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12:55 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 …
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.
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 on Monday he is open …
Discussion: Fox Sports and
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
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.
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.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
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.
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
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
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Blake Snell still mixing good, bad in starts  —  BOSTON — This was about the best thing you could say about second-year LHP Blake Snell's start in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox:  —  “Still some good, still some not so good,” manager Kevin Cash said.  —  “The pitch count is the thing.
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
Warren Mayes / Yahoo Sports:
Lynn, Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn pitched seven shutout innings, Kolten Wong homered and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday night.  —  The Cardinals, who had lost six of seven …
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
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