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9:30 AM ET, September 12, 2017

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Associated Press:
MLB: Tigers ace Michael Fulmer to have elbow surgery  —  Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer throws in a game against Texas Rangers on Aug. 14.  Fulmer will miss the rest of the season.  (Associated Press File Photo)  —  The Detroit Tigers lost another ace.
Discussion: Pirates Breakdown
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann could start again, but should he?
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers thrashed again; Cleveland Indians win streak reaches 19
Associated Press:
Tigers ace Michael Fulmer to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer to have season-ending elbow surgery
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Michael Fulmer To Undergo Ulnar Nerve Transposition Surgery
ESPN:
Surreal scenes from Citi Field: ‘Weird’ week begins as Yankees play Rays on Mets' turf  —  NEW YORK — The center-field video scoreboard featured the same “Citi Field” in big, bold letters and the words “Let's Go Mets.”  But neither of the two logos flashing below it belonged to the usual home team.
Discussion: DRaysBay
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Fox Sports:
Rays hope new ‘home’ field helps against Yankees (Sep 12, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays are hoping their second night in their temporary home Tuesday goes better than the first.  —  The New York Yankees will attempt to keep proving that the road — wherever it might be located — is where the wins are.
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Rays ‘thoughts’ are with Florida, remain indifferent on having to face Yankees at Citi Field  —  The Tampa Bay Rays hardly sounded up in arms publicly over MLB's decision to switch their home pennant-race series against the Yankees to New York this week.  —  Not that they should have been expected …
New York Daily News:
Dodgers lose 11th straight, worst skid in L.A. team history  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers rallied once, twice and then a third time.  Manager Dave Roberts thought his club would snap out of its long losing streak at last.  —  The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game …
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Associated Press:   Dodgers and Giants resume top of first inning at 10:50 p.m.
ESPN:
Ryan Vogelsong to retire as member of Giants
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Good Hamels a good development for final push  —  ARLINGTON  —  A September baseball game played in under three hours is a rarity, like a losing Denver Broncos season, a good umpire or a bad taco.  —  They just don't come along very often.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Does Odor have something in reserve for Rangers' final 20 games?
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Prospect Calhoun tweets he's on his way to Rangers
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians extend winning streak to 19 games  —  The Cleveland Indians' winning streak approached rarefied air Monday night, as they dominated the Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th consecutive game, one shy of the modern American League record.  —  Jose Ramirez hit a two-run home run …
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Fox Sports:   Kluber faces Tigers in Indians' bid for 20 in a row (Sep 12, 2017)
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles' sweep by Cleveland knocks sense of reality into club's playoff assessment
Discussion: Camden Chat and Athletics Nation
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mozeliak is enjoying playoff push  —  John Mozeliak, the Cardinals' president of baseball operations, admits his focus is “more forward,” but he also says he is enjoying the recent ride his Ferris-wheel-type team has given him as it has shoved its way back into contention for a playoff spot.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Martinez, Pham take center stage  —  Perhaps the best encapsulation of the Cardinals' season is that two players who were fighting for the last position-player job throughout much of spring training, with one of them having to be sent out, now are both batting in the upper four in the lineup.
Arizona Republic:
Tuesday's game  —  Rockies at Diamondbacks  —  Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).  —  Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 3.33) vs. Rockies RHP Jon Gray (7-4, 4.07).  —  TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).  —  Walker has won his past three starts …
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Arizona Republic:
Ready to roll  —  The Diamondbacks are five games up on the Rockies for the first wild-card spot in the National League and with only 15 games remaining after their four-game battle against the Rockies concludes, this series has the potential to maintain - or even grow - their comfortable cushion.
Rob Biertempfel / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Steven Brault shines on mound, at plate as Pirates end 5-game losing skid  —  Pirates pitcher Steven Brault delivers in the first inning against the Brewers on Sept. 11, 2017, in Milwaukee.  —  The Pirates' Elias Diaz scores safely past Brewers catcher Manny Pina during the sixth inning Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Milwaukee.
Matthew Trueblood / Baseball Prospectus:
Carl Edwards Jr.'s Filthy Fast Thing  —  Few pitchers in baseball have a fastball as compelling—or as complicated—as that of Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. For one thing, his four-seam fastball has the highest average spin rate of any in MLB, by a mile.  —  Average Four-Seam Fastball Spin, 2017 (Min. 500 Thrown)
Discussion: Over the Monster
Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:
Youngsters help lift Blue Jays past the Orioles  —  Reliever Ramirez keeps season-long scoreless streak intact.  —  The Blue Jays are destined to spend an entire season without reaching the .500 mark and a full year in last place in the AL East, but on Monday they beat the Orioles 4-3 …
 
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Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Justin Upton has mellowed with age but maintains an inner edge
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Rotoworld.com:
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Series preview: Cardinals vs. Reds
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy has been here before and sees no reason to panic
Paul Sporer / ESPN:
Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Tuesday
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mazara serves as Rangers' DH after long weekend on injured leg
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Alex Meyer To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Jarrod Dyson Out For Remainder Of Season
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Juan Lagares working to show Mets he's more than a backup defensive specialist
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Where in the world has Kyle Schwarber been lately? On the Cubs bench
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
CBS Houston:
Jalen Ramsey Knows Who Should Be Starting For The Texans
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
ESPN:
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