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11:40 AM ET, September 25, 2018


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Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
Rays knocked out of playoff contention with 4-1 loss to Yankees  —  Brett Gardner and the Yankees dropped the Rays from the playoff picture.  —  The players who combined for the run that clinched the New York Yankees' postseason berth are both hurt.  —  Aaron Hicks injured his left hamstring running …
Oakland A's clinch postseason spot with Tampa Bay's loss  —  The Oakland Athletics secured the final available American League playoff spot Monday night when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees.  —  Assuming Oakland does not erase a five-game deficit to the AL West-leading Houston Astros …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Brett Gardner has one more Yankees moment, and possibly one more October run left
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Hicks exits Yankees game with tight hamstring
Daily Record:   Last Slide  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Choosing a starter …
Daily Record:   Last Slide  —  Aaron Hicks was replaced in center field …
Daily Record:   New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays announce Monday night lineups
Associated Press:
McCann, Reddick go back-to-back, Astros beat Blue Jays 5-3  —  Dallas Keuchel (12-11) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings for his first win since Sept. 3 against Minnesota.  —  TORONTO (AP) - Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back home runs, and the Houston Astros beat …
Roberto Osuna receives chilly reception in return to Toronto  —  Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna heard a chorus of boos Monday while making his first appearance in Toronto since being arrested on an assault charge in May.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS  —  Osuna earned his 19th save in 20 opportunities …
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Sanchez shut down, Estrada knocked around as Jays fall to Astros  —  As Marco Estrada prepared for what was likely his final Rogers Centre start as a Blue Jay on Monday night, there was a noticeable absence to the left of his locker.  —  That would be the clubhouse home …
Associated Press:
Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series  —  BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the “106” went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.  —  Scoreboards flashed “106 Wins.”
USA Today:
Boston Red Sox set franchise wins record with 106th victory of season
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Jared Diamond / Wall Street Journal:
Red Sox Hope Price Is Right for October
Discussion: Over the Monster
Scott Lauber /
Midseason moves may have impacted Phillies chemistry |  Extra Innings  —  Imagine if someone told you, after the Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Marlins on Aug. 5 and improved to 63-48, that they would have a .500 record only seven weeks later.  As Richie Ashburn undoubtedly would've said, “Hard to believe, Harry.”
Bob Ford /   The Phillies were progressive, but did they progress?
Matt Breen /
Phillies could use Carlos Santana at third base next season
Gideon Rubin / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Mitchell, Yates combine on 7-hitter, Padres top Giants 5-0  —  Bryan Mitchell struck out seven in 8 2/3 strong innings,  —  Jose Pirela had a homer among his three hits, and the  —  San Francisco Giants 5-0 Monday night.  —  The Giants lost their fifth straight game hours after the team announced …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Giants GM Bobby Evans out amid another losing season  —  Bobby Evans is out as San Francisco Giants general manager “effective immediately” and will be reassigned, the team said Monday in a news release.  —  Executive vice president Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy are expected to be retained.
Associated Press:
Trevor Story returns to Colorado Rockies' lineup  —  DENVER — Trevor Story is going over the top to get back on the field, altering his throwing motion to take some of the stress off his sore right elbow.  —  The Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop returned to the lineup Monday night after missing a week with the ailment.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  If there were good news for the Diamondbacks on Monday …
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks trying to balance resting starters while staying competitive
Wright to be available for Mets vs. Braves  —  NEW YORK — The end of the final week of the season will be nostalgic and bittersweet for the New York Mets.  The beginning will serve to remind the Mets of a past they'd thought was buried, and how far they have to go to catch a familiar foe.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   NY Mets traded Matt Harvey, turned in a wrong lineup and will send off David Wright
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Red Sox manager? Ron Darling? Outside-the-box options to save Mets
Discussion: WEEI
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber becomes 20-game winner with victory over Chicago White Sox  —  Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber became a 20-game winner with Monday's victory over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.  —  Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber is a 20-game winner.
ESPN:   Kluber gunning for career-high 20th win vs. WhiteSox
Phil Thompson / Orlando Sentinel:   Dylan Covey shines, but White Sox can't touch Corey Kluber in 4-0 loss to Indians
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Brewers score late in 6-4 victory over Cardinals  —  The Milwaukee Brewers assured themselves of leaving St. Louis ahead of the Cardinals, coming away with a 6-4 victory Monday night before 36,508 in the series-opener at Busch Stadium.  —  The win, coupled with Pittsburgh's 5-1 victory …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Last Slide  —  ST. LOUIS - All the fuss about which pitcher started …
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals, Brewers begin key final-week series at Busch
Discussion: Associated Press
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees rookies Andujar, Torres braced for postseason pressure  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On the late April morning he was called up from Triple-A, set to make his major league debut, Gleyber Torres was brought into a private conversation with New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Coley Harvey / ESPN:   Yankees' Didi Gregorius confident he'll return before postseason
Nick Stellini / Baseball Prospectus:
What You Need To Know: Cubs L But Cole Hamels HRs!  —  The Monday Takeaway  —  The Cubs lost to the Pirates, but we're not here to talk about that.  Not exactly that, anyways.  Part of that.  —  Chicago lost 5-1.  Here's the “1” part: … Look at that sweet, beautiful swing.  That's a power swing.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Facing a division rival in the playoffs can be a blessing or a curse for the Cubs
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
‘Good night, Mr. Young’: A's closer Blake Treinen on Cy-worthy run  —  During a recent homestand, Blake Treinen was on his way out of the Oakland Coliseum when he passed by a security guard who addressed him as “Ty.”  Although the Oakland Athletics' closer was confused, he didn't think much of it at the time.
Jesse Dougherty / Washington Post:
Stephen Strasburg not worried about his shaky start against the Marlins  —  Stephen Strasburg wore his emotions for parts of Monday night, throughout four waterlogged innings that called for his ability to grind through a start without his usual velocity or command.
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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Jonathan Lucroy / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
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