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8:50 AM ET, April 19, 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
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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
Mac Engel / The Charlotte Observer:
Rangers' problems extend beyond closer, but Dyson must be demoted  —  Rangers' manager Jeff Banister doesn't have to go United on Sam Dyson but one more blown save by his closer this month and Ray Davis himself may reallocate the pitcher to Double A.  —  One more blown save by Dyson this month …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Associated Press:   Rangers closer Sam Dyson to 10-day DL with bruised hand
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Like every season, Detroit Tigers' bullpen the obstacle to success  —  The bullpen woes speak to a decade-long frustration within the fan base.  Could things be looking up?  —  CONNECT  —  Anibal Sanchez shouldn't pitch for the Detroit Tigers if victory is within reach.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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.
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 …
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
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
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: Royals Review
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: MLB Daily Dish
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 …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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 …
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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