A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:

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Joe Smith was frustrated about a lot of things, including leaving a pitch over the plate for pinch hitter Joe Panik to drive up the middle for a game-winning hit. What put Los Angeles’ set-up man in a bad mood to start was having to shorten a string on his glove as ordered by home plate umpire Bill Miller. ”I’ve made over 500 appearances in this game and all my gloves are the same,” Smith said after the Angels fell to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night. ”We didn’t do a couple things we’ll need to do to win games,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

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Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin elected to give Scott Kazmir an extra day of rest, and given the lineup he’ll now face, he still might not have to overexert himself. The in-form left-hander takes the mound Friday night as the Athletics open a three-game road series against the Texas Rangers. Kazmir (2-0, 0.99 ERA) has contributed once already to Texas’ futile offense, limiting it to a hit in seven innings of a 10-0 win in his season debut April 8. Prince Fielder was 0 for 2 and fell to 1 for 11 in their matchups, while Adrian Beltre (9 for 40 with 12 strikeouts) and Robinson Chirinos (1 for 10) have also struggled.

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Scherzer missed his previously scheduled start after jamming his right thumb while batting. Scherzer and Harvey were the starters in July 2013 for All-Star Game at Citi Field – they faced each other the next month, too, in Harvey’s last outing before Tommy John surgery. SPEED IT UP The system of warnings and fines for hitters and pitchers who dawdle now go into effect under Major League Baseball’s pace of play rules. The Los Angeles Angels will see how Albert Pujols is feeling after he sat out with a hamstring problem.

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While C.J. Wilson will start five days after having fluid drained from his elbow, he might not have Albert Pujols around to provide any run support. Not that Pujols’ early season struggles have provided much of that, but the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup needed all the help it could get in a disappointing April. The light-hitting Angels showed positive signs in their first game without the slugger and will hope for better as the calendar turns to May on Friday night in San Francisco, as will the low-scoring Giants. As a result, Mike Trout moved to the third spot in the lineup and Kole Calhoun hit cleanup.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list with a sinus fracture in the right side of his face Wednesday, the result of being struck with a batted ball in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies. Bradley was taken to a Phoenix hospital for further tests after leaving the game in the second inning. The tests initially revealed sinus damage and Bradley also had swelling above his jaw. Manager Chip Hale said after the game that a disabled list designation was likely, and on Wednesday the club called up reliever Enrique Burgos from Double-A Mobile to take Bradley’s place on the roster.

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(Adds later games) April 28 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday's Major League baseball games: – - – Nationals 13, Braves 12 Dan Uggla hit a towering three-run homer in the ninth inning against his former team to give the Nationals a dramatic 13-12 win over the Atlanta Braves, ending Washington's six-game losing streak. The Nationals, who trailed 9-1 after two innings and 10-2 after four, completed their biggest comeback win in nearly 12 years. – - – Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 8 Toronto overcame an early four-run deficit, stroked 17 hits and topped Boston 11-8 at Fenway Park. …

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Josh Hamilton’s teammates with the Los Angeles Angels all seemed to hope the outfielder would shake off his latest troubles and return to stardom in their lineup. Moments after Hamilton was traded back to the Texas Rangers on Monday, the Angels headed off on their next road trip knowing they’ll have to fix their slow-starting season without him – and without a clear replacement for him in left field. ”I think it has the best possible ending for all parties,” Angels closer Huston Street said Tuesday in Oakland. For the guys in here, I don’t think it was necessarily a distraction.” Mike Trout and C.J. Wilson were among several Angels who remained passionately supportive of Hamilton while team management publicly ripped the former AL MVP following his latest struggle with sobriety this spring.

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Josh Hamilton knows he never was the player the Los Angeles Angels wanted and expected him to be. ”I worked my butt off to be that guy this year going into this season for the Angels,” Hamilton said. ”They just didn’t want that to happen for some reason.” The Angels traded Hamilton back to AL West rival Texas, a deal completed Monday less than halfway through a $125 million, five-year contract for which Los Angeles will pay most of the remaining $80 million the slugger is owed. ”I’ve been working in the cage and doing all the things that I need to do to get prepared for a season and feel really good as far as my mental state of mind and my physical well-being,” Hamilton said during a news conference in Texas before flying to Arizona.

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