As someone who recommended taking starting pitching early this year, Clayton Kershaw getting hurt and Stephen Strasburg currently sporting a 5.33 ERA sure hasn’t helped my case. But after those two, most have been as advertised (give or take). I’m in no way claiming victory with this strategy (and admittedly, I was high on Danny Salazar , Homer Bailey and Zack Wheeler . Chris Sale and Alex Cobb are also currently on the DL), but the biggest disappointments so far have been hitters for the most part. Before I go any further, I want to be clear I expect almost all of these hitters will be fine moving forward. We are still dealing with small samples. But there are some serious star hitters off to pretty horrendous starts.

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By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died on Wednesday at his home in Havana. Marrero, who played for the Washington Senators, was two days short of his 103rd birthday. He had been in declining health for weeks and was unresponsive for some time on Wednesday before dying, his grandson Rogelio Marrero said. After an outstanding career in Cuba in the 1930s and 1940s, Marrero debuted in the Major Leagues with Washington in 1950, four days before his 39th birthday.

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During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Between batters and between pitches, most fans in the stands at Wrigley – and everywhere else in the majors – take their eyes off the game to peck away at smartphones, phablets, tablets and iPads. The Cubs are hoping to add a massive video scoreboard to Wrigley as early as next year in what would be the biggest renovation at Wrigley since lights were installed more than a quarter century ago. The Cubs were the first to install a moving walkway back in the 1950s (it was removed a few years later) and in 2012 were one of the first teams in the majors to offer Wi-Fi.

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PITTSBURGH — Johnny Cueto didn’t drop the ball this time at PNC Park. The Reds right-hander checked the Pirates on three hits as he became the first Cincinnati pitcher since 1977 to pitch consecutive complete-game shutouts in a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. McCutchen had two of the Pirates’ three hits. Last Wednesday at Cincinnati, Cueto shut out the Pirates on three hits and struck out a career-high 12.

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DENVER — Even at hitter-friendly Coors Field, the San Francisco Giants’ offensive struggles continued Monday night in an 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Compounding the problems for the Giants was the fact that they had to use three pitchers in the first three innings. Starter Ryan Vogelsong was knocked out in the second inning and David Huff, who faced one batter, left with a left quadriceps strain after beating out an infield hit in the third. It was the first career hit for Huff, who gave way to Yusmeiro Petit in the bottom of the third, and appears bound for the disabled list.

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Carlos Gomez has no plans to apologize for his behavior that set off another brawl. The Brewers center fielder was ejected along with Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron after a shouting match escalated into a brawl during the third inning of the Brewers’ win Sunday. Gomez flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Gerrit Cole. But it you’re going to hit just a flyball to center field, then don’t stand and look at it.”’ Last Sept. 25, Gomez stood in the batter’s box at Atlanta after hitting a home run off Paul Maholm.

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Here’s your wakeup call — a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits — for Monday, April 21:

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Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good. Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after a shouting match quickly escalated into a punch-filled brawl in the third. ”I was just doing my job.” The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.

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Ryan Braun already was being booed loudly and that was before he hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning. Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night. That was the case when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning and hit the go-ahead drive to center field off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-1), his second blown save in six opportunities. I’d rather feel good.” Braun and the Brewers were feeling good after raising their record to a league-best 13-5, including 5-1 against the Pirates.

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PITTSBURGH — Right fielder Ryan Braun’s two late-inning home runs rallied the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

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