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10:30 AM ET, May 25, 2023

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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Tylor Megill's unlucky 4th inning leads to 7-2 loss, ends Mets' 5-game winning streak  —  CHICAGO — It felt like the Mets could do no wrong for five games.  —  Then suddenly, it all went wrong in Chicago and the Mets' winning streak came to an end.  The comeback kids from last week …
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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 …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Michael Kopech ‘in complete control’ for the Chicago White Sox: 3 hits, 19 strikeouts over 15 straight scoreless innings  —  CLEVELAND — Michael Kopech had quite the encore.  —  In his first start since taking a perfect game into the sixth inning, the Chicago White Sox right-hander retired …
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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
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge, Anthony Volpe propel Yankees past Orioles despite Gerrit Cole's rough night  —  Just before the Yankees began a three-game series with the second-place Orioles, Aaron Boone emphasized that he believes the American League East rival is for real.  —  “They're a really good team …
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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 …
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Updated top 50 2023 MLB prospects, according to Kiley McDaniel  —  We're almost two months into the 2023 MLB season, and several of the best prospects from my offseason top 100 list have now graduated from eligibility, which makes it a perfect time for an updated look at the best young players currently starring in the minors.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
How will Cardinals rotation, winless Steven Matz find relief in slog of 19-game sprint?  —  CINCINNATI — The zero suctioned to Steven Matz's name like a barnacle in every box score and stat sheet for more than 50 games now looms there as a reminder that, for almost 11 months now …
Keith Law / The Athletic:
Keith Law's first 2023 MLB Mock Draft sends Dylan Crews to the Pirates at No. 1  —  It's early, and yet the college regular season is done, most high school players have wrapped and after this week's college tournaments we'll have just 64 teams still playing.
Jared Weiss / The Athletic:
Celtics' Malcolm Brogdon playing through right arm injury: Sources  —  BOSTON — Malcolm Brogdon has been playing through a partial tear in the tendon coming out of his right elbow that leads into his forearm, team sources told The Athletic.  —  Brogdon suffered the injury in Game 1 …
Discussion: NESN.com, Hoops Rumors and CelticsBlog
Tim Reynolds / Associated Press:
Jayson Tatum scores 34, Celtics stave off elimination by topping Heat 116-99 in Game 4  —  MIAMI — Down nine early in the third quarter, down 3-0 in the series, the Boston Celtics knew their season was completely on the brink.  —  Three minutes later, everything looked different.
NorthJersey.com:
NJ baseball tournament: North Jersey first-round highlights  —  MONTVALE — St. Joseph didn't enjoy the same arms-preserving first-round bye as rivals Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco.  —  Solution?  Say hello to promising sophomores Brendan Lewis, Carter Grande and Neylin Navarro …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Former Chicago Cubs prospect sought by police in Dominican Republic in connection with a shooting death  —  Dominican Republic national police are searching for a former Chicago Cubs minor-leaguer in connection with a homicide.  —  The Cubs signed outfielder Josefrailin Alcántara …
 
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Juan Soto, finding his groove, aims to keep Padres in fight: ‘We gotta play as a team’
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Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
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