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Associated Press:
Judge hits No. 44, Chapman saves Yankees' 2-1 win over Twins  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 44th home run, Aroldis Chapman pitched out of big trouble in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Monday night to increase their AL wild-card lead.
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Fox Sports:
Yankees, Twins continue wild-card positioning battle (Sep 19, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — The first game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees on Monday offered a glimpse how things might unfold in a potential playoff game.  —  The Yankees improved their standing in the wild-card race …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
New York Daily News:
Joe Girardi mum on who would start for Yankees in a potential wild-card game  —  On cue, Yankee manager Joe Girardi brought out his poker face when asked what his thinking is as the team prepares for possible postseason scenarios, including which Yankees starter would take the mound if the Bombers play in a wild-card game.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees need to consider demoting struggling Dellin Betances from eighth-inning, setup role  —  With the Yankees on the verge of a playoff berth and the games starting to matter even more down the stretch, Joe Girardi must consider demoting Dellin Betances from the eighth-inning, setup role.
ESPN:   Aroldis Chapman back on top in Yankees' bullpen pecking order
Fox Sports:
Red Sox face Orioles with eye toward AL East title (Sep 19, 2017)  —  BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox scored a big victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.  Now they want to keep going in the second game of the series on Tuesday and move one step closer to the American League East title.
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Benintendi's single in 11th sends Red Sox over Orioles 10-8 (Sep 18, 2017)  —  BALTIMORE (AP) Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East.  —  They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason.
ESPN:
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia exits game after foul ball hits plate, then face  —  Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Monday night's game in Baltimore in the fourth inning after hitting a foul ball that bounced off the plate and then hit him in the face.  —  Pedroia was replaced by Brock Holt …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers need more innings from starting pitchers now, next year  —  A problem has presented itself that could carry over to next season: The Detroit Tigers aren't getting enough innings out of their starting pitchers.  —  It has been obvious recently that their starters have been unable …
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ESPN:NEW!
Orioles minor leaguer Miguel Gonzalez dies in car crash  —  Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Gonzalez died from injuries sustained Saturday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.  —  “Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Miguel Gonzalez,” …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Fox Sports:   Orioles minor leaguer Gonzalez dies after car accident
Kyle Downing / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles' Minor-Leaguer Miguel Elias Gonzalez Dies In Car Accident
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ESPN:
Dodgers to monitor Corey Seager's sore right elbow down stretch  —  PHILADELPHIA — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects to play Corey Seager every day down the stretch, even while acknowledging that the team's star shortstop is not at full strength physically and is operating in …
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ESPN:
Dodgers open with back-to-back HRs vs. Phillies
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ESPN:
Welcome to the era of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 30-home-run hitter  —  If I could put one memento from this home run era into the time capsule, it would be Rougned Odor's line from June 30.  —  Odor, the Texas Rangers' second baseman and No. 5 hitter that day, homered in the fourth inning with a man on base.
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Amed Rosario a late scratch from Mets' lineup vs. Marlins  —  MIAMI — Amed Rosario was a late scratch from the Mets' lineup Monday night.  The shortstop was dealing with an upset stomach, according to the team.  —  Rosario missed a game on Friday with a tight right hip flexor.
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ESPN:
Giancarlo Stanton ends six-game HR drought
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Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: HR record set to fall, Maddon back in TB  —  A look at what's happening all around the majors today:  —  ___  —  SUMMER OF THE SLUGGER  —  Major League Baseball is on track to break its season record for home runs with nearly two weeks left in the season.
Arizona Republic:
Lamb hitting sixth vs. Padres  —  After another hitless day in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Jake Lamb was dropped to sixth on Monday, a move manager Torey Lovullo said was done to relieve pressure on his struggling third baseman.  —  “I know that he's walking through a little bit of a tough time …
Chris Adamski / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Skidding Pirates go quietly in shutout loss to Brewers  —  The Pirates' brutal offensive struggles are beginning to affect their decision-making.  And it's only making things worse.  —  The September swoon continued Monday night when the Pirates were shut out for the 10th time this season to open the final homestand of the season.
USA Today:
MLB power rankings: Indians hold top spot; Diamondbacks remain strong  —  The 22-game winning streak may be over.  —  But the Cleveland Indians captured their second straight AL Central title and claimed No. 1 spot in USA TODAY Sports' baseball power rankings for the second consecutive week.
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Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
MLB series to watch: Twins-Yankees, Brewers-Cubs clashes loom large as races stay hot
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Tom Withers / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Indians overcome injuries to win Central, eye Series title
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
 
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