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Associated Press:
Indians-Twins rained out in advance; makeup date is June 17  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rain gave the Minnesota Twins a reprieve from their three-game losing streak.  They caught a break with Cleveland's rearranged rotation, too.  —  The Twins will take what they can get.
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ESPN:
Brian Dozier sees a plan in every puzzle  —  Brian Dozier's inquisitive side can take him in some interesting directions.  —  Several years ago, he saw a YouTube video of an Australian teenager who set the Rubik's Cube world record by solving it in less than 10 seconds.
Discussion: Twinkie Town and MLB Trade Rumors
Brian Hall / UPI:
Cleveland Indians finding groove, rout Minnesota Twins
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Angels in the outfield struggle in 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros  —  The Angels played an usually high number of spring-training games this year, 34, and young power hitter Jefry Marte started 20 of them.  But they did not manage to get him even one inning in left field all spring, after testing him there to poor results last season.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Keuchel, Reddick lead Astros to 5-1 win over Angels  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel threw seven solid innings, Josh Reddick finished a single shy of the cycle and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Wednesday night.  —  Keuchel (3-0) allowed one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Clayton Kershaw rips Rockies' Tyler Anderson after Dodgers' 4-2 win  —  As Dave Roberts spoke with reporters Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers had played 15 games this season.  They had 147 to play, and yet the Dodgers manager actually used the words “must win.”
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Associated Press:
Arenado hits 2 home runs, Rockies hold off Dodgers 4-3
Discussion: True Blue LA
CSNNE.com:
Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello looks to get back on track  —  Dustin Pedroia's back in the lineup after a day off and Eduardo Rodriguez is back with the team after a short paternity leave.  —  Now the Red Sox hope Rick Porcello is back to form.  —  The defending American League Cy …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs headed toward another decision on Tommy La Stella and Matt Szczur
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs adjust rotation; Jon Lester not lined up to face Red Sox
Bucky Dent / UPI:
Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler fuel St. Louis Cardinals in sweep of Pittsburgh Pirates  —  ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter gave the Pittsburgh Pirates life in the eighth inning on Wednesday when he dropped a throw from pitcher Kevin Siegrist that allowed Francisco Cervelli to reach on what should have been an easy putout.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals make do with two and ‘positive juju’
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Viva El Birdos
Max Gelman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Preview: Cardinals at Brewers  —  CARDINALS AT MILWAUKEE  —  SCOUTING REPORT  • Coming off their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to face another division foe in a four-game series.  The starting pitching appears to be on a roll while the offense continues …
Chris Iseman / NorthJersey.com:
Bruce hits 2 homers to lift Mets past Phillies … CONNECT  —  NEW YORK - Jay Bruce twice brought Citi Field's crowd to its feet.  —  Bruce's first big swing came in the sixth inning, when he launched a three-run home run over the right-field wall to give the Mets a one-run lead.
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ESPN:
Country boy Jay Bruce finding comfort in Big Apple
Discussion: FanRag Sports
ESPN:
Ichiro Suzuki: Had to ‘pinch myself’ after ninth-inning HR at Safeco  —  In what could have been his final at-bat at Safeco Field, longtime Mariners and current Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki hit a home run in the ninth inning of a 10-5 loss in Seattle on Wednesday.
John Jackson / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Schwarber, Cubs rally past Brewers to snap 4-game skid  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Despite a large early deficit against a surging offense, Kyle Schwarber had little doubt the Chicago Cubs would rally.  —  “Crazier things have happened,” he said.  “I just think it shows the character of our team.
Discussion: ESPN and Brew Crew Ball
Douglas Hanks / miamiherald:
Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter teaming up in pursuit of Miami Marlins  —  Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter have joined forces in their bid to buy the Miami Marlins, according to sources familiar with the talks.  —  The former Florida governor and retired New York Yankees star once were rivals …
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana on his Jimmy Fallon segment: 'I'll keep pitching'  —  Jose Quintana and Rick Renteria on Quintana's appearance with Jimmy Fallon on the “Tonight Show.”  (Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana …
Associated Press:
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 …
Discussion: DRaysBay
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Miguel Cabrera's 34th birthday gifts: Loose back, solo home run
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers' J.D. Martinez in dugout vs. Rays; Ausmus: 'He's pretty close'
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.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
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Mark SaxonESPN / ESPN:   Pirates OF Starling Marte gets 80-game ban after positive PED test
 
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
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ABC News:
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