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Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers cruise to 7-2 win over Marlins but lose Justin Turner to hamstring injury  —  A relatively smooth ride through an eventual 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins took a troubling turn for the Dodgers on Thursday night when their best hitter, Justin Turner, left the game in the seventh inning because of a hamstring injury.
Discussion: Sporting News and FanRag Sports
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Place Justin Turner On 10-Day DL  —  6:22pm: Turner has only a Grade 1 strain and is expected to be ready within a “couple weeks,” Roberts told reporters including MLB.com's Ken Gurnick (via Twitter).  The club anticipates utilizing Logan Forsythe at times at third while Turner is out, the skipper added.
Associated Press:
Turner injures right hamstring, Dodgers beat Marlins 7-2
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Column Alex Wood has adapted well to an ever-changing Dodgers pitching staff
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jason Munz / Hattiesburg American:
Anthony Alford promoted to MLB by Blue Jays  —  Former Petal star Anthony Alford was called up to the big leagues by the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.  —  The 22-year-old outfielder was hitting .325 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in 33 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Toronto's AA affiliate.
Discussion: CBSSports.com and MLB Daily Dish
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays To Promote Anthony Alford
Discussion: Sportsnet.ca and FanRag Sports
Andrew Schmid / Fox Sports:
Toronto Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar for Two Games
Discussion: CBC News, USA Today and Outsports
ESPN:
Jays' Darrell Ceciliani injures shoulder, expected to go on DL
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
5 MLB stats we believe in: Early 2017 numbers that can be sustained  —  The one-quarter mark of the season, by now reached by a majority of clubs, traditionally serves as the first true barometer of team and individual performance.  —  No longer is the “small sample” caveat applied …
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Dave Sheinin / Washington Post:
The NL East is so bad, it's hard to tell if the Nationals are any good
Discussion: Federal Baseball
ESPN:
Who would say no? Dealing the Nationals a closer
Discussion: Royals Review
Associated Press:
Mets GM hoping increased communication helps remedy injury situation  —  NEW YORK — With a bundle of key players on the disabled list, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday the team is making some changes to the way it handles injuries.  —  Alderson is now meeting daily with the training staff …
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Notes: Injuries, Granderson, Rosario  —  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick takes a deep look at the Mets' medical procedures and protocols in the wake of their injury woes.  Crasnick notes on Twitter that he spent two weeks and conducted nearly 20 interviews for the piece, and the thoroughness …
Discussion: Newsday, New York Post and ESPN
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs to activate Jason Heyward from disabled list Saturday  —  Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward on his return to the team after a DL-stint.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  While playing for the Class A Rome (Ga.) Braves in 2008, Jason Heyward frequently ate at Applebee's.
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Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Weather permitting, Eddie Butler set to make his 2nd Cubs start
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates Claim Jhan Marinez  —  The Pirates have claimed righty Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Brewers, per a club announcement (h/t MLB.com's Adam Berry, on Twitter).  He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week.  —  Marinez, an out-of-options reliever, has scuffled early in 2017 …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Ausmus hopes dropping Nick Castellanos to 6th in Tigers' lineup will yield more production  —  Nick Castellanos' batting average doesn't tell the story.  —  Sure, he is hitting .224 early this season, a far cry from where many expected he would be at this point of the season.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Luis Robert watch kicks into high gear as Cuban outfielder eligible to sign Saturday  —  Luis Robert bats during a 2016 game in Pomona, New York.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox and Cardinals fans will be on high alert this weekend as Cuban outfielder Luis Robert becomes eligible to sign with a major-league organization.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ross moving closer to joining Rangers' rotation  —  DETROIT  —  Right-hander Tyson Ross could be just one more rehab start away from joining the Texas Rangers' rotation after tossing four innings Thursday in a start at extending spring training.  —  Ross is expected to start Tuesday …
Associated Press:
MLB: Braves hoping to quickly promote James Loney  —  Newly signed Atlanta Braves first baseman James Loney might have a short stay with triple-A Gwinnett.  —  The Braves signed the 33-year-old Loney to a minor league deal on Thursday after learning their top player, Freddie Freeman …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Gallo reaching, scoring for Rangers, just not collecting hits  —  DETROIT  —  Joey Gallo had a direct hand in one of the Texas Rangers' eight wins on their just-completed undefeated homestand, as he bounced a three-run walk-off homer off the right-field foul pole May 12.
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  Maybe some people, statistically speaking, thought Michael Fulmer had an off-night on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.  —  Buck Showalter is not one of them.  —  “I don't think anybody that faced him did,” the veteran Orioles manager said on Thursday.
Tampa Bay Times:
Monken: DeSean Jackson took the money and better be great  —  If you think the Bucs will pressure DeSean Jackson to live up to his contract, well, you're right on the money.  —  At least that's the message from offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken to the 30-year-old Jackson …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Anthony DeSclafani Cleared To Resume Throwing  —  Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani has been cleared to resume throwing, according to John Fay of WCPO.com (via Twitter).  DeSclafani has been out all year while resting a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.  —  While the initial hope …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
USA Today:
Orioles' Adam Jones on racist slurs at Fenway: 'It's point-blank disgusting'  —  Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent a message to those who have doubted that he was the target of racial slurs earlier this month at Fenway Park.  —  “This is not a sports debate show,” Jones wrote in The Players' Tribune on Friday.
Discussion: The Players' Tribune and SI.com
 
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