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Daily Link Dump 4/18/14

Links to start off the weekend series.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates have tried to improve on one of their weakest positions by acquiring Ike Davis from the Mets.

Aaron Gleeman of HardballTalk provides us with one of the many briefings on the Sean Doolittle extension.

Texas has placed Tanner Scheppers on the disabled list, which means Nick Martinez will start Tuesday. For the time being, the Rangers have called up East Bay native Aaron Poreda, who attended Campolindo HS and USF.

Hisashi Iwakuma has finally been cleared to start his rehab assignment.

Brad Johnson advocates adding Scott Kazmir to your fantasy team.

What can Arizona do to reload? Paul Swydan has a blueprint.

Dave Cameron suggests that catchers are becoming better hitters.

Frank Jackson of Hardball Talk looks at the A's former spring training home.

Do aces get borderline calls from umpires? Dave Cameron has an answer.

Billy Hamilton, what in the world was that?

SB Nation's own Steven Goldman supports Sean Doolittle's new deal.

Thursday's San Francisco Chronicle included an article by Susan Slusser on Alberto Callaspo. She does mention his friendship with Erick Aybar, although she doesn't give all the details.

Today's minor league slate includes Arnold Leon and the River Cats taking on Mike Kickham and the Fresno Grizzlies.

On this day a year ago, the A's had the day off before beginning an East Coast road trip. The day before, they finished off their second sweep of the Astros.

Today's starting lineup features Coco Crisp in the leadoff role and left-handed bats throughout the lineup.