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12:45 AM ET, April 20, 2017

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Bucky Dent / UPI:
Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler fuel St. Louis Cardinals in sweep of Pittsburgh Pirates  —  ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter gave the Pittsburgh Pirates life in the eighth inning on Wednesday when he dropped a throw from pitcher Kevin Siegrist that allowed Francisco Cervelli to reach on what should have been an easy putout.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals make do with two and ‘positive juju’  —  Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com  —  Cardinal infielder Jose Martinez is met in the dugout in the 5th inning after scoring the second run in on a double by Greg Garcia a 2-1 game against the Pirates on Tuesday, April 18 …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Viva El Birdos
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs headed toward another decision on Tommy La Stella and Matt Szczur  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon on lineup, rotation changes and Jon Lester on April 19, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Less than one month after finalizing their opening day roster …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs adjust rotation; Jon Lester not lined up to face Red Sox
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs address Hall of Fame controversy, World Series ring agreements
Associated Press:
Rays pounce on Tigers to take opening game of series  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Andriese outpitched Michael Fulmer, Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday night.  —  Andriese (1-), who had lost seven of nine decisions dating …
Discussion: DRaysBay
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Miguel Cabrera's 34th birthday gifts: Loose back, solo home run
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers' J.D. Martinez in dugout vs. Rays; Ausmus: 'He's pretty close'
Alex Butler / UPI:
Phillies' Buchholz having surgery Tuesday, could miss five months  —  Right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz will go under the knife Tuesday to repair a partial tear in his flexor pronator mass.  —  An unnamed source told Barstool Sports that the Philadelphia Phillies' starter will need about three …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and MLB Daily Dish
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Associated Press:   Phillies' Buchholz has forearm surgery, Kendrick put on DL
ESPN:
Ichiro Suzuki: Had to ‘pinch myself’ after ninth-inning HR at Safeco  —  In what could have been his final at-bat at Safeco Field, longtime Mariners and current Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki hit a home run in the ninth inning of a 10-5 loss in Seattle on Wednesday.
MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Keuchel, Reddick lead Astros to 5-1 win over Angels  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel threw seven solid innings, Josh Reddick finished a single shy of the cycle and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Wednesday night.  —  Keuchel (3-0) allowed one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
ESPN:
Brian Dozier sees a plan in every puzzle  —  Brian Dozier's inquisitive side can take him in some interesting directions.  —  Several years ago, he saw a YouTube video of an Australian teenager who set the Rubik's Cube world record by solving it in less than 10 seconds.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Fox News:
Tomas, Miller way too much for Padres as D-backs win 3rd straight  —  SAN DIEGO — Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer, Shelby Miller pitched 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the San Diego Padres 11-2 on Tuesday night.  —  The Padres lost their fifth straight game.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Gaslamp Ball
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Starling Marte exits after PED bust, Pirates, McCutchen aim to salvage '17  —  ST. LOUIS - The Pittsburgh Pirate clubhouse was quiet Tuesday afternoon, with no music, no laughter, little chatter, just players inwardly pondering their thoughts and feelings toward a teammate.
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Mark SaxonESPN / ESPN:   Pirates OF Starling Marte gets 80-game ban after positive PED test
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Mookie Betts: The Babe Ruth of not striking out  —  In the seventh inning Tuesday night, Boston Red Sox All-Star Mookie Betts lashed a hanging breaking ball from reliever Joe Smith into the second deck at Rogers Centre, his first home run of a season that may once again conclude …
Discussion: Fox Sports
Brian Hall / UPI:
Cleveland Indians finding groove, rout Minnesota Twins  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians are starting to resemble the team that took the American League by storm last year and advanced to Game 7 of the World Series.  —  Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
CSNNE.com:
Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello looks to get back on track  —  Dustin Pedroia's back in the lineup after a day off and Eduardo Rodriguez is back with the team after a short paternity leave.  —  Now the Red Sox hope Rick Porcello is back to form.  —  The defending American League Cy …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angel Pagan Won't Play In 2017  —  Veteran outfielder Angel Pagan is perhaps the most talented player among unsigned free agents, but the 11-year Major League veteran tells Yamaira Muniz Perez of El Vocero that he's planning to sit out the 2017 season and spend time with his family rather than further pursue a contract.
John Jackson / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Schwarber, Cubs rally past Brewers to snap 4-game skid  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Despite a large early deficit against a surging offense, Kyle Schwarber had little doubt the Chicago Cubs would rally.  —  “Crazier things have happened,” he said.  “I just think it shows the character of our team.
Discussion: ESPN and Brew Crew Ball
 
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Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
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