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FILE - In this Saturday, June 7, 2014 file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gets ready to throw out the first pitch during an appearance before a Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball game against the Indianapolis Indians in Allentown, Pa. The Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A team are named for the pig iron that is a byproduct of the steel this region is renowned for producing. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

Minor league baseball teams branded with local verve, personality

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Across America, a golden age of minor league baseball branding has unfolded, bursting with exuberance and calibrated localism. And two guys from San Diego, born six days apart and best friends since kindergarten, have helped teams find the way.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin delivers a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Escape act: Nationals survive another rally

Nationals manager Dave Martinez isn’t dialing 911 when he picks up the dugout phone to call the team’s bullpen. But with opponents regularly stealing games from the team’s ineffective relievers, who would blame him if he was?

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Corbin earns first win with Nationals, beats Giants

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Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win with Washington, Wilmer Difo homered and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 Thursday.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates his two-run home run with Adam Eaton (2) and Matt Adams (15) during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals slug four home runs in victory over Giants

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Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit first-inning home runs, Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki connected in the seventh, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Wednesday night.

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New York Yankees' Kyle Higashioka, right, scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Gleyber Torres as Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, loses the ball during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 22, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Urshela hits Yanks to 4th straight win, 4-3 over Halos in 14

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After the Yankees' vaunted closer blew a 12th-inning lead, but before New York manufactured another run while striking out four times in the 14th, an Angels outfielder playing second base for the first time in his pro career dived to stop a grounder and made a fine throw to get the out at first.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jarrod Dyson breaks his bat on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 22, 2019. Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed was out attempting to score from third on the play. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates reliever Burdi injured; Arizona rallies for 12-4 win

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Nick Burdi's combination of grit and resilience - oh and a fastball that can touch triple digits - helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever carve out a spot in the big leagues less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right arm.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha walks off the field after being removed during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pitcher Michael Wacha goes on Cardinals' injured list

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Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central rival Milwaukee.

Pirates activate Gregory Polanco off injured list

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Gregory Polanco couldn't get the awkward slide into second base last September that dislocated his left shoulder out of his head. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder pored over the video during his lengthy rehab to the point where it simply got to be too much.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Eovaldi to have elbow surgery, expected out 4-6 weeks

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Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to have surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, an operation expected to sideline the pitcher for four-to-six weeks.