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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 …
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
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. …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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.
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 …
Ian Harrison /
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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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