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7:15 AM ET, May 19, 2017


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Braves' Julio Teheran hits Jose Bautista in thigh day after bat flip  —  Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran hit Toronto's Jose Bautista in the left thigh with his second pitch of the at-bat in the top of the first inning Thursday night at Atlanta.  —  The Braves weren't pleased …
Richard W. Rodriguez / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Tensions high, suspension levied in Braves-Blue Jays series  —  In the hours leading to the final game Thursday night in a contentious home-and-home series between the Braves and Blue Jays, fallout continued from Wednesday's wild 8-4 Braves win including confirmation of Freddie Freeman's fractured wrist …
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
ESPN:   Jays' Darrell Ceciliani injures shoulder, expected to go on DL
Kevin Pillar / ESPN:   Blue Jays suspend Kevin Pillar 2 games for anti-gay slur
New York Daily News:   Blue Jays suspend outfielder Kevin Pillar 2 games for yelling homophobic slur; MLB investigating
Amir Garrett struggles in his return as Cincinnati Reds fall to Chicago Cubs  —  CHICAGO - Amir Garrett's return to the big leagues didn't go as anyone expected, as the left-hander gave up five runs in the first inning and the Reds lost 9-5 to the Cubs, pushing their losing streak to six.
Reds' Bryan Price gets clarification on controversial call
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Cincinnati Reds recall promising LHP Amir Garrett to start series finale vs. Chicago Cubs
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Dave Clark /   Reds troll Cubs on Twitter over Cozart homers at Wrigley
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Ben Zobrist leads off as Cubs go for sweep of Reds
Discussion: Red Reporter
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Heyman |  Nationals begin exploring market for a closer  —  The Washington Nationals have begun making calls now for closer, and while they haven't found anyone who's immediately available, David Robertson is very likely to become available and perhaps makes the most sense.
Source: Doug Fister agrees to minor league deal with Angels
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels To Sign Doug Fister
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Column Alex Wood has adapted well to an ever-changing Dodgers pitching staff  —  The downside of constructing a team like the Dodgers is that players can feel like interchangeable parts.  The active roster changes every other day.  Roles switch.  Not everyone responds well to the instability.
Discussion: True Blue LA
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.
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  —  Danny Duffy reported for duty in the second inning in a flash.  When things are going this well, you can't wait to toe the rubber.  —  After two nights of watching Yankees circle the bases, the Royals needed a line …
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.
Detroit Free Press:   Next Slide  —  Victor Martinez is expecting another addition to his family.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notes: Wacha is taking an extra day off between starts  —  Outside of the Cardinals' recent rearrangement of the rotation to buy him more than a week off between starts, Michael Wacha has made a subtle shift to his schedule from years past that he believes has helped him throw better and stronger so far.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Matheny named to MLB's reorganized competition committee
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Todd Frazier, Tim Anderson homer as White Sox pull even with Mariners in 8th  —  Photos from the White Sox-Mariners game on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Seattle.  —  Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to push the White Sox into a 4-4 tie with the Mariners on Thursday night at Safeco Field.
Boston Herald:
A's spoil Velazquez's debut with 3 HRs in 8-3 win vs Red Sox  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis hit first-inning homers to spoil Hector Velazquez's major league debut and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Thursday night.  —  Chad Pinder added a homer …
Evan Grossman / New York Daily News:
After pregame controversy, A-Rod has night of ups and downs in color commentary debut  —  He's not going to quit his day job.  —  Neither would you if you made $21 million to not play baseball.  —  But after his debut in the booth Thursday night as a color analyst on FS1 …
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers reaction wonders if they'll ever lose again in Arlington  —  ARLINGTON  —  Is this becoming old hat?  Do people even use the expression “old hat” anymore?  The Rangers' 8-4 win over the Phillies Thursday afternoon, which capped a three-game sweep, an 8-0 homestand …
Max Gelman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Series preview: Giants at Cardinals  —  Photo by Chris Lee,  —  Scouting report  • The Cardinals welcome in the San Francisco Giants this weekend for a three-game series.  Coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the Cardinals have fallen …
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Better, Slower, Safer Pitching
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Road has been a (7-home run) blast for White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
Mets' Steven Matz, Seth Lugo pitch to Travis d'Arnaud in minors
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers finish undefeated homestand with ninth straight win
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Fox Sports:
Twins ace Ervin Santana struggles early in rare loss
Discussion: Purple Row and Twinkie Town
Associated Press:
Rob Manfred acknowledges pace of game in MLB has gone ‘backwards’
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Next Slide  —  Why does he feel he needs to mind his bellowing from the bench?
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Catching up with White Sox No. 7 prospect Zack Burdi
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Acquire Michael Martinez, Place Brad Miller On Disabled List
Discussion: DRaysBay and Let's Go Tribe
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees' top prospect Gleyber Torres benched for not hustling
Associated Press:
Orioles' Manny Machado, Tigers' Miguel Cabrera not starting
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