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7:10 AM ET, April 25, 2019


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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers didn't want to promote Hearn until summer.  He is likely starting Thursday  —  The pitching prospect the Texas Rangers wanted to keep in the minor leagues until at least the All-Star break will instead be making his MLB debut Thursday after only four starts at Triple A Nashville.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Umpires' decision to not allow challenge frustrated Woodward. Rangers lost moments later
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Michael Wagaman /
MLB Headlines  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With an impressive diving catch …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Mazara validating his nickname during sluggish April. Did a turnaround start vs. A's?
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Josh Harrison changed his stance to snap his slump.  Here's how  —  BOSTON — Josh Harrison issued a homework assignment to reporters.  —  Harrison was discussing manager Ron Gardenhire's assessment of his day at the plate after the Detroit Tigers' doubleheader sweep over the Red Sox.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers observations: Tyson Ross battered in 11-4 loss to Red Sox
ESPN:   Pedroia teaches LHP Rodriguez new breaking ball
Logan Mullen /
Red Sox Wrap: Eduardo Rodriguez Tosses Gem In 11-4 Win Over Tigers
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yanks' Frazier to IL; Stanton's recovery hits snag  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — On the day the New York Yankees finally got back one reinforcement from their 13-man injured list, manager Aaron Boone disclosed some less promising news about two other banged-up stars.
Randy Miller / New Jersey Online:
Why Clint Frazier's expected quick return to Yankees lineup from ankle sprain is on hold  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yankees manager Aaron Boone was tempted to stick hot-hitting outfielder Clint Frazier in his Tuesday night lineup even though he'd tweaked his left ankle the night before sliding into second base.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Coley Harvey / ESPN:   Boone: Stanton has ‘residual’ shoulder problem
ESPN:   Yankees activate Sanchez, send Green to minors
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“This is our home,” catcher Yadier Molina said.  “We've got to defend our home.”  —  For years, the Cardinals' downtown ballpark served as a launch pad toward October.  From 2010 to 2015, the Cardinals averaged 51 home wins a season, and twice they won 54 or more home games.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   With Bader back, Cardinals consider shuffle to keep outfield production surging
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Wainwright hurls six strong innings; Cardinals lead Brewers 5-1
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia struggles against Angels and falls short of strikeout mark  —  ANAHEIM — Wednesday just wasn't CC Sabathia's night.  The veteran lefty made his third start of the season looking for just six strikeouts to reach the lofty milestone of 3,000 for his long and winding down career.
Mike Digiovanna / The Charlotte Observer:
Opportunistic Yankees walk away with the win over Angels  —  Cody Allen may have put it best Wednesday afternoon, when the struggling reliever was discussing his demotion from the closer role with a group of reporters outside the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse.  —  “This game is humbling,” the veteran right-hander said.
ABC News:
Yankees rally from 5 runs down for 6-5 win over Angels  —  DJ LeMahieu singled home Tyler Wade with the tiebreaking run in the ninth, and the New York Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit for their sixth consecutive victory, 6-5 over the hapless Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Try Not to Suck lager is Joe Maddon's latest venture.  But will Chicagoans keep soaking up his products if he's managing elsewhere in 2020?  —  Joe Maddon launches his new beer, Try Not to Suck lager, Tuesday at Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago.  (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs' Javier Baez is among the best players Joe Maddon has managed
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs skip the pitching fads and let starters go deep into games, giving the bullpen a break
Associated Press:
Ramirez, Bauers get key hits as Indians beat Marlins 6-2 … CLEVELAND - Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Jake Bauers' eighth-inning single scored the go-ahead run and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Wednesday.  —  Martin Prado's two-out homer for Miami tied …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:   Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez ends cold streak with 4 RBIs vs. Miami Marlins
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Watch: Jose Ramirez hits home run in 1st inning of Cleveland Indians' matchup vs. Miami Marlins
David Ginsburg / Associated Press:
Ervin Santana struggles again as White Sox lose 4-3 to Orioles  —  Photos from the White Sox's 4-3 loss to the Orioles on April 24, 2019, in Baltimore.  —  An unusual second-chance home run enabled the Orioles to put a satisfying finish on a homestand that began with four straight defeats.
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
ABC News:
Wilkerson HR helps Orioles beat White Sox 4-3 for series win
Discussion: The Daily Item and South Side Sox
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
Iowa manager says Addison Russell is ‘locked in and ready to rock’  —  Addison Russell arrived at Principal Park Wednesday afternoon to begin what could be a short stint back in the minors.  One of his first stops there was the office of Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey.  —  “I think he's pretty excited,” Pevey said.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:   How Addison Russell did in his first game with the Iowa Cubs
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mike Soroka strikes out seven in latest learning experience  —  Mike Soroka demonstrated Wednesday why so many believe him to be a pitching savant.  —  The right-hander had a shoulder issue interrupt his roster bid in spring training, but now beyond his ailments, he's illustrating why he's …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
One year later: What makes Ronald Acuna the Braves' spirited superstar
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Pete Alonso's leadership making early difference for Mets  —  Pete Alonso walked into camp for Mets spring training with a direct plan of action.  He was going to make the Opening Day roster and he was not taking no for an answer.  —  Fortunately for the rookie, that rejection never came.
Daily Record:
Todd Frazier grand slam and other takeaways from NY Mets' 9-0 win over Phillies
Discussion: The Good Phight and Amazin' Avenue
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs' Strop loses car, gets save on ‘crazy day’  —  CHICAGO — Cubs closer Pedro Strop had to cut short talking with the police regarding his stolen car on Wednesday, just in time to secure the save in a wild 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  —  Strop said his car was stolen earlier in the day.
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays finally promote Vlad Guerrero Jr. for Friday debut  —  The waiting is over, the training wheels are off: Vlad Guerrero Jr. is a big league baseball player.  —  After much babying and service-time manipulation, the Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that baseball's hottest of hotshot prospects will be a minor-leaguer no more.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Mark Medina / Mercury News:
Clippers 129, Warriors 121: Warriors fail to close out series  —  OAKLAND - Unlike the regular season, the Warriors had plenty sources of motivation.  —  They could close out a playoff series early.  They could rest and prepare for the Houston Rockets for the next three days.
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