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4:25 PM ET, June 14, 2019

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Jorge Castillo / The Charlotte Observer:
Dodgers snap out of slumber, roll past Cubs  —  LOS ANGELES-When David Freese stepped into the batter's box to face Jon Lester in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, the signs of life from the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense were faint.  Lester had limited the Dodgers …
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Epstein: Zobrist could return to Cubs this season  —  LOS ANGELES — Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein says there's a path for veteran Ben Zobrist to return to the team before the end of the season.  —  “There's been a little definition added to how he hopes this thing might go,” …
Associated Press:
Dodgers outslug Cubs with 4 homers to win 7-3
Rebekah Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Report: Diamondbacks choose architecture firm to design possible new stadium  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks have chosen an international architecture firm to design a possible replacement for Chase Field as the team decides whether to leave the 21-year-old downtown Phoenix stadium or renovate it …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Zack Greinke shuts down Nationals as Diamondbacks open series with win  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Christian Walker dove to his left, snaring a hot ground ball destined for right field.  Desperately trying to feed a galloping Zack Greinke on the way to cover first base, Walker just couldn't get the ball out of his glove.
Discussion: Kansas City Star and AZ Snake Pit
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Patrick Corbin was ‘prepared’ for difficult transition from Diamondbacks to Nationals
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Matthew Boyd returns to Omaha, roughed up by Kansas City Royals  —  OMAHA - Matthew Boyd sat in the dugout during batting practice, wore his Oregon State trainers, and when he headed out to the field at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night, he did not head out, he bounced out.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers developments: JaCoby Jones leading off, Joe Jimenez setting up
Pete Grathoff / Kansas City Star:
Here's a first look at how the stadium in Omaha looks for Royals' game Thursday
Joon Lee / ESPN:
What's behind Xander Bogaerts' breakout season  —  BOSTON — The same story has been written about the 2019 Boston Red Sox countless times.  Inconsistency, inconsistency and inconsistency have been the buzzwords surrounding the defending World Series champions, and for much of Thursday night, things looked much the same.
Discussion: Camden Chat and Over the Monster
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Sampson? The offense? Woodward? A look at who was most culpable Thursday in Rangers' loss
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
'I feel like every day he impacts the game somehow, and that's pretty rare'
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals slid, slide, rally to tie game, 4-4, before rain delay  —  St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley (56) pitches during the sixth inning of a game on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Injuries test Cardinals' pitching depth as Helsley goes on IL, Cabrera returns  —  NEW YORK — As they entered spring training, the Cardinals trumpeted the quantity of pitching options they had available for the major-league staff and from that wanted to create flexibility.  —  Both have been tested in recent weeks.
George A. King III / New York Post:
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge's returns are on horizon  —  CHICAGO — Considering how many injuries the Yankees have suffered and the number of setbacks their players have incurred while working back to the big leagues, it is never safe to say anyone is a lock to return from the injured list on an exact date.
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees hope the injured Jonathan Loaisiga can provide pitching boost soon
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Donald Duench / Toronto Sun:
On Deck: Blue Jays at Astros  —  TORONTO BLUE JAYS at HOUSTON ASTROS  —  STARTING PITCHERS  —  RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-7, 4.25 ERA) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.72 ERA)  —  Cole, the master of the spin rate (an average of 2,524 rpm on his four-seamer) led MLB entering play Thursday with 13.82 strikeouts per nine innings.
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
As Blue Jays flounder, phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. impresses: ‘None of this scares him’
Ryan Kolakowski / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays vs. Angels lineups, Wendle returns  —  Joey Wendle returns to the lineup for game two of the Rays series against the Angels.  —  Second baseman Joey Wendle makes his return to the lineup after a long stint on the injured list.  Wendle, 29, went down with a fractured right wrist on April 24.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Jed Lowrie ‘not close’ to playing games, shining light on $20 million deal that's flopping  —  Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen signing Jed Lowrie to become the team's starting third baseman never really made sense six months ago.  It makes even less sense now.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:   Brandon Nimmo, Robinson Cano and Justin Wilson play well in rehab assignments
Mark Schmetzer / Cincinnati.com:
Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 37 - Joey Votto's third homer a grand slam on May 13, 2012  —  Joey Votto just couldn't resist the reference.  —  The Cincinnati Reds first baseman had just completed a record-setting day at the plate, significantly brightening an otherwise dreary Great American Ball Park …
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
What will the Cincinnati Reds do at the Trade Deadline? It's still too early to call
Discussion: Red Reporter
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Padres closer Kirby Yates finds saving grace in San Diego  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Kirby Yates is the surfer baseball nearly forgot.  —  Not a single team bothered to draft him 10 years ago.  And the next decade was spent sold, released, purchased, waived and traded.  He spent parts of nine years in the minor leagues.
Eduardo A. Encina / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays game delayed after power outage at Tropicana Field  —  Electricity goes out in the fourth inning of Thursday's game against the Angels.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — A fallen bird's nest caused Thursday night's power outage that delayed the Rays' game against the Los Angeles Angels for 36 minutes …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Aniello Piro / Mile High Sports:
Rockies will look to re-find footing with series versus Padres  —  Matchups against divisional opponents make up close to half of the games a baseball club will play over the course of a 162-game season.  —  The Colorado Rockies are set to square off against the National League West rival San Diego Padres …
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ESPN:   Arenado in lineup day after being hit by pitch
 
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Steve Bulpett / Boston Herald:
Is Kyrie Irving already gone? Sources say he's preparing to join the Nets
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Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
The Orioles spent and traded nearly $8 million in international bonus slots in 2018-19.  Here's where it went.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Place Carl Edwards Jr. On 10-Day Injured List
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
One of the prospects in the Christian Yelich trade had a dazzling debut for the Marlins, shutting out the Cardinals
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Arm-weary Astros promote Rogelio Armenteros, send Derek Fisher back to minors
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Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers place Corey Seager (hamstring) on the IL
 

 
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