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11:05 PM ET, June 19, 2017

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Scott Lauber / ESPN:
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia spit up blood after being hit by pitch vs. Astros, out of lineup vs. Royals  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Second baseman Dustin Pedroia got hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning Sunday night in Houston.  But it wasn't until he was back in the Boston Red Sox's dugout …
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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.
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Xander Bogaerts leads Boston Red Sox by Houston Astros  —  HOUSTON — Xander Bogaerts produced his first career multi-homer game and totaled four RBIs as the Boston Red Sox won the rubber match of their three-game set with the Houston Astros 6-5 on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park.
Fox Sports:
Bogaerts hits 2 homers to lead Red Sox over Astros 6-5 (Jun 18, 2017)
Discussion: Over the Monster
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:   Is any team having more fun than the Houston Astros?
Detroit Free Press:
Series preview: Nelson Cruz leads Mariners' offense vs. Tigers  —  Series: Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners  —  When: Monday-Thursday at Safeco Field (all games at 10:10 p.m.)  —  TV/radio: All games on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 FM; Monday's game also on ESPN, Thursday's game on MLB Network out-of-market.
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Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers' Matt Boyd unfazed by demotion to Triple-A Toledo
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers' Dixon Machado may be best hitter in AL ... 'that doesn't play'
Detroit Free Press:
Anibal Sanchez to start for Tigers after ‘throwing the ball OK’ in Toledo
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Detroit Free Press:   Tigers minors: JaCoby Jones' two hits, Kyle Ryan lift Toledo
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus: It was a ‘crappy’ home stand
Discussion: Bless You Boys
ESPN:
Gleyber Torres to undergo Tommy John surgery in non-throwing elbow  —  NEW YORK — New York Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres has a torn ligament in his non-throwing elbow and will miss the remainder of the season.  —  The Yankees announced Monday that the 20-year-old Torres …
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Top Yankees infield prospect Torres needs Tommy John surgery  —  NEW YORK (AP) Top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres has a torn ligament in his non-throwing elbow and will have Tommy John surgery that is expected to sideline him until spring training.  —  A 20-year-old infielder who was the top player …
Discussion: Minor League Ball
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
Brian Cashman: Only positive of Yankees' miserable road trip is that it's over  —  His Yankees club is coming off a miserable West Coast swing which ended with a season-high sixth straight loss to the A's, not to mention several injuries sustained to key players on both the big league team and in the minors.
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.
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George A. King III / New York Post:   Yankees end West Coast horror show with sixth straight loss
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees swept by last-place A's, 4-3, go 1-6 on West Coast trip
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.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and CBS Chicago
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:   Rosenthal's Latest: McCutchen, Cole, Hand, Cubs
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
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction pans ump show in Sunday's loss
Discussion: WFAA-TV and 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
ESPN:
Clayton Kershaw rejected ballhawk Zack Hample's request for Father's Day baseball  —  Zack Hample, a fan who claims to have collected over 9,000 baseballs at Major League Baseball games, said Clayton Kershaw rejected his request for a special Father's Day ball Sunday.
ESPN:
Giants' Hunter Strickland loses appeal, begins serving six-game ban  —  Major League Baseball has upheld a six-game suspension of San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland for his role in a bench-clearing brawl with the Washington Nationals last month.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres Claim Dillon Overton, Designate Zach Lee  —  The Padres announced on Monday that they've claimed left-hander Dillon Overton off waivers from the Mariners and designated right-hander Zach Lee for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.  Overton has been optioned to Triple-A El Paso, per the Padres.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Place J.J. Hardy On DL With Wrist Fracture, Select Paul Janish  —  5:08pm: Janish will be promoted to take the open roster spot, per a club announcement.  —  2:27pm: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been diagnosed with a fracture in his right wrist and won't be able to resume baseball activities …
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Joe Maddon invests in resting stars now to win big later  —  CHICAGO — If you think Cubs manager Joe Maddon is going to push the envelope as much as possible right now because his team is .500, think again.  In fact, Maddon tends to go the other way when things go south.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Power-packed weekend leaves Cardinals grounded, again  —  BALTIMORE  • At some point in between all the home runs Sunday and during one of the pitching changes they wrought, left fielder Tommy Pham and right fielder Stephen Piscotty met in the middle of the outfield and discussed how the Cardinals have only been at extremes.
Matt Gelb / Philly.com:
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 …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks claw their way to another improbable win
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
 
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