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1:45 PM ET, April 20, 2017

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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Peralta finds playing time scarce as Cards turn to Garcia and Gyorko  —  Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com  —  The wrong turn the Cardinals took on their most recent road trip spurred some changes to the lineup that put third baseman Jhonny Peralta in the backseat …
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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
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals make do with two and ‘positive juju’
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Viva El Birdos
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
Discussion: Twinkie Town and MLB Trade Rumors
Brian Hall / UPI:
Cleveland Indians finding groove, rout Minnesota Twins
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Jay Bruce carries Mets with pair of homers, 5 RBIs to beat Phillies … The rumble in the stands would not cease.  The drizzle had thinned out the crowd on a chilly Wednesday night and Citi Field sat only a quarter full.  But the noise was enough for Jay Bruce to sense in the dugout.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Chris Iseman / NorthJersey.com:   Bruce hits 2 homers to lift Mets past Phillies
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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Keuchel, Reddick lead Astros to 5-1 win over Angels
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.”
Discussion: ESPN, Purple Row and True Blue LA
Corey Seidman / CSN Philly:
Phillies call up pitching prospect Ben Lively; paternity leave for Pat Neshek  —  Another Phillies pitching prospect is on his way to The Show.  —  Right-hander Ben Lively, who is 12-6 with a 3.15 ERA and 0.93 WHIP for Lehigh Valley since the start of 2016, was recalled from Triple A.
Discussion: Minor League Ball
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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs adjust rotation; Jon Lester not lined up to face Red Sox
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 …
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 …
Nick Wass / Washington Post:
Redskins to host first Thanksgiving game in franchise history  —  For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Redskins will host a Thanksgiving Day game.  The New York Giants come to FedEx Field on Nov. 23, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
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
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.
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.
Discussion: DRaysBay and Bless You Boys
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Associated Press:
Rays pounce on Tigers to take opening game of series
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports and DRaysBay
 
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