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3:35 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  —  Jordy Mercer homered, doubled and drove in three runs and right-hander  —  Jameson Taillon pitched seven strong innings as the Pirates held on to beat the  —  Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 to salvage the final game of a three-game series at Chase Field on Wednesday.
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  —  Wednesday marked Gleyber Torres' 43rd start as a major-leaguer and the 35th time he was slotted in the No. 9 spot in the Yankees' batting order.  —  The 21-year-old rookie continues to hit last despite …
Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Will taking a seat bust Gary Sanchez's slump?
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
The state of the Yankees after their win over Nationals
Gene Warnick / UPI:
Los Angeles Angels' hot Mike Trout tries to prevent sweep by Seattle Mariners  —  Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout entered his team's three-game series in Seattle mired in a 2-for-19 slump with no extra-base hits, no RBIs and seven strikeouts in his previous five games.  —  Consider that mini-slump a thing of the past.
Alex Butler / UPI:   Mike Trout: Angels star robs Nelson Cruz, hits two bombs
Collin Whitchurch / Baseball Prospectus:
What You Need To Know: Who's In First?  —  Tuesday Takeaway
Discussion: DRaysBay
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  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It has come to that point of the season where Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins must carefully balance his outlook between optimist and realist.  —  Fortunately (or unfortunately) …
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
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Baltimore bar offering free shots when slumping Chris Davis records a hit  —  Looking to drink those sorrows away Orioles fans?  —  At 19-47 — the worst record in baseball — a bar in Baltimore is offering free shots for whenever Chris Davis gets a hit.  —  Now before fans begin flocking …
Edward Lee / Baltimore Sun:
Drink your Orioles pain away: This Baltimore bar is offering free shots every time Chris Davis gets a hit
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
Iowa native Colin Rea trying to prove to Padres he belongs in big leagues again  —  Even Colin Rea wondered if he'd ever be the same.  —  When the Iowa native struggled to recover from some of his bullpen sessions in spring training, Rea would sometimes worry that all the injuries he'd suffered …
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: True Blue LA
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper, calls anonymous exec ‘chicken’ and ‘gutless’  —  Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has been a lightening rod for criticism since the day he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009 and was touted as 'Baseball's Chosen One' at age of 16.
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Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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