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5:05 PM ET, June 12, 2019


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Toronto Sun:
Benintendi, Cora, Woodward ejected in Rangers-Red Sox game  —  BOSTON (AP) Both managers and Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi were ejected from Texas' 9-5 win over Boston on Tuesday night.  —  Benintendi and Red Sox manager Alex Cora were tossed in the fifth inning by first base umpire Vic Carapazza …
Discussion: Boston Globe and Associated Press
Gene Frenette / Miami Herald:
Fatherhood leads me to Red Sox, being a Yankees traitor  —  There's no point being in denial about my unanticipated baseball transformation, Benedict Arnold-ish as it may seem to a lot of people.  —  I blame being a father for the weird loyalty switch of going from the most diehard …
Sporting News:   MLB trade deadline: Red Sox, Giants among baseball's most interesting potential dealmakers
Both managers, Benintendi ejected at Fenway
Discussion: Over the Monster
Peter Abraham /
Darwinzon Hernandez a work in progress — like his team
Discussion: Boston Herald and Over the Monster
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers put JaCoby Jones at leadoff spot with Niko Goodrum ailing  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four days after he predicted he would start receiving questions on when JaCoby Jones would move up in the Detroit Tigers' batting order - Jones was doing just fine hitting ninth - manager Ron Gardenhire has moved Jones up.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Why not Kyle Funkhouser for Detroit Tigers? ‘He needs to step up’
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' injured starting pitchers set back, rotation still in flux
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Dodgers fear Seager has serious hamstring strain  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, finally starting to get hot after spending most of the prior season sidelined by injury, pulled up lame while attempting to score during Tuesday's ninth inning …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals notebook: Redbirds can pick up ground with softer schedule
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Angels score 5 in first, cap mini sweep of Dodgers
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
A couple of MLB division races are already over - but others are just about to get going  —  With four teams on pace to lose 100 games, there will already be enough meaningless baseball this summer without declaring any division races dead by Flag Day.  —  Yet here we are.
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:   Astros outslug Brewers in series opener
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Astros 10, Brewers 8: Houston roughs up starter Freddy Peralta and hangs on to capture slugfest
Kerry Crowley / Mercury News:
2019 Giants not embracing ‘Nothing to lose’ mentality (at least so far)  —  San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy sets the tone for his club and he expects coaches and players to make smart, calculated decisions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Giants' third base coach Ron Wotus …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Longoria rallies Giants past Padres with bat, glove
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Giants take late lead, hang on to beat Padres
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Keep calm and mash: How the relaxed Twins are rewriting HR-hitting history  —  On Sunday, Nelson Cruz homered again.  It was his fourth straight game in which he went yard, in his first five games back from the injured list.  No big deal for a guy who came into this season with 203 home runs over the previous five seasons, right?
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
M's lose 6-5: Bullpen implosion wastes quality start by Leake, 3-run HR by Encarnacion
Associated Press:
Fan struck by foul ball in Chicago out of hospital  —  CHICAGO — The woman struck by a foul ball during Monday night's game at Guaranteed Rate Field was treated at a nearby hospital and released Tuesday morning, according to a Chicago White Sox spokesman.  —  The unidentified woman was sitting …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
How soon could Gallo, Calhoun rejoin the Rangers?  One could be back next week  —  Willie Calhoun could return from the injured list on Monday when the Rangers open a seven-game homestand, and fellow outfielder Joey Gallo could follow the next week to open a six-game road trip.
Nunez talks with Ortiz, ‘embarrassed’ by shooting  —  Boston Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez lamented the fact that David Ortiz was shot in their native Dominican Republic, calling the incident an “international shame.”  —  Nunez, who is friends with Ortiz and shares an agent with the former Red Sox star …
Bradford William Davis / New York Daily News:
DJ LeMahieu is playing like Derek Jeter so far  —  If you expected the Yankees to go big game hunting this summer — pummelling the biggest superstars in the game with enough generational wealth to keep Harpers, Machados and Corbins flying private until the stars burn out — this offseason was likely a disappointment.
Sam Miller / ESPN:
How to tell when a pitcher is about to bring the heat  —  It's usually a big moment in the game if Andrew Miller is pitching, and April 21, 2018, was no exception.  Miller was protecting a one-run Indians lead in the eighth inning, with two runners on and two men out.
Jeremy Cluff / Arizona Republic:
MLB trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks could be buyers, not sellers at MLB trade deadline  —  MLB trade rumors have been circulating around the Arizona Diamondbacks and how the team could potentially deal some of its veteran players before the MLB trade deadline.  —  But could the team be buyers, instead of sellers this season?
James O'Connell / New York Daily News:
The NL MVP race is shaping up to be one for the ages  —  Christian Yelich is playing even better than he did in his 2018 NL MVP campaign, and yet Cody Bellinger has been so good that Yelich might not even retain the title.  —  Bellinger and Yelich are putting up numbers at a historic rate.
Sam McDowell / Kansas City Star:
Bobby Witt Jr., No. 2 overall pick in MLB Draft, signs with Royals  —  The top high school baseball player in the country is headed to Kansas City.  —  Officially.  —  The Royals agreed to terms with Bobby Witt Jr., who they selected No. 2 overall in last week's MLB Draft.
Yahoo Canada / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Blue Jays to call up Canadian rookie Jordan Romano  —  In the midst of a road trip in Baltimore, the Blue Jays are about to get an injection of Canadian content.  —  Sportsnet's the club is calling up right-hander, and Markham Ont., product Jordan Romano as  —  Ken Giles his the IR with elbow inflammation.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Clevis Murray / The Tennessean:
Golden Spikes Awards Winners since 2010; Vanderbilt's JJ Bleday 2019 Finalist  —  The 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 14th.  With the announcement of the newest recipient coming next week, here's look back of the past winners of the decade.
Myron Hosea / Greenville News:
Greenville Drive pitcher Thad Ward credits cutter, approach to SAL All-Star first half  —  Greenville starting pitcher Thad Ward has been the definition of a staff ace lately.  —  Over the last four weeks, the 2018 fifth-round selection of the Boston Red Sox out of Central Florida has been red hot.
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Mike Puma / New York Post:
Pete Alonso right at home in Subway Series pressure cooker
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Cobb to undergo season-ending hip surgery (O's lead 4-2)
Associated Press:
Pence hits inside-the-park HR, Rangers beat Red Sox 9-5
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Soler, Cuthbert help rally Royals to 3-2 win over Tigers
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Royals Review
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Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Rookie Oscar Mercado delivers as Cleveland Indians beat Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins place Jose Urena on IL, call up pitcher obtained in Christian Yelich trade
Todd Karpovich / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Means leads Orioles past Blue Jays 4-2 in series opener
Discussion: Camden Chat and Bluebird Banter
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins Sign Keoni Cavaco
Associated Press:
Braves recall Minter, put him back in closer's mix
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Yes, that's Rays' Yonny Chirinos among AL pitching leaders
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