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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) delivers a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of their game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Roark pitched a complete game shutout. Washington defeated San Diego 4-0. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

Around major league baseball . . .

White Sox: Unless it's not a recurring problem, Chris Sale's injury puts damper on chances of competing in AL Central.

Indians: After nice spot start in first week and 0.96 ERA at Triple-A Columbus, Trevor Bauer is waiting for overdue call-up.

Royals: With nine homers in first 21 games, Royals on pace for 69. Still ahead of Roger Maris' pre-Steroids Era 61 in '61.

Tigers: Still near bottom of AL in runs scored as April ends. Perhaps dumping Prince Fielder's contract wasn't so brilliant.

Twins: Legend of Sam Fuld continues. Newest Twin goes 5-for-10 in return to Tropicana Field, where he's beloved.

Blue Jays: With struggling starters and few off-days, manager John Gibbons may go with six-man rotation in May and June.

Orioles: Gold Glove third baseman Manny Machado begins minor league rehab stint with eye on returning next week.

Rays: Joe Maddon isn't satisfied with just staying afloat through pitching injuries: "I've never felt .500 was adequate or good."

Red Sox: Narcing on pitcher Michael Pineda for using pine tar on neck counts as minor victory in war with Yankees.

Yankees: After Pineda's 10-game suspension, Yankees to hold pine tar intervention at Larry Rothschild's crib.

Angels: If a player joins exclusive 500-home run club and it doesn't make a sound, did it really happen? Ask Albert Pujols.

Astros: Manager Bo Porter rushed out of dugout last week to confront A's Jed Lowrie for bunting with big lead. Needs to chill.

Athletics: Lowrie rips Porter after being hit Thursday as retaliation: "It's flat-out embarrassing ... no other way to say it."

Mariners: Former M's spitballer Gaylord Perry rips Pineda's methods in Seattle Times: "It was so obvious it was ridiculous."

Rangers: Epidemic continues as left-hander Pedro Figueroa becomes latest pitcher needing Tommy John surgery.

Cubs: Their 400-pound birthday cake depicting Wrigley Field at 100 winds up in Field Museum dumpster? Oh, for Pete's sake.

Brewers: Whoever decided to put Bob Uecker statue in last row of the Terrace level as an ode to Miller Lite ads deserves bonus.

Cardinals: Tim McCarver returns to broadcast booth, vows not to be a homer on station that rarely criticizes its Redbirds.

Pirates: Starters went 64-48 last year en route to postseason. Entering Friday they were 3-11 with second-worst WAR in majors.

Reds: Johnny Cueto led NL Friday in opponents' batting average (.140) with a 1.38 ERA. Had only two victories in five starts.

Braves: One more rehab start for Gavin Floyd before return to Braves, who already have major league-leading rotation.

Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton grabs sizable early lead in NL RBI race with 27 entering weekend.

Mets: Matt Harvey deletes Twitter account after criticism of photo of him giving the finger. Naturally, mom took picture.

Nationals: Go 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position vs. Padres, only 19th time since 1976 a team is 0-for-16 or worse.

Phillies: Cole Hamels miffed after Ryne Sandberg removes him after 86 pitches in return from injury. Manager OK with that.

Diamondbacks: Their 1-11 start at home, including two games in Australia, is worst since '94 Cubs started 0-12 at home.

Dodgers: Manager Don Mattingly has pregame meeting about concentration lapses in field. Yasiel Puig listens to part of it.

Giants: When going gets tough, "Kung Fu Panda" goes to sleep. Pablo Sandoval entered Friday 0-for-39 with two-strike counts.

Padres: Best relief corps in majors entering weekend with 1.70 ERA and only one blown save. Is it real, or Petco Park illusion?

Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon were 1-2 in big league slugging percentage Friday, but Rockies 23rd in pitching.

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