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5:40 PM ET, August 12, 2019


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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
The Mets have to lose occasionally  —  The Mets used six relievers after Jacob deGrom's abbreviated five-inning start in hopes of holding the Nationals at bay.  Besides a two-run seventh inning, the Met bullpen gave its best effort.  It wasn't until the ninth inning when a recurring nightmare …
Associated Press:
Nats hold off Mets to snap N.Y.'s 8-game streak  —  NEW YORK — Nationals closer Sean Doolittle became a favorite at Citi Field after blowing a three-run lead Friday night.  Mets fans cheered the All-Star closer when he went to the bullpen Saturday, and on Sunday, they clapped and hollered …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Do the Mets have a closer?  —  While so many things went right in the Mets' spectacular 15-2 stretch, there's still an elephant in the room, a season-long dilemma that is yet to be solved.  —  The Mets are navigating a closer problem.  Edwin Diaz gave up another homer in the ninth inning on Sunday …
Discussion: Metsmerized Online
Field Level / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Astros riding high entering series against White Sox  —  Houston Astros teammates backed him with plenty of offense in his club debut last week, leaving the right-hander admittedly antsy at times.  —  Back in the American League for the first time since 2012, Greinke was frank about his feelings during an 11-7 home win against the
Vinnie Duber / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Field of Dreams game, matchups with NL West teams highlight White Sox 2020 schedule  —  Kansas City Royals is becoming an Opening Day tradition.  —  The South Siders announced their schedule for the 2020 season Monday, revealing a third consecutive Opening Day game against the division-rival Royals …
Discussion: Royals Review and Yahoo! Sports
Jessica Kleinschmidt / MLB Baseball News …:
A's vs. White Sox lineups: Nick Martini starts at DH, Khris Davis sits
John Romano / Tampa Bay Times:
The Rays won a game, but did Kevin Cash risk something more valuable?  —  John Romano: One out away from the first shutout of his career, Ryan Yarbrough is miffed about being pulled by Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash with no runners on base.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Chris Talbott / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Rays' Yarbrough “little angry” over hook after 8 2/3 innings
Discussion: DRaysBay
Ronald Blum / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Gregorius, Yanks thump Orioles 8-5 in doubleheader opener  —  Cameron Maybin kept up a record home run barrage against Baltimore, powering the  —  New York Yankees to an 8-5 victory in a day-night doubleheader opener Monday that extended their winning streak against the Orioles to 13.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and Camden Chat
Chris Cwik / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB 2020 schedule: All 30 MLB teams set to play on opening day again  —  Passionate baseball fans might want to call in sick next March 26.  The 2020 Major League Baseball season will kick off that day, and every single team is scheduled to play.  —  MLB attempted something similar this season …
Michael Wagaman / Yahoo! Sports:
Giants score 3 in eighth inning, rally past Phillies 9-6  —  Will Smith's resume as a pitcher has grown substantially this season, with 28 saves and an All-Star appearance.  —  It turns out the  —  Giants' closer is pretty good with a bat, too.  —  Kevin Pillar hit a tiebreaking triple that scored
Tom Withers / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Indians' Puig drops appeal of 3-game suspension for brawl  —  Yasiel Puig has dropped the appeal for his three-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl when he was with Cincinnati.  —  Puig will begin serving his ban Monday night when the Indians, who have climbed back into a tie …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Claim Freddy Galvis  —  The Reds have claimed shortstop Freddy Galvis off waivers from the Blue Jays, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.  —  This is the second notable waiver claim in the past week for the Reds, who are taking advantage of a system now devoid of an August trade deadline in an attempt to bolster their roster.
Ryan Wolstat / Toronto Sun:
Yankees earn series split as Tanaka outduels Jays' Thornton  —  The two teams that had been swinging the most powerful bats in baseball over the past month or so finally cooled down on a warm Sunday afternoon at the ballpark.  —  Masahiro Tanaka was masterful, outduelling Trent Thornton …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves' late lead extinguished, bullpen collapses and frustrations flare  —  After the Braves' cringe-inducing loss Saturday in Miami, the basement level of Marlins Park was shrouded in dust.  A Braves player, in his frustration, kicked a trash can that slammed into a fire extinguisher …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Marlins rally from 4-run deficit and beat Braves 7-6
Discussion: Talking Chop
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Maddon confident he'll be back with Cubs in '20  —  CINCINNATI — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon's confidence level in returning to the team next year is “very high,” he said on Sunday.  —  Maddon, 65, is in the final year of a five-year deal with the team, and his contract situation won't be decided until after the 2019 season.
Discussion: Talking Chop and MLB Trade Rumors
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