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1:15 PM ET, May 15, 2019


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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
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
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
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.
Twins' Sano set for debut as Garver heads to IL  —  Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano is set to make his 2019 debut after missing the first quarter of the season when he was injured celebrating a winter league title, while the team put breakout catcher Mitch Garver …
ESPN:   Garver shines in Twins' win, but exits with injury
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
Discussion: Associated Press
Sale has 17 K's in 7 IP; pulled after 108 pitches
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Mets slam Nationals behind Ramos
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Yankees' Miguel Andujar could elect to have season-ending surgery  —  The Yankees have lived without the version of Miguel Andujar they came to depend upon a year ago, as the third baseman has been unable to produce since returning from a torn labrum.  —  They soon may be without him at all the rest of the season.
Discussion: The Runner Sports
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Yankees pick up Kendry Morales in hopes of replacing lost power
Boone: Andujar's decision on surgery likely soon
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Acquire Kendrys Morales
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Flaherty benefits in Cardinals' blowout win against Braves  —  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina celebrates his three-run homer with Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game in Atlanta.  Wong and Ozuna also hit three-run shots in the Cards' 14-3 win.  (AP Photo)
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cards' regular lineup doesn't include Bader anymore
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina, Fowler homer as Cardinals lead Braves 11-3
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
Scott Hanson / Miami Herald:
Mariners come up all aces against A's for two-game sweep  —  The Seattle Mariners seem to have found the cure for what has ailed them the past few weeks:  —  Playing the Oakland A's.  —  For the second time this season, the Mariners swept the Athletics in a two-game series …
Jorge Castillo / The Charlotte Observer:
Potent offense leads Dodgers to a victory over the Padres  —  The pitching matchup at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night was billed as a duel between aces at different stages of their careers.  Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, is attempting to remain among baseball's elite with diminished stuff.
Associated Press:
Dodgers' Julio Urias arrested in domestic battery case
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
With a hit and a RBI, Nicky Lopez's Royals debut was just like he dreamed  —  Nicky Lopez found the sweet spot in his Royals debut.  Well, actually he found both of them.  —  On a day characterized by sensory overload, overwhelming emotion and anticipation, Lopez found …
Associated Press:   Royals top prospect Lopez recalled to majors
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: AZ Snake Pit and Bucs Dugout
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays Journal: Prospect Brent Honeywell set back again with nerve issue  —  Full-time replacement unlikely to be named for Tyler Glasnow; there's now someone in the dugout with a doctorate degree  —  MIAMI - Brent Honeywell's comeback from spring 2018 Tommy John surgery is stalled again.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and DRaysBay
David Wilson / Miami Herald:
Caleb Smith suffers first loss of season. Here's what went wrong for the Marlins ace
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Andrus exits early; Ragans needs 2nd TJ surgery  —  Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left with tightness in his right hamstring after grounding out to end the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.  —  He will be evaluated again Wednesday in another blow to a team …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ragans' comeback from Tommy John halted. It's more bad news for a Rangers prospect
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Forget last year's collapse and their slow start — the real Cubs are back  —  CINCINNATI — The season began with a tease.  It wasn't the way the Chicago Cubs drew it up after a dismal finish to 2018, as they opened 2019 in about the same manner.  Actually, they lost games on the mound …
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 …
Cubs' Zobrist remains on leave amid divorce  —  Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist remains on a personal leave of absence from the team, and court documents filed in Chicago indicate he is getting divorced.  —  According to the documents, his wife, Julianna, is listed as the plaintiff.
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 …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
A fan of the Rangers and TCU?  Monday night at Globe Life Park is designed for you  —  TCU and the Texas Rangers are coming together again this MLB season, with a limited promotion for the Rangers' game Monday against the Seattle Mariners.  —  The first 1,000 Horned Frogs fans who purchase tickets …
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
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