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5:05 PM ET, September 12, 2017


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USA Today:
Is the Indians' winning streak already the greatest in MLB history?  Probably  —  Honus Wagner scored the Pittsburgh Pirates' lone run in the top of the eighth inning on Sept. 18, 1916, to put the asterisk on the New York Giants' 26-game winning streak.  —  A thunderstorm moved in and play was suspended for weather —
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians extend winning streak to 19 games  —  The Cleveland Indians' winning streak approached rarefied air Monday night, as they dominated the Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th consecutive game, one shy of the modern American League record.  —  Jose Ramirez hit a two-run home run …
Fox Sports:
Kluber faces Tigers in Indians' bid for 20 in a row (Sep 12, 2017)  —  CLEVELAND — The streaking Cleveland Indians hope to make even more history on Tuesday night.  —  The Indians will host the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a three-game series, and Cleveland enters with a 19-game winning streak.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Indians aim for 20th straight win, ‘Moneyball’ hero Scott Hatteberg can't wait to watch
Discussion: ESPN
Jorge Castillo / Washington Post:
Nationals-Braves series preview: Washington still in hunt for home-field advantage  —  Two days after Nationals players and fans were unabashedly rooting for the Braves, tomahawk chop and all, in a strange scene at Nationals Park, the National League East foes will ditch that brief alliance …
Neil Greenberg / Washington Post:
The Nationals should forget about catching the Dodgers and plan for the postseason
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
New York Daily News:   Dodgers lose 11th straight, worst skid in L.A. team history
Associated Press:   Dodgers and Giants resume top of first inning at 10:50 p.m.
Associated Press:
Prospect Willie Calhoun making debut for Rangers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Willie Calhoun, the prized prospect the Texas Rangers got in the Yu Darvish trade, is set for his major league debut.  —  The Rangers said Calhoun's contract was being purchased from Triple-A Round Rock before Tuesday night's game against Seattle.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Does Odor have something in reserve for Rangers' final 20 games?
Surreal scenes from Citi Field: ‘Weird’ week begins as Yankees play Rays on Mets' turf  —  NEW YORK — The center-field video scoreboard featured the same “Citi Field” in big, bold letters and the words “Let's Go Mets.”  But neither of the two logos flashing below it belonged to the usual home team.
Discussion: DRaysBay
Fox Sports:   Rays hope new ‘home’ field helps against Yankees (Sep 12, 2017)
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Rays ‘thoughts’ are with Florida, remain indifferent on having to face Yankees at Citi Field
Fox News:
Royals need another solid start from Gaviglio against White Sox  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Time is running out on the Kansas City Royals.  —  The Royals lost the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, falling 11-3 in a game they could ill afford to lose if they are to make it back to the postseason.
USA Today:
Free baseball!  Oakland A's charging no admission to 2018 game against White Sox  —  Free baseball is usually a term associated with a game that lasts extra innings.  The Oakland Athletics are taking it a step further in 2018 - offering a regularly scheduled game that's free for all fans.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mozeliak is enjoying playoff push  —  John Mozeliak, the Cardinals' president of baseball operations, admits his focus is “more forward,” but he also says he is enjoying the recent ride his Ferris-wheel-type team has given him as it has shoved its way back into contention for a playoff spot.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Martinez, Pham take center stage
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pham returns to lineup for streaking Cards; Bader plays center  —  Coming off the weekend sweep of the Pirates and a day off Monday, the Cardinals look to keep it rolling in a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds that will start 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Series preview: Cardinals vs. Reds
Associated Press:
MLB: Tigers ace Michael Fulmer to have elbow surgery  —  Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer throws in a game against Texas Rangers on Aug. 14.  Fulmer will miss the rest of the season.  (Associated Press File Photo)  —  The Detroit Tigers lost another ace.
Discussion: Pirates Breakdown and Fish Stripes
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann could start again, but should he?
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers thrashed again; Cleveland Indians win streak reaches 19
USA Today:
MLB awards watch: Jose Altuve, Paul Goldschmidt leading MVP candidates  —  With the major league season coming to a close in three weeks, the MVP and Cy Young pictures are coming into focus.  —  Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is the unanimous choice of USA TODAY Sports' American League MVP vote.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Arizona Republic:
Tuesday's game  —  Rockies at Diamondbacks  —  Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).  —  Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 3.33) vs. Rockies RHP Jon Gray (7-4, 4.07).  —  TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).  —  Walker has won his past three starts …
Arizona Republic:
Ready to roll  —  The Diamondbacks are five games up on the Rockies …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets get Eric Hanhold from Brewers to complete Neil Walker trade  —  The Mets acquired Eric Hanhold from the Brewers as the player to be named later to complete the Aug. 12 trade involving Neil Walker.  —  The right-handed pitcher went 8-3 with two saves and a 3.94 ERA in 30 games …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Brett Bodner / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Dennis Eckersley shares story about partying at Studio 54, getting blasted by Yankees the following day … Going to a club the night before a start might not be the best idea: just ask Dennis Eckersley.  —  The Red Sox commentator told a story during Saturday's broadcast …
Zak Keefer / Indianapolis Star:
Insider: Luck ruled out for next game.  Jacoby Brissett to start?  Colts thinking about it  —  The Colts are “disappointed.”  Doyel has some stronger emotions.  Video courtesy of Fox59  —  CONNECT  —  INDIANAPOLIS - With The Franchise sidelined at least another week …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Designate Barrett Astin For Assignment  —  The Reds announced on Tuesday that they've designated right-hander Barrett Astin for assignment in order to clear space on the roster for righty Deck McGuire, whose contract has been selected from Double-A. Cincinnati has also reinstated outfielder Jesse Winker …
Discussion: Red Reporter
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