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9:45 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.
Tony Fischer / Fox Sports:
Detroit Tigers Depth Is Key Against Sizzling Texas Rangers  —  The Detroit Tigers are still a team trying to find themselves as younger players define their roles.  This mid-may series against the red-hot Texas Rangers should go a long way to seeing just how deep the Tigers bench is.
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.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Daniel Norris' uneven start leaves bad taste in mouth, hands Tigers 5-3 loss to Rangers
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   John Hicks up, Buck Farmer down in Victor Martinez's spot for Detroit Tigers
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Optimistic Tigers All-Star Miguel Cabrera (oblique) thinks he could return on Saturday
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Ausmus hopes dropping Nick Castellanos to 6th in Tigers' lineup will yield more production
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
Fox Sports:   Bad blood could spill over for Marlins, Dodgers (May 20, 2017)
ESPN:   Hit batters lead to benches-clearing scrum between Marlins, Dodgers
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Place Justin Turner On 10-Day DL
Discussion: L.A. Daily News and MLB Daily Dish
Fox Sports:
Giants on upward swing going into game vs. Cardinals (May 20, 2017)  —  ST. LOUIS — Going into the ninth inning of a May 10 game at the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants were trailing 3-2 and hadn't rallied for a road win when trailing in the ninth since 2015.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Bullpen washout: Giants rally twice to beat Cardinals  —  St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny yells at home plate umpire Vic Carapazza (left) as crew chief Tom Hallion steps in to separate them after Matheny was ejected in the seventh inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals …
Andrew Baggarly / Mercury News:
Nuñez, Giants rally in ninth inning to beat Cardinals
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 …
Associated Press:   Vargas hits tying HR in 9th, Twins beat Royals 4-3 in 10
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Royals' Alcides Escobar ties club record for consecutive starts
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Soft-spoken Michael Conforto is swinging a big stick for the Mets  —  Somewhere amid the black sun that symbolizes the New York Mets' 2017 season, there is a growing pinprick of light peeking through, and it comes from the breakout campaign of soft-spoken, 24-year-old outfielder Michael Conforto.
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
Associated Press:
Phillies top Pirates 7-2 to end 4-game losing streak  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — His club mired in a miserable funk that's drained all the momentum from a promising April, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called a team meeting before a weekend series in Pittsburgh.
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
CBC News:
Blue Jays call up Anthony Alford, to make debut tonight  —  Top prospect will start in left field, bat 8th vs. Baltimore  —  Anthony Alford, the Blue Jays No. 3 prospect according to, was promoted to the Major League team Friday.  —  He will be plugged into the lineup immediately …
Todd Karpovich / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Castillo's homer in 10th leads Orioles past Blue Jays 5-3
Discussion: Camden Chat and Fox Sports
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.
Will Summers / Fox Sports:
Atlanta Braves: Return of Kris Medlen Around the Corner  —  The Atlanta Braves have done their due diligence in their current rebuild.  No stone has been left unturned, including an optimistic return of Kris Medlen.  He's led a turbulent career which could smooth out in the next few weeks.
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.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Minor MLB Transactions: 5/20/17  —  Here are the latest minor moves from around the baseball world, with the newest transactions at the top of the post...  - Craig Gentry accepted his outright assignment to the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate,'s Roch Kubatko tweets.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Swanson shines at plate, in field as Braves beat Nats
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Associated Press:
Athletics are latest victims of Chris Sale's strikeout streak
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Next Slide  —  The Cincinnati Reds were blitzed in a huge sixth inning …
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Associated Press:
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon remains upbeat in cancer fight
Fox Sports:
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Fox Sports:
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
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Associated Press:
Mets GM hoping increased communication helps remedy injury situation
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Gallo reaching, scoring for Rangers, just not collecting hits
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
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