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San Francisco Giants - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have two struggling pitchers near the bottom of their rotation. The last thing they need is another near the top. Right-hander Matt Cain hopes to put concerns about his slow start to rest Saturday when he faces the Colorado Rockies in the second game of the Giants' home series.

Pittsburgh Pirates - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Pittsburgh Pirates - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Manager Clint Hurdle didn't make a direct comparison to Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmitt, but he sees the development of Pedro Alvarez following much of Schmitt's template for success. "Mike Schmitt really struggled coming up," Hurdle said Thursday as his Pirates met the Chicago Cubs. "He hit .200 his first year, second year and then his average slowly progressed and he turned into a very good player."

Washington Nationals - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH WASHINGTON -- Toby Basner knew before Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman that the two players were coming out of the game in the top of the seventh Thursday. Who is Basner?

Miami Marlins - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH WASHINGTON -- The Miami Marlins were one of the nice stories the first week of the season, as they won five of their first seven games. So is reality setting for a club that lost 100 games last season? Miami lost 7-1 on Thursday to the Washington Nationals and was outscored 22-9 in being swept in the three-game series. Next up is a series that begins Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Oakland Athletics - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Oakland Athletics - INSIDE PITCH MINNEAPOLIS -- Just nine games into the season, the Oakland Athletics are making a major change at a key position. Prior to a 6-1 win of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, the A's removed Jim Johnson from the closer's role and will go with a by-committee approach, according to Oakland manager Bob Melvin. Johnson is 0-2 with an 18.90 ERA to start the year.

Chicago Cubs - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jason Hammel couldn't resist poking a little fun at teammate Anthony Rizzo this week. After Hammel earned the victory Wednesday in a 7-5 triumph over the Pirates, Rizzo congratulated his new teammate on his first National League victory. Two problems with that: Hammel already had pitched three seasons (2009-11) in the NL with Colorado, compiling a 27-30 record.

Milwaukee Brewers - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH PHILADELPHIA -- First baseman Mark Reynolds is giving the Brewers what they expected: a selective big hitter. The 30-year-old slugger has a well-deserved reputation as a free swinger. Now on his fifth team, he led his league in strikeouts four straight seasons between 2008 and 2011, fanning at least 196 times in each of those years.

Houston Astros - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - INSIDE PITCH TORONTO -- Toronto Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey felt he had a good knuckleball going on Thursday, but he took a loss when he allowed two home runs that accounted for five runs. He did not account for the Houston Astros' secret weapon, former major league knuckleball pitcher Steve Sparks, now a radio broadcaster for the team. Sparks threw the knuckleball in the cage for the hitters before Thursday's 6-4 win and it seemed to pay off.

New York Yankees - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH Before this season, the list of notable players who had gone from the Red Sox to the Yankees included Babe Ruth, Luis Tiant, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon and Kevin Youkilis. Now it includes center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who had an RBI single in his first appearance against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005 out of Oregon State.

Atlanta Braves - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves got the early jump on the Washington Nationals last year, winning the first five meetings. Now they are trying set the head-to-head tone early again. After winning two of three games in Washington last weekend, the Braves will try to cool off the first-place Nationals during a three-game series at Turner Field beginning Friday night.
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