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5:50 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 …
Associated Press:   Colon perfect into 8th, Rangers beat Astros 3-1 in 10 innings   Daily Dose: Big Sexy Time
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
Bartolo Colon, 44, takes perfect game into 8th inning vs. Astros
Neil Paine / FiveThirtyEight:
Can The Mets Possibly Be This Good?  —  A couple of weeks ago, it was anybody's guess as to which version of the New York Mets would show up for the 2018 season.  Would it be something like the 2016 edition, a solid ballclub that reached the NL wild-card game on dominant pitching and a streaky offense?
Discussion: Newsday and Amazin' Avenue
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.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets have the chance to put Nationals in an even bigger hole this week
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Matt Ehalt /
Wilmer Flores hits walk-off homer in 3-2 Mets win over the Brewers
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Torrid start puts Mets in spot where Nationals expected to be
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
Joon Lee / Bleacher Report:
‘This Is Our F—king City’: The Oral History
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.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   McGee welcomes tributes to Robinson
Dan Gartland / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB Store Pulls Chief Wahoo Hats With Jackie Robinson Patch
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and USA Today
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.
Scott Boeck / USA Today:   Rays' Kevin Kiermaier to miss at least two months with torn ligament in thumb
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays Kiermaier to have surgery, miss 8-12 weeks
Tampa Bay Times:   Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays' Kevin Kiermaier sprains thumb
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.
Discussion: Minor League Ball
Dave Clark /
Snow greets Reds in Milwaukee  —  Milwaukee Weather for Monday, April 16, a.m. Wochit  —  The Reds arrived in Milwaukee to face the Brewers and were greeted by snow - much more than the flurries Cincinnati saw Monday afternoon.  —  Here are some of the better reactions via Twitter …
Andrew Wagner / UPI:
Brewers eager to get indoors to face struggling Reds
Discussion: Red Reporter 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.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals activate Gyorko, Gregerson, but weather clouds game vs. Cubs
John Minchillo / Bleacher Report:
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs: Odds, Analysis, MLB Betting Pick
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
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) …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Randy Miller / New Jersey Online:
Why Marlins' Derek Jeter is stiffing Yankees this week, what ex-teammates are thinking
Discussion: Fish Stripes
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.
Associated Press:
White Sox at Twins rescheduled for June 5, Aug. 20 and Sept. 28  —  The Minnesota Twins have rescheduled three games with the Chicago White Sox that were postponed by wintry weather.  —  The Twins set a straight doubleheader for June 5, when the White Sox return to Minnesota for what will now be a four-game series.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Associated Press:
MLB notes: Six more games postponed because of inclement weather
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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: Bucs Dugout and MLB Daily Dish
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
O'Neill, Schrock lead the way for Memphis  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler O'Neill homered twice and singled, driving in four runs and scoring three as the Memphis Redbirds topped the Iowa Cubs 7-4 on Monday.  —  Max Schrock doubled and singled twice with two runs for Memphis.
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:
Sosa, Seferina lift Springfield over Frisco 6-1  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Edmundo Sosa homered and doubled, scoring two runs as the Springfield Cardinals topped the Frisco RoughRiders 6-1 on Monday.  —  Darren Seferina homered and doubled with four RBIs for Springfield.
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