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10:10 AM ET, June 18, 2022

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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs' losing streak hits 10 games with a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres: 'We're due to win one'  —  The Chicago Cubs' losing streak reached 10 games Thursday with a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres before 30,096 on a sweltering afternoon at Wrigley Field.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mike Shildt says he's ready to manage again  —  The San Diego Padres have taken over the lead in the National League Western Division with a familiar face in the dugout, occasionally.  —  Mike Shildt, booted as Cardinals manager after last season, has been back in uniform with the Padres …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
Joe Musgrove stars as Padres beat lowly Cubs 6-4  —  CHICAGO — Joe Musgrove pitched seven effective innings in his third straight win, and the San Diego Padres handed the Chicago Cubs their 10th consecutive loss with a 6-4 victory on Thursday.  —  Musgrove (8-0) permitted two runs and five hits …
Discussion: Padres and Cubs Insider
Kyle Hightower / Associated Press:
Steph Curry, Warriors finish off the Celtics 103-90 for another NBA title with dominating Game 6 win  —  BOSTON — The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again, topping the Boston Celtics 103-90 on Thursday night for their fourth title in the last eight seasons.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Anthony Rizzo hits walk-off homer, Clarke Schmidt solid in emergency start as Yankees run Stadium streak to 14  —  Anthony Rizzo ended it, but the way it started was probably the most impressive thing about the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Rays Thursday night.  Rizzo hit a walk-off solo home run …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
From Tommy John to Cy Young form at 39?  Inside Justin Verlander's unprecedented return to dominance  —  LAST SEPTEMBER, WITH the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery approaching, Justin Verlander wanted to pitch.  Even though his rehabilitation wasn't complete …
Associated Press:
Infielder Nicky Lopez loses salary arbitration case to Kansas City Royals  —  NEW YORK — Kansas City infielder Nicky Lopez lost his salary arbitration case with the Royals on Friday and will get $2.55 million instead of his $2.9 million request, a decision that clinched management's third straight winning record.
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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.
Associated Press:
Canha, Plummer help Mets to 5-4 comeback win over Brewers  —  NEW YORK — One of the only trouble spots for the New York Mets this season has been keeping their pitchers healthy.  —  Finding ways to win, however, hasn't been a problem.  —  Mark Canha hit a two-run homer and the Mets threw …
Wall Street Journal:
WWE Board Probes Secret $3 Million Hush Pact by CEO Vince McMahon, Sources Say  —  Company says relationship was consensual and is cooperating with the inquiry  —  The board of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. WWE -4.26%▼ is investigating a secret $3 million settlement …
Associated Press:
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A's need new ballpark deals soon  —  NEW YORK — Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics need to reach new ballpark deals soon and left open the possibility of considering relocation if agreements are not struck.
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.
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.
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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
Discussion: Mercury News and Newsday
 
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