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3:55 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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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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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 …
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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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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
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 …
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: DRaysBay
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.
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.
 
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