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Rangers' rough road trip ends Sunday against Jays (May 28, 2017)  —  TORONTO — The Texas Rangers will be happy to get home after they play the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre.  —  The road has not been kind to Texas.
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Jose Bautista's three-run blast sinks Yu Darvish, Rangers
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Jose Bautista rips one flat slider to beat Yu Darvish, Rangers
Larry Millson / UPI:   Jose Bautista blast keeps Toronto Blue Jays rolling, Texas Rangers reeling
ESPN:   Blue Jays' Anthony Alford out at least 4-6 weeks after injuring wrist
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Adrian Beltre rejoining Rangers after three positive rehab games
Marc Narducci /!
Phillies' Joseph turns his game around in May  —  On the last day of April, after the Phillies had suffered a 5-3 defeat in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr had some comforting words to then scuffling first baseman Tommy Joseph.  —  “I said it is a new month.
Stephen Pianovich / UPI:
Philadelphia Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds on Tommy Joseph's walk-off RBI … PHILADELPHIA - Teammates dumped a water cooler on Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph after his second walk-off hit in three days.  It might be the only thing that can cool down the first baseman this month.
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Philadelphia Phillies walk off Michael Lorenzen and the Cincinnati Reds  —  Baseball can be a frustrating game that way, where everything can seem to go as it's supposed to right until it doesn't.  Lorenzen's season to date is a good example.  The Enquirer/Zach Buchanan  —  CONNECT
Aaron Bracy / Associated Press:
Joseph's hit sends Phillies past Reds 4-3
Tom Haudricourt / Wausau Daily Herald:
Greinke trade was huge deal involving many other teams  —  Arizona's Zack Greinke, who pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park, was a central figure in one of the biggest trades in Milwaukee history.  —  In terms of the players involved, it was a trade that kept giving.
Jim Ingraham / UPI:NEW!
Alcides Escobar's two-run double helps Kansas City Royals beat Cleveland Indians  —  CLEVELAND — Four batters into the game, there was one out and two ejections, one of which was the 40th of Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost's career.  —  “Forty?  I didn't know that,” Yost said.
Blair Kerkhoff / Kansas City Star:
Short-handed by ejections, Royals still race past Indians 5-2
Discussion: Royals Review
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Buck Farmer strikes out 11 as offense wakes up in Tigers' 4-3 win over White Sox  —  In this May 26, 2017 episode of “Talkin' Tigers,” Anthony Fenech talks with Tigers reliever Alex Wilson about beards, bullpens and more.  Subscribe in iTunes or on Google Play.  —  CONNECT  —  CHICAGO - The buck stopped here.
Chicago White Sox sign prized Cuban prospect Luis Robert with $26M bonus … The Chicago White Sox signed free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor league contract, including a $26-million signing bonus, the team announced Saturday.  —  Robert, 19, has played the last four seasons …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:   5 Key Stories: 5/20/17 - 5/26/17  —  Here are the biggest stories from this week at MLBTR.
Charlotte Knights / The Charlotte Observer:   Bountiful May gives Charlotte Knights outfielder a shot with Chicago White Sox
Mike Shalin / UPI:NEW!
Boston Red Sox's Brian Johnson blanks Seattle Mariners in complete game shutout  —  BOSTON — Young left-hander Brian Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Saturday's game.  —  But before he left, ending his second brief stay in the major leagues in 2017, he left a mark …
Fox Sports:NEW!
Porcello takes hill as Red Sox pursue sweep of Mariners (May 28, 2017)  —  BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are hot.  —  The Seattle Mariners are not.  —  On Sunday, the Red Sox, who have won six in a row, including the first two games of the weekend series with the Mariners …
Fox Sports:NEW!
Marlins brace for Angels, hot Shoemaker (May 28, 2017)  —  MIAMI — The Miami Marlins (17-30) will run into a hot pitcher in Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels (26-26).  —  Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (4-2) has won three straight starts, beating the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.
The Charlotte Observer:
Trout beats Fish: His 16th homer helps Angels past Miami 5-2
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Halos Heaven
Fox Sports:NEW!
Pineda goes for Yankees in rubber match vs. A's (May 28, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are winning games, they're just not scoring in bunches recently.  —  Despite scoring 17 runs in their last six games the Yankees have four wins and can notch another series win Sunday afternoon …
Fox Sports:   Yankees held hitless into 6th by Cotton, but beat A's 3-2 (May 27, 2017)
Fox Sports:NEW!
Dozier hopes to lead Twins to series win vs. Rays (May 28, 2017)  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier had just finished off a big win for the Minnesota Twins on Saturday with a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.  —  Dozier said winning Saturday — after losing to the Tampa Bay Rays …
Associated Press:   Dozier's 2-run shot in 8th spurs Twins to 5-3 win over Rays
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jim Bunning Passes Away  —  Hall of Fame pitcher and former US Senator Jim Bunning has passed away, the Phillies have announced.  He was 85 and had suffered a stroke last fall.  —  Bunning was born in Southgate, Kentucky, outside Cincinnati, and attended a Cincinnati high school and Xavier University.
Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning dies at age 85
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Andrew Wagner / UPI:
Milwaukee Brewers' Chase Anderson shuts down Arizona Diamondbacks  —  MILWAUKEE — After a rough week, the Milwaukee Brewers desperately needed something good to happen Saturday afternoon and Chase Anderson was more than happy to provide it.  —  Anderson threw seven innings of no-hit ball …
Arizona Republic:
Bullpen session goes smoothly for D-Backs' Walker
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs rookie Ian Happ making adjustments at the plate and in the field  —  Ian Happ discusses Joe Maddon's decision to play him at second base for a game Saturday, May 27, 2017, against the Dodgers.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs rookie Ian Happ saw a lot …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs' Ian Happ starts at second base against Dodgers
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Claim Peter O'Brien  —  The Rangers have claimed 1B/OF Peter O'Brien from the Reds, the two clubs have announced.  To clear space on their 40-man roster, the Rangers have moved righty Tyson Ross to the 60-day DL.  They've optioned O'Brien to Triple-A Round Rock.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers add outfielder/first baseman Peter O'Brien to minor leagues
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
David Wright still battling to return on one-year anniversary of his last game  —  PITTSBURGH - Saturday was an anniversary that no one in the Mets organization wanted to acknowledge.  The front office talked around it and Terry Collins said it just made him sad.  Jose Reyes was shocked.
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Sources: Mets ownership still supports Terry Collins — for now
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:NEW!
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes shut down until at least Tuesday after experiencing quad soreness  —  PITTSBURGH — Yoenis Cespedes, who played in his first rehab game on Friday night, was scratched Saturday after he experienced soreness in his right quad while running the bases the night before.
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Scott Boras says Jake Arrieta still elite despite fastball velocity drop  —  LOS ANGELES — Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, pushed back on the notion Arrieta isn't an elite pitcher just because his fastball velocity has dropped this year, while also insisting it's …
David Driver / UPI:
Stephen Strasburg dazzles, racks up 15 Ks in Washington Nationals' 3-0 win  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg entered this season with the goal of going deeper into games and limiting his pitch count, with an objective of getting quick outs on groundballs.  —  With that in mind he now throws …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Roger Rubin / UPI:
Houston Astros may finally have what it takes to win World Series  —  The Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 in the first game of three-game series on Friday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  With a win in one of the next two home games, they will have captured 13 of their first 16 series.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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