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2:30 AM ET, May 18, 2019


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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees could turn to opener this weekend with James Paxton still out  —  James Paxton will not be back in the rotation this weekend.  The Yankees' left-hander, who is on the injured list with left knee inflammation, threw a bullpen on Friday.  While Aaron Boone said it went well …
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Fiery Sabathia shouts at Rays in tense Yanks win  —  NEW YORK — Barely a week after an at times contentious series against the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia appeared to have a few choice words Friday for the Rays as he pitched against them in the opener of a pivotal mid-May matchup.
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Urshela walk-off caps rally as Yankees top Rays
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and DRaysBay
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:   Rays at Yankees lineups, on a Friday with first place on the line
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Will this Yankees and Rays series devolve into more grudges and hit batsmen?
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Four things the Yankees have learned about the Rays
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and DRaysBay
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks bullpen provides major lift in shut-out win vs. Giants  —  After right-hander Merrill Kelly loaded the bases in the sixth inning, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo turned to right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano to inherit three runners in one-run game and one out.
Associated Press:
Diamondbacks escape 6th-inning trouble, shut out Giants  —  Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run triple and David Peralta homered, lifting Arizona over San Francisco.  —  Peralta hit a solo homer off Jeff Samardzija (2-2) and Escobar cleared the bases with a slicing triple against Derek Holland in the seventh.
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
D-backs shut out Giants to open weekend series  —  Arizona's four-run rally in the seventh inning, which included San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy's ejection, doomed the Giants in a 7-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday night in Phoenix.  —  It was the first meeting of the season …
Michelle Gardner / Arizona Republic:   Zack Greinke MRI comes up clean, will throw bullpen Saturday
Associated Press:
White Sox put LHP Banuelos (shoulder) on IL  —  CHICAGO — White Sox left-hander Manny Banuelos has been placed on the injured list, another blow to a Chicago pitching staff that already lost Carlos Rodon and Nate Jones for the season this week.  —  Banuelos left in the fifth inning …
Discussion: South Side Sox
ABC News:
Bundy handles Indians as Orioles end slide with 5-1 win  —  The Indians treated their fans to a postgame fireworks display.  —  Dylan Bundy barely let them hear a pop.  —  Bundy kept Cleveland's lineup in check — and in the ballpark — for 5 2/3 innings and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer …
Discussion: Camden Chat
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:   Trevor Bauer: Indians teammates, fans depend on me to be better, need to live up to expectations
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Indians 2B Jason Kipnis ‘going in right direction’ after early-season struggles
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
ABC News:
Swanson leads HR derby as Fried, Braves beat Brewers 12-8  —  The return of Ronald Acuña Jr. to the leadoff spot has helped to spark Atlanta's offense.  —  A barrage of home runs also makes a difference.  —  Max Fried allowed two hits in six scoreless innings …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Kevin Gausman set to start Saturday after suspension
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Five things to know about the Braves on Friday
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mikolas blasted as Redbirds tumble to 3-12 in last 15 games  —  Miles Mikolas (39) walks to the dugout after turning the ball over to manager Mike Shildt (third from left) in the second inning Friday night.  —  Home plate umpire Bill Miller watches as Yadier Molina, bottom, prepares to tag out the Rangers' Hunter Pence.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
There's a very simply way for Calhoun to stick with Rangers for the rest of the season  —  With no offense intended toward the the city of Nashville or its fine citizens and baseball fans, Willie Calhoun would rather not return there anytime soon.  —  Or ever, at least not as a lineup regular for Triple A Nashville.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:
Cards activate Carlos Martínez, cut Gregerson  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Carlos Martinez from the injured list after the right-hander missed the first 44 games of the season because of a strained right shoulder.  —  The club also designated veteran …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Designate Luke Gregerson, Option Dominic Leone
Discussion: Cardinals News
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins Place Nelson Cruz On IL, Promote Luis Arraez  —  The Twins announced that they've placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the 10-day injured list due to a left wrist strain and promoted infield prospect Luis Arraez for his big league debut.  Arraez's promotion was initially reported …
ESPN:   First-place Twins put Cruz on IL with wrist injury
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays bats come alive but starter Aaron Sanchez pulled with blister issue  —  CHICAGO - The slumbering Blue Jays offence finally woke up for a break out win here on Friday night, but there was no escaping the black cloud following this team more than a quarter way through the 2019 season.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Mike Sheets / ESPN:
Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Saturday
Associated Press:
Kinsler on outburst: Only regret doing it on field  —  SAN DIEGO — Ian Kinsler said he regrets using profanity during an emotional outburst after hitting a pivotal three-run home run for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night and maintained he was firing up his teammates and not taking a shot at fans.
Chris Grenham /
Red Sox Wrap: Boston Falls 3-1 To Astros In Pitchers' Duel At Fenway  —  A rematch of the 2018 American League Championship Series kicked off at Fenway Park on Friday, with the Boston Red Sox welcoming in the Houston Astros for a three-game weekend set.  —  It was a pitchers' duel in the series opener …
ESPN:   MLB Weekend Watch: Picks, analysis on the top matchups
ABC News:
McCutchen, Harper lead Phillies over Rockies 5-4  —  Andrew McCutchen's early batting practice quickly paid off.  —  McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Bryce Harper lined a two-run double and Cole Irvin tossed six effective innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Friday night.
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Trout, Angels trot past Royals  —  Mike Trout singled, doubled, walked, stole a base and scored a run to lead the Los Angeles Angels' balanced attack in a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night in Anaheim, Calif.  —  While Trout set the pace, he had plenty of help from his teammates.
Discussion: Royals Review and Halos Heaven
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins snap scoring drought and losing streak with big night against deGrom  —  It was a simple hit from Garrett Cooper, a ground ball through the left side of the infield in the third inning against New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom at Marlins Park on Friday night.  —  It ended up being much more than that.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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