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3:45 PM ET, April 21, 2017


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Jerry Beach / UPI:
Philadelphia Phillies earn rare series victory over New York Mets  —  NEW YORK — It took the Philadelphia Phillies more than a year to win a series against the New York Mets.  It took just one night for the Phillies to rediscover the middle of their lineup and find a second closer.
Stats / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Phillies, Braves still stuck at bottom of NL East  —  PHILADELPHIA — The National League East bottom-feeders from 2016 haven't really done much in the first 2 1/2 weeks of 2017 to prove they won't be there again.  —  The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves open a three-game set …
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Yoenis Cespedes leaves with hamstring cramp as Mets lose for fifth time in six games  —  Yoenis Cespedes hobbled across the clubhouse late Thursday night, his left hamstring wrapped tightly in a bandage.  The Mets called it a cramp.  He likened the sensation to a “shock,” one that could sideline him for two or three days.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue   Phils strike early vs. Thor, take set from Mets
Associated Press:   Franco homers, doubles, Phillies beat Mets 6-4; Familia back
Fred Kerber / New York Post:   A Jay Bruce tour de force blasts away Mets' pain
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias could be placed on 7-day concussion DL  —  The Detroit Tigers were swept in St. Petersburg by the Tampa Bay Rays.  Anthony Fenech breaks it all down.  Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press  —  CONNECT  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Some 12 hours after taking a knee …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Fox Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Sources: Tigers to call up Joe Jimenez, put Jose Iglesias on DL
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Ausmus: Upton (forearm) likely done for Tigers-Rays series
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Greg Auman / UPI:
Tampa Bay Rays edge Detroit Tigers on wild final play in ninth inning
Cubs World Series title rings doing big business for Jostens  —  Chicago Cubs fans continue to prove they can't get enough championship gear — even the most expensive type.  —  Jostens started selling World Series Champion jewelry, including rings, on April 12, and in the first full week of sales …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Jack McCarthy / UPI:   Chicago Cubs storm past Milwaukee Brewers, snap four-game slide
Ryan Davis / The Cheat SheetStocks:
5 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Will Repeat in 2017
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
David Freese, World Series hero, finds greater triumph in depression battle  —  ST. LOUIS - The World Series ring sits just a couple of miles away, in a bank security deposit box, but David Freese hasn't even seen it, let alone worn it, in five years.  —  The World Series MVP trophy …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:   Dexter Fowler hits two homers as Cardinals sweep Pirates
Associated Press:   Fowler, Leake lead Cardinals past Marte-less Pirates 2-1
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Peralta goes to DL; Carpenter at 3B ‘an option’  —  St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta misplays a ground ball off the bat of Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez for an error in the sixth inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Marc Berman / New York Post:
Carmelo Anthony-to-Celtics scenario picking up steam … With the Celtics fading in the first round, the chances of Carmelo Anthony wearing green are increasing.  —  According to an NBA source, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline …
Chicago Bulls:
Rajon Rondo Injury Update  —  Rajon Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night.  Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture.  Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely.
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' season-ticket wait list is no more  —  Dodgers attendance is down this season, leaving plenty of tickets available for upcoming games.  (Christina House / For The Times)  —  The Dodgers' waiting list for season tickets is no more.  —  After three years in which the Dodgers capped season tickets …
Bill Baer /
Nationals take Blake Treinen out of the closer's role  —  MASN's Dan Kolko reports that Nationals manager Dusty Baker has taken Blake Treinen out of the closer's role.  He'll go with a combination of Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover in save situations for now.  However, as Kolko notes …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Jesse Sanchez /
Source: Cuban OF Robert cleared to sign May 20  —  The top prospect in Cuba is one step closer to fulfilling his big league dream.  —  Top Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert, 19, was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on Thursday, according to a source.
WhiteSoxTalk / CSN Chicago:
Preview: White Sox welcome Indians to town tonight on CSN Plus  —  The White Sox take on the Cleveland Indians tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN Plus and live streaming on and the NBC Sports App.  —  Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m …
Discussion: South Side Sox and Let's Go Tribe
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