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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 …
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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
Peter Abraham / BostonGlobe.com:
Darwinzon Hernandez a work in progress — like his team
Discussion: Boston Herald and Over the Monster
ESPN:   Both managers, Benintendi ejected at Fenway
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: Redbirds can pick up ground with softer schedule  —  MIAMI — It starts now for the Cardinals.  It has to.  With the Cardinals playing the last-place Marlins seven times in 11 days, the Cards are in the midst of what could be the least-challenging part of their schedule.
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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 …
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.
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Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Astros 10, Brewers 8: Houston roughs up starter Freddy Peralta and hangs on to capture slugfest
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:   Astros outslug Brewers in series opener
Todd Karpovich / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Means leads Orioles past Blue Jays 4-2 in series opener  —  John Means tied a season-high with seven strikeouts and the  —  Baltimore Orioles took the series opener from the  —  Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Tuesday night.  —  Means (6-4) allowed one run on four hits with three walks over five innings and lowered his ERA to 2.60.
Discussion: Camden Chat and Bluebird Banter
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Roch Kubatko / School of Roch:
Cobb to undergo season-ending hip surgery (O's lead 4-2)
Associated Press:
Orioles starter Alex Cobb to have season-ending hip surgery
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
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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 …
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Why not Kyle Funkhouser for Detroit Tigers?  ‘He needs to step up’  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kyle Funkhouser has been put on notice.  —  The Detroit Tigers would like to have Funkhouser in their starting rotation.  They want to have Funkhouser pitching at Comerica Park …
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' injured starting pitchers set back, rotation still in flux
Associated Press:
Pence hits inside-the-park HR, Rangers beat Red Sox 9-5  —  BOSTON (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Tuesday night after both managers were ejected.  —  Ariel Jurado (4-2) struck out six while pitching six innings …
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scores.nbcsportsbayarea.com:
Longoria rallies Giants past Padres with bat, glove  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A timely hit by Evan Longoria and a gutsy decision by third base coach Ron Wotus provided just enough momentum for the San Francisco Giants to get past another round of missed opportunities at the plate.
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MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Giants take late lead, hang on to beat Padres
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Pete Alonso right at home in Subway Series pressure cooker  —  Pete Alonso's indoctrination into the Subway Series wouldn't have been complete without a jog around the bases Tuesday.  —  Add Yankee Stadium to the list of launch sites for the Mets rookie, who homered in the first inning in Game 2 of the split doubleheader.
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
First-round pick Brett Baty will visit Mets to take physical and sign deal
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Braves recall Minter, put him back in closer's mix  —  ATLANTA — A.J. Minter is back with the Atlanta Braves after a five-week stay at Triple-A Gwinnett, getting a chance to reclaim the job he lost as closer.  —  Atlanta recalled Minter on Tuesday to add another arm to its uncertain bullpen …
 
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Tony Paul / Detroit News:
Tigers' third-round pick Andre Lipcius is super smart, and now pretty darn wealthy, too
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
A.J. Puk, Jesus Luzardo Impress In Rehab Debuts
Discussion: A's Farm and McCovey Chronicles
Sporting News:
MLB trade rumors: Padres could make closer Kirby Yates available
Discussion: The Athletic and MLB Trade Rumors
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Soler, Cuthbert help rally Royals to 3-2 win over Tigers
Discussion: Royals Review and Bless You Boys
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Rookie Oscar Mercado delivers as Cleveland Indians beat Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings
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Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins place Jose Urena on IL, call up pitcher obtained in Christian Yelich trade
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins Sign Keoni Cavaco
Bradford William Davis / New York Daily News:
Tanaka's splitter stands tall (and that's the problem)
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Yes, that's Rays' Yonny Chirinos among AL pitching leaders
Discussion: DRaysBay
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich looks forward to playing in Cleveland, his hometown
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds, Nick Lodolo Agree To Terms
Discussion: Red Reporter
 

 
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