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10:00 AM ET, April 21, 2017

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MLB.com:
Phils strike early vs. Thor, take set from Mets  —  NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard looked unhittable in the first inning Thursday night at Citi Field.  —  He struck out the side on 14 pitches, flashing his 100-mph fastball.  It looked like a long night ahead for the Phillies …
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Phillies, Braves still stuck at bottom of NL East  —  PHILADELPHIA — The National League East bottom-feeders from 2016 haven't really done much in the first 2 1/2 weeks of 2017 to prove they won't be there again.  —  The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves open a three-game set …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Associated Press:
Bruce powers Mets past Phillies 5-4 to stop 4-game slide … NEW YORK — Those pointed boos last summer at Citi Field have turned into a chorus of “Bruuuuce!”  —  Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs , including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning that sent the New York Mets …
Fred Kerber / New York Post:   A Jay Bruce tour de force blasts away Mets' pain
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias could be placed on 7-day concussion DL  —  The Detroit Tigers were swept in St. Petersburg by the Tampa Bay Rays.  Anthony Fenech breaks it all down.  Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press  —  CONNECT  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Some 12 hours after taking a knee …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Fox Sports
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Sources: Tigers to call up Joe Jimenez, put Jose Iglesias on DL  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Detroit Tigers are expected to place shortstop Jose Iglesias on the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday and call up top prospect reliever Joe Jimenez from Triple-A Toledo, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
Greg Auman / UPI:
Tampa Bay Rays edge Detroit Tigers on wild final play in ninth inning  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On a night where defensive miscues hurt both teams, the Detroit Tigers made the last mistake with a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a wild 8-7 victory Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Ausmus: Upton (forearm) likely done for Tigers-Rays series
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
David Freese, World Series hero, finds greater triumph in depression battle  —  ST. LOUIS - The World Series ring sits just a couple of miles away, in a bank security deposit box, but David Freese hasn't even seen it, let alone worn it, in five years.  —  The World Series MVP trophy …
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Associated Press:   Fowler, Leake lead Cardinals past Marte-less Pirates 2-1
Bucky Dent / UPI:   Mike Leake, St. Louis Cardinals shut down Pittsburgh Pirates
Jack McCarthy / UPI:
Chicago Cubs storm past Milwaukee Brewers, snap four-game slide  —  CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs played more like the reigning World Series champions on Tuesday.  —  Chicago pounded out 14 hits — including homers from Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero — while rallying to a 9-7 victory …
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Ryan Davis / The Cheat SheetStocks:
5 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Will Repeat in 2017
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Peralta goes to DL; Carpenter at 3B ‘an option’  —  St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta misplays a ground ball off the bat of Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez for an error in the sixth inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Peralta finds playing time scarce as Cards turn to Garcia and Gyorko
UPI:
Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw rips Colorado Rockies' Tyler Anderson for pregame walk  —  Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw expressed his displeasure at the “disrespectful” actions of Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson at the start of the Wednesday's game.
Discussion: Deadspin
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Tom Pelissero / USA Today:
DeShone Kizer: I can be greatest quarterback ever to play in NFL  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. - DeShone Kizer paused the video and rattled off everything that would have to be perfect for him to run the play as called in Notre Dame's opener last season against Texas.
Barry Horn / Dallas Morning News:
Tony Romo will call two Dallas Cowboys games this season with CBS  —  Tony Romo will have to wait until Nov. 5 to work his first Cowboys game.  As CBS' lead analyst, the rookie broadcaster will be alongside veteran play-by-play voice Jim Nantz when the Kansas City Chiefs visit AT&T Stadium in a nationally televised 3:25 p.m. game.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
How is free swinger Eric Thames crushing his second act?  —  Here is a myopically male perspective: In life, there is a natural progression from youthful aggression to the patience of maturity.  In fact, it could be argued that those are the defining traits of those particular phases of life.
Discussion: Minor League Ball
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Max Gelman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Preview: Cardinals at Brewers
R.J. Anderson / CBSSports.com:
Rangers' early struggles have more to do with their lineup than their closer situation  —  Texas' lineup has been worse than the overall numbers suggest  —  The Texas Rangers, 5-9 and last in the American League West, are not where they wanted to be nearing May.
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Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers in need of turnaround after rough road trip out West
 
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Phillies call up pitching prospect Ben Lively; paternity leave for Pat Neshek
Discussion: Minor League Ball
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