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12:15 PM ET, April 17, 2017

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Ian Harrison / Yahoo Sports:
Mancini homers twice again, Orioles rout Blue Jays 11-4  —  TORONTO (AP) — Trey Mancini hit two home runs, Dylan Bundy pitched six shutout innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Sunday.  —  Mancini connected twice for the second time in three games.
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Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Send Aaron Sanchez To 10-Day DL  —  Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is headed to the disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, according to the team.  Toronto has recalled left-hander Matt Dermody from Triple-A to take Sanchez's roster spot.
ESPN:
Orioles put closer Zach Britton on DL with forearm soreness  —  The Baltimore Orioles placed star closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm soreness, manager Buck Showalter announced Sunday.  —  Britton said there are no plans to undergo an MRI.
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction from Sunday's 8-7 loss  —  SEATTLE  —  The Texas Rangers are 4-8 for the first time since 2006, before the Ron Washington Era began.  They could easily be 8-4.  They could be 10-2.  —  But they aren't.  They are playing .333 ball after two weeks.
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' bats frozen again in loss to Mariners
Doug PadillaESPN / ESPN:
Jackie Robinson statue unveiled at Dodger Stadium  —  LOS ANGELES — Everything was perfectly placed Saturday, when it came to the Jackie Robinson statue the Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled at Dodger Stadium.  —  Presented on Jackie Robinson Day, the bronze sculpture with a granite base honored …
Discussion: Call to the Pen
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Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Yankees' Prospects Hinge on Those Who Have Earned Their Stripes  —  This is supposed to be the year of the youth movement at Yankee Stadium: actual young players in the lineup, budding stars on the farm, a long-overdue children's play area at the park.  The Class AAA team even sells an officially licensed …
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Ben Walker / Yahoo Sports:
Martinez crazy wild, Yanks top Cards 3-2 for 6th win in row
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Blister again forces Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill to leave game early  —  Dodgers starter Rich Hill follows through on a pitch against the Diamondbacks during the first inning Sunday.  (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)  —  Rich Hill's blister popped up again.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays Tales: Scenes from 2013 Boston Marathon bombing  —  What the team witnessed  —  Being guests for Boston Marathon weekend usually just means dealing with the hassles of crowded hotels and restaurants, the annoying reality of seeing so many people in such better shape …
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Yahoo Sports:
Harper's homer in 9th, 2nd of day, lifts Nats over Phils 6-4  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the third inning and a game-ending, three-run drive with two outs in the ninth, leading the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Sunday.
Steve Herrick / Yahoo Sports:
Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win  —  CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three from the AL champions.
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Let's Go Tribe
Zach Buchanan / Cincinnati.com:
Reds bullpen comes up big again, but at what cost?  —  The Cincinnati Reds always planned to do new and fancy things with their bullpen this year, and touted the versatility and compatibility of their relief pitchers all through spring training.  —  But things are getting ridiculous.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Place Zach Britton On 10-Day DL  —  The Orioles have placed superstar closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm strain, reports Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.  Right-hander Stefan Crichton will take Britton's roster spot, per Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com (Twitter links).
 
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