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6:05 AM ET, April 26, 2019


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Associated Press:
Lester solid in return, but Dodgers get past Cubs 2-1  —  CHICAGO — Although it wasn't enough to keep the Cubs rolling, Jon Lester was pleased with his first outing in more than two weeks.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers spoiled the veteran left-hander's return to the rotation by scoring …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Epstein: ‘No finish line’ on Russell return to Cubs  —  Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said the team will go “day to day” and wait to make a determination on suspended shortstop Addison Russell after he plays his seven rehab games in the minors.  —  The Cubs could simply keep Russell …
Scott Boeck / Arizona Republic:
Cubs closer Pedro Strop earns save after his car was stolen  —  Chicago Cubs closer Pedro Strop earned his third save of the season Wednesday night while police were in pursuit of his stolen car.  —  Strop had his car stolen earlier in the day before the Cubs hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs' Strop loses car, gets save on ‘crazy day’
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Second-chance Yankees are doing their job, time for the veterans to do theirs too  —  ANAHEIM — The kids are all right, but the Yankees need their expected leaders to get on board.  For the second straight night, a veteran starter put the Bombers in a hole.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Miguel Andujar expected to participate in extended spring training Friday  —  ANAHEIM — Miguel Andujar is expected to be testing his right shoulder in an extended spring training game on Friday.  The Yankees' third baseman is trying to avoid season-ending surgery on his right labrum.
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Fletcher drives in 5 as Angels rally past Yankees
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals-Angels series preview, probable pitchers: Duffy to pitch opener of homestand
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Tyler Wade makes up for baserunning blunder and scores the winning run as Yankees rally to keep win streak alive
Associated Press:
Greinke leads Diamondbacks past Pirates for 4-game sweep  —  PITTSBURGH — Zack Greinke did a little bit of everything on Thursday, holding the Pirates to two hits over seven innings and adding a big hit of his own to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory and a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh.
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
Mark Faller / Arizona Republic:   Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks sweep Pittsburgh Pirates to finish 8-2 road trip
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
After the Cubs staff turns it around, Theo Epstein praises his pitchers' resiliency  —  Photos from the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on April 25, 2019 at Wrigley Field.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  When discussing his pitchers' recent resurgence, Cubs President Theo Epstein maintained …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Addison Russell's return to the Cubs is not guaranteed
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Addison Russell could be back with the Cubs on May 3.  But that doesn't mean he'll start at shortstop over Javier Baez.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jon Lester returns from the injured list as the Cubs go for the sweep of the Dodgers
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   'It's great to just contribute': Jason Heyward on highs, lows with Cubs
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers promote Casey Mize Double-A: ‘He needs to be challenged’  —  BOSTON — Last June, the Detroit Tigers were at Fenway Park the day after the team drafted Casey Mize with the No. 1 overall pick.  —  The anticipation, even then — not even a day into Mize's Tigers tenure — was palpable.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann leaves with elbow soreness.  'It's not good'  —  BOSTON - The question came from the stands, lingering over Jordan Zimmermann's early exit on Thursday night.  —  “Hurt or just bad?” a rival talent evaluator in attendance at Fenway Park asked.
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Vladdy Jr. debuts, La Tortuga gets his night  —  A look at what's happening around the majors today:  —  IT'S TIME  —  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his big league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Oakland Athletics.  The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Hearn wasn't good, the other Rangers weren't much better, and it all was hard to watch  —  On the bright side Thursday night, only one Texas Rangers player was injured.  Injured physically, that is.  —  However, there is probably some emotional scarring that will need to be addressed.
Chris Talbott / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Gonzales improves to 5-0, Mariners beat Rangers 14-2
Nick Senzel is doing well, but there's no timetable for him joining the Cincinnati Reds  —  Nick Senzel was not in the lineup for the Louisville Bats Thursday night.  Read absolutely nothing into that, i.e., Senzel wasn't headed up I-71 to join the Reds.  —  But reports on him are good.
Associated Press:
Trevor Bauer throws 8 strong innings, Indians beat Houston Astros 2-1  —  Bauer allowed one run, four hits and six walks while striking out three.  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Trevor Bauer threw eight strong innings, Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers homered off Gerrit Cole, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Thursday night.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Yankees acquire Maybin in trade with Indians  —  The New York Yankees acquired Cameron Maybin from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in a trade that adds depth to their injury-ravaged outfield.  —  Cleveland received cash considerations in the trade.  —  The Yankees officially announced …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Yankees acquire veteran OF Cameron Maybin from Indians after Clint Frazier lands on IL
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals' Miller ‘frustrated, not embarrassed’ after rough start to season  —  If there was one constant enabling the Cardinals to tread water in the season's first three weeks before more parts of their game began to click, it was their bullpen.  —  Relievers were covering between three …
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros' Michael Brantley faces his former Indians squad  —  Whether he strokes single or strikes out, makes a diving catch or watches a detonated home run travel above his head in left field, Michael Brantley exudes no emotion.  —  Part of Brantley's demeanor is what attracted the Astros to him this past offseason.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
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