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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.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carpenter, Fowler lead sunny afternoon revival in 7-5 victory  —  St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler hits a two-run single off Minnesota Twins pitcher Lance Lynn in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Minneapolis.  (AP Photo)  —  St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Lynn awaits start vs. Cardinals, but it would have been ‘meaningful’ in St. Louis
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
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Offense stuck in neutral as Cards lose to Twins
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Gabe Kapler explains unorthodox ninth-inning bullpen decision  —  BALTIMORE — Edubray Ramos had struck out Baltimore Orioles boppers Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo — on six pitches, no less — in a classic save situation Wednesday when Phillies manager Gabe Kapler signaled to the bullpen for embattled closer Hector Neris.
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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 / NBCSports.com:
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 …
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Associated Press:
Red Sox manager Alex Cora surprised by Carson Smith's injury comment  —  BOSTON — Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he was surprised to hear that reliever Carson Smith feels that fatigue could have contributed to his dislocated pitching shoulder.  —  Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday.
ESPN:   Blake Swihart's agent asks Red Sox for trade
ESPN:
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
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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 / NorthJersey.com:   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 …
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 …
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ESPN:
Mariners' Robinson Cano suspended 80 games by MLB
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Baseball notes: Mariners' Cano suspended for 80 games
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 …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers Reaction: Beltre not interested in ‘going home’ just yet
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Joe Maddon says Mike Montgomery has ‘earned’ right to start Saturday  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses limiting his use of Ben Zobrist on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs prospect watchers may have to wait at least the next few days …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
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Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Cubs' Yu Darvish leaves start in 4th inning with right leg cramp
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
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 …
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.
Discussion: DRaysBay
JSOnline:
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:
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 …
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
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 …
 
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