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9:00 PM ET, August 16, 2018


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Paul Newberry / Associated Press:
Commentary: Jose Urena plunked Ronald Acuna Jr. He should be suspended for the rest of the season.  —  Ronald Acuna Jr. is good for baseball.  —  Jose Urena and his defenders are not.  —  Jose, take the rest of the season off.  —  And while you're at it, take Keith Hernandez with you.
Ronald Acuna Jr. day-to-day as CT scan on elbow normal  —  A CT scan performed Wednesday night on Ronald Acuna Jr.'s left elbow came back normal and the rookie outfielder is considered day-to-day, the Atlanta Braves announced Thursday.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS  —  Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Charles Odum / Toronto Sun:   Swanson fills void after Acuna's exit as Braves top Marlins
Dayn Perry /
Benches clear after Marlins drill Braves rookie Ronald Acuna to open series finale in Atlanta
Matt Snyder /
After hitting Braves' Ronald Acuna, Marlins pitcher faces backlash and says it was accidental
Toronto Sun:   Red-hot Acuna questionable as Braves await Rockies
Rob Tornoe /
Today's first Phillies-Mets game available only on Facebook  —  If you were hoping to watch Phillies take on the New York Mets on television this afternoon, good luck finding the game.  —  For the fourth time this season, fans hoping to watch the Phillies will have to log onto Facebook.
Matt Breen /   Why new Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos is called ‘The Buffalo’ | Extra Innings
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
New addition Wilson Ramos rallies Phillies past Red Sox in debut
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Ball hits Brandon Nimmo's finger; X-rays come back negative  —  New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo left Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after a fastball hit his bat and his left hand in the third inning.  —  X-rays on Nimmo's left index finger came back negative.
Daily Record:
Examining the Mets' strong night against the Orioles
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and
Scott Stinson / Toronto Sun:
Yankees and Red Sox's absurd spending habits will make it even tougher to rebuild the Blue Jays  —  Scott Stinson: Those two teams are already miles better — and they operate with a fearlessness that the Blue Jays' front office simply does not  —  The Toronto Blue Jays began their season …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Associated Press:   Yankees load bases in ninth with no outs but come up empty in yet another lifeless loss to Rays
Toronto Sun:   Yankees go for 13th straight home series win over Rays
Associated Press:
Rangers' Adrian Beltre still sidelined by hamstring injury  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is still out of the lineup because of his troublesome left hamstring, but remains on the active roster.  —  Beltre said before the Rangers' game Thursday …
Ben Pope /
Phillies prospect Andrew Brown adding improved curveball to stellar fastball in Lakewood  —  LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Andrew Brown already has a 95-mph fastball and a change-up that Lakewood manager Marty Malloy describes as “really good.”  —  He has worked all season on improving his curveball consistency …
Ben Pope /   Recovery from wrist injury made Phillies prospect Jake Scheiner better than ever
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
If the Cubs win the NL Central, which team would they least like to face in the playoffs?  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon, Kyle Hendricks, Anthony Rizzo, Albert Almora Jr. and Jason Heyward discuss the Cubs' 8-4 win against the Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   3 things we learned from the Cubs-Brewers series
Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:20 minutes ago
White Sox's Daniel Palka 'isn't afraid to fail' in big moments  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Daniel Palka was asked during an MLB Network interview about the moment it clicked in his head that he belonged in the big leagues, and the White Sox slugger thought about his first game after getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte.
Aj MassEspn / ESPN:
Potential September prospect call-ups you should add today  —  We're about two weeks from the end of August.  Once the calendar page turns, MLB teams have the option to expand their rosters.  Now, few teams will increase their clubhouse numbers to the maximum 40 players, and most will add only a handful of new faces to the mix.
Steve Dilbeck / Associated Press:
Dozier ends Dodgers' skid with RBI in 12th against Giants  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) It was looking all too familiar to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Another lead lost, another reliever buckling in a big moment.  —  Only this time, after San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit …
Ryan Ford / Arizona Republic:
Tigers' Victor Martinez ‘pretty sure’ he will retire after this season  —  Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez seems ready to retire, once the 2018 season comes to an end.  —  “I'm pretty sure this is gonna be it,” Martinez told Fox Sports Detroit and a group of media …
Who's indispensable for contenders down the stretch?  —  Which players in baseball are most important for their teams down the stretch?  This answer is trickier than simply picking the best players in baseball, because as we head toward the final quarter of the season, half of the league is practically …
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Cubs outfielder Terrance Gore expected in Chicago soon  —  Triple-A baseball came to Des Moines in 1968 with the Iowa Oaks, and the Iowa Cubs have carried the torch since 1982.  Here's a collection of some of the biggest names and best players during that time.  Mark Marturello and Michael Zamora/The Register
Rob Maaddi / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Bautista drives in 7, Mets set record in 24-4 win over Phils  —  Jose Bautista hit a grand slam and had a career-high seven RBIs and the  —  New York Mets set a franchise record for runs, forcing the  —  Phillies to use two position players for the final three innings of a 24-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
Discussion: The Good Phight
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
While waiting for Michael Kopech's White Sox call-up, preview his ‘E:60’ profile  —  Photos of the White Sox pitcher and the No. 10-ranked prospect by Baseball America.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox minor-league pitching sensation Michael Kopech is set to receive ESPN2's “E:60” treatment this weekend.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres Release Phil Hughes
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Mets ace Jacob deGrom is 7-7. He could win the Cy Young award
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Acquire International Bonus Pool Space From Rangers
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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New York Daily News:
David Wright still looking for first hit after latest rehab game, but Mets captain seeing progress
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