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Don't forget about Jorge Soler
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Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are the Cubs' shiny new toys, but don't forget about the right fielder who debuted last season. Soler is batting .320, has a 7-game hit streak, and went 4-for-5 with 2 runs in Monday's win over Pittsburgh.

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Chris Low @ClowESPN

Anybody who's ever covered a beat knows that if the coach isn't mad at you some of the time, then you're probably not doing a very good job.

Price unleashes tirade on media
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Reds manager Bryan Price lashed out in front of a group of 10 media members, reportedly using the F-word 77 times and 10 variants of other vulgarities in a 5 1/2-minute rant focused on recently published roster information. Price goes off

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Ian Kennedy rejoining Padres today

The RHP, dealing with a strained left hamstring, won't be rushed back, said manager Bud Black: "When he rejoins us [Tuesday], we'll re-evaluate and see where we are. But we feel good with where he is right now, health-wise." Kennedy threw six innings in a rehab start Monday.

That young Cubs infield
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With IF Addison Russell being called up, all of the Cubs IFs (Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo) are 25 or younger. No team has started an entire infield of players 25 or younger this early in the season (13 games or earlier) since the '03 Tigers, who finished 43-119.

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

On a normal day a player (Castro) saying he doesn't want to be known as a joke anymore would be huge but Cubs news moves quickly these days

Angels map out plan for Hamilton return

Under the tentative plan, OF Josh Hamilton would report to the Angels' spring training complex for 2-3 weeks then proceed to a minor league rehab assignment. He could rejoin the Angels after that, but the plan doesn't guarantee a return. (via LA Times)

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Starlin Castro wants to end criticism
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The Cubs SS has taken criticism for lapses in defense on easy plays in his career. Said Castro: " I don't want to be no joke anymore. ... Sometimes the errors I make are because I don't have the confidence and I stay back on the ball. Now I stay aggressive."

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Jesse Orosco turns 58 today. ... Jeff Keppinger is 35. ... Ronny Paulino is 34. ... Chris Donnels is 49.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

For Bryan Price's peace of mind, he should look at this way: Everything gets out. And when it doesn't, he can view that as a bonus.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Love the Cubs decision to promote Addison Russell. Evaluators think he's ready, and why not develop the group together? Nothing to lose.

Athletics power past Angels
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Stephen Vogt's fourth HR this season -- a 3-run shot -- helped lift the A's past the Angels 6-3.

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Final: Astros 7, Mariners 5
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Luis Valbuena's second homer of the night provided the visiting Astros a lead they would not relinquish against the Mariners en route to a third straight win to start their 9-game road trip. Box score

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Why are Cubs calling up Russell?
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Hakem Dermish: "Well, because he's really good. Their second basemen have been struggling, hitting just .146 with the worst OPS in the majors, and they have only six hits -- all singles. Expect him to play second base when he joins the Cubs on Tuesday. ... Now with Addison Russell in the lineup, the sky is the limit for this team."

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