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1:15 AM ET, May 25, 2019


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Associated Press:
Paxton still has knee issue; Gregorius to start 20-day clock  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The only New York Yankees in action Friday were those on the injured list.  —  While the big league club was rained out in Kansas City, Yankees pitcher James Paxton and shortstop Didi Gregorius continued testing …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
The 20-day clock for Didi Gregorius' return begins Saturday  —  KANSAS CITY — Didi Gregorius is expected back in the Yankees' lineup before June 13.  The shortstop, who is rehabbing from October Tommy John surgery, will begin his official minor-league rehab on Saturday.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   James Paxton's knee still not right after throwing in extended spring training game Friday
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Gio Urshela doesn't need to explain his clutch hitting ... he just needs to keep doing it
Stu Durando / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals' offense struggles again in 5-2 loss to Braves  —  The Cardinals pounded Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz for eight runs and seven hits last week, but the Braves' righthander was undaunted when he faced them again at Busch Stadium on Friday night.  —  Foltynewicz held the Cardinals …
Stu Durando / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Wacha moves to bullpen in ‘tough decision’ for Shildt
Stu Durando / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Braves hit back-to-back homers to take 3-1 lead over Cards
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   As Cardinals evaluate rotation, Reyes blazes into view with powerful start at Class A
Associated Press:NEW!
5 Home Runs Aren't Enough for the Mets Against the Tigers  —  JaCoby Jones homered and drove in four runs, including a go-ahead double in the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera also connected as the visiting Detroit Tigers halted their nine-game losing streak on Friday night with a wild 9-8 victory over the Mets.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers ‘loose’ to open road trip, and it shows early vs. Mets  —  QUEENS, N.Y. — A day after the Detroit Tigers were swept at home by the Miami Marlins, capping a winless homestand at 0-9, manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw.  —  At 2 p.m. on Friday, the Tigers had nearly …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers hit rock bottom vs. Marlins, but is worst yet to come?
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
Nats GM says manager Martinez safe for now despite struggles  —  WASHINGTON — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says second-year manager Dave Martinez's job is safe for now despite Washington's sluggish start to the season.  —  The Nationals have lost five straight and entered Friday at 19-31 …
Jake Seiner / Associated Press:
Carlos Gomez hits go-ahead, 3-run HR as Mets earn 4-game sweep of Nationals
Discussion: New York Daily News
David Wilson / Miami Herald:
Marlins' season-long winning streak ends at six after Nationals rally with late homers  —  The margin for error has been thin all throughout the Miami Marlins' season-long six-game winning streak.  Their three wins against the Detroit Tigers included an extra-innings victory, a three-run comeback and a ninth-inning grand slam.
David Wilson / Miami Herald:   What can clutch moments mean for young Marlins? ‘You start to feel like you belong’
Mike Sheets / ESPN:
Daily fantasy notes: Pitcher projections and hitter ratings for Saturday  —  Memorial Day weekend kicks off with plenty of daytime baseball, as 10 of Saturday's 15 games will be played in the afternoon.  The most enticing daytime matchup pits Charlie Morton against Carlos Carrasco …
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:   Astros' bats shackled in loss to White Sox
Michael McMahon /
Red Sox Notes: Steve Pearce Hopes He Has Turned Corner After Slow Start
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros mailbag: What's most impressive thing about 2019 squad?
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Reinstate, Option Jimmy Nelson  —  In something of a surprise move, the Brewers announced today that they have reinstated Jimmy Nelson from the injured list and optioned him to Triple-A. He is finally back to health after a long layoff but won't come straight up to the majors.
ESPN:   Brewers' Yelich returns after 2-game absence
Riley homers again as Braves beat Giants 5-4 in 13 innings  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Austin Riley has been at the center of Atlanta's recent power surge and did it again with his fifth home run in nine games to set a modern-day franchise record.  —  Riley's single five innings later was equally pivotal and helped the Braves keep rolling.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
5 things to know about Austin Riley's homer streak
Discussion: Talking Chop
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:15 minutes ago
Story blasts walk-off as Rockies drop reeling Orioles  —  Trevor Story hit two home runs, including a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 in Denver on Friday night.  —  Nolan Arenado also homered twice for the Rockies and Scott Oberg …
Discussion: Camden Chat and Purple Row
Joe Noga / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Indians rally for 3-1 win against Tampa Bay as Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers deliver late RBI  —  Gallery: Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays, May 24, 2019  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A bases-loaded infield single by Roberto Perez in the eighth inning Friday scored Francisco Lindor …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:20 minutes ago
Hoskins homers as Phillies beat Brewers  —  Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a home run, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies past the host Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.  —  Andrew McCutchen and Scott Kingery each added two hits, including an RBI double for each …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
ABC News:
Freese's grand slam powers Dodgers by Pirates 10-2  —  David Freese hit a grand slam off opener Michael Feliz and Cody Bellinger added his 18th homer, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 on Friday night.  —  The Pirates gave Feliz his first major league start …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
‘Big hug, started to cry’: Diamondbacks 1B Kevin Cron gets big-league call up news from father  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Kevin Cron received the news he had been dreaming about since childhood.  Only he never imagined who would be delivering it.  —  Cron was called to the big leagues by the Diamondbacks …
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Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Tim Tucker / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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