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1:45 PM 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, Yahoo Sports and New York Post
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.
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Judge and Jury? Blue Jays miffed at Yankees slugger's wandering eyes prior to home run
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 …
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
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  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: Red Reporter and Phillies Nation
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
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Yahoo Sports
 
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