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Lee on the Yankees' radar (Burnett, too)

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07:41 AM ET 04.22 | Coming out of the weekend, the Yankees enjoyed a day off Monday, which isn't to say things weren't happening at the executive level. Four years ago, the Yankees passed on trading for Seattle's Cliff Lee in part because the Mariners wanted Nova in a return package. Could Lee now replace Nova? OK, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Yet with 19 games down, we can assert this: The loss of Nova to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, making season-ending Tommy John surgery a strong possibility, goes down as the most serious injury to date in this 2014 Yankees season. ... Other possible trade targets include Cleveland's Justin Masterson, the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, Arizona's Bronson Arroyo and (yikes) Lee's Phillies teammate A.J. Burnett.

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Minor concerned he'll upset Atlanta's mojo

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07:40 AM ET 04.22 | Welcome back, Mike Minor. [Minor] rejoined the Braves Monday after completing his rehab work Saturday in Gwinnett. He'll throw a bullpen on Tuesday and if all goes well, he could rejoin the Braves rotation Saturday against the Reds, at the earliest. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said they'll make a determination after he throws Tuesday. "Nothing is written in stone," Gonzalez said. "It's a two-way conversation and we'll go from there." The trick will be to try to fit back in. Entering the Marlins' series, the Braves rotation was leading the majors' with a 1.54 ERA. "(Do) I feel like they don't need me? Yeah," Minor said, drawing laughs during a pre-game media scrum at this locker. ... "I want to be back, I want to help out, but I don't want to mess up anything either."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Detroit's new attitude on the basepaths

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07:40 AM ET 04.22 | In Motown, they're off and running. With the season three weeks old, the Detroit Tigers enter tonight tied for second in the American League in stolen bases. They had 15 steals. All of last year, they had a league-low 35. But the running game hasn't been an unmitigated success. The Tigers ranked only 10th in the AL in stolen-base percentage. They were 15-for-21 on stolen-base attempts: 71%. There have also been several times when a Tiger has been thrown out while trying to take an extra base on a hit. So how to measure the success of the running game? "I guess ultimately you measure it by wins and losses," said first-year manager Brad Ausmus, who has emphasized the running game since the day he was hired. "I've said all along there are going to be times we make outs on the bases because we're trying to be aggressive."

Detroit Free Press

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Williams behind the NL's worst defense

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07:39 AM ET 04.22 | With the departure of Davey Johnson, the pendulum in Washington swung in the direction of intense Matt Williams. The Nats would be disciplined. The Nats would pay attention to detail. The Nats would fulfill their potential. Right? Well, the Nats still don't appear to have caught on -- and the problem goes beyond Bryce "Nothing But Hustle" Harper. ... So in the wake of Nats general manager Mike Rizzo saying he thinks his team is better than the Braves, it's fair to ask whether the Nats will ever be as good as they say they are. Their defense is everything that you thought it wouldn't be under Williams -- careless, maddening, putrid. With 22 errors -- nine by shortstop Ian Desmond -- the Nats have the most in the National League. And advanced metrics portray them in equally unflattering terms.

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Brewers call-up set to play anywhere

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07:38 AM ET 04.22 | The coming days may just become a referendum on Elian Herrera's versatility. If and when the Brewers' Carlos Gomez is suspended for his role in a benches-clearing brawl Sunday in Pittsburgh, Herrera would be the starting centerfielder. If and when Martin Maldonado draws a suspension, Herrera would serve as the backup catcher to Jonathan Lucroy. That's what you call being a jack of all trades. "I have to be ready for any chance I can get here," Herrera said Monday. ... Herrera originally was called up over the weekend to fill the roster spot vacated when first baseman Lyle Overbay went on paternity leave. But, before Overbay rejoined the club on Sunday, fourth outfielder Logan Schafer suffered a hamstring strain. When Schafer was placed on the 15-day disabled list, Herrera unexpectedly found his stay with the Brewers extended.

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