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4:20 PM ET, April 15, 2019

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Noah Trister / Boston Globe:
How the Tampa Bay Rays are leading the AL East midway through April  —  Now, this is an impressive opening for the Tampa Bay Rays.  —  Last year, the Rays pioneered the idea of an “opener” — a pitcher who would work an inning or two at the beginning of the game, facing some of the toughest hitters instead …
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Neil Greenberg / Chicago Tribune:
Chris Sale lost his fastball.  Now the Red Sox could lose the AL East.  —  The Washington Post  —  The Boston Red Sox were supposed to contend with the New York Yankees for the American League East title.  Instead, they are 6-10 and limping into a series against the Yankees beginning Tuesday evening.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
James Paxton, Yankees have to mentally prepare for heightened pressure to defeat Red Sox  —  CC Sabathia looked out across the Yankee clubhouse.  There were about 25 reporters scattered throughout the room, outnumbering the half a dozen players at their lockers.  —  He then looked back at the reporter and asked “You serious?
New York / Boston Globe:   Yankees starter James Paxton working with sports psychologist to throw off mechanical troubles
Tim Bannon / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox in the minors: Top prospects Dylan Cease (2-0) and Luis Robert (.475) lead the way  —  Chicago Tribune  —  As the rebuilding White Sox come off an impressive series win over the Yankees, let's check with the team's prospects in the minors.  —  Dylan Cease, Triple-A Charlotte
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Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Can the White Sox parlay their series win over the Yankees into something bigger?  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Even if the surreal wintry spring weather suggested Chicago's April calendar was nothing but a cosmic joke, there was in fact no time warp Sunday.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Daily Record:
Right time for The Rivalry to resume?  Yankees hope to find a spark as Red Sox arrive  —  Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Masahiro Tanaka's loss on Sunday to the White Sox  —  NEW YORK - Aaron Judge led a super-confident group of Yankees out of Fenway Park, in the wee hours of last Oct. 7 …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals-White Sox series preview, probable pitchers: Royals play Sox on their turf  —  Matchup: The Royals (5-10) begin a 10-game road trip with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox (5-9) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday night.  First pitch on Monday and Tuesday is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. …
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Carlos Rodriguez / Associated Press:   Ozuna, Cardinals power past Reds 9-5 for split in Mexico
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: Gallegos ‘super happy’ to get to play for hometown crowd
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Bats come alive in Mexico as Cardinals beat Reds 9-5
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day  —  A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:  —  JACKIE ROBINSON DAY  —  Major League Baseball observes Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks all over the country.  Robinson broke baseball's color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
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Richard Lapchick / ESPN:
The MLB Racial and Gender Report Card  —  There is nothing that better signals the end of a bitter winter and the beginning of spring like the start of another Major League Baseball season.  Baseball has a special place on the mantel of American history.  It gained its lore in the Roaring '20s …
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
MLB power rankings: Is this the best team the Rays have ever had?  —  There's usually a legitimate reason to write off the Tampa Bay Rays.  —  This season feels different.  —  As hard as it is to believe, it's been 11 years since that Tampa reached the World Series and made the transformation …
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Ian Harrison / seattlepi.com:
Heredia homers as Rays top Jays 8-4, win 5th straight series
Ian Shantz / Toronto Sun:   Another fielding error by Blue Jays' Gurriel creates a momentum-changer for Tampa Bay
Associated Press:
Baseball roundup: Marquez, Rockies end 8-loss skid  —  German Marquez pitched a one-hitter, nicked only by Evan Longoria's single with one out in the eighth, and the Colorado Rockies ended an eight-game losing streak by beating the hosting San Francisco Giants 4-0 Sunday.
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Associated Press:
Rockies' Marquez gives up 1st hit in 8th vs Giants
Daimon Eklund / Associated Press:
Cole strikes out 11, Diaz homers, Astros win 3-2 at Seattle  —  Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna each pitched a perfect inning in relief for Houston, with Osuna working the ninth for his seventh save.  —  SEATTLE — Gerrit Cole struck out 11 in six innings …
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Real or not? Astros are headed for another 100-win season
Kevin Acee / Miami Herald:
Padres made winning choice bringing up Fernando Tatis Jr. at start of season  —  Can you imagine?  —  “I know,” Fernando Tatis Jr. said with a smile.  “We would have missed a couple things already.”  —  The Padres decided against manipulating Tatis' service time, promoting …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Teheran shows up deGrom, Braves split with Mets  —  The idea of matching Julio Teheran against Jacob deGrom didn't quiver excitement within the Braves' fan base.  Cue the adage, “That's why they play the games.”  —  Teheran pitched his best game of the season — six innings, allowing one run …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
Meet the most productive hitter in the Cubs' organization  —  Triple-A baseball came to Des Moines in 1968 with the Iowa Oaks, and the Iowa Cubs have carried the torch since 1982.  Here's a collection of some of the biggest names and best players during that time.  —  CONNECT
ESPN:
Power Rankings: Big tests coming for April's hot starters  —  Just one more week into the season, we're starting to see some stronger teams emerge.  But we're also ready to crown a new No. 1, as the Astros rode their nine-game win streak to the top of rankings, earning three first-place votes to replace the Dodgers at the top slot.
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ronald Acuna named NL Player of the Week  —  It didn't take long for MLB to acknowledge Ronald Acuna's hot streak.  —  The 21-year-old was named National League player of the week Monday after hitting .545 and helping the Braves to a 4-2 record against the Rockies and Mets.
Arizona Republic:
Padres' Andy Green upset with umpires after Diamondbacks' Greg Holland throws behind Francisco Mejia  —  The Diamondbacks and Padres did not end their series on the best of terms Sunday.  —  After Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland threw two straight pitches behind Padres catcher Francisco Mejia's …
Discussion: Arizona Sports
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Richard Morin / Associated Press:   Diamondbacks salvage series against Padres, end four-game losing streak with win
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Why evolution of changeup could make or break Clayton Kershaw's season  —  LOS ANGELES — It was 10 years, three teams and one career ago, but Brad Ausmus remembers the game — May 17, 2010, on the road against the Florida Marlins.  Clayton Kershaw carried a no-hitter through seven innings that night …
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Three top Marlins pitching prospects put up quality performances for Jupiter Hammerheads  —  The Jupiter Hammerheads' starting rotation is coming into its own early in the season, with three of the Marlins' top minor-league prospects dazzling over consecutive starts.
 
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Rangers Reaction: Heroes aplenty in gutsy comeback against Athletics
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