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11:40 AM ET, April 15, 2019


 Top News: 
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?
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. …
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 …
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Aaron Hicks speaks — without a timetable in sight
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Can the White Sox parlay their series win over the Yankees into something bigger?
New York / Boston Globe:   Yankees starter James Paxton working with sports psychologist to throw off mechanical troubles
ABC News:
Gore pinch-runs, speeds home as Royals sweep Indians
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees edged by White Sox, lose fourth series of season
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 …
Ian Harrison /
Heredia homers as Rays top Jays 8-4, win 5th straight series  —  TORONTO (AP) — Baseball anonymity doesn't bother the Tampa Bay Rays.  —  Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia homered to cap a five-run burst in the eighth inning and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 Sunday for their fifth straight series victory to begin the season.
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 Shantz / Toronto Sun:   Another fielding error by Blue Jays' Gurriel creates a momentum-changer for Tampa Bay
Carlos Rodriguez / Associated Press:
Ozuna, Cardinals power past Reds 9-5 for split in Mexico  —  A billboard advertising the Mexico Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals stands outside the stadium before the start of their second game in Monterrey, Mexico, Sunday, April 14, 2019.
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
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds players grateful for Mexico Series experience, crowds
Discussion: Red Reporter
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Tim Reynolds / Baltimore Sun:
Segura's homer helps Phillies outlast Marlins in 14 innings  —  Philadelphia Phillies' Jean Segura (2) third base base after hitting a two run home run during the 14th inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Miami.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Brynn Anderson)
Tim Reynolds / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Segura homers in 14th, Phillies top Marlins 3-1
Discussion: The Good Phight
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.
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.
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 …
Matt Calkins / Miami Herald:
Daniel Vogelbach is poster boy for Mariners' fast start  —  Daniel Vogelbach is in the Mariners clubhouse wearing a yellow shirt with the word “TANKS” stitched across his chest in red letters.  He doesn't know what it means.  It was just a shirt that teammate Dee Gordon gave him and Dee isn't around to explain.
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Cleveland Indians designate Brad Miller for assignment: 'Obviously, they don't want the best players up here'
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Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's can't hold onto lead at Texas, lose 8-7 to end trip
Todd Zola / ESPN:
Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday
Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers top prospects' minor league statistics for 2019
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros' Josh James striving to clean up early season issues
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
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Stripling, Dodgers end 6-game skid with 7-1 win over Brewers
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Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers rally stifled, leave bases loaded in 6-4 loss to Twins
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