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Daily Link Dump 5/11/15

Links before the first of three with the Red Sox.

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MLB has released this year's Fourth of July hats, and they are absolutely dreadful.

Jorge Posada reveals his frustration with the Yankees after being demoted from starting catcher.

Rougned Odor has been sent to Triple-A Round Rock after a terrible start to 2015. Adam Rosales and Thomas Field will handle second base in Odor's absence.

Carlos Correa has been promoted to Triple-A Fresno. Nashville will be playing a series at Chukchansi Park in less than two weeks.

Dave Cameron puts the A's bullpen struggles into graphs. You may want to avert your eyes.

This weekend's opponent, the Chicago White Soxhave had their share of issues to open the season.

Tonight's NERD scores can help you decide which games to watch.

Nelson Cruz is hitting home runs despite a new approach from opposing pitchers.

Adam Dorhauer looks back at the birth of the American League.

How much can we draw from batter-pitcher matchups?

White Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins hit one of the coolest home runs you'll ever see during his team's game in Montgomery on Sunday.

Wrigley Field's left field bleachers will be open tonight for the first time this season.

Could the Twins and Astros actually make the playoffs? Anthony Castrovince looks at these teams that struggled in 2014, as well as other recent storylines from around the league.

Was Jarrod Parker rushed back from surgery?

The A's bullpen has an increased Latin presence, and not just because of the addition of Edward Mujica.

Tonight's minor league action includes Kendall Graveman and Chris Jensen on the mound, as both the Sounds and RockHounds play at home.

On this day a year ago, Derek Norris got two 3-0 fastballs from Gio Gonzalez and obliterated both of them for three-run homers. The A's swept the Nationals, winning the series finale 9-1.

Tonight's starting lineup includes Coco Crisp batting second. It's the first time he's been out of the leadoff spot since June 2012.