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Jack McCarthy / UPI:
Chicago Cubs seek consistency in series opener vs. San Diego Padres  —  CHICAGO - The inconsistent Chicago Cubs hope to build on some momentum from a successful weekend on the road.  —  The defending champions will get their first chance when they host the San Diego Padres in the opener …
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Associated Press:
Nelson whiffs 10 in 1st CG as Brewers nip Padres 2-1  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — With a tired Brewers bullpen in dire need of a break, Jimmy Nelson carried the load all by himself Sunday.  —  Nelson struck out 10 in his first career complete game and Milwaukee got home runs from Hernan Perez …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
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 …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gets on base for 5th straight time to start game  —  PITTSBURGH — It's no longer a gimmick.  —  The Chicago Cubs have a new leadoff hitter, as Anthony Rizzo got on base for the fifth consecutive time to start a game after doubling and scoring in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Andrew Wagner / UPI:
Milwaukee Brewers edge San Diego Padres as Jimmy Nelson gets first complete game  —  MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Nelson was fired up as he took the mound for the ninth inning Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.  —  He had struck out eight batters while allowing one run to that point …
Fox Sports:
McCutchen, Polanco look to lead Pirates to series win vs. Cubs (Jun 18, 2017)
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Anthony Rizzo continues leadoff success as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1
ESPN:
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia gets X-rays on rib area after hit by pitch  —  Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was hit in the back by a pitch in Sunday's 6-5 road win over the Houston Astros, was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays on his rib area.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Fox Sports:
Bogaerts hits 2 homers to lead Red Sox over Astros 6-5 (Jun 18, 2017)  —  HOUSTON (AP) David Price wasn't great on Sunday night, and he didn't have to be.  The best strike Boston threw to home plate came from left field, anyway.  —  Xander Bogaerts went deep twice for the first multihomer game …
Brian MacPherson / providencejournal.com:
Low-budget signing of Moreland has worked out splendidly for Red Sox
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Houston Astros sail to 7-1 win over Boston Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
From Cy to sigh in the blink of an eye for Boston's Rick Porcello
Larry Millson / UPI:
J.A. Happ pitches into seventh as Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox  —  TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays pulled a different version of a bloop and a blast Sunday afternoon and then went on to defeat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.
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CSN Chicago:
James Shields activated, Miguel Gonzalez to DL as White Sox gain one starting pitcher and lose another
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Bibens-Dirkx looking to change as Rangers face Toronto
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:   James Shields' return takes a sour turn in 7-3 White Sox loss to Blue Jays
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus: It was a ‘crappy’ home stand  —  Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is as frustrated as everyone else.  —  The Tigers came home June 13 two games under .500, looking to make a move.  —  Six days later, after losing four of the six games, Ausmus wasn't sugarcoating it.
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Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Anibal Sanchez called up by Detroit Tigers, to start Monday in Seattle
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:   Buck Farmer flails as Tigers crushed by Rays' five homers, lose 9-1
Rich Shook / UPI:   Tampa Bay Rays overtake Detroit Tigers with two-run seventh for 3-2 win
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks claw their way to another improbable win … PHILADELPHIA - The Diamondbacks received a subpar outing from their starting pitcher, blew a three-run lead, trailed entering the ninth and still found a way to win, getting a home run from a player who had never before hit …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks rally to beat Phillies in extras
Jeff Neiburg / UPI:   Late surge sends Arizona Diamondbacks past reeling Philadelphia Phillies
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees swept by last-place A's, 4-3, go 1-6 on West Coast trip  —  OAKLAND — The Yankees' miserable West Coast road trip is mercifully over, and it should be a quiet six-hour flight back home.  —  The free-falling Bombers were swept by the last-place Athletics, and return home having lost a season-high six straight games.
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Associated Press:
Khris Davis' 2-run homer leads Athletics to sweep of Yankees  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A week ago, the first-place New York Yankees came to the West Coast on a roll.  They were scoring more than enough runs to support their starters and winning by comfortable margins.
Eric Gilmore / UPI:
Ryon Healy, Matt Joyce power Oakland Athletics past New York Yankees
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Cincinnati.com:
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.
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Cincinnati.com:   Recap: Reds losing streak reaches 9
UPI:
Washington Nationals place pitcher Shawn Kelley on DL  —  The Washington Nationals placed right-handed relief pitcher Shawn Kelley on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right trapezius strain.  —  The move, retroactive to June 17, was announced before Sunday's finale of a four-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Michael Kelly / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Arenado completes cycle with game-winning homer for Rockies … Nolan Arenado completed the cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the  —  San Francisco Giants by rallying for a 7-5 victory Sunday.  —  Arenado hit the first pitch he saw from All-Star closer
Ben Walker / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
DeGrom homers, dominates on mound as Mets stop Nationals 5-1 … Jacob deGrom hit his first major league home run and shut down a bruising  —  Washington Nationals lineup on three singles for eight dominant innings Sunday, giving the  —  New York Mets a 5-1 win that prevented a four-game sweep.
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John Harper / New York Daily News:   In a season full of low points, Nationals series feels like Mets have hit rock bottom
 
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