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10:40 AM ET, September 20, 2018


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Steve Herrick / Associated Press:
Indians turn back Sox on walk-off grand slam  —  Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 win over the White Sox on Wednesday night.  —  Kipnis hit a 3-2 pitch from Ian Hamilton into the right-field seats for his 1,000th career hit …
Associated Press:
White Sox slugger Jose Abreu out of hospital after infection  —  CLEVELAND — Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has been released from a Cleveland hospital after undergoing treatment for an infection in his right thigh.  —  Abreu was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and released Wednesday.
Discussion: South Side Sox
Associated Press:
Indians' Trevor Bauer will pitch a few innings Friday in return from DL  —  CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer will start for the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Red Sox on Friday in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month.  —  Indians manager Terry Francona says Bauer will pitch a …
ESPN:   Indians, White Sox to start pitchers with 21 combined losses
Chicago Tribune:   NL Central tracker: With 10 games left, Cubs still have work to do
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:   Trevor Bauer to return to Cleveland Indians' starting rotation Friday against Boston Red Sox
Associated Press:   MLB: Indians' Trevor Bauer to return Friday
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Yasiel Puig hits sixth HR in past 18 at-bats: 'We're going to win the West'  —  LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig couldn't decide which celebration fit best, so he basically used all of them.  He rubbed his fingers and flexed his biceps, clapped his hands and raised them to the sky …
Discussion: USA Today and Deadspin
Beth Harris / Star Tribune:
Puig's pinch-hit homer helps Dodgers sweep Rockies, 5-2  —  LOS ANGELES — Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig slugged a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Wednesday night to increase their NL West lead to 2½ games.
Discussion: Over the Monster and True Blue LA
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  To further explain his decision to bench his top four everyday players on Wednesday night - while continuing to say he wasn't giving up on the season - Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo drew a parenting analogy.  He recalled the look he's seen on his kids' faces after they studied hard for a test but didn't do well.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Can Joe Maddon manage with Cubs' depleted bullpen?  —  PHOENIX — The road to a World Series title has gotten a little tougher for the Chicago Cubs, as they'll have to navigate October without closer Brandon Morrow due to a nagging bone bruise in his right forearm — assuming they make the playoffs, of course.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs' key relief pitchers should be rested and ready to go for final 10 games
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs' Joe Maddon philosophical about prior use of Brandon Morrow
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs survive 30-day stretch just fine — and their last 10 games are in Chicago
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Daily Record:
Last Slide  —  NEW YORK - Justus Sheffield's big-league debut occurred in Wednesday's ninth inning, with a nine-run lead — as soft of an opening as possible, even against the 103-win Red Sox.  —  Yet, it's no surprise to hear that Sheffield was battling first-time jitters more than Boston's lineup.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mike Axisa /
The Red Sox's 2018 AL East championship banner was temporarily held hostage by a few Boston buddies
Associated Press:   Betts returns as Red Sox chase clinch at Yankee Stadium
Nicole Yang / Boston Globe:
The Red Sox' division title banner has been returned
Matt Ehalt /
Noah Syndergaard struggles against Phillies continue in Mets loss  —  PHILADELPHIA — Those mid-70's and early 80's Mets teams have company..  —  And that's not a good thing.  —  The Mets clinched a losing season for the eighth time in 10 years in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Discussion: Daily Record
Bob Brookover /   Phillies' playoff hopes may have improved had they added a Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ at the trade deadline
New York Daily / Associated Press:   Noah Syndergaard gets chased as Mets fall to Phillies
Daily Record:
Mets, Phillies lineups for Wednesday night in season series finale
Discussion: and Amazin' Avenue
Associated Press:
Mets shutting down Zack Wheeler for precautionary reasons
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Corey Seidman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies 4, Mets 0: After 2 straight series wins, bring on the Braves
Discussion: The Good Phight and
Charles F. Gardner / Associated Press:
Gio Gonzalez, Jesus Aguilar lead Brewers to win over Reds  —  Gio Gonzalez pitched six smooth innings on his 33rd birthday and Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homer in the Brewers' 7-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday night.  —  Manny Pina also had a three-run shot and Aguilar finished with four RBIs.
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds shut out for 3rd time in last five games in loss to Milwaukee Brewers
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Mosquitoes are a nuisance for Cincinnati Reds players in Milwaukee
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Shildt gives Carpenter a little extra rest  —  ATLANTA  • After Matt Carpenter salvaged a three-strikeout game Tuesday by taking a walk and scoring a run, manager Mike Shildt asked him to step aside for a conversation.  —  Shildt suggested to Carpenter a day off Wednesday …
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals promote reliever Gallegos from Memphis
Associated Press:
Braves snap 4-game losing streak behind Freeman, Toussaint  —  ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman spent the previous four seasons playing for an Atlanta team that averaged 90 losses a year.  —  Now that the Braves are back challenging for a division title, the All-Star first baseman knows his club can't afford any long losing streaks.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals lose to Braves, but Flaherty says he feels strong  —  ATLANTA  • When the Cardinals' coaching staff, steered by pitching coach Mike Maddux, pulled out the calendar and began to plot the starting rotation for the final month of the regular season, they started with the games …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo had four of his everyday players on the bench in Wednesday night's series finale against the Chicago Cubs, saying that rather than waving the white flag or trying to get a look at younger players, he's actually doing what he thinks will put the team in the best position to win.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  When the Diamondbacks began a west-coast trip …
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's send 2nd-round pick Logan Shore to Tigers to complete Fiers deal  —  Oakland's deal for Mike Fiers is complete, six weeks after the fact, with the A's sending a well-regarded pitching prospect, Logan Shore, to the Tigers.  —  The A's previously had sent minor-league reliever Nolan Blackwood to Detroit as part of the deal.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers get ‘primo competitor’ Logan Shore to complete Mike Fiers trade
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants fail to sweep Padres; Belt ‘likely’ done for '18  —  SAN DIEGO — Padres baserunners had a great chance to meet Giants rookie Aramis Garcia at first base.  Garcia started all three games there.  Brandon Belt kept hoping his right knee would allow him back into the lineup …
Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
How the San Francisco Giants Became a $205M MLB Flop
Discussion: The Sports Daily
Kristie Rieken / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cano has 3 RBIs as Mariners rout Astros 9-0  —  Robinson Cano drove in three runs, three players homered and seven pitchers combined for a five-hitter in Seattle's 9-0 rout of the  —  Houston Astros on Wednesday night.  —  The Mariners took two of three in this series from Houston …
Keith Law / ESPN:
Harrison Bader, Matt Chapman among players I was wrong about  —  This is the seventh annual installment of my “Guys I Got Wrong” column (for past versions, see the links below).  I'll look at players who have become much better big leaguers than I ever forecasted them to be and try to explain where I made mistakes in evaluating them.
Steve Rosenbloom / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Jose Quintana?  Jon Lester?  C'mon, kids, let's play ‘Cubs Playoff Rotation Roulette’  —  Photos from the Cubs' 9-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sept. 19, 2018, at Chase Field in Phoenix.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Is every Cubs outing a referendum on their playoff rotation?  —  Seems like it.
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