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Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Gary Sanchez gets extended break in midst of biggest slump as a Yankee  —  NEW YORK - Walking into the Yankees' clubhouse on Tuesday, Gary Sanchez didn't anticipate getting another day of rest.  —  Monday was an off date following Subway Series weekend and Sanchez figured his next break …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Pete Caldera / USA Today:
Could Bryce Harper be in the New York Yankees' plans?  —  NEW YORK — Hello, Bryce.  —  The Washington Nationals arrive at Yankee Stadium for a two-game series beginning tonight, and that means another chorus of a familiar question:  —  Could Harper make the Bronx his home beginning in 2019?
Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Yanks turn to Jonathan Loaisiga to fill in for ailing Masahiro Tanaka
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Jonathan Loaisiga set to make MLB debut for Yankees on Thursday
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates … The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't hiding the fact that right-hander Joe Musgrove intentionally plunked Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Owings on Monday night.  Are we in store for yet another hit-by-pitch feud between the two clubs?
Discussion: Deadspin
Katherine Fitzgerald / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates … While right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller struggled in his third rehab start on Sunday, he found some positives as he gets closer to returning to the Diamondbacks' rotation.  —  “It was hit or miss. I didn't pitch that well overall,” Miller said on Tuesday.
Jack Magruder / UPI:
Pirates, D-Backs engaged in eye-for-eye series
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Foltynewicz exits early due to triceps tightness  —  Braves' emerging ace Mike Foltynewicz left Tuesday night's game against the game with right triceps tightness after five scoreless innings after working five scoreless against the Mets.  —  Foltnewycz, who allowed just two hits and no walks …
Discussion: Talking Chop and Amazin' Avenue
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets lose to Braves and may force Sandy Alderson to make difficult trades  —  ATLANTA — A season that started with such promise continues to head in the wrong direction with no quick remedy in sight.  Tuesday night, the Mets lost for the ninth time in 10 games, falling 8-2 to the pesky Braves at SunTrust Park.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
New York Mets try to turn their season around on 10-game road trip
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Red Sox's Mookie Betts is the top All-Star vote-getter in the AL  —  Mookie Betts, who returned to the Boston Red Sox lineup Monday after serving time on the disabled list. is the leading All-Star vote-getter in the American League, according to totals released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.
Matt Snyder /
MLB Tuesday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Brewers looking to figure Cubs out, Nats-Yanks in The Bronx
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Acquire Eric Filia From Mariners
Discussion: Lookout Landing and
David SchoenfieldESPN Senior / ESPN:
Steven Wright and his knuckleball could fill key role for Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster and
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
James Shields takes the mound for the White Sox against the Indians  —  White Sox starter Lucas Giolito discusses his outing against the Indians on Monday, June 11, 2018.  (Teddy Greenstein/Chicago Tribune)
Tom Musick / UPI:
White Sox aim to halt Indians' hot streak
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Is Lucas Giolito lucky or unlucky that the White Sox are leaving him up during their rebuild?
David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Markakis, Braves react to huge support they're getting in All-Star voting  —  He has the sixth-most career hits among current major leaguers, the eighth-most walks, two Gold Gloves, and is arguably the active leader in stony-faced stares regardless of whether he just got hit by a pitch or hit a home run.
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
How Atlanta used its 1990s blueprint to build emergent Baby Braves
Discussion: Talking Chop
Toronto Sun:
Angels hope to gain ground on Mariners  —  The Los Angeles Angels can't afford to lose much more ground to the Seattle Mariners heading into the second game of their three-game series Tuesday night at Safeco Field in Seattle.  —  The Angels lost the series opener to the AL West-leading Mariners …
Alex Butler / UPI:
Mike Trout: Angels star hits 459-foot bomb vs. Mariners
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Nationals' Daniel Murphy reinstated after missing start of season  —  The Washington Nationals have reinstated second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has returned from rehab, manager Mike Rizzo announced on Tuesday.  —  Murphy, who had right knee surgery during the offseason, has missed the team's 64 games this season.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Activate Daniel Murphy
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Mets' Syndergaard getting second opinion on finger  —  Alderson: 'We want to make sure the next the right one"  —  Mets GM Sandy Alderson said RHP Noah Syndergaard will receive a second opinion on his right index finger Tuesday afternoon.  —  Alderson made sure to note …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Casey L Moore / USA Today:
Daughter of Cardinals' Alex Reyes suffering from rare form of cancer  —  St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has suffered through two frustrating season-ending injuries in as many years.  —  But that frustration doesn't compare to what Reyes is going through off the field.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs encouraged after Yu Darvish throws bullpen session  —  Cubs President Theo Epstein discusses Yu Darvish's bullpen session on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  After missing the entire 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Marlins' Richards beats Giants for first win  —  Rookie right-hander Trevor Richards won his first major-league game, leading the  —  San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.  —  Making his seventh major-league start, Richards (1-3) overcame a wild start but allowed just two hits …
Mark Didtler / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
6 Rays' pitchers combine for 5-hitter, beat Blue Jays 4-1  —  Wilson Ramos homered, six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter and the  —  Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Tuesday night.  —  With right-handers  —  Chris Archer and Jake Faria on the disabled list, Tampa Bay is using relievers …
Discussion: DRaysBay and Bluebird Banter
Associated Press:
‘All the Way’ and ‘Go Cubs, Go’ to be included with Cubs tickets  —  CHICAGO — Eddie Vedder's support of the Chicago Cubs remains strong.  —  The Pearl Jam frontman's new 7-inch vinyl single will be given out to those who buy tickets to the July 6 Cubs-Reds game at Wrigley Field.
Rob Maaddi / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nola fans 10, Kingery drives in 4 as Phils beat Rockies 5-4  —  Aaron Nola struck out 10 in another dominant performance,  —  Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer and the  —  Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Tuesday night.  —  Nola (8-2) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.27.
Discussion: The Good Phight
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