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10:45 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.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   James Paxton, Yankees have to mentally prepare for heightened pressure to defeat Red Sox
Daily Record:   Right time for The Rivalry to resume? Yankees hope to find a spark as Red Sox arrive
New York / Boston Globe:
Yankees starter James Paxton working with sports psychologist to throw off mechanical troubles
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Bright lights of the White Sox rebuild could use some reinforcements  —  Photos from the White Sox-Royals game on April 15, 2019, at Guaranteed Rate Field.  (Armando L. Sanches/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The White Sox's brief excursion to New York turned out to be a fine weekend for the rebuild.
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Tim Bannon / Chicago Tribune:   White Sox in the minors: Top prospects Dylan Cease (2-0) and Luis Robert (.475) lead the way
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals-White Sox series preview, probable pitchers: Royals play Sox on their turf
Discussion: Royals Review
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Can the White Sox parlay their series win over the Yankees into something bigger?
Discussion: South Side Sox and Pinstripe Alley
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 …
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Paul Sporer / ESPN:
Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Tuesday  —  It's a weird pitching slate on Tuesday with a handful of unexpected early season stars, some should-be stars who have been mega-duds, and some of the flat-out worst pitchers in the league through two-plus weeks.
Associated Press:
Trout back in lineup after missing 3 games with groin strain  —  Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout takes off his helmet after the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif.  —  Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's Miller time as Goldschmidt, DeJong go back-to-back  —  MILWAUKEE  • Paul Goldschmidt, the most productive hitter with at least 100 at-bats in the history of Miller Park, was at it again Monday night.  —  The Cardinals' first baseman, a .413 career batsman before the game …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals option Gallegos, recall Robinson  —  MILWAUKEE  • The Cardinalas have reverted to 12 pitchers from 13 Monday with the optioning of Giovanny Gallegos, who got to pitch in his native Mexico Sunday, and the recall of utilityman Drew Robinson from Class AAA Memphis.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: Gallegos ‘super happy’ to get to play for hometown crowd
ESPN:
Kipnis activated; Lindor set for rehab assignment  —  The Cleveland Indians activated two-time All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis off the 10-day injured list ahead of Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners.  —  Kipnis hasn't played this season because of a low-grade right calf strain.
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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 …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Delino DeShields has a mini-me who can't stop talking about his special day Sunday  —  For those who have found the Texas Rangers' post-victory Powerade baths tiresome, the one from Sunday led to a pretty special moment between Delino DeShields and a young fan who is awfully enamored with the center fielder.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Addison Russell's potential return to the Cubs is delayed a couple of days because of Sunday's postponement  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs quickly rescheduled Sunday's postponed game against the Angels for June 3, but it won't come soon enough for suspended shortstop Addison Russell.
Tom Krasovic / Baltimore Sun:
For mile-high Rockies, scoring on road is a constant, unique challenge  —  Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Chris Carlson / AP)
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Todd Frazier will not be the Mets everyday starter at third base when he returns from injured list  —  PHILADELPHIA - Todd Frazier's impending activation from the injured list will impact many elements, but the Mets' recent trend of rotating a different third baseman on any given day will remain the same.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Kent Somers / Arizona Republic:
Can the Arizona Diamondbacks get more than five innings out of Robbie Ray?  —  (Photo: Joe Camporeale, Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)  —  In five innings of work last week, pitcher Robbie Ray displayed all the reasons he has excited, tantalized and, at times, tormented the Diamondbacks and their fans the last four-plus seasons.
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
After another rough outing, what's next for the Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen?  —  Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly waited as long as he could before he made the move.  —  But as Saturday's four-and-a-half hour marathon against the Philadelphia Phillies turned to the 14th inning and the rest …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Kris Bryant starts in left field as Cubs play the Marlins  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs have the comfort of playing in warm conditions Monday night, and they hope Kris Bryant's bat can provide the same soothing effect when they play the Marlins at Marlins Park.
92.9 The Game:
Multiple pieces ‘advantage’ for Braves pitching rotation  —  There was a lot of movement over the weekend for the Atlanta Braves starting rotation and bullpen.  —  Prior to Saturday's game, Touki Toussaint was called up to the big leagues as an addition to the Braves relief while starter Kyle Wright …
Discussion: Talking Chop
 
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Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin last step in his return to lineup
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Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Ross Stripling shuts down Brewers as Dodgers end losing skid
ESPN:
Phillies send RHP Robertson to IL for sore elbow
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ronald Acuna named NL Player of the Week
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Inside Pitch: From Mexico, to Milwaukee, Cardinals have chance to make statement against Brewers
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
Meet the most productive hitter in the Cubs' organization
Mark W. Sanchez / New York Post:
Gio Gonzalez is in an unfamiliar place with ‘nothing left to prove’
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Three top Marlins pitching prospects put up quality performances for Jupiter Hammerheads
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Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
MLB power rankings: Is this the best team the Rays have ever had?
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's can't hold onto lead at Texas, lose 8-7 to end trip
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
ESPN:
Power Rankings: Big tests coming for April's hot starters
Kevin Acee / Miami Herald:
Padres made winning choice bringing up Fernando Tatis Jr. at start of season
Matt Calkins / Miami Herald:
Daniel Vogelbach is poster boy for Mariners' fast start
Todd Zola / ESPN:
Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday
Associated Press:
Baseball roundup: Marquez, Rockies end 8-loss skid
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Daimon Eklund / Associated Press:
Cole strikes out 11, Diaz homers, Astros win 3-2 at Seattle
 

 
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