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12:55 PM ET, May 14, 2023

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James O'Connell / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge's two-homer day ignites Yankees' improbable comeback victory over Shane McClanahan, Rays  —  O captain!  My captain!  When the Yankees needed him most, No. 99 answered the call.  —  Aaron Judge's two-homer day ignited an improbable 9-8 comeback win against the MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays with their horse on the hill.
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Aaron Boone drops Anthony Volpe in the lineup  —  Anthony Volpe had hit leadoff in all of his starts between April 16 and May 11, but the rookie shortstop found his name penciled into the seven-hole for Friday's game against the Rays.  —  Volpe had slashed .158/.186/.316 …
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Anthony Rizzo's go-ahead moonshot caps off two-homer night as Yankees top Rays  —  Anthony Rizzo's first home run on Friday night just cleared the short right field fence at Yankee Stadium.  His second towered over it with ease — and the first baseman enjoyed every second of it as he watched from home plate.
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Slide continues for Chicago White Sox — 14 games under .500 — in a 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros  —  All eyes leading into Friday were on José Abreu, the former Chicago White Sox first baseman making his return to Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time with the Houston Astros.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
José Abreu returns to the scene of his prime looking for answers — just like the Chicago White Sox  —  José Abreu didn't have much to say about the sad state of the Chicago White Sox in his return to the South Side with the Houston Astros.  —  He knew better than to wake a sleeping dog.
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Lance Lynn gives up 4 runs in the 1st — and his ERA climbs to 7.51 — on another tough night for the Chicago White Sox
Discussion: MLB.com
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Here's what the Cincinnati Reds' Nike City Connect uniforms look like, where to buy them  —  The Cincinnati Reds launched their Nike City Connect uniform campaign Saturday morning, and fans got their first look at the jerseys the team is scheduled to wear for the first time this Friday …
Discussion: The Athletic and FanSided
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
‘We wanted to make it bold’: Cincinnati Reds introduce their City Connect uniforms  —  Four years after the Cincinnati Reds honored their 150-year history with 15 throwback uniforms from different eras, they wanted their new City Connect uniforms to represent the future.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Maddie Lee / Chicago Sun Times:
Marcus Stroman can opt out after this season but would ‘love’ to remain a Cub for the rest of his career  —  Per sources, because of the nature of Stroman's contract his camp and the Cubs opened preliminary extension talks this spring.  —  MINNEAPOLIS - The better Marcus Stroman continues to pitch …
Nick Deeds / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Designate Seth Elledge For Assignment, Select Dennis Santana  —  According to Tim Britton of The Athletic, the Mets have designated right-hander Seth Elledge for assignment.  That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Dennis Santana, who Tim Healey of Newsday notes has been selected …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Yahoo News
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Soak it in: Cedric Mullins hits for the cycle in Orioles' 6-3 win over Pirates  —  For much of the night in which the Orioles introduced the Bird Bath Splash Zone at Camden Yards, they left their runners out to dry.  —  But the waterworks came in bunches in the later innings of their 6-3 victory …
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Matt Kawahara / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's face pick between young infielders with Aledmys Díaz due back from IL  —  With Aledmys Díaz on track to return from the injured list Sunday, the Oakland Athletics will likely have a decision to make in their infield group.  —  Díaz took grounders and ran bases …
Elliott Teaford / Orange County Register:
Lakers eliminate Warriors, head to Western Conference finals after Game 6 win  —  LeBron James has 30 points and a near-triple-double, Anthony Davis has 17 points and 20 rebounds and the Lakers punctuate their late-season surge with a 122-101 victory over the reigning champs.
Jack Sommers / Sports Illustrated:
Zac Gallen, Anthony DeSclafani Pitching Duel on Tap  —  Diamondbacks send their ace to the mound for game three of the four game series  —  The Diamondbacks host the Giants for game three of a four game series tonight at Chase Field.  Game time is 5:10 P.M.
 
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