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9:15 AM ET, May 1, 2021


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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Marcus Stroman hurts hamstring, benches later clear as Mets lose to Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA — The benches and bullpens cleared during a late-inning dust-up between Dominic Smith and Jose Alvarado, owner Steve Cohen tweeted a health update about Marcus Stroman, and the Mets lost to the Phillies …
Discussion: New York Daily News
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom can't do it all as Red Sox beat Mets to sweep two-game series  —  For the second straight night, the loudest noise from the Citi Field crowd came in the form of boos.  —  The home crowd of 8,051 fans didn't just restrict their boos for Francisco Lindor, though he heard it loudly after he struck out in the sixth.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Citi Field fans boo Lindor as Mets bats are muzzled  —  Like Johan Santana before him — and Mike Piazza before them both — Francisco Lindor endured on Tuesday a rite of passage of sorts for blockbuster Mets trade acquisitions: Getting booed by the home crowd.
Discussion: Newsday
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB April takeaways: The Giants built a rotation from scratch - and may be creating a juggernaut  —  They will finish April in first place or within a whisper of it, the definition of a Nice Little Story if ever there was one.  —  Yet while the San Francisco Giants' 16-9 start has a nifty narrative …
Tim Sullivan / Courier-Journal:
Trainers quick to trade up for higher-profile jockeys in 2021 Kentucky Derby  —  John Sadler's obligation is to the owners.  He is paid to win races, not friends, and that means putting his horses in the best possible position, beneath the best available jockey.  —  “I'm a little sentimental,” the California-based trainer said.
Myles Simmons / ProFootballTalk:
If Aaron Rodgers is traded, Broncos or Raiders are most likely destinations  —  Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay.  —  If he is indeed traded — which a source told PFT is a possibility for this weekend — where could he end up?  —  Two likely destinations would appear to be the Broncos or Raiders.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper exits after taking 96.9 mph pitch to his face against St. Louis Cardinals  —  Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper said he was “all good” after leaving Wednesday night's win against the St. Louis Cardinals because he was hit in the face by a 96.9 mph fastball from reliever Genesis Cabrera.
Discussion: Sports Illustrated and
Carlos Collazo / Baseball America:
MLB Mock Draft  —  In years prior, an April 28 mock draft might represent when things were starting to get serious, with the draft just over a month away.  —  Things are different in 2021.  The draft is still multiple months away and there are plenty of new pre-draft scouting events being rolled out …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals; starters thrive with five days' rest  —  As the Cardinals are about to embark Wednesday on a six-man rotation—Johan Oviedo will be the sixth starter—for a couple of turns through the rotation in the midst of 17 games in 17 days, the main aspect is to give the five starters they've been using lately an extra day of rest.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Fred Robledo / SGV Tribune:
San Gabriel Valley Boys Athlete of the Week: Evan Buhac, West Covina  —  West Covina's Evan Buhac pitched a complete game in a 2-0 win over rival South Hills  —  San Gabriel Valley Boys Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Evan Buhac School: West Covina Sport: Baseball Year: Junior
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