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11:35 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: CBSSports.com and MLB Daily Dish
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CBC News:
Blue Jays call up Anthony Alford, to make debut tonight
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays To Promote Anthony Alford
Discussion: Sportsnet.ca and FanRag Sports
Andrew Schmid / Fox Sports:
Toronto Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar for Two Games
ESPN:
Jays' Darrell Ceciliani injures shoulder, expected to go on DL
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
ESPN:
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
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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.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Place Justin Turner On 10-Day DL
Discussion: L.A. Daily News
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.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Optimistic Tigers All-Star Miguel Cabrera (oblique) thinks he could return on Saturday  —  Miguel Cabrera doesn't want to go on the disabled list and thinks he could be in the lineup as soon as Saturday.  —  “I think maybe tomorrow or Sunday, I can be in the lineup again,” Cabrera said before Friday's game against the Texas Rangers.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Ausmus hopes dropping Nick Castellanos to 6th in Tigers' lineup will yield more production
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 …
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Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs to activate Jason Heyward from disabled list Saturday
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 …
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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals' Alcides Escobar ties club record for consecutive starts  —  MINNEAPOLIS  —  Even as his offensive production has declined, even as his bat has left him, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has retained one useful skill: He remains among the most durable players in baseball.
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 …
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Notes: Injuries, Granderson, Rosario
Discussion: Newsday, New York Post and ESPN
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: Amazin' Avenue
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 …
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Dave Sheinin / Washington Post:
The NL East is so bad, it's hard to tell if the Nationals are any good
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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.
Associated Press:
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon remains upbeat in cancer fight  —  PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon felt like he was in a movie, as if he was watching somebody else's life change and not his own.  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher felt something “odd” in his groin and alerted trainers while on the road earlier this month in Cincinnati.
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 MLB.com'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
Fox Sports:
LEADING OFF: Scherzer ready after liner, Senzatela at Cincy  —  A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday:  —  SCHERZER READY  —  Washington's Max Scherzer says he is ready to start against Atlanta, six days after he was struck on the left knee by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia's Michael Saunders.
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
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Release Stephen Cardullo  —  The Rockies have released outfielder/first baseman Stephen Cardullo, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports (Twitter links).  But the sides are already in discussions on a new minor-league deal to bring Cardullo back into the fold.
 
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