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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
‘Humbling and sobering moment’ for Liam Hendriks as Chicago White Sox fans show their love in his return to the mound  —  Liam Hendriks walked to the bullpen before the fifth inning Monday.  Fans held up letters in the left-field bleachers that spelled, “TEAM LIAM.”
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Chicago baseball report: The Cubs' bobblehead blunder — and Andrew Benintendi looking to launch for the White Sox  —  Repeated bullpen implosions tend to make a manager's hair turn gray, so be sure to check back on David Ross and Pedro Grifol at the end of the season.
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs get swept by the Cincinnati Reds on an ‘ugly weekend’ — and the schedule is about to get tougher
Discussion: Boston Herald
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles sign Aaron Hicks, former Yankees and Twins outfielder, and place Cedric Mullins on injured list  —  After Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins exited Monday's loss to the Cleveland Guardians with a right abductor groin strain, Baltimore acted quickly to find a replacement.
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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles' Cedric Mullins exits game vs. Guardians with apparent lower-body injury  —  Cedric Mullins, the Orioles' center fielder and primary leadoff man, exited Monday's game against the Cleveland Guardians in the eighth inning with an apparent injury to his lower body.
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Anthony Rizzo out with neck stiffness, Carlos Rodon continues to progress  —  SEATTLE — Anthony Rizzo didn't start the Yankees' series opener in Seattle on Monday, as the first baseman is dealing with neck stiffness.  —  Rizzo left Sunday's win over the Padres …
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Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Yankees score 7 runs off Yu Darvish in third inning leading to 10-7 victory over Padres
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB power rankings: Padres keep falling after series loss to Yankees
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and AZ Snake Pit
David Matthews / New York Daily News:
Francisco Alvarez's blast not enough as Mets drop series finale to Rockies  —  DENVER — For the second day in a row, Francisco Alvarez hit a massive, three-run blast against the Colorado Rockies.  And for the second day in a row, the two teams knotted things up at 6-6 before the Mets collapsed.
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Arizona Republic:
Drey Jameson sparkles in relief in Diamondbacks' win over Rockies
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Associated Press
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:   Mets Notebook: Adjusting to Coors Field altitude, Omar Narvaez continues rehab assignment
Jimmy Golen / Associated Press:
After almost blowing 3-0 series lead, Heat beat Celtics in Game 7 to advance to NBA Finals  —  BOSTON — No unprecedented comeback, no last-tick miracle, no cavalcade of higher seeds is going to prevent these Miami Heat from playing for the NBA title.  —  Eastern Conference finals …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Liam Hendriks' journey from beating cancer to returning to MLB  —  IN MID-DECEMBER, when Liam Hendriks squinted at the PET scan of his body and saw hundreds of spots illuminated by radioactive dye, his first thought was that he looked like his dalmatian, Olive.
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
2023 MLB Mock Draft 1.0: Who will go No. 1 to the Pirates?  —  The rumors have begun to fly in mock draft discussions around baseball — I've already heard a lot of theories during the slow moments of NCAA conference tournaments this week.  There continues to be a consensus that the clear top tier …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Bleacher Nation
Stephen Hawkins / Associated Press:
Golden Knights advance to 2nd Stanley Cup Final after win over Stars  —  DALLAS — William Karlsson scored two goals and had an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final with a 6- rout Monday night over the Dallas Stars, who had extended the Western Conference Final …
 
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