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7:55 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 …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and DRaysBay
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. …
Discussion: Royals Review
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
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?
Discussion: South Side Sox and Pinstripe Alley
Daily Record:
Right time for The Rivalry to resume? Yankees hope to find a spark as Red Sox arrive
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tim Reynolds / Baltimore Sun:
Segura's homer helps Phillies outlast Marlins in 14 innings
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom scuffles in second straight outing raising cause for concern  —  ATLANTA - A scrappy five-inning outing for a typical top starter would be unfortunate, but it wouldn't raise any eyebrows.  Yet, when a Mets ace coming off a historic season is out of whack, it's certainly cause for concern.
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Teheran shows up deGrom, Braves split with Mets
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
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.
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Gio Gonzalez is in an unfamiliar place with ‘nothing left to prove’
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Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Aaron Hicks speaks — without a timetable in sight
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
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A's Jesús Luzardo, shut down with shoulder issue, feels ‘fantastic’
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Ian Shantz / Toronto Sun:
Another fielding error by Blue Jays' Gurriel creates a momentum-changer for Tampa Bay
Carlos Rodriguez / Associated Press:
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