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11:25 AM ET, May 27, 2017


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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Schwarber's struggles have him heading into platoon role for Cubs  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Kyle Schwarber's recent struggles and reacts after the team's “Anchorman"-themed departure to Los Angeles prior to a game at the Dodgers on Friday, May 26, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)
Forrest Lee / UPI:
Alex Wood continues dominance at home as Los Angeles Dodgers blank Chicago Cubs  —  LOS ANGELES — Beating Alex Wood at Dodger Stadium has become a long-shot proposition.  The Chicago Cubs found out firsthand.  —  Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers posted …
Chris Bahr / Fox Sports:
Struggling Kyle Schwarber is now officially a platoon player for Cubs  —  The Cubs finally are ready to address Kyle Schwarber's season-long struggles.  —  The leadoff man is slashing just .181/.299/.356 with 55 strikeouts in 187 plate appearances this season, though he has seven homers and 19 RBI.
Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' Wood fuels win over Cubs  —  LOS ANGELES-Adrian Gonzalez knew the reception that awaited him.  As he walked toward his dugout, moments after squaring up his first homer of 2017, Gonzalez locked eyes with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.  —  Gonzalez raised both his hands toward the sky: Hallelujah.
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Kyle Schwarber to start vs. righties only for now, Joe Maddon says
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Fox Sports:
Young pitchers square off as Red Sox host Mariners (May 27, 2017)  —  BOSTON — Two pitchers who have combined for exactly two major league wins face each other when Rob Whalen makes his Seattle Mariners debut against the Boston Red Sox's Brian Johnson in Game 2 of a three-game series at Fenway Park on Saturday.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Mike Shalin / UPI:
Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox relievers combine for shutout of Seattle Mariners  —  BOSTON — John Farrell doesn't see any great mystery behind the sudden success of young left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.  —  “It's just a matter of his abilities coming together,” the Boston manager …
Discussion: Over the Monster
David Hill / Fox Sports:
Boston Red Sox Brock Holt Shut Down Once Again  —  Given the disaster that third base has been for the Boston Red Sox, they were obviously hoping that Brock Holt would be returning to the lineup soon.  Instead, he has been shut down for the foreseeable future.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and FanRag Sports
Associated Press:   Babe Ruth's 1927 World Series ring, Red Sox-Yankees sale contract up for auction
Kyle Hightower / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers lose A.J. Griffin to injury, game to Jays  —  TORONTO  —  Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin left Friday's opener against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning with a strained left intercostal muscle and is headed to the disabled list.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:   The Rangers' most reliable pitcher right now is Austin Bibens-Dirkx, and that's a problem
ESPN:   Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin leaves game with left intercostal strain
UPI:   Bats on the way: Toronto Blue Jays activate Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki from DL
Seth Walder / New York Daily News:
Aroldis Chapman set to play catch Saturday, remains a few weeks away from Yankees return  —  It sounds like the Yankees are about to be one step closer to getting their closer back.  —  Joe Girardi said Friday that Aroldis Chapman would play catch for the first time since going on the DL …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
John Hickey / Mercury News:
Pressed into emergency duty, Manaea spins a gem
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Fox Sports:   Tanaka rebounds, but A's rally against Yanks bullpen, 4-1 (May 26, 2017)
Fox Sports:
Athletics scratch Graveman from start at Yankee Stadium
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Harvey Valentine / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Scherzer pitches into 9th, Nationals defeat Padres 5-1  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings, Bryce Harper and Michael A. Taylor hit two-run homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.  —  Trea Turner added a solo homer and a double for Washington.
Bryce Harper's upper-deck moon shot a sign of maturity
Discussion: CBS DC and MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Will Graves / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Walker homers twice, deGrom pitches deep, Mets top Bucs 8-1  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Walker homered twice in his return to his hometown, Jacob deGrom gave New York's bullpen a needed rest and the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday night.  —  Walker, who grew up in Pittsburgh …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Shelly Anderson / UPI:
Neil Walker helps New York Mets halt skid, top Pittsburgh Pirates
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Fox Sports:
Adleman pitches 8 crisp innings as Reds beat Phillies 5-2 (May 26, 2017)  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tim Adleman tossed eight innings of one-hit ball, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Friday night.
Corey Seidman / CSN Philly:
Phillies-Reds 5 things: Aaron Nola looks to build on extremely impressive return from DL
Zach Buchanan /   Cincinnati Reds notes: Robert Stephenson in mix for spot start
ESPN:30 minutes ago
‘Maintaining winning spirit in the clubhouse is important’  —  This interview was conducted in Spanish and has been translated.  Read in Spanish here.  —  Cubs catcher Willson Contreras made his MLB debut last summer after seven years in the Cubs' Dominican and minor league system.
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Dan Hayes / CSN Chicago:
Avisail Garcia busts out of mini-slump in White Sox win  —  Avisail Garcia's longest mini-slump of the season ended against his former team on Friday night.  —  Guessing nobody in Detroit is surprised.  Same group probably isn't overly shocked by Mike Pelfrey's performance, either.
Discussion: South Side Sox
Detroit Free Press:   Photos: Tigers vs. White Sox series
Andrew Wagner / UPI:30 minutes ago
Arizona Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee Brewers in 10 innings  —  MILWAUKEE — When things are going well, as they have been for the Arizona Diamondbacks lately, the unlikely suddenly becomes likely.  —  So it should not have been that much of a surprise to see Chris Iannetta blast a game-tying home run …
Ted Berg / USA Today:
9 MLB players enjoying breakout offensive seasons in 2017  —  Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and thus so, too, is the time in every MLB season when we must stop dismissing early returns as the whimsical byproducts of small sample size and start considering which surprise stars are poised for lasting success.
Dave Clark /   Zack Cozart, Yonder Alonso, Eric Thames among USA TODAY biggest breakouts
Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Kaczmarski homer helps Ponies to sixth straight win  —  The Binghamton Rumble Ponies won their season-best sixth straight Eastern League baseball game, edging the visiting Hartford Yard Goats, 5-4, on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.  —  All nine runs came across in the first three innings …
Dose: Take it to the Max  —  The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner was certainly in dominant form in Friday's start against the Padres.  —  The star right-hander racked up a season-high 13 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings, earning his fifth victory of the season in the process.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals get an eyeful of Rockies in 10-0 loss  —  St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Greg Garcia, back, forces out Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon at second base on the front end of a double play hit into by DJ LeMahieu in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 26, 2017, in Denver.
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Andrew Wagner / UPI:
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Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
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Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
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Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Angels lose closer Bud Norris before losing to the Marlins 8-5
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John Manuel / Baseball America:
Big League Talent Harder To Find In 2017
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Adrian Beltre collects four hits, plays third base in rehab game
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Felipe Rivero Changes Agents
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers trying to find ways to get rest, stay fresh during brutal road trip
Ariel Helwani / MMA Fighting:
Georges St-Pierre reveals eye injury delays return to UFC
Discussion: Fox Sports and FanRag Sports
Cleveland Indians to unveil baseball pioneer Frank Robinson statue Saturday
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Claim Mike Freeman, Chris Heston

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