Friday was another reminder of just how unpredictable and unstable the career of a mjaor-league reliever can be. Veteran right-handers Joba Chamberlain and Neftali Feliz were both designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers respectively, leaving both teams with 10 days to trade, release or place the relievers on waivers. Chamberlain, 29, inked a one-year, $1 million deal with Detroit during the offseason in an attempt to rebuild his value. For Detroit, it was a cheap signing they hoped would add depth to their bullpen despite Chamberlain’s up and down 2014. Chamberlain had performed well in a relief role previously for the New York Yankees, It just didn’t work out in Detroit. In 30 appearances, Chamberlain posted a 4.09 ERA and a 1.682 WHIP. He struggled avoiding contact as well, striking out just 15 over his 22 innings. The final straw appeared to come in Wednesday’s 9-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pitching mop up duty in the eighth inning, Chamberlain allowed three home runs in the span of four batters. He walked off the field to chorus of boos that evening. He also walked away with a firm understanding that he’d let the fans and the organization down with his latest performance. . From The Detroit Free Press:   “I’d boo myself, too,” Chamberlain told reporters after the game. “I mean, you can’t be mad at it. You spend your hard-earned money to come see somebody be successful, and you don’t be successful.” Self awareness is a good thing to have. Better execution and better results are the name of the game though, so for now anyway Chamberlain will be forced to take a step back. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] As for Feliz, the move comes as a bit of a surprise given his past success in Texas. He was removed from the roster so veteran starter Matt Harrison could be activated from the disabled list. There’s no doubt it has been a struggle for Feliz to stay healthy and remain consistent since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2012. Feliz missed the rest of the 2012 season and nearly missed the entire 2013 season, appearing in only six games.  In 30 appearances last season, he showed promise, posting a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. He also notched 13 saves. This season, he came out of the gate slow, posting a 5.09 ERA in 17 appearances, before landing on the disabled list with an  axillary abscess on his right side. He ended up missing six weeks.  Feliz was once an ace reliever, recording 72 total saves between 2010-11. The Rangers tried moving him to the rotation in 2012, which directly preceded the elbow injury. Whether or not that was a good decision was a hotly debated topic leading up to the change and continues to be debated in wake of his injuries.  Perhaps it’s a topic the Rangers have grown tired of, or more likely the Rangers have simply run out of patience. It’s reported the Rangers will look to trade Feliz in the coming days. Both Feliz and Chamberlain should draw interest given their experience. Chamberlain is the cheaper option with Feliz still due $4.13 million this season, but both have appeal.  Perhaps we’ll even see them swap spots as both teams look for answers.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Controversial slugger Alex Rodriguez got the home run ball he smashed for his 3,000th career hit after all after the New York Yankees made a deal with the fan who caught it. Zack Hample presented the ball to Rodriguez prior to the Yankees’ home game against Tampa Bay, on Friday. The Yankees will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity which Hample has supported since 2009 that provides equipment and promotes youth baseball in underprivileged areas around the world.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers.

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Wei-Yin Chen did just about everything right except put an end to the Texas Rangers’ long-ball barrage. Although the Rangers hit two more home runs – giving them 10 in three games – Chen and the Baltimore Orioles had enough weapons to offset the damage. J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to back an effective pitching performance by Chen and carry Baltimore to a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

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Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned Wednesday, abruptly ending his 3 1/2-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia. Former general manager Bill Stoneman will take over as the interim GM for the rest of the season, the Angels announced. The 71-year-old Stoneman was the Angels’ GM from 2000-07, hiring Scioscia and presiding over their only World Series championship team in 2002.

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Two games against the Baltimore Orioles have enabled Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers to rediscover the joy of trotting around the bases. Moreland hit two home runs in a second straight game, and Texas celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton with an 8-6 victory Tuesday night. Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos also went deep for the Rangers, who have hit eight home runs over the past two nights.

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Ryan Boyer discusses the hot streaks of Rougned Odor and Clay Buchholz in Tuesday's Daily Dose.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:

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It is tough enough to sweep a doubleheader in the major leagues. Well, the Baltimore Orioles hadn’t pulled off that trick in 41 years. Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, and the Orioles breezed past the Cleveland Indians 8-0 Sunday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

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