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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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Curtis Granderson will be targeted by Chicago White Sox, report says

Curtis Granderson sits in the dugout watching a

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The White Sox are planning a “hard push” for soon-to-be Yankees free agent Curtis Granderson this winter, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source.

Granderson, a native of the near-south suburbs of Chicago who attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, could view the White Sox as a homecoming. The article notes that Granderson recently donated a new baseball facility...

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Hiroki Kuroda’s been great, but not Cy Young-worthy

Rain falls as Hiroki Kuroda reacts after allowing

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Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant again for the Yankees on Monday night against the Angels, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out seven. It was his ninth scoreless start this season (24 total starts), and fifth in the past six weeks.

Since July 7, Kuroda is 4-1 with an 0.94 ERA in seven games against some tough competition – he’s had to face the Orioles, Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers during...

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Phillies, White Sox have several trade deadline pieces to sell

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws against

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The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. which leaves teams looking to fortify their problem areas plenty of time to do some last-minute shopping. Here are the top five trade pieces on the market so far:

Cliff Lee, LHP, Phillies

Lee, 34, is displaying his typical excellent control during a typically excellent season. The All-Star is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 144.2 innings and...

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