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2:05 AM ET, June 19, 2017


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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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks rally to beat Phillies in extras … PHILADELPHIA - Rey Fuentes hit his first major league home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.  —  Fuentes entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch runner and was caught stealing.
Jeff Neiburg / UPI:   Late surge sends Arizona Diamondbacks past reeling Philadelphia Phillies
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks playing like top National League contenders
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 …
Fox Sports:
McCutchen, Polanco look to lead Pirates to series win vs. Cubs (Jun 18, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates saw plenty of good things from Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco on Saturday.  —  The Pirates will look for more of the same from their center fielder and right fielder Sunday …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Anthony Rizzo continues leadoff success as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1  —  Photos from the Cubs-Pirates game on June 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot while extending his hitting streak to 12 games as the Cubs coasted to a 7-1 victory Sunday …
Wes Crosby / UPI:   Andrew McCutchen's HR caps Pittsburgh Pirates' 4-3 win over Chicago Cubs
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 …
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:
Padres beat Brewers in another slugfest, 7-5 in 11 innings
Andrew Wagner / UPI:
San Diego Padres go deep twice in 11th inning to sink Milwaukee Brewers
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:   James Shields' return takes a sour turn in 7-3 White Sox loss to Blue Jays
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Bibens-Dirkx looking to change as Rangers face Toronto
CSN Chicago:
James Shields activated, Miguel Gonzalez to DL as White Sox gain one starting pitcher and lose another
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Anibal Sanchez called up by Detroit Tigers, to start Monday in Seattle  —  Sanchez has had a 4.60 ERA in four starts at Toledo; Farmer sent down to make room  —  The Detroit Tigers are making a surprising move.  —  Pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who struggled in his time at Detroit this year …
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
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Michael Fulmer outdueled by Chris Archer as Tigers fall to Rays, 3-2
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Houston Astros sail to 7-1 win over Boston Red Sox  —  HOUSTON — In addition to lauding the performance of his rookie right-hander David Paulino on Saturday night, Astros manager A.J. Hinch made clear his satisfaction with how Paulino emotionally approached his fifth career start.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Brian MacPherson /
Low-budget signing of Moreland has worked out splendidly for Red Sox
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
From Cy to sigh in the blink of an eye for Boston's Rick Porcello
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.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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:
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.
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Washington Nationals get key out on Yoenis Cespedes in 7-4 win
John Harper / New York Daily News:   In a season full of low points, Nationals series feels like Mets have hit rock bottom
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Derby Daze: Orioles hit four more homers, thunder past Cards  —  BALTIMORE  • This ballpark is for the birds.  —  A complete rupture of the Cardinals rotation in the final two games of this interleague series left the offense playing catchup, and even in the confining Camden Yards they didn't have enough sock to match the hosts.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wainwright is rocked as Orioles overwhelm Redbirds
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
Discussion: and Purple Row
Christina KahrlMLB / ESPN:
Rookies in the rotation key to Rockies' rise
Discussion: Purple Row and Rox Pile
Daily Dose: Healy Powers  —  Ryon Healy continues to exceed expectations.  —  Perhaps it's the expectations.  —  Healy homered twice Saturday, giving him 17 homers and 42 RBI on the year, to lead the Athletics to a 5-2 win over the Yankees.  Healy also had a single in the game, finishing 3-for-4 with the two solo homers.
Discussion: ESPN
Felix Hernandez to return vs. first-place Astros  —  Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will return from the disabled list and start Friday against the Houston Astros.  —  Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters Sunday that Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will both be activated from the DL in time for next weekend's series.
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