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What's wrong with Wandy Rodriguez?


07:35 AM ET 04.16 | Pirates fans can hope this is merely a small hurdle. Wandy Rodriguez has hit a speed bump. Not only is the left-hander's performance down, having allowed five home runs in 16 innings en route to a 7.31 ERA through three starts, but his velocity also has declined from his 2013 level and career average. Rodriguez again missed with location in the center of the strike zone Monday, allowing three two-run home runs. But he also has less margin of error because his velocity is down almost 2 mph. ... Is the drop tied to cool weather, not being at midseason arm strength or a sign of declining skills? "You can go with any one of those because that's kind of where we are," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I don't run to answer right away just because I've seen three outings."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Baseball's top 2015 free agent


07:34 AM ET 04.16 | It's early, of course, but there are free-agents-to-be with a lot riding on a long and productive year. For now, here's the first entry in our 2015 Free Agent Power Rankings series. 1. Hanley Ramirez. Fragile or not, there's no debating that when Ramirez is on the field, he's one of the best-hitting shortstops of this generation. ... [Ramirez] is said to be in extension talks with the Dodgers. However, while many thought a deal would get done in Spring Training, it's been eerily quiet. Big spenders with potential needs at shortstop and/or third base next season (in addition to the Dodgers) include the Yankees, Mets, and Angels. Depending upon how injuries, prospect development, and strategic considerations pan out, the Tigers and Red Sox could hypothetically also have interest.

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Pads offered Headley more than $30M


07:33 AM ET 04.16 | The differences have become more stark this week. On the day after the Padres signed key infielder Jedd Gyorko to a $35 million, six-year extension, it's becoming a little more clear just how far apart they were in talks with Chase Headley, yet another key infielder. According to sources familiar with the talks, over the winter the Padres offered Headley a three-year extension that would have covered years 2015-17 for somewhere between $33 million and $39 million. The three-year extension offer, made after the sides agreed on a one-year deal for 2014, would have begun after Headley played this year for $10.525 million, giving him a total package of somewhere between $43.525 million and $49.525 million. Padres general manager Josh Byrnes declined comment.

CBS Sports

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Red Sox dodged two injury scares


07:51 AM ET 04.15 | That sigh of relief may be coming straight out of Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox had a highly encouraging off-day on Monday, when they learned that two of their most important players are all but certain to avoid stints on the disabled list. An MRI on All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia revealed no fracture in his ailing left wrist, but merely inflammation. He is day to day and will join the Red Sox in Chicago. ... Closer Koji Uehara also got good news, as an MRI on his right shoulder revealed no structural damage. Uehara didn't pitch in the four-game series in New York over the weekend and is also day to day. He will also rejoin the club in Chicago. Pedroia has experienced soreness in his left wrist since he was taken out on a slide at second base in a series against the Brewers [April 4-6].

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Beltre irked by DL stint


07:50 AM ET 04.15 | A day after officially landing on the DL -- for the first time since 2011, no less -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre had his say. [Beltre] acknowledged the decision did not please him. Beltre was assigned to the DL on Sunday with a strained quadriceps muscle. The Rangers believe the strain to be mild, but said they wanted to be careful. "I felt I could manage it," said Beltre, who has dealt with numerous hamstring strains, but never a quad injury. "But this is a different injury than I'm used to. There was nothing I could say because the decision was already made. Over the course of last year, I was to the point of going on the DL, but I ended up playing 161 games," Beltre said. "It didn't sit well with me, but they probably have more information than I do. They want to be more cautious than I probably do."

The Dallas Morning News

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