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5:45 PM ET, April 19, 2017

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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 …
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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'
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera day-to-day with back injury
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs headed toward another decision on Tommy La Stella and Matt Szczur  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon on lineup, rotation changes and Jon Lester on April 19, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Less than one month after finalizing their opening day roster …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs adjust rotation; Jon Lester not lined up to face Red Sox
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs address Hall of Fame controversy, World Series ring agreements
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
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Mookie Betts: The Babe Ruth of not striking out  —  In the seventh inning Tuesday night, Boston Red Sox All-Star Mookie Betts lashed a hanging breaking ball from reliever Joe Smith into the second deck at Rogers Centre, his first home run of a season that may once again conclude …
Discussion: Fox Sports
Alex Butler / UPI:
Phillies' Buchholz having surgery Tuesday, could miss five months  —  Right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz will go under the knife Tuesday to repair a partial tear in his flexor pronator mass.  —  An unnamed source told Barstool Sports that the Philadelphia Phillies' starter will need about three …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and MLB Daily Dish
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Matt Gelb / Philly.com:
Phillies' Buchholz undergoes surgery, his season likely over
Brian Hall / UPI:
Cleveland Indians finding groove, rout Minnesota Twins  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians are starting to resemble the team that took the American League by storm last year and advanced to Game 7 of the World Series.  —  Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers …
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.
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ESPN:
Country boy Jay Bruce finding comfort in Big Apple
Discussion: FanRag 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:
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.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Hector Rondon still adjusting to a change in his delivery  —  Chicago Tribune  —  After watching Hector Rondon struggle for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, the Chicago Cubs believe they've corrected the former closer's flaws.  —  Rondon strengthened his cause by pitching …
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
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:
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
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
Michael Cohen / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Packers' ‘evolving’ offense intrigues Rodgers  —  GREEN BAY - Even with four months to go before the start of the regular season, three months until training camp and four long weeks before their first organized team activities, the Green Bay Packers have begun to dream about an offense with destructive potential.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
 
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George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Alex Avila's second Tigers stint starts with a few bangs at plate
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
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BAR: A hot start that'll be hard to keep up
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Proud brother J.J. Watt says T.J. Watt ahead of him at same stage
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Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Like every season, Detroit Tigers' bullpen the obstacle to success
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