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Brian Hall / Associated Press:
Fowler, Carpenter get going in Cardinals' 7-5 win over Twins  —  St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Miles Mikolas takes a moment following a mound visit after Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler drove in a run in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Minneapolis.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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:   Messages received: Carpenter, Fowler stir to send Cards to win vs. Twins
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Carpenter, Fowler lead sunny afternoon revival in 7-5 victory
Scott Lauber /
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.
Todd Karpovich / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Pivetta strikes out 11, Phillies beat Orioles 4-1
Discussion: and The Good Phight
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles lose, 4-1, as Andrew Cashner pays penalty for third trip through lineup again
Giants' Brandon Belt says plate umpire cheated him to ‘get the game over with’  —  A series-ending loss to the National League-worst Reds wasn't the only thing that left Giants slugger Brandon Belt raw on Wednesday.  —  It was how that 6-3 defeat ended that rubbed the left fielder the wrong way.
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
Giants slugger Brandon Belt questions umpire's integrity after questionable call ends game  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon Belt's habit of taking borderline pitches and often getting rung up has long frustrated Giants fans.  —  On Wednesday it was the San Francisco first baseman who expressed his frustration …
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.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Blake Swihart's agent asks Red Sox for trade
Discussion: Athletics Nation
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Baseball notebook: Mets place Cespedes on the disabled list  —  Yoenis Cespedes spent about a week trying to play through his latest lower body injury.  Now, he and the New York Mets are opting to play it safe.  —  The team placed Cespedes, an outfielder, on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday …
Jake Seiner / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Happ reaches 3 times, allows 2 runners as Jays thump Mets
Discussion: Associated Press
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes heads to DL with hip flexor strain
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
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 …
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Bob McManaman / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Ex-Hernando High standout Christian Arroyo gets called up  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Rays' decision to be cautious with RF Carlos Gomez's groin tightness got Hernando High product Christian Arroyo a late-night phone call, an early morning flight from Durham, N.C. …
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays call up Hernando High's Christian Arroyo, put Carlos Gomez on DL
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays edge Royals in Anthony Banda's Tampa Bay debut
Discussion: DRaysBay
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Colon shakes off liner to stomach, Rangers beat Mariners 5-1  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Bartolo Colon laughed off having Jean Segura's line drive hit him in the stomach, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Texas Rangers a 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers prospect mailbag: Is Derek Hill considered a bust?  —  Welcome to the weekly Detroit Tigers prospects mailbag, which is now open to any of your questions.  Submit questions on Twitter @GeorgeSipple or by email at … Don't write him off yet, Philip.
Associated Press:
Wade leads Lake County over South Bend 5-2  —  EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Austen Wade had two hits and scored two runs as the Lake County Captains defeated the South Bend Cubs 5-2 in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.  —  South Bend started the scoring in the first inning.
Associated Press:
Derek Jeter staying positive despite frustrations with Marlins' record, attendance  —  MIAMI — Derek Jeter was chatting with a cluster of fans during Miami Marlins batting practice Wednesday when a preschooler wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers cap asked him to sign a baseball.
Associated Press:
Perez induces double play, leads Scranton/WB to 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley  —  SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Oliver Perez got Danny Ortiz to hit into a double play in the eighth inning, leading the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to a 3-1 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday.
Charles Odum / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Acuna gets big hit as Braves score 3 in 8th, beat Cubs 4-1  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in  —  Ozzie Albies with the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to send the  —  Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday night.  —  Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1) allowed five straight baserunners …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Ficociello, Salter lift Erie over Binghamton 10-3  —  BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Dominic Ficociello doubled three times, driving home two runs as the Erie SeaWolves topped the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 10-3 on Wednesday.  With the loss, the Rumble Ponies snapped a five-game winning streak.
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
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