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10:00 AM ET, May 18, 2019


 Top News: 
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
Coley Harvey / ESPN:   ‘Turn off the lights’: How the Yankees rallied to seize the AL East lead
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Urshela walk-off caps rally as Yankees top Rays
Discussion: DRaysBay and Pinstripe Alley
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?
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards add power arms to bullpen mix  —  ARLINGTON, TEXAS — While giving regular updates on Carlos Martinez's minor-league appearances as the righthander made his way back to the major-league bullpen, manager Mike Shildt would offer radar readings on Martinez's fastball for the “velocity fiends.”
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 …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Mikolas blasted as Redbirds tumble to 3-12 in last 15 games
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Designate Luke Gregerson, Option Dominic Leone
Discussion: Cardinals News
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:   Braves erupt for 9-run inning in win over Brewers
Todd Rosiak / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Braves 12, Brewers 8: Longball returns to bite Corbin Burnes in an ugly loss
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
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
Michelle Gardner / Arizona Republic:
Zack Greinke MRI comes up clean, will throw bullpen Saturday
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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
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 …
Sporting News:
George Springer making early MVP case as Astros win 9th straight  —  Houston just keeps producing MVP candidates.  —  George Springer hit a two-run, go-ahead home run to lead the Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Friday and it's time to start taking notice of what the Astros' outfielder is doing.
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.
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.
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
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.
First-place Twins put Cruz on IL with wrist injury  —  The Minnesota Twins put designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the injured list with a left wrist strain Friday.  —  Cruz was pulled from Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers after aggravating the wrist on a swinging strike.  He has since missed four games.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins Place Nelson Cruz On IL, Promote Luis Arraez
Chris Nelsen / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera ties Lou Gehrig for hits  —  Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, going through a power slump this season, has taken heat from fans after blaming his decline, in part, on a lack of power hitters in the team's lineup.  —  In Friday night's 7-2 loss …
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.
Rick Tarsitano / WGN-TV:
Kris Bryant hits 3 home runs, Cubs punish Nationals 14-6  —  Share Update:  —  WASHINGTON — Kris Bryant matched a career high with three home runs and drove in five while the Chicago Cubs piled on against the Washington Nationals bullpen in a 14-6 win Friday night.
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