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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.
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Beatriz E. Valenzuela / Daily News:   Dodger pitcher Julio Urías arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at Beverly Center
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.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina, Fowler homer as Cardinals lead Braves 11-3  —  ATLANTA _ Atlanta Braves righthander Mike Foltynewicz has given up 28 earned runs to the Cardinals in 25 innings but 27 of them have come in Atlanta as opposed to just one in two starts in St. Louis.  —  Foltynewicz, who went …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Shildt stays the course with Cardinals' lineup
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 …
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ESPN:
Garver shines in Twins' win, but exits with injury  —  Twins catcher Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer and tagged out the Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in the eighth inning of Minnesota's 4-3 home victory on Tuesday, but Garver suffered a left high ankle sprain on the latter play.
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.
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Drew Davison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   ‘My mind is clear.’ Rangers' Rougned Odor isn't fretting over slump
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 …
Discussion: South Side Sox
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Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians call up OF Oscar Mercado
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:   Watch: Francisco Lindor launches hardest-hit home run of his Indians career
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
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ESPN:   Andrus exits early; Ragans needs 2nd TJ surgery
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Casey Mize is now top-ranked pitching prospect in MLB  —  No-hitter highlights from Casey Mize's Double-A debut April 29, 2019.  His pitching line: 9 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 HBP, 7 Ks, 98 pitches.  —  CONNECT  —  Casey Mize continues to climb the prospect rankings.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Pitching depth plaguing Detroit Tigers in blowout vs. Astros, 11-4  —  Former Tiger Don Kelly, now the Houston Astros first base coach, talks about his time in Detroit.  Filmed May 13, 2019.  —  CONNECT  —  Ron Gardenhire wore the worry on his face before the game.
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).
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Associated Press:   Royals top prospect Lopez recalled to majors
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
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
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John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Home at last: Cincinnati Reds play 12 of the next 17 games at Great American Ball Park
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Acquire Kendrys Morales
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Pinstripe Alley
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 …
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David Wilson / Miami Herald:
Harold Ramirez has hit at every level of the minors. Can he do it now with the Marlins?
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
ESPN:
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 …
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Yankees' Miguel Andujar back on the IL and should now go the surgery route to fix shoulder
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
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Jake Lamb's return to health will pose challenges for Diamondbacks manager  —  The past few days, Jake Lamb said, have been “awesome” in terms of the progress he has made with his injured left quad.  It brings him that much closer to beginning a rehab assignment, which brings him that much closer …
ESPN:
Sale has 17 K's in 7 IP; pulled after 108 pitches  —  BOSTON — Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings against Colorado, then was pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night at Fenway Park.  —  Sale became the first pitcher in major league history …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
 
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