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9:05 PM ET, April 18, 2017

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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Starling Marte Suspended 80 Games For Positive PED Test  —  Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games due to a positive PED test, the league announced.  Marte tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid.  As per Major League Baseball's PED policy …
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Chris Cwik / Yahoo:
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs
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Warren Mayes / Yahoo Sports:
Lynn, Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1
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Matt Gelb / Philly.com:
Phillies' Buchholz undergoes surgery, his season likely over  —  NEW YORK — The Phillies wagered a $13.5 million risk on Clay Buchholz, and it appears the return will be limited to two starts and a 12.27 ERA.  —  Buchholz underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right arm.
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Clay Buchholz To Miss 4-6 Months After Flexor Tendon Surgery  —  Clay Buchholz underwent surgery to fix a torn flexor pronator mass in his right forearm, the Phillies announced.  CSNNE's Jared Carrabis reported last night that the Phillies right-hander had decided upon surgery to fix his injury.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Sign Blaine Boyer To Minors Contract  —  The Red Sox have signed veteran right-hander Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal, as per the official Twitter feed of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.  Boyer is represented by Aegis Sports.  —  Should Boyer make it to Boston's MLB roster …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals straggle home after Bronx beatdown  —  St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter (13) has his cut finger taped by trainer Adam Olsen as manager Mike Matheny (22) looks on during Sunday's game.  (AP Photo)  —  NEW YORK  • One of the concerns manager Mike Matheny described Sunday …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Baltimore Orioles need to boost their farm system before it's too late  —  The Orioles soon will be at a crossroads - they could lose right-hander Chris Tillman to free agency after this season and third baseman Manny Machado, center fielder Adam Jones and closer Zach Britton after 2018.
Associated Press:
Report: MLB umpires may soon take to mic to explain replays  —  Adrian Gonzalez dives headfirst into home, seems to beat the tag by Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, but is called out.  —  “Safe!” shout fans at Dodger Stadium who see replays on the board.  —  Umpires go to their headsets …
ESPN:
Giants' Bruce Bochy undergoes heart procedure, will miss series in Kansas City  —  SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has undergone a minor heart procedure and will miss the team's two-game series in Kansas City this week, the team announced Tuesday.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Dan Hayes / CSN Chicago:
White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana addresses the trade rumors yet again  —  NEW YORK — About the only thing Jose Quintana wasn't asked on Monday by the New York media is whether or not he's a fan of pinstripes.  —  Constantly mentioned in New York Yankees trade rumors this offseason …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs Q&A: Ben Zobrist vs. Albert Almora Jr., bullpen woes, Jose Quintana and more  —  Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discusses his increased amount of playing time for the 2017 season on Friday, April 7, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Blake Snell still mixing good, bad in starts  —  BOSTON — This was about the best thing you could say about second-year LHP Blake Snell's start in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox:  —  “Still some good, still some not so good,” manager Kevin Cash said.  —  “The pitch count is the thing.
Rob DemovskyESPN / ESPN:
Less golf means more time for Aaron Rodgers to get in ‘the best shape’  —  GREEN BAY, Wis. — Last year, it was cheese (and other dairy products).  This year, Aaron Rodgers has cut back on his golf.  —  The Green Bay Packers quarterback made both decisions with one thing in mind …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and Fox Sports
 
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