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12:40 PM ET, June 19, 2017


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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
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
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.
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.
George A. King III / New York Post:   Yankees end West Coast horror show with sixth straight loss
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 claw their way to another improbable win
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 …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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
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.
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
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
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Is any team having more fun than the Houston Astros?  —  HOUSTON — Josh Reddick loves professional wrestling.  Can't get enough of it.  He once dropped $400 on a satin robe autographed by Ric Flair.  He often gets ringside seats to big events.  The veteran outfielder's choice in at-bat music …
R.J. Anderson /
MLB Rumor Buy or Sell: Astros reportedly eyeing Sonny Gray at the trade deadline
John Hickey / Mercury News:
Could A's Sonny Gray be a good match for the Astros?
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.
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.
RELATED:   Recap: Reds losing streak reaches 9
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.
CSN Chicago:
James Shields activated, Miguel Gonzalez to DL as White Sox gain one starting pitcher and lose another
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Designate Michael Martinez For Assignment  —  The Rays announced that they have designated infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for Trevor Plouffe, who was acquired from the Athletics over the weekend.
Discussion: DRaysBay
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 …
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