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2:25 AM ET, June 4, 2014


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Blue Jays open up against Tigers in battle of division leaders  —  The Sports Network  —  DETROIT - The surging Toronto Blue Jays will try to curb Anibal Sanchez's recent run of success when they open up a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Globe and Mail:
Edwin Encarnacion named American League player of the month
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jamie Ross /
Blue Jays option Hendriks to Triple-A Buffalo
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Joey Nowak /
Cano, Cruz take leads, Bautista closes in on Trout  —  Angels star still has most AL All-Star votes but Blue Jays slugger is right on his heels  —  A lot can happen in a week.  Six days is all it took for a number of the hottest American League All-Star voting races to change hands …
Discussion: True Blue LA and Let's Go Tribe
Joey Nowak /
Puig leaps into lead in NL outfield voting
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Canadian Press:
Abreu homers again as White Sox defeat Dodgers  —  LOS ANGELES — Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game and Tyler Flowers also went deep to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.  —  Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 with a double …
Discussion: South Side Sox, ESPN and
Canadian Press:
Rookie Anderson wins fourth straight as D'backs top Rockies  —  DENVER — Nick Evans and Chris Owings hit back-to-back homers, rookie Chase Anderson won his fourth straight start and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Purple Row
Associated Press:
A's ride Moss' HR to 10-inning win over Yankees  —  Recap  —  Box Score  —  Play-By-Play  —  Photos  —  Conversation  —  Brandon Moss homers in 3-run 10th as A's rally past Yankees  —  NEW YORK — Brandon Moss hit his second homer of the game leading off the 10th inning …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Canadian Press:
Cruz homers in return to Texas as Orioles rout Rangers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Nelson Cruz hit a towering three-run homer in his return to Texas and the Baltimore Orioles won their third straight game, 8-3 over the Rangers on Tuesday night.  —  Cruz hit the first pitch thrown by Shawn Tolleson …
Discussion: Camden Chat
Canadian Press:
Down early, Royals outlast Cardinals on Hosmer's hit  —  ST. LOUIS — Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking single off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Tuesday night for their second straight road victory in the four-game, two-city series.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and
Jon Heyman /
(USATSI)  —  The Royals could be a surprise entry in the Kendrys …
Discussion: Royals Review and HardballTalk
Game Recap: Cubs 2, Mets 1  —  Result: The Mets bullpen spoiled a strong outing by Zack Wheeler, as the Cubs scored two runs in the final two innings to win, 2-1.  —  Need to Know: Zack Wheeler built on his strong start last time out to hold the Cubs scoreless over 6 2/3 innings.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Canadian Press:
Buck hits two-run homer in seventh, lifts Mariners past Braves  —  ATLANTA — John Buck had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning that gave Seattle the lead, and the Mariners rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Discussion: Lookout Landing and Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Henderson Alvarez blanks Rays for 3rd shutout of season  —  MIAMI — Henderson Alvarez needed only 88 pitches to toss an eight-hitter for his third shutout this year, and the Miami Marlins beat Tampa Bay 1-0 Tuesday, sending the reeling Rays home after a winless eight-game trip.
Discussion: DRaysBay, and
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies To Promote Eddie Butler  —  The Rockies will promote one of their two top pitching prospects, righty Eddie Butler, reports's Thomas Harding (via Twitter).  Butler will take the ball against the Dodgers on Friday.  —  Butler is a 23-year-old who was taken 46th overall in the 2012 draft out of Radford.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Purple Row
Canadian Press:
Zimmermann and Zimmerman lead Nationals past Phillies  —  WASHINGTON — Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from a mini-slump to throw eight scoreless innings, Ryan Zimmerman hit a pair of doubles and handled two chances with aplomb in his left field debut, and the Washington Nationals beat …
Discussion: MLB and The Good Phight
JR Radcliffe /
Twins OK with Santana's steep learning curve  —  MILWAUKEE — Danny Santana's throw to the plate was probably ill-advised, well late to catch speedy Brewers shortstop Jean Segura on Monday when the Brewers scored their first run.  It also tailed well up the third-base line …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Carrie Muskat /
Cubs want Bryant to stay at Double-A for now  —  CHICAGO — Last year's first-round Draft pick, Kris Bryant, has done everything the Cubs have asked him to do at Double-A Tennessee, but general manager Jed Hoyer said they want the third baseman to stay at that level for now.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Brian McTaggart /
Singleton to join Astros, agrees on extension  —  First baseman will make big league debut Tuesday night against Halos  —  HOUSTON — Only a few weeks after the Astros called up top outfield prospect George Springer to the Major Leagues, the club is reaching back down into the farm system …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Jerry Crasnick /
Astros Call Up Singleton After Long-Term Deal
Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
Suddenly hot NY Mets take four of five from Phillies as rookie Matt den Dekker's glove, arm spark win  —  While den Dekker went just 1-for-5, he made his presence known Monday with his glove, stealing two runs from the Phillies, robbing Ryan Howard of a home run and throwing a runner out at the plate.
Discussion: New York Post, Metsblog and ESPN
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