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Cashman scratching his head over Pineda

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07:47 AM ET 04.24 | From nearly the start, this one wasn't going to go well. The Yankees are "embarrassed" Michael Pineda was caught with pine tar again, general manager Brian Cashman said. "Right now we're all scratching our heads about how that actually took place," Cashman said after Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox in Fenway Park. Cashman said the team had spoken with Pineda about using the substance so blatantly in an April 10 game against Boston in The Bronx. That day, the Red Sox didn't call Pineda out on it, and several of their players actually said they didn't care whether the 25-year-old used pine tar. But, this time, TV cameras caught a big, brown streak on Pineda's neck, right above a big gold necklace. Red Sox manager John Farrell told home plate umpire Gerry Davis about it.

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Pads are shopping Hundley

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07:46 AM ET 04.24 | Three's a crowd? With two outfielders making their way back to the roster, the Padres are quickly running out of room to hold on to three catchers. More than likely, Nick Hundley -- a free agent after the season -- is the odd man out with Yasmani Grandal possessing the greater offensive upside and Rene Rivera emerging as a defensive wizard. Obvious landing spots in terms of trading partners, however, are scarce as only four teams currently have a catcher on the DL. ... Texas has Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski walk each of the last two years. The preferred replacement, Geovany Soto, is on the 60-day disabled list until mid-to-late June while recovering from knee surgery.

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L.A.'s major injuries great for minors business

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07:46 AM ET 04.24 | On Friday for Rancho Cucamonga, Clayton Kershaw will take another step toward a major-league return. [The] ace left-hander will make his first start since his March 22 Australia opener. ... He'll throw approximately 55 pitches Friday for the High-A Quakes against the Lancaster Jethawks, one of the most highly touted teams in the minor leagues. Julio Urias, a 17-year-old phenom prospect, had been scheduled to start for the Dodgers' affiliate and will now relieve Kershaw. Tickets to that game, which is also Brian Wilson bobblehead night, are sold out and starting at $57 on secondary retailers such as StubHub. Tickets to the Dodgers' game that night against the Colorado Rockies start at $6 on StubHub. If all goes well for Kershaw, he will make at least one more minor-league start and potentially two or three before making his way back to the majors.

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Dice-K ... closer?

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07:45 AM ET 04.24 | Of course, Daisuke Matsuzaka would prefer to be pitching in the first inning. There might be just as good a chance, though, that the New York Mets try him in the ninth. Asked Wednesday if he thought Matsuzaka could close games, manager Terry Collins didn't hesitate. "No question," Collins said. Collins knows he needs to have potential closers in mind as the Mets go through this season without Bobby Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery. Jose Valverde held the job for less than three weeks. Now it's in the hands of Kyle Farnsworth, who didn't even make the team out of spring training. Matsuzaka has made two relief appearances since rejoining the Mets last week, just the second and third times he pitched out of the bullpen in the big leagues.

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Gaetti: T-Mac has velocity, location, stuff

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07:45 AM ET 04.24 | Sugar Land manager Gary Gaetti had some good news for Tracy McGrady fans. [Gaetti] told FOX 26 Sports on Wednesday [McGrady] has made his opening day roster as one of the team's pitchers. "Tracy is on the team," Gaetti said. "He's just done what needed to be done since the idea came about. He showed enough progress. He showed enough ability and we're going to see where this goes." In McGrady's first start during an exhibition game against Alvin Community College he worked one inning allowing one run on three hits. He threw 15 pitches, 9 for strikes, and did not walk anybody or get any strikeouts. "There's so many unique things about it," Gaetti said. "It doesn't matter how hard you throw. You got deception. You got velocity. You got location. You got stuff." Gaetti said he made his decision on Wednesday.

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