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4:40 PM ET, June 19, 2017


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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.
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
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.
Brian MacPherson /
Low-budget signing of Moreland has worked out splendidly for Red Sox
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:   Is any team having more fun than the Houston Astros?
Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Matt Boyd unfazed by demotion to Triple-A Toledo  —  TOLEDO — Matt Boyd felt no disrespect when the Detroit Tigers optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.  —  After a few solid outings for the Mud Hens, the starting left-handed pitcher could be in a Tigers uniform again - maybe soon.
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:
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Andrew Wagner / UPI:
Milwaukee Brewers edge San Diego Padres as Jimmy Nelson gets first complete game
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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
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
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks rally to beat Phillies in extras
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.
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.
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 …
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
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