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9:50 AM ET, May 15, 2019


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Associated Press:
Rockies rally past Red Sox 5-4, spoil Sale's 17 K effort  —  BOSTON — Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings before getting pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night, and the Colorado Rockies rallied against Boston's bullpen to win 5-4 in the 11th.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Real or not?  Sale's exit costs him a shot at 20 K's  —  When Roger Clemens first set the record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game in 1986, he threw 138 pitches.  When he did it again 10 years later, he needed 151 pitches.  Kerry Wood threw 122 pitches, Randy Johnson 124 and Max Scherzer …
Discussion: Associated Press
Sale has 17 K's in 7 IP; pulled after 108 pitches
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Mets slam Nationals behind Ramos
Associated Press:
Garver homers, hurts ankle in Twins' 4-3 win over Angels  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mitch Garver demonstrated his value to the Minnesota Twins again Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.  Now, Minnesota is hoping it hasn't lost its surprisingly productive catcher for an extended period.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
ESPN:   Garver shines in Twins' win, but exits with injury
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
How Detroit Tigers prospect Jake Rogers fixed his swing, and now is in Toledo  —  In Detroit on Tuesday night, the Detroit Tigers played host to the Astros.  —  In Toledo, catcher Jake Rogers — part of the Aug. 31, 2017 trade that sent right-hander Justin Verlander to Houston — made his debut with Triple-A Toledo.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Pitching depth plaguing Detroit Tigers in blowout vs. Astros, 11-4
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers' Casey Mize is now top-ranked pitching prospect in MLB
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards' regular lineup doesn't include Bader anymore  —  ATLANTA — Although the Cardinals had lost nine of their past 11 games, manager Mike Shildt trusted the process.  He stayed with his regular lineup Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves, which was not the regular lineup when the season began six weeks ago.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina, Fowler homer as Cardinals lead Braves 11-3
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Shildt stays the course with Cardinals' lineup
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Pirates rookie Cole Tucker's ‘12-year-old’ moment is a dream come true  —  PHOENIX — As Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker left Chase Field late Tuesday night, he still couldn't believe it.  —  Here he was, 18 years after cheering on the Arizona Diamondbacks as a kid growing up in Phoenix …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Bell rings up two homers as Pirates top Diamondbacks
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and AZ Snake Pit
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros insider: Aledmys Diaz getting it done at plate, in field  —  DETROIT — More than a month ago, when this Astros season was in its infancy and sample sizes were too minuscule to matter, concern surrounded the start of Aledmys Diaz.  —  In his first two starts with his new club …
Houston Chronicle:   Astros' offensive onslaught too much in win over Tigers
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ragans' comeback from Tommy John halted.  It's more bad news for a Rangers prospect  —  More injury news came from the Texas Rangers' farm system Monday, and it's more bad news for former first-round pick Cole Ragans.  —  Really bad.  —  The left-hander, selected 30th overall in 2016 …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
ESPN:   Andrus exits early; Ragans needs 2nd TJ surgery
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees pick up Kendry Morales in hopes of replacing lost power  —  With the possibility of losing Miguel Andujar for the rest of the season hanging over their heads and no timeframe for the return of sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, the Yankees acquired first baseman/designated …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Acquire Kendrys Morales
Associated Press:
Dodgers' Julio Urias arrested in domestic battery case  —  LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias has been arrested for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery.  —  He was taken into custody Monday night in the parking lot of the Beverly Center shopping mall, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said Tuesday.
David Wilson / Miami Herald:
Caleb Smith suffers first loss of season.  Here's what went wrong for the Marlins ace  —  As usual, mistakes for Caleb Smith were rare Tuesday in Miami.  The starting pitcher carved through the Tampa Bay Rays for more than five innings with eight strikeouts — six of which came in the first three innings …
Discussion: Fish Stripes
David Wilson / Miami Herald:
Harold Ramirez has hit at every level of the minors. Can he do it now with the Marlins?
Drew Davison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' Chris Woodward on when to play good cop, bad cop  —  Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward is more than willing to be the “bad guy.”  If players aren't hustling or complaining, Woodward will rip into them.  —  On Sunday, though, Woodward went with a positive message.
Drew Davison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
‘My mind is clear.’ Rangers' Rougned Odor isn't fretting over slump
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds' Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart focused on defensive improvements  —  During the last month, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart stood behind home plate and made throws to bases in front of Edgertronic slow-motion cameras, which can slow video to more than 1,000 frames per second.
Discussion: Red Reporter and Bleed Cubbie Blue
John Fay /
Home at last: Cincinnati Reds play 12 of the next 17 games at Great American Ball Park
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
Royals top prospect Lopez recalled to majors  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nicky Lopez had just been benched for the second time in three days at Triple-A Omaha when he was called into manager Brian Poldberg's office and ordered to hand over his cell phone.  —  “That's odd,” Lopez thought Monday night.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Designate Frank Schwindel For Assignment
Associated Press:
Mariners belt 3 homers, beat Athletics 4-3  —  Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais sat pitcher Roenis Elias down at the beginning of the season and delivered a powerful message: You belong here.  —  The long reliever showed again Tuesday why Servais had such confidence in him …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
'He's tension-free': Kyle Hendricks' 0.36 ERA in May is a fraction of his 5.33 ERA in April  —  Manager Joe Maddon and starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks discuss the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Reds on May 14, 2019, in Cincinnati — a game in which Hendricks starred on the mound and at the plate.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays phenom Vlad Guerrero Jr. blasts first two home runs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It was hours before first pitch (and the first home runs of Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s career) and already the Blue Jays rookie was locked in.  —  Sitting in the visitors' dugout as the Giants took batting practice …
Boone: Andujar's decision on surgery likely soon  —  New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar will make a decision on whether to undergo shoulder surgery that would likely end his season in the next 24 hours, according to manager Aaron Boone.  —  Andujar, 24, missed more than a month …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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