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9:40 AM ET, May 14, 2019


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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 …
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Torey Lovullo says he purposely kept Zack Godley in the dark about ‘opening’ start
Nick Piecoro / Associated Press:   Diamondbacks' offense explodes to hammer Pirates
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Escobar, Diamondbacks batter Pirates
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Bucs Dugout
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):
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
Jesse Yomtov /
MLB power rankings: Led by George Springer, red-hot Astros take back the No. 1 spot
Evan Grant / Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News:
Rangers have a doozy of a problem: how does the club 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
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Three areas the Rangers might be forced to address as they enter mid-May slumping  —  An off day Monday became a needed respite for the Texas Rangers after their lost weekend in Houston.  —  Emphasis on lost.  —  The Astros did everything better than that Rangers en route to a four-game sweep …
Boone: Andujar likely headed back to 10-day IL  —  New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar is likely headed back to the 10-day injured list so that the team can “get a better handle” on his nagging right shoulder injury, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:   RHP Loaisiga 17th Yankee to hit IL this year
Sarah Valenzuela / New York Daily News:   Yankees activate Aaron Hicks, option Mike Tauchman to Scranton-Wilkes Barre
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  —  Photos from the Cubs' 4-1 win over the Brewers on May 12, 2019, at Wrigley Field.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  When baseball fans tune in to ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” coverage of the Cubs …
Boston's Pedroia has setback during rehab stint  —  The road back for Boston's Dustin Pedroia hit another obstacle Monday, with the Red Sox announcing that the second baseman has returned from his rehab assignment because of left knee soreness.  —  The team had been hoping Pedroia …
Resurgent Red Sox, Sale set to face Rockies
Discussion: Associated Press
Nick Friar / WEEI:
Red Sox Farm Report: Bobby Dalbec held his own Home Run Derby in Trenton over the weekend
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Flaherty trying to straighten ‘crooked numbers’  —  ATLANTA — With all his weapons, including an arsenal of well above-average pitches and a competitive ferocity, young Cardinals righthander Jack Flaherty is only 11-14 in his major-league career.  And the Cardinals are but 18-23 …
ESPN:   Braves' Foltynewicz hopes to bounce back vs. Cardinals
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Hernandez, Phillies rally past Brewers  —  Cesar Hernandez homered and had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored to lift the host Philadelphia Phillies past the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Monday.  —  Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Maikel Franco each added two hits for the Phillies, who won their third in a row.
ESPN:   Phillies turn to Nola for series opener vs. Brewers
Mike DiGiovanna / Baltimore Sun:
Watch Cody Bellinger throw out Stephen Strasburg at first  —  The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger robbed Washington's Stephen Strasburg of a sixth-inning single Sunday at Dodger Stadium.  (Getty Images)  —  When Gerardo Parra's eighth-inning drive one-hopped the wall in left-center field for a double …
Daniel Starkand / Dodger Blue:
Dodgers News: Hyun-Jin Ryu Named National League Player Of The Week For May 6-12
Discussion: True Blue LA
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” …
ESPN:   Jays' Thornton gets another shot at first win vs. Giants
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
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.
Daily Record:
'They're fighting for their life': Dwight Gooden gains perspective in new role  —  The first time Dwight Gooden strolled through Hackensack Medical Center's pediatric cancer unit, he felt overcome with shame and embarrassment.  —  As he took it all in, he thought about the countless times …
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
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Indians minor-leaguer Bobby Bradley named to MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week  —  Cleveland Indians minor-league first baseman Bobby Bradley was named to MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week Monday.  —  CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians minor-league first baseman Bobby Bradley …
Jim Callis / Red Sox News:
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week
Discussion: and MLB Baseball News …
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
'He's going to be a big-league player in Chicago for a long time': Why there are still high hopes for Ian Happ  —  The hope is that although Ian Happ is in the minors, he can get back on track at the plate and return to the major leagues.  —  He needs to become the player the Chicago Cubs have always hoped he could be.
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:   Cubs catcher Victor Caratini recovers quickly from injury
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