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11:05 PM ET, April 13, 2019


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USA Today:
Yankees' CC Sabathia allows one hit in first start since offeason heart surgery  —  NEW YORK - This was opening day for CC Sabathia.  —  And the veteran lefty's sparkling 2019 debut made it seem as if the Yankees' season had just begun, paving over anything that happened before Saturday afternoon.
Daily Record:
CC Sabathia starts on the right note, helps Yankees snap losing streak  —  Yankees' manager Aaron Boone on CC Sabathia's first start of the year, going five scoreless innings in a 4-0 win Saturday vs. White Sox  —  NEW YORK - CC Sabathia did everything right in his 2019 debut, but he didn't last long enough to get credit for a win.
Toronto Sun:   Yankees' Gary Sanchez to 10-day IL; Dellin Betances out 6-7 more weeks
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Frustrated Dellin Betances says he had no idea about the bone spur in his shoulder
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees fall to White Sox, lose fourth-straight game
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Hurty dozen: Yanks add Sanchez to crowded IL
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Maddon: Take check swing calls away from umps  —  CHICAGO — The check-swing call in baseball has always been one of the most difficult for umpires to make.  After a late Chicago Cubs rally was thwarted on a strike-three, check-swing call on Kyle Schwarber, Chicago manager Joe Maddon suggested …
Jay Cohen / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cozart, La Stella lead Angels past Cubs 6-5  —  Zack Cozart broke out of a slump with three hits and  —  Cody Allen wiggled out of a jam in the ninth inning, helping the  —  Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Saturday.  —  Los Angeles won for the seventh time in its last eight games.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   Can Cubs recapture missing winning vibe of 2016 champions?
Associated Press:
Baseball notebook: Angels' Trout will miss weekend series with Cubs
Associated Press:
Orioles' Chris Davis singles in 1st, ending record hitless streak at 54  —  BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore's Chris Davis ended his streak of futility in his first at-bat on Saturday when he lined a bases-loaded, two-run single to right in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox.
Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Seattle Mariners defy expectations with a homer-powered surge  —  A look at who's hot and who's not in Major League Baseball this week:  —  THREE UP  —  1. Are the Seattle Mariners for real?  Probably not, but ... they do keep winning games and hitting home runs.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Associated Press:   Red Sox beat Orioles 6-4 for 1st win streak of season
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:   Accidental or not, Dipoto's Mariners have produced one of the greatest starts in baseball history
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets give Robinson Cano his first day off of the season  —  ATLANTA - Saturday is Robinson Cano's first day off of the season - and he hates it.  If it was up to the veteran second baseman, he would play all 162 games for the Mets.  —  “I don't like days off but sometimes you have to go with it,” Cano said.
Daily Record:
NY Mets, Atlanta Braves lineups announced for Saturday  —  The Mets enter Saturday's game in Atlanta on a hot streak, having won three straight.  And Brandon Nimmo was a big part of keeping that going Friday with his 3-for-4 night at the plate, including a homer in a 6-2 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Michael Wagaman /
MLB Headlines  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Erik Kratz wasn't tired after catching 18 innings.  The 38-year-old San Francisco Giants backup had done it once before in his career, in 2016 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  —  San Francisco's bullpen was just as sturdy on a night when manager Bruce Bochy used every reliever.
Kerry Crowley / Mercury News:   Giants win longest game in Oracle Park history with 18th-inning walk-off
Michael Wagaman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Belt scores in 18th inning as Giants beat Rockies 3-2
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles and Purple Row
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' Buck Farmer took control of his career by finding control on the mound  —  Buck Farmer can't lie: Making the Detroit Tigers' Opening Day roster wasn't completely out of his thoughts.  —  Late in spring training, as the open roster spots began to dwindle, the right-hander was in no man's land …
Detroit Free Press:   Christin Stewart homers, but Detroit Tigers beaten by Twins, 4-3
Associated Press:
Tigers, Twins to begin series after postponement
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Twinkie Town
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Carlos Gonzalez expected to join Cleveland Indians on Sunday  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is expected to join the Indians on Sunday in time for their series finale against the Indians at Kauffman Stadium.  —  The Indians signed Gonzalez, 33, to a minor league deal on March 19.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
Gordon, Royals end 10-game losing streak, beat Indians 8-1
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:   Jefry Rodriguez excited about Saturday night's start for Cleveland Indians
Associated Press:
Mets analyst Darling: Surgery set for ‘large mass’ in chest  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  ATLANTA (AP) — New York Mets announcer Ron Darling says he will have surgery next week to remove a “large mass in my chest” and hopes to return to the broadcast booth in May.
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
This is the Dansby Swanson you've waited for  —  Dansby Swanson is physically healthy, his wrist issues a fragment of the past.  But his scorching start, and perhaps the best run of his career, is more attributed to his mental prowess.  —  Swanson's first 13 games have conferred him as more than a defensive marvel.
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks rookie Yoan Lopez hasn't allowed a run since disastrous MLB debut last September  —  On Sept. 9, 2018, Yoan Lopez allowed two home runs and a triple without recording an out in his major-league debut.  —  He hasn't allowed a run since.  —  Cheekily clinging to superstition …
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
After another ‘tentative’ outing, Marlins manager calls on Alcantara to attack on mound  —  Sandy Alcantara escaped the first jam he faced on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies with relative ease.  —  After loading the bases with the first three batters he faced …
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants reserve Tyler Austin headed for MRI on elbow, possible trip to injured list  —  The Giants' run of good health, with no significant injuries since the start of spring training, might be over.  —  First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin, acquired Monday in a trade with the Twins …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
Khris Davis hits MLB-best 10th homer, A's rally past Texas  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oakland slugger Khris Davis keeps going deep in Texas, and just about everywhere else he plays.  —  “A big shocking event.  Khris hit a go-ahead home run here,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Progress for Smyly, a tough game for bullpen, and will Rangers stop pitching to Davis?
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