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6:45 PM ET, May 19, 2017


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Jason Munz / Hattiesburg American:
Anthony Alford promoted to MLB by Blue Jays  —  Former Petal star Anthony Alford was called up to the big leagues by the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.  —  The 22-year-old outfielder was hitting .325 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in 33 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Toronto's AA affiliate.
Discussion: and MLB Daily Dish
Andrew Schmid / Fox Sports:
Toronto Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar for Two Games
Discussion: CBC News, USA Today and Outsports
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays To Promote Anthony Alford
Discussion: FanRag Sports and
Jays' Darrell Ceciliani injures shoulder, expected to go on DL
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Dave Sheinin / Washington Post:
The NL East is so bad, it's hard to tell if the Nationals are any good  —  The Atlanta Braves have already endured two six-game losing streaks this season, plus a separate five-gamer.  They haven't spent a single day above .500 and haven't been within five games of first place since the third week of April.
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
5 MLB stats we believe in: Early 2017 numbers that can be sustained  —  The one-quarter mark of the season, by now reached by a majority of clubs, traditionally serves as the first true barometer of team and individual performance.  —  No longer is the “small sample” caveat applied …
Who would say no? Dealing the Nationals a closer
Discussion: Royals Review
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs to activate Jason Heyward from disabled list Saturday  —  Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward on his return to the team after a DL-stint.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  While playing for the Class A Rome (Ga.) Braves in 2008, Jason Heyward frequently ate at Applebee's.
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Weather permitting, Eddie Butler set to make his 2nd Cubs start
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates Claim Jhan Marinez  —  The Pirates have claimed righty Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Brewers, per a club announcement (h/t's Adam Berry, on Twitter).  He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week.  —  Marinez, an out-of-options reliever, has scuffled early in 2017 …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Luis Robert watch kicks into high gear as Cuban outfielder eligible to sign Saturday  —  Luis Robert bats during a 2016 game in Pomona, New York.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox and Cardinals fans will be on high alert this weekend as Cuban outfielder Luis Robert becomes eligible to sign with a major-league organization.
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.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Jon Machota / Dallas Morning News:
Critical winning streak makes baseball fun again for the Rangers
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers reaction wonders if they'll ever lose again in Arlington
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Gallo reaching, scoring for Rangers, just not collecting hits  —  DETROIT  —  Joey Gallo had a direct hand in one of the Texas Rangers' eight wins on their just-completed undefeated homestand, as he bounced a three-run walk-off homer off the right-field foul pole May 12.
Olney: The stupidity of retaliation  —  Major League Baseball is in an era of enlightenment, in which organizations are filled with bright minds of men and women who won't accept the status quo without examination.  The phrase That's the way it's always been done is routinely ignored …
ESPN:   Braves' Julio Teheran hits Jose Bautista in thigh day after bat flip
Associated Press:
Turner injures right hamstring, Dodgers beat Marlins 7-2  —  Justin Turner left in the seventh inning after injuring his right hamstring, curbing the celebration for the Los Angeles Dodgers after a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.  —  Turner was hurt running from second base to home in the seventh inning.
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Column Alex Wood has adapted well to an ever-changing Dodgers pitching staff
Discussion: True Blue LA
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  Maybe some people, statistically speaking, thought Michael Fulmer had an off-night on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.  —  Buck Showalter is not one of them.  —  “I don't think anybody that faced him did,” the veteran Orioles manager said on Thursday.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Anthony DeSclafani Cleared To Resume Throwing  —  Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani has been cleared to resume showing, according to John Fay of (via Twitter).  DeSclafani has been out all year while resting a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.  —  While the initial hope was that DeSclafani …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
USA Today:
Orioles' Adam Jones on racist slurs at Fenway: 'It's point-blank disgusting'  —  Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent a message to those who have doubted that he was the target of racial slurs earlier this month at Fenway Park.  —  “This is not a sports debate show,” Jones wrote in The Players' Tribune on Friday.
Discussion: The Players' Tribune and
Tampa Bay Times:
Monken: DeSean Jackson took the money and better be great  —  If you think the Bucs will pressure DeSean Jackson to live up to his contract, well, you're right on the money.  —  At least that's the message from offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken to the 30-year-old Jackson …
The bullpen revolution has not been televised  —  There comes a point each spring when the buds of a bullpen revolution seem to be everywhere.  One team's closer competition between two great relievers inspires a managerial pledge to “play matchups” and get both pitchers saves.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees baffled by Danny Duffy, fall to Royals in series finale  —  A-Rod may have been in the broadcast booth, but the Yankees could've used him in the batter's box on Thursday.  Maybe he could've hit Danny Duffy.  No one else seemed to be able to.  Duffy was dominant …
Blair Kerkhoff / Kansas City Star:   Danny Duffy strikes out 10 Yankees in dealing Royals a 5-1 victory
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Notes: Injuries, Granderson, Rosario  —  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick takes a deep look at the Mets' medical procedures and protocols in the wake of their injury woes.  Crasnick notes on Twitter that he spent two weeks and conducted nearly 20 interviews for the piece, and the thoroughness …
Discussion: Newsday, New York Post and ESPN
Zach Buchanan /
BAR Mailbag: Who's to blame for the pitching?  —  114 Shares  —  Amir Garrett lasted just four innings and the Reds were swept in Chicago, losing 9-5 to the Cubs on Thursday.  The Enquirer/C. Trent Rosecrans … Happy Friday.  Let's get to your Reds questions. … I don't think it's a coaching staff issue.
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