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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Chris Bassitt strikes out seven, allows just three hits in eight innings as Mets beat Brewers at Citi Field  —  Chris Bassitt had a moment of reflection and clarity, both with himself and his catcher, and it pushed him to his best performance of the year.  —  After getting shellacked …
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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Francisco Lindor, pitching struggle as Mets gets roughed up by Brewers, 10-2  —  Ugly, sloppy baseball.  —  The Mets did nothing right in Wednesday's 10-2 defeat to the Brewers, with the pitching staff and Francisco Lindor creating the most disappointment.
Katie Woo / The Athletic:
Cardinals' Yadier Molina expected to go on IL with knees growing weary: Sources  —  ST. LOUIS — As what is often the norm after a loss — and also typically commonplace on the final game of a homestand — the Cardinals' clubhouse was fairly sparse Wednesday night.  —  The hushed nature was hardly unusual given the box score.
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Reds lose series finale in Arizona as both teams showed the value of having a true ace  —  PHOENIX — The Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks have two of the worst records in the National League.  They're both expected to be sellers at the trade deadline, but there's one common bright spot on both teams.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Brandon Drury shows why his role on the team has grown as Reds beat Diamondbacks
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Stock Watch: Will your team make a trade deadline splash?  Where all 30 MLB squads stand now  —  Two months into the 2022 MLB season, we have surprises and disappointments, leaders and laggards, heroes and goats.  Yet there are more games left to play than have been played so far, and we know the shape of things will change.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Gerrit Cole bounces back from awful outing to lead Yankees to win over Rays in first game of brutal stretch  —  The Yankees came prepared.  This stretch of the season is expected to be a test for the Bombers, a chance to see how they measure up against the teams they are projected to be battling …
ESPN:
Houston Astros' Luis Garcia, Phil Maton first in recorded history to throw immaculate innings in one game  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Houston starter Luis Garcia and reliever Phil Maton each threw an immaculate inning — nine pitches, three strikeouts — after a big opening offensive outburst for the Astros.
Benjamin Hoffman / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Asks Court to Limit Scope of M.L.B.'s Antitrust Exemption  —  In a statement of interest related to an ongoing lawsuit, the government called the exemption an aberration.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  In a filing on Wednesday, the Department of Justice asked …
Discussion: ESPN, The Athletic and ProFootballTalk
Chris King / West Coast League:
WCL's Lefties Sign Ex-NFL Wide Receiver Golden Tate  —  Today the West Coast League's Port Angeles Lefties announced that ex-NFL wide receiver Golden Tate has signed as a Lefties player for the remainder of the 2022 season.  While Jake Locker and Jordan Poyer both played for WCL teams …
Andy Kostka / Baltimore Sun:
Ryan Mountcastle's homer, Orioles bullpen back up Jordan Lyles in 6-5 win over Blue Jays  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 6  —  Baltimore Orioles second baseman Richie Martin (1), shortstop Jorge Mateo (3) and left fielder Ryan McKenna (26) celebrate the team's win over the Toronto Blue Jays …
ESPN:
Surging Atlanta Braves lose star second baseman Ozzie Albies to fractured left foot in fifth inning  —  MLB, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals  —  Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies left Monday's 9-5 victory against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning after he fractured his left foot, the team announced.
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Associated Press:
Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies leaves game with broken foot
ESPN:
Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg going back on injured list after one start
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
‘I love Lance to death’: Chicago White Sox 3B coach Joe McEwing explains heated dugout discussion with pitcher Lance Lynn  —  DETROIT — Chicago White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing wanted to make something clear Tuesday at Comerica Park.  —  “First things first, I'm a pescatarian, so I don't eat meat,” McEwing said.
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Sports Business Journal:
MLS goes with Apple in landmark 10-year global media rights deal  —  MLS has sold all of its global media rights exclusively to Apple, becoming the first major U.S. sports league to go all-in with a digital media company.  MLS still is negotiating with linear TV networks, including ESPN and Fox, to broadcast select matches.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Mets owner Steve Cohen ‘not ruling out anything’ for MLB trade deadline  —  MORE FROM:  —  Mets owner Steve Cohen, who's pushed his payroll right to the lip of the fourth-tier luxury tax number of $290 million, arrived just after 1 p.m. at the baseball owners meetings in New York with no agenda …
Andy Kostka / Baltimore Sun:
As Kyle Stowers arrives with the Orioles for his MLB debut, the outfield prospect credits his mental work getting him here  —  TORONTO — As Kyle Stowers began to press at the plate early this season for Triple-A Norfolk — overly aware of the at-bats that ended in outs — his stance started to change for the worse.
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Andy Kostka / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles place Anthony Santander, Keegan Akin on restricted list ahead of four-game series in Toronto
 
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