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7:30 PM ET, May 20, 2023

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Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Mets Notebook: Carlos Carrasco returns from injury to face former team  —  After securing a series win against MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays, the Mets began a three-game set against the Cleveland Guardians — who came across a familiar face.  —  Carlos Carrasco made his return from the injured list against his former team Friday.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Yahoo Sports
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Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Pete Alonso hits 3-run, walk-off homer to secure rollercoaster win against Rays in extra innings
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.
Jimmy Golen / Associated Press:
Jimmy Butler scores 27, Heat beat Celtics 111-105 to take 2-0 lead in East Conference Finals  —  BOSTON — Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, hitting a pair of buckets to give the Heat the lead after they erased a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit and Miami beat Boston 111-105 on Friday night …
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Kyle Hightower / Associated Press:
Jimmy Butler scores 35, Heat rally to beat Celtics 123-116 in East finals opener
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.
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Michael Kopech allows 1 hit in 8 brilliant innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0  —  Michael Kopech's talent was on full display Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.  —  The Chicago White Sox starter took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals.
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Mock draft: Prep talent makes big push up board  —  Two weeks have passed since Jim Callis officially started our mock Draft season with our first projection of the first round of the 2023 Draft.  Now it's my turn.  —  While there has been some buzz about players moving up and down …
Discussion: Battery Power and Athletics Nation
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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 …
 
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