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1:15 PM ET, April 21, 2017


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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
RELATED:   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
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.
Associated Press:
Dexter Fowler hits two homers as Cardinals sweep Pirates  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit his first two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals, who swept the Pirates on Wednesday with their third straight 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.  —  Fowler had three of the Cardinals' eight hits …
Associated Press:   Fowler, Leake lead Cardinals past Marte-less Pirates 2-1
Bucky Dent / UPI:
Mike Leake, St. Louis Cardinals shut down Pittsburgh Pirates
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Peralta finds playing time scarce as Cards turn to Garcia and Gyorko
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Sources: Tigers to call up Joe Jimenez, put Jose Iglesias on DL  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Detroit Tigers are expected to place shortstop Jose Iglesias on the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday and call up top prospect reliever Joe Jimenez from Triple-A Toledo, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias could be placed on 7-day concussion DL
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Fox Sports
Greg Auman / UPI:
Tampa Bay Rays edge Detroit Tigers on wild final play in ninth inning
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Ausmus: Upton (forearm) likely done for Tigers-Rays series
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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
Patrick Mooney / CSN Chicago:
Cubs rearranging rotation means Jon Lester won't face Red Sox and pitch this time at Fenway Park  —  Jon Lester won't make his dramatic return to the Fenway Park mound after an April that has already seen the $155 million ace get the Opening Night assignment and start the game …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Ryan Davis / The Cheat SheetStocks:
5 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Will Repeat in 2017
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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 …
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 …
James Kratch / New Jersey Online:
Giants' Weston Richburg reveals he played through injury for entire 2016 season  —  EAST RUTHERFORD — While his quarterback was discussing his legal woes a few feet away, Giants center Weston Richburg dropped some surprising news of his own.  —  Richburg revealed Thursday during a break …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and FanRag Sports
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 …
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: Let's Go Tribe
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 …
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.
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Discussion: Bleacher Nation
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Minor League report: Braves' Aaron Blair must earn way to big leagues
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How is free swinger Eric Thames crushing his second act?
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