Tanner Scheppers felt discomfort in his pitching elbow long before the Texas Rangers went to spring training with a plan to turn the right-hander into a starter. Scheppers finally said something after the fourth start of his big league career, and now he’s headed to the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Texas made the move Friday, a day after Scheppers gave up six runs in the shortest of his starts – 2 1-3 innings in an 8-6 win over Seattle. General manager Jon Daniels said an MRI showed inflammation in the muscle and no structural damage to the ligament.

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Now put that fast start into context with whats happening around the American League West, and it might be even more important for Oakland. Injuries were a spring training storyline as it seemed every team in the division, including the As, was searching for ways to plug holes. The Texas Rangers put four-time Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with a strained quadriceps. Left-hander Derek Holland, second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto all began the season on the 60-day DL.

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Case in point, the rule came into play in two recent games involving American League West teams. Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley had a particularly tough time with the rule in a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on Saturday. First baseman Brandon Moss’ apparent flyout in the third inning turned into an RBI single when Ackley dropped the ball during the transfer. However, Moss was called out for passing third baseman Josh Donaldson, who thought the ball was caught and retreated to first.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders cut short a bullpen session Wednesday because of pain in his left ankle.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders cut short a bullpen session Wednesday because of pain in his left ankle.

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Prince Fielder ended his Texas home run drought, and Robbie Ross finally got some help from the offense as a starter. Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan (0-1) to lead off the second inning.

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HOUSTON — Lost amid the fawning and hoopla over the raw stuff Kansas City Royals rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura wields at his choosing was the fact that, entering Tuesday night, he had yet to record his first big-league win. Ventura reached that milestone with relative ease at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, stifling the Houston Astros 4-2 to lead the Royals to their first road win. Ventura (1-0) made his season debut a week ago against the Tampa Bay Rays and did not factor in the decision despite working a career-high six innings. “I’m just really proud for him because that was like his fifth time he’s gone for his first win and he’s had an opportunity to win ballgames two or three times and we couldn’t hold it for him,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Ventura.

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Social media can be a trite way to communicate, but it can be a convenient method of learning what’s on the minds of Major League Baseball players. On Tuesday, a lot of thoughts were dedicated to Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball’s modern color barrier on this day in 1947. Here are 42 social media posts related to Jack Roosevelt Robinson from across the ethnic spectrum of MLB.
Leading off, Eric Young Jr. of the Mets:

