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12:40 PM ET, May 14, 2019

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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):
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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
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
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 …
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Nick Piecoro / Associated Press:
Diamondbacks' offense explodes to hammer Pirates
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Torey Lovullo says he purposely kept Zack Godley in the dark about ‘opening’ start
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Escobar, Diamondbacks batter Pirates
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Bucs Dugout
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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ESPN:
Boone: Andujar likely headed back to 10-day IL
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Sarah Valenzuela / New York Daily News:   Yankees activate Aaron Hicks, option Mike Tauchman to Scranton-Wilkes Barre
Associated Press:   RHP Loaisiga 17th Yankee to hit IL this year
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 …
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Phil Rosenthal / Baltimore Sun:   Hey, ESPN, ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ viewers actually want to watch the game — so focus on that
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
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Three areas the Rangers might be forced to address as they enter mid-May slumping
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 …
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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:
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 …
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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.
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ESPN:   Phillies turn to Nola for series opener vs. Brewers
ESPN:
Jays' Thornton gets another shot at first win vs. Giants  —  The Toronto Blue Jays, swept by the Giants in a two-game interleague series three weeks ago, get a rematch with a two-game series that starts Tuesday in San Francisco.  —  The Giants made center fielder Kevin Pillar's return …
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Donald Duench / Toronto Sun:   On Deck: Blue Jays at Giants
ESPN:
Resurgent Red Sox, Sale set to face Rockies  —  Chances are the Colorado Rockies aren't excited about their first trip to Fenway Park since 2016.  —  Not with the way the Boston Red Sox are playing.  —  The resurgent defending World Series champions, riding a season-best, five-game winning streak …
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ESPN:   Boston's Pedroia has setback during rehab stint
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
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