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11:40 AM ET, May 21, 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.
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Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Francisco Lindor hits walk-off single against former team to cap thriller against Guardians in extras  —  Pete Alonso continues to put together an MVP campaign carrying the Mets as of late, but he needed some help from Francisco Lindor to secure the victory.
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees spoil Cincinnati Reds' City Connect debut  —  On a night that featured the debut of a new Cincinnati Reds uniform and controversy surrounding a foreign substance inspection on the New York Yankees' starting pitcher, it was the sport's biggest star who headlined the show.
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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.
Discussion: MLB.com
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
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.
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 …
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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 …
Jacob Calvin Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles beat Blue Jays, 6-2, behind Ryan Mountcastle's 3-run homer, Kyle Gibson's steady start  —  TORONTO — The Orioles' first game against the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023 was similar to many the teams have played over the past few years.  —  Not as much in the fact that Baltimore won the game …
ESPN:
Yankees DFA longtime OF Aaron Hicks, add OF Greg Allen  —  CINCINNATI — The New York Yankees cut Aaron Hicks before Saturday's game against the Cincinnati Reds and owe the struggling outfielder about $27.6 million from more than 2½ seasons remaining in a $70 million, seven-year contract.
Theo Mackie / Arizona Republic:
Ryne Nelson's best start of season leads Arizona Diamondbacks past Oakland Athletics  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Ryne Nelson knew what his task was on Wednesday.  Really, everyone in the Oakland Coliseum knew what his task was.  —  Thirteen hours before first pitch, the Diamondbacks had wrapped …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
 
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