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Poll of the day: Chipper, Omar, Beltran
Happy birthday to Chipper Jones, Omar Vizquel and the still-active Carlos Beltran.Today's question: How many of those three should make the Hall of Fame?

Zack Greinke is pretty awesome these days
Cole Hamels made his season debut for the Phillies on Wednesday night and while he pitched very well -- two runs in six innings -- the story was Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs while striking out 11.

Pineda's pine tar opens up can of worms
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In the annals of illustrious moments in pitching history, I’m not exactly sure where Michael Pineda’s pine tar on the neck ranks among such past incidents as Whitey Ford’s turpentine ball, Gaylord Perry’s Vaseline, Rick Honeycutt’s thumbtack in the glove, Mike Scott’s physics-defying "splitter," Joe Niekro’s sandpaper on the finger and flying emery board, Kenny Rogers’ mystery substance or even Clay Buchholz’s extra sweaty forearm, but suffice it say it was one of the lamest attempts at cheating you’ll ever see.

Braves rotation continues to amaze
With today's effort, Aaron Harang is 1st pitcher to start year w/ 5 straight apps of 6+ IP and 1 or fewer runs since Pedro Martinez in 1997— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 23, 2014 This is getting ridiculous.

Better career, Ichiro or Jeter?
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I suspect a lot of Yankees fans are going to view this as just another attack on Derek Jeter, a grouchy anti-New York writer going all fancy with his statistics and ripping a legend.

Best players to not make an All-Star team
From my Twitter feed on Tuesday:@dschoenfield Hey, David: Who's the best player since 1933 who never made an All-Star game?— Larry Fahey (@hotdogdynamite) April 22, 2014 This is pretty easy to check.

Fernandez beats Wood in duel of year
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"I think it'd be fair to say that that was his best start in terms of stuff and command," - @mredmond55 on @josefernandez77— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 23, 2014 Well, I certainly hope so, because Jose Fernandez was absolutely dealing on this particular Tuesday night.

Chat wrap: Gomez, Ortiz, Mets, more
Tuesday's chat wrap.

Suspensions fair for Brewers-Pirates brawl
The suspensions are in from Sunday's Brewers-Pirates fracas and they seem pretty fair to me: Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado got five games. Brewers outfielder and lightning rod Carlos Gomez got three games.

SweetSpot TV: Rapid fire
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It's another edition of rapid fire, featuring Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Jesse Chavez, Chase Utley, Mike Moustakas, the Mets and the Mariners.

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