Cubs and Reds agree to Sean Marshall-for-Travis Wood swap

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Last night Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago broke the news that the Cubs and Reds were working on a trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood, and now he’s reporting that the two sides have agreed to a deal “in principle.”

According to Levine the Cubs will send Marshall to the Reds for Wood and two undisclosed prospects.

Wood became more expendable after the Reds gave up a ton to get Mat Latos from the Padres and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote yesterday that Cubs president Theo Epstein had his eye on the left-hander since his days with the Red Sox.

Wood is 24 years old, cheap, under team control through 2016, and projects as a mid-rotation starter, but Marshall has been one of the league’s top setup men since moving to the bullpen full time in 2010, throwing 150 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 169/42 K/BB ratio. He certainly has the ability to close, but it’s unclear if the Reds will ask him to take over ninth-inning duties for free agent Francisco Cordero.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.

Bryce Harper sets April record for runs scored

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With four runs scored during Sunday’s 23-5 drubbing of the Mets, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper set a new April record for runs scored at 32, MLB.com’s Oliver Macklin reports. The record was previously held by Larry Walker, who scored 29 runs for the Rockies in April 1997.

Harper finished 2-for-4 with a pair of walks and a solo home run (off of Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki) on the afternoon. He’s now hitting .391/.509/.772 with nine home runs and 26 RBI on the year.