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Rays pounce on Tigers to take opening game of series  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Andriese outpitched Michael Fulmer, Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday night.  —  Andriese (1-), who had lost seven of nine decisions dating …
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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
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Miguel Cabrera's 34th birthday gifts: Loose back, solo home run  —  First baseman left Sunday's game vs. Indians with lower back tightness, but appears ready to start this series  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus received a text message from Miguel Cabrera Monday.
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.
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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Mark SaxonESPN / ESPN:   Pirates OF Starling Marte gets 80-game ban after positive PED test
Chris Cwik / Yahoo:
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs adjust rotation; Jon Lester not lined up to face Red Sox  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon on lineup, rotation changes and Jon Lester on April 19, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Chicago Cubs adjusted their rotation to its original format.
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Stats / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Giants face Royals in re-run of 2014 World Series  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals meet for the first time since their epic 2014 World Series.  —  The Giants open a two-game interleague series Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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ESPN:
Giants' Bruce Bochy undergoes heart procedure, will miss series in Kansas City
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
Discussion: South Side Sox and Pinstripe Alley
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals make do with two and ‘positive juju’  —  Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com  —  Cardinal infielder Jose Martinez is met in the dugout in the 5th inning after scoring the second run in on a double by Greg Garcia a 2-1 game against the Pirates on Tuesday, April 18 …
ABC News:
Braves could dig their new (launching) pad  —  The?  Atlanta Braves?play their first game in their new home, SunTrust Park, on Friday night as they host the San Diego Padres.  It almost seems like yesterday that the Braves were moving from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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Pete Blackburn / Fox Sports:
A dancing Braves fan became a jumbotron legend with one dazzling routine
Discussion: Talking Chop
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.
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
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.
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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