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5 Biggest Takeaways from April 2016's MLB Action

The is-this-for-real conversation begins to happen after the first month of the Major League Baseball season like a young actor enjoying the first taste of celebrity.

What we try to take away from April’s baseball action is what is fact and what is fiction. One month provides us little that is definitive in a six-month MLB season.

But, of course, we want our answers. And we want them now.

Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes Fueling Explosive Mets' Streak Up NL East

Yoenis Cespedes gets the attention, as he should. But the New York Mets' 12-run third inning got going Friday night when Michael Conforto doubled home the game's first run.

Cespedes' recent power surge has made the Mets look unbeatable. But the Mets' surge really began when manager Terry Collins put a 23-year-old kid into the third spot in the batting order.

Adam Conley Pulled 4 Outs from Pitching No-Hitter vs. Brewers

Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley was four outs away from a no-hitter in just his 16th career start.

But with Conley's pitch count at 116, manager Don Mattingly opted to protect the 25-year-old's arm, taking him out of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning for reliever Jose Urena with Miami leading the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0.

Bryce Harper Comments on Dee Gordon's Suspension, PEDs, More

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was the 2015 National League MVP, but he missed out on the batting title because of Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. It would be understandable if the Nationals slugger felt like he was robbed of the achievement because of the performance-enhancing-drug revelations regarding Gordon, but he blamed only himself in recent comments. 

Pirates Coaching Staff Receives Contract Extensions Through 2017 Season

The 13-9 Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a solid start in 2016 and are fresh off a 98-win campaign. The coaching staff was rewarded for its efforts on Friday. 

The team announced on its Twitter page that the entire staff received contract extensions through the 2017 season:

Wandy Rodriguez to Orioles: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Baltimore Orioles reportedly reached an agreement Friday with veteran starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez for a minor league deal.

MLB's 2016 Major Awards Leaders Heading into May Baseball

As the Major League Baseball season moves from April and into May, the 2016 awards season is about to get one step closer.

It's still too early to pick who's going to win the big races, of course. It's not too early, however, to check in on who's in the lead.

Ahead are our picks for the early leaders for the Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in the American League and National League. Managers were chosen based on who's done the most for their team, and players were chosen based on all-around performance and general impact.

Can New York Yankees' Awful Start Be Saved by Mediocre AL East?

A week ago, there were serious stories in serious newspapers asking how long the Boston Red Sox should wait before making a managerial change.

By Tuesday, the Red Sox were half a game out of first place in the American League East.

Dee Gordon's PED Suspension Stunner Is Gut Punch for MLB

Dee Gordon, the sweet-swinging and fast-running second baseman of the Miami Marlins, is going to be gone for a while.

But that's not the sad part. The sad part is how many people will be too angry to miss him and how many tough questions have to be asked in the meantime.

MLB Team of the Month, April: Aledmys Diaz, Bryce Harper and Kenta Maeda Star

April is baseball's most tantalizing and least meaningful month.

On the one hand, cut grass is in the air and hope springs eternal. Plus, wins are wins whether they come now or in the heat of the pennant race.

On the other hand, we're still squarely in small-sample territory. Scalding starts will evaporate in the heat of summer, and early cold spells will thaw. The last shall be first and the first shall be last—maybe.

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