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2:20 AM ET, May 19, 2017


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Braves' Julio Teheran hits Jose Bautista in thigh day after bat flip  —  Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran hit Toronto's Jose Bautista in the left thigh with his second pitch of the at-bat in the top of the first inning Thursday night at Atlanta.  —  The Braves weren't pleased …
Richard W. Rodriguez / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Tensions high, suspension levied in Braves-Blue Jays series  —  In the hours leading to the final game Thursday night in a contentious home-and-home series between the Braves and Blue Jays, fallout continued from Wednesday's wild 8-4 Braves win including confirmation of Freddie Freeman's fractured wrist …
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Kevin Pillar / ESPN:
Blue Jays suspend Kevin Pillar 2 games for anti-gay slur  —  The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar two games for using an anti-gay slur during Wednesday night's game.  —  Toronto general manager Ross Atkins told reporters that the suspension was arrived at in consultation …
New York Daily News:   Blue Jays suspend outfielder Kevin Pillar 2 games for yelling homophobic slur; MLB investigating
Amara Grautski / New York Daily News:   MLB investigating Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar for possibly yelling homophobic slur
Chicago Tribune:
Cubs fan dies after falling over railing at Wrigley: ‘He was a great guy, everyone loved him’  —  Exterior of Wrigley Field in Chicago in 2016.  A Wheaton man died May 17, 2017, after falling over a railing at the ballpark on May 16, 2017.  —  A Wheaton man died a day after falling …
RELATED:   Amir Garrett struggles in his return as Cincinnati Reds fall to Chicago Cubs
Reds' Bryan Price gets clarification on controversial call
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Cincinnati Reds recall promising LHP Amir Garrett to start series finale vs. Chicago Cubs
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Dave Clark /   Reds troll Cubs on Twitter over Cozart homers at Wrigley
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Ben Zobrist leads off as Cubs go for sweep of Reds
Discussion: Red Reporter
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notes: Wacha is taking an extra day off between starts  —  Outside of the Cardinals' recent rearrangement of the rotation to buy him more than a week off between starts, Michael Wacha has made a subtle shift to his schedule from years past that he believes has helped him throw better and stronger so far.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Matheny named to MLB's reorganized competition committee
Max Gelman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Despite loss, Tuivailala growing into role
Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' opponents preview: Rangers ride into Comerica Park on nine-game winning streak  —  Series: Texas at Tigers for three games, Friday-Sunday night.  —  TV/radio: Friday — 7:10 on Fox Sports Detroit, Saturday — 7:15 on Fox (Channel 2 in Detroit), Sunday — 8:05 on ESPN.
Detroit Free Press:   Next Slide  —  Victor Martinez is expecting another addition to his family.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels To Sign Doug Fister  —  The Angels are in agreement with free-agent right-hander Doug Fister on a Major League contract, reports SB Nation's Chris Cotillo (via Twitter).  Fister is a client of PSI Sports Management.  —  As of last week, the 33-year-old Fister was said to be close to signing …
Source: Doug Fister agrees to minor league deal with Angels
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Blair Kerkhoff / Kansas City Star:
Danny Duffy strikes out 10 Yankees in dealing Royals a 5-1 victory  —  Danny Duffy reported for duty in the second inning in a flash.  When things are going this well, you can't wait to toe the rubber.  —  After two nights of watching Yankees circle the bases, the Royals needed a line …
Fox Sports:
Royals can't overlook Yankees' running game (May 18, 2017)
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Todd Frazier, Tim Anderson homer as White Sox pull even with Mariners in 8th  —  Photos from the White Sox-Mariners game on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Seattle.  —  Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to push the White Sox into a 4-4 tie with the Mariners on Thursday night at Safeco Field.
Discussion: South Side Sox
Max Gelman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Series preview: Giants at Cardinals  —  Photo by Chris Lee,  —  Scouting report  • The Cardinals welcome in the San Francisco Giants this weekend for a three-game series.  Coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the Cardinals have fallen …
Associated Press:
Rob Manfred acknowledges pace of game in MLB has gone ‘backwards’  —  NEW YORK — Acknowledging that games have gotten even slower this season, commissioner Rob Manfred says MLB with will meet with players in an attempt to find a solution.  —  The average time of a nine-inning game is a record 3 hours …
Evan Grossman / New York Daily News:
After pregame controversy, A-Rod has night of ups and downs in color commentary debut  —  He's not going to quit his day job.  —  Neither would you if you made $21 million to not play baseball.  —  But after his debut in the booth Thursday night as a color analyst on FS1 …
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers finish undefeated homestand with ninth straight win  —  ARLINGTON  —  The Rangers won their ninth consecutive game Thursday afternoon, sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies with a 8-4 win at Globe Life Park.  The Rangers went 8-0 on their homestand.  They begin a nine-game road trip Friday in Detroit.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
SBD Articles:
United Gets L.A. Coliseum Naming Rights In College-Record Deal … United Airlines is buying the naming rights to L.A. Memorial Coliseum for more than $70M over 15 years, according to sources, making it the richest naming-rights deal among college football stadiums.
Fox Sports:
Twins ace Ervin Santana struggles early in rare loss  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Nolan Arenado got Colorado going with a first-inning home run, Mark Reynolds added a two-run single and the road-tough Rockies beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader.
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Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
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Associated Press:
Mets' Steven Matz, Seth Lugo pitch to Travis d'Arnaud in minors
Arizona Republic:
Next Slide  —  Why does he feel he needs to mind his bellowing from the bench?
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Catching up with White Sox No. 7 prospect Zack Burdi
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Acquire Michael Martinez, Place Brad Miller On Disabled List
Discussion: DRaysBay and Let's Go Tribe
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David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees' top prospect Gleyber Torres benched for not hustling
Associated Press:
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