On-Base Perception

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Fantasy baseball: Closer carousel starts spinning early

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting

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It's only day two of the MLB season and already we've seen some major changes at closer.

 

Mets

Entering the 2014 season there were already concerns about Bobby Parnell's health after he suffered a herniated disc in his neck and missed the last two months of the season in 2013. But it's a different injury that has Parnell on the shelf now. Doctors discovered a partial tear...

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Marcus Stroman pays off mom's mortgage, captures it on video

Former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball player Marcus Stroman

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Former Patchogue-Medford star pitcher Marcus Stroman, now a top prospect in the Blue Jays' system, is on the verge of seeing his baseball dream come true. But he apparently saw no reason to make his mom wait for her dream.

Stroman surprised his mom, Adlin Auffant, by paying off her mortgage -- and he captured the emotional moment on video, posting it on Instagram on Monday.

Stroman is...

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Alfonso Soriano hits 400th career home run

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees celebrates his three-run

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Alfonso Soriano helped get the Yankees off to a solid start with a three-run home run off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the first inning of Tuesday's game, but he wasn't done there.

The 37-year-old outfielder slugged a solo shot in his next at-bat in the third inning for his 400th career homer to give the Yankees a then-5-0 lead. With the home run, Soriano passes Andres Galarraga...

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Yankees to reward fans for rain relay

Deborah Doyle of Warren, PA, right, covers up

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If the weather warded you away from Yankee Stadium on Thursday – or even if you came and dealt with the rain and three and a half hour delay – the Yankees want to reward you.

Anyone with a valid Aug. 22 ticket, regardless of whether they attended the game or not, can use it to redeem a free Grandstand Level or Terrace Level ticket at the Stadium for any game during their series against the...

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Video: Rajai Davis scores on his own infield single

Toronto Blue Jays' Rajai Davis, left, turns for

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Here's something you don't see every day: a baseball player scoring on his own infield single.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis did just that on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Well, technically, he was helped out by two throwing errors, but it was still a sight to behold.

Here's how it went down: Davis hit a ground ball off Jon Lester's leg. Lester scooped the ball up...

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