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3:00 AM ET, July 16, 2017


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Associated Press:
Choo drives in go-ahead run in 8th as Texas beats Royals 1-0  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cole Hamels could have been frustrated or intimidated or annoyed by the effortless way Kansas City counterpart Danny Duffy was slicing up the Rangers lineup Saturday night.  —  Instead, he rather enjoyed it.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals waste gem from Duffy, lose 12th straight to the Rangers  —  Among the unwritten rules of baseball, tradition dictates that the starting pitcher controls the pregame music that emanates from the clubhouse stereo system.  Every fifth day, Danny Duffy takes this assignment more serious than most.
Associated Press:
Royals pitcher Karns to have rib removed, out for season  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals right-hander Nate Karns hopes that by losing a rib he will gain some relief.  —  The 29-year-old pitcher will miss the rest of the season to have a rib removed Wednesday in a procedure designed to take pressure off the nerve in his forearm.
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers reaction: Back to .500 and in the thick of wild card fever
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Shin-Soo Choo's bloop single in 9th enough to push Rangers past Royals
Associated Press:
Yankees top Red Sox 4-1 in 16th; Boston plays under protest  —  BOSTON (AP) — Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning and the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the bitter rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.
Fox Sports:   Yankees, Red Sox end weekend series with doubleheader (Jul 16, 2017)
UPI:   MLB: Boston Red Sox place Joe Kelly on DL
Fox Sports:
Rockies' Hoffman feels right at home against Mets (Jul 16, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — On Sunday afternoon, Colorado Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman will get to understand what New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz experiences every time he pitches at Citi Field: The opportunity to pitch in front of family and friends.
Jerry Beach / UPI:   New York Mets reel in win over struggling Colorado Rockies
Mike Fitzpatrick / The Charlotte Observer:
Rockies RHP Chatwood leaves with injury in wild 1st inning
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:   Yoenis Cespedes leaves Mets-Rockies game with an apparent hip injury
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:   Mets' offense explosion continues, beat Rockies 9-3
Jay Paris / UPI:
Madison Bumgarner returns, but San Diego Padres prevail over San Francisco Giants  —  SAN DIEGO — Hector Sanchez knows the drill of being a backup catcher.  —  “It's not an easy job,” he said, “but I have to be ready every single day.”  —  Sanchez got a rare chance to play Saturday …
Associated Press:
Giants placed Johnny Cueto on DL, making room for Madison Bumgarner  —  With the all-star break in the rearview mirror, it's time for second half of the MLB season to get underway.  Here are the story lines that will shape the rest of the season.  USA TODAY Sports  —  CONNECT
Giants put Johnny Cueto on DL to make room for Madison Bumgarner's return
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Associated Press:   Padres spoil Madison Bumgarner's return with 5-3 walk-off win
Fox Sports:
Puig confronts Marlins pitcher after nearly being hit  —  MIAMI (AP) An angry Yasiel Puig took several steps toward the mound after he was nearly hit by a pitch from Jose Urena in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit …
Walter Villa / UPI:
Cody Bellinger becomes first rookie in Los Angeles Dodgers history to hit for cycle  —  MIAMI — The Dodgers have been playing baseball for 128 years, and Cody Bellinger on Saturday night became the first rookie in franchise history to hit for the cycle.  —  He is also only the ninth Dodgers player …
Fox Sports:   Red-hot Dodgers try for sweep of Marlins (Jul 16, 2017)
Fox Sports:
Nationals go for rare four-game sweep vs. Reds (Jul 16, 2017)  —  CINCINNATI — The National League East-leading Washington Nationals will be looking for their seventh win in nine games on Sunday against a team that's at the bottom of the standings in its division.
Fox Sports:
Rendon hits grand slam, Nationals hold off Reds for 10-7 win (Jul 15, 2017)
Zach Buchanan /   Huge comeback still falls short for Reds against Nationals
Fox Sports:
Lynn shuts down Pirates as Cardinals cruise 4-0 (Jul 15, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) Lance Lynn worked 6 1/3 innings and added a rare run-scoring double at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Saturday night.  —  Lynn (8-6) allowed eight hits and struck …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Fox Sports:
Cardinals keep their distance as they visit Pirates (Jul 16, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH — Any team can win on any given Sunday.  Or Monday, Tuesday or any other day of the week.  —  While the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn't dare predict the outcome Sunday when the teams play …
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Brewers 3, Phillies 2: Travis Shaw comes through again with game-deciding home run  —  Mr. Consistency keeps coming through.  —  Travis Shaw, who was the Milwaukee Brewers' most valuable player during a steady and productive first half, delivered in the clutch again Saturday night …
Associated Press:   Shaw's HR in the 8th give Brewers 3-2 win over Phillies
CSN Philly:
Tonight's Lineup: Aaron Altherr (hamstring) to sit out vs. Brewers
Bob Keisser / UPI:
Tampa Bay Rays defeat Los Angeles Angels behind Alex Cobb, home runs  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Tampa Bay Rays may not be on a record-setting roll like the L.A. Dodgers and Houston Astros, but there is no lack of confidence in their clubhouse.  —  The Rays, six games over .500 for the first time since 2015 …
MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Morrison homers to help Cobb, Rays beat Angels 6-3 … Alex Cobb continued his strong recent turnaround and  —  Logan Morrison hit his 25th home run of the season to lead the  —  Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-3 victory Saturday night over the  —  Los Angeles Angels.
Discussion: DRaysBay
Fox Sports:
Nationals pitcher Joe Ross to have Tommy John surgery  —  CINCINNATI (AP) Washington right-hander Joe Ross will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.  —  Dr. Keith Meister will operate on Wednesday in Texas, according to Washington manager Dusty Baker.
UPI:   MLB notebook: Washington Nationals' Joe Ross facing Tommy John surgery
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Rick Renteria tossed again in White Sox's 4-3 loss to Mariners  —  White Sox manager Rick Renteria on his ejection from the 4-3 loss to the Mariners on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Rick Renteria didn't make it as far as the foul line …
Jay Cohen / The Charlotte Observer:
Cruz homers as Mariners edge White Sox 4-3
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Quintana debuts for Cubs, Yanks-Bosox play late  —  A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday:  —  ___  —  RIGHT ON Q  —  Jose Quintana makes his debut for the Chicago Cubs when he starts at Baltimore.  Trying to make a playoff push, the World Series champions acquired …
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