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Matt Carlson / UPI:
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant breaks out in win over New York Mets  —  CHICAGO — Kris Bryant picked the right time to rediscover his long-ball swing.  —  With Chicago's first-place lead in the National League Central dwindling, the Cubs couldn't afford to wait much longer.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Robert Gsellman struggles in loss to Cubs that guarantees Mets won't finish over .500
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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
Discussion: Halos Heaven and The Ringer - All
ESPN:   Reports: Japanese MVP Shohei Otani expects to be in MLB in 2018
UPI:
Cleveland Indians: Ace reliever Andrew Miller to return Thursday  —  Andrew Miller is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Thursday and work his way back into a significant role in the Cleveland Indians bullpen.  —  Miller will be on a strict schedule when he returns.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
How soon before Tigers can be contenders again? Use Indians as template
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:   Indians win again — that's 20 in a row, one off Cubs' 1935 mark
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers show fight but can't get win; Indians win 20th straight
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Bucky Dent / UPI:
St. Louis Cardinals pound Cincinnati Reds, 13-4  —  ST. LOUIS — Between Triple-A Memphis and St. Louis, Paul DeJong has belted 35 homers this year.  —  “Time to set a new goal,” he said.  “I could say 37, but 40 sounds better than 37.”  —  Given the rate at which he's hitting them …
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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 …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Fowler better but not ready to play; Sierra returns
David Driver / UPI:
Atlanta Braves: Julio Tehren shuts down Washington Nationals  —  WASHINGTON — Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings, Freddie Freeman was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, and Ozzie Albies went 3-for-5 with a solo shot as the Atlanta Braves crushed the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Tuesday night.
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Option vests for Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, securing $12M payday
Discussion: Federal Baseball and FanRag Sports
Stephen Whyno / The Charlotte Observer:
After helping Nats clinch, Braves rout NL East champs 8-0
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Gio Gonzalez reaches important milestone in otherwise listless night for Nationals
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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Andy McCullough / The Charlotte Observer:
Kershaw starts it and Jansen finishes it as Dodgers end dubious streak  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The desperation of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team in possession of baseball's best record yet stuck in the sport's longest losing streak in 2017, streamed across the face of Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Faraudo / Mercury News:
Clayton Kershaw stifles Giants as Dodgers end skid, clinch playoff bid
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.
Discussion: FanRag Sports
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Associated Press:
Justin Verlander gives up 1 hit in Astros' 1-0 win vs. Angels
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Pedro Moura / The Charlotte Observer:   Verlander, Astros blank Angels
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
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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Wednesday's game
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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Jerry Beach / UPI:   Adeiny Hechavarria lifts Tampa Bay Rays to close win over New York Yankees
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Rays plan to go home to Tampa on Wednesday, host Red Sox on Friday
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
Discussion: South Side Sox
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Mets' Sandy Alderson gets early jump on crafting a 2018 bullpen  —  CHICAGO — As the Mets begin their efforts to retool for 2018, the bullpen appears to be an area of focus, with a source saying Tuesday that adding another experienced arm will be part of the plans.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Matt Gelb / The Charlotte Observer:
Hoskins' blasts lead Phillies over Marlins in 15 innings  —  PHILADELPHIA-Dee Gordon kicked the mess around first base into a pile.  The Philadelphia Phillies had mobbed Hyun Soo Kim, ripped his jersey from his body and showered him with water and gum and whatever else they snatched from the dugout.
Discussion: The Good Phight
 
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