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1:25 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 …
Discussion: New Jersey Online
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Urshela walk-off caps rally as Yankees top Rays  —  Gio Urshela hit a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Friday night at Yankee Stadium in a game that included a 35-minute rain delay.
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
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:
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  —  Braves starter Kevin Gausman will return from his suspension and start Saturday, though he jokes the team might not need him back.  —  Gausman was suspended for intentionally throwing at Marlins starter Jose Urena earlier this month.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Five things to know about the Braves on Friday
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  —  Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer is looking to be better and living up to expectations after struggling through two of his last three outings.  —  CLEVELAND — Over the last three years …
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Indians 2B Jason Kipnis ‘going in right direction’ after early-season struggles
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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
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.
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
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
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Carlos Gomez coming back to Mets — for real this time  —  Carlos Gomez's second stint with the Mets will begin Friday.  —  The veteran outfielder was informed following Thursday's game for Triple-A Syracuse that the Mets were selecting his contract.  It was unclear whether Gomez …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets To Select Carlos Gomez
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Newsday
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets bats struggle to punish worst bullpen in baseball
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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.
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
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
Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
Mariners call up two more relievers, option Erik Swanson, designate Zac Rosscup for assignment  —  In the latest episode of “As The Mariners' Roster Churns,” two more relievers were called up from Class AAA Tacoma, a rookie starting pitcher was optioned back to Tacoma after back-to-back rough outings …
Discussion: U.S.S. Mariner
Bobby Nightengale /
The Show before The Show: José Iglesias wows Cincinnati Reds teammates in pregame routine  —  When the Cincinnati Reds begin batting practice before games, it's not the home runs landing in the second deck of seats that captures everybody's attention.
Michelle Gardner / Arizona Republic:
Zack Greinke MRI comes up clean, will throw bullpen Saturday  —  All in the Diamondbacks clubhouse are breathing a sigh of relief as an MRI on pitcher Zack Greinke came back clean although no determination has been made on whether or not he will make his next start which would come on Tuesday at San Diego.
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
How Adbert Alzolay did in his first start of the season with the Iowa Cubs  —  Adbert Alzolay on coming back to Iowa Cubs and his spring training injury  —  During his first start of the season with the Iowa Cubs, Adbert Alzolay showed some of the reasons why he could someday have a bright future ahead of him in the big leagues.
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Freddie Freeman on Austin Riley: He's working counts and not missing  —  Braves face-of-franchise first baseman Freddie Freeman is sold on Austin Riley.  —  Riley has played two games in the majors, both manning left field rather than his natural position of third base.
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