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Arnie Stapleton / Associated Press:
Jamal Murray's big fourth quarter propels Nuggets past Lakers 108-103 for 2-0 lead in West finals  —  DENVER — Jamal Murray scored 23 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, propelling the Denver Nuggets to a 108-103 come-from-behind win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
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Arnie Stapleton / Associated Press:
Nikola Jokic leads Nuggets past Lakers 132-126 in Western Conference finals opener
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
The similarities between Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe and Reds shortstop Matt McLain  —  As they were growing up, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain and New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe were both the star players on every team they ever played on.
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
'It's been huge for us': Cincinnati Reds making big strides on basepaths  —  Before Matt McLain made his major league debut at Coors Field on Monday, Cincinnati Reds Manager David Bell predicted McLain's baserunning instincts would fit in well with the current roster.
ESPN:
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.
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge's statement homer, Domingo German's sticky situation contribute to chaos in Yankees' win over Jays
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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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.
The Nevada Independent:
Nevada lawmakers balk at A's $395M price tag; deal dependent on county funding  —  Nevada lawmakers have not yet introduced legislation to bring the Oakland A's to Las Vegas because they are only willing to contribute up to $195 million in transferable tax credits for stadium construction funding …
Jack Sommers / Sports Illustrated:
Diamondbacks Lead Trio of Unlikely NL Wild Contenders  —  It's still early but if season ended today, D-backs, Pirates, & Marlins would be the NL Wild Cards  —  ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS PITTSBURGH PIRATES MIAMI MARLINS NEW YORK METS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES  —  Just past the quarter pole in the MLB season …
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Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
MLB front office intel: 27 prospect names you don't know but should  —  One of the most exciting parts of the first few months of the minor-league season is when prospects break out and perform at a level they never have before.  As prospects make adjustments and improve …
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds City Connect uniforms: A Q&A on the details  —  When the Cincinnati Reds began designing their new City Connect uniforms, which they'll wear on the field for the first time this weekend against the New York Yankees, Reds vice president of marketing and communications Ralph Mitchell thought …
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.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Blue Jays pitcher admits he was tipping pitches when facing Aaron Judge  —  Blue Jays right-hander Jay Jackson has a tell.  Well, at least he had one until the Yankees' Aaron Judge took him deep on Monday night, prompting the journeyman pitcher's return to Triple A.
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Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Blue Jays reliever admits tipping pitches before Aaron Judge home run
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.
 
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