Breakfast Links: Odrisamer Despaigne, Jonathan Broxton, Lucas Duda

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cuban pitchers, backup closers, first base platoons and bees! Today's breakfast links roundup has something for everyone.

Padres nearing deal with pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

The 26-year-old Cuban righty is known as a work horse, but command may be an issue for him.

Jonathan Broxton will take over as Reds closer

While the Reds wait for Aroldis Chapman to recover, Broxton will hold down the ninth inning.

Mets reportedly decide on Lucas Duda at first base ... for now

The Mets have played two games and started two different players at first base and yet, now they have decided that a third player, Duda, should be their primary first baseman. He and Josh Satin will be platooned at the position, actually, probably with a dash of Ike Davis thrown in just to keep things interesting. Carrying as many first baseman as possible is ideal roster construction, after all.

Swallowed chewing tobacco caused Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez's early exit Wednesday

In the words of Leslie Knope, "that's why they call it chew, not shallow, am I right Ron?"

High school pitcher strikes out every batter in perfect game

Can you imagine playing left field in this game? It would be a couple of innings spent thinking, "this is great, Mike is dealing out there," followed by a long struggle to stay focused on game that you now have nothing to do with, until finally, there is the excitement and nervousness of watching your friend do something truly incredible as he gets the last three outs.

Diamondbacks - Giants game delayed by BEES

Thus ends Paul Goldschmidt's dream of becoming a gentleman bee farmer.

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