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5:25 PM ET, May 14, 2019


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Associated Press:
Astros extend win streak to 6 with 8-1 win over Tigers  —  Brad Peacock (4-2) allowed a run and three hits in five innings for Houston, which has won nine of its last 10 games.  —  DETROIT (AP) - Aledmys Diaz, Robinson Chirinos, Jake Marisnick and Alex Bregman homered for Houston …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Real or Not?  This Astros offense could be the best in MLB history  —  There is something remarkable going on in the early weeks of 2019.  Here is a list of best offenses in the past 100 years, ranked by the weighted runs created formula at FanGraphs (wRC+ adjusts for the league run environment and home park with 100 being average):
ESPN:   Springer, Astros hope to keep rolling in Detroit
Houston Chronicle:   Homer barrage lifts Astros over Tigers
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:   ‘Donnie Kelly Baby’ returns to Detroit with managerial aspirations
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Watch: Cleveland Indians homer in three straight innings to take lead over White Sox  —  The Cleveland Indians broke out the long ball in their series finale with the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field Tuesday.  —  CLEVELAND — The long ball is being very, very good to the Cleveland Indians …
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians call up OF Oscar Mercado  —  After an impressive start in Triple-A Columbus, Oscar Mercado will make his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians.  —  Despite an impressive spring, the Cleveland Indians opted to begin the 2019 season with Oscar Mercado as a member of Triple-A Columbus.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Watch: Francisco Lindor launches hardest-hit home run of his Indians career  —  Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor belted the hardest-hit home run of his career against the Chicago White Sox Monday night.  —  CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is no stranger …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Reynaldo Lopez — calling it his best outing of the season — allows just 2 hits in White Sox's 5-2 win
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Shildt stays the course with Cardinals' lineup  —  ATLANTA — Although the Cardinals have lost nine of their past 11 games, manager Mike Shildt is trusting the process.  He will stay with his regular lineup Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves behind righthander Jack Flaherty, who has been shut out in his previous two starts.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Flaherty trying to straighten ‘crooked numbers’
Braves' Foltynewicz hopes to bounce back vs. Cardinals
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and Talking Chop
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
High fastballs haunting Diamondbacks' Christian Walker in latest slump  —  On multiple occasions on Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves attacked an area of the strike zone that is becoming increasingly popular against Diamondbacks slugger Christian Walker.  —  Armed with fastballs in the mid-90s …
Nick Piecoro / Associated Press:
Diamondbacks' offense explodes to hammer Pirates
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Escobar, Diamondbacks batter Pirates
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Bucs Dugout
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Torey Lovullo says he purposely kept Zack Godley in the dark about ‘opening’ start
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Bob Brookover /
Gritty Phillies playing .600 ball at the quarter pole |  Extra Innings  —  If the Phillies keep winning games the way they did Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, they might have to trade the Phillie Phanatic to the Flyers for Gritty.  —  They beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-4 …
ESPN:   Phillies turn to Nola for series opener vs. Brewers
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Hernandez, Phillies rally past Brewers
Dodgers Pitcher Julio Urias Arrested for Domestic Violence, Dodgers Weigh In  —  8:55 AM PT — The Dodgers are commenting on the Urias arrest ... telling TMZ Sports, “We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information.”
Mike Vorel / Sacramento Bee:
Struggling Mariners rally late to top the Oakland A's in extra innings  —  With one out in the bottom of the third inning on Monday, a brave woman in the upper deck behind home plate attempted to resuscitate the sleepy crowd counting sheep inside T-Mobile Park.
Tim Booth /
Mariners rally with 2 runs in 10th to beat A's 6-5
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
What we've learned about Clayton Kershaw so far in 2019  —  LOS ANGELES — It was the fall of 2010, and Derek Jeter — 36 years old, by that point far more valuable to his old team than any new one — was a free agent for the first time.  He had no intentions of leaving the New York Yankees …
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball
Evan Grant / Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News:
Rangers have a doozy of a problem: How do they deal with struggling Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara?  —  The Rangers have been here before.  —  “Here” being in Kansas City with a badly struggling Rougned Odor and nearing the proverbial end of their rope on ways to get him going.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and Rangers News
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Where do baseball's elite starting pitchers come from?  —  The amateur draft is less than a month away and teams are starting to hunker down, getting in those final scouting trips and narrowing down their list of potential picks and players with the good faces.  —  Chris Paddack was once of those draft prospects.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Angels' odd mix of Mike Trout & Co. inspires hope: ‘Nothing but belief in ourselves’  —  There's a certain numbing consistency to many of the eight seasons Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have spent with the Los Angeles Angels.  Trout, baseball's bullet train, amazes and inspires and stretches …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
Since April 10, the Cubs are winning at a 77.8 percent rate.  Here are 5 ways they're pulling it off.  —  Photos from the Cubs' 4-1 win over the Brewers on May 12, 2019, at Wrigley Field.  —  How hot are the Cubs running?  —  Forget for a second about Kris Bryant hitting five home runs …
Phil Rosenthal / Baltimore Sun:   Hey, ESPN, ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ viewers actually want to watch the game — so focus on that
Donald Duench / Toronto Sun:
On Deck: Blue Jays at Giants  —  Donald Duench, Toronto SunMore from Donald Duench, Toronto Sun  —  TORONTO BLUE JAYS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  —  STARTING PITCHERS  —  RHP Trent Thornton (0-4, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Vincent (0-1, 2.25 ERA)  —  The Giants are going to the “opener” …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
ESPN:   Jays' Thornton gets another shot at first win vs. Giants
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Designate Frank Schwindel For Assignment  —  The Royals have designated first baseman Frank Schwindel for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for infield prospect Nicky Lopez, whose previously announced promotion to the Major Leagues is now official (Twitter link via Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star).
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Jonathan Lucroy has bounced back offensively with Angels  —  The Angels are trying to keep Lucroy fresh by limiting his time behind the plate  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Jonathan Lucroy has rediscovered at least part of what made him one of baseball's best-hitting catchers a few years ago.
Discussion: Halos Heaven and Daily News
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rehab updates on Rays' Hunter Wood, Matt Duffy; Font trade with Mets completed  —  Wood threw two innings Monday, should be activated soon; Rays get 18-year-old hard thrower from Mets.  —  A couple of quick Rays updates:  —  • Reliever Hunter Wood threw two innings for the Class …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees' Miguel Andujar back on the IL and should now go the surgery route to fix shoulder  —  A scout watching the Yankees at Tropicana Field on Saturday night made note of Miguel Andujar's bat speed.  —  “He looks sluggish.  The bat speed doesn't look like it did,” the National League scout noted.
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