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11:50 PM ET, September 11, 2017


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Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy has been here before and sees no reason to panic  —  Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy looks on during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves on July 21.  (Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)  —  Lose a dozen games off the division lead, stagger toward the finish line, then win the World Series?
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Where in the world has Kyle Schwarber been lately? On the Cubs bench
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:   Can Dodgers fans take solace in the plight of the Chicago Cubs?
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
After Dodgers' 1-15 stretch, is there a new team to beat in the National League?
Associated Press:
Tigers ace Michael Fulmer to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season  —  CLEVELAND — The Detroit Tigers say ace Michael Fulmer will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the season.  —  The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year will have a damaged nerve fixed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Michael Fulmer To Undergo Ulnar Nerve Transposition Surgery
Discussion: FanRag Sports and Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer to have season-ending elbow surgery
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Casey L Moore / USA Today:
Indians' epic winning streak: A hero every night as Cleveland wins 18 in a row  —  The Cleveland Indians have put together the second-longest winning streak in the major leagues over the last 63 seasons.  Only the Oakland Athletics, they of Moneyball fame, mustered a longer streak than these Indians when they won 20 in a row in 2002.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
USA Today:   MLB power rankings: Indians streak into No. 1 spot, Dodgers fall
ESPN:   Power Rankings: Indians might find it's lonely at the top
Associated Press:
Indians hold on to top Orioles for 18th win in a row
Jim Ingraham / UPI:
Cleveland Indians squeeze by Baltimore Orioles for 18th straight win
Doug Padilla / UPI:
Los Angeles Dodgers continue epic slide with loss to Colorado Rockies
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Rays ‘thoughts’ are with Florida, remain indifferent on having to face Yankees at Citi Field  —  The Tampa Bay Rays hardly sounded up in arms publicly over MLB's decision to switch their home pennant-race series against the Yankees to New York this week.  —  Not that they should have been expected …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays “optimistic” about hosting Red Sox this weekend, Trop checks out okay after Irma  —  UPDATE, 2:14: Rays president Brian Auld spoke a few minutes ago with St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and said all parties are “optimistic” about playing at the Trop this weekend, but will until Tuesday to make the final decision.
Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:
Youngsters help lift Blue Jays past the Orioles  —  Reliever Ramirez keeps season-long scoreless streak intact.  —  The Blue Jays are destined to spend an entire season without reaching the .500 mark and a full year in last place in the AL East, but on Monday they beat the Orioles 4-3 …
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Paul Sporer / ESPN:
Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Tuesday  —  The 2017 season is rapidly coming to a close, but there are titles to be won in fantasy leagues!  Don't sleep on your ability to move in the standings as every strikeout, homer or stolen base could be the difference.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mazara serves as Rangers' DH after long weekend on injured leg  —  ARLINGTON  —  Nomar Mazara was surprised to find himself in the field for each weekend game against the New York Yankees after being forced out of a game Wednesday at Atlanta because of soreness in his left quadriceps.
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
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler, Pham are unable to play
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Ryan Vogelsong to retire as member of Giants  —  Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will retire as a member of the San Francisco Giants, the team announced Monday.  —  Vogelsong, 40, will be honored before the team's game Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  —  The Giants drafted Vogelsong in 1998 …
Arizona Republic:
Ready to roll  —  The Diamondbacks are five games up on the Rockies for the first wild-card spot in the National League and with only 15 games remaining after their four-game battle against the Rockies concludes, this series has the potential to maintain - or even grow - their comfortable cushion.
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.
Johnny Grassi / Yardbarker:
Looking towards the 2018-2019 season: Miami Marlins Starting Lineup  —  The Miami Marlins season continues to take a nosedive, dropping 14 of their last 16 games.  This is a team that is in complete disarray and looking towards the future by holding tryouts for some of their younger talents.
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Alex Meyer To Undergo Shoulder Surgery  —  Angels righty Alex Meyer is set to undergo surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum, the club announced.  He is expected to be sidelined for approximately twelve months, making it unlikely that he'll be able to pitch in the 2018 season.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jarrod Dyson Out For Remainder Of Season  —  Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson will miss the remainder of the season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports (Twitter links).  He is slated to undergo surgery for “something similar to a sports hernia,” per the report.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
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
Nationals' objectives now that they've won the NL East
Discussion: Washington Post
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