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8:50 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
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
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks rally to beat Phillies in extras … PHILADELPHIA - Rey Fuentes hit his first major league home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.  —  Fuentes entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch runner and was caught stealing.
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: The Good Phight and AZ Snake Pit
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Anibal Sanchez called up by Detroit Tigers, to start Monday in Seattle  —  Sanchez has had a 4.60 ERA in four starts at Toledo; Farmer sent down to make room  —  The Detroit Tigers are making a surprising move.  —  Pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who struggled in his time at Detroit this year …
Rich Shook / UPI:   Tampa Bay Rays overtake Detroit Tigers with two-run seventh for 3-2 win
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Michael Fulmer outdueled by Chris Archer as Tigers fall to Rays, 3-2
Felix Hernandez to return vs. first-place Astros  —  Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will return from the disabled list and start Friday against the Houston Astros.  —  Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters Sunday that Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will both be activated from the DL in time for next weekend's series.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Bibens-Dirkx looking to change as Rangers face Toronto
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers reaction: Napoli leads homer barrage against Mariners
Recap: Reds losing streak reaches 9  —  The Reds dropped their ninth straight game, falling 8-7 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting swept by the Dodgers in three games to start the streak and for the last three games of the streak.  —  Here are the main storylines from Sunday's game:
Sunday's loss may be ‘checkmate’ on Bronson Arroyo's career
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jeff Wallner / UPI:
Yasiel Puig keys power surge as Los Angeles Dodgers rout Cincinnati Reds
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 …
Ben Walker / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
DeGrom homers, dominates on mound as Mets stop Nationals 5-1
John Harper / New York Daily News:   In a season full of low points, Nationals series feels like Mets have hit rock bottom
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
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Gleyber Torres, Yankees' top prospect, placed on disabled list  —  Top prospect Gleyber Torres, who has been surging at Triple-A Scranton, has been place on the 7-day minor-league disabled list.  —  He suffered a hyperextended left elbow while sliding headfirst into home plate during Saturday's game and left in obvious pain.
John Hickey / Mercury News:
Could A's Sonny Gray be a good match for the Astros?  —  OAKLAND - Tuesday will see Sonny Gray make his next start for teh A's with the Houston Astros in town.  —  It will be his first start since rumors began circulating that the Astros are interested in Gray as an addition to a severely depleted starting rotation.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Lonnie Chisenhall homers twice as the Cleveland Indians complete doubleheader sweep of Twins, 6-2  —  Gallery: Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins, game 2, June 17, 2017  —  MINNEAPOLIS - The Indians moved to the top of the AL Central for the first time in more than a month on Saturday thanks …
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