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Daily Link Dump 4/21/15

Links before the second game at Angel Stadium.

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While much has been said about Bryan Price's rant the other day, very little has been said about the actual content. Craig Calcaterra takes a look at Price's message.

Addison Russell is making his MLB debut tonight, and he'll be batting ninth. Joe Maddon is choosing to bat Travis Wood, one of the league's top-hitting pitchers, in the eighth spot.

As if it couldn't get any worse for the Brewers. Scooter Gennett is going to the disabled list because he hurt himself in the shower, and Jonathan Lucroy will be joining him with a more conventional injury.

Juan Francisco will play in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants. This could be another case of a guy with lots of power wholacks the all-around skillset to make him a viable major leaguer, but he could join guys like Wladimir Balentien and Wily Mo Pena as elite power hitters in Japan.

Robin Ventura already has a vote of confidence from his GM, and we're still in April.

Another rough start last night in Nashville for Barry Zito.

Dave Cameron looks at the sudden move to promote Addison Russell.

One thing that was swept aside this past weekend in Kansas City was Salvador Perez's extensive workload. Craig Edwards looks at Perez's use and his performance.

Mike Petriello looks at the train wreck in Milwaukee.

Jack Moore discusses The Players' Tribune and the relationship between players, fans and the media.

David Kagan uses extreme slow-motion to explain some of the physics in baseball. It's a seriously fascinating piece.

Jeremy Guthrie wants to make international baseball exciting, and he has an interesting proposal to do so.

Eno Sarris looks at cutter grips and the significance of a minor difference in finger placement.

Lew Wolff is furious with Kansas City's actions over the past weekend.

David Ortiz has been suspended for one game, but he plans to appeal.

Josh Hamilton is expected to return around June.

Fox Sports has updated power rankings with playoff odds.

Tonight's minor league action features Nashville hosting Oklahoma City and Chris Jensen on the hill for the RockHounds.

On this day a year ago, the A's fell 4-3 to the Rangers in what would become a series of frustrating losses.

Tonight's starting lineup features a barrage of right-handed bats, but Stephen Vogt and Eric Sogard will also be playing.