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5:25 PM ET, May 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals sending Carlos Martinez for another series of exams on muscle strain  —  MINNEAPOLIS  • The reports back from St. Louis about Carlos Martinez's schedule as he recovers from what was described as a mild muscle strain have now given rise to a prescription.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Lynn awaits start vs. Cardinals, but it would have been ‘meaningful’ in St. Louis  —  Minnesota Twins pitcher Lance Lynn high fives a teammate who scored during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins at Busch Stadium on Monday, May 7, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Chris Lee,
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Associated Press:
Dodgers lose 5th straight against last-place team
Associated Press:
Baseball roundup: Cubs come back in ninth to beat Braves
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cards notebook: C. Martinez not likely to start this weekend
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Lineup remains lost as Cardinals fall to stingy Twins
Paul Newberry / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cubs throw out 2 runners at home, rally to beat Braves 3-2
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Offense stuck in neutral as Cards lose to Twins
Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
Byron Buxton gives Twins much-needed jolt in 4-1 win over Cardinals
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes heads to DL with hip flexor strain  —  The New York Mets have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain.  —  The Mets announced the roster move, which is retroactive to Monday, before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Syndergaard, Mets break out in 12-2 rout of Blue Jays  —  NEW YORK — Devin Mesoraco made quite a first impression in Queens, which has been nothing but trouble for the Toronto Blue Jays over the years.  —  His batterymate wasn't bad with the bat, either.  —  Mesoraco had a huge home debut …
Matt Ehalt /   NY Mets remain undefeated at home against Toronto with 12-2 win
David SchoenfieldESPN Senior / ESPN:
Real or Not? Why we expect more from Noah Syndergaard
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Todd Karpovich / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Pivetta strikes out 11, Phillies beat Orioles 4-1  —  Nick Pivetta tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts,  —  Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Wednesday in a wet interleague matchup.  —  Philadelphia (24-16) climbed eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
Discussion: The Good Phight
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles lose, 4-1, as Andrew Cashner pays penalty for third trip through lineup again  —  This one isn't as complicated as predicting the weather.  It's a rather simple truth about Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner that has played out plenty this season and came into focus again …
Evan Drellich /
Agent asks Red Sox to trade Blake Swihart  —  BOSTON — Blake Swihart has spent all season in a virtually non-existent role, one that Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski both indicated on Tuesday will not change barring injury to Sandy Leon or Christian Vazquez.  Swihart's agent …
ESPN:   Blake Swihart's agent asks Red Sox for trade
Scott Boeck / KHOU-TV:
Justin Verlander anticipated a PED denial from Robinson Cano - who did not disappoint  —  Justin Verlander has been one of Major League Baseball's most outspoken players when it comes to positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs.  —  Justin Verlander has been one of Major League Baseball's …
Mariners' Robinson Cano suspended 80 games by MLB
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Baseball notes: Mariners' Cano suspended for 80 games
Discussion: Associated Press
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros Balls & Strikes: Inside Gerrit Cole's taxing outing  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Some takeaways from the Astros' 5-3 win against the Angels on Tuesday night.  —  Cole not in command: Gerrit Cole labored through the shortest start of his Astros career, harassed by an annoying Angels lineup …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Associated Press:   Altuve's late 3-run double propels Astros past Angels, 5-3
Greg Beacham / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Altuve's late 3-run double propels Astros past Angels, 5-3
Discussion: ESPN, Halos Heaven and 12up
Todd Milles / Associated Press:
Heredia's RBI single in 11th lifts Mariners past Rangers 9-8  —  Seattle Mariners' Jean Segura singles in a run against the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  —  Seattle Mariners' Guillermo Heredia, left …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers Reaction: Beltre not interested in ‘going home’ just yet
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Cubs' Yu Darvish leaves start in 4th inning with right leg cramp  —  ATLANTA — The Chicago Cubs will have to wait at least five more days to find out if starter Yu Darvish is past his fifth-inning woes as the righty was pulled after four innings on Tuesday due to cramping in his right calf.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Joe Maddon says Mike Montgomery has ‘earned’ right to start Saturday
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Associated Press:
Oxnevad, Woodman carry Palm Beach to 5-2 win over Clearwater  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — J.B. Woodman homered and had two hits, driving in two, and Ian Oxnevad allowed just five hits over eight innings as the Palm Beach Cardinals topped the Clearwater Threshers 5-2 on Wednesday.
Associated Press:
Gamboa scores winning run, Clearwater beats Palm Beach 11-10 in walk-off finish
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Associated Press:
Back-to-back homers by Arozarena, Thomas fuel Springfield win  —  TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena and Lane Thomas connected on back-to-back homers in the fourth inning to help lead the Springfield Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday.
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Austin Voth will be 26th man for Wednesday night's Nationals-Yankees game, if they play it … Washington Nationals players had to be in their clubhouse by 3 p.m. Wednesday, two hours before their suspended game against the New York Yankees was due to resume in the sixth inning …
Associated Press:
Soto's homer leads Harrisburg to 5-2 win over Bowie  —  BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Juan Soto hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 5-2 win over the Bowie Baysox on Wednesday.  —  Derek Self got Anthony Santander to ground out with runners on first and third …
Next Slide  —  PHOENIX - The way the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen has performed this season, it's really not fair to pick nits when they don't get the job done on rare occasion.  —  But, the fact remains that you can't come into a tie game in the eighth inning and walk the first batter …
Associated Press:
Alburquerque induces flyout, leads Buffalo to 5-4 win over Pawtucket  —  PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Al Alburquerque got Rusney Castillo to fly out with the bases loaded to end the game, leading the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-4 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday.
Scott Lauber /
Nick Pivetta, with career-high 11 strikeouts, dominates Orioles as Phillies win again  —  BALTIMORE — The last three pitches thrown by Nick Pivetta here Wednesday were, in succession, a 95-mph fastball, a 79-mph curveball and an 82-mph slider.  And after swinging through the slider to cap …
Michael Wagaman / Associated Press:
Crawford has 4 hits, Belt homers as Giants beat Reds 5-3  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants manager Bruce Bochy had no problem pulling his starting pitcher in the fourth inning.  Cincinnati's Jim Riggleman hesitated to do the same thing and the Reds paid for it.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays edge Royals in Anthony Banda's Tampa Bay debut  —  KANSAS CITY — The Rays were eager to see what Anthony Banda looked like on the mound Tuesday in his first start for them.  —  He put on a pretty good show, working the first five innings of what turned into a dramatic 6-5 Rays win.
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John Fay / USA Today:
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Tampa Bay Times:
For starters: Rays at Royals, looking for a sweep
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
One year after cancer, Chad Bettis is winning with every pitch
Detroit Free Press:
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Detroit Free Press:
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Alan Saunders / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Pirates, Williams send White Sox to 12th loss in 14 games
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