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12:50 PM ET, April 14, 2019

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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
The most important storylines in the loaded NL East race  —  The Bryce Harper era in Philadelphia is off to a rousing start with Harper raking, getting on base almost half the time and the Phillies winning despite some shaky performances from the rotation and bullpen.
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Jason Vargas fails to get out of 1st inning as NY Mets fall to Atlanta Braves  —  ATLANTA — Jason Vargas couldn't get out of the first inning, throwing 36 pitches before even recording a second out in what became a four-run frame.  —  It was another bad outing from the Mets' fifth starter …
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
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets pull struggling Vargas early and fall to Braves
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Mike Digiovanna / Miami Herald:
Dodgers can't get much going against Davies, Brewers  —  LOS ANGELES-The confidence and swagger that a high-powered Los Angeles Dodgers offense generated during a torrid start has disappeared.  In its place is the confusion and mounting frustration of a losing streak that grew to six games Saturday night.
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J.P. Hoornstra / Daily Breeze:
Dodgers fall to Milwaukee Brewers for sixth straight loss  —  LOS ANGELES - The last time the Dodgers lost six consecutive games before Saturday, they had stumbled into a quagmire.  —  It was the middle of last May. The Dodgers were 10 games under .500 with the worst record of any team …
ESPN:
Gonzalez gets called up, to debut for Indians  —  Veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been promoted by the Cleveland Indians and will make his season debut Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.  —  Gonzalez, who started this season at Triple-A Columbus, will play left field and bat third …
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Todd Zola / ESPN:
Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday  —  A quartet of division matchups highlight the streaming pitchers, giving head-to-head one last chance to make up ground.  With several aces on the card, choosing the right arm to keep up with your opponent is even more important.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
ESPN:
Lindor in line to start rehab assignment Monday
Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Carlos Gonzalez expected to join Cleveland Indians on Sunday
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Today's Cubs game vs. the Angels postponed with snow, cold and high winds in the forecast  —  Chicago Tribune  —  High winds, snow, rain and temperatures in the 30s postponed Sunday's Cubs-Angels series finale at Wrigley Field.  —  A makeup date has not been announced.
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Maria Torres / Baltimore Sun:   Angels survive Cubs' rally and escape with a victory
Jay Cohen / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cozart, La Stella lead Angels past Cubs 6-5
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Associated Press:
Baseball roundup: Sabathia is solid in return to Yankees  —  CC Sabathia began his 19th and final big league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit (Lafayette High) came through with a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Saturday to end a four-game slide.
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USA Today:   Yankees' CC Sabathia allows one hit in first start since offeason heart surgery
Daily Record:   CC Sabathia starts on the right note, helps Yankees snap losing streak
Associated Press:
Tatis sets HR record as Padres beat D-Backs 5-4  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. is already has a place in baseball history.  —  Tatis Jr. became the youngest shortstop to hit four home runs in his first 16 games when he hit one Saturday night, and Franmil Reyes added …
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Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks rookie Yoan Lopez hasn't allowed a run since disastrous MLB debut last September
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Altuve, Astros, Mariners streaking, Davis hits  —  Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis watches his two-run single in front of Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 13, 2019.  —  Minnesota Twins pitcher Blake Parker smiles …
Joon Lee / ESPN:
Orioles' Davis ends 0-for-54 streak, asks for ball  —  BOSTON — Baltimore's Chris Davis ended an MLB-record 0-for-54 skid with his first hit of the season Saturday, dropping in a two-run single in the first inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.  —  Davis clapped his hands and called …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
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Michael Wagaman / scores.nbcsportsbayarea.com:
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.
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Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants reserve Tyler Austin headed for MRI on elbow, possible trip to injured list
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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 …
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Detroit Free Press:
Christin Stewart homers, but Detroit Tigers beaten by Twins, 4-3
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 …
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.
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Games of the Day  —  I don't think it's that good a game, but John Means takes on David Price in the money match of the day as Baltimore plays Boston.  It's not Price against Doug Fister, but I'll take it.  —  The White Sox send Carlos Rodon against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Randy Miller / New Jersey Online:
Why Dellin Betances just found out about bone spur and Yankees knew since 2006  —  NEW YORK — Yankees reliever Dellin Betances started his Saturday morning by getting a painful cortisone shot with a long needle.  —  “It hurt,” the four-time All-Star righty said.  “I didn't look.”
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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Toronto Sun:
Yankees' Gary Sanchez to 10-day IL; Dellin Betances out 6-7 more weeks
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
 
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