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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 …
Matt Fisher / WFAA-TV:
Rangers render bullpen irrelevant by routing Rockies during sweep
Discussion: Purple Row and USA Today
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Boston Herald, NBCSports.com and ESPN
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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
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 …
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.
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Pinch-hit home run from Zack Short blasts Detroit Tigers to 6-4 win over Kansas City Royals  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch pushed the right button at the right time when he brought Zack Short off the bench in Wednesday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium.  —  “What's the movie line?
 
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