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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.
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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
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Place Justin Turner On 10-Day DL  —  6:22pm: Turner has only a Grade 1 strain and is expected to be ready within a “couple weeks,” Roberts told reporters including MLB.com's Ken Gurnick (via Twitter).  The club anticipates utilizing Logan Forsythe at times at third while Turner is out, the skipper added.
Discussion: L.A. Daily News
Associated Press:
Turner injures right hamstring, Dodgers beat Marlins 7-2
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Column Alex Wood has adapted well to an ever-changing Dodgers pitching staff
Discussion: True Blue LA
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 MLB.com, was promoted to the Major League team Friday.  —  He will be plugged into the lineup immediately …
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Jason Munz / Hattiesburg American:
Anthony Alford promoted to MLB by Blue Jays
Discussion: CBSSports.com and MLB Daily Dish
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
Discussion: CBC News, USA Today and Outsports
ESPN:
Jays' Darrell Ceciliani injures shoulder, expected to go on DL
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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
ESPN:
Who would say no? Dealing the Nationals a closer
Discussion: Royals Review
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.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Ausmus hopes dropping Nick Castellanos to 6th in Tigers' lineup will yield more production  —  Nick Castellanos' batting average doesn't tell the story.  —  Sure, he is hitting .224 early this season, a far cry from where many expected he would be at this point of the season.
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.
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Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Weather permitting, Eddie Butler set to make his 2nd Cubs start
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
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.
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.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ross moving closer to joining Rangers' rotation  —  DETROIT  —  Right-hander Tyson Ross could be just one more rehab start away from joining the Texas Rangers' rotation after tossing four innings Thursday in a start at extending spring training.  —  Ross is expected to start Tuesday …
Associated Press:
MLB: Braves hoping to quickly promote James Loney  —  Newly signed Atlanta Braves first baseman James Loney might have a short stay with triple-A Gwinnett.  —  The Braves signed the 33-year-old Loney to a minor league deal on Thursday after learning their top player, Freddie Freeman …
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
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.
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.
 
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