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9:10 AM ET, May 19, 2023

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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge stays hot as Nestor Cortes improves in series-clinching win over Jays  —  TORONTO — The Yankees and Blue Jays played another tight game Thursday, but the Bombers left Canada with a 4-2 victory and a series win after four games north of the border.
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Yankees' German suspended for violating foreign substance rule  —  New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been suspended 10 games and fined by Major League Baseball for violating the rules regarding foreign substances, it was announced Wednesday.  —  German will not appeal and began serving the suspension Wednesday.
Discussion: Reuters, New York Post and Yahoo Sports
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Luis Severino set for 2023 debut  —  TORONTO — The Yankees lost a starter to suspension Wednesday, but they're getting one back from injury this weekend.  —  Luis Severino will make his 2023 debut against the Reds Sunday in Cincinnati, per Aaron Boone.
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge's statement homer, Domingo German's sticky situation contribute to chaos in Yankees' win over Jays  —  Aaron Judge's wandering eyes dominated baseball's news cycle following the Yankees' Monday win over the Blue Jays.  But it was Domingo German's sticky fingers that grabbed headlines …
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Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Blue Jays reliever admits tipping pitches before Aaron Judge home run  —  Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jay Jackson admitted he was tipping his pitches Monday night before allowing a mammoth home run to New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.  —  The blast sparked a bit of controversy …
Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Pete Alonso hits 3-run, walk-off homer to secure rollercoaster win against Rays in extra innings  —  The kids put the Mets on their backs on Wednesday and slugger Pete Alonso landed the final blow to secure a 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in extra innings.
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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets call up slugging prospect Mark Vientos after torrid start at Triple-A: source  —  Mark Vientos is headed back to the Major Leagues, but how the Mets are going to use him is another question.  —  The Mets badly need more firepower in an offense that ranks toward the bottom half of the league in runs …
Arnie Stapleton / Associated Press:
Nikola Jokic leads Nuggets past Lakers 132-126 in Western Conference finals opener  —  DENVER — Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers the last time these teams met in the Western Conference finals in the 2020 NBA bubble.
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Ranking baseball's best players at every age from 16 to 25  —  Between prospect lists and the upcoming MLB draft, it can be difficult to track all of the players coming to the majors in the near future.  When you expand it to all of the various talent pools around the world, the task becomes even more daunting.
Kyle Hightower / Associated Press:
Jimmy Butler scores 35, Heat rally to beat Celtics 123-116 in East finals opener  —  BOSTON — Jimmy Butler 35 points, including 23 after halftime, and the Miami Heat rallied in the second half to beat the Boston Celtics 123-116 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.
Associated Press:
Rangers prospect Kumar Rocker to have Tommy John surgery  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers pitching prospect Kumar Rocker, a top-10 pick in each of the past two MLB drafts, has a torn ligament in his right elbow and will need Tommy John surgery.  —  Rangers general manager Chris Young …
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Adam J. Morris / Lone Star Ball:
Kumar Rocker to have Tommy John surgery
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds starter Nick Lodolo out for at least a month with stress reaction in leg  —  DENVER - The Cincinnati Reds will be without starting pitcher Nick Lodolo for at least a month and it's possible his leg injury could sideline him for much longer.  —  Lodolo returned to Cincinnati …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and MLB Trade Rumors
 
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