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4:40 PM ET, May 23, 2018


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Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge: ‘No need’ to defend Home Run Derby title  —  Aaron Judge has already decided to pass on defending his 2017 Home Run Derby title.  —  The New York Yankees slugger said he will skip the event this July at Washington's Nationals Park.
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
‘Future is now’ for Braves thanks to historic young duo of Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr.  —  SportsPulse: MLB insider Bob Nightengale looks at the historic season Shohei Ohtani is putting together and if he truly can become the ‘next Babe Ruth.’ USA TODAY Sports
Scott Boeck / Detroit Free Press:
Indians' Trevor Bauer angered by ‘BD 911’ mound-inscription assumptions  —  SportsPulse: MLB insider Bob Nightengale looks at the historic season Shohei Ohtani is putting together and if he truly can become the ‘next Babe Ruth.’ USA TODAY Sports  —  Trevor Bauer, known to stoke the fire using …
Discussion: Plain Dealer and The Big Lead
George A. King III / New York Post:
Aaron Judge shuts down Home Run Derby talk: Can't force me  —  ARLINGTON, Texas.  — Don't look for Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break in July.  —  In March, the Yankees right fielder said he was leaning toward not defending the title he won a year ago.
Discussion: ESPN and USA Today
Associated Press:   Baseball roundup: Indians rout Cubs in 2016 World Series rematch
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards notebook: Molina slowly increases activity; Helsley shines in Memphis  —  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has slowly increased his activity and participated, lightly, with some of his teammates workouts on the field Tuesday.  —  Molina is two weeks removed from emergency surgery …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jose de Jesus Ortiz / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Holland needs trip to Memphis to find reset button
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Greg Garcia celebrates life of grandfather, an East St. Louis native and former MLB manager
Peter Baugh / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Former Cardinal Jay relishes trips to St. Louis
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   O'Neill starting as Cardinals scratch Ozuna from lineup
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   O'Neill's slugging keeps him in lineup
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Tyler Chatwood latest starter to stall Cubs' momentum  —  CHICAGO — The major league leader in giving up walks was at it again on Tuesday as Chicago Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood continues to confound his new team and fan base.  Leaving Coors Field after last season was supposed to lead …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:30 minutes ago
Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber batting 1-2 for Cubs vs. Indians  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses the team's collective pitching woes against the Indians on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Ian Happ left a favorable impression Tuesday night …
Tom Musick / UPI:
Chicago Cubs take crack at Cleveland Indians rookie Adam Plutko  —  An accomplished veteran southpaw will face off against an inexperienced but ambitious right-hander when the Chicago Cubs host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night to wrap up a two-game series at Wrigley Field.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Tyler Chatwood destined for an adjustment in mechanics: 'I'm fighting myself'
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Jose Altuve standing tall again as Astros host Giants  —  HOUSTON — The standard of excellence is so high for Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, that one weekend blip of stalled production rings alarms.
Kristie Rieken / Associated Press:
Oh brother: Cole's good game blemished by HR from Crawford  —  HOUSTON (AP) - Gerrit Cole's only major miscue against San Francisco came on a pitch to Brandon Crawford that likely will give his brother-in-law bragging rights at family gatherings for years to come.   DRAFT MLB Strategy: Wednesday
Mariners' Mitch Haniger day-to-day after taking pitch off left wrist  —  Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night's game in Oakland after being hit on the left wrist by a Trevor Cahill pitch in the fourth inning.  —  The team said X-rays were negative and Haniger was listed as day-to-day.
Fox Sports:   Mariners' Dee Gordon has broken toe, joins Cano on DL
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Five sensible proposals for a Manny Machado trade … Set to become a free agent this winter and with his team already 18 games back in the AL East Division, it seems likely that Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado could be available ahead of July's trade deadline.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Cubs try to ignore local media's obsession with Manny Machado
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
Neil Paine / FiveThirtyEight:
J.D. Martinez Doesn't Need The Green Monster  —  When the Boston Red Sox signed free agent slugger J.D. Martinez this past offseason, it looked like a match made in baseball heaven.  As a right-handed power hitter who'd recently embraced MLB's fly-ball revolution — to great effect …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Associated Press:
Morales, Happ lead Blue Jays over Angels 5-3, stop skid at 4  —  TORONTO (AP) — With the Los Angeles Angels in town, Toronto's Kendrys Morales emulated Shoehei Otani: He followed a pitching performance with a big home run.  —  Morales hit a two-run homer, J.A. Happ won his second straight start …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Miller / Baltimore Sun:   Angels can't recover from Toronto's early five-run burst
Beth Harris / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Taylor, Puig homers lift Dodgers over Rockies 5-3  —  Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and  —  Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying the  —  Los Angeles Dodgers past the NL West-leading  —  Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Purple Row
Doug Padilla / UPI:   Rockies aim for another road win in rubber game vs. Dodgers
Ben Walker / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mets sign Bautista, recently cut Braves, doubles in 1st AB  —  New York Mets' Jose Bautista (11) stretches while on deck during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  —  New York Mets' Jose Bautista …
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Jose Bautista doubles in Mets debut while Jose Reyes makes costly error in 5-1 loss
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
State of baseball's rebuilding teams: Contenders already?  —  Last winter, with baseball's free-agent class mostly dangling in limbo, super agent Scott Boras was about all we had for hardball-related entertainment.  —  You probably remember many of Boras' metaphor-laden barbs.
Steve Habel / UPI:
Delino DeShields wants to end slump as Rangers host Yankees  —  Outfielder Delino DeShields was not in the starting lineup Tuesday when the Texas Rangers evened their series with the New York Yankees.  —  The day off was used as an attempt to break out of a hitting slump but he will likely …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:
Rivera, Dedelow lead Kannapolis to 3-2 win over Greensboro  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Laz Rivera hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, and Craig Dedelow had four hits as the Kannapolis Intimidators defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 3-2 on Wednesday.
Dave Clark /
Scooter Gennett's grand slam total reaches six in Reds' win against Pirates  —  It's pretty remarkable: Of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett's 70 career big-league home runs, six are grand slams.  —  Gennett hit four grand slams in 2017, including one in his four-homer game against the St. Louis Cardinals last June.
Bob Brookover /
When the Phillies need it, Lehigh Valley is stacked with pitching help  —  ALLENTOWN - Mark Leiter Jr. remembers his first season in the Phillies organization well.  He arrived in 2013 as a 22nd-round pick out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and noticed that the Phillies' minor-league system …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jake Faria Out At Least Six To Eight Weeks; Rays Select Contract Of Vidal Nuno
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Astros To Place Josh Reddick On DL, Recall Jake Marisnick
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Albert Breer / Sports Illustrated:
NFL's Proposed National Anthem Rules: Penalties for Kneeling Being Considered
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees call up lefty pitcher Ryan Bollinger from Double-A
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Make the White Sox watchable: Bring up Eloy Jimenez once the arbitration date passes
Matt Breen /
A Carlos Santana error hurts Phillies again | Extra Innings
Discussion: The Good Phight
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With big decisions looming for Orioles, John and Louis Angelos assume larger roles in organization
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Quintana, Wrenn lead the way for Corpus Christi
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Alex Butler / UPI:
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