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4:15 PM ET, September 29, 2023


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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles win AL East, exceeding expectations with unique blend of stars, survivors and castoffs: 'They've learned to battle'  —  The Orioles entered 2023 with high expectations for themselves, but few beyond the clubhouse believed they were capable of what they achieved Thursday.
Jacob Calvin Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles clinch 1st AL East title since 2014, reach 100 wins with 2-0 victory over Red Sox: 'It's a special group'  —  Orioles manager Brandon Hyde on winning 100 games and becoming the American League East Division Champs.  (Baltimore Sun)  —  Dean Kremer's arrival six seasons ago signaled the beginning of the Orioles' rebuild.
Baltimore Sun:
Orioles reach 30-year lease agreement to keep team at Camden Yards per in-game announcement  —  The Orioles are here to stay.  —  During Thursday's game at Camden Yards against the Boston Red Sox that ended with Baltimore's ballclub clinching the American League East, the club made an announcement …
David Hall / Daily Press:20 minutes ago
Norfolk Tides beat Durham, win first International League championship since 1985  —  NORFOLK — The Norfolk Tides won a championship Thursday night in the most Norfolk Tides way possible: with prospects and pitching.  —  And now one of the most stacked teams in the minor leagues has made history.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs are swept out of Atlanta with a 5-3 loss to the Braves — but they might not know their wild-card fate until Monday  —  ATLANTA — The only outcome the Chicago Cubs could not allow to transpire against the Atlanta Braves this week at Truist Park was being a handed a three-game sweep.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs lose another vital game to the Atlanta Braves in extra innings: 'We've got 4 games left to get this thing done'  —  ATLANTA — The Chicago Cubs again found themselves holding a lead late against the Atlanta Braves.  —  And again they were on the wrong end of a vital game Wednesday …
Ian Happ ready for Cubs' playoff-like games with postseason hopes on the line
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks' offense stalls in loss to Chicago White Sox  —  CHICAGO — The Diamondbacks were peppered with questions on Thursday morning about how they planned to handle the next 24 to 48 hours.  If they clinched a playoff spot while flying home to Arizona, would they celebrate in the air?
Dan Gelston / Associated Press:
Philadelphia Phillies clinch NL wild-card berth, head to postseason for second straight year  —  Bryce Harper extended his arms as wide as they could stretch and waited for his jubilant Phillies teammates to sock him in the midsection with bottles of bubbly that had been turned into super soakers.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers' latest bullpen meltdown spoils would-be playoff celebration  —  With the visiting clubhouse prepped for a champagne celebration, the Rangers fell apart once more in a walkoff loss to Seattle.  —  SEATTLE — There is no choice.  It must be this way.
Greg Giesen / delawareonline:
Where can you get Phillies playoff tickets?  Find out how to experience Red October at CBP  —  Are you ready for October baseball and the ability to see the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park?  —  The first thing you'll need to do is get tickets, which isn't going to be easy.
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Associated Press:
Red Sox say Tim Wakefield is in treatment, asks for privacy after illness outed by Schilling  —  The Boston Red Sox say announcer and former knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is undergoing treatment for a disease they did not specify and asked for fans to respect his privacy after his illness …
Charlie Goldsmith /
Reds lose potential season-ending game in Cleveland while running out of steam  —  CLEVELAND — The Cincinnati Reds were one of the breakout young teams in baseball through the end of July, and Andrew Abbott was one of the best rookie starting pitchers in the game.
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