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2:25 PM ET, April 18, 2017

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Associated Press:
Report: MLB umpires may soon take to mic to explain replays  —  Adrian Gonzalez dives headfirst into home, seems to beat the tag by Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, but is called out.  —  “Safe!” shout fans at Dodger Stadium who see replays on the board.  —  Umpires go to their headsets …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rich Hill Heads Back To 10-Day DL  —  After his blister problem reappeared in his most recent outing, Dodgers lefty Rich Hill is heading back to the DL, per a club announcement.  For the time being, corner outfielder/infielder Rob Segedin is headed up to the active roster while Alex Wood will take the open rotation spot.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Pete Blackburn / Fox Sports:
A dancing Braves fan became a jumbotron legend with one dazzling routine  —  The Atlanta Braves capped off a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres at home on Monday, but that's not what's important here.  —  What's truly important is this masterpiece of a dance routine from a young fan on the jumbotron during that series finale.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Clay Buchholz To Miss 4-6 Months After Flexor Tendon Surgery  —  Clay Buchholz underwent surgery to fix a torn flexor pronator mass in his right forearm, the Phillies announced.  CSNNE's Jared Carrabis reported last night that the Phillies right-hander had decided upon surgery to fix his injury.
Discussion: The Good Phight and MLB Daily Dish
Tennessean.com:
DeMarco Murray: Tony Romo ‘still has something left in the tank’ … CONNECT  —  Titans running back DeMarco Murray believes Tony Romo is still capable of playing at a high level, but he understands his former quarterback's decision to leave the game for the broadcast booth.  —  “I think he'll do great.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Baltimore Orioles need to boost their farm system before it's too late  —  The Orioles soon will be at a crossroads - they could lose right-hander Chris Tillman to free agency after this season and third baseman Manny Machado, center fielder Adam Jones and closer Zach Britton after 2018.
Discussion: Sportsnet.ca
Brett OkamotoESPN / ESPN:
Dana White: If Jon Jones is ready late July, he'll fight Daniel Cormier  —  The UFC is willing to grant former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones an immediate title shot upon his return this summer, according to UFC president Dana White.  —  White told ESPN.com on Monday he is open …
Discussion: Fox Sports and NESN.com
Paul GutierrezESPN / ESPN:
Derek Carr: Fans leaving after Las Vegas vote not ‘true Raider fans’  —  ALAMEDA, Calif. — While the Oakland Raiders may be lame ducks as they await a move to Las Vegas, quarterback Derek Carr hopes fans won't be, well, lame in the interim.  —  In fact, he expects fans to unite, rather than fight with each other.
Yahoo Sports:
Morton, 3 Astros relievers combine to 5-hit Angels, 3-0  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton and three relievers combined for a five-hitter, Jose Altuve drove in two runs and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.
Dave Campbell / Yahoo Sports:
Salazar sends Indians to 3-1 series-opening win vs Twins  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Salazar finished six innings strong after a shaky start, Michael Brantley homered and drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday night.
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Stephen Holder / Indianapolis Star:
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck discusses shoulder surgery for first time  —  INDIANAPOLIS - The most important right arm at Indianapolis Colts headquarters belongs to Andrew Luck.  So, it was only fitting that he alone be allowed to decide whether it be subjected to surgery.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
Paul Ladewski / Yahoo Sports:
Thames, Braun power Brewers past struggling Cubs 6-3  —  CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have found a left-handed complement for Ryan Bryan in the batting order, and everything is right in their world at the moment.  —  Early season sensation Eric Thames homered in his club record …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
 
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Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Blake Snell still mixing good, bad in starts
Associated Press:
Mets' Jeurys Familia pitches in minors as domestic violence ban nears end
Warren Mayes / Yahoo Sports:
Lynn, Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:
Home runs are on pace to reach an all-time high
Discussion: U.S.S. Mariner and Camden Chat
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Acquire Parker Bridwell, Move Huston Street To 60-Day DL
Discussion: Halos Heaven and MLB Daily Dish
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates Acquire Johnny Barbato From Yankees
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
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Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Doug PadillaESPN / ESPN:
Jackie Robinson statue unveiled at Dodger Stadium
Discussion: Call to the Pen
ESPN:
Orioles put closer Zach Britton on DL with forearm soreness
Discussion: Red Reporter and NESN.com
 

 
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