's] rehabbing right elbow remains the primary concern for the Mets. And in that regard, the righthander reported Tuesday that his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going "really well." "My arm feels unbelievable," said Harvey, who is now playing catch at 90 feet. Harvey reaffirmed his desire to make his return before the end of the season, which would require him to be back before the typical one-year recovery following surgery. But he also acknowledged the recent rash of pitchers suffering second elbow-ligament injuries. "Obviously, the biggest thing is maybe not coming back this year and being healthy, but being healthy for the next couple of years," Harvey said. Tuesday marked the six-month anniversary of his elbow surgery.

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O's fast-tracking Machado

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07:35 AM ET 04.23 | While recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Oriole's third baseman Manny Machado has been stuck in Sarasota since the beginning of spring. [Machado] will take a major step in his comeback Friday, when he is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment at High-A Frederick. Machado, 21, played in his third extended spring training game on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to play seven innings at third base Wednesday in Sarasota before traveling north on Thursday. ... While Machado will begin his rehab assignment in Frederick, it appears that he will move to higher affiliates quickly if he progresses well through his first few games. The Orioles want to see Machado play at a level comparable to what he will see when he returns to the major leagues.

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Crisp's sigh of relief

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07:34 AM ET 04.23 | So much for being overly concerned. Lead-off hitter Coco Crisp emerged from Monday's game with only sore ribs as a result of his dive for a fly ball in the eighth inning. That's better than the alternative, of course. Crisp felt so well that he started Tuesday's game. manager Bob Melvin said he might be inclined to give Crisp the day off Wednesday, in part because the A's play a day game on the heels of a night game. "He's a guy, based on our experiences here with him, (that) plays at a very high level, he plays hard, he's always diving and on the ground," Melvin said. "We got to make sure that he's healthy to get through the season." Crisp had an X-ray on his ribs after Monday's game. The X-ray returned negative, Melvin said. He also has battled wrist and hamstring injuries the first part of the season.

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Farrell defends Fenway's 'sleep room'

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07:34 AM ET 04.23 | Boston's Monday morning loss to the Orioles managed to linger -- particularly when the subject Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Mike Napoli staying the previous night at Fenway became a topic. On Tuesday, manager John Farrell delved deeper into the matter in an appearance on MLB Network Radio. "We've done a number of sleep studies and as the game has evolved -- and without PEDS and the ability to find some energy in an artificial way -- we're looking at every possible way, through nutrition, through sleep," Farrell told Mike Ferrin and Kevin Kennedy. "So we built the sleep room here and that's where they stayed. We have guys who use it during the middle of the afternoon for a short nap. Again, this is all part of the research that we've done here to try to help maintain a certain level of energy."

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