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Associated Press:
Pete Alonso, New York Mets unhappy after sudden coaching staff shakeup  —  NEW YORK — Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor learned from phone messages that the New York Mets had fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant Tom Slater, a move that left players unhappy.
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Associated Press:
New York Mets, struggling to score, fire hitting coaches  —  NEW YORK — Less than five weeks into the season, the New York Mets are making significant changes.  —  The scuffling Mets fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater on Monday night following a 6-5 loss …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets win another ridiculous game over Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Villar caught the Phillies sleeping, took a quiet trip around the bases and sparked a six-run Mets rally that represented their best offensive production of the year.  The Mets needed every single one of those six runs …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets beat Phillies on Michael Conforto's ninth-inning home run  —  PHILADELPHIA — Even on a day when the Mets won — 5-4 over the Phillies — they lost.  —  Brandon Nimmo left Saturday's game in the middle of his seventh-inning at-bat because of a bruised left index finger.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
This Month in Baseball: Mike Trout's best start ever, a star outshining him and record MLB strikeout rates  —  Welcome to This Month in Baseball, your recap of the first 30 days of the 2021 MLB season, covering the good, the bad, the highs, the lows and everything in between.
Associated Press:
White Sox's Robert could miss rest of year with hip injury  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Robert couldn't put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off the field Sunday.  A day later, the news was no less painful for the White Sox or their promising young center fielder.
Discussion: USA Today
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins' long road trip ends on low note after being swept by Nationals  —  Trevor Rogers knew the mistake he made as soon as the ball left Ryan Zimmerman's bat in the third inning.  He was trying to get a 96.7 mph fastball high and inside — one of his strengths.  The ball leaked toward the heart of the plate.
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Texas Rangers' late offensive spark not enough to overcome sloppy outfield defense  —  The COVID-19 pandemic is still a thing, and because it is media isn't allowed in MLB clubhouses just yet.  —  It's all Zoom all the time, unless a reporter has some players' phone numbers …
Gordon Wittenmyer / NBCSports.com:
Strop takes personal leave, return to Cubs uncertain  —  Popular Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has taken a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.  —  He posted an Instagram story Sunday showing him at home in the Dominican Republic.  It's unclear when he might return.
From the Corner of Edgar & Dave:
Mariners Recall RHP Erik Swanson From Alternate Training Site  —  RHP Casey Sadler placed on 10-day Injured List with right shoulder inflammation (retro.  May 1).  —  MarinersPR  —  SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry …
Nate Ulrich / Akron Beacon Journal:
Paul DePodesta: Round 2 pick Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah could have been Browns' Round 1 choice  —  The Browns got a player well into the second round who they considered taking in the first round.  —  After the Browns drafted Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 52nd overall after trading …
ESPN:
MLB hopes offensive numbers perk up after historically rough April for hitters  —  MLB hitters hope that turning the calendar will also turn the page on an anemic April for offenses around the league.  —  Major league batters are hitting just .232 overall through April …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
ESPN:
Roberto Alomar placed on MLB ineligible list over 2014 sexual misconduct allegation  —  Roberto Alomar, who had been serving as a consultant to Major League Baseball, has been placed on the league's ineligible list after an investigation into a 2014 sexual misconduct allegation …
 
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