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6:50 AM ET, August 22, 2017


 Top News: 
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Steven Matz likely headed to DL with undisclosed injury, Tommy Milone expected to start Tuesday  —  Steven Matz is likely headed back onto the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said.  The Long Island lefty has been dealing with “an issue,” that would require him to be shut down.
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Steven Matz may need elbow surgery, source says  —  Steven Matz has been pitching through pain most of the season, sources told Newsday on Monday.  —  Now, a source said, the Mets lefthander may need surgery to correct a recently discovered nerve issue in his pitching elbow.
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Associated Press:   MLB: Surgery is suggested for Mets' Matz
Mike Puma / New York Post:
This Steven Matz explanation is more Mets misery
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
UPI:   New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz faces DL stint with mystery ‘issue’
Fox Sports:25 minutes ago
Dodgers skip Darvish's turn against Pirates (Aug 22, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH — Blasting the competition in the National League West while threatening the major league record for wins in a season did not sidetrack the Los Angeles Dodgers from acquiring right-handed ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline.
Fox Sports:
Inconsistent Nolasco gets nod for Angels vs. Rangers (Aug 22, 2017)  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — If there is one thing to say about Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, it is that he is completely unpredictable.  —  Nolasco will take the mound Tuesday night to face the Rangers …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Beltre drives in four as Rangers turn back Angels  —  Adrian Beltre connected for a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and Cole Hamels allowed two runs in seven innings as the Texas Rangers won the opener of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels 5-3.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers Reaction: Which starter(s) will follow Hamels' lead?
Fox Sports:
Indians' Miller might miss rest of Red Sox series — and more (Aug 22, 2017)  —  CLEVELAND — The two teams with the two best pitching staffs in the American League will meet again Tuesday night at Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians host the Boston Red Sox in the second game of a four-game series.
Associated Press:
Indians' Jay Bruce makes debut in home ballpark  —  CLEVELAND — Jay Bruce is ready to show his new home fans what he can do.  His numbers so far with the Cleveland Indians have already made him a big hit.  —  Bruce, acquired from the New York Mets on Aug. 9, was making …
Discussion: ESPN and MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Tim Britton /
Indians 5, Red Sox 4: Boston bullpen can't close the door
Discussion: South Side Sox
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:   Andrew Miller aggravates knee injury days after returning from DL
Fox Sports:
Twins' Melville struggles in Game 1 loss to White Sox  —  CHICAGO — Carlos Rodon has been pitching well enough lately to win.  He finally got a long-overdue victory Monday.  —  Yolmer Sanchez homered and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu hit his 25th of the season and the Chicago White Sox held …
Minnesota Twins place Miguel Sano on disabled list  —  The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a left shin stress reaction.  —  Sano fouled a ball off his shin Friday night in the same game that he hit two home runs in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Paul Sporer / ESPN:   Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Tuesday
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Javier Baez a highlight waiting to happen — even when he strikes out  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon reacts after the “crazy” 10th-inning rally to defeat the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Leave it to Javier Baez to turn a strikeout into a highlight.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Alex Butler / UPI:   Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez makes smooth slide in walk-off victory
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Who will the Cubs promote when rosters are expanded Sept. 1?
Detroit Free Press:
Jamie Samuelsen: Best thing for Justin Verlander's legacy might be leaving  —  Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the “Jamie and Wojo” show at 6 p.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for  His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers.
Alex Tekip / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Justin Upton undecided about opting out of contract
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Dodgers' Chase Utley understands Justin Verlander's dilemma with Tigers
Paul Gackle / The Charlotte Observer:
Stratton capitalizes on opportunity in rotation as Giants top Brewers  —  Chris Stratton is pitching like he wants to stick around in the San Francisco Giants rotation for a while.  —  Stratton followed up a masterful performance against the Washington Nationals last week …
Janie McCauley / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Chris Stratton stymies contending Brewers, Giants win 2-0 … SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rookie Chris Stratton pitched six innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings his past two outings, and the  —  San Francisco Giants stymied the contending  —  Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Monday night.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets strand 10 batters, fall to Diamondbacks in extras, 3-2  —  A.J. Pollock just added insult to what was yet another day all about injury at Citi Field.  The Diamondbacks' center fielder hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th to beat the Mets 3-2 Monday, hours after the Mets announced …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Arizona Republic:
Koch recalled, Shipley sent down
Dodgers LHP Alex Wood facing another possible DL stint for shoulder  —  Left-hander Alex Wood, who has taken over as the Los Angeles Dodgers' ace in Clayton Kershaw's absence, could be headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.  —  Wood went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
UPI:   Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw goes four innings in simulated game
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers again dip into Double A to fill bullpen vacancy  —  Nick Gardewine hopped a flight to John Wayne Airport around 10 a.m. Monday for the trip all players in the minor leagues hope to make some day.  —  There just aren't many who get their call to the majors while in Double A.
UPI:   Texas Rangers move pitcher Matt Bush to disabled list after nasty collision
Fox Sports:25 minutes ago
Rookies face off for Mariners, Braves (Aug 22, 2017)  —  ATLANTA — Two promising rookies, both making their fifth big-league start of the season, will oppose each other Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves host the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a three-game series.
Steve Ginsburg / Mercury News:
Lowrie, Powell homer, but A's fall to Orioles  —  Orioles provide their own fireworks in game-turning fifth inning  —  BALTIMORE — Jed Lowrie and Boog Powell homered, but it wasn't enough as the A's lost to the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Monday, falling for the fifth time in their last seven games …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Sporting News:
Curtis Granderson continues Dodger dominance, belts grand slam vs. Pirates  —  Curtis Granderson's life as a Dodger is off to an outstanding start.  —  In only his first three games with the Dodgers, Granderson has already batted in six runs.  He added this grand slam on Monday …
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
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