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1:55 AM ET, May 20, 2017


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Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  There are times in which Daniel Norris looks like an ace pitcher.  —  In those times, he is calm and in command, his mechanics in sync, throwing the kind of stuff that makes scouts drool over his potential.  —  Then, there are times in which Norris looks like a rookie.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Daniel Norris' uneven start leaves bad taste in mouth, hands Tigers 5-3 loss to Rangers  —  There are times in which Daniel Norris looks like an ace starting pitcher.  —  In those times, he is calm and in command, his mechanics in sync, throwing the kind of stuff that makes scouts drool over his potential.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
John Hicks up, Buck Farmer down in Victor Martinez's spot for Detroit Tigers  —  Buck Farmer spent the day with the Detroit Tigers.  —  He will now head back to Triple-A Toledo to make his next scheduled start for the Mud Hens today in Indianapolis.  After getting recalled …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers find a way to win 10th straight game  —  DETROIT  —  A 10th consecutive victory wasn't going to come easily Friday night for the Texas Rangers, and it didn't.  —  First, they had to solve a left-handed starter, something that has given them problems this season.  —  They gave away a run in the fourth.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Ausmus hopes dropping Nick Castellanos to 6th in Tigers' lineup will yield more production
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Optimistic Tigers All-Star Miguel Cabrera (oblique) thinks he could return on Saturday
Todd Karpovich / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Castillo's homer in 10th leads Orioles past Blue Jays 5-3  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Welington Castillo hit a pair of homers, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the 10th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Friday night.  —  Baltimore won for just the second …
CBC News:
Blue Jays call up Anthony Alford, to make debut tonight
Jason Munz / Hattiesburg American:
Anthony Alford promoted to MLB by Blue Jays
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays To Promote Anthony Alford
Discussion: and FanRag Sports
Associated Press:
Vargas hits tying HR in 9th, Twins beat Royals 4-3 in 10  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kennys Vargas reached the end of the bench, where he was met by fellow Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario.  The two hugged and then started dancing in a circle while embracing.  —  Vargas started a late-inning celebration for the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals' Ian Kennedy to return from disabled list on Saturday against Twins  —  MINNEAPOLIS  —  His hamstring fully healed, Royals starter Ian Kennedy will return to the mound on Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.  —  Royals manager Ned Yost on Friday confirmed that the veteran right-hander …
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Royals' Alcides Escobar ties club record for consecutive starts
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers cruise to 7-2 win over Marlins but lose Justin Turner to hamstring injury  —  A relatively smooth ride through an eventual 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins took a troubling turn for the Dodgers on Thursday night when their best hitter, Justin Turner, left the game in the seventh inning because of a hamstring injury.
Dodgers place 3B Justin Turner on 10-day DL with strained hamstring  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers placed third baseman Justin Turner on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with a strained right hamstring.  —  Turner on Thursday left the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins after suffering …
Discussion: ABC News
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Place Justin Turner On 10-Day DL
Discussion: L.A. Daily News
Fox Sports:
Brewers' Anderson chases a win in start against Cubs (May 20, 2017)  —  CHICAGO — Right-hander Chase Anderson remains unbeaten as he and the Milwaukee Brewers approach Saturday's scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs.  —  But actual decisions — wins or losses — have been elusive …
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs to activate Jason Heyward from disabled list Saturday
Will Graves / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Phillies top Pirates 7-2 to end 4-game losing streak  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson allowed just two hits over six innings before leaving with an injury and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.
Discussion: The Good Phight
Associated Press:   Phillies top Pirates 7-2 to end 4-game losing streak
Associated Press:
Mets GM hoping increased communication helps remedy injury situation  —  NEW YORK — With a bundle of key players on the disabled list, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday the team is making some changes to the way it handles injuries.  —  Alderson is now meeting daily with the training staff …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Notes: Injuries, Granderson, Rosario
Discussion: Newsday and New York Post
Mark Didtler / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Longoria has 4 hits, breaks tie in 8th, Rays top Yankees 5-4  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria believed good at-bats were coming, and he was right.  —  Longoria got four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that sent the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 5-4 on Friday night.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Billy Witz / New York Times:   Joe Girardi Preaches About Family. On Friday, He Practiced It.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Swanson shines at plate, in field as Braves beat Nats  —  By the time the game ended on Friday, Dansby Swanson's one mistake was overshadowed by all of the ways he helped the Braves beat the Nationals.  —  The rookie shortstop hit a two-run homer to give the Braves a lead …
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom sparkles as Mets finally snap losing streak with win over Angels  —  The Mets have stopped their slide for a day.  —  Behind a much-needed impressive outing from righthander Jacob deGrom, the Mets defeated the Angles, 3-0, Friday night at Citi Field, halting a seven-game losing streak.
Discussion: Halos Heaven and Amazin' Avenue
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Jose Abreu homers as White Sox pull even with Mariners at 1-1 through 6  —  Photos from the White Sox-Mariners game on Friday, May 19, 2017, in Seattle.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit a towering home run to push the Sox even with the Mariners at 1-1 through six innings Friday night at Safeco Field.
Associated Press:
Athletics are latest victims of Chris Sale's strikeout streak  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale tied his own record by striking out at least 10 batters in an eighth straight game.  —  Sale reached the double-digit mark when he fanned Oakland's Josh Phegley to end the seventh inning Friday night.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Fox Sports:
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Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Release Stephen Cardullo
Associated Press:
MLB: Braves hoping to quickly promote James Loney
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ross moving closer to joining Rangers' rotation
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Detroit Free Press:
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