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7:10 AM ET, June 14, 2018


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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates … After the pitch crossed the plate, right-hander Zack Greinke sort of froze.  So did catcher Jeff Mathis.  Both wanted the call.  They didn't get it.  Later, in the aftermath of a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon …
Katherine Fitzgerald / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates … Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. started a throwing program Wednesday, playing catch for five minutes at a distance of 45 feet, according to Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.  —  Souza has been on the disabled list since May after a right pectoral strain …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Mercer, Taillon help Pirates top D-backs, 5-4
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and AZ Snake Pit
Justin Tasch / New York Daily News:
Struggling Gary Sanchez to return to Yankees lineup Thursday after two-game absence  —  Gary Sanchez's break lasted a total of two games.  After sitting out the Yankees' 5-4 loss Wednesday to the Nationals, Aaron Boone said the struggling catcher will return to the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Rays.
Justin Tasch / New York Daily News:   Gleyber Torres continues to bat ninth for Yankees despite excellent offensive production
Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Will taking a seat bust Gary Sanchez's slump?
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Things get weird for Rangers at home plate  —  LOS ANGELES  —  One of the bonuses that comes with being on the board for the Do It For Durrett Foundation is the chance to reconnect with past Texas Rangers players, coaches and executives who are glad to lend their help to the cause.
ABC News:
Matt Kemp, Robinson Chirinos tossed after collision at plate  —  Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were both ejected from Wednesday night's game at Dodger Stadium after a collision at the plate caused both benches to clear.
Discussion: Associated Press and True Blue LA
Adrian Beltre tops Ichiro Suzuki for most MLB hits by foreign-born player  —  Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre got his 3,090th career hit Wednesday night to pass Ichiro Suzuki for most by a foreign-born player in major league history.  —  Beltre, a native of the Dominican Republic …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Yahoo Sports / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Adrian Beltre passes Ichiro for most hits from a foreign-born player in MLB history
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Donaldson may have Buffalo rehab stint before returning to Jays  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — He is taking batting practice with the big boys, will soon be running the bases, but before he rejoins the Blue Jays it appears as though Josh Donaldson may pay first pay a visit to Buffalo.
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:   Jays considering ‘all of our alternatives’ ahead of trade deadline
Michael Wagaman / Associated Press:
Gattis does it again: 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in Astros 13-5 win  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the two best games of his career coming on consecutive days, designated hitter Evan Gattis has quickly transformed into the Astros' hottest hitter - and their current good luck charm.  —  He's got a franchise record to prove it, too.
Mike Cranston / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Desmond, Anderson help Rockies beat Phillies 7-2, end slide  —  Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning,  —  Tyler Anderson pitched seven strong innings and the  —  Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Discussion: The Good Phight and Purple Row
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Game Day: Arizona Diamondbacks play host to New York Mets  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks welcome the New York Mets to Chase Field for a weekend series.  Follow this page for scoring updates, pitching updates, news and notes.  —  READ MORE:  —  Thursday's game  —  Mets at Diamondbacks
Edward Lee / Baltimore Sun:
Drink your Orioles pain away: This Baltimore bar is offering free shots every time Chris Davis gets a hit  —  Bartenders Bar in Baltimore is offering customers present at the bar a free Dr. Pepper shooter for every hit that Orioles player Chris Davis gets in a game.
Scott Boeck / USA Today:   Baltimore bar offering free shots when slumping Chris Davis records a hit
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  The Rally Goose was thought to be dead.  But Wednesday night at Comerica Park, it was alive and well.  —  Before the start of the eighth inning, with the Detroit Tigers trailing 2-1, one fan dressed in orange stood behind home plate waving his arms as if he were a goose himself.
Discussion: USA Today
Dana Gauruder / UPI:
Detroit Tigers move on without Miguel Cabrera vs. Minnesota Twins
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
With Donald Trump in his corner, Diamondbacks' Clay Buchholz back to his old ways  —  PHOENIX — Clay Buchholz, talking quietly about his friend in the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse, slowly raises his index finger to his mouth, and in a soft whisper, says, “Shhh!”
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and
Jeff Seidel / UPI:
Boston Red Sox look to complete sweep of Baltimore Orioles
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Craig Davis / Baltimore Sun:
Marlins rally three times, defeat Giants on Brian Anderson's sacrifice fly  —  Sun Sentinel  —  They kept coming back, coming back.  For the second time in three games, the Marlins rallied from behind to defeat the Giants.  —  Rookie Brian Anderson finally delivered a sacrifice fly …
Associated Press:
MLB: Yankees aim to boost rotation  —  Hal Steinbrenner says his New York Yankees may need a starting pitching upgrade if they're going to reach their first World Series since 2009.  —  Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner, said Wednesday the club will explore the trade market for an arm …
Laura Corley / miamiherald:
Ex-major league pitcher catches alleged mail thieves in action, deputies say  —  MACON, GA  —  After several reports of stolen mail in a north Macon neighborhood, former major league pitcher Kevin Brown hid in a neighbor's yard and waited on the thieves to strike again.
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Covey outduels Bauer as White Sox top Indians, 3-2  —  Dylan Covey outdueled another ace-caliber pitcher Wednesday night, as the  —  Chicago White Sox made their four hits count in a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field.  —  The White Sox have won the middle two games …
Discussion: South Side Sox
Matt Breen /
A frustrated Odubel Herrera isn't sure what's wrong  —  Gabe Kapler has watched each of Odubel Herrera's at-bats this season from his dugout perch just 30 feet from home plate and is pretty sure he knows why Herrera has fallen into a month-long slump.  —  “I'm very confident it's a timing thing,” Kapler said.
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