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9:45 AM ET, April 16, 2018


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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
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.
Alex Butler / UPI:
Rangers' Bartolo Colon loses perfect game in eighth inning … Texas Rangers veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon nearly pitched a perfect game against the World Series champion Houston Astros.  —  But he lost his bid at perfection in the eighth inning of the Rangers' 3-1 win Sunday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Associated Press:
Colon working on no-hitter in 8th for Rangers vs Astros
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Joshua Koch / Associated Press:   Colon perfect into 8th, Rangers beat Astros 3-1 in 10
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 …
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
Cubs, Nationals and Dodgers aren't good right now.  Which NL favorite is in real trouble?  —  They have reigned as National League division champions in each of the previous two years and are widely expected to keep the crowns again this season.  —  But after combining for eight playoff …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and
Bill Center / UPI:   Padres hold rare NL West lead entering series with Dodgers
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Kershaw earns first win as Dodgers cruise past Diamondbacks
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Torrid start puts Mets in spot where Nationals expected to be  —  During spring training, plenty of people would have found it plausible that six games would separate the New York Mets and Washington Nationals by April 16.  But few would have expected the Mets to be the ones off to the fast start.
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
Andrew Wagner / UPI:   Brewers eager to get indoors to face struggling Reds
John Healy / New York Daily News:   Mickey Callaway explains questionable decision to pinch-hit Jay Bruce for catcher Tomas Nido …
John Harper / New York Daily News:   Mets have perfect chance to increase lead over Nationals after showing resolve in win over Brewers
John Healy / New York Daily News:   Wilmer Flores' walk-off home run backs stellar outing from Noah Syndergaard as Mets take series finale over Brewers, 3-2
John Healy / New York Daily News:   Brandon Nimmo continues impressive start to season, goes 3-for-5 with a home run in Mets' win over Brewers
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
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,
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo set to return in the cold against sizzling Cardinals
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Martinez overwhelms Reds, sends Cardinals to rare sweep in Cincy  —  CINCINNATI  • For a team looking to sweep a hapless opponent and flex the many, varied ways it needs to be able to win to contend it helped the Cardinals on Sunday to have a pitcher with many, varied, and downright wicked ways to get outs.
Steve Mancuso / Redleg Nation:
Bryan Price and a lethal dose of salvation
Scott Springer /
Cincinnati Reds wrap up miserable home stand with 3-2 loss to St. Louis Cardinals
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Doug Stewart / FOX 61:
Red Sox extend best start in 118-year history, beat O's 3-1  —  Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment  —  BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi got three hits and the Boston Red Sox extended the best start …
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Red Sox rained out on Patriots Day, turn attention to Shohei Ohtani
Discussion: Sporting News
Bob Nightengale / Des Moines Register:
Shohei Ohtani's start postponed after MLB first planned to play through 30-degree weather
Larry Fleisher / UPI:
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton faces Marlins for first time  —  NEW YORK — The last time Giancarlo Stanton appeared at Yankee Stadium, he was getting booed loudly for making the last out of a frustrating loss to the Baltimore Orioles by striking out for the fifth time.
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Yankees keeping an eye on Gleyber Torres' progress
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   With Derek Jeter, Giancarlo Stanton says there's no bad blood on his part
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.
Matt Breen /   Aaron Altherr's diving catch started with analytics
Associated Press:
A's snap Mariners' 4-game winning streak  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Sean Manaea pitched seven strong innings and Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday.  —  Oakland avoided a series sweep as Manaea (2-2) gave up just two hits and struck out four.
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 …
Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
Rays keep sliding at home as Phillies roll to 10-4 win  —  Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies won their sixth in a row, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Sunday.  —  Kingery's two-out drive off the center field wall capped …
Discussion: DRaysBay
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 …
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 …
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