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9:10 AM ET, April 17, 2018


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Alex Butler / UPI:
Nationals' Bryce Harper hits homer while snapping his bat … Bryce Harper hit a home run and was left holding only the knob of his bat in the Washington Nationals' win against the New York Mets.  —  Washington used the long ball to jump ahead 1- in the first inning, before staging …
Discussion: USA Today, Associated Press and ESPN
Ben Walker / Toronto Sun:   Shear Power! Bryce Harper breaks bat in two on long home run
Mike Vaccaro / New York Post:
Mets can't let one awful inning be season's defining moment
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:   Jacob deGrom looks like his Cy Young-caliber self despite disappointing loss
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:
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 …
Rick Zamperin /
Karma takes a bite out of the Blue Jays
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and Let's Go Tribe
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:   Early start to season leaves MLB with options to deal with rash of postponements
Todd Milles / Associated Press:
Paxton, Mariners win 2-1, snap six-game skid vs Houston  —  SEATTLE  —  James Paxton delivered six strong innings, Nelson Cruz took Dallas Keuchel deep and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Monday night to end a six-game skid against the defending World Series champions.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Ryan Divish / Sacramento Bee:
This time, Mariners do everything right to score a 2-1 victory over Astros  —  SEATTLE  —  In seasons past, they would lose this type of game for any number of reasons.  —  Either they would have not found a way to scratch out the winning run against an opposing pitcher who was dealing.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
Hooks fans relish chance to see 2017 World Series trophy same night employees get rings
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wrigley looms as huge roadblock on Cards' path to contention  —  CHICAGO  • With the rain pouring Sunday morning in Cincinnati, a delay imminent, and a postponement possible, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sat in his office and juggled interviews.  In between radio shows he explained …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: A cautionary note about spring statistics, and other thoughts
Jeff Arnold / UPI:   Whether or not Cardinals, Cubs play depends on weather
Associated Press:
Grandal's slam, Kemp's 3-run HR send Dodgers past Pads 10-3  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out nine in six strong innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the San Diego Padres 10-3 Monday night.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Bill Plunkett / Whittier Daily News:
Dave Roberts sees inconsistency but not ‘a hangover’ in Dodgers' slow start  —  SAN DIEGO — There are telltale signs of a hangover - a pounding headache, unsettled stomach, dizziness.  —  Dodgers manager Dave Roberts does not believe his team's 5-9 record going into Monday's game qualifies as one.
Discussion: True Blue LA and Daily News
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
Jack Magruder / UPI:   Diamondbacks prepare to attack Giants
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Yankees pounce on Derek Jeter's Marlins from all sides  —  No wonder Derek Jeter didn't want to come back to The Bronx for this one.  —  The Yankee great missed his former team's 12-1 victory over the Marlins on Monday night at the Stadium, as the Yankees took advantage of a Miami team deep into a teardown under its new CEO, Jeter.
Craig Davis / Orlando Sentinel:   Marlins pounded by Yankees, but keep Stanton in check
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
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 …
Daily Dose: Blackmon Bashing  —  Follow @Rotoworld_BB and @RyanPBoyer on Twitter.  —  Charlie Blackmon missed four games last week with right quad tightness.  He's trying to make up for lost time.  —  The two-time All-Star has now homered in each of his three contests since returning to action after going deep Monday in Pittsburgh.
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.
John Hickey / Chicago Tribune:   Reynaldo Lopez strikes out 10 but gets no offensive support in White Sox's 8-1 loss to A's
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Baseball notebook: Indians,Twins to open series in Puerto Rico  —  Cleveland star Francisco Lindor held a baseball in his hand, ready to pitch, and asked the young boy standing at home plate if he knew how to swing a bat.  —  The kid said no. The kid might have been fibbing.
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Asdrubal Cabrera owns up to ‘bad’ baserunning following 9th-inning blunder  —  All season, Mets manager Mickey Callaway has coached his hitters to be “selectively aggressive” on the base paths.  It's a strategy that, for the most part, has been immensely successful for the Mets …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Mickey Callaway makes the right move to sit slumping Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes
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
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jim Rice / Greenville News:
New rule on pitching visits causing mounds of concern for Greenville Drive  —  Anyone who has stood on a baseball pitcher's mound with opponents edging menacingly off the bases knows the value of a quick pep talk from a teammate.  —  It may have been an infielder trotting in to give …
MLBRank 100-51: Impressive young stars move up the rankings  —  Who are the best players going to be in Major League Baseball for the 2018 season?  To determine this, ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts, contributors and Insiders to rank the top 100.
Astros' Verlander named AL Player of the Week  —  It's the seventh-career weekly award for the Astros ace and his first since 2012.  —  Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was named American League Player of the Week for April 9 to April 15, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
Associated Press:
Guerrero leads Pensacola to 8-3 win over Mississippi  —  PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Gabriel Guerrero had four hits and two RBI, as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos exploded for a season-high eight extra-base hits in an 8-3 win over the Mississippi Braves on Monday.  —  Pensacola took the lead …
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