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8:50 AM ET, July 16, 2017


 Top News: 
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
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
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Yoenis Cespedes leaves Mets-Rockies game with an apparent hip injury  —  A hushed murmur spread over the Citi Field crowd on a balmy summer night in Queens, and all eyes were transfixed on left field, where a divot the size of a small crater served as the remaining evidence of yet another Yoenis Cespedes leg injury.
Mike Fitzpatrick / The Charlotte Observer:
Rockies RHP Chatwood leaves with injury in wild 1st inning
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Jerry Beach / UPI:   New York Mets reel in win over struggling Colorado Rockies
Fox Sports:   Rockies' Hoffman feels right at home against Mets (Jul 16, 2017)
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Mets' offense explosion continues, beat Rockies 9-3
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:   Mets' Yoenis Cespedes exits with sore hip, likely out for Sunday
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:
Rendon hits grand slam, Nationals hold off Reds for 10-7 win (Jul 15, 2017)  —  CINCINNATI (AP) Anthony Rendon hit his second career grand slam and added a two-run homer, and the Washington Nationals overcame Scooter Gennett's four-RBI night to hold on for a 10-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.
Fox Sports:   Nationals pitcher Joe Ross to have Tommy John surgery
Fox Sports:   Nationals go for rare four-game sweep vs. Reds (Jul 16, 2017)
Zach Buchanan /   Huge comeback still falls short for Reds against Nationals
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
Fox Sports:   Red-hot Dodgers try for sweep of Marlins (Jul 16, 2017)
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 …
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
The Cubs' Jose Quintana debut plan: Let him take control  —  BALTIMORE — It's Jose Quintana day for the Chicago Cubs as they debut their prized July trade piece in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles.  —  Happy he didn't have to change home addresses — just uniforms — the former White Sox pitcher simply wants to fit in.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Jon Lester likes stability Jose Quintana adds to rotation now and in future
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.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees beat Red Sox 4-1 in 16-inning showdown after tying it in the 9th  —  BOSTON — It was just your typically wild Yankees-Red Sox affair at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.  —  It featured a stellar pitchers' duel between Chris Sale and Luis Severino; a stunning game-tying solo shot …
Fox Sports:   Yankees, Red Sox end weekend series with doubleheader (Jul 16, 2017)
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
Bob Keisser / UPI:   Tampa Bay Rays defeat Los Angeles Angels behind Alex Cobb, home runs
Fox Sports:   Archer, Rays up against Angels in series finale (Jul 16, 2017)
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)
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 …
Discussion: South Side Sox
Jay Cohen / The Charlotte Observer:
Cruz homers as Mariners edge White Sox 4-3
Nick Ostiller / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Sonny Gray drawing interest from Indians?  —  The Cleveland Indians got a firsthand view of Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray on Friday night as the right-hander tossed six shutout innings against them, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Alex Butler / UPI:
Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, three others interested in RHP Sonny Gray
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
Fox Sports:
Diamondbacks look for Godley help against Braves (Jul 16, 2017)  —  ATLANTA — The Arizona Diamondbacks starter with the lowest ERA isn't Zack Greinke or fellow All-Star Game selection Robbie Ray.  —  That distinction belongs to Zack Godley, who began the season in the minors and has been recalled …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Heyman | Braves among teams considering Jurickson Profar
Discussion: Talking Chop and MLB Trade Rumors
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Judge vs. Betts the new rivalry within Red Sox-Yankees rivalry  —  BOSTON — Within the rivalry, there have always been rivalries.  They are the mini-dramas that help sustain this nearly century-old play known as Yankees-Red Sox.  Even when the teams don't finish 1-2 in the standings …
Michael Tsai / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Mom and son among fatalities in high-rise condo blaze  —  A woman and her adult son were among three people confirmed killed in a five-alarm fire at the Marco Polo high-rise condominium on Kapiolani Boulevard on Friday.  —  All three deaths occurred on the 26th floor, where the fire …
Discussion: WOOD-TV and Associated Press
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