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11:15 PM ET, April 17, 2015


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
Bryant 0 for 4 With 3 Ks in Debut as Cubs Lose to Padres 5-4  —  CHICAGO — Kris Bryant had such a Chicago Cubs-like start to his major league career.  —  Called up one day after the team ensured he can't be eligible for free agency until 2021, the prized prospect struck out in his first three …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs to promote 3B Kris Bryant, 23, for major league debut  —  4h - MLB KRIS BRYANT MIKE OLT CHICAGO CUBS + more  —  The Baseball Tonight crew discusses the Cubs' decision to bring Kris Bryant to the majors.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Source: Kris Bryant to be promoted to Cubs  —  The highly anticipated Kris Bryant era will start Friday at Wrigley Field.  —  After a controversial three weeks in which the Cubs' top prospect was sent to Triple-A Iowa despite a dominant spring training, management has elected to promote him to the majors …
Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago:
Tigers tip White Sox on Iglesias walk-off single  —  DETROIT — Jose Iglesias singled in pinch runner Andrew Romine in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 victory over the White Sox at Comerica Park.  —  Romine was running for Nick Castellanos …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Yahoo Sports
Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago:
Ventura brushes aside Sale-Martinez flap; White Sox ace set to face Tigers Saturday  —  DETROIT — When the White Sox and Chris Sale were here last on Sept. 24, Sale lost his cool and lost his last start of the season.  —  Suspecting Victor Martinez — who is 15-for-29 including three home runs …
Discussion: Bless You Boys and South Side Sox
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Scherzer, Harper Power Nationals to 7-2 Win Over Phillies  —  WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to get his first win with the Nationals and Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as Washington beat the reeling Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Friday night.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Evan Longoria hopeful to be in lineup Friday  —  Rays 3B Evan Longoria hopes to be in the lineup Friday but won't know for sure until he sees how his bruised left hip feels after the flight home and a night's sleep.  —  “I'm gonna do my best to play,” Longoria said after the game in Toronto.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Baseball pace-of-play rules perplexing to some  —  The 2014 season will be remembered for the implementation of expanded replay, the challenge system and the catcher's obstruction rule.  —  This season we're getting the pace-of-play rules that include a countdown clock and fines for hitters who leave the batter's box.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
The Baseballist: Three Reasons Why Adding DH Makes Sense For NL
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Trade Rumors
Jon Heyman /
For some time after young A.J. Preller became the surprise GM hire of the cost-conscious, historically restrained San Diego Padres, many new co-workers didn't know what to make of him.  All day (and night) long, Preller would pace around all the offices, and all throughout Petco Park …
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Carlos Gomez goes on 15-day disabled list  —  By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel  —  St. Louis - When Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez returned to Milwaukee on Thursday to have his injured hamstring examined by team physician William Raasch , a trip to the disabled list seemed almost certain.
Adam McCalvy /
Club considering options for leadoff, center field
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball and Al's Ramblings
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett taking leave amid probe  —  Embattled Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has agreed to take a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal investigation into the role she played in awarding a no-bid, $20.5 million principal training contract to a company that once employed her.
Jeff Sullivan / Fox Sports:
IMAGINING A BETTER (?) AROLDIS CHAPMAN  —  Imagine, if you can, the least-fair thing in baseball.  Do you have it?  Maybe you're picturing having to face Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded.  Maybe you're picturing one of those Clayton Kershaw curveballs, or Juan Lagares running down a would-be winning double in the gap.
Discussion: Red Reporter
Associated Press:
Hill's Double Lifts Diamondbacks Past Giants  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill spent most of the game diving around on the infield dirt at AT&T Park.  He ended it with a rare hit off Giants closer Sergio Romo that likely saved teammate Josh Collmenter's spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation.
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