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FILE - In this June 16, 2015, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Adam LaRoche sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. LaRoche says he has no regrets walking away from baseball and $13 million in salary after a dispute with the team over the presence of his young son at the ballpark.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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Adam LaRoche would like to remind you about Thursday


Adam LaRoche, of course, made headlines in March when he abruptly retired from baseball. It turned out that several White Sox players weren’t happy with how often Adam’s son Drake was in the clubhouse.

Adam is a big fan of “take your child to work day” — so much that he preferred Drake to be with him in the clubhouse than at school. From an Adam Kilgore report in the Washington Post circa February 2013:

Long ago, LaRoche prioritized bringing Drake with him over traditional schooling. He goes to class in winter. In Viera, he brings schoolwork with him and sees a private tutor at a Sylvan Learning Center. They live in a small Kansas town, and LaRoche arranged Drake’s education with the public school. LaRoche said Drake’s school is fine so long as Drake passes standardized tests.

“We’re not big on school,” LaRoche said. “I told my wife, ‘He’s going to learn a lot more useful information in the clubhouse than he will in the classroom, as far as life lessons.’ ”

Yu Darvish will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 file photo,Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of Japan watches from the dugout during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Arlington, Texas. Yu Darvish says he has never been involved in gambling activities, but otherwise isn’t commenting on a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan. Darvish issued a statement Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 through his agent that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. But the Texas Rangers pitcher says he’s certain they will find he had no involvement whatsoever. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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Rangers starter Yu Darvish will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. He’ll throw two innings or 30 pitches, whichever threshold he meets first.

Darvish, 29, has been out since August 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Lately, he’s been throwing bullpens and batting practice, and the Rangers feel confident enough to send him out on a rehab assignment. If all goes well, Darvish could rejoin the rotation, currently led by Cole Hamels, by the end of May.

Darvish has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract with the Rangers.

The Tigers demote Tyler Collins, activate Francisco Rodriguez

Detroit Tigers'  Francisco Rodriguez (57) high-fives Jarrod Saltalamacchia after the final out of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Houston. Detroit won 5-3. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
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On Wednesday, the Tigers optioned outfielder Tyler Collins to Triple-A Toledo and activated closer Francisco Rodriguez from the family medical emergency list.

Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday due to a private family issue. The 34-year-old has had a rough start to the season, as he holds a 7.11 ERA with one blown save and a 3/4 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.

Collins made headlines on Monday when he flipped off the home crowd at Comerica Park after they booed him for booting a fly ball. Major League Baseball ultimately decided not to punish Collins for the incident. While the incident certainly didn’t earn the 25-year-old any favors, his meager .100/.100/.150 triple-slash line in 20 at-bats likely had more to do with the demotion.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s games

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) is interviewed on television after throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Cubs won 16-0. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Update (7:15 PM EST): The Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather.


The Padres (Andrew Cashner) and Giants (Jeff Samardzija) game is just underway, kicking off Wednesday’s action. There are quite a few interesting games to watch, including the major league debut of Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios. But there’s one very obvious game to watch, and that’s Brewers/Cubs at 8:05 PM EST tonight. The Brewers’ Taylor Jungmann will oppose the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, who is coming off of his second career no-hitter, authored last Thursday against the Reds.

In the time since, Orioles closer Zach Britton offered some insight as to why Arrieta floundered with the O’s but flourished with the Cubs — because the Cubs let him throw his cut fastball again. Then some rumors started floating suggesting Arrieta owes his success to performance-enhancing drugs, to which Arrieta said, “The 10 tests I take a year say otherwise.” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless continued to push the rumor, and Arrieta responded to them, saying, “Laughing is exactly what I will do. You continue to do your thing though. No one will undercut my hard work.”

Arrieta has the chance tonight to throw a second consecutive no-hitter. If he is able to accomplish the feat, he would become only the second pitcher in baseball history to toss back-to-back no-hitters along with Johnny Vander Meer.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EST

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada), 7:07 PM EST

Atlanta Braves (Bud Norris) @ Boston Red Sox (Steven Wright), 7:10 PM EST

Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore)m 7:10 PM EST

Cincinnati Reds (Jon Moscot) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 7:10 PM EST

Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:10 PM EST

New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ Texas Rangers (Martin Perez), 8:05 PM EST

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios), 8:10 PM EST

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jon Niese) @ Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray), 8:40 PM EST

St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 9:40 PM EST

Kansas City Royals (Chris Young) @ Los Angeles Angels (Nick Tropeano), 10:05 PM EST

Houston Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 10:10 PM EST

Miami Marlins (Justin Nicolino) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Kazmir), 10:10 PM EST

Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs on Tuesday against the Rockies

Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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If you thought you hadn’t heard much about Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, you’d be right. The 29-year-old, who has had a top-five finish in NL MVP Award balloting in each of the last four seasons (including a first place finish in 2013), entered Tuesday’s game in Colorado batting a meager .213/.337/.347 with a pair of homers and five RBI in 89 plate appearances.

McCutchen fixed that lackluster slugging percentage quickly, blasting three home runs against the Rockies. The first was a solo shot off of Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa to stake the Pirates to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. He added another solo shot off of De La Rosa in the second inning to push the Pirates’ lead to 4-0, then swatted a three run shot to right field off of Christian Bergman in the sixth inning, pushing the Pirates’ lead to 7-3.

It’s the second three-homer game of McCutchen’s career. The other one came on August 1, 2009 against the Nationals. McCutchen is the fourth Pirate with two or more three-homer games, joining Willie Stargell (four), Ralph Kiner (four), and Roberto Clemente (two).

Following the 3-for-5 performance on Tuesday, McCutchen now has five home runs, 10 RBI, and a .237/.351/.475 triple-slash line.