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Tampa Tribune

Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

TORONTO - Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting."He gave us more than

Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon on Jon Lester's injury: 'Minimal' time on DL

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Jon Lester's injury that will send him to the 10-day DL. (Chris Kuc/Chicago Tribune)

CSN Bay Area

'For Brandon, he would like to get back.' Will Belt return this season?

SAN FRANCISCO It has been nearly two weeks since Brandon Belt walked out of AT&T Park with yet another concussion. On Friday he could take a big step.Belt will do some light cardio in hopes of ramping up the rehab process. That is generally the biggest step for concussed players. Often times, that cardio session leads to a longer shutdown when the player feels discomfort from activity. The Giants are hopeful that Belt will report only positive signs.He seems to be doing a little better, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Larry Brown Sports

Joe Girardi hopes to have Aroldis Chapman back on Friday

The hamstring injury that New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman sustained on Tuesday night does not appear to be serious. Chapman was seen wincing in pain after getting the final out in Tuesday’s win over the Mets. He had a hamstring injury that caused him to miss Wednesday’s game, but he was back to running...Read More

Tampa Tribune

Confederate statue: Why Bucs, Lightning, Rays took a stand

They didn't want another Charlottesville.They didn't want to wake up to the horrible news that someone was dead. They didn't want to see riots in their streets broadcast on CNN. They didn't want to live with the guilt of knowing their failure to act led to more hatred, more divisiveness and more

Belleville News Democrat

It’s now or never for Tuivailala and Weaver as injuries deplete St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala has major league stuff. But he’s never been able to stick with the big league club because of inconsistency. With closer Trevor Rosenthal on …

Toronto Sun

Blue Jays reliever Dominic Leone winning, and holding, respect

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons can’t say enough about middle reliever Dominic Leone, what he did in Toronto’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, and what he has done all season.

CSN Chicago

Reynaldo Lopez leaves White Sox game with injury

Reynaldo Lopez's arrival to the South Side has created a spark of excitement in the latter part of the 2017 season, but that excitement may

MLB

Lester to DL, expected to return this season

The Cubs placed left-hander Jon Lester on the 10-day disabled list with tightness in his left side and shoulder fatigue on Friday. The injury is not expected to be season-ending.

CSN Bay Area

Giants' Austin Slater ready to take big step in rehab from groin injury

Giants rookie Austin Slater has missed the last 35 games with a right groin strain. There's positive news on his rehab, but one hurdle remains.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cards await Rosenthal's elbow exams, brace for closer's absence

PITTSBURGH • The Cardinals braced themselves Thursday for the absence of closer Trevor Rosenthal due to an elbow injury that could force an extended stretch on the disabled list.

Plain Dealer

Time to exhale: X-rays negative after Jose Ramirez's early exit

The All-Star third baseman exited Thursday's matinee after he was struck by a pitch in the right forearm. X-rays came back negative.

Tampa Tribune

Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

Tonight: vs. Mariners7:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game.Promotion: $7.11 upper level seats with coupon from 7-11 stores.Rays info: Toll-

Washington Times

Smoak hits tiebreaking homer in 8th, Jays beat Rays 5-3

TORONTO (AP) - Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday. Smoak hit a two-run drive off Tommy Hunter (2-4), his 33rd, as the Blue Jays took three ...

Amazin Avenue

Mets call up Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds, place Jose Reyes on disabled list, option Kevin McGowan to minors

The Mets made some roster moves to compensate for a couple of infield injuries. A day after they played Travis d’Arnaud in the infield, where he switched from third base to second base and back quite a few times, the Mets have called up two infielders to help their beleaguered roster: Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds. To make room for those two on the active roster, Jose Reyes was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of his rib cage injury, and relief pitcher Kevin McGowan, who got his first major league call-up recently but did not pitch in a game, was optioned to Triple-A Las...

Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon on Jon Lester's injury, outing in Cubs' 13-10 loss to Reds

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses the injury to starting pitcher Jon Lester during the team's 13-10 loss to the Reds on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Lester left the game with tightness in his left lat muscle in the second inning. (Chris Kuc/Chicago Tribune)

BSN Denver

WATCH: Nolan Arenado removed with hand injury for second time in a week

In the top of the seventh in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was removed from the game with a hand injury for the second time this week.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Perkins: Return to Target Field was emotional

Twins lefthander Glen Perkins says he was unexpectedly emotional as he jogged to the mound Thursday, his first appearance in 16 months after surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Toronto Sun

Donaldson remains white-hot as Blue Jays down Rays

TORONTO — Josh Donaldson’s bat is so hot right now, they should store it in a fire-resistant bag.

Toronto Star

Donaldson, Blue Jays cap homestand with win over Rays

Josh Donaldson homers twice, Justin Smoak launches winner at Rogers Centre. Next stop, Wrigley Field.

Los Angeles Times

Andrew Heaney expected to start for Angels on Friday

Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first major league start in more than a year Friday when the Angels begin a three-game series at Baltimore against the Orioles. Heaney had elbow ligament replacement surgery last July and, as recently as spring training, was thought to be unavailable this season....

Mile High Sports

Momentum doesn’t carry as Rockies lose ballgame and Arenado

The Rockies fell 10-4 to the Atlanta Braves and Nolan Arenado aggravated a left-hand injury suffered earlier in the week.

Journal News

Video: Girardi on Austin in lineup and Headley out

Joe Girardi talks about Tyler Austin returning to the Yankees lineup from injury and Chase Headley not starting for the final game of the Subway Series against the Mets, on Aug. 17, 2017.         

Washington Times

Braves crush Rockies 10-4 as Arenado leaves with injury

DENVER (AP) - Ender Inciarte hit two of Atlanta's four homers and the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Thursday. Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers also homered, and Lucas Sims (1-3) got his first win in the majors for the Braves, who managed a four-game split at Coors Field ...

Washington Times

For 2nd time in week, Arenado leaves game after hit on hand

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado has left Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves with an apparent injury to his left hand. The All-Star third baseman held his hand in pain after trying to field a sharp grounder from Lane Adams in the seventh inning. The ball appeared ...

Washington Times

Mets put infielder Jose Reyes on 10-day disabled list

NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Reyes was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday by the New York Mets with a sore left ribcage. Fellow infielder Wilmer Flores remained out of the lineup against the Yankees with a similar injury. Flores planned to work out before the game, and the ...

Estrada: Rays are one of those teams that have my number

Marco Estrada talks about the Tampa Bay Rays success against him.

Chris Archer on MLB Central

On MLB Central, Chris Archer joins the show to discuss Corey Dickerson's All-Star candidacy and the Rays' successful campaign in 2017.

Estrada admits to being in a funk during his recent outings

Marco Estrada talks with the media after giving up six earned runs against the Tampa Bay Rays and explains why he thinks he will be able to snap out of the funk he is in.