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7:40 PM ET, June 18, 2017


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Fox Sports:
McCutchen, Polanco look to lead Pirates to series win vs. Cubs (Jun 18, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates saw plenty of good things from Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco on Saturday.  —  The Pirates will look for more of the same from their center fielder and right fielder Sunday …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Anthony Rizzo continues leadoff success as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1  —  Photos from the Cubs-Pirates game on June 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot while extending his hitting streak to 12 games as the Cubs coasted to a 7-1 victory Sunday …
Associated Press:
Lackey deals, Rizzo leads offense as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1  —  John Lackey and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Anthony Rizzo homered among his three hits to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday.  —  The defending World Series champions took …
Wes Crosby / UPI:   Andrew McCutchen's HR caps Pittsburgh Pirates' 4-3 win over Chicago Cubs
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jake Arrieta loses grip in fifth inning of Cubs' 4-3 loss to Pirates
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Rob Biertempfel / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle looks for ways to shake Gregory Polanco's slump
Jeff Neiburg / UPI:
Late surge sends Arizona Diamondbacks past reeling Philadelphia Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA — Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo didn't bite when given the chance to get into a war of words with fellow National League West rival manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks playing like top National League contenders
Marc Narducci /
Diamondbacks rout Phillies, 5-1, after Eickhoff exits
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Greg Moore / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo's coolness comes from his father
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
James Shields' return takes a sour turn in 7-3 White Sox loss to Blue Jays  —  Photos from the game on June 18, 2017, in Toronto.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox right-hander James Shields turned from the mound and watched with his hands on his knees as Russell Martin's shot bounced off …
CSN Chicago:
James Shields activated, Miguel Gonzalez to DL as White Sox gain one starting pitcher and lose another
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Rick Renteria likes ‘positive direction’ after White Sox earn 5th win in 6 games
Sunday's loss may be ‘checkmate’ on Bronson Arroyo's career  —  Bronson Arroyo was aware as he walked back to the Reds' dugout following a popup to Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes to end the third inning of Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Dodgers that he may have just finished the last game of his career.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jeff Wallner / UPI:
Yasiel Puig keys power surge as Los Angeles Dodgers rout Cincinnati Reds   Reds notes: Pensacola, Dayton clinch playoff spots
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Houston Astros sail to 7-1 win over Boston Red Sox  —  HOUSTON — In addition to lauding the performance of his rookie right-hander David Paulino on Saturday night, Astros manager A.J. Hinch made clear his satisfaction with how Paulino emotionally approached his fifth career start.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
From Cy to sigh in the blink of an eye for Boston's Rick Porcello  —  HOUSTON — Imagine having the most rewarding year of your life, 12 months in which all of your hard work pays off with absolutely everything going in your favor.  Now imagine working just as hard, not skipping any steps along …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Derby Daze: Orioles hit four more homers, thunder past Cards  —  BALTIMORE  • This ballpark is for the birds.  —  A complete rupture of the Cardinals rotation in the final two games of this interleague series left the offense playing catchup, and even in the confining Camden Yards they didn't have enough sock to match the hosts.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wainwright is rocked as Orioles overwhelm Redbirds
Discussion: Camden Chat
Associated Press:
Padres beat Brewers in another slugfest, 7-5 in 11 innings  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — One home run in extra innings wasn't enough for the San Diego Padres, so they cranked out a couple more Saturday.  —  It's been that kind of weekend at Miller Park.  —  Cory Spangenberg and Chase d'Arnaud …
Andrew Wagner / UPI:   San Diego Padres go deep twice in 11th inning to sink Milwaukee Brewers
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Washington Nationals get key out on Yoenis Cespedes in 7-4 win  —  NEW YORK — If the Washington Nationals end up cruising to the National League East title while leaving the New York Mets flailing for a lifeline in the wild-card derby, both teams may look back on Friday and Saturday's victories …
John Harper / New York Daily News:   In a season full of low points, Nationals series feels like Mets have hit rock bottom
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Bibens-Dirkx looking to change as Rangers face Toronto  —  ARLINGTON  —  Austin Bibens-Dirkx is getting to the point where he will start facing teams for a second time, a right of baseball passage that requires a pitcher to make adjustments from his first appearance.
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers reaction: Napoli leads homer barrage against Mariners
Rich Shook / UPI:
Tampa Bay Rays overtake Detroit Tigers with two-run seventh for 3-2 win  —  DETROIT — Baseball is a sport where you play the percentages because in a 162-game season it pays off.  —  “How about those shifts?”  Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said Saturday after his maneuver worked …
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Michael Fulmer outdueled by Chris Archer as Tigers fall to Rays, 3-2
Fox Sports:
Freeland pitches 6 solid innings, Rockies beat Giants 5-1 (Jun 17, 2017)  —  DENVER (AP) Kyle Freeland gave up hits and even got hit, but the rookie gave the surging Colorado Rockies the outing they needed.  —  Freeland pitched six solid innings and shook off a liner off his pitching arm …
Christina KahrlMLB / ESPN:
Rookies in the rotation key to Rockies' rise
Discussion: Purple Row and Rox Pile
Daily Dose: Healy Powers  —  Ryon Healy continues to exceed expectations.  —  Perhaps it's the expectations.  —  Healy homered twice Saturday, giving him 17 homers and 42 RBI on the year, to lead the Athletics to a 5-2 win over the Yankees.  Healy also had a single in the game, finishing 3-for-4 with the two solo homers.
Discussion: ESPN
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners Designate Dillon Overton For Assignment  —  The Mariners have designated left-hander Dillon Overton for assignment, the team announced.  Righy Rob Whalen was optioned to Double-A and righty Max Povse had his contract selected from Double-A in corresponding moves.
Discussion: Lookout Landing and Al's Ramblings
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