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6:50 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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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.
Discussion: NESN.com
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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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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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 …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and DRaysBay
Stephen Holder / Indianapolis Star:
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck discusses shoulder surgery for first time  —  INDIANAPOLIS - The most important right arm at Indianapolis Colts headquarters belongs to Andrew Luck.  So, it was only fitting that he alone be allowed to decide whether it be subjected to surgery.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Save Ruined Relief Pitching.  The Goose Egg Can Fix It.  —  Hall of Fame relief pitcher Richard “Goose” Gossage isn't the biggest fan of the “Moneyball” revolution.  Here at FiveThirtyEight, we don't think his expletive-laced tirades about nerds ruining baseball have always found their target the way his fastballs once did.
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 …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates Acquire Johnny Barbato From Yankees  —  The Yankees announced that they've traded right-hander Johnny Barbato to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.  Barbato was designated for assignment by the Yankees last week.  THe Bucs entered the day with a pair …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Notes: Baseball games were not meant to end in ties  —  I generally am not a fan of media-on-media commentary, writers opining on other writers' ideas.  It strikes me as too clubby, and less interesting than an original take, even the hottest of the hot.  —  In this case, though, I'm making an exception.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and New York Post
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
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.
 
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