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12:50 AM ET, April 17, 2018


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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 …
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.
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.
Royals-Blue Jays postponed because of hole in Rogers Centre roof
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom looks like his Cy Young-caliber self despite disappointing loss  —  Jacob deGrom walked off the diamond at Citi Field Monday night to a standing ovation from the scant crowd.  The Mets righthander had just turned in a truly dominant performance against the Nationals …
Associated Press:
Righty Jeremy Hellickson joins Nationals, will start vs. Mets
Discussion: Federal Baseball
David Pinto /
Callaway Versus Martinez
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Bryce Harper hits his MLB-leading eighth home run with a broken bat
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers … The Diamondbacks encountered two significant injuries before the season was even a week old.  Neither has slowed them down.  They don't see why the latest injury, this one to right-hander Taijuan Walker, should be any different.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants … Up next  —  San Francisco Giants  —  Giants update: After dropping two of three to the Diamondbacks last week at AT&T Park, the Giants traveled to San Diego, where they dropped three of four to the Padres.
Jack Magruder / UPI:
Diamondbacks prepare to attack Giants  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks are celebrating their 20th anniversary this season with a jump-start to remember.  —  San Francisco, meanwhile, is simply hoping to stay close to the pack until its top pitchers return after an offseason reboot …
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.
Dave Clark /   Cincinnati Reds' Jackie Robinson Day celebration includes tributes
Dave Clark /   Johnny Bench congratulates Yadier Molina
Dan Gartland / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB Store Pulls Chief Wahoo Hats With Jackie Robinson Patch
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and USA Today
Craig Davis / Orlando Sentinel:
Marlins pounded by Yankees, but keep Stanton in check  —  Sun Sentinel  —  As the deficit spiked quickly on a chill night in the Bronx, the Marlins had to grab onto heartwarming thoughts where they could find them.  —  There were friendly chants of “Donnie Baseball” from the home crowd …
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Yankees pounce on Derek Jeter's Marlins from all sides
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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
Jeff Arnold / UPI:
Whether or not Cardinals, Cubs play depends on weather  —  Joe Maddon wasn't thrilled when the Chicago Cubs were forced to endure less than ideal weather conditions last weekend.  —  Thanks to an extended blast of winter, the Cubs will have been off the field for two straight days when they face …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: A cautionary note about spring statistics, and other thoughts
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Mother Nature must really hate baseball, America's national frost time
Dave Clark /
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.
John Fay /   Cincinnati Reds like left-hander Amir Garrett in the bullpen - for now at least
John Fay /   Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams talks about Amir Garrett, Nick Senzel, offensive struggles
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
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Rays and Red Sox have not heard from Mets regarding catchers
Associated Press:
MLB: Brandon Drury opens up about vision  —  New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury said Monday he has batted in games with blurred vision caused by migraines.  —  Drury has not played since April 6 and has been undergoing tests for the cause of the migraines.
Steve Popper / USA Today:   Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury says he played with blurred vision
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 …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets without Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes in series opener against Nationals  —  NEW YORK — Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce did not start Monday against Washington.  Bruce is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot but expects to return Tuesday, and Cespedes received his first day off while in a 7-for-47 slump.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Mickey Callaway makes the right move to sit slumping Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes
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
Will Gravesthe / Associated Press:
Story blast boosts Rockies past Pirates … PITTSBURGH — Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run, German Marquez pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies kept their road surge going with a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Matt Breen /
Phillies lose to Braves to snap winning streak  —  ATLANTA — Odubel Herrera stood at second base Monday night with his hands on his hips as if he could not believe what had just happened.  He smacked himself in the helmet.  He barked an obscenity.  And he stayed there for a moment …
Discussion: The Good Phight and Talking Chop
John Hickey / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox excited to wear throwback uniforms for free game against Athletics on Tuesday  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The A's are trying something that is unusual, to say the least, for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.  All tickets are free.  —  Parking also is free, but the concessions aren't.
Discussion: Associated Press
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