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First manager fired?

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07:46 AM ET 04.14 | More than a few teams sit on only four wins at this point in the season, but only one of them has double-digit losses. The Diamondbacks are 4-11, making Kirk Gibson the early leader in the "first manager to get fired" derby. But really, it's difficult to imagine how Gibson could be held responsible for the D-Backs' shoddy rotation. Through 15 games, the team's 7.17 rotation ERA is the worst in the majors. The starters are averaging fewer than 5-1/3 innings, increasingly the likelihood that the bullpen will wear down. Gibson distributes the bullpen innings, and at times a manager must extend his starter to save his 'pen. Bullpen management, though, isn't Gibson's strength. Some scouts say he manages every game as if it were his last.

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Boras blasts unnamed execs

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07:45 AM ET 04.14 | Scott Boras has an ax to grid -- again. [Boras], the agent for top remaining free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, came out swinging against the half dozen or so anonymous team executives and officials who negatively speculated in a recent article on the value of those two players. Boras says those unnamed executives and officials are breaking league rules in a recent article by suggesting low player values, issuing critical comments and ultimately hurting their markets. Boras, backed by the players union (which Friday issued a strong statement of its own against the anonymous execs), said he intends to pursue a grievance, going so far as to urge the league to use subpoena power to unearth their identities. "It's a clear violation of the CBA," Boras said in a phone interview.

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Mets moving Ike for Abreu call-up

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07:45 AM ET 04.14 | Decision Day looms for the team in Queens. The Mets will be keeping close tabs on Bobby Abreu at Triple-A Las Vegas over the next two weeks. According to club sources, the veteran outfielder -- who signed a minor-league contract with the Mets earlier this month -- can opt out from his deal April 30. Abreu is batting .500 (11-for-22) since arriving to Las Vegas. "He's the best hitter Las Vegas has got by far," said a talent evaluator, before the Mets' 7-6 13 inning victory over the Angels Saturday. "You can take all those guys and put them together, but Abreu can still hit." The Mets have a logjam at first base, with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, and likely would have to trade or demote one of them if they decide to add the lefty-swinging Abreu to the roster.

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A dozen teams scouting Hanrahan

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07:44 AM ET 04.14 | Once an All-Star reliever, Joel Hanrahan is now attempting a return from Tommy John surgery. [Hanrahan] should expect a big crowd of scouts when he throws for teams Thursday in Tampa. The Mets, Yankees, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Dodgers are among a decent-sized group of teams that has lost their closer or main set-up man because of injury or poor performance, and all could easily have interest in Hanrahan. The Cardinals, Indians, Rays, Rockies, Rangers and Angels are among a long list of other teams with possible interest in Hanrahan, a two-time All-Star who had surgery last May 16 and appears ready to come back strong. ... Hanrahan saved 76 games as the Pirates' star in 2011-12, making the All-Star team both times.

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The pitching trend ruining pitchers

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07:43 AM ET 04.14 | The cat-and-mouse game between pitchers and hitter continues to evolve. "Hitters get accustomed to certain types of pitches when they're seeing it often," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "so you look for a different look." As more and more pitchers suffer elbow injuries and undergo Tommy John surgery, however, it's worth wondering if that shift in pitch selection might be contributing. ... [Cutters, splitters] and even sliders generally are understood to involve torque more in the elbow and the forearm -- unlike fastballs, where most of the effort comes from the shoulder. Even with curveballs, the effort comes from the shoulder and the wrist rather than the elbow. The more torque on the elbow and forearm, the more susceptibility for injury.

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