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1:45 PM ET, April 16, 2018


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Joshua Koch / Associated Press:
Colon perfect into 8th, Rangers beat Astros 3-1 in 10  —  HOUSTON (AP) Age is only a number and Bartolo Colon is evidence of that.  —  The 44-year-old pitcher carried a perfect game into the eighth and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory …
Daily Dose: Big Sexy Time  —  Big Sexy Time  —  Bartolo Colon has done just about everything possible on a baseball field over his 21 seasons in the major leagues.  One thing that the 44-year-old hurler hasn't done, is throw a no-hitter.  —  While on the road against the defending World Champions …
Associated Press:
Colon perfect into 8th, Rangers beat Astros 3-1 in 10 innings  —  Veteran Bartolo Colón went toe-to-toe with Astros ace pitcher Justin Verlander, both allowing just one run and one hit before the Rangers pulled ahead in the 10th inning.  The Rangers take the series 2-1 with each game being decided by two runs or less.
Associated Press:
Rookies Lucchesi, Villanueva carry Padres past Giants 10-1  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) - The rebuilding San Diego Padres have made up two spots in the NL West in two games, thanks largely to two rookies.  —  Joey Lucchesi struck out nine in six innings, Christian Villanueva homered …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Bartolo Colon, last of ‘Tiger Stadium Club,’ duels with Justin Verlander
Alex Butler / UPI:   Rangers' Bartolo Colon loses perfect game in eighth inning
Associated Press:
Colon working on no-hitter in 8th for Rangers vs Astros
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Bartolo Colon, 44, takes perfect game into 8th inning vs. Astros
Bill Center / UPI:   Padres hold rare NL West lead entering series with Dodgers
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays Kiermaier to have surgery, miss 8-12 weeks  —  Two black men were arrested at Starbucks.  Now the company and police are on the defensive.
Report: Rays' Kiermaier needs thumb surgery, expected to miss 8-12 weeks  —  Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
Rays keep sliding at home as Phillies roll to 10-4 win
Discussion: DRaysBay
Tampa Bay Times:   Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays' Kevin Kiermaier sprains thumb
Gabe Lacques / Arizona Republic:
MLB power rankings: Red-hot Red Sox claim No. 1 spot  —  Grim weather conditions finally forced a postponement at Fenway Park on Monday, though that may do little to quell the Boston Red Sox's historic start.  —  The Red Sox are on a 13-1 roll, their best 14-game stretch since 2006 …
Discussion: Halos Heaven and USA Today
Doug Stewart / FOX 61:
Red Sox extend best start in 118-year history, beat O's 3-1
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Red Sox rained out on Patriots Day, turn attention to Shohei Ohtani
Discussion: Sporting News
Associated Press:
Kershaw sharp, Dodgers end 11-game skid vs Diamondbacks, 7-2  —  LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw took care of the Los Angeles Dodgers' long drought against the Diamondbacks.  —  Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as the Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets have the chance to put Nationals in an even bigger hole this week  —  Wilmer Flores discusses his walk-off homer  —  The Mets completed a 5-1 week by defeating the Brewers, 3-2, on Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.  They enter this week's slate of games …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Brew Crew Ball
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Torrid start puts Mets in spot where Nationals expected to be
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Matt Ehalt /
Wilmer Flores hits walk-off homer in 3-2 Mets win over the Brewers
Discussion: Daily Record and Brew Crew Ball
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Preview: Cardinals at Cubs  —  • The Cardinals were 1-8 at Wrigley Field last year but led or were tied in the sixth inning or later in every game but one.  The one game the Cardinals won at Wrigley they actually trailed 3-2 going into the eighth before scoring nine runs.
John Minchillo / Bleacher Report:
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs: Odds, Analysis, MLB Betting Pick
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo set to return in the cold against sizzling Cardinals
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Five points heading into the Yankees homestand  —  NEW YORK - After two solid days of rain in Detroit, the Yankees will attempt to play their first game since Friday at Comerica Park.  —  On Monday night, the Yankees begin a 10-game homestand against the Marlins (2 games), Blue Jays (4 games) …
Larry Fleisher / UPI:   Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton faces Marlins for first time
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Yankees keeping an eye on Gleyber Torres' progress
Andrew Wagner / UPI:
Brewers eager to get indoors to face struggling Reds  —  It will be cold and still snowing Monday night when the Milwaukee Brewers begin a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.  —  Thanks to the roof over Miller Park, weather delays like the ones that plagued Cincinnati on Sunday will not be a concern.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Associated Press:   Baseball notebook: Brewers' Thames suffers leg injury
Projecting paydays for next year's top free agents  —  While the 2017-18 offseason may long be notorious as one of the slowest baseball winters ever — at least when it came to free agents — the next one ought to be a good deal more exciting.  Legitimate superstars will hit free agency …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McGee welcomes tributes to Robinson  —  St. Louis Cardinals instructor Willie McGee (center) talks with a group of players at a base sliding work station during St. Louis Cardinals spring training on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Chris Lee,
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Could free tickets be the wave of baseball's future?  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Five thoughts from the third week of the baseball season:  —  1. Don't charge people for tickets  —  Here's an idea no one's thought of before:  —  Instead of charging $30 for parking and anywhere from $30 …
Associated Press:
MLB notes: Six more games postponed because of inclement weather  —  Six more Major League Baseball games were wiped out Sunday, running this season's total number of postponements to 21 in only 2 1/2 weeks.  It's baseball's highest number through the end of April since it had 26 in 2007 …
Matt Breen /
Phillies are rolling; so is Victor Arano |  Extra Innings  —  Good morning, Phillies fans.  The Phils had quite the weekend in Tampa, which means I have songs like this and this stuck in my head.  The Phillies have won six in a row and eight of their last nine.
Discussion: The Good Phight
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