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Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Justin Verlander's domination of Dodgers looked like an Astros audition  —  DETROIT — If you could have this version of Justin Verlander for one postseason run, what would it be worth to you?  The Detroit Tigers ace did his best to add a couple of layers of complexity to that hypothetical question Sunday.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Mikie Mahtook ignores his stats, but the Detroit Tigers are noticing  —  Mahtook, the lone Tiger batting over .300 this season, has been one of the best hitters in baseball since June  —  It's not a superstition.  Not something he's consciously aware of.  But when Mikie Mahtook thinks about it …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Jordan Zimmermann still tweaking, but far off from guy Tigers paid for  —  The Tigers handed him a nine-figure contract, but he's still trying to figure out how to be consistently effective  —  Brad Ausmus isn't going to get caught up in what Jordan Zimmermann was - a front-line starting pitcher …
Ari Gilberg / New York Daily News:   Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander implies juiced baseballs are behind this season's home run surge
Associated Press:
No hits till 6th: Verlander, Tigers top Maeda, Dodgers 6-1
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Rich Shook / UPI:   Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers halt Los Angeles Dodgers' six-game win streak
UPI:   Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to pitch simulated game Monday
ESPN:   Curtis Granderson takes Justin Verlander deep; 1st HR as Dodger
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Benched closer Aroldis Chapman throws a scoreless sixth inning in Yankees loss  —  BOSTON — Demoted closer Aroldis Chapman entered with two outs in the sixth inning on Sunday and produced his first scoreless appearance since Aug. 5 in the Yankees' 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Fox Sports:
Red Sox beat Yankees 5-1, move 5 up in AL East (Aug 20, 2017)  —  BOSTON (AP) Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled in two runs and singled in another, and Rick Porcello pitched six innings of a combined three-hitter to help the AL East-leading Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Sunday and extend their margin over the Yankees to five games.
Yankees' Aaron Judge extends record strikeout streak to 37 games
Discussion: Sporting News
Fox Sports:
Red Sox honor former 2B Jerry Remy for 30 years in booth
Discussion: South Side Sox
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees believe they can still catch Red Sox in AL East despite latest defeat
George A. King III / New York Post:   Yankees need Tommy Kahnle to turn things around — and fast
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Sonny Gray struggles, Yankees' offense quieted in 5-1 loss to Red Sox
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Miami Marlins lefty Adam Conley mesmerizes New York Mets  —  NEW YORK — How much information is too much information for Miami Marlins left-hander Adam Conley?  Anything about his success against the New York Mets and at Citi Field.  —  Conley continued to thrive against the Mets in New York on Sunday afternoon.
Fox Sports:   Stanton hits 45th HR, Conley fans 11, Marlins beat Mets 6-4 (Aug 20, 2017)
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom has a chance to reach goal of 200 innings pitched, Yoenis Cespedes commits defensive miscues
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:   ‘Overconfident’ Amed Rosario botches routine ground ball, main culprit in latest Mets loss
Marc Carig / Newsday:   Mets get hard-throwing Jacob Rhame in Curtis Granderson deal; interest in Asdrubal Cabrera picks up, source says
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Defense fails Jacob deGrom as Mets can't solve Adam Conley in 6-4 loss to Marlins
Associated Press:
Gonzalez pitches 6 scoreless, White Sox hold off Rangers 3-2  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez and Juan Minaya pitched out of trouble just well enough on Sunday.  —  Gonzalez escaped early trouble to finish six scoreless innings and Minaya recorded the final out after giving up a two-run homer …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
John Henry / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers keep eyes on wild card despite loss to White Sox  —  The Texas Rangers didn't get the pep rally sendoff they hoped for Sunday before heading off to Anaheim, Calif., for what has shaped up to be a key series.  —  The Rangers dropped the finale of a four-game set to the Chicago White Sox 3-2 …
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Steve Lyttle / The Charlotte Observer:
Knights-to-Chicago still a busy thoroughfare  —  The Chicago White Sox entered the 2016 season expecting that a number of players on the Charlotte roster would reach the big-league squad this season.  —  That's exactly how it has played out, with 16 Knights players being promoted to the major league since April.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:   White Sox shut down Rangers for 8 innings, then hold on for 3-2 victory
John Henry / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers offense silenced while dropping finale to White Sox
Dave Skretta / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Cuthbert, Escobar lead Royals to 7-4 victory over Indians … Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs,  —  Alcides Escobar also had three RBIs and the  —  Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.  —  Cam Gallagher also drove in a run for the Royals …
Discussion: Royals Review and Kansas City Star
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Jorge Bonifacio, Cheslor Cuthbert lead way in Royals' 7-4 victory over Indians
Indians try to cap big trip with sweep of Royals
Fox Sports:NEW!
Surging Brewers continue Western trek in San Francisco (Aug 21, 2017)  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Milwaukee Brewers seek to move up in the division standings while the San Francisco Giants endure the first day after being formally eliminated in their division race when the clubs open a three-game series Monday night.
CBS Philly:
Hoskins Homers Again, Phillies Beat Giants 5-2  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings in one of his best starts this season, took a line drive off his left shin and hit an RBI single that temporarily gave the Giants an early lead.  —  The reward?
Kristie Rieken / Associated Press:
Semien, Cotton send Athletics past sloppy Astros 3-2  —  Houston's struggles this month continue as team is 7-12  —  HOUSTON - Marcus Semien wound up with a Little League home run when Houston kept throwing the ball away to help the Oakland Athletics avoid a sweep with a win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Tegna / KIII-TV:   Four Astros To Join Hooks This Week For Rehab Assignment
Fox Sports:
Flowers' grand slam helps Newcomb, Braves top Reds 8-1 (Aug 20, 2017)  —  ATLANTA (AP) Tyler Flowers' grand slam broke open a close game in Atlanta's six-run fifth inning, Sean Newcomb earned his first home win and the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Sunday.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Stan Awtrey / UPI:   Tyler Flowers, Sean Newcomb help Atlanta Braves trounce Cincinnati Reds
Travis Johnson / Associated Press:
Bell powers Pirates past Cardinals 6-3 in Little League Classic  —  WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Josh Bell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the Little League Classic on Sunday night.  —  The teams played at renovated Bowman Field …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Piscotty says demotion was good for him  —  WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  • Although his demotion to Class AAA Memphis could prove to be as short as it was sudden, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty understood the message.  —  “It was a shot in the arm,” he said.  “And I needed it.”
Associated Press:
MLB umpires end protest, will meet with commissioner Rob Manfred  —  NEW YORK — Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called “abusive player behavior” after commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board.
Discussion: Sporting News
Matt Gelb /
J.P. Crawford could come to Phillies as a third baseman  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last two months, J.P. Crawford has hit.  The shortstop prospect has hit well enough to right his season and enter the conversation about a September promotion to the majors.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:   NL Notes: Otani, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies
Jeff Sanders /
Wild Lamet off the mark in Padres loss  —  Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet, left, gets pulled by manager Andy Green (14) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Diego, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.  (Alex Gallardo / AP)
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