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12:55 AM ET, April 14, 2019


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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
Maria Torres / Baltimore Sun:
Angels survive Cubs' rally and escape with a victory  —  Angels first baseman Justin Bour dives to snag a groundball hit by the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during the first inning.  (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)  —  It was about 3 1/2 hours into the Angels' 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   Can Cubs recapture missing winning vibe of 2016 champions?
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 and Amazin' Avenue
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets pull struggling Vargas early and fall to Braves  —  ATLANTA - If the Mets want to present themselves as the first-place team in the National League East, they should behave like it.  —  Lobbing Jason Vargas on the mound every fifth day and hoping for the best, while a quality pitcher sits idly …
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.
ESPN:   Lindor in line to start rehab assignment Monday
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Carlos Gonzalez expected to join Cleveland Indians on Sunday
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
Gordon, Royals end 10-game losing streak, beat Indians 8-1
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.
Daily Record:
CC Sabathia starts on the right note, helps Yankees snap losing streak
USA Today:   Yankees' CC Sabathia allows one hit in first start since offeason heart surgery
Associated Press:
Athletics-Rangers game postponed after long day of rain  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oakland slugger Khris Davis had to wait another day for the chance to homer again against the Texas Rangers, who were rained out at home for the first time in three years.  —  After a long rainy day in North Texas …
Ty Bradley / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Place Rougned Odor On 10-Day IL, Select Danny Santana
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:   Khris Davis hits MLB-best 10th homer, A's rally past Texas
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
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
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
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
Lars Larson /
Altuve, Gurriel hit grand slams, Astros beat Seattle 10-6
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:   Accidental or not, Dipoto's Mariners have produced one of the greatest starts in baseball history
Detroit Free Press:
Christin Stewart homers, but Detroit Tigers beaten by Twins, 4-3  —  MINNEAPOLIS - Michael Pineda labored through six innings, Eddie Rosario drove in two runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Saturday.  —  Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco added RBI singles for Minnesota.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers' Buck Farmer took control of his career by finding control on the mound
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.
Associated Press:
Red Sox beat Orioles 6-4 for 1st win streak of season
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
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.
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 …
Bobby Nightengale /
RedsXtra: Wave of contract extensions could be the future for young stars  —  MONTERREY, Mexico - It's too early to judge whether it's a trend or a one-year blip, but 27 Major League players have signed lucrative contract extensions since mid-February.  Fourteen extensions were signed by players younger than 26.
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