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Opening Day 2018: National League East Previews

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It’s the Nationals’ world and everyone else is living in it. The Mets, unlike a lot of teams, haven’t punted, and it’s possible everyone is sleeping on them. Yoenis Cespedes thinks so anyway. The Phillies decided that their rebuild has turned a corner and they brought in big league talent. They’re probably the best bet to surprise folks this year. The Braves are probably a year or two away. The Marlins, well, Miami is nice in the early spring. And there’s really good coffee and ropa vieja there!

Our previews:

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.