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3:25 PM ET, June 19, 2017


 Top News: 
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' Dixon Machado may be best hitter in AL ... 'that doesn't play'  —  Machado shining at the plate, hitting .322 despite backup SS role  —  In their 9-1 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Detroit Tigers managed just six hits.  —  Two of them came from their 25-year-old backup shortstop, Dixon Machado.
Detroit Free Press:
Anibal Sanchez to start for Tigers after ‘throwing the ball OK’ in Toledo  —  Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press Wochit  —  Toledo pitching coach says veteran right-hander threw plenty of strikes, worked hard on repeating delivery over four minor-league starts
Detroit Free Press:
Tigers minors: JaCoby Jones' two hits, Kyle Ryan lift Toledo  —  Triple-A: Toledo 6, Durham 5  —  TOLEDO, Ohio - Efren Navarro hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, leading the Toledo Mud Hens to a 6-5 win over the Durham Bulls on Sunday.  —  Edward Mujica got Patrick Leonard to ground …
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus: It was a ‘crappy’ home stand
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:   Buck Farmer flails as Tigers crushed by Rays' five homers, lose 9-1
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Anibal Sanchez called up by Detroit Tigers, to start Monday in Seattle
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.
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 …
Discussion: Over the Monster
Brian MacPherson /
Low-budget signing of Moreland has worked out splendidly for Red Sox
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 …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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 …
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:   Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gets on base for 5th straight time to start game
Associated Press:
Nelson whiffs 10 in 1st CG as Brewers nip Padres 2-1
Associated Press:
Lackey deals, Rizzo leads offense as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Anthony Rizzo continues leadoff success as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1
Fox Sports:
McCutchen, Polanco look to lead Pirates to series win vs. Cubs (Jun 18, 2017)
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees swept by last-place A's, 4-3, go 1-6 on West Coast trip
George A. King III / New York Post:   Yankees end West Coast horror show with sixth straight loss
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction pans ump show in Sunday's loss  —  ARLINGTON  —  Seldom is this space used for critiques of umpires, and never as an excuse for a team's loss even if players believe it to be so.  —  But Joe West was at it again, though Jeff Banister didn't make the media privy …
Discussion: WFAA-TV and Lone Star Ball
Gil Lebreton / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Yu Darvish ‘appreciation day’ long overdue for Rangers  —  ARLINGTON  —  An untidy first inning made for a warm and restless Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.  —  Yu Darvish couldn't locate his slider.  Rangers hitters couldn't get anything to fall against Seattle's Christian Bergman.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:   Yu Darvish and the free-agent class of 2017-18 are an appetizer for the 2018-19 bonanza
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 …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Matt Gelb /
Bullpen sinks Phillies again  —  Hector Neris jogged from the bullpen to the mound at Citizens Bank Park as Survivor's “Eye of the Tiger” filled a half-empty ballpark.  —  Sunday's game slogged toward its fourth hour.  But Neris carried confidence in his splitter because when he last pitched …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks rally to beat Phillies in extras
Jeff Neiburg / UPI:
Late surge sends Arizona Diamondbacks past reeling Philadelphia Phillies
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Nationals vs. Marlins series preview: Welcome to Miami  —  The last time the Washington Nationals faced the Miami Marlins, hope sprang as determinedly for one team as it did the other, and both were legitimate contenders in the National League East.  The last time the Nationals and Marlins faced each …
UPI:   Washington Nationals place pitcher Shawn Kelley on DL
Ben Walker / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
DeGrom homers, dominates on mound as Mets stop Nationals 5-1
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
What are the odds the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen?  Probably good  —  What are the odds that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen?  —  I'm guessing good.  —  Go back to July 30, the day that the Pirates sent reliever Mark Melancon to the Nationals for left-hander Felipe Rivero and minor-league lefty Taylor Hearn.
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
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
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Washington Times:
Looking back on small gesture of locker room kindness
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