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11:05 AM ET, April 21, 2017

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Marc Carig / Newsday:
Yoenis Cespedes leaves with hamstring cramp as Mets lose for fifth time in six games  —  Yoenis Cespedes hobbled across the clubhouse late Thursday night, his left hamstring wrapped tightly in a bandage.  The Mets called it a cramp.  He likened the sensation to a “shock,” one that could sideline him for two or three days.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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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 …
Stats / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Phillies, Braves still stuck at bottom of NL East
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Fred Kerber / New York Post:   A Jay Bruce tour de force blasts away Mets' pain
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.
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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
Greg Auman / UPI:
Tampa Bay Rays edge Detroit Tigers on wild final play in ninth inning
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
ESPN:
Cubs World Series title rings doing big business for Jostens  —  Chicago Cubs fans continue to prove they can't get enough championship gear — even the most expensive type.  —  Jostens started selling World Series Champion jewelry, including rings, on April 12, and in the first full week of sales …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
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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 …
Ryan Davis / The Cheat SheetStocks:
5 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Will Repeat in 2017
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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
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
James Kratch / New Jersey Online:
Giants' Weston Richburg reveals he played through injury for entire 2016 season  —  EAST RUTHERFORD — While his quarterback was discussing his legal woes a few feet away, Giants center Weston Richburg dropped some surprising news of his own.  —  Richburg revealed Thursday during a break …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and FanRag Sports
WhiteSoxTalk / CSN Chicago:
Preview: White Sox welcome Indians to town tonight on CSN Plus  —  The White Sox take on the Cleveland Indians tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN Plus and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.  —  Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Source: Cuban OF Robert cleared to sign May 20  —  The top prospect in Cuba is one step closer to fulfilling his big league dream.  —  Top Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert, 19, was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on Thursday, according to a source.
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
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers in need of turnaround after rough road trip out West  —  OAKLAND  —  A flock of seagulls swarmed Oakland Coliseum late Wednesday afternoon, swooping down into the empty stands to scavenge on the remnants left from the game that had come to a merciful end an hour before.
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R.J. Anderson / CBSSports.com:   Rangers' early struggles have more to do with their lineup than their closer situation
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
 
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Barry Horn / Dallas Morning News:
Tony Romo will call two Dallas Cowboys games this season with CBS
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero makes most of limited playing time
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Corey Seidman / CSN Philly:
Phillies call up pitching prospect Ben Lively; paternity leave for Pat Neshek
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Matt Snyder / CBSSports.com:
MLB Power Rankings: Blue Jays and Cardinals dig a hole and there's a new No. 1
Nick Wass / Washington Post:
Redskins to host first Thanksgiving game in franchise history
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