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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles twice blow leads in 6-5 series-opening loss to Yankees in 10 innings  —  NEW YORK — The Orioles were two outs from handing one of the best pitchers in baseball his first loss.  One of the best hitters in baseball made sure it didn't happen.  —  Baltimore built a four-run lead off …
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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox's starting pitching depth could get its 1st test this year with Mike Clevinger on the IL  —  CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger felt his wrist was “a little jammed up” during the fifth inning of Wednesday's start against the Cleveland Guardians at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Jesse Scholtens fills in well, but the Chicago White Sox are shut down in a 3-0 loss to the Cleveland Guardians  —  CLEVELAND — Jesse Scholtens was ready to be the next pitcher up.  —  With Mike Clevinger on the injured list, Scholtens joined the Chicago White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte.
Greg Beacham / Associated Press:
Nikola Jokic leads Nuggets past LeBron James' Lakers 113-111, into their first NBA Finals  —  LOS ANGELES — Nikola Jokic had 30 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history Monday night, sweeping the Western Conference finals …
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Tylor Megill to start series opener vs. Cubs after Kodai Senga's outing gets pushed back due to rest  —  CHICAGO — The Mets are making a pitching tweak to start a six-game road trip against the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies.  Right-hander Kodai Senga is being pushed back by one day to allow …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick ‘The Commish’ Hummel dies at 77  —  Beloved baseball writer Rick Hummel, who captured timeless highlights and countless historic feats with precise, vivid words that will echo alongside those moments forever, died in his sleep early Saturday morning after a short, aggressive illness.
ESPN:
Trea Turner on slow start with Phillies: 'I've sucked'  —  Trea Turner is starting to hear boos from Philadelphia fans frustrated with his slow start for the Phillies, and the star shortstop doesn't blame them.  —  “I'm honest with myself, I've sucked,” Turner said Monday after the struggling Phillies lost to the Diamondbacks.
The Nevada Independent:
Oakland A's, state leaders reach tentative public financing deal; legislative approval still needed  —  The Oakland A's and major state officials have reached a loose agreement for a public financing package significantly less than the $500 million the team originally sought to assist …
Orange County Register:
PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Nuggets, Western Conference finals Game 4  —  Check back later for more images.  —  Related Articles  —  Lakers |  —  Alexander: Lakers were swept, but they weren't embarrassed  —  Lakers |  —  Swanson: What should Lakers' response be?  Run it back  —  Lakers |
Reuters:
Dodgers to start RHP prospect Gavin Stone amid injuries  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to call up two of their top prospects from Triple-A Oklahoma City to help fill the injury-related void in the pitching rotation.  —  Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that right-hander Gavin Stone …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
MLB Manager Status Check — How comfortable is each skipper's future?  —  Fans who are frustrated with their favorite team's manager will take no comfort in the game's current state of tranquility.  “Collaboration” is the preferred buzzword in management circles, and the proverbial hot seat has turned into a big comfy chair.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Nightengale's Notebook: Rebuilds test patience, passion for MLB teams, players
Zach Buchanan / The Athletic:
Behind the scenes of Madison Bumgarner's struggles with the Diamondbacks  —  If Madison Bumgarner was trying to be discreet, it didn't work.  —  It was May 2021, and the left-hander was in his second year of a five-year and $85 million contract with the Diamondbacks.
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Alexis Díaz and Nick Senzel get the Reds a dramatic win over the Cardinals  —  At one point this season, the only question about Cincinnati Reds closer Alexis Díaz was his ability to record multi-inning saves.  Díaz proved as a rookie he could strike out any hitter in baseball …
 
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