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April trends: Low-scoring AL, hitting pitchers and more

Some of the statistical trends in the first month of the season include a lot of pitchers hitting eighth in the National League and scoring being way down in the American League.

Stephen A.: MLB needs to scare players away from PEDs (1:56)
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Why the Yankees are in last place

The Yankees aren't just looking up at the rival Red Sox entering Friday's series opener at Fenway Park, they're sitting at the bottom of the entire American League East. Andrew Marchand explains what has gone wrong so far for the Bronx Bombers.

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What you missed in MLB while you were watching the draft (0:21)
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The winding path of soon-to-debut Sean Manaea

From glowing reports to doubters to injuries, A's lefty Sean Manaea's historical scouting reports (dating back to his college days) display the hills and valleys a typical prospect must endure.

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Nationals need a nudge on offense

With the Nationals' offense stymied by the Phillies while Washington got swept, is it time for the Nats to shake up their lineup to get the most out of Bryce Harper and put some runs on the board?

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Chris Sale's hot April (1:51)


Bryant out vs. Braves; listed as day to day

Cubs All-Star 3B Kris Bryant avoided serious injury Thursday when he rolled his ankle in a win against the Brewers. The team announced Bryant has a mild ankle sprain will avoid the DL, but will sit out today's afternoon tilt against the Braves. Follow live

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Nationals heading on 10-game road trip

And it's an epic one, as they will face three teams that made last year's playoffs and have a combined .625 winning percentage this year. Tidbits to ponder

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Stephen A.: MLB needs to scare players from PEDs

"Until Major League Baseball finds a way to get money from these players for committing these transgressions, you're never going to alleviate the problem."


Olney: PED use not always linked to size

Buster Olney says that unless the MLBPA opens up the CBA and gives teams the option to void multiyear contracts for players busted for PEDs, the reward outweighs the risk for players.


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It's test time for the 14-7 Nationals, who kick off a 10-day road trip against the Cards, Royals, and Cubs. Gulp. Those three teams have combined for a .625 winning percentage, and a run differential of plus-122. That's a whopping 210 runs better than the minus-88 of Washington's first four foes.