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John Harper / New York Daily News:
Indians' recent surge just another reason Yankees should keep fighting for division title  —  Suddenly, it feels like hope is fading for the Yankees in the AL East as fast as you can cross off games on the September calendar, especially on nights like this, when they waste outstanding pitching from Sonny Gray.
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Rays plan to go home to Tampa on Wednesday, host Red Sox on Friday  —  BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Rays will fly home Wednesday.  With any luck, they will play games at Tropicana Field this weekend, too.  —  Rays players met Tuesday before a designated home game at Citi Field in New York …
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Red Sox hopeful Eduardo Nunez returns from knee injury by season's end
Jerry Beach / UPI:   Adeiny Hechavarria lifts Tampa Bay Rays to close win over New York Yankees
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Sonny Gray gets no run support, gives up late home run as Yankees lose to Rays, 2-1
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Stephen Hawkins / The Charlotte Observer:
Big shots by Gamel, Seager push Mariners past Rangers 10-3  —  Kyle Seager put himself in some elite Seattle Mariners company with another big blast against Texas.  —  Seager and Ben Gamel both hit three-run homers to help power the Mariners to a 10-3 victory Tuesday night in a matchup of wild card hopefuls.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers Reaction: Whatever is going on with Napoli is a bit peculiar
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Here's why the Rangers called up Calhoun and what will keep him in the majors
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Calhoun promotion ends Ross' time with Rangers
ESPN:
Adrian Beltre (hamstring) returns early from DL on same night Willie Calhoun makes debut
Discussion: Associated Press
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina's 2-run double puts Cards on top 2-1 after an inning  —  After falling behind, the Cardinals responded with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.  —  After Matt Carpenter walked and Tommy Pham reached on an error …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler better but not ready to play; Sierra returns  —  Dexter Fowler said that the venture that led him to the center-field wall Saturday night could have turned out worse.  The Cardinals' outfielder, who banged into that wall in futile pursuit of a ball that turned out to be an inside-the-park homer …
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pham returns to lineup for streaking Cards; Bader plays center
ESPN:
What is wrong with the Dodgers?  —  Flash back to the final week of August.  The Los Angeles Dodgers were 50-plus games over .500 and had already piled up 90 victories, and the conversations were about record-breaking win totals and October parade routes through Los Angeles.  Then everything changed.
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Jeff Faraudo / Mercury News:
Clayton Kershaw stifles Giants as Dodgers end skid, clinch playoff bid
Andy McCullough / The Charlotte Observer:   Kershaw starts it and Jansen finishes it as Dodgers end dubious streak
Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:
Shohei Otani will leave hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to play in MLB next season … It isn't about the money.  Athletes reflexively say this, and sports fans roll their eyes, because of course it's about the money.  It's always about the money.  Then along comes
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Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Column Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani shows his stuff to major league scouts  —  Nippon-Ham Fighters starting pitcher Shohei Otani throws against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome on Tuesday.  Otani hit 101 mph with his fastball.  (Kyodo)  —  Travel by railroad from mainland Japan …
Discussion: Halos Heaven and The Ringer - All
ESPN:   Reports: Japanese MVP Shohei Otani expects to be in MLB in 2018
Associated Press:
Justin Verlander gives up 1 hit in Astros' 1-0 win vs. Angels  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-hit ball in a stellar second start for Houston, and the Astros snapped their four-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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ESPN:
Astros skipping Lance McCullers Jr. start over arm fatigue  —  The Houston Astros scratched Lance McCullers Jr. from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels after the injury-plagued right-hander reported arm fatigue and soreness while playing catch.
Pedro Moura / The Charlotte Observer:   Verlander, Astros blank Angels
ABC News:
Gonzalez homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks again, 4-2  —  Carlos Gonzalez has finally found his swing, and that's very good news for the Colorado Rockies.  —  The veteran slugger homered twice and the Rockies won their sixth game in a row, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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Arizona Republic:
Wednesday's game  —  Rockies at Diamondbacks  —  Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).  —  Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (13-12, 4.16) vs. Rockies RHP German Marquez (10-6, 4.27).  —  TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs welcome comparisons, contrasts from 2015  —  Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant discusses the team's win against the Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  The Cubs find themselves in a situation somewhat similar to 2015, when they had to battle for the final National League wild-card berth.
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Robert Gsellman struggles in loss to Cubs that guarantees Mets won't finish over .500
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Joe Maddon highly doubtful Jake Arrieta can return against Cardinals
ESPN:
Option vests for Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, securing $12M payday  —  WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez will wear a Nationals uniform next season.  —  On Tuesday night, Gonzalez struck out Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte to reach 180 innings on the season.  Because of that, his $12 million option …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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Stephen Whyno / The Charlotte Observer:
After helping Nats clinch, Braves rout NL East champs 8-0
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers show fight but can't get win; Indians win 20th straight  —  The Indians won their 20th straight game, tying an AL record, by beating the Tigers in a well-played baseball game at Progressive Field, 2-0.  —  CONNECT  —  CLEVELAND - The game started on the right foot.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   How soon before Tigers can be contenders again? Use Indians as template
Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox keep hitting, but comeback falls short in 4-3 loss to Royals  —  White Sox starter Dylan Covey discusses his outing and the team's loss to Royals on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (Chris Kuc/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Jose Abreu stepped to the plate in the ninth inning …
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Alan Eskew / UPI:   Kansas City Royals: Brandon Moss slams Chicago White Sox
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Yankees 2018 schedule: Jeter's Marlins and Harper making a visit … The Yankees hope to be playing deep into October this year, but they already know they will open next season in March.  —  They will start the year in Toronto on March 29 and then play host to the Rays on April 2 for the opener in The Bronx.
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees to open 2018 season in Toronto, home opener is April 2 vs. Rays
Joe Totoraitis / Associated Press:
Brewers beat Cole, Pirates 5-2  —  MILWAUKEE  —  Big hits and solid pitching can keep the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoff hunt.  Manager Craig Counsell got both of them against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.  —  Eric Thames hit his 29th home run, Domingo Santana went 3 for 4 …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Dan Warthen, Mets pitchers continue to try and adapt to power-hitting league  —  CHICAGO — Just before the All-Star break, Zack Wheeler sat in front of his locker at Busch Stadium and undid the seams on a baseball.  The Mets righthander methodically took the leather off and started unraveling the string inside.
 
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