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10:00 PM ET, April 16, 2018

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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Falling ice may force Blue Jays to postpone Monday's game, despite roof on Rogers Centre  —  After two of their weekend games at Cleveland were postponed due to poor weather, the Toronto Blue Jays returned to their climate-controlled home figuring the roof on Rogers Centre would shield them from the elements.
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Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Kansas City Royals team bus hit by chunk of flying ice, relief pitcher takes wheel  —  The Kansas City Royals just can't seem to escape this spring's crazy winter-like weather.  —  After having Sunday's marquee matchup against Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels postponed at home …
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
Early start to season leaves MLB with options to deal with rash of postponements  —  As Major League Baseball endures one of its worst runs of weather in more than three decades, the historically early start to the 2018 season might turn out to be a blessing.
ESPN:
Royals-Blue Jays postponed because of hole in Rogers Centre roof
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier to miss at least two months with torn ligament in thumb
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Breaking down Cincinnati Reds' 2-13 start, and comparing to 1931  —  The Cincinnati Reds' first 15 games of the season have produced just two wins - the team's worst start since the 1931 Reds started 2-17.  —  The hometown Enquirer was pretty rough on the team 87 years ago.
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John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams talks about Amir Garrett, Nick Senzel, offensive struggles  —  MILWAUKEE - Reds president of the baseball operations Dick Williams is on the six-game, seven-day road trip with the club.  —  He's not here to shake things up, but to stay the course.
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:   Cincinnati Reds like left-hander Amir Garrett in the bullpen - for now at least
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:   Snow greets Reds in Milwaukee
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: USA Today
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Rays and Red Sox have not heard from Mets regarding catchers
Joon Lee / Bleacher Report:
‘This Is Our F—king City’: The Oral History
Discussion: NESN.com
Maury Brown / Forbes:
MLB Pulls Cleveland Indians ‘Chief Wahoo’ Cap With Jackie Robinson Day Mark  —  Sunday marked the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  It's something Major League Baseball takes great pride in as it marks Robinson breaking the color barrier and ushering in integration into the game.
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Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:   Cincinnati Reds' Jackie Robinson Day celebration includes tributes
Dan Gartland / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB Store Pulls Chief Wahoo Hats With Jackie Robinson Patch
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and USA Today
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: A cautionary note about spring statistics, and other thoughts  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Random thoughts while grinding through another Cubs postponement:  —  Same old story  —  Spring numbers can inspire or depress, depending on who is relying on them to project the rest of the season.
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David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Mother Nature must really hate baseball, America's national frost time
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals activate Gyorko, Gregerson, but weather clouds game vs. Cubs
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Don Mattingly may share a connection with Derek Jeter, but it'll be tough for Marlins manager to survive rebuild  —  In the dugout before the game, Don Mattingly had spent considerable time talking about his new owner, Derek Jeter, and the connection they'll always have as ex-Yankees who grew …
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Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Five points heading into the Yankees homestand
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Pinstripe Alley
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mickey Callaway makes the right move to sit slumping Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes  —  A day after he took his first criticisms about questionable decisions he made in a game, Mickey Callaway had to make another move that is never easy for a veteran manager, let alone a first-timer.
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Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Mets without Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes in series opener against Nationals
Associated Press:
Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will miss 2 to 3 months with thumb injury  —  Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined for two to three months.  —  The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday …
Associated Press:
Under Armour pushed back to 2020 as MLB uniform supplier  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Under Armour's takeover from Majestic Athletic as the supplier of Major League Baseball uniforms has been pushed back a year to 2020, the original terms of its agreement.  —  Fanatics Inc. and MLB announced a deal …
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ESPN:   Under Armour now scheduled to make MLB uniforms in 2020
Associated Press:
Pirates 2B Josh Harrison out 6 weeks with broken finger  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is out six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.  —  The team says Harrison fractured his pinkie finger Sunday when he was hit with a pitch by Miami's Jose Urena …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
Righty Jeremy Hellickson joins Nationals, will start vs. Mets  —  NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals have added right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the roster and will start him in the series opener against the New York Mets.  —  The Nationals purchased Hellickson's contract before Monday night's game at Citi Field.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:   Nationals Select Contract Of Jeremy Hellickson
Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
Hooks fans relish chance to see 2017 World Series trophy same night employees get rings  —  Kristina Nunicio missed out on a chance to take a picture with the Commissioner's Trophy to commemorate the Astros' first World Series title when it was at H-E-B stores a few weeks ago.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / WSB Radio:
5 stats to know about Braves' homestand  —  ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves on Monday night start a seven-game homestand at SunTrust Park — their longest stay at home until August when they play 10 games.  —  Atlanta's next 20 games will be against teams — Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Steve Popper / USA Today:
Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury says he played with blurred vision  —  NEW YORK - Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury was headed to the batting cages, but first he stopped in front of his locker and held court to discuss his physical aliments.  And even as he was excited to hopefully finally …
 
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Matt Breen / Philly.com:
What happened to Phillies mid-inning outfield swaps?
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Bryce Harper hits his MLB-leading eighth home run with a broken bat
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and NESN.com
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Johnny Bench congratulates Yadier Molina
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees hoping mechanical adjustment will get struggling Sonny Gray back on track
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Wilson Contreras reverting to old catching style with bases empty
Neil Paine / FiveThirtyEight:
Can The Mets Possibly Be This Good?  —  A couple of weeks ago …
Discussion: Newsday and Amazin' Avenue
Associated Press:
O'Neill, Schrock lead the way for Memphis
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Sosa, Seferina lift Springfield over Frisco 6-1
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Associated Press:
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
NL Central Notes: Nottingham, Senzel, Harrison
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Joshua Koch / Associated Press:
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ESPN:
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Associated Press:
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