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2:40 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.
Daily Record:   Jason Vargas fails to get out of 1st inning as NY Mets fall to Atlanta Braves
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:   Mets give Robinson Cano his first day off of the season
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets pull struggling Vargas early and fall to Braves
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Daily Record:
NY Mets, Atlanta Braves lineups announced for Saturday
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.
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 …
Matthew Moreno /
Dodgers Recall Josh Sborz From Triple-A Oklahoma City, Option Dennis Santana  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Josh Sborz from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Dennis Santana ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Sborz gives the Dodgers a fresh arm in the bullpen …
Discussion: True Blue LA
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:   Gonzalez gets called up, to debut for Indians
ESPN:   Lindor in line to start rehab assignment Monday
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks rookie Yoan Lopez hasn't allowed a run since disastrous MLB debut last September
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.
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
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves option Sean Newcomb to Triple-A  —  Sean Newcomb will work out the kinks in Triple-A Gwinnett.  —  The Braves optioned the lefty to the minors before Sunday's game against the Mets.  Newcomb, 25, pitched 1-1/3 inning the night before, surrendering a four-run lead in just six batters time.
Discussion: Talking Chop
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
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals stay with Heath Fillmyer in fifth starters spot in pitching rotation  —  Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer hasn't had the greatest start to his season in the majors this year, but he'll get a chance to flip the script after having gone just three innings (plus three batters) in his first start of the season last week.
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.
Brent Stecker /
Mariners recall Erik Swanson, place Wade LeBlanc on 10-day IL  —  The Mariners will need to find a replacement for Wade LeBlanc in their rotation, but at least for now they'll have Erik Swanson available out of their bullpen.  —  The Mariners placed LeBlanc on the 10-day injured list …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Hicks is back in the Big Apple for now  —  Aaron Hicks checked in Sunday.  The center fielder, who has been on the shelf since March 1 with a back injury, came to New York to check on his apartment, pick up some tax documents, and see some teammates.  He is still weeks away from returning to the major league roster.
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
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
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals are expanding their brand  —  MONTERREY, MEXICO  • When Mike Shildt first joined the Cardinals in 2004 and began coaching and managing in the minors soon after, he quickly learned the geography the team's fan base — it was not bound by state lines, time zone, or level.
Discussion: Red Reporter
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