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Daily Link Dump 6/9/15

Links before the series opener with the Rangers.

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The Cubs have signed Rafael Soriano, who held a throwing session recently.

Matt Holliday is on the disabled list after injuring his quadriceps.

The Rays have yet another injury to a starting pitcher, as they have placed Jake Odorizzi on the disabled list.

One of the reasons Chris Sale has been so good is his impressive mix of pitches.

Dallas Keuchel has become arguably the best defensive pitcher in all of baseball, and it's one of the reasons he's been so dominant.

How important are the standings at this point in the season?

Shane Tourtellotte looks at pinch-hitting in the postseason. You probably don't need advanced numbers to know that Terrence Long's pinch-hit appearance in 2003 was not good. As a whole, this is a really depressing article.

Tom Verducci looks at the impressive crop of young sluggers. These young stars should be fun to watch for years to come.

Justin Verlander will make his first start of the season on Saturday against the Indians.

Tonight's minor league action includes Nate Long on the hill for the RockHounds and the Ports hosting Inland Empire. Nashville won a rain-shortened game at New Orleans earlier today.

On this day a year ago, Garrett Richards shut down the A's bats.

Tonight's starting lineup includes Josh Reddick batting second.