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TBLA Wednesday morning links: Apr. 3, 2019

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Good morning, everyone!

San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

Dodgers news...

Jorge Castillo, the Dodgers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, writes about how Joe Kelly needs his pitching execution and results to be on the same page.

The Dodgers signed pitcher Zach McAllister to a minor-league deal. McAllister will likely see time in Triple-A, as the major league team does not have room in the bullpen to add his talent.

Bleacher Report’s Zachary D. Rymer wrote about Cody Bellinger’s amazing start to the season.

Also, there’s this:

Around the league...

Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a eight-year, $100 million extension. This deal could potentially see Acuña in a Braves jersey through 2028.

FiveThirtyEight takes a look at the Royals squad and their speed. The Royals are leading the league in their baseball speed score (calculated by FanGraphs) and Neil Paine puts this information into context in his story and examines how the team can use this information for their advantage.

Bryce Harper made his return to Washington D.C. on Tuesday night and he was greeted with boos but he would get the last laugh. Harper struck out in his first two at-bats, but would go on to hit a double, single and home run in the Phillies’ 8-2 win over his former team. Below is a video of all of Harper’s plate appearances in his first game back. You can watch the home run he crushed at minute 4:10.