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1:05 PM ET, September 11, 2017


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Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Where in the world has Kyle Schwarber been lately?  On the Cubs bench  —  Photos of Cubs catcher and outfielder Kyle Schwarber.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kyle Schwarber's 379-foot home run to right field Saturday coaxed a round of sarcastic applause from the few who remained at Wrigley Field.
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Can Dodgers fans take solace in the plight of the Chicago Cubs?  —  Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber, right, is tagged out at home plate by Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal during a game on April 13.  (Jeff Haynes / Associated Press)  —  As Dodgers fans nervously sweat out September …
Milwaukee Brewers: Travis Shaw key in series finale, and sweep, against Chicago Cubs  —  CHICAGO — Zach Davies pitched seven strong innings for his major league-leading 17th win, Travis Shaw launched a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Sunday.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs line up John Lackey to open next weekend's Cardinals series at Wrigley
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wacha's brilliance, Molina's bat lead Cardinals  —  On another head-scratching day, as the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers crept closer and closer to the stumbling Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals moved seven games over .500 for the first time this season as they won for the ninth time in their last 11 games.
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Grichuk reaches 20-homer mark in back-to-back seasons  —  Some of the numbers, like the .238 batting average and the 119 strikeouts, simply are not where Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk would like them to be.  —  But the home team's 7- rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Busch Stadium …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler, Pham are unable to play  —  Just as the Cardinals' outfield seemed relatively intact after some injuries, center fielder Dexter Fowler was out of Sunday's game and for several more after bruising his left knee while crashing into the wall Saturday night.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Somehow, amazingly, Rangers not finished yet  —  ARLINGTON  —  The wheels haven't entirely fallen off the Texas Rangers' season, but some lug nuts are definitely loose.  —  The only thing that saved them Sunday was that the Minnesota Twins also lost …
Discussion: DRaysBay, WFAA-TV and Lone Star Ball
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers watch chances to gain ground slip away
Anthony Andro / UPI:   New York Yankees: Aaron Judge blasts two more homers in rout of Texas Rangers
Associated Press:
Judge, Sanchez 2 homers each in Yankees' 16-7 win at Texas
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Yankees power past Rangers to win series finale
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jim Ingraham / UPI:
Cleveland Indians squeeze by Baltimore Orioles for 18th straight win  —  CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez and Francisco Lindor hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, and Trevor Bauer made a quality start as the Cleveland Indians extended their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games …
Associated Press:   Indians hold on to top Orioles for 18th win in a row
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles' sweep by Cleveland knocks sense of reality into club's playoff assessment
Discussion: Camden Chat
Josh Land / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday at Indians
Discussion: Camden Chat
D-backs take the Red Sox route to blaze a trail back to October  —  Derrick Hall has seen a sartorial evolution in 12 years as Arizona Diamondbacks president.  When he joined the team's front office in 2005, parents and their children routinely showed up at games in Cubs, Yankees or Red Sox garb.
Dennis Lin /
Perdomo allows three solo home runs in narrow loss to D-backs
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Dennis Lin /
Stammen interested in re-signing with Padres
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and AZ Snake Pit
Arizona Republic:
D-Backs promote PCL MVP Christian Walker
Doug Padilla / UPI:
Los Angeles Dodgers continue epic slide with loss to Colorado Rockies  —  LOS ANGELES — Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds powered the offense and Tyler Chatwood supplied five scoreless innings as the Colorado Rockies rolled to an 8-1 victory on Sunday to continue the Los Angeles Dodgers' misery.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:   After Dodgers' 1-15 stretch, is there a new team to beat in the National League?
USA Today:
Nationals clinch NL East title as Strasburg dominates - and Braves walk off Marlins
Beth Harris / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
NL West-leading Dodgers lose 10th in a row, Rockies romp 8-1
Discussion: True Blue LA and Purple Row
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Nationals beat Phillies, wait a bit, then celebrate an NL East title  —  The first man out of the tunnel was Stephen Strasburg, whose eight scoreless innings helped the Washington Nationals win, 3-2, on Sunday, then sent them back down that tunnel to the most positive sort of purgatory.
Discussion: Federal Baseball, and CBS DC
Nationals' objectives now that they've won the NL East
Discussion: Washington Post
David Driver / UPI:   Stephen Strasburg sends Washington Nationals to share of NL East title
USA Today:
MLB power rankings: Indians streak into No. 1 spot, Dodgers fall  —  The Cleveland Indians' remarkable 18-game winning streak has earned them the No. 1 spot in USA TODAY Sports' baseball power rankings.  —  The AL Central leaders overtook the sluggish Los Angeles Dodgers …
Power Rankings: Indians might find it's lonely at the top  —  Just as the Astros ruled the No. 1 slot and seemed set to own it forever, and just as they were eclipsed once the Dodgers seemed impossible to top when they were inspiring consideration for whether they'd set the all-time single-season record for wins, we have a new No. 1.
Dave Del Grande / UPI:
Houston Astros: Dallas Kuechel struggles in another loss to Oakland Athletics  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics took advantage of Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel's wildness during a three-run, tie-breaking sixth inning, allowing the last place team in the American League West …
Associated Press:   Dallas Keuchel loses control, as AL West-leading Astros swept aside by A's
Daily Dose: Judge Slugs 40th  —  Aaron Judge burst into the spotlight with an unbelievable first half to the 2017 season.  Prior to the Mid-Summer Classic, he was slashing an absurd .329/.448/.691 with 30 homers, 66 RBI and six stolen bases in 84 games.  The 25-year-old rookie outfielder was on a pace to shatter many rookie records.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Associated Press:
Up 8-5 in ninth, Marlins bullpen collapses to give Braves yet another walkoff win in Atlanta  —  Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly discusses the team's 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, including another futile offensive effort and left-hander Dillon Peters' second career start.
Associated Press:   MLB notes: Aaron Judges becomes second rookie in majors to hit 40 home runs
Indians rookie OF Bradley Zimmer fractures hand diving into first  —  Cleveland Indians rookie center fielder Bradley Zimmer sustained a broken bone in his left hand Sunday night and will see a hand specialist on Monday.  —  Zimmer's was hurt when he diving into first trying to beat …
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