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12:15 PM ET, April 19, 2017

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Starling Marte exits after PED bust, Pirates, McCutchen aim to salvage '17  —  ST. LOUIS - The Pittsburgh Pirate clubhouse was quiet Tuesday afternoon, with no music, no laughter, little chatter, just players inwardly pondering their thoughts and feelings toward a teammate.
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Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers reaction goes Rashomon to explain baffling Yu Darvish night  —  OAKLAND  —  What exactly went down Tuesday night in Oakland?  Yu Darvish dominated the Oakland A's for five innings, allowing one hit in the process.  He threw just 56 pitches and faced the minimum in the stretch.
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Mac Engel / The Charlotte Observer:
Rangers' problems extend beyond closer, but Dyson must be demoted
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:   Rangers closer Sam Dyson to 10-day DL with bruised hand
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.
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Giants face Royals in re-run of 2014 World Series
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Jacob May takes ‘deep breath’ while seeking first White Sox hit  —  White Sox center fielder Jacob May lays down a sacrifice run-scoring bunt against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Fieldon April 6, 2017.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox rookie Jacob May took an interest Monday afternoon …
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Dan Hayes / CSN Chicago:
White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana addresses the trade rumors yet again
Aaron Wilson / Houston Chronicle:
Proud brother J.J. Watt says T.J. Watt ahead of him at same stage  —  Beaming with the pride of an older brother, Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt proclaimed that his not-so little brother, Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt, is even better than he was at this same stage of their development.
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and FanRag Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' J.D. Martinez in dugout vs. Rays; Ausmus: 'He's pretty close'  —  Ailing rightfielder seeing specialist for right foot in Lakeland, scheduled to hit at Tropicana Field Wednesday  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - J.D. Martinez has a locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field.
Associated Press:
Reyes' error helps Phillies beat scuffling Mets 6-2 in 10 … NEW YORK — Cameron Rupp drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly and the Philadelphia Phillies scored four times in the 10th inning to beat the scuffling New York Mets 6-2 on Tuesday night.
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera day-to-day with back injury  —  It's unclear if first baseman will be available as Tigers head to Florida to play the Tampa Bay Rays; he plans to get treatment on today's day off  —  Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hopes to play Tuesday when the team opens …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Associated Press:
Arenado hits 2 home runs, Rockies hold off Dodgers 4-3  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nolan Arenado went home to work on his swing, and it paid off in a big way.  —  Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story also connected and the Colorado Rockies held off the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Tuesday night.
ESPN:
What is the new .300?  How to read a 21st century baseball card  —  The legend goes that Cap Anson, asked what he'd like his tombstone to say, replied, “I guess one line will be enough: ‘Here lies a man that batted .300.’”  —  There are three reasons we care, for our purposes today, about Anson's response.
Discussion: Purple Row
Bill Baer / NBCSports.com:
Phillies place Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list  —  The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club placed outfielder Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right abdominal strain, retroactive to April 16.  The Phillies called up pitcher Mark Leiter from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Discussion: Phillies Nation and MLB Daily Dish
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs address Hall of Fame controversy, World Series ring agreements  —  Photos of the rings the Cubs received to commemorate their 2016 World Series championship.  —  The spoils of victory from the Cubs' 2016 title have made as much news as the players themselves over the first two weeks of the new season.
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
 
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