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6:30 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.
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.
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 …
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Mother Nature must really hate baseball, America's national frost time  —  Chicago Tribune  —  April baseball constantly reinforces the risks involved in drawing conclusions based on small sample sizes, but we have seen enough snow and cold this month to know one thing for sure.
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  —  The Mets have one catcher going under the knife Tuesday and another out for an unknown period of time with a fractured bone in his hand, so you would think they would be beating the bushes for some insurance there.
Joon Lee / Bleacher Report:
‘This Is Our F—king City’: The Oral History
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
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.
Dan Gartland / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB Store Pulls Chief Wahoo Hats With Jackie Robinson Patch
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and USA Today
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   McGee welcomes tributes to Robinson
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: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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
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
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
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 …
ESPN:   Under Armour now scheduled to make MLB uniforms in 2020
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.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:   Nationals Select Contract Of Jeremy Hellickson
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 …
Discussion: True Blue LA
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
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 …
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.
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
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: Fish Stripes and Pinstripe Alley
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