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Daily Link Dump 5/12/15

Links before the second game of the homestand.

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After yet another blown save last night, Steve Cishek has been removed from the closer role in Miami. Rafael Soriano may be signed as a replacement.

How about a senior prank on a baseball field? Some kids in Ohio planted a tree between the pitcher's mound and home plate.

Josh Hamilton went hitless in his rehab assignment last night, and he had some unusual interactions with fans.

Carlos Peguero has gotten off to a promising start in Arlington.

How have bullpens been used in 2015?

What is the value of pulling the ball?

Tonight's NERD scores show tons of exciting games on tap.

How does one of a scout's most important tools work? Check out the science behind radar guns.

Barry Bonds is working on a collusion lawsuit against Major League Baseball.

There was a scary moment in North Carolina the other day, when the bus of one of Atlanta's minor league teams, the Carolina Mudcats, flipped over on its side. Luckily, there were no serious injuries.

MLB has taken more steps to avoid tampering with balls.

Tonight's minor league action includes Brad Mills on the mound as Nashville opens a series at Iowa. Midland held off a late comeback by Frisco to win this morning.

On this day a year ago, Jesse Chavez pitched a gem and Josh Reddick walked up to Careless Whisper, but the A's nearly unraveled thanks to Jim Johnson. Sean Doolittle came in to relieve Johnson and finish off the 5-4 win.

Tonight's starting lineup includes Coco Crisp leading off and Marcus Semien batting second.