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9:40 AM ET, April 16, 2019


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Is it time for Red Sox and Yankees to panic?  Our experts weigh in  —  Panic!  Doom and gloom!  The sky, yeah, it's falling.  Oh wait, it's mid-April and the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees actually aren't that bad — so we decided to leave the worry behind for a minute and focus …
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Yankees, Lindor begins rehab assignment  —  A look at what's happening around the majors today:  —  RIVALRY RENEWED  —  Mookie Betts tries to get going at the plate when the Red Sox (6-11) visit the Yankees (6-9) in the first meeting this season between the longtime rivals.
Red Sox's Betts: My slow start is ‘unacceptable’  —  Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was his own harshest critic Monday, taking his share of the blame for Boston's 6-11 start after last year's World Series championship.  —  “Basically, what I'm doing is unacceptable,” Betts told reporters …
Neil Greenberg / Chicago Tribune:
Chris Sale lost his fastball. Now the Red Sox could lose the AL East.
Associated Press:   Baseball roundup: Smith Jr., Orioles pound Red Sox
Dave Clark /
Brandon Phillips, former Reds fan favorite, intends to play this season, per report
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Yu Darvish wants to increase his velocity.  As for his inconsistency: 'I'm Yu Darvish.  I walk guy(s).'  —  Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish and catcher Willson Contreras discuss their team's 7-2 win over the Marlins on April 15, 2019, in Miami.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Associated Press:
Contreras homer, 3 RBIs help Cubs beat Marlins 7-2 … MIAMI - Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer, drove in three and reached base four times, and the Chicago Cubs thawed out to beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday night.  —  The temperature in Chicago was 33 when the Cubs' game Sunday …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:   Two bad innings from Richards doom the Miami Marlins in series opener against the Cubs
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:   After another rough outing, what's next for the Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen?
Todd Rosiak / USA Today:
Brewers 10, Cardinals 7: Thrice as nice for Christian Yelich  —  There's something about the St. Louis Cardinals that brings out the best in Christian Yelich.  —  The rightfielder continued his early season torching of the Milwaukee Brewers' Central Division foes on Monday night …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's Miller time as Goldschmidt, DeJong go back-to-back
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals rally for three in sixth to tie Brewers at 6-6; umpire Kulpa staggered
Todd Rosiak / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Early work pays immediate dividends for Christian Yelich as he homers three times
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
The highs and lows of Yasiel Puig's time in L.A.  —  LOS ANGELES — He showed up late, then homered early.  —  How fitting.  —  Yasiel Puig spent more than half a decade tantalizing the Los Angeles Dodgers with his talent and tormenting them with his indiscretions.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:   X-rays negative on Bellinger's knee after HBP
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:   Hot-hitting Bellinger exits after HBP to knee
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Back in LA, late-arriving Puig homers off Kershaw
Discussion: Deadspin and
Mets takeaways from Monday's 7-6 win over the Phillies  —  Conforto drives in winning run after Mets' bullpen blows lead  —  Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
Discussion: Phillies Nation and Amazin' Avenue
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Todd Frazier will not be the Mets everyday starter at third base when he returns from injured list
Mike Puma / New York Post:   Mets survive another pitching implosion to outlast Phillies
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Welington Castillo's go-ahead 2-run homer gives the White Sox a 5-4 victory over the Royals  —  Post-Tribune  —  Welington Castillo's throwing error in the top of the seventh inning put the Royals in position to grab the lead Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
LaMond Pope / Baltimore Sun:
‘It was amazing’: Eloy Jimenez savors big weekend in New York that included his 1st 2 big-league home runs
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Bright lights of the White Sox rebuild could use some reinforcements
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
Rockies look to sweep two-game set at San Diego  —  A two-game series in the middle of April usually doesn't carry much significance in a 162-game baseball season.  —  However, the Rockies' two games against the San Diego Padres this week carry some importance for both teams, particularly after Colorado's 5-2 win Monday night.
Bernie Wilson / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Desmond, Arenado homer to help Rockies beat Padres 5-2
Discussion: Purple Row
Luke Zahlmann / Mile High Sports:
Rockies make flurry of moves prior to series in San Diego
Discussion: Purple Row and Rox Pile
Miller after cut: Indians don't want best players  —  After being designated for assignment, Cleveland Indians utility man Brad Miller took a shot at the team.  —  “They acknowledge that it wasn't fair,” he said.  “But I'm just a player.  I go out there and play my hardest and play for the guys next to me.
ESPN:   Kipnis activated; Lindor set for rehab assignment
Ohtani cleared to face live pitching in week  —  Los Angeles Angels slugger Shohei Ohtani had a follow-up appointment Monday to check on his progress from Tommy John surgery and was cleared to hit live pitching in about a week.  —  “All is good,” manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.
Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin last step in his return to lineup
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Amid all the Rangers' hits and runs, here's how Shelby Miller took a step forward  —  Here's something the Texas Rangers didn't want to have happened Monday night: being forced to use Jose Leclerc in the ninth inning.  —  It's not because Leclerc struggled last week.
Former Cub Zambrano eyes return to big leagues  —  Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano said he thinks that he can overcome his age, his reputation, and a long major league absence to make it back to the big leagues.  —  “Why not?”  Zambrano said Monday from Marlins Park where the Cubs are playing this week.
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Column: The Cubs made their WGN-TV debut 71 years ago today.  Now they're preparing to sell what they once gave away.  —  WGN-TV celebrated the 70th anniversary of its first Cubs' broadcast on April 16, 2018.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  With so much poised to change as the Cubs prepare …
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)
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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