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2:30 PM ET, May 16, 2018


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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,
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
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 …
David SchoenfieldESPN Senior / ESPN:
Real or Not? Why we expect more from Noah Syndergaard
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Matt Ehalt /   NY Mets remain undefeated at home against Toronto with 12-2 win
Mike Fitzpatrick / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Syndergaard, Mets break out in 12-2 rout of Blue Jays
Associated Press:
Dodgers lose 5th straight against last-place team  —  MIAMI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.
Associated Press:
Baseball roundup: Cubs come back in ninth to beat Braves  —  Addison Russell's double scored Albert Almora Jr. in the ninth inning to tie the score 2-2, then Ben Zobrist singled in the lead run to spark visiting Chicago to a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Monday night.
Paul Newberry / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cubs throw out 2 runners at home, rally to beat Braves 3-2  —  Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  —  Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman …
Associated Press:
Altuve's late 3-run double propels Astros past Angels, 5-3  —  The Houston Astros had managed almost no production from their normally potent offense in this series when they struggled into the eighth inning of their second game against the rival Angels.  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) …
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros Balls & Strikes: Inside Gerrit Cole's taxing outing
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Greg Beacham / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Altuve's late 3-run double propels Astros past Angels, 5-3
Discussion: Halos Heaven
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
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
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.
Tampa Bay Times:   For starters: Rays at Royals, looking for a sweep
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Venters gets first win since 2012, Rays beat Royals
Discussion: Royals Review and DRaysBay
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 …
ESPN:   Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt to have season-ending shoulder surgery
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Notes: Assessing Ryan Braun's up-and-down season, including maladies, has not been easy
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
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
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
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
John Fay / USA Today:
Joey Votto says he ‘overstepped’ with strong comments on struggling Reds  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The comments Joey Votto made on a podcast over the weekend were out of frustration, he said.  He added that he's happy as a Red, and he in no way wants out.  —  “I'm proud to wear a Reds uniform …
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.
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays call up Hernando High's Christian Arroyo, put Carlos Gomez on DL  —  The Rays decided to play it safe with OF Carlos Gomez's groin issue and place him on the 10-day DL, calling up INF Christian Arroyo, the Hernando High product, to add a right-handed bat.3B Matt Duffy
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Adrian Beltre goes back on DL with hamstring injury  —  Adrian Beltre's return from the disabled list lasted just five games.  —  The  —  Texas Rangers put the third baseman back on the DL on Tuesday, two days after he aggravated his left hamstring injury.  —  Beltre landed on the DL for the fourth time in two seasons.
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