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It’s an honor for me to be wearing the jersey the #42 #salute #respect #JackieRobinsonDay #MLB — billy hamilton (@BillyHamilton) April 15, 2014
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So blessed and thankful for Jackie Robinson and what he did for baseball players and people everywhere. Very proud to where #42 tonight! — Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) April 15, 2014
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We all owe a lot to this man. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/cwqQP2PbAb — Josh Hamilton (@thejoshhamilton) April 15, 2014
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This one’s not from a player, but from UCLA — where Robinson played three sports in the 1940s:
Today we are proud to celebrate and thank one of our own – the great Jackie Robinson. #Jackie42 #JackieRobinsonDay pic.twitter.com/OODUbKdMUP — UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) April 15, 2014
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Thank You Jackie Robinson #42 pic.twitter.com/s66InTBe3V — Sandy Leon (@sandyleon41) April 15, 2014
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Would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Jackie Robinson…a true hero #JackieRobinsonDay #ThankYouJackie pic.twitter.com/SsZWY7EnGR — David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 15, 2014
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God prepared a body for Jackie Robinson to endure all that he went through that’s why he was chosen and not others more talented #Jackie42 — Juan Pierre (@JPBeastMode) April 15, 2014
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Honored to wear this jersey. Means so much to America’s pastime #birdland #JackieRobinsonDay #MLB pic.twitter.com/V5wHvKvht9 — Bud Norris (@BudNorris25) April 15, 2014
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Happy Jackie Robinson day! proud to be apart of the game! #pavedtheway#42#hero pic.twitter.com/Zxm1SGM44v — Cameron Maybin (@spidermayb24) April 15, 2014
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Happy Jackie Robinson Day! #Jackie42 #icon — CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) April 15, 2014
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Has anyone impacted any sport more?? Did he impact more than just baseball?? #ThankYouJackie #42 #Hero — Chris Young (@CY24_7) April 15, 2014
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42 — Andrelton Simmons (@Andrelton) April 15, 2014
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“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.” Thank you Jackie. #Jackie42 — Michael Kohn (@MichaelKohn58) April 15, 2014
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Happy Jackie Robinson Day!!! What a beautiful day in baseball…THANK YOU Jackie!! #forever42 — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) April 15, 2014
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Without Jackie Robinson I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play in the MLB. So for that I want to say thank you. #Jackie42 — L.J. Hoes (@MRLJHOES2U) April 15, 2014
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“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson #42 — Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 15, 2014
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Happy Jackie Robinson day #42 pic.twitter.com/mQFbuML2jr — Aaron Hicks (@AaronHicks31) April 15, 2014
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Tell your kids a story about a hero today. Jackie Robinson #42, your echo carries on. #respect — Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) April 15, 2014
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Proud to wear 42. Thank you Jackie Robinson #MLB pic.twitter.com/8TcUqPFev1 — Nelson Cruz (@ncboomstick23) April 15, 2014
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Celebrando la gran victoria de anoche @ mariners y el Día de Jackie Robinson hoy . Honrando a un héroe # Jackie42 — Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) April 15, 2014
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Thanks for opening up doors #jackie42 pic.twitter.com/udBIaVmUWd — Jason Bourgeois (@jbourgeois11) April 15, 2014
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Thank you Jackie Robinson #JackieDay #42 — Jon Jay (@jonjayU) April 15, 2014
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Gramp still insists Jackie was out, but thanks to No. 42 for being so very, very IN. #Yankees #Dodgers #mlb pic.twitter.com/QtcieTFzAT — Lindsay Berra (@lindsayberra) April 15, 2014
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Really excited to put on that jersey today! To be apart of something as special as Jackie Robinson day is mind blowing#42 — Michael Choice (@VinnyChoice) April 15, 2014
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Above anything else, I hate to lose. #JackieRobinson — Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) April 15, 2014
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It’s a honor to wear this jersey! #JackieRobinsonDay2014 pic.twitter.com/fXt9iXpNqF — Corey Dickerson (@MCoreyDickerson) April 15, 2014
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Honored to be able to put this on today and represent a man who changed way more than a color barrier #42 pic.twitter.com/chqZ7c2LdE — Drew Butera (@drewbutera) April 15, 2014
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Im extremely privileged to wear the number of such a fine human being today. He endured so much for so many to play this game. #Jackie42 — Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher42) April 15, 2014
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What an honor to play on the day that pays tribute to the man who paved the way for so many!!!! #Jackie42 — Mike Trout (@Trouty20) April 15, 2014
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So when is @MiLB going to institute Jackie Robinson day, we should all be wearing #42 #JackieRobinsonDay — David Aardsma (@TheDA53) April 15, 2014
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. @ElvisandrusSS1 reflects on #Jackie42 : pic.twitter.com/N1lRkddk2M — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 15, 2014
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Honored to wear #42 today. — Jerry Blevins (@JerryBlevins_13) April 15, 2014
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All players will honor #Jackie42 with his number tonight. Ross hits the hill at 7:05. #LetsGoRangers pic.twitter.com/q81n8yPkiu — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 15, 2014
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- – - Cardinals 4, Brewers 0 Jon Jay hit a three-run home run and right-hander Lance Lynn struck out 11 as the St Louis Cardinals snapped the Milwaukee Brewers’ nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 shutout. Lynn held Milwaukee to three hits and three walks over seven innings. Jay’s home run capped off a big sixth inning for the Cardinals (8-5), who overcame two defensive gems by the Brewers to score three runs against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.

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