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1:40 PM ET, July 16, 2017

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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.
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Associated Press:
Rockies activate Ian Desmond, put Tyler Chatwood on DL  —  The slumping Colorado Rockies got a key cog in their lineup back Sunday but took a hit to their starting rotation.  —  The Rockies activated outfielder/first baseman Ian Desmond from the disabled list but placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood …
Fox Sports:   Rockies' Hoffman feels right at home against Mets (Jul 16, 2017)
ESPN:   Mets' Yoenis Cespedes exits with sore hip, likely out for Sunday
Jerry Beach / UPI:   New York Mets reel in win over struggling Colorado Rockies
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.
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Fox Sports:
Yankees, Red Sox end weekend series with doubleheader (Jul 16, 2017)
Discussion: Over the Monster
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees beat Red Sox 4-1 in 16-inning showdown after tying it in the 9th
Brian Manzullo / Detroit Free Press:
Alex Rodriguez floats an idea: Miguel Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox?
Discussion: NESN.com
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 …
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Fox Sports:
Red-hot Dodgers try for sweep of Marlins (Jul 16, 2017)  —  MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers' chances at a three-game sweep just got better.  —  The Dodgers, who have won 28 of their past 32 games, lead the majors with a 63-29 record.  —  In addition, the Dodgers won't have to face Miami …
Discussion: True Blue LA
Walter Villa / UPI:
Cody Bellinger becomes first rookie in Los Angeles Dodgers history to hit for cycle
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
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.
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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
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 …
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Associated Press:
Padres spoil Madison Bumgarner's return with 5-3 walk-off win
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Associated Press:   Giants placed Johnny Cueto on DL, making room for Madison Bumgarner
Eric Gilmore / UPI:
Khris Davis' walk-off HR lifts Oakland Athletics past Cleveland Indians  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis hit a two-run, walk-off homer for the Oakland Athletics, but it was rookie Matt Chapman who got the celebratory pie in the face and Gatorade shower after a 5-3 victory against the Cleveland Indians …
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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
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Fox Sports:   Archer, Rays up against Angels in series finale (Jul 16, 2017)
Bob Keisser / UPI:   Tampa Bay Rays defeat Los Angeles Angels behind Alex Cobb, home runs
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.
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Fox Sports:   Nationals go for rare four-game sweep vs. Reds (Jul 16, 2017)
Zach Buchanan / Cincinnati.com:   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
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Fox Sports:   Cardinals keep their distance as they visit Pirates (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 …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:   The Cubs' Jose Quintana debut plan: Let him take control
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 …
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Jay Cohen / The Charlotte Observer:
Cruz homers as Mariners edge White Sox 4-3
ESPN:
Olney: What would switching to robot umps look — or sound — like?  —  Some team executives talk about the electronic strike zone as if it's an inevitability, and the same is true with some players.  Technology has improved pitching, hitting and player evaluation, and the thinking goes …
Fox Sports:
Disciplined Astros hitters prepare for series finale vs. Twins (Jul 16, 2017)  —  HOUSTON — Even in defeat, the Houston Astros continued their season-long trend of avoiding strikeouts, a stunning turnaround that has helped fuel their incredible success heading into Sunday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
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Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
Twins place Byron Buxton on disabled list, plan to start Bartolo Colon vs. Yankees
Discussion: Twinkie Town
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 …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment  —  The Angels have designated second baseman Danny Espinosa for assignment, the team announced on Twitter.  Right-hander Parker Bridwell was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.  —  [Updated Angels depth chart at Roster Resource]
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees shuffle bullpen ahead of doubleheader after extra-inning affair  —  BOSTON — The Yankees made a few pitching moves to help their taxed bullpen prior to Game 1 of their day-night doubleheader with the Red Sox.  —  Bryan Mitchell (26th man) and Domingo German were both recalled from Triple-A Scranton.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Acquire Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson  —  The Nationals made their long-awaited strike for bullpen help, acquiring relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Right-hander Blake Treinen, minor league left-hander Jesus Luzardo …
Discussion: SI.com and MLB on Yahoo! Sports
 
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Rockies Interested In J.D. Martinez
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jake Arrieta sees blister problems resurface: 'I've never had this many issues with it'
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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After a two-month slump to start the season, Jose Reyes now a ‘sparkplug’ for the Mets
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Brewers 3, Phillies 2: Travis Shaw comes through again with game-deciding home run
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