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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action


The Diamondbacks — terrible uniforms and all — are in L.A. for the Dodgers’ home opener on Tuesday afternoon (4:10 PM EST) and have the tall task of taking on starter Kenta Maeda. Maeda not only tossed six shutout innings against the Padres in his major league debut last Wednesday, he crushed a home run as well. He became the first Dodger to homer in his debut since Jose Offerman in 1990. Maeda is also the pitcher to homer in his debut since Tommy Milone in 2011. Meanwhile, the D-Backs have lost four of their last five in part due to terrible starting pitching. Shelby Miller and Zack Greinke have combined to yield 21 earned runs in 21 innings of work thus far. Patrick Corbin, who will oppose Maeda today, was comparatively pretty good his first time out, serving up four runs on eight hits (three homers) with no walks and six strikeouts over seven innings.

The rest of Tuesday’s action:

Atlanta Braves (Jhoulys Chacin) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EST

The Braves are 0-6. Poor Craig.

San Diego Padres (Robbie Erlin) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Charlie Morton), 7:05 PM EST

Hopefully there aren’t any more infield fly rule shenanigans.

New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez), 7:07 PM EST

Baltimore Orioles (Mike Wright) @ Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz), 7:10 PM EST

The Orioles set a new franchise record, starting the season with six consecutive wins. Can they make it seven?

Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore), 7:10 PM EST

Miami Marlins (Jose Fernandez) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 7:10 PM EST

This is the pitching match-up of the day, easily.

Kansas City Royals (Kris Medlen) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:10 PM EST

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood), 8:40 PM EST

Rookie Trevor Story homered seven times in his team’s first six games, a new major league record.

Los Angeles Angels (Hector Santiago) @ Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman), 10:05 PM EST

Texas Rangers (Derek Holland) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley), 10:10 PM EST

Nomar Mazara went 3-for-4 with a homer in his major league debut on Sunday, then followed up with a 2-for-4 performance on Monday. Not Story-esque, but that’s still really impressive.

Video: Bryce Harper steals second base with his batting gloves in his mouth

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pauses in the dugout during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. Mike Trout turned 24 on Friday, and he and Bryce Harper could become the youngest pair of MVPs in major league history if they win this year.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Tell ’em it was intentional and all the kids will be doing it in Little League. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was on the back end of a double steal during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Braves. As he slid head-first into second base, something dark was flapping around his mouth — his batting gloves.

Who knows if he did it on purpose, or perhaps he was caught off guard and had to run with his mouth full. Harper always keeps it interesting.

Brandon Finnegan loses no-hitter against the Cubs in the seventh inning


Update (10:21 PM EST): David Ross broke up Finnegan’s no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning. It’s probably for the best, that way manager Bryan Price wasn’t forced to choose between letting Finnegan finish the game or preserve his health by bringing in a reliever. The Ross hit came on Finnegan’s 105th pitch.


Reds starter Brandon Finnegan is three innings away from completing a no-hitter at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. The lefty has yielded four walks and third baseman Eugenio Suarez committed an error, but otherwise, the Cubs haven’t been able to get anything going. Finnegan has also struck out four batters.

Finnegan helped himself out on offense with an RBI single in the fourth inning, the third of the three runs the Reds have scored on the evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Brandon Phillips brought in a run with a ground out in the first and Billy Hamilton hit a solo homer in the third.

We’ll keep you updated as Finnegan attempts to throw the first no-hitter of the 2016 season. Finnegan has thrown 92 pitches through six innings, so he might not be able to finish the game anyway.

Dodgers sign Sean Burnett to a minor league contract

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Burnett walks off the mound after being pulled during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with pitcher Sean Burnett. He has been assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Burnett, 33, tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings for the Nationals during spring training but still didn’t make the club’s Opening Day roster. The lefty hasn’t been a mainstay in the majors since 2012. He pitched 9 2/3 innings for the Angels in ’13 and only two-thirds of an inning in ’14 for the Angels as he underwent Tommy John surgery.

In 372 2/3 innings spanning parts of eight seasons in his career, Burnett has a 3.53 ERA and a 274/147 K/BB ratio.

Domestic abuse charge against Jose Reyes dropped in Hawaii

Jose Reyes
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The Associated Press is reporting that a domestic abuse charge against Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been dismissed by a Hawaii judge. The judge gave prosecutors about two years to refile charges is Reyes’ wife cooperates.

That the charge would be dropped is not surprising, as that was expected to be the case a couple weeks ago, as Craig pointed out. Reyes’ wife refused to speak to prosecutors.

Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife in Hawaii during the offseason. His wife told police she suffered injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist.

Last year, Major League Baseball announced a new policy regarding domestic violence, giving commissioner Rob Manfred the authority to issue discipline “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” That means, in other words, he can punish players even if official charges aren’t filed. Manfred suspended Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games and declined to discipline Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for their respective alleged domestic violence incidents. Reyes was placed on paid administrative leave until the resolution of his case.

Even if Reyes rejoins the Rockies, he may be relegated to a bench role as rookie shortstop Trevor Story has broken out in his first six games. The 23-year-old is hitting .333 and leads the majors with seven home runs and 12 RBI.